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Eden Hazard can shine at Real Madrid without being the new Cristiano Ronaldo | Barney Ronay

The former Chelsea player has the skill and the attitude to succeed at the Bernabéu even if the club is still a little infatuated with the former owner of the No 7 shirtEden Hazard’s first start for Real Madrid on Wednesday night was always likely to b…

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Barcelona’s Ansu Fati cleared to play for Spain after being granted passport

16-year-old could have played for Guinea-Bissau or PortugalExpected to travel with Spain to Under-17 World Cup in BrazilThe Barcelona forward Ansu Fati has been cleared to play for the Spanish national team after he was granted a passport on Friday, wi…

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Wolves make poor start to group stage as Braga exploit sloppy defending

Until this match, Wolves’ European form had offered a pleasing contrast to their flawed domestic displays. But here the sloppiness that has infected them in the Premier League leaked into their Europa League campaign and helped Braga inflict a painful …

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Mason Greenwood’s goal gives Manchester United win over Astana

Mason Greenwood came to Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s rescue just as the Manchester United manager’s faith in his promoted young players was beginning to look misplaced.On his first European start the 17-year-old earned United the points with a coolly struck w…

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Ryan Christie penalty secures draw for Celtic at Rennes despite late red card

Ryan Christie’s second-half penalty earned Celtic a 1-1 draw with Rennes in their opening Europa League group game in France after they held on with 10 men in a frantic finale.The Scottish champions fell behind to a spot-kick from M’Baye Niang in the 3…

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Bukayo Saka inspires Arsenal to thrilling win at Eintracht Frankfurt

Sunday’s crisis is Thursday’s shining beacon of hope. A visit to one of the more feted sides in a competition they would rather not prioritise did not look a promising vehicle for Arsenal, so embattled after the shoddy way they lost their lead at Watfo…

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Kieran Trippier delivering for Atlético Madrid and relishing new 100mph life | Sid Lowe

The right-back set up the equaliser against Juventus and says the atmosphere was unlike anything he had experiencedKieran Trippier took a step back, avoiding the red and white flowers at the south-east corner of the ground, laid there by Margarita Luen…

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Roma’s Nicolò Zaniolo: ‘I’m not Totti, but one day I hope to be as good’

Nicolò Zaniolo was a Serie B player two years ago. Now he is a Roma regular with two Italy capsBy Omar Saleem for These Football TimesNicolò Zaniolo made his debut for Virtus Entella in Serie B two and a half years ago. He had been released by Fiorenti…

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Roma’s Nicolò Zaniolo: ‘I’m not Totti, but one day I hope to be as good’

Nicolò Zaniolo was a Serie B player two years ago. Now he is a Roma regular with two Italy capsBy Omar Saleem for These Football TimesNicolò Zaniolo made his debut for Virtus Entella in Serie B two and a half years ago. He had been released by Fiorenti…

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For decadent, deficient Real Madrid the problems start in midfield | Jonathan Wilson

The team were incapable even of the basics in Paris and it is a wonder Spanish clubs have not exploited the weaknesses moreAs Thomas Meunier and Juan Bernat capered through the open savannah that archaeologists believe was once populated by the Real Ma…

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Tottenham’s Pochettino: we didn’t respect the plan in draw with Olympiakos – video

It was a poor start from Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the Champions League; despite his side having a 2-0 lead against the run of play, they drew away at Olympiakos. A penalty from Harry Kane and a wonderful strike from Lucas Moura put the Champions L…

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‘We didn’t respect the plan’: Pochettino disappointed with Tottenham draw

• Spurs threw away 2-0 lead against Olympiakos• ‘The way we conceded the first goal was so painful’Mauricio Pochettino accused his Tottenham players of lacking fight in the 2-2 Champions League draw at Olympiakos and suggested that they needed to work …

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Ángel Di María double helps PSG ease to win against Real Madrid

This was not a night for Galácticos, old or new. At a balmy, boisterous Parc Des Princes Paris Saint-Germain simply overran Real Madrid, pulling apart the hastily-stitched seams of Zinedine Zidane’s injury-depleted team and producing surely the most th…

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Héctor Herrera completes Atlético Madrid comeback against Juventus

The clock showed 89.30 when Kieran Trippier’s corner bent into the penalty area and Héctor Herrera, a second-half substitute, leapt into the air to head the ball into the net. It was loud enough already, but somehow the sound reached another level. Fro…

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Ilkay Gündogan lights up Manchester City’s easy win over Shakhtar Donetsk

In the context of a defensive crisis caused by injuries to centre-backs Aymeric Laporte and John Stones, this was a particularly fine display from Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s team might have claimed victory in this opening Group C game by double t…

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Unai Emery rests Mesut Özil for Europa League opener to manage workload

• Arsenal away to Eintracht Frankfurt in first group stage game• Manager wants playmaker fresh for Aston Villa game on SundayMesut Özil has been spared a potentially stormy return to Germany after Unai Emery opted to rest him for Arsenal’s opening Euro…

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Unai Emery rests Mesut Özil for Europa League opener to manage workload

• Arsenal away to Eintracht Frankfurt in first group stage game• Manager wants playmaker fresh for Aston Villa game on SundayMesut Özil has been spared a potentially stormy return to Germany after Unai Emery opted to rest him for Arsenal’s opening Euro…

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Mathieu Valbuena penalty crowns Olympiakos recovery to deny Spurs

Tottenham have picked up where they left off last season, where high Champions League drama came as standard and they appeared to have an addiction to doing things the hard way.After half an hour in the Athenian port of Piraeus, they had twice enjoyed …

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Diego Simeone: ‘If I want something I go after it ad nauseam’

Simeone reflects on his life as a manager: from working in Argentina to winning trophies with Atlético MadridBy The Coaches’ Voice for the Guardian Sport NetworkMy youngest son, Giuliano, dipped his croissant in his milk, took a bite and looked up at m…

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Erling Braut Haaland, the Norwegian ‘beast’ ripping up the record books | Marcus Christenson

The 19-year-old son of Alfie Håland scored a hat-trick on his Champions League debut on Tuesday and has 17 goals in nine games for Red Bull Salzburg this season“This year I’ve only grown five centimetres,” Erling Braut Haaland said in an interview in N…