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Lionel Messi double powers Barcelona to victory over Alavés in opener

Barcelona began the new campaign with a 3-0 win over Alavés with the help of an under-the-wall free-kick from Lionel Messi, who scored twice, and a curling shot from the substitute Philippe Coutinho.The champions had dominated the late kick-off at a qu…

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Brighton’s Bernardo: ‘In my school, I was the only black guy. It bothers me’

Brighton’s new defender had a privileged upbringing in Brazil but kept his feet on the ground by training with the poor kids“I think I have a Brazilian soul,” Bernardo Fernandes da Silva Junior says as he prepares to delve into a discussion about Brazi…

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Brighton’s Bernardo: ‘In my school, I was the only black guy. It bothers me’

Brighton’s new defender had a privileged upbringing in Brazil but kept his feet on the ground by training with the poor kids“I think I have a Brazilian soul,” Bernardo Fernandes da Silva Junior says as he prepares to delve into a discussion about Brazi…

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José Mourinho says Manchester City’s TV series shows they lack class

• United manager infuriated by appearances in City documentary• Mourinho defends David de Gea and says new deal is imminentJosé Mourinho has criticised Manchester City over their new documentary All or Nothing, accusing the club of lacking class and re…

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Maurizio Sarri emerges with points from new boys’ wild helter-skelter | Amy Lawrence

Italian has good fortune Chelsea have started with two wins while Unai Emery must feel aggrieved Arsenal are stuck on zeroFor two managers new to English football, bringing their own ideas and cultures to these shores, it did not take long to experienc…

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Marcos Alonso strikes late as Chelsea beat Arsenal in five-goal thriller

This ended up feeling like a vindication of all the caution expressed publicly by Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery in the campaign’s early days. Chelsea, relieved to have a player of Eden Hazard’s calibre to fling on to make a difference, triumphed here a…

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus debut ends in dramatic late win at Chievo

Juventus came from behind to snatch a dramatic 3-2 win at Chievo as Cristiano Ronaldo made his debut for the Turin side on Saturday, although the Portugal captain was not among the scorers in his first Serie A match.Ronaldo was thwarted several times t…

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Harry Kane to Mauricio Pochettino: ‘In the end I scored, gaffer’ – video

Mauricio Pochettino gives his verdict after Tottenham Hotspur beat Fulham 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday. Harry Kane scored in August after failing to find the net in 14 previous games in the opening month of the seasonHarry Kane breaks August goal drought…

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Football League: Roofe strike secures Leeds win, Middlesbrough stay top

Soudani saves Forest, Sharp’s late strike takes points for BladesPeterborough and Portsmouth cruise, Morecambe still goallessLeeds completely dominated possession against Rotherham but were made to wait until four minutes after half-time to take the le…

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Harry Kane breaks August goal drought in Tottenham win over Fulham

Harry Kane broke his August duck in the Premier League and there were echoes of England’s World Cup summer as Tottenham overcame a committed effort from new boys Fulham at Wembley.A goal late in the first half from Lucas Moura, his first in the league …

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Richarlison’s fast start continues as Everton see off Southampton

It was not victory that distinguished the first home game of Marco Silva’s Everton reign from what had preceded it but the entertainment and enjoyment that accompanied a hard-fought win over Southampton. Goodison Park endured a tense, nervous finale bu…

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Matt Phillips at the double in West Brom’s 7-1 dismantling of QPR

West Brom ran riot in their Championship encounter at The Hawthorns. Six second-half goals meant they romped to victory and leave QPR still looking for their first point of the season.Matt Phillips had given Albion a 29th-minute lead against his former…

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Leicester’s James Maddison makes sure before Vardy sees red against Wolves

This felt like an unwelcome reminder for Wolverhampton Wanderers as to just how unforgiving the Premier League can be. Nuno Espírito Santo and the club’s board have high expectations for this season and on another day they could have come away from Lei…

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Steve Cook header seals Bournemouth comeback win over West Ham

After all the talk of fresh starts, this felt worryingly familiar for West Ham. It was another one of those trying afternoons at the London Stadium and on this evidence it is going to be tougher than Manuel Pellegrini must have anticipated to tackle th…

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Aston Villa held by 10-man Ipswich after keeper Orjan Nyland makes a howler

A dreadful error by Aston Villa keeper Orjan Nyland slowed his side’s early-season momentum. Signed 11 days ago, the Norwegian gifted Ipswich an equaliser that the home side held on to despite playing more than 50 minutes with 10 men.With the visitors …

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Chelsea v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the London derby Tony Adams: ‘I put down alcohol. But not fish and chips’And feel free to email Scott to get in touch 4.32pm BST Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Willian, M…

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Tony Adams: ‘I put down alcohol. But I couldn’t put down fish and chips’

The ex-Arsenal captain on football’s drinking culture, the joy of Hobnobs – and why food is his last weaknessI regret my own parents not teaching me to cook. Thank god for my wife, a fantastic cook. Her name was Poppy Teacher [a member of the whisky fa…

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Celtic’s late goals end rough week with League Cup win at Partick

Celtic ended an unusually difficult week with a 3-1 League Cup last-16 win over Partick Thistle at the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill.Leigh Griffiths’s goal after 17 minutes gave the dominant visitors an interval lead but that was cancelled out in the…

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Celtic’s late goals end rough week with League Cup win at Partick

Celtic ended an unusually difficult week with a 3-1 League Cup last-16 win over Partick Thistle at the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill.Leigh Griffiths’s goal after 17 minutes gave the dominant visitors an interval lead but that was cancelled out in the…

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Kenedy misses penalty for 10-man Newcastle in goalless draw at Cardiff

If Cardiff’s sojourn in the Premier League is to last, they need to find a goalscoring solution and fast. For the second successive match, they fired blanks but earned their first point of the season after Neil Etheridge saved Kenedy’s stoppage-time pe…