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Carabao Cup: Tuchel delivers verdict on Werner, Kepa after Chelsea defeated Aston Villa
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Carabao Cup: Tuchel delivers verdict on Werner, Kepa after Chelsea defeated Aston Villa

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has delivered his verdict on Timo Werner and Kepa Arrizabalaga following their performances in his side’s Carabao Cup win over Aston Villa on Wednesday night. Chelsea defeated Aston Villa 4-3 on penalties in the Carabao Cup following a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. Werner had scored the only goal for Chelsea during normal time, while Kepa pulled off a number of good saves in the match, including a big one to help Chelsea win the shootout against Aston Villa. “We brought him into a situation where he can score, this is what we want, and then it’s on him to score. That’s why he is here. It’s the best feeling for a striker to score,” Tuchel told Chelsea’s website. “Kepa is very strong at penalties. He has good experiences in shoot-outs so we focused...
Were Ndidi and Goodman denied goals by VAR? Gallagher gives verdict
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Were Ndidi and Goodman denied goals by VAR? Gallagher gives verdict

The Nigeria duo thought they had scored for their team last weekend but their goals were scrapped off for offside Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has insisted Stuart Attwell was right to disallow Ademola Lookman and Wilfred Ndidi's strikes in Leicester City's 2-1 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday. In the match played at the American Express Community Stadium, Neal Maupay opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 35th minute before Danny Welbeck nodded in a Leandro Trossard cross to make it 2-0 in the 50th minute. Leicester scored their only goal in the 61st minute courtesy of Jamie Vardy, who converted a Youri Tieleman's cross before VAR denied Ademola Lookman and Wilfred Ndidi for offside in the 67th and 86th minutes, respectively.
Owen criticizes Man Utd’s Lingard for not celebrating win against West Ham
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Owen criticizes Man Utd’s Lingard for not celebrating win against West Ham

Former Manchester United striker, Michael Owen, has criticized midfielder, Jesse Lingard, for not celebrating his excellent late winner against West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday. Lingard, a former West Ham player, came off the bench for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side at the London Stadium with 17 minutes to go to curl a sublime 89th-minute winner for the Red Devils as the match ended 2-1. The 28-year-old refused to celebrate his goal, but Owen believes he should have passed the ball to his teammate if he didn’t want to score against West Ham. Cristiano Ronaldo had scored for the visitors, while Said Benrahma netted for the Hammers. “The finish is absolutely sublime,” Owen told Premier League Productions. “The only thing that is poor about the whole scenario is that he ...
EPL: Let’s see in April, May – Solskjaer speaks on Man Utd’s title ambitions
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EPL: Let’s see in April, May – Solskjaer speaks on Man Utd’s title ambitions

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, on Sunday refused to answer questions about their title ambitions, following a 2-1 win at West Ham. Said Benrahma saw his shot deflected in to give the hosts the lead, before Cristiano Ronaldo reacted quickest to his rebound to make it 1-1. Jesse Lingard curled in a fantastic effort in the 89th minute and David De Gea saved Mark Noble’s penalty in stoppage time. Solskjaer was asked about winning the Premier League title after the match. He replied: “You’re not gonna get me on that one now. It’s five games into the season. “I was probably down and out and lost my job yesterday. That’s the way it is at Man United. “We deserved three points [against West Ham]. It’s a hard place to come, here. Hopefully these points can make ...
De Gea reacts after saving late penalty in Man Utd’s 2-1 win against West Ham
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De Gea reacts after saving late penalty in Man Utd’s 2-1 win against West Ham

Manchester United goalkeeper, David De Gea, has expressed happiness after saving a late penalty in Man United’s Premier League 2-1 win against West Ham United on Sunday. De Gea was suddenly thrown into the spotlight in the final minute of the match at the London Stadium when the Hammers were awarded a controversial late penalty. Man United had only just taken the lead with Jesse Lingard’s brilliant 89th-minute strike before referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot following a handball from Luke Shaw after consulting the TV monitor. De Gea eventually saved Mark Noble’s penalty to give Man United all three points against the hosts. “It was a bit crazy at the end, a great goal of Jesse, a stupid penalty, lucky penalty for them at the end of the game,” De Gea told MUTV. “Th...
Daka set for ‘new surprise role’ as Leicester City get ready for Brighton test
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Daka set for ‘new surprise role’ as Leicester City get ready for Brighton test

The 22-year-old saw his effort ruled out for offside by VAR on Thursday but he is in line to face the Seagulls Zambia international Patson Daka could be set for a new role at the club as revealed by manager Brendan Rodgers. The 22-year-old finally made his full debut for the Foxes as they battled to a 2-2 draw against Napoli in their Europa League fixture at King Power Stadium on Thursday night. During the match, Daka, who joined Leicester from Red Bull Salzburg at the start of the new campaign, found the back of the net in the 59th minute after being set up by Youri Tielemans but VAR interjected to rule the strike out for offside.  
Chukwueze will remain sidelined against Mallorca – Villarreal’s Emery
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Chukwueze will remain sidelined against Mallorca – Villarreal’s Emery

  The 22-year-old Super Eagle will not be involved as the Yellow Submarine visit Iberostar Stadium for their fifth top-flight fixture Nigeria international Samuel Chukwueze will remain sidelined when Villarreal take on Mallorca in a La Liga match on Sunday. The Yellow Submarine will visit Iberostar Stadium for their fifth match of the campaign and according to manager Unai Emery, the 22-year-old Super Eagle, who is yet to feature in any match this campaign, will not be involved. “We focus on how we line up for every match. On Sunday in Mallorca, we will focus on finding the starting XI in the best shape, taking into account Tuesday’s game, and without taking into account what comes after,” Emery told the club’s official website.    
Fiorentina join Serie A leaders with Genoa win
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Fiorentina join Serie A leaders with Genoa win

Fiorentina continued their strong start to the season on Saturday with a 2-1 win at Genoa which moves them level with Serie A’s leading teams. Riccardo Saponara’s beautifully struck opener on the hour and a Giacomo Bonaventura goal a minute from the end were enough for Vincenzo Italiano’s team to run out winners for the third match in a row. The Tuscan outfit are fourth, level on nine points with Jose Mourinho’s leaders Roma, AC Milan and Napoli, who are all yet to play this weekend. Genoa, who pulled one back from the spot deep in stoppage time through Domenico Criscito, sit 14th with three points after their third defeat of the season. Champions Inter Milan will look to bounce back from a late defeat to Real Madrid in midweek when they host Bologna at the San Siro later on ...
Onyeka helps 10-man Brentford beat Wolverhampton Wanderers
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Onyeka helps 10-man Brentford beat Wolverhampton Wanderers

  The Nigeria midfielder played a role as the Bees grabbed their second league win of the season Frank Onyeka came off the bench as 10-man Brentford stunned Wolverhampton Wanderers in Saturday's Premier League match. The 23-year-old replaced Sergi Canos in the 68th minute, four minutes after Shandon Baptiste was given his marching orders after his second yellow card. The outing was Onyeka's third Premier League appearance of the season following his permanent switch from Midtjylland in August  
Arsenal confirm deal for Hein ahead of Burnley clash
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Arsenal confirm deal for Hein ahead of Burnley clash

Arsenal have confirmed that goalkeeper, Karl Hein, has signed a new long-term contract with the club. The North London club disclosed this in a statement via their website on Friday ahead of their Premier League clash with Burnley on Saturday. The statement read in part, “Young goalkeeper Karl Hein has signed a new long-term contract with us. “The 19-year-old, who made his non-competitive first-team debut in July in the pre-season match at Hibernian, was also a member of the first-team matchday squad six times in the Europa League last season. “Hein is a full Estonia international and has now made 10 appearances for his country.” Hein made his full international debut for Estonia in September 2020 in a Nations League match against Georgia. He kept a clean sheet against ...
Without Lionel Messi, Barcelona have no soul – Bayern Munich and German legend Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
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Without Lionel Messi, Barcelona have no soul – Bayern Munich and German legend Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Legendary Germany and Bayern Munich striker, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said that Barcelona have no soul without Lionel Messi. The former Bayern Munich CEO stated this as he praised his former club over the way Bayern thrashed Barca 3-0 at the Nou Camp in their opening group game of the 2021/22 UEFA Champion League match. He said Barca look different without Messi , a player who has been a key figure for the club in the last two decades. “They [Bayern] played outstandingly well and deserved to win,” he told German publication Bild. “It’s too early to talk about favourites. [The competition] only really starts with the knockout phase. “If you look at the team, the way they [Barca] performed tactically. Without Messi, their souls have been ripped out. They are facing difficul...
Barcelona give Koeman three matches to save his job
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Barcelona give Koeman three matches to save his job

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, is on the brink of losing his job and has been given three games to turn around the situation, according to the UK Mirror. The Blaugrana were thrashed 3-0 by Bayern Munich in their opening Champions League group game on Tuesday night. The LaLiga side failed to muster a shot on target in all 90 minutes of the match. It was a result and performance that increased the pressure on Koeman. Barca will play three league fixtures within a week – with a trip to Cadiz sandwiched between home games against Granada and Levante respectively. All three opponents are teams that are expected to finish in the lower half of the Spanish top flight this campaign. It is claimed that if Barca slip up in any of those matches, then the board will have a decision...
Nice vs Marseille: Abandoned Ligue 1 game Rescheduled for October 27
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Nice vs Marseille: Abandoned Ligue 1 game Rescheduled for October 27

The match between Nice and Marseille which was abandoned last month due to crowd trouble will be replayed on October 27, France's Ligue 1 said on Monday. It is set to be played at a neutral location and Ligue 1 said the venue will be determined at a later date. Nice were handed a two-point penalty, one of which is suspended, following fan violence during the game which was abandoned with 15 minutes left after home fans threw projectiles and invaded the pitch. French Professional League (LFP) had ordered the club to play their next home game behind closed doors, pending the results of the probe. The point deduction meant Nice had dropped to fifth place - one point behind Marseille in the standings, with six points from three games, but both teams won this weeke...
I think I’m the best in the world’ – Ibrahimovic believes his qualities match Messi and Ronaldo
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I think I’m the best in the world’ – Ibrahimovic believes his qualities match Messi and Ronaldo

The Milan attacker, who is now into his fourth decade near the summit of the professional game, feels that he is no less a skilled star than the duo Zlatan Ibrahimovic says that he does not consider himself a lesser player than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, with the forward stating that he believes himself to be "the best in the world". The AC Milan attacker is widely considered one of the most prolific players of his generation following a journeyman career across seven countries and 22 years. The Sweden star has struggled to complete the clean sweep of honours enjoyed by regular Ballon d'Or victors Messi and Ronaldo however - but while playing down suggestions he is among the game's all-time greats, the 39-year-old says he is not in either player's shadow.
Why Ronaldo may not start for Man United against Newcastle on Saturday
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Why Ronaldo may not start for Man United against Newcastle on Saturday

Cristiano Ronaldo would be left on the substitutes’ bench against Newcastle United at Old Trafford, The Sun, UK reports. The player has a little time to prepare for the game against Newcastle after international duty with Portugal and self-isolation. Ronaldo returned to Manchester United after Portugal’s game against the Republic of Ireland but faced five days of isolation at home in Cheshire due to COVID protocols. The 36-year-old had just one day to train with his new teammates ahead of Saturday and this is unlikely to be enough for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to throw him into the starting XI against Newcastle. The Sun reports that the Portugal international will be left on the bench for the 3pm kick-off. The newspaper WDI that although he will likely still make ...
Former USWNT head coach and World Cup winner Jill Ellis named in new FIFA role
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Former USWNT head coach and World Cup winner Jill Ellis named in new FIFA role

She will lead a group tasked with developing the women's game and improving the match calendar, amid rumours of a biennial World Cup. Former U.S. women's national team head coach Jill Ellis has been appointed by FIFA to lead a new technical advisory group on the future of women's football, it has been announced. The 54-year-old won back-to-back Women's World Cup titles as the head coach of the USWNT in 2015 and 2019 before stepping down following the latter triumph. In addition to her FIFA position, she will continue working in San Diego with the city's NWSL expansion side, which will enter the top league in the United States at the beginning of 2022. Ellis and the FIFA technical advisory group she's leading will set out to "examine and explore ways to improve the current match calend...
Argentina players board plane after threat of arrest in Brazil leads to suspended match
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Argentina players board plane after threat of arrest in Brazil leads to suspended match

The two South American giants played just five minutes before the game ended under bizarre circumstances Brazil and Argentina's World Cup qualifier was thrown into chaos on Sunday when health authorities attempted to detain several members of the visiting team, causing the game to be suspended. Emiliano Martinez, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso were cleared to play the World Cup qualifier despite being accused of falsifying travel information upon their entry to Brazil, with mandatory quarantine and deportation advised by the Brazilian government for the trio and reserve Emiliano Buendia. The match had barely passed five minutes when scores of officers stormed the pitch, to the incredulity of both teams. But five hours after leaving the stadium under the threat of detainmen...
Coup: Guinea’s World Cup qualifier Postponed
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Coup: Guinea’s World Cup qualifier Postponed

Football governing bodies FIFA and CAF have postponed Monday’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match involving Guinea and visiting Morocco. The decision to postpone the game is as a result of Sunday’s coup d’etat in the west African country, as well as the reported detention of its president, Alpha Conde. “The current political and security situation in Guinea is quite volatile and is being closely monitored by FIFA and CAF. “To ensure the safety and security of all players and to protect all match officials, FIFA and CAF have decided to postpone the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying match, Guinea versus Morocco. ”The match had been scheduled to be hosted in Conakry, Guinea on Monday,” CAF disclosed in a statement late on Sunday. It added that information about reschedul...
Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye shows off girlfriend
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Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye shows off girlfriend

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye has shown off his girlfriend via an Instastory post he shared. The Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper who featured in Super Eagles' world cup qualifier match against Liberia, shared a photo of his girlfriend who wore a black gown, trying to kiss him as they posed for a photo. Okoye also captioned the photo "My Queen". See the photo below...............
Naomi Osaka takes break from tennis till further notice after US Open shock
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Naomi Osaka takes break from tennis till further notice after US Open shock

Naomi Osaka has announced that she is taking an indefinite break from tennis, after her US Open defence ended in a shock defeat. She suffered a stunning loss to Leylah Fernandez 5-7 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Osaka served for the match in the second set, but allowed the 18-year-old storm to an impressive win. Earlier this year, she had withdrawn from the French Open and Wimbledon due to mental health issues. The 23-year-old has now admitted she will not play again for a “while”. “Basically I feel like I’m at this point where I’m trying to figure out what I want to do, and I honestly don’t know when I’m going to play my next tennis match. Sorry. “I think I’m going to take a break from playing for a while. “I feel like for me recently when I win, I don’t...
Brazil and PSG star Neymar laughs off claims he’s overweight
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Brazil and PSG star Neymar laughs off claims he’s overweight

  The 29-year-old has been subject to criticism in the French press of late Neymar has laughed off suggestions he is overweight after recent criticism suggesting he is not in ideal playing shape. The Brazil star played the full match on Thursday as the Selecao defeated Chile 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier. French media suggested Neymar was out of shape after PSG's win over Reims last weekend, which prompted a response from the superstar after his exploits with Brazil.      
Hungary v England: Fifa investigating racial abuse aimed at English players
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Hungary v England: Fifa investigating racial abuse aimed at English players

Football's governing body, FIFA says it is investigating racial abuse aimed at England players, Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham during Thursday's 4-0 win over Hungary in a World Cup qualifier in Budapest. England's players were booed as they took a knee before the match at the 67,000-capacity Puskas Arena to protest against racism, while racist chants could be heard during the match as Sterling and Bellingham were the targets of abuse. In the second half, Sterling was pelted with paper cups and bottles when he opened the scoring for England while a flare was later thrown on to the pitch after Harry Maguire put the visitors 3-0 ahead. UEFA ordered Hungary to play three home games behind closed doors after fans' discriminatory behaviour which took place during Euro 2020 in J...
Mannion Ready for new Season After Crossing Manchester Divide
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Mannion Ready for new Season After Crossing Manchester Divide

Peter Schmeichel. Carlos Tevez. Abbie McManus. In either the men's or women's game, it's always a slightly controversial decision to switch sides in Manchester, but that is just the move defender Aoife Mannion made this summer. Having signed for Manchester City in 2019 from Birmingham City, Mannion was unable to make her mark on the blue side of the city. A serious ACL injury in October 2019 - just three months and 10 days after joining the club - saw her out of action until February this year, keeping her off the field for 458 days. She made just 11 appearances for City before leaving at the end of her contract last season. "It was a struggle two-fold - just the length of the injury lay-off and also that the rehab straddled the pandemic," Mannion explained ahead of Friday's B...
Arsenal’s Xhaka tests positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with Switzerland
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Arsenal’s Xhaka tests positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with Switzerland

The midfielder returned a positive test on Wednesday ahead of a match against Greece Granit Xhaka has tested positive for Covid-19, the Swiss federation announced on Wednesday. The Arsenal midfielder was left out of the squad to face Greece on Wednesday after showing symptoms earlier in the day. A PCR test produced a positive result, ruling Xhaka out, while a member of Switzerland's backroom staff has also gone into quarantine.
Goalkeeper, 23, Dies after horror Collision with Opposition player during Match
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Goalkeeper, 23, Dies after horror Collision with Opposition player during Match

A 23-year-old goalkeeper has died after a horror collision with an opposition player during a competitive match in Russia. Alexander Shishmarev was in action for Krasnaya Zvezda against Baltika-M's youth side in a training match when he received a blow around the neck from an opponent who flew into him at speed. His "tongue rolled backward" and he suffocated as a result of the collision. The Russian national team announced the tragic news on Twitter: "Today, during a training match 'Baltika-M - Krasnaya Zvezda', the team's goalkeeper from Sovetsk, Alexander Shishmarev, was fatally injured. "The doctors of the club and the ambulance provided assistance for more than an hour, but they could not save their lives. We sincerely condole with family and friends." Alexander Garvidi...
Goalkeeper Dies After Colliding With Rival Player During Competitive Match
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Goalkeeper Dies After Colliding With Rival Player During Competitive Match

In what will come across as a really shocking development, a Russian goalkeeper who was aged 23 has died after a sickening collision with a rival player during a competitive match. Alexander Shishmarev of Russian fourth-tier side Krasnaya Zvezda was playing against second-tier Baltika-M’s youth side in a training game at north-west city Kaliningrad. And the player from Sovetsk, who worked in the Emergencies Ministry, suffered a “fatal” collision with an opposition player. The Russian national team released a statement on Twitter which read: “Today, during a training match ‘Baltika-M - Krasnaya Zvezda’, the team's goalkeeper from Sovetsk, Alexander Shishmarev, was fatally injured. “The doctors of the club and the ambulance provided assistance for more than an hour, but they coul...
Nwakaeme’s winning goal steers Trabzonspor to third Super Lig win in a row
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Nwakaeme’s winning goal steers Trabzonspor to third Super Lig win in a row

The Nigeria international maintained his fine start to the season with another effort that secured maximum points for the Black Sea Storm in Giresun Anthony Nwakaeme scored the winning goal as Trabzonspor defeated Giresunspor 1-0 in Sunday's Turkish Super Lig match. The 32-year-old has enjoyed a great start to the 2021-22 season, scoring at least a goal in each of the Black Sea Storm's first three league matches. Following Thursday's 3-0 loss to Roma in the Uefa Europa Conference League play-offs, Nwakaeme got Abdullah Avci's men back to winning ways with his goal.  
Messi makes PSG debut in Ligue 1 clash against Reims
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Messi makes PSG debut in Ligue 1 clash against Reims

The Argentine got his first taste of club football away from Barcelona in the second half at Stade Auguste Delaune Lionel Messi has made his Paris Saint-Germain debut, coming on for Neymar after 66 minutes in a clash against Reims. It is the first time that Messi has played a competitive club match for a team other than Barcelona. He arrived at PSG earlier in August after Barcelona were forced to release him for financial reasons.  
Reims vs PSG: Messi included in Pochettino’s squad for Ligue 1 clash
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Reims vs PSG: Messi included in Pochettino’s squad for Ligue 1 clash

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has confirmed that Lionel Messi will be part of his squad to face Reims on Sunday evening. Messi is in line to make one of the most highly-anticipated debuts in the history of European football. “We have not yet announced the squad,” Pochettino told a press conference on Saturday, adding that all the ‘magic trio’ “will certainly be among those named, we will see if they can play from the start of the match.” Messi is yet to feature for PSG, following his free transfer from Barcelona. It will be the first season in over 20 years he will not be pulling on the Blaugrana shirt. Messi spent his entire senior career at Camp Nou, scoring 672 goals and providing 305 assists in 778 games. Without him, PSG have started the 2021/20...
Resilient 10-Man Chelsea draw at Liverpool after James Red
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Resilient 10-Man Chelsea draw at Liverpool after James Red

Ten-man Chelsea produced a display of remarkable resistance to hold on for a 1-1 draw with Liverpool, in an epic, enthralling contest between two Premier League title hopefuls at Anfield, following Reece James' hotly-debated sending off in first-half injury time. The Champions League holders had won at this venue in March and were impressing again on Liverpool's patch, leading through Kai Havertz's brilliant header, as an enthralling contest approached half-time. But drama and controversy moments before the break transformed the match. Joel Matip hit the bar as Chelsea struggled to clear a corner and when Sadio Mane rifled in a follow-up shot the ball cannoned into James' arm off his knee on the goal-line, before the defender appeared to try to flick the ball away with his hand. ...
‘I never wanted to play right-back!’ – James reveals defensive distastes in Chelsea career
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‘I never wanted to play right-back!’ – James reveals defensive distastes in Chelsea career

The Blues star has made his name over the past few seasons as a defensive dynamo but originally didn't want anything to do with the position Reece James has revealed that he did not want to play at right-back during his Chelsea academy days, but admitted that it helped him realise his dreams of turning professional as a teenager. The Blues star has made his name over the past few seasons as one of the most promising defensive talents in the British game, with Champions League glory and Euro 2020 silver-medal honours to match. But now, the England international has acknowledged that he bristled for several years at the decision to move him from his original midfield position during his youth at the club's Cobham base.  
Liverpool defender Matip does not want Cameroon return – Conceicao
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Liverpool defender Matip does not want Cameroon return – Conceicao

The Germany-born centre-back is yet to play for the Indomitable Lions since his last outing in 2015 Cameroon coach Antonio Conceicao has explained Liverpool defender Joel Matip is not interested to revive his international career. After playing for the Central African nation at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and two Fifa World Cup tournaments (2010 and 2014), the 30-year-old turned down subsequent invitations to join the national team. Matip first played for the Indomitable Lions in a friendly match against Italy in March 2010, and he scored their only goal at the 2014 World Cup which was in a 4-1 loss to the host country, Brazil.
Manchester City draw third-tier Wycombe in Carabao Cup third round as they begin bid for another title
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Manchester City draw third-tier Wycombe in Carabao Cup third round as they begin bid for another title

Pep Guardiola's men have won the competition four times in a row entering this season, and will face League One opposition first up Manchester City have drawn third-tier Wycombe as their third-round Carabao Cup opponent as they look to win the competition for a fifth straight time. Pep Guardiola's men have at least on paper a more favourable draw than rivals Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea, who each must face a top-flight side. The third round will take place in late September, with official dates for each match yet to be announced.  
Nice-Marseille punishments assessed after pitch invasion chaos
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Nice-Marseille punishments assessed after pitch invasion chaos

The LFP has reacted to violent scenes on Sunday that led to the abandonment of a Ligue 1 match The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has determined that Nice's next match will take place behind closed doors following the chaos that marred Sunday's meeting with Marseille. Referee Benoit Bastien was forced to abandon the game midway through the second half after violence from both fans and players and staff on the pitch; because Marseille players refused to return from the dressing room, they were assigned a 3-0 forfeit defeat. Further sanctions are expected next month, but for now Nice supporters will not be able to attend the Allianz Rivera for the club's upcoming clash with Bordeaux.  
Reece James Has Bottle Thrown At Him By Arsenal Fan During Chelsea Match
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Reece James Has Bottle Thrown At Him By Arsenal Fan During Chelsea Match

Reece James narrowly avoided being hit by a bottle during Chelsea's victory over Arsenal on Sunday. James scored in his side's 2-0 win at the Emirates, rounding off a brilliant team move with a smart finish in the first half of their Premier League match. He wheeled away in celebration, running to the corner flag and celebrated in front of the Arsenal faithful. His celebration got too much for one Arsenal fan, who shockingly launched a bottle in his direction. The bottle, though, missed the Blues star who walked away from the incident unhurt. The Arsenal fan who threw a bottle at James was condemned online. James' defensive colleague Antonio Rudiger shared an image of himself throwing the bottle to the side of the pitch following Chelsea's second league win of the sea...
Arteta makes fresh demand after 2-0 defeat
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Arteta makes fresh demand after 2-0 defeat

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has warned that he does not want anyone to feel sorry, following their 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday. Romelu Lukaku and Reece James scored for the Blues, as they took away maximum points from their London rivals. For the Gunners, it is their second consecutive loss this season. Arsenal are yet to win or score this season and play Manchester City next in the league. But Arteta, speaking after the match at the Emirates, said: “I don’t want to see anybody feeling sorry for themselves or for the squad, or for the team because that’s not going to help us. “I want a team and individuals who want to fight, that want to face the challenge.”
‘This one is the best’ – Lukaku says Arsenal opener is his most special Premier League goal
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‘This one is the best’ – Lukaku says Arsenal opener is his most special Premier League goal

The Chelsea forward took just 14 minutes to find the net for the first time this season following his big money return to Stamford Bridge Romelu Lukaku says his opener for Chelsea against Arsenal on Sunday is the most special Premier League goal he's ever scored. The striker swept in from full-back Reece James' cross to kickstart the Blues' 2-0 victory in his first start since rejoining the club from Inter. While the finish was straightforward, he did well to hold up the ball in the build-up before making a darting run beyond Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno. Lukaku entered the match with 113 career Premier League goals, though none in the 10 domestic appearances he made during his first stint at Stamford Bridge.
Marseille match abandoned after Nice fans storm pitch for brawl
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Marseille match abandoned after Nice fans storm pitch for brawl

Bottles were thrown at players and punches were exchanged in the altercation Marseille's Ligue 1 match against Nice on Sunday has been abandoned after the visiting club refused to emerge from the dressing room after Nice fans invaded the pitch to spark a brawl. The referee blew for the final whistle with only the Nice players in sight following a brief suspension to proceedings, and according to Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) rules, Marseille have been handed an automatic 3-0 defeat pending further review. Members of the crowd had pelted Marseille players with objects in the lead-up to the chaotic fight, and fans charged the playing surface when forward Dimitri Payet's responded to them after being struck near the corner flag.
Messi poised for PSG debut against Reims, says hopeful Pochettino
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Messi poised for PSG debut against Reims, says hopeful Pochettino

The former Barcelona forward will be looking to pick up his first minutes for his new club ahead of a return to the international fold next month Lionel Messi could be in line for his Paris Saint-Germain debut against Reims in Ligue 1 next weekend, says Mauricio Pochettino, as the Argentine closes in on his first game for the club. The former Barcelona forward brought the curtain down on a glittering Camp Nou career in particularly wounded circumstances earlier this year following the club's inabiility to re-sign him. Now, the attacker, who has headlined an influx of major talents at Parc des Princes this summer, is fast approaching a maiden match in their colours, according to his manager.  
Kogi United relegated, looses to DMD in Lokoja
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Kogi United relegated, looses to DMD in Lokoja

Kogi United on Wednesday lost their last match to DMD in the Nigeria National League. DMD defeated Kogi United 2-1 in Lokoja to officially confirm the relegation of their opponent. A first-half mistake from Kogi United goalkeeper Shola Sheshere gave the visitors the lead five minutes into the match through Ali Yusuf. Kogi United pushed forward to level the game but due to high resistance from DMD, they could not find the back of the net. The home team, however, got their equalizer in the 23rd minute through Eghe Osas strike in a free-kick from close range. A controversial penalty call from the centre referee before halftime extended DMD’s lead Relegated Kogi United mounted pressure in the second half but failed to convert their chances despite the 10 minutes added time. ...
EPL: Striker Antonio Conte would sign for Arsenal revealed
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EPL: Striker Antonio Conte would sign for Arsenal revealed

Arsenal are preparing to replace Mikel Arteta with former Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, according to Tuttosport. The Gunners have started the season in frustrating manner after Brentford secured a memorable 2-0 victory over them on Friday in their first ever Premier League match. The Sports outlet claims that Arsenal board are looking to bring in Conte, who would in turn, complete the deal for striker Lautaro Martinez. According to the report, Arsenal would persuade the Italian gaffer to return to London while the manager would bring Martinez along with him. Conte dumped Inter Milan at the end of last season after guiding them to the Serie A title. After the defeat to Brentford Arteta said, “I’m disappointed. We started the season against a good opponent. I don’t think we...
Boufal and Ounahi on target, Cornet sees red as Angers defeat Lyon
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Boufal and Ounahi on target, Cornet sees red as Angers defeat Lyon

The two players from Morocco scored a goal apiece as their team cruised to a comfortable league win at home Morocco internationals Sofiane Boufal and Azzedine Ounahi were on target as Angers handed Lyon a 3-0 defeat in a French Ligue 1 match on Saturday. The 27-year-old Boufal opened the scoring in the 20th minute before Marcelo scored an own goal in the 58th minute and defender Ounahi added the third in the 77th minute as the home team condemned Lyon to defeat in a match which saw Ivory Coast left-back Maxwel Cornet sent off for a second bookable offense at Parc Olympique Lyonnais. Angers started the game on a high note as Ivory Coast midfielder Souleyman Doumbia went on a solo run deep into the Lyon danger zone but his final effort was weak to trouble goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.
Daouda Bamba grabs a brace as Altay SK beat Kayserispor
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Daouda Bamba grabs a brace as Altay SK beat Kayserispor

The 26-year-old Ivorian forward popped up with two goals to help the promoted side get a win on the opening day Ivory Coast international Daouda Bamba notched a brace as Altay SK cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win against Kayserispor in a Turkish Super Lig match on Saturday. It took only eight minutes for the 26-year-old to hit the back of the net after combining well with Gabon midfielder Andre Boko, and he added his second in the 45th minute before Thaciano Mickael da Silva sealed the game in the 86th minute at Bornova Stadium. The towering Bamba opened his account in the eighth minute after his combination with Boko saw the latter square a pass, and he slotted it home past the advancing Kayserispor goalkeeper Dogan Alemdar.
Frank names ‘man of the match’ after Brentford’s 2-0 win over Arsenal
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Frank names ‘man of the match’ after Brentford’s 2-0 win over Arsenal

Brentford manager, Thomas Frank, has named the club’s fans as his ‘man of the match’ following their 2-0 victory over Arsenal in the Premier League on Friday night. Goals from Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard against Arsenal gave the Premier League newcomers their first three points of the season. Speaking to BBC after the game, Frank said: “I think we top-performed, but there must be a level above that. The fans were absolutely amazing. “That was more than a 10/10 performance in terms of atmosphere. Constant singing. Amazing. “I know after the play-off final, there were a lot of proud people, a lot of tears. It’s been a long journey. “I thought we deserved the win. What I liked was how brave we were, pressing high and trying to play. “If there was only ...
Arsenal lose 2-0 to Brentford in EPL season opener
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Arsenal lose 2-0 to Brentford in EPL season opener

Brentford made a blistering start to their first English top-flight season for 74 years as goals from Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard earned a 2-0 win over Arsenal in front of a first-ever full house at the Brentford Community Stadium on Friday. The Bees spent the first season at their new home playing behind closed doors, but rose to the occasion as they were roared on by 17,000 fans in west London in the first Premier League match at full capacity since March 2020. Bees’ boss Thomas Frank whipped up the crowd into a frenzy before kick-off and Arsenal were soon suffering under the relentless pressing his side became famous for in the Championship. Bryan Mbuemo drilled a shot off the outside of the post in the first warning shot from the home side before they took the l...
Chelsea apologise for unfinished Stamford Bridge work leaving fans without seats
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Chelsea apologise for unfinished Stamford Bridge work leaving fans without seats

The Blues had wanted to rebuild trust with their fan base after the Super League debacle but have faced criticism again Chelsea have apologised to their angry supporters after failing to complete work on adding rail seating at Stamford Bridge. It means some fans will miss the opening match of the season against Crystal Palace despite having season tickets. Issues in the Matthew Harding Lower Stand mean Chelsea's stadium won't be quite full for their opening Premier League game of the season.
Messi makes fresh demand to PSG ahead of Ligue 1 clash against Strasbourg
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Messi makes fresh demand to PSG ahead of Ligue 1 clash against Strasbourg

Lionel Messi has told Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, that he wants to be part of Saturday’s match squad, for their Ligue 1 fixture against Strasbourg. The 34-year-old completed a free transfer from Barcelona this week. Messi is yet to have any pre-season training, as he’s been on holidays after helping Argentina win the Copa America. However, RMC reports Messi wants to be starting games as soon as possible, although the club’s coaching staff want him to work on his sharpness first. Messi trained with the rest of the PSG squad on Thursday, as Pochettino schemes how to dovetail him into his attack that already has Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. It appears likely that he will have to wait for the Ligue 1 clash against Reims on August 29 to make his...
Chelsea vs Villarreal: Thomas Tuchel Reveals Why he clashed with Emery at halftime
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Chelsea vs Villarreal: Thomas Tuchel Reveals Why he clashed with Emery at halftime

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has revealed why he clashed with Villarreal head coach, Unai Emery during the Europa Super Cup match on Wednesday. Hakim Ziyech put Chelsea in front in the halftime, but the Yellow Submarines fought back in the second half and equalised through Gérard Moreno and took the game into extra time. The scoreline remained unchanged after 120 minutes of play leading to a penalty shootout, with Chelsea goalkeeper, Kepa, saving two from Emery’s men. He, however, insisted he had ‘no problem’ with the Spanish gaffer after Chelsea won the game on penalties. The German hit out at a member of Villarreal’s coaching staff for his over-the-top reaction to Antonio Rudiger’s crunching first-half challenge. TV cameras captured Tuchel and Emery exchangi...
Mendy was happy to make way for Kepa in UEFA Super Cup penalty shootout, says Chelsea boss Tuchel
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Mendy was happy to make way for Kepa in UEFA Super Cup penalty shootout, says Chelsea boss Tuchel

The manager's decision to change goalkeepers for spot kicks paid off as the Blues won an early-season trophy Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said Edouard Mendy was happy to stand down in favour of Kepa Arrizabalaga, who came off the bench to help Chelsea win the UEFA Super Cup in a penalty shootout victory over Villarreal. With Wednesday's match tied 1-1 in the 119th minute, Kepa was subbed on to play in goal during the shootout. Tuchel's decision proved to be a wise one, as the Spanish goalkeeper saved two penalties – including the decisive stop from Raul Albiol – to help Chelsea bring home early-season silverware.
Leicester City vs Man City: All you need to know about Community Shield clash
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Leicester City vs Man City: All you need to know about Community Shield clash

The 2021/2022 Premier League season will be heralded by Saturday’s Community Shield game between Leicester City and Manchester City. The Foxes defeated Chelsea to win the FA Cup, while Pep Guardiola’s men stormed to the league title. Today’s fixture will mark the return of capacity crowds at Wembley, as the UK returns to some normality post-pandemic. With six substitutes permitted, there will almost certainly be a stop-start feel to the second-half as both managers try to build match fitness. City have been boosted this week by the arrival of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa in a British record transfer. But the playmaker is likely to start from the bench. The game kicks off 5.15pm WAT and will be beamed live on ITV and ITV Hub. Guardiola will be trying to c...

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