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Tight contests at UCL Day 2; Barcelona, United make it two from two



Álvaro Morata had three goals ruled out for offside as Barcelona, Manchester United, Paris, Chelsea, Dortmund and Sevilla all won.

Tight contests dominated the second night of Match Day 2 action, no more so than at Juventus where Álvaro Morata had three goals ruled out for offside as Barcelona edged victory.

Group E

Krasnodar 0-4 Chelsea

Chelsea survived a scare for their first win of the campaign, going ahead through Callum Hudson-Odoi’s first UEFA Champions League goal after Jorginho’s penalty hit the post. Yuri Gazinski rattled the crossbar but Timo Werner’s emphatic spot kick, Hakim Ziyech’s clinical finish and a close-range Christian Pulišić strike saw off Krasnodar.

Key stat: Chelsea are seven UEFA Champions League group stage matches unbeaten.

04/11: Sevilla vs Krasnodar, Chelsea vs Rennes

Sevilla 1-0 Rennes

The UEFA Europa League holders dominated from start to finish, but had to wait until 11 minutes after half-time for Luuk de Jong’s fine volley to force the breakthrough.

It ended the resistance of the excellent Alfred Gomis, and even when the Senegalese goalkeeper was beaten the woodwork intervened to deny Munir and Joan Jordán.

Key stat: Sevilla are undefeated in 13 European home games (W11 D2)

04/11: Sevilla vs Krasnodar, Chelsea vs Rennes.

Group F

Club Brugge 1-1 Lazio

Joaquín Correa gave depleted Lazio an early lead, but after Hans Vanaken converted from the spot before the interval the visitors were indebted to Pepe Reina for earning a point. They might have won themselves through Sergej Milinković-Savić but Simon Mignolet kept him out with a fine stop. Both teams move on to four points.

Key stat: Club Brugge have won only two of their last 20 UEFA Champions League matches

04/11: Club Brugge vs Dortmund, Zenit vs Lazio

Dortmund 2-0 Zenit

Jadon Sancho and Erling Braut Haaland left it late as the hosts claimed their first points in Group F. Dortmund were made to work as Zenit stood firm, but a lapse of concentration in the 78th minute allowed Sancho to score from the spot before Haaland rubber-stamped the win with a stoppage-time strike.

Key stat: Dortmund are yet to concede a goal at home in all competitions this season.

04/11: Club Brugge vs Dortmund, Zenit vs Lazio.

Group G

Ferencváros 2-2 Dynamo Kyiv

The Hungarian side completed a stunning comeback, thanks to fine efforts from Tokmac Nguen and, on 90 minutes, substitute Franck Boli.

Dynamo had led through Viktor Tsygankov’s penalty and Carlos de Pena’s close-range finish, but almost ended up with nothing as a volley from the hosts’ Ukrainian forward Oleksandr Zubkov flew just over.

Key stat: Dynamo Kyiv have drawn four of their last five UEFA Champions League away games.

04/11: Ferencváros vs Juventus, Barcelona vs Dynamo Kyiv.

Juventus 0-2 Barcelona

Ronald Koeman’s charges showed their intent from the off with Antoine Griezmann hitting the post inside two minutes, and went in front when Ousmane Dembélé’s deflected drive left Wojciech Szczęsny helpless.

Merih Demiral was dismissed late on, before the Blaugrana’s second victory in the section was capped off by Lionel Messi’s added-time penalty.

Key stat: Barça are 22 group stage matches unbeaten.

04/11: Ferencváros vs Juventus, Barcelona vs Dynamo Kyiv.

Group H

Başakşehir 0-2 Paris

Moise Kean’s second-half double secured Paris a hard-fought win in Istanbul. The visitors were largely second best until the 20-year-old headed in a 64th-minute opener.

Edin Višća went close several times and an injury to Neymar ended his involvement, but Kean’s well-taken second wrapped up the points.

Key stat: Aged 20 years and 243 days, Kean is the youngest Italian player to score on his first UEFA Champions League start.

04/11: Başakşehir vs Man. United, Leipzig vs Paris.

Man. United 5-0 Leipzig

Marcus Rashford came off the bench to net his first senior hat-trick as United romped to the top of Group H.

Mason Greenwood’s first UEFA Champions League goal elicited a half-time advantage, but it was Rashford’s treble – three calm right-footed finishes – and Anthony Martial’s penalty that added late gloss to an impressive all-round display.

Key stat: This was United’s biggest UEFA Champions League home win since a 7-1 defeat of Roma in the 2006/07 quarter-finals.

04/11: Başakşehir vs Man. United, Leipzig vs Paris.

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Arsenal spank Tottenham 3-1 in London derby



Arsenal secured a vital 3-1 win over Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday as goals from Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka saw the Gunners triumph in the North London derby.

Mikel Arteta made two changes to the team that defeated Brentford last time out as Oleksandr Zinchenko and Martin Odegaard returned while Thomas Partey started after some injury concerns.

Arsenal dominated the opening exchanges and took the lead with 20 minutes gone through a Partey pearler.

Just nine minutes later, Harry Kane brought Spurs level after Gabriel brought down Richarlison to undo all of Arsenal’s good work. The visitors grew into the game after drawing level and headed into half-time with a share of the spoils.

Arsenal took the lead minutes into the second half. Bukayo Saka weaved his way into the box and hit his shot at Hugo Lloris who parried twice which allowed Jesus to poke home.

With 60 minutes gone, Spurs’ chances of taking something away from the game were dealt a blow when Emerson Royal was shown a straight red card for his challenge on Gabriel Martinelli.

Arsenal made their advantage pay as Granit Xhaka fired his shot low and across Lloris after some good work from Martinelli. The Gunners played out the remaining time without breaking a sweat to secure north London bragging rights.

Harry Kane’s leveller for Tottenham saw him set yet more scoring records, but his side self-destructed after halftime as their 12-year wait for a league win in the fixture continued. Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have now won seven of their opening eight games and lead the standings by four points with second-placed Manchester City facing Manchester United on Sunday.

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Lewandowski gives Barca slim victory in Mallorca



Robert Lewandowski was the hero once again for Barcelona as they fought to a 1-0 victory away at Mallorca.

The game started with Barca pulling weights to break the deadlock, and did eventually when Lewandowski curled in a fine shot into the bottom corner of the net in the 20th minute.

Barca then tried to kill off the game but could not find that second-goal cushion as Mallorca were defensively solid.

The host tried, on multiple occasions, to draw level but Marc Andre Ter Stegen continued his excllent form between the sticks for Barca as he denied their attempts to ensure Barca pick up maximum points and stay top of the league for at least, the night till Real Madrid play Osasuna on Sunday night.


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Arteta defends Jesus over risk of EPL ban



Gabriel Jesus

ARSENAL striker Gabriel Jesus is one yellow card away from a Premier League suspension as the Gunners prepare to take on Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby.

Mikel Arteta has come to the defence of striker Gabriel Jesus as Arsenal’s top scorer runs the risk of picking up a suspension in this weekend’s north London derby.


The Brazilian frontman has scored four goals since arriving from Manchester City, helping the Gunners climb to the top of the Premier League table after seven matches. He has also earned four bookings, though, and another against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday would rule him out of the important Premier League game at home to Liverpool on October 9.

Arteta suggested his team had been unlucky with some of the cards shown to the 25-year-old. However, he maintained it is in Jesus’ nature to play the way he does.

“There is a thin balance,” Arteta told the media in his pre-match press conference. “It is in his nature. He gets a lot of contact and he puts his foot and his body across the line in any situation.

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