Ronaldo scores landmark 700th career goal in Portugal defeat

Cristiano Ronaldo reached a career landmark on Monday by scoring his 700th career goal in Portugal's Euro 2020 qualifier at Ukraine.

The 34-year-old scored a penalty as Portugal lost 2-1.

His 700 goals so far have come from 973 matches - and he has scored at least once in 458 of those.

His goal in the 2-1 loss to Ukraine was also his 95th for Portugal, leaving only Iranian Ali Daei in front in the international charts on 109 goals.

The win for Ukraine, meanwhile, means they have qualified for Euro 2020.




Alexis Sanchez: Inter Milan's on-loan Man Utd forward injured on Chile duty

Inter Milan forward Alexis Sanchez faces a spell out after picking up an ankle injury on international duty.

Sanchez - on loan at the Italian club from Manchester United - was hurt in the second half of Chile's 0-0 friendly draw with Colombia in Alicante and replaced in the 87th minute.

The Chilean Football Federation said the 30-year-old has "dislocated tendons" in his left ankle.

Sanchez has returned to Milan for further assessment.

Sanchez, who joined Antonio Conte's Inter on a season-long loan deal in August, scored on his first start for the Serie A title hopefuls against Sampdoria on 28 September, and he also impressed in their Champions League defeat at his former club Barcelona.




Novak Djokovic & Roger Federer win in Shanghai Masters

World number one Novak Djokovic produced another high-quality display to ease past American John Isner in the Shanghai Masters third round.

Serb Djokovic, 32, did not face a break point as he won 7-5 6-3 against the big-serving 16th seed.

Switzerland's Roger Federer, 38, also reached the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 win over Belgium's David Goffin.

Goffin could not convert any of five set points in the opener.

Federer, who won the Shanghai title in 2014 and 2017, will take on German fifth seed Alexander Zverev in the last eight, while Djokovic faces Greek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.




Wolves: Europa League game at Slovan Bratislava will be behind closed doors

Wolverhampton Wanderers will play their Europa League game at Slovan Bratislava on 24 October behind closed doors.

Uefa dismissed the Slovak club's appeal after they were charged over fans making racist chants in a play-off game against PAOK of Greece.

Slovan have confirmed on their website that only spectators under the age of 14 will be allowed in the stadium.

This is the second Europa League game Slovan have been forced to play behind closed doors this season.

Their opening 4-2 win over Turkish side Besiktas saw around 5,000 children allowed in the stadium following Uefa disciplinary action.




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Celtic: Uefa charges over fireworks allegedly set off at Europa League tie

Celtic have been charged by Uefa for fans setting off fireworks just over two weeks after being fined for the use of flares and throwing objects.

The offence relates to pyrotechnics at Celtic Park during Thursday's 2-0 Europa League win over Cluj.

Last month, Celtic were told to pay a £11,000 fine for two charges in the 4-1 victory over AIK.

Uefa's control, ethics and disciplinary body will deal with the case on 17 October.

Celtic currently top their Europa League group with four points from their first two games with a double header against Lazio next.




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Barcelona beat Sevilla to go second

Luis Suarez scored a sublime overhead kick as champions Barcelona climbed to second in La Liga with a convincing win over Sevilla at the Nou Camp.

Ernesto Valverde's side swept Julen Lopetegui's visitors away with three goals in eight first-half minutes.

Suarez opened the scoring with an acrobatic finish after 27 minutes, before Arturo Vidal and Ousmane Dembele put the hosts in complete control.

Lionel Messi completed the scoring with a delightful free-kick late on.



Manchester City: Pep Guardiola still believes his side can catch Liverpool

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says "the distance is big" but still believes his team can catch Liverpool in the Premier League title race.

City's 2-0 defeat by Wolves means they are now eight points behind the Reds.

It is the biggest lead any side has had after eight games in the Premier League era - the previous biggest was Chelsea in 2014, who went on to win the title.

"I know these guys," said Guardiola. "They are still incredibly involved and they can still do it."

The defeat means City are experiencing their worst start since the 2013-14 campaign under Manuel Pellegrini, when they went on to win the title.




Martinelli impresses in Arsenal victory

Teenage striker Gabriel Martinelli scored two goals and set up another to give Arsenal victory over Standard Liege in the Europa League.

There was less than three minutes between the 18-year-old Brazilian's first and second goals while team-mate Joe Willock, 20, made it 3-0 before half-time.

Martinelli, who joined for £6m this summer, later set up Dani Ceballos for his first Arsenal goal.

Arsenal sit top of Group F with two wins from two games.

There were 10 changes to the Arsenal team who drew with Manchester United in the Premier League on Monday but no place in the squad for German midfielder Mesut Ozil.




Suarez scores twice in Barca comeback win over Inter Milan

Luis Suarez scored a fine double as Barcelona came from behind to beat Inter Milan in the Champions League.

Lautaro Martinez gave Antonio Conte's Inter a deserved lead and went close to a second, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen expertly keeping out his header.

Suarez levelled with a wonderful volley from Arturo Vidal's cross.

Then Lionel Messi, on his return from an injury, found Suarez - whose first touch took him past defender Diego Godin - and he blasted in the winner.

Those were Suarez's first two Champions League group goals in over three years.




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Andy Murray beats Matteo Berrettini at China Open

Andy Murray impressively beat Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (9-7) at the China Open to set up a second round tie against fellow Briton Cameron Norrie.

Murray, 32, faced a tough test against world number 13 Berrettini, who reached last month's US Open semi-finals.

The Scot came back from a break down in each set for his biggest singles win since returning from hip surgery in January.

"It was a tight match and I thought I did pretty well," said Murray.

"Hopefully, I can have a good run here. That was a good start for me.




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Man City fans must be 'seduced' by Champions League - Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City's fans need to be "seduced" after club polls showed supporters would prefer to win the Premier League than the Champions League.

City open their ninth successive home campaign in the competition on Tuesday when they host Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb.

"I know for fans the Premier League is most exciting. But this competition is nice too," said City boss Guardiola.

"We are going to try and seduce our fans and say 'we can do it'."

Between 48,000 and 50,000 are expected at the game, with adult tickets still available starting at £20.






Cristiano Ronaldo returned from injury with a goal as Serie A champions Juventus maintained their unbeaten start to the season by beating SPAL.

Cristiano Ronaldo returned from injury with a goal as Serie A champions Juventus maintained their unbeaten start to the season by beating SPAL.

Ronaldo had missed the win over Brescia with an adductor problem, but powered home a header in the second half.

Juve took the lead through Miralem Pjanic's stunning curling strike on the stroke of half-time.

SPAL keeper Etrit Berisha made stunning saves to keep out close-range headers from Aaron Ramsey and Sami Khedira.

Meanwhile, legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, 41, played his 903rd career game, a record for an Italian player, surpassing former AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini.




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AC Milan & Inter Milan reveal new stadium plans

AC Milan and Inter Milan have revealed two shortlisted designs for a new 60,000-seat stadium next to their iconic San Siro home.

The plans include renovating the San Siro area and the clubs have submitted a feasibility study to their municipality.

The new stadium is expected to cost 650m euros (£576m) and take three years to build.

The club also plan to consult fans about the proposals.

"AC Milan and FC Internazionale have shared a stadium in San Siro for more than 70 years," said AC Milan chairman Paolo Scaroni.




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Andy Murray beats Tennys Sandgren at Zhuhai Championships

Andy Murray said victory over Tennys Sandgren at the Zhuhai Championships in China was one of his best as he continued his return from hip surgery.

The Scot prevailed 6-3 6-7 (6-8) 6-1 for his first singles victory at Tour level since January.

Murray, who had lost to world number 69 Sandgren in North Carolina last month, will play Australian world number 31 Alex de Minaur in the second round.

"In some ways it's one of the best wins that I've had," said the 32-year-old.

"Not in terms of just getting through that today, but everything that's gone into getting back to this point."




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Messi injured in Barca win over Villarreal

Lionel Messi suffered an injury on his first start of the season in Barcelona's narrow win over Villarreal at the Nou Camp.

Messi, who had recovered from a calf injury to feature, was replaced at the start of the second half after suffering a thigh problem.

The Argentine, making his 400th La Liga start, provided the corner for Antoine Griezmann to head home off the bar before Arthur made it 2-0.

Santi Cazorla pulled a goal back.

After the game, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde described Messi's injury as a "small problem in the adductor". 




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Slovenia beat defending champions Russia to reach semi-finals at Men's European Volleyball Championship

Slovenia reached the semi-finals of the men's European Volleyball Championships after beating defending champions Russia in four sets in Ljubljana.

Slovenia burst out of the blocks and flew into a 2-0 lead, winning the opening sets 25-23, 25-22.

Russia rallied and took the third 25-21, but the Slovenians, roared on by 11,225 home fans, would not be denied.

They won the fourth set 25-21 to reach the semi-final on Thursday (September 26), which will again take place in the Slovenian capital.

Slovenia will face Poland, who continued their superb form in these Championships with their sixth consecutive straight-sets victory.




Singapore GP: Ferrari's revival comes with obvious tension

Sebastian Vettel finally achieved the victory he has needed for some time at the Singapore Grand Prix - but it came about with a healthy dose of luck and a big chunk of controversy.

The Ferrari driver's last win was in the Belgian Grand Prix on 26 September 2018; and since then his driving has been more notable for its regular errors than the speed and easy elegance that marked his four world titles with Red Bull.

Vettel's position as Ferrari number one has been threatened - if not already usurped - by his 21-year-old team-mate Charles Leclerc, and the German has faced questions about his future in the sport.

Coming to Singapore, where he has had such success in the past, offered a chance for redemption and catharsis. He got it, but not perhaps in the way he would have wanted.






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Zinedine Zidane: How long before Real Madrid lose patience?

Six months ago Zinedine Zidane was all smiles as he talked about being "very happy to be home" after returning as Real Madrid boss.

But the smile has long vanished following Real's stuttering start to the season which has heightened the pressure on the Frenchman.

Having been held by Real Valladolid at the Bernabeu and at Villarreal in La Liga, Real crumbled to a 3-0 against Paris St-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Is Zidane - who appeared bulletproof after leading Real to three Champions League triumphs between 2016-2018 - on the brink? And just who will replace him should he go?




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Angel di Maria scored twice against former employers Real Madrid

Angel di Maria scored twice against former employers Real Madrid as Paris St-Germain began their Champions League Group A campaign with a comfortable win.

Thomas Meunier's stoppage-time goal added more embarrassment for the Spanish giants - and heightened the pressure on Real manager Zinedine Zidane, whose win ratio is below 50% since returning to the club towards the end of last season.

Eden Hazard, making his first start for the visitors, showed some nice touches but struggled to influence proceedings, as a Real old boy stole the show.

Celebrating his 100th appearance in the competition, Di Maria opened the scoring with a close-range shot that crept inside Thibaut Courtois' near post from Juan Bernat's pass.

While Real's Belgian goalkeeper Courtois appeared to be caught out for the opening goal, he could do nothing to prevent the second.




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Napoli score two late goals to beat Champions League holders Liverpool

Dries Mertens' penalty and a late Fernando Llorente goal condemned Liverpool to defeat in their Group E Champions League opener against Napoli.

Belgian forward Mertens scored from the penalty spot after Liverpool defender Andy Robertson was judged to have fouled Jose Callejon.

Former Tottenham forward Llorente then capitalised on a mistake from Virgil van Dijk in stoppage-time to roll the ball past Liverpool keeper Adrian.

Jurgen Klopp's side are the first winners of the competition to lose the opening game of the following campaign since AC Milan in 1994.

Goalkeeper Adrian had earlier made two keys saves for Liverpool, who initially struggled to impose themselves in the intimidating atmosphere of the San Paolo Stadium.




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