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European roundup: Lionel Messi leaves it late to put Barcelona top

• VAR-awarded spot-kick helps Barça overtake Real Madrid• Achraf Hakimi gives Borussia Dortmund vital win in GladbachLionel Messi kept his nerve from the penalty spot to give Barcelona a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad in La Liga to return his side to the t…

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European roundup: Lionel Messi hits four goals to ease Barcelona past Eibar

• Argentinian scores hat-trick in just 26 minutes• Erling Braut Haaland scores again for Borussia DortmundLionel Messi scored four goals as Barcelona thrashed Eibar 5-0 at the Camp Nou. The Argentinian had not scored in his previous four games but put …

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Jos Buttler to keep opening spot for England for final T20 in South Africa

• Captain Eoin Morgan says Buttler retains his confidence• Morgan: ‘Jos is one of our greatest white-ball cricketers’Jos Buttler will retain his place as opener for Sunday’s final T20 against South Africa in Johannesburg despite his struggles with the …

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European roundup: Cavani and Mbappé hit hat-tricks in PSG’s 9-0 rout

• PSG hammer Guingamp in Ligue 1• Real Madrid battle to victory over SevillaThe runaway Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain avenged their League Cup loss to Guingamp by demolishing the Brittany side 9-0.The capital side prevailed following hat-tricks from…

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FA Cup roundup: Non-league Stockport and Maidstone celebrate upsets

Yeovil and Macclesfield exit after First Round defeatsOxford City hold Tranmere, Met Police lose at NewportStockport County landed the biggest coup of FA Cup First Round day by winning 3-1 at League Two side Yeovil. After Alex Fisher had put Yeovil ahe…

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Amnesty turns the heat up on ‘sportswashing’ Manchester City owners

• Amnesty International describe attempts as ‘brazen’• Series of allegations published over the last weekManchester City’s Abu Dhabi owners are brazenly trying to “sportswash” their country’s “deeply tarnished image” by pouring money into the Premier L…

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England beat India by 31 runs in first Test as Ben Stokes denies Virat Kohli

• England 287 & 180, India 274 & 162; England win by 31 runs• Stokes traps Kohli lbw for 51 to turn fourth day in hosts’ favourBen Stokes took the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli for 51 as England won a dramatic first Test by 31 runs at Edgbaston…

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Frank de Boer accuses West Bromwich Albion of trying to injure Wilfried Zaha

• Crystal Palace manager calls on referees to protect Ivory Coast international
• De Boer: ‘They were looking for him, to injure him, and we can’t accept that’

Frank de Boer has accused West Bromwich Albion of purposely trying to injure Wilfried Zaha after seeing the Crystal Palace winger given a rough ride during their Premier League Asia Trophy meeting on Saturday.

De Boer, who was appointed Palace manager last month, has called on referees to provide more protection for Zaha, the 24-year-old who faced a series of strong tackles from the West Brom defence.

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Cardiff’s Sol Bamba clashes with manager Neil Warnock after red card

• Centre-half reacts angrily to sending-off in the 1-1 draw at Ipswich
• Bamba appears to push the Cardiff physio then squares up to Warnock

Sol Bamba spectacularly blew his top lashing out at several people including his manager when he was sent off as Cardiff hung on to claim a 1-1 draw at Ipswich.

Related: Dwight Gayle bags a hat-trick as Newcastle thrash sorry Birmingham

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Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan set to miss derby with injury

• Armenia captain picked up thigh injury on international duty on Wednesday
• Mkhitaryan has returned to Manchester for treatment

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to miss Saturday’s Manchester derby after picking up a thigh injury while on international duty with Armenia on Wednesday.

Mkhitaryan, Armenia’s captain and record scorer, was replaced after 38 minutes of the 3-0 friendly defeat against the Czech Republic after an off-the-ball collision with Marek Suchy. Tests later revealed muscle damage in his left thigh. While initial fears over the severity of the injury were allayed, the expected recovery period of 10 days rules him out of today’s World Cup qualifier against Denmark in Copenhagen, and, almost certainly, the Manchester City match.

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Australia’s Michael Cheika hits out as eye-gouging row mars Bledisloe loss

• New Zealand’s Owen Franks accused of eye-gouging
• Chieka furious at referee Romain Poite after All Blacks’ 29-9 win

Accusations of eye gouging by the New Zealand prop Owen Franks soured their 29-9 victory over Australia in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, which also ensured the world champions retained the Bledisloe Cup.

Video footage of Franks appearing to gouge the Wallabies lock Kane Douglas during a maul early in the match in Wellington emerged after the niggly game.

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