Jeremy Mathieu hits out at Barcelona president and sporting director over exit

Jeremy Mathieu has said he has a point to prove to Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and sporting director Robert Fernandez over the way his summer exit from the club was handled.

The defender faces his former club in the Champions League at the Estadio Jose Alvalade on Wednesday and was asked whether he would celebrate a goal against them.

He told Marca: “I have a lot of respect for my former teammates and the fans.

“If I celebrate, it will be because of Bartomeu and Robert Fernandez, because the way they treated me made things really difficult.
“It was just those two. But that’s football, and I’m happy now. I’m not bothered any more.”

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Former Newcastle United chairman dies, aged 75

Former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd has died at the age of 75, his family have said in a statement.
The multi-millionaire was involved in a number of regeneration projects through his company Shepherd Offshore.

A pivotal figure in the St James’ Park club’s rise during the 1990s, he was chairman for 10 years from 1997.

Shepherd eventually sold his share of the club to Mike Ashley and recently, along with brother Bruce, was granted the freedom of the city of Newcastle.

“Freddy Shepherd, former chairman of Newcastle United and chairman of Shepherd Offshore Group and Triple S Sports & Entertainment Group, sadly passed away peacefully at his home last night,” his family said in a statement.
“At this difficult time the family have asked that their privacy be respected.”

He set up the Triple S group in 2008 but is best known for his influential role at Newcastle.

A director of the Magpies from 1992 until 2007, Shepherd served as vice-chairman to Sir John Hall as the club finished Premier League runners-up in both 1996 and 1997, playing a key role in signing Alan Shearer from Blackburn for a world-record £15million.

“So sad to hear my great friend and former NUFC chairman Freddy Shepherd has passed away. I owe him a huge debt for bringing me home,” Shearer tweeted.

Shepherd became Newcastle chairman in 1997 and oversaw several dalliances with the Champions League, while his decision to appoint Sir Bobby Robson saw United finish as high as third in 2003.

Unfortunately, Shepherd was unable to lead Newcastle to major success during an eventful decade as chairman, eventually selling his 28.01 per cent stake of the Premier League club to Ashley in June 2007.

Having relinquished his shareholding for more than £37million, he was replaced as chairman by Chris Mort the following month.

Upon leaving the club, Shepherd said: “I have had a great 15 years on the board, 10 of them as chairman and I have enjoyed every minute.
“It has been a great privilege and honour to have been chairman and I would not have missed it for the world.
“We have had some really exciting times and I like to think we have achieved a lot since 1992 when we took over the club.
“But it was the right time for me to stand down. And in any case, once the club was delisted, my position as chairman of the PLC became redundant.
“I gave it my best shot and I could not really have done any more.”

A short club statement said: “We are saddened to hear of the passing of former Newcastle United chairman, Freddy Shepherd. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

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Barcelona have made contact with Mesut Ozil as they make plans to bring the midfielder back to La Liga on a free transfer.

Philippe Coutinho has reiterated his desire to move to Barcelona, and Liverpool are considering selling the 25-year-old Brazilian playmaker in January.

Real Madrid are considering a January move forParis St-Germain’s Julian Draxler. The 24-year-old midfielder was previously linked with a move to Arsenal.

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has told kicker that “a €100 million player is unacceptable” for the German champions as his club prepare to face big-spending Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Maroune Fellaini, Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick will all miss Manchester United’s Champions League match against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night, manager Jose Mourinho has revealed.

Manchester United are planning to have contract extensions in place for Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini before January.

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy is flying to Barcelona for tests on a knee injury.

City right-back Kyle Walker, 27, says he is happy striker Sergio Aguero is now in same side as “facing him was nightmare”.

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner is the favourite to take over at West Ham, should the club sack Slaven Bilic.

Everton will test Paris Saint-Germain’s resolve to keep Edinson Cavani by making a £45m bid for the striker in January.

PSG were forced to transfer list eight players after a FFP threat by UEFA. Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore, Blaise Matuidi, Lucas Moura, Julian Draxler, Hatem Ben Arfa, Serge Aurier and Thiago Silva were the eight players made available and while only two left, more departures are expected in January.

Shanghai Shenhua have rejected reports Carlos Tevez has been banished from the first team, but did challenge the forward “to show the real stuff.”

The father of a 7-year-old boy who died in the Mexico City earthquake last week has sent a second letter to Cristiano Ronaldo, thanking the Real Madrid star for reaching out to the grieving family and telling the Portuguese striker: “Your gesture has helped to lessen the pain.”

Andre Villas-Boas has escaped suspension from the first leg of the Asian Champions League semifinal after he was investigated for suggesting Guangzhou Evergrande had been responsible for car crashes that disrupted Shanghai SIPG’s route to the quarterfinal second leg.

RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl had to wait at immigration in Turkey after forgetting that he needed a visa to enter the country for the Champions League match at Besiktas.

Sweden manager Janne Andersson has admitted he is frustrated with the lack of match action Victor Lindelof has seen since joining Manchester United.

AC Milan have put Thomas Tuchel at the top of their managerial wish list should they dismiss Vincenzo Montella.

Napoli star Dries Mertens has appeared to rule out a move to Arsenal or Juventus by admitting that he loves life in the city.

Carlo Ancelotti says “never say never” when asked if he could one day return to manage PSG.

Denis Suarez says he had opportunities to leave Barcelona in the summer, but is determined to become a first-team regular under Ernesto Valverde.

Former Liverpool star and reported Tottenham target Suso has extended his contract with AC Milan until 2022 – however, his new deal does contain a release clause, believed to be €50m.

Youri Tielemans claims he rejected the chance to move to Arsenal this summer before completing his switch to Monaco.

Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in Genoa striker Pietro Pellegri, but the club will not sell the 16-year-old for anything less than £40m.

Jose Mourinho is “happy” he can be “doing my work normally against Crystal Palace” after avoiding an FA ban.

Former Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer is wanted by Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna.

England midfielder Dele Alli will learn in the coming days if he is to be punished for an offensive gesture made in a World Cup qualifier against Slovakia earlier this month.

Tottenham are preparing a £30m bid for Everton’s Ross Barkley, 23, with their Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele struggling with a foot problem.

Crystal Palace will be without striker Christian Benteke, 26, for at least six weeks as he recovers from a knee injury.

Leicester have submitted an appeal to Fifa in a bid to finally complete the £25m signing of Adrien Silva, 28, after his deadline-day move was rejected as a result of late paperwork.

Chelsea are preparing to open talks with highly rated attacking midfielder Charly Musonda over a new contract.

Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, 22, may have to wait for his England breakthrough after a freak knee injury.

Former Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida, 27, who plays for Osasuna in the Spanish second tier, is reportedly a target for Championship side Leeds.

Major sports networks in the United States will simulcast five Liga MX games over Tuesday and Wednesday to support those affected by natural disasters in recent weeks.

UEFA give Bayern the go to recall retired goalkeeper Tom Starke for Champions League

UEFA have given Bayern Munich the green light to call up veteran goalkeeper Tom Starke to their Champions League squad after losing captain Manuel Neuer to injury until the new year.

Starke, 36, retired at the end of the season to become goalkeeping coordinator at Bayern’s new youth academy last month.

However, he had to help out on Bayern’s tour of China and Singapore this summer, when both first-choice Neuer (fracture) and backup Sven Ulreich (elbow) were both sidelined with injury.

Neuer, 31, was ruled out until 2018 after suffering his third foot fracture in six months last Monday.

Starke was not originally named in Bayern’s Champions League squad. However, UEFA statutes state “if a club cannot count on the services of at least two goalkeepers registered on List A because of long-term injury or illness [i.e. one that lasts 30 days], a club can temporarily replace him at any time during the season.”

Despite his howler against Wolfsburg in a disappointing 2-2 draw on Friday, Ulreich will again deputise for Neuer against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, while David Alaba and Thiago Alcantara both trained on Monday and could make their comebacks from injury.

Alaba suffered an ankle injury while on international duty earlier this month, while Thiago sat out the Wolfsburg game on Friday with a pubic injury.

Former Liverpool and Bayern midfielder Xabi Alonso reveals plan to move into management

Former Spain international midfielder Xabi Alonso plans to become a manager.

The ex-Real Sociedad, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Bayern Munich man who won two UEFA Champions League trophies and the 2010 World Cup retired as a player in May.

“After 17 years in the game, I have considered the next step in my career,” he said in a brief video. “I have decided to go into management. Find out soon. #HereToCreate.”

Alonso in March announced the 2016-17 season would be his last as a player, using his Twitter account to say: “Lived it. Loved it. Farewell beautiful game.”

Gareth Barry passes Giggs to become Premier League’s record appearance holder

Gareth Barry has become the all-time leading appearance maker in Premier League history after appearing against Arsenal on Monday Night Football.

The 36-year-old moved level with Ryan Giggs when he made his 632nd Premier League appearance in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with West Hamand surpassed the Manchester United legend at the Emirates Stadium, in his side’s 2-0 defeat.

Monday’s game was a typically unfussy performance from Barry, who had wanted little fanfare surrounding his achievement, although in a nice touch Baggies boss Tony Pulis named him captain for the night.

“It was something different this week, having a lot of media attention. It will be nice to put this milestone to bed.
“I’ve not really given it too much thought about who is behind me. There is so much concentration on what you are doing.”

Monday’s game was a typically unfussy performance from Barry, who had wanted little fanfare surrounding his achievement, although in a nice touch Baggies boss Tony Pulis named him captain for the night.

“Gareth has been a wonderful professional and still is,” Pulis said. “We hope he keeps performing like that until the end of the season.”

Speaking to the West Brom programme before the West Ham game, Barry had said: “The idea of being the first player to start 600 Premier League games and equal Ryan Giggs’ Premier League appearance record is hard to take in.
“You don’t really think about these milestones when you’re playing, you just look to keep playing well every week, do a job for your club and stay in the team.
“Naturally I’m very proud to achieve those things today, but hopefully I can keep clocking up the games for a while yet.
“I think there’s gas in the tank yet. While I can still perform at that level and enjoy it all, I’ll keep on doing it.”

Barry said he had been sent a video message by Manchester United legend Giggs ahead of Monday’s match.

“I’ve done an interview with Phil Neville and he passed a message on from Ryan Giggs through the iPad, just congratulating me,” he said.
“It’s lovely to hear from him, passing the Premier League record over. I’m aware he played in the old First Division before and collected a few more appearances than the 633.
“I’m also aware the Premier League started in 1992, 25 years ago, and records existed before that too.
“I’m not here to say I’m top of the tree in English football history — I’m aware of that. But I’ll try and get past Ryan’s Football League appearances [which took his total to 672].”

Barry also revealed that Arsenal tried to sign him twice, but that moves to London “never materialised.”
Barry made 365 appearances for Aston Villa after making his debut as a second-half substitute in a 3-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday in May 1998, before playing 132 times in the top flight for Manchester City.
He featured 131 times for Everton and has so far played five games for West Brom after signing for around £800,000 in the summer. He also won the title with Manchester City in 2012 and earned 53 England caps.
Between November 2004 and August 2010, he went on a run of 207 appearances without being a substitute.

Team Defeats
Manchester United 23
Liverpool 16
Arsenal 16
Chelsea 14
Tottenham 14

Barry has faced Manchester United 35 times, Tottenham 35 times, Liverpool 34 and Chelsea and Arsenal on 33 occasions.

However, it is United that Barry will be most pleased to see the back of when he does hang up his boots.

Of those 35 games, Barry has tasted defeat in 23 of them – seven more losses than Liverpool have inflicted on Barry in his career.

In fact, Barry has only emerged victorious from an encounter with United on six occasions in his 19 years as a player.

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli gets one year ban over ticket selling scandal

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has been banned for a year for his role in the sale of match tickets to mafia-linked supporters’ groups.
The 41-year-old was also fined 20,000 euros (£17,600), while Juventus must pay 300,000 euros (£264,000) and three other club officials were banned.
Agnelli was accused of helping to sell tickets – later resold at a huge profit – to ‘ultras’ fans, some with alleged links to organised crime.

He and the club plan to appeal.

Prosecutor Giuseppe Pecoraro had requested a 30-month suspension and 50,000 euro (£44,000) fine for Agnelli at the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) hearing.
Pecoraro had also called for Juventus to be ordered to play two games behind closed doors.

“I’m partly satisfied because we’ve been able to prove the guilt of everyone involved, but the findings were so serious that, in my opinion, they should have been punished more, so we’ll appeal,” Pecoraro told AFP after the hearing.
“I think going to another court will be useful, bearing in mind they went to organised crime, and that is very serious,” he added.

Agnelli has denied dealing with Rocco Dominello, a supporter said to be close to the Calabria-based N’drangheta mafia group.

He did, however, recall meeting Dominello – who was sentenced to seven years in jail – according to AFP.

The court said Agnelli was not guilty of knowingly meeting with Dominello, and wrote in its ruling he was “totally unaware” of any illegality.

Investigators had been looking into whether Juventus gave tickets to ‘ultras’ fans to avoid violence or racial abuse in the stands that might bring fines or docked points.

Such a large number of tickets had been given out over such a long period of time that rules on contributing to fan clubs would have been violated, the FIGC ruling said, although there was insufficient proof the recipients were touts or criminals.

Agnelli, a member of the family that owns Fiat Chrysler, said in May he met the ‘ultras’ to make sure they did not feel discriminated against, and to avoid “problems of public order”.

“Obviously the sentence disappoints us, even though the charges were revised,” said his lawyer, Franco Coppi.

Six-time defending Serie A champions Juventus had said they would not request Agnelli to step down if he was found guilty.
Earlier this month, Agnelli was appointed president of the European Club Association(ECA), succeeding Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

The ECA represents the interests of a group of influential clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea and Barcelona.

Christian Eriksen surpasses Nicklas Bendtner as Premier League’s top-scoring Danish player

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has expressed his delight at breaking a notable national milestone on Saturday.

The 25-year-old’s goal in the 3-2 win at West Ham made him the highest-scoring Dane in the Premier League – overtaking none other than former Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner.

Eriksen, who has now scored 33 league goals since he joined from Ajax in 2013, told Spurs TV: “Of course I’m very happy I’m above Bendtner now.
“I’ve moved him to the side and of course it’s not the last goal.”

Cristiano Ronaldo the reason Ruud van Nistelrooy left Manchester United

A close friend of former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that he knows the real reason why Ruud Van Nistelrooy left Old Trafford in 2006.

The Dutchman enjoyed a prolific five years with United, scoring 95 Premier League goals in 150 appearances for the Red Devils, before heading to Real Madrid for €14million.

At the time, Ferguson claimed that Van Nistelrooy wanted to leave the club but according to former PM Tony Blair’s ex-communications officer, Alastair Campbell, it was Fergie who wanted the player out after a spat with Cristiano Ronaldo.

He alleged (via SI.com): “He [Van Nistelrooy] told Cristiano that he had found a new father in Carlos Queiroz (Ferguson’s assistant manager at the time) a little after Cristiano’s real father had died of alcoholism.
“Carlos told him to have some respect but he said that he didn’t have to respect anybody. He then later excused himself but Cristiano did not accept it.
“Ferguson sent Van Nistelrooy home when he heard what happened and he was then moved to Real not long after that. Ruud always put himself first which was a problem indeed…”

Borussia Dortmund’s 12-year-old wonderkid Youssoufa Moukoko nets hat-trick for U-17 to reach 16 goals in seven matches

Youssoufa Moukoko, the 12-year-old Borussia Dortmund attacker, scored a hat trick at the weekend to bring an emphatic end to his one-match goal drought.

Earlier this month, Moukoko had failed to score in a game for the first time since breaking into Dortmund’s under-17 side as his teammates battled to a 3-2 win at Preussen Munster, but he single-handedly fired them to a 3-1 success over Arminia Bielefeld’s youngsters after they had fallen behind to an early goal.


The hat trick means Moukoko has now scored 16 goals in seven matches for BVB’s U17 team and is already close to the “minimum of 20 goals” that his old Dortmund U15 coach, Peter Wazinski, tipped him to score in the age group.


His goals begin at the 3:50 mark in this video from the German Football Association.

Moukoko was born in Cameroon but has already represented Germany at U16 level, scoring twice when starting against Austria.

La Liga result: Sanabaria strike twice in Levante mauling to send Betis above Real Madrid

Real Betis 4 – 0 Levante

Real Betis turned on the style to beat Levante 4-0 and move up into fifth place in La Liga.

Betis’ third straight league win took them above Real Madrid, who they beat at the Bernabeu in their previous fixture.

Paraguayan youngster Antonio Sanabria, who grabbed the late winner in Madrid, added to his growing reputation by scoring twice.

Fabian and Sergio Leon were also on target in the second half as Betis ran riot.

Following a drab goalless first period, Betis were irresistible after the break and Sanabria gave them a 47th-minute lead when heading home Leon’s centre off the inside of a post.

Fabian’s driving run and fine finish gave him his first Betis goal before the unmarked Leon met Riza Durmisi’s 65th-minute cross at the far post.

Sanabria wrapped up the rout in stoppage time as Levante, Segunda Division champions last term, lost for the first time this season.

EPL result: Lacazette’s brace earn Arsenal nervy win against West Brom

Arsenal 2 – 0 West Bromwich Albion

Alexandre Lacazette’s first double in English football continued Arsenal’s excellent home form as they beat West Brom 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

Spoiling the occasion of Gareth Barry’s record 633rd Premier League appearance, his two goals also ensured a continuation of Arsenal’s 100 percent record at the Emirates so far this season and wider run of eight consecutive home league wins.

West Brom had several chances in the first half, and Jay Rodriguez had a strong call for a penalty turned down early on, but Lacazette’s headed rebound had Arsenal ahead at the break.

Lacazette’s penalty made it 2-0 to Arsenal midway through the second half, and that’s how it stayed.

The result means Arsenal moved up to seventh on 10 points, while West Brom drop to 12th, with eight points, two points less.

The Baggies are now five games without a victory and have won only one of 12 away league matches in 2017.

Arsenal were not at their best but they are now five games unbeaten in all competitions.

Lacazette’s performance was a clear positive for manager Arsene Wenger, who also gave a start to Sanchez for only the second time this season, following the Chile international’s collapsed move to Manchester City in the summer.

It was the first time the pair had started a Premier League game together and it was Sanchez who provided the assist for Lacazette’s opener.

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Paris Saint-Germain have told Le Parisien that speculation that Edinson Cavani was offered €1 million by club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi to allow Neymar to take penalties is untrue.

Edinson Cavani is a transfer target for AC Milan and the Serie A club are preparing a bid for the PSG striker in January.

Barcelona have been fresh hope of landing £120million Philippe Coutinho in January.

Steven Gerrard says he talked former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez out of signing midfielder Gareth Barry when Xabi Alonso left in 2009.

Jose Mourinho will not face further FA sanctions after being sent off during Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Southampton on Saturday.

Manchester United have taken up an option to extend Luke Shaw’s contract for a further year.

Arsenal target Kepa Arrizabalaga has told Athletic Bilbao he wants a pay rise.
AS report the 22-year-old. who is out of contract at the end of the season, is demanding £1.9m-a-year or £36,000 a week.
Real Madrid and Napoli are also understood to be tracking the young goalkeeper, who has a £61million release clause in his current deal.

Manchester City are ready to offer winger Raheem Sterling, 22, a new deal to ward off interest from Arsenal.
Sterling has three years left on his contract.

Midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 26, is also after an improved Manchester City contract following an impressive start to the season.

Real Madrid want to sign Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli and will offer Mateo Kovacic in a swap deal.
Alli, 21, is under contract at Spurs until 2022.

Real will offer forward Marco Asensio a new contract containing a world-record release clause to deter any approaches for the 21-year-old.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is ready to raid former club Barcelona to sign midfielder Sergi Roberto in the January transfer window.

City are interested in 31-year-old Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 25, thinks it will be tough for Alvaro Morata, 24, to replace outgoing striker Costa but he has made a good start.

Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti has slammed compatriot Marco Verratti for trying to force a summer move to Barcelona.

Four of Europe’s biggest clubs had the option to sign Gabriel Jesus for less than Manchester City paid for the Brazilian striker – Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester United or Real Madrid for €25m, only for none of the clubs to make an offer.

Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistlerooy left the club after a disagreement with Cristiano Ronaldo left manager Sir Alex Ferguson with no choice but to sell him.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has hinted he could soon quit London and return to Italy after admitting he misses life in his homeland.

Juventus full-back Sandro is set to be offered a new contract in Turin to ward off interest from Chelsea and Man City.

Inter Milan are believed to be lining up a January move for Andre Ayew.

Bayern Munich star Kingsley Coman has told Presnel Kimpembe to ignore interest from Liverpool and stay at PSG for the foreseeable future.

Bayern apparently turned down the chance to sign big-name stars such as Naby Keita, Sadio Mane, Gabriel Jesus, and Leroy Sane after refusing to enter a bidding war with Premier League suitors.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane turned down the chance to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez over the summer.

Max Allegri has told Gonzalo Higuain he wants to see an improvement in his attitude, with the Juventus striker set for a recall to the side for Wednesday’s CL clash against Olympiacos.

Juventus are refusing to meet the €100m release clause in Jan Oblak’s contract and believe Wojciech Szczesny will be Gigi Buffon’s long-term replacement.

Everton are interested in two Arsenal strikers as they attempt to strengthen their forward line in January.
Manager Ronald Koeman’s admiration for Olivier Giroud, 30, is well known, and Danny Welbeck, 26, is also on his radar.

Fenerbahce midfielder Souza has offered to buy a frustrated fan a new TV after he smashed the screen during the Istanbul derby win against Besiktas.

Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen returned to Ajax, the club where he spent six years before joining the Toffees in the summer, to say goodbye to the fans. Ronald Koeman gave Klaassen permission after he played 55 minutes in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth.

West Ham are considering a January move for defender Francesco Vicari, 23, from Serie A side SPAL.

Hammers midfielder Mark Noble, 30, believes Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 24, is worth at least £100m.

Crystal Palace, the Premier League’s bottom club, will play a friendly this week in a bid to rebuild the players’ confidence.

Tottenham have shared pictures from the building site of their new stadium, which is 10 miles away from their current Wembley home.

Chelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes appears to have ruled herself out of the vacant England women’s job after vowing to stay with her club for the long term.

Valencia coach Marcelino got injured while celebrating victory against Sociedad

Valencia manager Marcelino injured himself celebrating Simone Zaza’s late winner against Real Sociedad on Sunday.

The late winner produced wild scenes on the bench – but the Valencia boss, who was appointed in the summer, perhaps would end up regretting his surge of joy down the touchline after seeming to tweak his hamstring in the celebrations.

Despite looking in agony on the sidelines, he was fit enough to undertake his post-match media duties to suggest that his injury may not keep him out of action for too long.

But he managed to laugh off the pain and told AS: “As long as it’s only me getting injured, it’s not a problem if it’s the coach.

“I pulled it quite hard. I’m getting on a bit, after all.

“Those are situations in which I should control myself better. I’ve come away with a bit of a limp.”

Serie A results: Milan beaten by Sampdoria; Inter remain unbeaten after edging Genoa

Sampdoria 2 – 0 AC Milan
Cagliari 0 – 2 ChievoVerona
Crotone 2 – 0 Benevento
Hellas Verona 0 – 3 Lazio
Inter 1 – 0 Genoa
Sassuolo 0 – 1 Bologna
Fiorentina 1 – 1 Atalanta

Duvan Zapata took advantage of a huge error from his cousin Cristian Zapata as Sampdoria beat AC Milan in Serie A.
The Milan defender headed a bouncing cross straight to Sampdoria’s striker to power home from six yards out.
Late substitute Ricky Alvarez added an injury-time second via the post from the corner of the box.
Samp had been awarded an early penalty, although the referee overturned his handball decision after consulting the video referee and seeing a replay.
Milan – who spent £175m this summer – remain fifth in the table, one point above Sampdoria.
Sampdoria remain unbeaten in Serie A with three wins and two draws.

Adel Taarabt was one of two Genoa players sent off in injury time after Inter Milan scored a late winner.
Unbeaten Inter had the better chances, with Marcelo Brozovic hitting the post.
They looked set to be frustrated before Danilo D’Ambrosio headed in a Joao Mario corner late on.
Stephane Omeonga was sent off for pulling back Eder on the halfway line when the Inter player was in on goal, and Taarabt was then dismissed for a two-footed tackle on Yann Karamoh.
Genoa remain without a win from their opening six Serie A games, while Inter Milan stay in third place.

Lazio bounced back from last weekend’s heavy home defeat to Napoli with a 3-0 victory at Verona.
Ciro Immobile took his goal tally for the season into double figures with two more efforts, the second of them coming from the penalty spot, while Adam Marusic was also on target.

Remo Freuler’s stoppage-time equaliser rescued a point for Atalanta in a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina at the Artemio Franchi Stadium.
A thoroughly entertaining clash ended all square after a couple of superb goals.
Federico Chiesa put Fiorentina ahead after 12 minutes with a deft touch and thunderous finish into the top corner of the net from just outside the penalty area.
The visitors had the chance to equalise on the hour mark when Davide Astori was adjudged to have tripped Josip Ilicic, but Alejandro Gomez saw his penalty brilliantly saved by former Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello.

But four minutes into stoppage time the Viola were denied a third victory in four Serie A matches when Andreas Cornelius’ flick-on fell to Freuler on the edge of the box and his swerving shot flew into the bottom left corner of the net.

Roberto Inglese and Mariusz Stepinski scored at Cagliari to give Chievo their first win since the opening weekend.
The hosts played the final seven minutes with 10 men after Fabio Pisacane had been sent off.

Bologna won for the first time in four league games and for only the second time this season as they overcame Sassuolo 1-0.
A close game swung the way of the visitors following Francesco Magnanelli’s red card after 80 minutes and the 10 men of Sassuolo were beaten by Orji Okwonkwo’s late goal.

Crotone won the battle between the bottom two teams as goals either side of half-time from Rolando Mandragora and Marcus Rohden gave them a first league victory of the season against Benevento.
It was enough to move them out of the bottom three, but Benevento remain at the foot of the table and are yet to win a point.

Bundesliga results: Leverkusen beat Hamburger; Cologne earn first point of the season

Hannover 96 0 – 0 FC Cologne
Bayer Leverkusen 3 – 0 Hamburger SV

Kevin Volland scored a brace as Bayer Leverkusen returned to winning ways with a comfortable 3-0 Bundesliga victory over Hamburg at BayArena.
The 25-year-old Germany international opened the scoring midway through the first half as he picked out the bottom corner following Leon Bailey’s headed pass.
Lucas Alario doubled their lead three minutes later — with Bailey again the provider — and Volland completed his double with a close-range effort with seven minutes remaining thanks to Alario’s assist.
The result moves the hosts up five spots to 10th but means a fourth-straight defeat for the visitors, who have dropped a place to 15th.

Cologne collected their first point of the season with a hard-fought goalless Bundesliga draw at Hannover.
The visitors had lost all five of their opening games to make the German top-flight’s worst start since 1962.
They rode their luck, with Salif Sane and Niclas Fullkrug both rattling the crossbar with headers in the first half.
Jhon Cordoba went close for Cologne in the second half but his shot flew narrowly wide.

Villarreal sack Coach Fran Escriba after thrashing by Getafe

Villarreal have sacked head coach Fran Escriba after a 4-0 thrashing at his former side Getafe that left the club 14th in La Liga.

The Yellow Submarine finished fifth last season, but an indifferent start to the new campaign has seen Escriba lose his job.

With the club beaten 4-0 at Getafe on Sunday, the manager has paid the price and fired after just over a year in charge.

Coincidentally, he suffered the same fate at Getafe in April 2016 after a defeat to Villarreal.
Fellow coaches Josep Alcacer and Jose Mascaros have also departed the club.
Villarreal delayed training on Monday ahead of the expected announcement of Escriba’s replacement later in the day.

La Liga results: Valencia edge Sociedad; Getafe thrash Villarreal

Espanyol 4 – 1 Deportivo La Coruna
Getafe 4 – 0 Villarreal
Eibar 0 – 4 Celta Vigo
Las Palmas 0 – 2 Leganes
Real Sociedad 2 – 3 Valencia

Simone Zaza was Valencia’s hero as he snatched victory in a five-goal thriller at Real Sociedad with both sides reduced to 10 men.
Zaza, who scored a hat-trick in last weekend’s 5-0 demolition of Malaga, struck five minutes from time after Igor Zubeldia and Geoffrey Kondogbia had been dismissed to clinch a 3-2 win as the visitors produced a stunning display of counter-attacking football.
They went ahead with 26 minutes gone when Rodrigo Moreno converted Goncalo Guedes’ cross from close range, although the lead lasted just seven minutes when Aritz Elustondo powered home a header from Mikel Oyarzabal’s corner.
Ignacio Vidal rounded off a swift counter-attack with a cultured finish from Carlos Soler’s perfectly-weighted pass to restore Valencia’ lead 10 minutes after the restart, but once again, their celebrations were short-lived as Oyarzabal levelled within four minutes.
Real’s hopes of victory were dealt a significant blow when Zubeldia, who had earlier been booked for a foul, attempted an overhead kick inside the Valencia penalty area and appeared to catch defender Jose Gaya in the face.
But referee Santiago Jaime swiftly evened things up when Kondogbia, who had also already been cautioned, felled Real substitute Adnan Januzaj with a clumsy challenge to miss out on a dramatic conclusion.

Getafe thrashed Villarreal 4-0 to secure their first home win of the season.
The hosts had suffered one-goal defeats to Sevilla and Barcelona at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez but got off the mark at the third attempt and ended Villarreal’s four-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
Angel Rodriguez gave Getafe a 54th-minute lead when he headed in Juan Cala’s flick on at the back post and — 10 minutes later — Jorge Molina pounced on Ruben Semedo’s hesitancy to steal possession and slot past Mariano Barbosa.
Markel Bergara forced in a third in the 67th minute after Barbosa had somehow kept out Cala’s close-range header and Angel nodded in his second in stoppage time from Faycal Fajr’s corner.

Espanyol registered only their second win of the season by beating struggling Deportivo de La Coruna 4-1.
They took the lead after just five minutes when Leo Baptistao headed in a cross from Victor Sanchez. And the advantage was doubled in the 22nd minute when Depor defender Alejandro Arribas deflected a corner onto his own net.
Depor pulled one back through Celso Borges eight minutes into the second half, but Gerard Moreno made the points safe with a penalty and a late tap-in.

Celta Vigo earned their first away win since April by swatting aside Eibar 4-0.
Two in-swinging Pione Sisto free kicks gave Celta a 2-0 lead, the first headed in by Gustavo Cabral in the 17th minute before Sergi Gomez got the slightest of touches on the second six minutes later.
Sisto set up a third six minutes before half-time as his left-wing cross was volleyed home by Pablo Hernandez at the back post.
Daniel Wass added a fourth 18 minutes from time after slotting in Hugo Mallo’s cut-back.

Leganes ended their three-match winless run with a 2-0 victory at Las Palmas.
Claudio Beauvue finished off a counter-attack two minutes into the second half before Javier Eraso wrapped up victory in the sixth minute of added time.

Ligue 1 results: Marseille beat Toulouse to go fifth; Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes get third straight victory at Strasbourg

Saint-Etienne 2 – 2 Rennes
Strasbourg 1 – 2 Nantes
Marseille 2 – 0 Toulouse

Goals in each half from Florian Thauvin and Lucas Ocampos saw Olympique de Marseille deservedly see off Toulouse 2-0 to climb to fifth place.
Marseille’s third win in a row in all competitions without conceding was a step up from the way they’d played against Konyaspor in the Europa League and Amiens in Week 6 of Ligue 1 Conforama. Rudi Garcia again sent his side out in a 4-2-3-1 and the improved balance of the side allowed the attacking quartet to shine as they roamed the field in search of goals.
OM monopolised possession against a TFC that left six million euro forward Andy Delort on the bench. Jimmy Durmaz was the visitors’ only attacking spark before going off injured in the second half, whereas OM had Clinton Njie, Lucas Ocampos, Florian Thauvin and Dimitri Payet buzzing around.
Thauvin had a near-post shot saved in the 28thminute, Rolando headed a Payet corner narrowly over soon after and then the breakthrough came 12 minutes before the break as Thauvin converted after a goalmouth scramble.
Ola Toivonen’s deflected free-kick at the start of the second half ensured OM didn’t think the game was won as they attempted to extend their unbeaten Ligue 1 Conforama sequence against Toulouse to 11 matches. Thauvin went close on the hour and soon OM had their first set-piece goal of the season as Payet’s corner bounced off Ocampos’ leg and over the line.
Clinton Njie had a chance just before being replaced by Valère Germain, who almost opened his league account for his new club in the last minute, denied by a stunning Lafont save with his legs. In between times, Steve Mandanda ensured that his return from injury would result in a clean sheet as he made a fine stop from Yannick Cahuzac.

Jonathan Bamba scored his fourth goal of the season as AS Saint-Etienne came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Stade Rennais FC at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Sunday.

Nantes scored twice for the first time under Claudio Ranieri as they won 2-1 at second-bottom Strasbourg. Nantes are in the top six of the Ligue 1
The first top division meeting of these two clubs in 11-and-a-half years saw an early goal as Strasbourg’s Nuno Da Costa marked his sixth Ligue 1 Conforama appearance with his first goal. The attacker beat Chidozie Awaziem at the front post to head home Jonas Martin’s delightful curled cross.
Nantes needed only three minutes to get back on terms and it was a goal that owed something to good fortune as Nicolas Pallois’ attempted shot turned into an assist for Adrien Thomasson as the midfielder swivelled on the ball to fire home his first of the season.
Chances came and went for both sides before visiting skipper Léo Dubois scored a 24thminute screamer. The right-back latched on to Benjamin Corgnet’s headed clearance of a Lima corner, controlled the ball and smashed home an unstoppable 35-metre shot.
Strasbourg could feel hard done by as they laid siege to the Nantes goal andLes Canarishad particular trouble defending set-pieces. Nantes could have put the game to bed 20 minutes from time only for Préjuce Nakoulma to fluff his lines.
In a crazy conclusion, Strasbourg had four major opportunities in the last 15 minutes yet failed to find a way past Ciprian Tatarasanu. When they did, in the third minute of added time, David Alcibiade was there to save his Romanian goalkeeper and deny Dimitri Lienard a goal.

Latest Football News

Manchester United are preparing a £155m bid for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala.

United have already opened negotiations with the Argentinian’s representatives, with Ed Woodward making them aware of Jose Mourinho’s interest.

Mesut Ozil is set to turn down Arsenal’s offer of a new contract, with the 28-year-old midfielder keen to join Manchester United.

It is believed Ozil’s representatives have already been in touch with United to start the potential deal.

Andrea Belotti is working on a new deal with Torino that will see his release clause, set at €100 million in his current contract, rise even higher.

Inter will rival Manchester United and Arsenal in a battle to sign Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura.

Real Madrid are set to complete a contract renewal for captain Sergio Ramos.

Cristiano Ronaldo tried to persuade singer Madonna to take her adopted son, David Banda, to the Sporting Lisbon academy where he began his career. Madonna, however, opted to take him to Benfica.

Tottenham and Inter Milan are battling it out for the signature of £14m-rated Rennes centre-back Joris Gnagnon.

Dele Alli is being promised moves to Manchester United or Real Madrid by agents vying for his signature.

Manchester United are set to open contract talks with David De Gea in the coming weeks, and are hopeful of the Spaniard signing the deal, amid long-term interest from Real Madrid.

United have asked for CCTV footage in order to identify fans chanting a controversial song about Romelu Lukaku.

Jose Mourinho is transforming part of Manchester United’s training base to celebrate the Class of 2017.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has upped his interest in Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka.

Arsene Wenger has said that the Champions League has become less interesting in recent years, as he prepares to take his Arsenal side to Belarus to face BATE Borisov in the Europa League.

Wenger said it “hurt” him more to sell left-back Kieran Gibbs, 27, to West Brom than let midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, join Liverpool.

Aaron Ramsey has been tipped to become a future Arsenal captain by Arsene Wenger.

Liverpool and Everton are both keen on Charlton teenager Ezri Konsa, who was part of England Under-20s’ World Cup-winning squad last summer.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman is set to push through a £40m deal for Olivier Giroud in the new year after failing to land the forward he wanted to replace Romelu Lukaku.

Ronald Koeman admits that misfit striker Oumar Niasse might have stopped him getting sacked with his two goals leading Everton to a 2-1 win over Bournemouth.

Koeman also wants to sign Bournemouth forward Joshua King, 25.

Everton offered £66m – plus a ‘bonus’ – for Chelsea’s Diego Costa but the 28-year-old striker only wanted to play for Atletico Madrid.

Chelsea fans have been warned there will be a “zero tolerance” crackdown on bad behaviour at their Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid amid fears of their reaction towards Spain-bound Diego Costa.

Chelsea say Alvaro Morata was grateful for fans coming up with a new chant for him after recent criticism over an anti-semitic song – he responded against Stoke with a hat-trick.

Diaries published by former Labour Party communications chief Alastair Campbell say Manchester United turned down the chance to sign Franck Ribery in 2006 as Sir Alex Ferguson did not feel he was “good enough” for the club after watching him for only 45 minutes.

United have been told they will need to find £75m to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who is also a target for Manchester City and Juventus.

Manchester City are ready to demonstrate their faith in Raheem Sterling by offering the winger a new contract.

Arsenal are monitoring Le Havre centre-back Harold Moukoudi, 19, as they look to replace 32-year-old Per Mertesacker, who will retire at the end of the season.

Mark Sampson will receive a £80,000 pay-off from the FA after being sacked as England women’s team manager.

Birmingham City are set to name caretaker boss Lee Carsley as their new permanent manager.

Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot says he has “fallen in love” with the city and leaving the club would break his heart.

Brighton star Solly March has no regrets from missing Newcastle trial chance.

Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack is in talks with Melbourne City,with the 31-year-old set for a loan move.

Five players sent off in derby clash as Fenerbahce beat Besiktas

Fenerbahce 2-1 Besiktas

Five players were sent off as Fenerbahce beat Besiktas in an Istanbul derby featuring two goals and three red cards in the final five minutes.


Giuliano gave the hosts the lead and Vincent Janssen – on loan from Tottenham made it 2-0, before ex-Liverpool striker Ryan Babel pulled one back.

Besiktas’ Ricardo Quaresma was sent off for two yellows before Luis Neto was dismissed for bringing down a player through on goal just before half-time.

The visitors had Atiba Hutchinson sent off with five minutes left for two bookings.
Ismail Koybasi of Fenerbahce was then shown a red card for a dangerous tackle, before Oguzhan Ozyakup’s second yellow card deep into injury time meant the visitors ended with eight players.

EPL result: Tomer Hemed strike for Brighton end Newcastle three match winning streak

Brighton & Hove Albion 1 – 0 Newcastle United

Chris Hughton claimed his first victory over his former employers Newcastle as Brighton clinched a 1-0 win at The Amex.

Newcastle pipped Brighton to last season’s Championship title on the final day, but the Seagulls found retribution on the first Premier League meeting between the two clubs thanks to Tomer Hemed’s 51st-minute strike.

The hosts scored when Pascal Gross’s free-kick was headed back across goal by Dale Stephens and Tomer Hemed hooked the ball in from six yards out.

Newcastle, who had won their past three league matches, had chances, but Mikel Merino’s volley was pushed wide by Mat Ryan, Joselu twice missed when well placed, and substitute Jonjo Shelvey hit a post direct from a corner.

Victory lifted the Seagulls to 13th in the table, while Newcastle dropped to ninth.

Newcastle had more possession, more shots and more attempts on target, but Rafael Benitez’s side could not force an equaliser.

Substitutes Jesus Gamez and Dwight Gayle had efforts late on, but Gamez shot wide and Gayle’s attempt was saved by Ryan.

Guardiola on Aguero: “he ll die scoring”

Sergio Aguero is on the verge of becoming Manchester City’s top goalscorer and Pep Guardiola joked the striker will “die scoring goals.”

The Argentina international is just one goal from equalling the 78-year record of Eric Brook, who scored 177 goals for City in the 1930s.


“He has to be proud and City has to be proud,” said Guardiola. “Being a long time in one place and breaking the record is so fantastic. I’ll try to help him score more goals. The record is going to be broken. Where? I don’t know. Maybe at home would be better.

“He has the character to score goals,” Guardiola said. “He had it in the past with Argentina, his mother and father gave him that talent. He will die scoring goals; there is no doubt about that.”

Harry Kane displace Thierry Henry as the London derby king

Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham beat West Ham 3-2 in the Premier League on Saturday, surviving a red card and a late home fightback.

Kane produced a leaping header to score the opener at the London Stadium and added his second with a simple tap-in four minutes later, before Christian Eriksen hit a hard, low effort to add the third in the second half .
There were some hopes of a West Ham comeback when Javier Hernandez and Cheikhou Kouyate cut the deficit and Serge Aurier was sent off after picking up a second yellow card for two fouls.

Harry Kane overtook Thierry Henry as the player with the best London derby scoring rate in Premier League history during Tottenham’s 3-2 win over West Ham.
Kane opened the scoring with a powerful first-half header at the London Stadium and grabbed his second goal from a rebound shortly afterwards.

The 24-year-old, who also hit the woodwork twice in the second half, has now scored 21 goals in 29 Premier League appearances against London opposition.


It gives him an unrivalled scoring rate of 112.6 minutes per goal in London derbies, putting him above Henry, who netted 43 goals in 59 appearances for Arsenal at a rate of one every 114.1 minutes.
“For some reason London derbies seem to suit me!” he toldSky Sportsafterwards. “It’s fantastic. I’m delighted to get a couple of goals and help the team get the three points.”

Ligue 1 results: “Neymar-less” PSG held by Montpellier; Lyon held by Dijon

Montpellier 0 – 0 Paris Saint Germain
Bordeaux 3 – 1 Guingamp
Caen 1 – 0 Amiens
Lyon 3 – 3 Dijon
Metz 0 – 1 Troyes

Paris St-Germain dropped points in Ligue 1 for the first time this season as they missed the injured Neymar in a goalless draw with Montpellier.
Neymar, who argued with Edinson Cavani over who should take a penalty in their last game with Lyon, is thought to have a minor foot injury.
Fellow summer signing Kylian Mbappe forced two saves from Benjamin Lecomte but PSG looked below their best.
They are now one point above champions Monaco, who beat Lille 4-0 on Friday.

Olympique Lyonnais led twice but still had to settle for just a point as they were held 3-3 at home by Dijon FCO on Saturday.
The four previous top-flight encounters between the pair had generated 19 goals, and Parc OL no doubt suspected another spectacular evening was in store when Ferland Mendy’s dangerous cross might have brought the opening strike inside four minutes.
Nabil Fekir half-volleyed home his fifth goal in seven games.
The home defence allowed Fouad Chafik too much time and space down the right, and his centre was finished by Xeka, who headed powerfully past Antony Lopes for his first Dijon goal since joining them on loan from LOSC Lille this summer (51′).
Named in the starting XI for the first time, Houssem Aouar celebrated by scoring from inside the six-yard box from a Traoré cross to level (60′), and then after Kwon fouled Mendy in a role reversal from the Dijon penalty, Mariano put OL ahead from the spot (63′).
It still was not enough. Sliti’s free-kick was powered beyond Lopes just two minutes later by Cédric Yambéré (65′) as Bruno Genesio’s side made it one win in five Ligue 1 Conforama games.

SM Caen continued their fine start to the season with a 1-0 win at home to Amiens SC on Saturday – Ivan Santini’s penalty settled it for the Normandy hosts.

Ten-man ESTAC Troyes stunned FC Metz on Saturday as Samuel Grandsir struck a last-minute winner to secure a surprise 1-0 victory.

Bundesliga results: Aubameyang scores a hat-trick in Dortmund crushing of Gladbach; Hoffeinheim WIN again

Hoffenheim 2 – 0 Schalke 04
Mainz 05 1 – 0 Hertha Berlin
RasenBallsport Leipzig 2 – 1 Eintracht Frankfurt
VfB Stuttgart 0 – 0 Augsburg
Werder Bremen 0 – 0 Freiburg
Borussia Dortmund 6 – 1 Borussia Moenchengladbach

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s hat-trick helped Borussia Dortmund thrash Borussia Monchengladbach to go two points clear in the Bundesliga.
The Gabon striker, 28, opened his scoring on the stroke of half-time, before heading past goalkeeper Tobias Suppel for his second soon after.
Aubameyang completed his hat-trick from a tight angle to secure Dortmund their fifth win from six league games.
Two from Maximilian Philipp and one by Julian Weigl completed the scoring.
Monchengladbach’s goal was by Lars Stindl and was the first Dortmund, whose rivals Bayern Munich drewwith Wolfsburg on Friday, have conceded in the league this season.
On Wednesday, Peter Bosz became the first manager in Bundesliga history to guide his side to a clean sheet in his first five games when they beat Hamburg 3-0.

Hoffenheim are also ahead of Bayern in second place, two points behind Dortmund with a 2-0 win over Schalke.
In a match which pitted two of the youngest managers in European football against each other, 30-year-old Julian Nagelsmann came out on top against his 32-year-old opposite number Domenico Tedesco.
The hosts racked up their fourth victory from six games in rather easier fashion than their 3-2 comeback success at Mainz on Wednesday, which was crowned by Mark Uth’s injury-time winner.
This time an early goal from 19-year-old Dennis Geiger and a late Lukas Rupp clincher sealed the points.
Geiger scored his first Bundesliga goal in the 13th minute, firing home from 20 yards after good work down the left from Steven Zuber. And Rupp sealed a win that temporarily sent Hoffenheim top of the table until Dortmund won in the late game.

RB Leipzig bounced back from defeat at Augsburg in midweek with a 2-1 win at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Timo Werner set up new signing Jean-Kevin Augustin to score his second goal since arriving from Paris Saint-Germain and then scored midway through the second half, turning brilliantly and firing inside the far post.
Ante Rebic pulled one back for a nervy finale and the visitors were unlucky not to equalise when Simon Falette hit the post and the rebound came back off Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi’s back before rolling out of play.
Suspended Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita watched his side in an eye-catching dinner jacket with a red top hat.

Pablo De Blasis’ 54th-minute penalty earned Mainz a 1-0 win at home to Hertha Berlin, who had captain Vedad Ibisevic sent off in the 89th minute for what referee Tobias Stieler said was an insult directed against him.
But the Bosnian insisted he said nothing untoward to the referee and is calling for a lip-reader to prove it. Stieler contended: “I know what I heard.”

Struggling pair Werder Bremen and Freiburg were left still waiting for their first wins of the campaign after a 0-0 draw. Along with bottom side Cologne, who travel to Hannover on Sunday still looking for their first point of the season, they are the only teams yet to win this term.

The match between Stuttgart and Augsburg also finished goalless.

Serie A results: Roma, Juventus, Napoli WIN

Roma 3 – 1 Udinese
SPAL 2013 2 – 3 SSC Napoli
Juventus 4 – 0 Torino

  • Juventus 4 – 0 Torino

Paulo Dybala scored twice to take his tally to 10 goals in six Serie A games as Juventus crushed Torino in the Turin derby.

The Argentine scored the first and fourth goals as Juve ran riot.

Torino’s cause was not helped by the dismissal of midfielder Daniele Baselli for two yellow cards with more than an hour to go.

Juve took advantage of the extra man, Miralem Pjanic doubling the lead before Alex Sandro’s header made it 3-0.

Juventus join Napoli on 18 points from six games, five ahead of third-placed Inter Milan who entertain struggling Genoa on Sunday.
Torino, unbeaten before this game, are sixth in the table with 11 points.

  • SPAL 2013 2 – 3 SSC Napoli

Faouzi Ghoulam fired a late winner as Napoli maintained their 100 percent start to the season with a 3-2 victory at SPAL.
Ghoulam drilled home Napoli’s 83rd-minute winner after Federico Viviani’s superb second-half free kick appeared to have earned minnows SPAL a surprise draw.
SPAL, promoted to the top-flight for the first time since 1968, took a shock 13th-minute lead through Pasquale Schiattarella’s low shot, but the home side’s lead was shortlived.
Lorenzo Insigne equalised for Napoli with a low finish a minute later and after spurning a string of second-half chances, Jose Callejon headed the visitors into a 71st-minute lead.
SPAL hit back through Viviani’s free kick seven minutes later but left-back Ghoulam lashed home the winner from outside the box to seal Napoli’s sixth straight league win.

  • Roma 3 – 1 Udinese

Stephan El Shaarawy scored twice as Roma continued their fine form with a 3-1 win against Udinese.
The Italy forward scored twice in the first half as Roma made it three straight wins and handed Udinese a third successive defeat.


It took Roma 12 minutes to break the deadlock. Radja Nainggolan lost his footing on the edge of the area but was still able to poke the ball through to Edin Dzeko, who calmly slotted in low to Albano Bizzarri’s right for his fifth goal in three games.
Dzeko turned provider on the half-hour mark as his cross from the left was stabbed home from close range by El Shaarawy, who then added a third in farcical circumstances just before half-time.

Diego Perotti’s ‘rabona’ from the right could only pick out Jens Stryger Larsen but the Danish defender hesitated before missing the ball when attempting a back pass and ended up on the floor as El Shaarawy pounced.

Roma missed the chance to make it 4-0 in the 89th minute when Perotti’s penalty hit the left-hand post after he went down under Gabriele Angella’s challenge.
Stryger Larsen ran through a minute later to score a consolation, the first goal Roma have conceded in four games.

La Liga results: Suarez on target as Barcelona benefit from two own goals to beat Girona; Ceballos brace help Real edge Alaves

Atletico Madrid 2 – 0 Sevilla

Alaves 1 – 2 Real Madrid
Malaga 3 – 3 Athletic Bilbao
Girona 0 – 3 Barcelona

  • Girona 0 – 3 Barcelona

Barcelona made it six wins out of six in La Liga with victory at Catalan neighbours Girona.
Barca’s first two goals came from own goals by the hosts, who are in their first La Liga season.

Aday Benitez deflected Jordi Alba’s shot into his own net and keeper Gorka Iraizoz turned Aleix Vidal’s cross into his own net.

Luis Suarez smashed home the third after latching on to a Sergi Roberto long ball.

Girona, who are co-owned by Manchester City, played five City loanees in the game, with Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz impressive in attacking positions.

Pablo Maffeo, in his third season on loan, successfully man-marked Barca’s Lionel Messi, who had scored 11 goals in his previous five games, including four against Eibaron Tuesday.
Barcelona, who had been expected to have a difficult season after losing boss Luis Enrique and striker Neymar, travel to Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Tuesday.
They won their opening group game 3-0 against last season’s finalists Juventus.
Barcelona now travel to face Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Wednesday before hosting Las Palmas in La Liga next Sunday.

Girona, meanwhile, face Celta Vigo on Friday night.

  • Alaves 1 – 2 Real Madrid

Dani Ceballos scored twice on his first league start for Real Madrid as they beat struggling Alaves.
The 21-year-old Spanish midfielder, signed from Real Betis in the summer, held off two defenders before striking home his first.


Alaves, who came into the goal without a point or a goal this season, equalised through Manu Garcia’s header.

But, three minutes later, Ceballos scored his and Real’s second with a low drive from 16 yards.

Both sides also went close in the final 20 minutes.
The Spanish and European champions were lucky not to concede when Alfonso Pedraza’s deflected shot beat Keylor Navas but came off the bar.
And the substitute went close again when his poked shot struck the keeper’s right-hand upright.
Real skipper Sergio Ramos, who had a header disallowed, missed an open goal from eight yards.
The win moves Real up to fourth in La Liga, although any of the four teams directly below them – Valencia, Levante, Real Sociedad and Real Betis – could leapfrog Los Blancos by the end of the weekend.
Zinedine Zidane’s side have had a relatively disappointing start to their domestic campaign, having won only three of their first six games.

  • Atletico Madrid 2 – 0 Sevilla

Diego Costa watched Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 win over Sevilla from the stands following his return to the capital club from Chelsea.

Atletico’s transfer ban means Costa cannot take the field until January, but he could at least revel in the club’s form on Saturday.

Yannick Carrasco set Atletico en route to a third straight La Liga win, breaking the deadlock after a goalless first half.

Carrasco rounded Sergio Rico before tucking in to hand the hosts the advantage, then Antoine Griezmann doubled the advantage.

The France poacher was played in by Filipe Luis before firing across Rico and home to settle the argument and leave Atletico with two wins from two in their new Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

  • Malaga 3 – 3 Athletic Bilbao

Diego Rolan’s late strike salvaged 10-man Malaga a 3-3 draw with Athletic Bilbao.
Bilbao led 3-1 after 70 minutes thanks to Inaki Williams’ brace and a fourth-minute penalty from Aritz Aduriz.

Rolan claimed the first of his double after 35 minutes to keep Malaga in touch, but the hosts had Zdravko Kuzmanovic sent off early in the second half.
Malaga shrugged off the setback however, with Paul Baysse and Rolan completing the comeback late on.

EPL results: Morata scores a hat-trick as Chelsea thrash Stoke; Sterling bag two goals as City pile more misery on Palace

West Ham United 2 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur

Burnley 0 – 0 Huddersfield Town

Everton 2 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

Manchester City 5 – 0 Crystal Palace

Southampton 0 – 1 Manchester United

Stoke City 0 – 4 Chelsea

Swansea City 1 – 2 Watford

Leicester City 2 – 3 Liverpool

  • Stoke City 0 – 4 Chelsea

Alvaro Morata scored his first Chelsea hat-trick as the champions began life without Diego Costa with a 4-0 win at Stoke.

Morata struck inside 80 seconds at the bet365 Stadium to give Antonio Conte’s men the lead before Pedro punished an error from Darren Fletcher to add a fine second on the half hour.

Stoke, missing three of their four first-choice defenders, were put the sword after the break as Morata doubled his tally on 77 minutes before completing his treble with a close-range finish eight minutes from time.

The victory maintains Chelsea’s 100 per cent away record this season and lifts them up to third in the Premier League behind the Manchester clubs.

Stoke remain 15th after a fifth game in all competitions without victory.

  • Manchester City 5 – 0 Crystal Palace

Raheem Sterling scored twice as Manchester City cruised to a 5-0 victory over Crystal Palace, who are still yet to score.
City were only top alphabetically before kick-off, but now lead neighbours Manchester United on goal difference after continuing a prolific start to the new campaign that has seen them score 22 goals in their past five matches.

Leroy Sane broke the deadlock with a stylish goal that saw him gallop into the area and lift David Silva’s pass over the head of the hapless Scott Dann before prodding home.

At that stage Palace still had hope, but that evaporated at the beginning of the second half thanks to two Raheem Sterling goals in the space of eight minutes. Sterling made it 2-0 when he met a peach of a cross from Sane and then ended the game as a contest when he fired home Aguero’s pull-back from close range.

Aguero, needing three goals to pass Eric Brook and become City’s record scorer, joined the party with 11 minutes to go when he nodded home another Sane delivery.

Substitute Fabian Delph completed the rout to punish Palace further with a fierce strike into the top corner before the end.

It completed a miserable second-half for Palace, who become the first side in English Football League history to lose their first six games of the season without scoring.

It is now 630 minutes – or seven full games – since Crystal Palace last scored a Premier League goal, on 14 May.

In that time, City have scored 29 league goals in eight matches, and show no sign of stopping – whoever is in their lineup.

  • Southampton 0 – 1 Manchester United

Romelu Lukaku continued his fine goalscoring form for Manchester United to give them a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.

Lukaku scored his eighth goal in eight games for United after 20 minutes, converting a rebound after his initial header was saved by Fraser Forster.

Saints piled on the pressure in the second half, going close through Oriol Romeu on two occasions, and Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands in the final minute of stoppage-time for venturing onto the pitch, but United held on for a vital three points.

  • Leicester City 2 – 3 Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho scored a stunner in a chaotic 3-2 win over Leicester on Saturday.
The victory broke a run of four games without a win in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s men but they were indebted to Simon Mignolet, who saved a Jamie Vardy penalty with 20 minutes remaining.


Coutinho’s sensational free-kick came after Mohamed Salah’s opener which put Liverpool firmly in control until Shinji Okazaki scrambled home from close range just before the break.

Jordan Henderson looked to have made the game safe for the Reds midway through the second half but Vardy took just 90 seconds to hit back.


Leicester were rampant and missed a glorious chance to level it up three minutes later when Mignolet denied Vardy from 12 yards.

Leicester knocked Liverpool out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday but Klopp’s men were fast out of the blocks back in Premier League waters.

  • West Ham United 2 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham beat West Ham 3-2 in the Premier League on Saturday, surviving a red card and a late home fightback.

Kane’s header and low strike gave the visitors a 2-0 half-time lead before midfielder Christian Eriksen fired home the third in the 60th minute.

The Hammers had been disjointed and jaded to that point, but five minutes later Mexico forward Javier Hernandez nodded in from close range.
Tottenham wing-back Serge Aurier was then shown a second yellow card 20 minutes from time for a late tackle on Andy Carroll.
West Ham made their numerical advantage count when Cheikhou Kouyate powered in a magnificent cross from substitute Arthur Masuaku with three minutes left.
However, the Hammers – who are 17th – failed to test the Spurs goal again as they lost for the fourth time in the league this season.

  • Everton 2 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

Everton substitute Oumar Niasse’s two goals to turn defeat into victory against Bournemouth could prove a defining moment in the Toffees’ season, says boss Ronald Koeman.

The Blues were trailing to Joshua King’s sumptuous low 20-yard finish when Niasse was introduced in the 55th minute in place of Wayne Rooney, who had earlier been denied a penalty after being elbowed by Simon Francis.

Niasse hammered the equaliser from a pass by fellow substitute Tom Davies before hooking home the winner from close range at Goodison Park.

Instead of a fourth successive league defeat, Everton are up to 13th in the table after a second league win of the season.

Rooney was angry with referee Martin Atkinson for not punishing Francis and made his feelings known as he went off for treatment with blood pouring from a facial cut.

Jermain Defoe should have made it 2-0 soon after King’s opener but was denied by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford. The Cherries remain 19th in the table – one point from safety.

  • Swansea City 1 – 2 Watford

Richarlison’s late winner helped Watford edge past Swansea 2-1 and record a third successive Premier League victory away from home.

Andre Gray’s first goal for Watford handed the visitors a deserved lead before Tammy Abraham responded after the break.

And with both teams going for the victory late on, Richarlison capitalised on some lax Swansea defending to steal all three points for the Hornets in the 90th minute.

Defeat for Swansea is their third on the spin at the Liberty Stadium, while Watford – who have now won three top-flight games in a row for the first time in their history – move up to fifth in the table.

  • Burnley 0 – 0 Huddersfield Town

Burnley and Huddersfield played out a drab goalless draw at Turf Moor with both sides lacking the quality they have shown this season.
Chris Wood came closest to breaking the deadlock with his first-half effort from Stephen Ward’s cross but the former Leeds striker headed wide.
Huddersfield were the better side in the second period and had the better chances as Tom Ince fired wide from 25 yards after substitute Rajiv van La Parra had shot tamely at Nick Pope.

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