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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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Ronaldo tops Forbes, earning twice as much as Messi

Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has topped Forbes’s global list of highest-paid athletes, earning $260 million in the past 12 months, twice as much as his rival Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo became the highest-paid athlete after moving to Al Nassr in the Saudi Pro League. The 39-year-old star’s earnings include a $200 million fixed salary and $60 million from sponsorship deals, thanks to his massive social media following.

In contrast, Messi, who moved to Inter Miami in the MLS, earned $135 million, placing him third on the list. This includes $65 million in salary and $70 million from sponsorships with brands like Adidas and Apple.

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Golfer Jon Rahm is second on the list, earning $218 million after joining the Saudi Public Investment Fund’s tournament system.

The top five also include NBA stars LeBron James ($128.2 million) and Giannis Antetokounmpo ($111 million). Other notable athletes include Kylian Mbappe ($110 million), Neymar ($108 million), Karim Benzema ($106 million), Steph Curry, and Lamar Jackson (both $100.5 million).

Overall, the 50 highest-paid athletes earned $3.88 billion over the past year, with the NBA contributing the most athletes to the list. The earnings highlight a generational shift, with many long-time top earners retiring or nearing the end of their careers.

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Flamingos thrash Burkinabe Girls 6-0 in U-17 World Cup qualifier

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Flamingos thrash Burkinabe Girls 6-0 in U-17 World Cup qualifier

Nigeria secured a place in the final qualifying round of the 2024 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup after a comprehensive 6-0 thrashing of Burkina Faso on Saturday night.

Bankole Olowookere’s side qualified 7-1 on aggregate.

Harmony Chidi was the star of the match as she netted a hat-trick for the home team.

Peace Effiong bagged a brace, while Ramota Kareem scored the other goal for the Flamingos.

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The Flamingos will face either Senegal or Liberia in the final round.

Three teams will represent Africa at this year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Dominican Republic.

The competition will run from October 16 to November 3, 2024.

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Usyk beats Fury by split decision to become undisputed heavyweight champion

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Tyson Fury suffered a split-decision points defeat on a dramatic night in Saudi Arabia as Oleksandr Usyk became boxing’s first four-belt undisputed heavyweight champion.

On a grand stage and on a legacy-defining night, Briton Fury began well but was given a standing 10 count and saved by the bell after an Usyk onslaught in the ninth round.

In a tense wait for the scorecards to be read out, Fury appeared convinced of victory before a stony-faced Usyk broke down in tears when he was confirmed as the winner.

The scorecards read 115-112 and 114-113 for the Ukrainian, with a third judge scoring it 114-113 to Fury.

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It meant Fury, 35, lost for the first time in a 16-year professional career. He will get an immediate opportunity for revenge with a rematch planned for later this year.

“I believe he won a few of the rounds, but I won the majority,” a defiant Fury said in the ring.

“It was one of the daftest decisions in boxing. I’ll be back.”

Usyk takes the WBC belt from Fury, to add to his WBA, WBO and IBF collection.

The 37-year-old remains unbeaten and is the first boxer in almost 25 years to stand tall as the sport’s sole heavyweight world champion.

“Thank you so much to my team. It’s a big opportunity for my family, for me, for my country. It’s a great time, it’s a great day,” Usyk said.

“I am ready for a rematch.”

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