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Soccer-City, PSG maintain perfect start, Juventus lose again
Manchester City made it four wins in a row this season in the Premier League while Italy's Juventus recorded the worst start of a Serie A champion since 1941 following a second successive defeat, this time against AS Roma. England Raheem Sterling scored his first goal for Manchester City as they maintained their ominous 100 percent start to the season with a 2-0 victory against promoted Watford to open up an eight-point advantage over champions Chelsea. The Stamford Bridge side's underwhelming start continued after they slumped to a surprise 2-1 home defeat against an impressive Crystal Palace despite Radamel Falcao's...
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Soccer-PSG's Cavani on target, Di Maria impressive in Monaco win
It took him some time but when Paris St Germain's Edinson Cavani found his range he netted a second-half double to help snatch a 3-0 win at Monaco that extended the champions' perfect Ligue 1 start on Sunday. Uruguay striker Cavani was his usual wasteful self in the first half, missing a couple of chances, until he found the net in the 57th and 73rd minutes to put PSG on a maximum 12 points from four games. Ezequiel Lavezzi added a third seven minutes from time after being perfectly set up by fellow Argentine Angel Di Maria, who was impressive...
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Football - Panathinaikos rebound from European shock with big win
Panathinaikos put their shock Europa League exit behind them with an impressive 4-0 home hammering of AEL Kalloni on Sunday to maintain their 100 percent start
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Football - Chelsea boss Mourinho demands more from his under-achieving champions
Jose Mourinho will demand his leading players, including Eden Hazard, improve after Chelsea's chastening start to the season.
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Swansea 2-1 Manchester United: Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis help Swans come from behind to inflict first defeat on visitors
MATT BARLOW AT THE LIBERTY STADIUM: Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis helped Swansea come from behind to inflict defeat on Manchester United for the first time this season.
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Chelsea shortcomings exposed by energy and motivation of Crystal Palace
• Mourinho at a loss to explain floundering form of trusted players• Palace continue remarkable away record under Alan PardewIn the end there were examples all over the pitch. Linger on Damien Delaney, once considered a mere journeyman who almost gave up football to take up triathlons, bullying Diego Costa to distraction or flinging any part of his body in front of Chelsea’s frantic late pursuit of parity. Or Joel Ward, a right-back popping up in Chelsea’s six-yard box just after the concession of an equaliser to nod in the winning goal. The first man to him in the celebrations...
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Soccer-Panathinaikos rebound from European shock with big win
By Graham Wood ATHENS, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Panathinaikos put their shock Europa League exit behind them with an impressive 4-0 home hammering of AEL Kalloni on Sunday to maintain their 100 percent start to the Super League season. The result means the Greens are level with champions and rivals Olympiakos Piraeus, who also made it two wins from two with a 2-0 victory against Levadiakos on Saturday. Panathinaikos -- who lost their Europa League playoff on away goals following an unexpected 2-2 aggregate result against Qabala of Azerbaijan -- took an eighth-minute lead through Greece forward Nikos Karelis.
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Football - Liverpool boss Rodgers targets a significant improvement after home setback
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits his side have some work to do when they return from international duty.
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Football - Vincent Kompany relishing his link-up with Kevin De Bruyne at Manchester City
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is relishing the chance to play alongside international team-mate Kevin De Bruyne at club level.
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Football - Roberto Martinez: Professional John Stones didn't mean to make transfer request
Roberto Martinez has suggested Everton defender John Stones did not personally want to lodge the transfer request that the Toffees rejected.
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Manuel Pellegrini looking relaxed at record-breaking Manchester City
• City manager says he is feeling good ‘for a dead man walking’• Pellegrini feeling confident after perfect start to seasonThe sign of the rosy times at Manchester City came when Manuel Pellegrini reflected on the maximum 12 points, no goals conceded and 10 scored in the opening four matches. “For a dead man walking, not bad,” he said.Delivering this with a grin, the Chilean was referring to his apparent state as the City manager after the side’s fall in the second half of last season. The champions were joint top with Chelsea on New Year’s Day. From then on,...
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José Mourinho tells Chelsea players medals should motivate them
• Manager unhappy with unacceptable form after defeat to Crystal Palace• Mourinho frustrated by lack of progress in transfer marketJosé Mourinho has branded as unacceptable the form of a core of his title-winning team this season and warned he will make changes to his lineup if improvements are not immediate after Chelsea’s worst start to a domestic campaign in two decades.The manager, who expressed dismay at suggestions some of his squad may be resting on their laurels from last term in the wake of Saturday’s home defeat to Crystal Palace, will now hope there is late progress in his club’s...
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Premier League - Dejan Lovren keen to move on from errors in Liverpool's loss to West Ham
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has vowed to bounce back again after his renaissance as the Reds' first-choice centre-back took a hammering.
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Vincent Kompany hails City signing Kevin De Bruyne as a ‘game-changer’
• Kompany: ‘My opinion was quite clear – he has something special’• Manuel Pellegrini: ‘I have no doubt he will be a big success’Vincent Kompany hailed Kevin De Bruyne as the best player in Germany and a special talent who can help Manchester City contend seriously for the Premier League and Champions League.City sealed the signing of the 24-year-old Belgian midfielder on a six-year deal on Sunday for a fee that the club claim is €70m (£50.85m). This is despite reports in Germany that stated his price would be £58m. While City have previously clarified the price of players –...
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Football - City, PSG maintain perfect start, Juventus lose again
Manchester City made it four wins in a row this season in the Premier League while Italy's Juventus recorded the worst start of a Serie A champion since 1941
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Garth Crooks' team of the week
Who makes the team despite a red card? Who gave Chelsea the runaround? And who stole the show in goal? Find out in Garth's team of the week.
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Serie A - Inter Milan complete capture of Wolfsburg's Ivan Perisic
Inter have finally made the Ivan Perisic signing from Wolfsburg official for a reported €19m.
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'Why Rooney needs help up front'
MOTD2 pundit and ex-Premier League striker Jason Roberts explains why Wayne Rooney is not the man to lead Manchester United's attack.
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Soccer-Martinez opens Atletico account in 3-0 win at Sevilla
* Koke, Gabi also score to maintain perfect start * Eibar surprise Basque rivals Bilbao with 2-0 win * Barca, Atletico, Celta, Eibar have maximum points (Adds Gabi quotes) MADRID, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid's Jackson Martinez scored his first goal for the club when he came off the bench and curled in a superb effort to seal a hard-fought 3-0 victory at Sevilla in La Liga on Sunday. Atletico, the 2014 champions, and Sevilla, last season's Europa League winners, are seen as possible challengers to heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid for the title. By contrast, Valencia, also expecting...
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Soccer-Roma hand Juve second successive league defeat
* Juventus lose first two games for first time * Bosnian duo strike for Roma in the capital * Early league leaders Chievo thrash Lazio 4-0 (Adds details) MILAN, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Italian champions Juventus have lost their first two league games of the season for the first time after they were outplayed and had a man sent off in a 2-1 defeat at AS Roma on Sunday. Not since Bologna in 1941 have the title holders begun the defence of their crown with successive defeats and Juve, beaten 1-0 at home by Udinese last week after losing only...
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Ligue 1 - Cavani scores and Di Maria impresses as PSG thump Monaco
It took him some time but when Paris St Germain's Edinson Cavani found his range he netted a second-half double to help snatch a 3-0 win at Monaco.
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Soccer-Ligue 1 top scorers
Aug 30 (Infostrada Sports) - Top scorers of the Ligue 1 on Sunday 4 Nabil Fekir (Olympique Lyon) 2 Cheikh Ndoye (Angers SCO) Andy Delort (Caen) Wahbi Khazri (Girondins Bordeaux) Hatem Ben Arfa (Nice) Valere Germain (Nice) Alassane Plea (Nice) Claudio Beauvue (Olympique Lyon) Michy Batshuayi (Olympique Marseille) Edinson Cavani (Paris St Germain) Blaise Matuidi (Paris St Germain) Giovanni Sio (Stade Rennes) Romain Hamouma (St Etienne) Loic Perrin (St Etienne) Floyd Ama Ayite (Bastia) Nicolas de Preville (Stade de Reims) Martin Braithwaite (Toulouse)
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Football - Martinez opens Atletico account in 3-0 win at Sevilla
Atletico Madrid's Jackson Martinez scored his first goal for the club when he came off the bench and curled in a superb effort to seal a hard-fought 3-0 victory
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Football - Five Truths: Van Gaal's house of cards, Juventus' fresh vulnerability
Our multi-faceted analysis also looks at Borussia Dortmund's second wind, Atletico Madrid's latest crack at glory and a pivotal moment for Southampton.
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Soccer-Serie A top scorers
Aug 30 (Infostrada Sports) - Top scorers of the Serie A on Sunday 4 Eder (Sampdoria) 3 Alberto Paloschi (Chievo Verona) Stevan Jovetic (Inter Milan) 2 Valter Birsa (Chievo Verona) Riccardo Meggiorini (Chievo Verona) Riccardo Saponara (Empoli) Marcos Alonso (Fiorentina) Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli) Luis Muriel (Sampdoria) Antonio Floro Flores (Sassuolo) Daniele Baselli (Torino) Fabio Quagliarella (Torino)
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