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No excuses for Aston Villa as they aim to get post-Grealish era truly started

Dean Smith could have a full complement to pick from for the first time and needs to make the most of a more versatile squadThe last time Emi Buendía and Emi Martínez tried to play a football match things veered into darkest Charlie Chaplin territory, …

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No excuses for Aston Villa as they aim to get post-Grealish era truly started

Dean Smith could have a full complement to pick from for the first time and needs to make the most of a more versatile squadThe last time Emi Buendía and Emi Martínez tried to play a football match things veered into darkest Charlie Chaplin territory, …

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No excuses for Aston Villa as they aim to get post-Grealish era truly started

Dean Smith could have a full complement to pick from for the first time and needs to make the most of a more versatile squadThe last time Emi Buendía and Emi Martínez tried to play a football match things veered into darkest Charlie Chaplin territory, …

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Chelsea v Zenit St Petersburg: Champions League – live!

Champions League Group H updates, 8pm BST kick-offLive scoreboard: the latest from Tuesday’s matchesAnd you can get in touch with Paul by email or Twitter 7.01pm BST Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rüdiger; James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Alonso; …

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Ireland and Stephen Kenny’s World Cup hopes still alive after Serbia own goal

At last Stephen Kenny’s luck turned. Another dispiriting defeat loomed for the Republic of Ireland– along with the definitive end of their remote World Cup qualification hopes – until a freakish late own goal by Nikola Milenkovic. The defender could do…

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Shane Duffy averts Republic of Ireland disaster against Azerbaijan

Shane Duffy rescued the Republic of Ireland from total humiliation by heading an equaliser three minutes from time against Azerbaijan. One point from four qualifiers makes reaching the World Cup an outlandish notion but at least Stephen Kenny’s side av…

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Record-breaker Cristiano Ronaldo’s late goals for Portugal break Ireland’s hearts

Cristiano Ronaldo would not be denied. He had a penalty saved by Gavin Bazunu and then saw John Egan give the Republic of Ireland a deserved lead. But Manchester United’s newest signing struck twice in the dying minutes to give Portugal victory and cro…

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Wolves fans excited by Lage’s ‘Bruno-ball’ despite pointless start to season

Wolves may have lost their first two games but signs of progress under the Portuguese are clear to anyone who cares to lookThere is a giddiness around Molineux these days that has nothing to do with the fact that Manchester United are visiting on Sunda…

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Wolves fans excited by Lage’s ‘Bruno-ball’ despite pointless start to season

Wolves may have lost their first two games but signs of progress under the Portuguese are clear to anyone who cares to lookThere is a giddiness around Molineux these days that has nothing to do with the fact that Manchester United are visiting on Sunda…

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Harry Kane double clinches triumph for Tottenham over Paços de Ferreira

Tottenham 3-0 Paços de Ferreira (3-1 on aggregate) Kane makes first start of season after agreeing to stayHarry Kane showed his renewed commitment to his club’s cause by scoring twice on his first start of the season. Passage to the group stages of the…

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The Fiver | The Arsenal equation: two matches + two defeats + zero goals = booooooo

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!In 1931 Manchester United were relegated after finishing bottom of the league and, much more remarkably, Arsenal finished top. That was the first time that the artistes formerly known as Woolwich were …

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to sell Aubameyang? Richarlison to PSG?

Today’s gossip is back in the grooveYou know the sound a star makes when it explodes deep in space? Well that’s the same sound that was made here on Earth when Arsenal let it be known they would listen to offers for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. That’s ri…

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Callum Robinson seals West Brom’s crushing win over Sheffield United

These clubs came down together from the Premier League last season but now look to be heading in different directions. West Brom continued their strong start under Valérien Ismaël by overwhelming visitors who disintegrated under nearly every set piece….

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Callum Robinson seals West Brom’s crushing win over Sheffield United

These clubs came down together from the Premier League last season but now look to be heading in different directions. West Brom continued their strong start under Valérien Ismaël by overwhelming visitors who disintegrated under nearly every set piece….

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Raúl Jiménez: ‘The doctors told me it was a miracle to still be there’ | Paul Doyle

The Wolves forward has completed a remarkable recovery from a head injury that threatened his life, not just his careerRaúl Jiménez has revealed that doctors told him it was a miracle he survived the skull fracture he sustained against Arsenal last Nov…

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Football transfer rumours: Cristiano Ronaldo to join Lionel Messi at PSG?

Today’s tittle-tattle is like cardboard in the rainIt has long been established that Lionel Messi is the tit to Cristiano Ronaldo’s tat. So a week dominated by news of the Argentinian’s arrival at Paris Saint-Germain was always going to trigger a react…

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Football transfer rumours: Cristiano Ronaldo to join Lionel Messi at PSG?

Today’s tittle-tattle is like cardboard in the rainIt has long been established that Lionel Messi is the tit to Cristiano Ronaldo’s tat. So a week dominated by news of the Argentinian’s arrival at Paris Saint-Germain was always going to trigger a react…

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Grealish and Lukaku deals expose inequalities of the Premier League

A new system with clubs deducted points depending on their transfer expenditure would help level the playing fieldIt is safe to suggest without the slightest fear of contradiction that the first thing that went through Jack Grealish’s mind following hi…

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Premier League 2021-22 preview No 20: Wolves

Team could soar or sink under Bruno Lage, whose remit is to introduce a high-tempo, attacking styleGuardian writers’ predicted position: 13th (NB: this is not necessarily Paul Doyle’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)Last season’s positi…

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Premier League 2021-22 preview No 20: Wolves

Team could soar or sink under Bruno Lage, whose remit is to introduce a high-tempo, attacking styleGuardian writers’ predicted position: 13th (NB: this is not necessarily Paul Doyle’s prediction but the average of our writers’ tips)Last season’s positi…