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Lukaku scores as Man Utd ruins Rooney home return

Lukaku scores as Man Utd ruins Rooney home return

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  Romelu Lukaku scored against his former club as Manchester United thrashed Everton to move joint top of the Premier League. Wayne Rooney's return to Old Trafford ended in a dismal defeat - embossed by three late goals - which sent Everton into the bottom three. The Toffees have endured a dire start to the season and have not scored a goal in any of four successive defeats in all competitions. Antonio Valencia smashed a shot past Jordan Pickford from 25 yards to put Jose Mourinho's side into an early lead which rarely came under threat. Rooney, United's record goalscorer, had Everton's two best opportunities but once he left the pitch with nine minutes to go his former employers hit overdrive. Lukaku found Henrikh Mkhitaryan to steer home before the Belgium striker bu...
Drinkwater: Chelsea sign midfielder from Leicester

Drinkwater: Chelsea sign midfielder from Leicester

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Chelsea have signed midfielder Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City for £35m. The 27-year-old was a key part of the Foxes side that won the Premier League in 2015-16, but asked to leave the club amid interest from the Blues. Chelsea have also signed defender Davide Zappacosta from Torino on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. However, striker Fernando Llorente opted for Tottenham instead of a move to Stamford Bridge. And Everton midfielder Ross Barkley changed his mind about joining Antonio Conte's side. Leicester expect to confirm the signing of Adrien Silva, 28, from Sporting Lisbon on Friday for £22m as a midfield replacement. Drinkwater played in 35 of Leicester's 38 league games in their title-winning season and formed an impressive midfield partnership with N'G
Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal reject £50m from Man City

Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal reject £50m from Man City

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Arsenal have rejected a £50m bid from Premier League rivals Manchester City for forward Alexis Sanchez. Alexis Sanchez who scored 24 Premier League goals last season, is out of contract next summer and wants to play for City manager Pep Guardiola. Arsenal have rebuffed all approaches for Sanchez, and would like City's Raheem Sterling as part of any deal before Thursday's transfer deadline. But Guardiola is understood to want the Chilean as a straight purchase. England forward Sterling, 22, has featured in all three of City's games so far this season. However he is not guaranteed a starting role at Etihad Stadium following the summer arrival of Bernardo Silva from Monaco. BBC Sport understands Sterling would be interested in moving back to London should he become part of t
Oxlade-Chamberlain turns down £40m Chelsea move

Oxlade-Chamberlain turns down £40m Chelsea move

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Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has turned down a move to Chelsea after the Premier League clubs agreed a £40m fee. Oxlade Chamberlain believes the Blues planned to use him at wing-back, and his primary reason for wanting to leave Arsenal is to play in central midfield. The 24-year-old England international wants to move to Liverpool. A bid from the Reds is expected before Thursday's transfer deadline, although it is likely to be below the price Chelsea were willing to pay. Should a move not transpire, Oxlade-Chamberlain will see out the final year of his contract before potentially leaving on a free transfer next summer. Arsenal want any deal for the former Southampton midfielder completed as quickly as possible. Oxlade-Chamberlain has started every game for the Gunner
Zlatan Ibrahimovic rejoins Manchester United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic rejoins Manchester United

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Manchester United have re-signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a one-year contract. The 35-year-old former Sweden striker made 46 appearances and scored 28 goals for United last season. Ibrahimovic was RELEASED BY THE CLUB in June after his season was ended prematurely by a knee injury, but he is expected to be fit again in December. "After his contribution last season he deserves our trust and we will be patient waiting for him to return," said manager Jose Mourinho. Ibrahimovic, who initially joined the Red Devils on free transfer in July 2016, had been recuperating at United's training ground after knee surgery. Mourinho added: "We are delighted Zlatan is on the road to recovery and we are equally delighted to have his ambition and experience back with us. "I have no doubt tha...
Liverpool through to Champions League group stage

Liverpool through to Champions League group stage

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Liverpool produced a stunning attacking display against play-off opponents Hoffenheim to ensure five English sides will compete in the Champions League group stage for the first time. Leading 2-1 from the first leg, the Reds virtually wrapped up the tie with three goals in the opening 20 minutes. Emre Can's deflected shot put them ahead before Mohamed Salah reacted quickest to slot in a rebound off the post. Can stroked in Roberto Firmino's cross at the back post just 143 seconds later before Hoffenheim substitute Mark Uth, introduced after 24 minutes in a tactical reshuffle, pulled one back. Former Hoffenheim forward Firmino put the tie beyond doubt after the break, sliding the ball into the bottom corner after Jordan Henderson dispossessed opposing captain Kevin Vogt before u...
Bale scores as Real Madrid begins season with a win

Bale scores as Real Madrid begins season with a win

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Gareth Bale scored one and assisted another as Real Madrid began their La Liga title defence with an easy victory at Deportivo La Coruna, although Sergio Ramos was sent off in injury time. With Cristiano Ronaldo suspended,Bale tapped in from Karim Benzema's scuffed shot to put Madrid ahead. Casemiro ended a move with 44 passes by converting Marcelo's cross, before Toni Kroos smashed in from Bale's pass. Keylor Navas then saved Florin Andone's penalty, before Ramos was dismissed. The Madrid defender picked up his second yellow card for a high elbow in an aerial challenge, having received his first for shoving Fabian Schar's face. Ramos has now been sent off 23 times in his Madrid career Depor centre-back Schar had pushed his head close to Ramos' in an angry confrontati...
Neymar scores twice on home debut for PSG

Neymar scores twice on home debut for PSG

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Neymar scored twice on his home debut as PSG netted four of their six goals with only 10 men to thrash Toulouse and go top of Ligue 1. Max Gradel volleyed home before £200m world record signing Neymar equalized. Adrien Rabiot fired in and Edinson Cavani made it 3-1 from the spot moments after Marco Verratti saw red. Christopher Jullien's header made it 3-2, but stunning strikes from Javier Pastore and Layvin Kurzawa settled matters before Neymar's late effort. The result moved PSG to the top of the table on goal difference, with Monaco and Saint-Etienne also maintaining their 100% winning records this weekend. Neymar dazzled inside Parc de Princes on his PSG home debut It was a fantastic display by last season's runners-up, who will be expected to regain the French ti
Barcelona return to winning with 2-0 over Betis

Barcelona return to winning with 2-0 over Betis

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Barcelona made a winning start to their La Liga campaign by defeating Real Betis on an emotional night at the Nou Camp. The Spanish giants were playing for the first time since the terror attack in the city on Thursday and both teams paid their respects to the victims with a minute's silence before kick off. Barcelona took the lead in the game when Betis Alin Tosca deflected Gerard Deulofeu's cross into his own net. Sergi Roberto then swept in a second. It was a much-needed result for Barcelona after a difficult start to their season. Forward Neymar left the club to join Paris St-Germain in the summer before they were beaten 5-1 on aggregate by rivals Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup. Lionel Messi, the focal point of the Barcelona forward line in the absence of Neymar an...
Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona (agg 5-1): Marco Asensio nets stunner and Karim Benzema hits target as Zinedine Zidane’s men clinch Spanish Super Cup

Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona (agg 5-1): Marco Asensio nets stunner and Karim Benzema hits target as Zinedine Zidane’s men clinch Spanish Super Cup

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Cristiano Ronaldo looked down from his private box, Gareth Bale watched from the bench, and on the pitch – showing no signs of missing either of them – Real Madrid destroyed a Barcelona side to win the Spanish Super Cup. Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele’s prices can be cranked up a little further after this because Barcelona’s board have no choice but to strengthen before the window shuts. Today they will present former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho, not quite the first post-Neymar signing their supporters had in mind. Real Madrid were without their two most expensive players as Ronaldo began a five-game ban for pushing a referee and Bale was dropped to the bench to make way for 21-year-old Marco Asensio. It was the youngster’s rocket shot from 35-yards out on four mi