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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
Liverpool beat Hoffenheim in Champions league first leg

Liverpool beat Hoffenheim in Champions league first leg

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Liverpool will take a one-goal advantage back to Anfield for the second leg of their Champions League play-off tie with Hoffenheim after Trent Alexander-Arnold's free-kick and an own goal earned them a hard-fought victory in Germany. Rookie full-back Alexander-Arnold demonstrated a cutting edge lacking in some of his more experienced team-mates with an expertly taken set-piece that found the bottom corner of the home net in the 35th minute to give him his first goal for the club. James Milner took advantage of acres of space on the left to find the top corner via a significant deflection from the chest of Havard Nordtveit just 10 minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute. But defensive frailties again hampered the Reds as Mark Uth was found by a long ball into the box an...
Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid forward suspended for five games

Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid forward suspended for five games

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for five games after he was sent off in Real Madrid's 3-1 win against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup first leg on Sunday. He was given a one-match ban for being shown two yellow cards and a further four for pushing the referee in the back after he had been sent off. The bookings at the Nou Camp were for taking off his shirt to celebrate his goal to make it 2-1 and for a dive. He will miss Wednesday's second leg. Ronaldo, 32, will have 10 days to appeal. The Portugal international will be able to play in the Champions League but will not return to domestic action until 20 September against Real Betis. Madrid had already signalled their intent to appeal against Ronaldo's second yellow card shown for diving eight minutes from time whe...
Neymar scores on Paris St-Germain debut

Neymar scores on Paris St-Germain debut

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Neymar scored on his Paris St-Germain debut following his world record £200m transfer from Barcelona. The Brazilian had a hand in all three goals as PSG beat Guingamp to maintain their 100% start to the season. Jordan Ikoko opened the scoring with an own goal moments after Neymar's pass to Edinson Cavani was cut out. Neymar then assisted Cavani with an excellent through ball, before the Uruguayan passed to his new team-mate late on to score from six yards out. The 25-year-old Brazil international, who played on the left side but got involved centrally too, had a bright debut with plenty of flicks and tricks - although most of his shots were blocked before his late strike.
Diego Costa: Chelsea striker treated like a ‘criminal’, wants to join Atletico Madrid

Diego Costa: Chelsea striker treated like a ‘criminal’, wants to join Atletico Madrid

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Diego Costa has described his treatment by Chelsea like that of a "criminal" and confirmed he wants to join Atletico Madrid. The striker, 28, last played for Chelsea in the FA Cup final in May, and was sent a text in June by boss Antonio Conte telling him he would not be part of the squad for next season. Costa says the club are now demanding he return to train with the reserves. "Why won't they let me go if they don't want me?" he told the Daily Mail "I have to do what I have to do. I have to think of myself. I've been a good boy here and tried to do the right thing. My desire is to go to Atletico." Costa joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in 2014 and has won two Premier League titles and the League Cup with the London club. In January, he was left out of the Chelsea si...
Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo scores and sent off

Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo scores and sent off

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored and was then sent off as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 in the Spanish Super Cup first leg. Gerard Pique slid Marcelo's cross into his own net before Lionel Messi levelled from a penalty. Ronaldo, who was a substitute, restored Real's lead when he ran from halfway before smashing an effort home. He was booked for taking off his shirt to celebrate and shown a second yellow shortly after for a dive - before Marco Asensio scored an excellent third. Ronaldo felt he should have had a penalty when he went down under pressure from Samuel Umtiti, and appeared to shove the referee in the back after he was shown the red card. Even for a player who has been so prominent in El Clasico contests, the 24 minutes Ronaldo spent on the pitch were unusually eventful. ...
Real Madrid beat Man United to win Super Cup

Real Madrid beat Man United to win Super Cup

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Manchester United were outclassed as Spanish and European champions Real Madrid retained the Uefa Super Cup victory in a sweltering Skopje. Madrid dominated from the start and deservedly led when Casemiro - who looked offside - slid in a half volley. They doubled their lead when Isco calmly slotted in from eight yards after a neat one-two with Gareth Bale, who started ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo. New £75m striker Romelu Lukaku tapped in before Marcus Rashford scuffed wide. The Europa League winners were given encouragement by Lukaku's strike, despite rarely threatening the Madrid goal in the previous hour, and could have scored a barely deserved equaliser through half-time substitute Rashford with nine minutes left. United were unable to create another clear-cut chance as Mad
Liverpool’s Adam Lallana out for two months

Liverpool’s Adam Lallana out for two months

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London - Liverpool will be without midfielder Adam Lallana for "a couple of months" due to a thigh injury, the Premier League club announced on Friday. The England international, 29, sustained the injury during Liverpool's friendly match against Atletico Madrid in Munich on Wednesday. "This is certainly not news we would have wanted," manager Jurgen Klopp told the Liverpool website. "Unfortunately, the damage is such that it will likely mean Adam is out for a couple of months not weeks, so I think we can pretty much rule him out of August and September. Beyond that we will monitor and wait and see. "He is a boy with a world-class attitude to everything professionally and he has always come back in good time from injury setbacks since I have been here, so we will see." Lallan...
Neymar: PSG sign Barcelona forward for world record 222m euros

Neymar: PSG sign Barcelona forward for world record 222m euros

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Paris St-Germain have signed Brazil forward Neymar for a world record fee of 222m euros (£200m) from Barcelona. The deal for the 25-year-old smashes the previous record set when Paul Pogba returned to Manchester United from Juventus for £89m in August 2016. He will earn 45m euros (£40.7m) a year - 865,000 euros (£782,000) a week - before tax from the initial five-year deal, a total outlay of £400m. Neymar said he has joined "one of the most ambitious clubs in Europe". "Paris St-Germain's ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings," he added. "I feel ready to take the challenge. From today, I will do everything I can to help my new team-mates." The French side have arranged a news conference for 12:30 BST on Friday. Neymar will the
Liverpool lose to Atletico Madrid in Audi Cup final

Liverpool lose to Atletico Madrid in Audi Cup final

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Liverpool suffered their first defeat of the pre-season campaign after losing 5-4 on penalties in the Audi Cup final against Atletico Madrid in Munich. The game finished 1-1 after 90 minutes, with Roberto Firmino's spot-kick cancelling out Keidi Bare's first-half opener for the La Liga side. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson saw his penalty saved by Miguel Angel Moya in the resulting shootout. And Filipe Luis stepped up to net the decisive spot-kick. Jurgen Klopp's side reached the final of the four-team competition after beating hosts Bayern Munich 3-0 o n Tuesday, while Atletico progressed with a 2-1 win over Napoli. Liverpool, who won the Asia Cup last month, will now prepare to face Athletic Bilbao in Dublin in their final friendly match before their league campaign...