Cristiano Ronaldo eases pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United fight back to claim stunning Champions League victory over Atalanta

Cristiano Ronaldo was the saviour for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once again as his header completed Manchester United’s brilliant 3-2 fightback win over Atalanta. Like in the Red Devils’ win over Villarreal, Ronaldo got the decisive goal, which was a brilliant header from a cross from the left. This seemed unthinkable at half time with Man […]
TalkSport - 20.10.2021 22:57

Patson Daka strikes four as Leicester roar back from brink at Spartak Moscow

Patson Daka did more than relaunch Leicester’s Europa League ambitions. With four expert finishes in Moscow, the Zambia international announced himself as a striker who could thrill Leicester for years. If he gave a hint of his talent when scoring his first Premier League goal against Manchester United on Saturday, then on Wednesday, with Jamie Vardy watching from the bench, the 23-year-old signed for £23m last summer blazed a trail towards a bright Leicester future.Until Daka struck a hat-trick in nine minutes at the Otkritie Bank Arena, Leicester’s Europa League ambitions lay in smithereens. Trailing 2-0, they looked to be on course for a result that would have left them with a solitary point from three matches. They had not played terribly this time but outbreaks of sloppiness cost them heavily; Daka rescued them with a demonstration of precision that will live long in the memory. Aleksandr Sobolev struck late to ensure Leicester could not coast to full time, but Brendan Rodgers’s s...
Guardian - 20.10.2021 19:52

Chelsea v Malmö: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the 8pm BST kick-offLive scores: all the goals from around the UK and EuropeGet in touch! Email Rob with your thoughts hereMalmo are 35/1 to win at Stamford Bridge tonight. Eyecatching odds in a two-horse race, but I doubt many people will take them. Even by the standards of the Champions League group stage, this match feels like a formality. Malmo were plugged 3-0 and 4-0 in their first two group games and, though Chelsea also lost to Juventus, they should be too strong - especially as Thomas Tuchel has picked a full-strength side.The probable mismatch is a shame, not least because Malmo have history in this competition. They reached the final in 1979 before losing to Nottingham Forest, and put the Italian champions Internazionale (Matthaus, Klinsmann, Brehme, Bergomi, Zenga, Ferri, Berti) out in the first round a decade later - a mighty achievement at a time when Serie A was the best league in the world by a gazillion miles. Continue reading...
Guardian - 20.10.2021 19:45

Manchester United v Atalanta: Champions League – live!

Chelsea v Malmo live minute-by-minute updatesLive scores: all the goals from around the UK and EuropeGet in touch! Email Scott with your thoughts hereSixth place in the Premier League takes on sixth in Serie A tonight at Old Trafford. Both teams can attack with panache; neither is particularly dependable at the back. So good luck predicting this one.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer really could do with a win, partly to get a proper foothold in Group F, but mainly to quieten the inevitable chatter that comes with a run of four defeats and only two victories from seven in all competitions. He’ll gain succour from United’s last two meetings with Italian sides: 2-1 and 8-5 (!) aggregate wins over Milan and Roma respectively in last season’s Europa League. Continue reading...
Guardian - 20.10.2021 19:30

Leicester come back from 2-0 down to beat Spartak Moscow in Europa League as Patson Daka scores FOUR goals, including nine-minute treble

Leicester’s Europa League campaign is now properly under way, and a lot of that is thanks to Patson Daka, who netted FOUR goals in their 4-3 win at Spartak Moscow. That scoreline seemed impossible when Aleksandr Sobolev and Jordan Larsson put the Russian side 2-0 up – but then Daka got to work. The Zambian […]
TalkSport - 20.10.2021 18:29

Emiliano Sala: pilot was asked not to fly plane, jury hears

Plane’s owner said pilot had been involved in airspace infringements, Cardiff crown court hearsThe owner of a light plane that crashed into the sea, killing the professional footballer Emiliano Sala, had ordered the pilot not to fly the aircraft, a jury has been told.Fay Keely said she told the plane’s operator, David Henderson, that pilot David Ibbotson, who also died in the crash, should not fly the plane after she was notified of two airspace infringements he was involved in by the UK aviation regulator. Continue reading...
Guardian - 20.10.2021 16:14

Simeone did not snub Klopp – he behaves the same way every week | Sid Lowe

Atlético Madrid’s manager feels it is not ‘healthy or natural’ to shake hands with his opposite number after matchesAs soon as the final whistle went, Atlético Madrid’s manager, Diego Simeone, turned and sprinted down the tunnel not stopping for anyone or anything, still less his opposite number whose hand he refused to shake. Not just on Tuesday night against Liverpool but the night before. And the night before that, and the night before that. Just about every night for a decade, in fact.At the end of Liverpool’s 3-2 dramatic victory at the Metropolitano, Jürgen Klopp was left holding out his hand for a man who didn’t want to shake it. As Simeone ran away having avoided him, Klopp was left looking down the tunnel, putting a thumb up. There was sarcasm there but there was not, Simeone insisted, a snub. “I never shake hands after the game because I don’t like it,” he said. Continue reading...
Guardian - 20.10.2021 13:43

A biennial Women’s World Cup is not a good idea – Fifa must ask the right people | Suzanne Wrack

Jill Ellis is heading an advisory group on the future of women’s football but will it have a say on the World Cup decision?In a way Fifa has been clever. The body leading the charge towards a biennial men’s and women’s World Cup has somewhat sidestepped the mistake of the most recent attempts to shake up football. The proposed European Super League and secretly planned Project Big Picture reduced women’s football to a footnote, an afterthought.Fifa did the same but moved quickly to rectify the situation by bringing in the former US women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis to lead its technical advisory group (TAG) on the future of women’s football. In the two-times World Cup winner it has a figurehead to stand alongside the head of global football development, Arsène Wenger, and put a palatable face to its plans. Continue reading...
Guardian - 20.10.2021 13:00

Man City ‘shocked and saddened’ as 63-year-old fan fights for his life after being ‘left for dead’ in attack following Club Brugge Champions League victory in Belgium

A 63-year-old Man City fan is said to be fighting for his life following an attack after the club’s Champions League game with Club Brugge. The Premier League champions have said they are ‘shocked and saddened’ by the news, with the supporter reportedly assaulted by a Club Brugge fan, and are now working with police […]
TalkSport - 20.10.2021 12:26

Real Madrid star Karim Benzema goes on trial in sex tape case

French player accused of ‘complicity’ in alleged plot to extort money from former teammate Mathieu ValbuenaA trial is under way of the French international footballer Karim Benzema who is accused of involvement in an alleged attempt to blackmail a former teammate with a sex tape.The Real Madrid striker is accused of “complicity” in the alleged targeting of Mathieu Valbuena, who plays for the Greek Super League club Olympiacos. Investigators claim Benzema encouraged midfielder Valbuena, 37, to pay the blackmailers. Continue reading...
Guardian - 20.10.2021 12:25

Steve Bruce parts with Newcastle after £300m Saudi-led takeover – video report

Newcastle United have parted company with Steve Bruce less than a week after being taken over by a Saudi Arabia-led consortium in a £300m deal. The deal, which has been subject of controversy because of the country's human rights record, stands to make Newcastle one of the richest clubs in football. Bruce led Newcastle to 12th and 13th placed finishes in the Premier League during his time in charge of the club, but the side sit second-bottom and winless in the league this season. Newcastle have been linked with former Dortmund manager Lucien Favre as well as Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Eddie HoweAmnesty wants meeting with Premier League over Newcastle takeover Continue reading...
Guardian - 20.10.2021 12:03

Championship: Bournemouth pull away at top as Dominic Solanke sinks Stoke

Nottingham Forest claim dramatic win at Bristol CityMillwall beat 10-man Sheffield United in stoppage timeBournemouth moved six points clear at the top of the Championship with a 1-0 win at Stoke. Dominic Solanke’s goal early in the second half proved enough for victory, which pulls the unbeaten Cherries ahead of second-placed West Brom, who play at Swansea on Wednesday.Bournemouth also earned their sixth successive clean sheet on the road this season, a statistic that has pleased their manager, Scott Parker. “We’ve got a desperation to keep the ball out of the net – and it’s a good habit to have,” Parker said afterwards. “Six clean sheets is no mean feat away from home.” Continue reading...
Guardian - 19.10.2021 23:49

‘Overplayed’ Romelu Lukaku could be rested by Chelsea against Malmö

‘If things don’t work, he puts it on his shoulders,’ says TuchelChristian Pulisic ruled out of Wednesday’s European gameThomas Tuchel has said he is thinking about resting Romelu Lukaku after suggesting the Chelsea forward’s goal drought is down to mental fatigue.Lukaku was regarded as the final piece in the jigsaw after joining Chelsea from Internazionale last summer but his performances have dipped after an encouraging start. The £97.5m forward has failed to score in his past six appearances and his sluggish form is a concern for Tuchel, who must decide whether to give the Belgium international a chance to rediscover his rhythm when the European champions host Malmö in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Continue reading...
Guardian - 19.10.2021 17:17


Murray Saves 2 MPs, Battles Past Tiafoe In 3-Hour, 45-Minute Classic

You would not know Andy Murray has a metal hip based on his effort Tuesday at the European Open. Murray battled past Frances Tiafoe 7-6(2), 6-7(7), 7-6(8) in a three-hour, 45-minute marathon to reach the second round in Antwerp. It was the longest best-of-three-set match of 2021, breaking the mark set by Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Barcelona final (3:38). “I think that’s the first time in my career I’ve played a 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 [match]. I don’t think I’ve ever played a match like that,” Murray said in his on-court interview. “I think it’s the longest three-set match I’ve played by quite a distance. I’m tired right now, obviously it was an unbelievable battle.” The former World No. 1 clinched the victory on his second match point. He hit a backhand drop shot that Tiafoe was unable to retrieve. The 23-year-old's sprint took him to the Scot’s side of the net, where the pair shared a warm embrace. &ldqu...
ATP - 19.10.2021 22:38

Unvaccinated athletes unlikely to get visas to enter Australia, says Victorian premier

Covid ‘doesn’t care what your ranking is,’ says Daniel AndrewsNovak Djokovic unsure over Australian Open title defenceUnvaccinated tennis players and other athletes are unlikely to get visas to enter Australia, Victoria’s premier Daniel Andrew has said, putting Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open title defence and bid for the grand slam record in doubt.World No 1 Novak Djokovic, level on 20 grand slam titles with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, declined to reveal his vaccination status again this week and said he was unsure if he would defend his title at Melbourne Park as authorities work out Covid-19 restrictions for the tournament. Continue reading...
Guardian - 19.10.2021 05:24

Brain Game: Why Norrie's Backhand Was Basilashvili's Kryptonite

Cameron Norrie’s blocking backhand versus Nikoloz Basilashvili’s free-wheeling forehand. This was the micro-battle that decided the fate of the BNP Paribas Open final. Norrie defeated Basilashvili 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 Sunday evening in the desert by absorbing, redirecting, and ultimately dismantling the barrage of power that was thrown at his backhand wing through the Deuce court. It was a masterful display of counter-attacking that took time to develop, with Norrie trailing a set-and-a-break (6-3, 2-1) early on. But from 4-4 in the second set, Norrie reeled off eight of the next nine games and 70 per cent (37/53) of points to run away with a stunning victory. Norrie’s backhand is a study in efficiency. His straight-arm technique starts with minimal backswing. It has no moving parts to break down. It devours power for breakfast, and it was the ideal kryptonite to disassemble Basilashvili’s flamboyant forehand. Basilashvili committed 50 groundstroke errors (excluding...
ATP - 18.10.2021 18:04

Norrie Surges Into Top 10 Of 2021 FedEx ATP Race To Turin

No. 10 Cameron Norrie, +4 The Brit has soared into the Top 10 of the FedEx ATP Race To Turin after he clinched his first ATP Masters 1000 title at the BNP Paribas Open. The 26-year-old, who had not won a match in two prior main draw appearances in Indian Wells, is the first British man to lift the trophy in California. The Los Cabos champion is aiming to make his debut at the Nitto ATP Finals, which will be held at the Pala Alpitour in Turin from 14-21 November. Read Indian Wells Final Report & Watch Highlights View Latest FedEx ATP Race To Turin Rankings No. 7 Casper Ruud, +1 The 22-year-old has risen one spot to eighth after he enjoyed a run to the fourth round in Indian Wells. The Norwegian has won five tour-level titles this year and moved past Roberto Carballes Baena and Lloyd Harris, before falling to Diego Schwartzman in the desert. No. 15 Nikoloz Basilashvili, +7 After advancing to his first Masters 1000 final in Indian Wells, the Georgian has climbed seven places in the Fe...
ATP - 18.10.2021 10:03

History For Hubi! Hurkacz Cracks The Top 10

Hubert Hurkacz on Monday became the second man from Poland to break into the Top 10 of the FedEx ATP Rankings when he reached a career-high World No. 10. The 24-year-old is the 174th player to join the elite group and the second this year, alongside Norwegian Casper Ruud. This year’s Miami champion is the first man from his country to accomplish the feat since Wojtek Fibak, who climbed to a career-high World No. 10 on 25 July 1977. Hurkacz began the season at World No. 34. “We have been working with my coach, CB [Craig Boynton], for [a] couple of years already, but the work we have been doing every single day, last year as well, we have been working very hard,” Hurkacz said during a press conference in Cincinnati. “I think just that's a process and I'm improving my game. I try to get better every single day.” It has been a year of firsts for Hurkacz, who has become a contender at the biggest tournaments on the circuit. The Polish star won his maiden ATP...
ATP - 18.10.2021 06:31

Missing Shoes Don't Stop Norrie From Biggest Win Yet

Imagine preparing for the biggest match of your life only to realise your tennis shoes have gone missing! Cameron Norrie faced that challenge on Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open, but nothing was able to stop the Briton, who captured his first ATP Masters 1000 title despite the mystery of the missing shoes. “Every day I left my shoes on top of the locker. I think someone, I don't know who it was, maybe someone from the cleaners or something last night, came through and they threw the three pairs of shoes that I had away,” Norrie said. “I looked all day. I had everyone looking. I don't know what the people have against the Brits with stealing the shoes, but I didn't manage to get them back. Just had to go out there with a fresh pair of shoes. “It was just difficult. Luckily I didn't have a wedding ring attached. I didn't lose that, so it was a bonus for me.” It was reminiscent of an incident earlier in the tournament, when Andy Murray left a pair of smelly s...
ATP - 18.10.2021 04:33