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Jese sinks Arsenal, Manchester United hit four again

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London (AFP) – Jese Rodriguez made a memorable start to life at Stoke City by scoring the only goal of a 1-0 victory over Arsenal at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

The Spanish forward, a loan signing from Paris Saint-Germain, finished crisply in the 47th minute to bring Arsene Wenger’s side down to earth after their opening 4-3 win over Leicester City.

Buffon saves penalty as VAR makes Serie A history

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Milan (AFP) – Fabio Maresca became the first referee in Serie A to use VAR technology to award a penalty on Saturday, only to see veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon rescue the hosts.

Maresca initially waved play on after Cagliari striker Duje Cop came down under a challenge from Brazilian winger Alex Sandro in the 37th minute in Turin.

Bordeaux rescue act negates Fekir magic

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Paris (AFP) – Bordeaux forward Malcom struck a superb stoppage-time equaliser in a 3-3 draw at 10-man Lyon on Saturday to help cancel out a sublime halfway-line lob from Nabil Fekir.

France international Fekir drilled the ball over Benoit Costil with his weaker right foot after just 10 minutes having spotted the Bordeaux goalkeeper well off his line.

Barcelona football ‘not afraid’ as attacks overshadow La Liga start

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde called on supporters to show no fear by attending an emotional La Liga opener for his side in the wake of two terrorist attacks in Catalonia.

A huge security operation will be put in place for Sunday’s match against Real Betis (kick off 1815GMT) at the club’s 99,000 capacity Camp Nou after the attacks this week killed 14 people and left hundreds injured.

Austin late show shatters 10-man West Ham

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Substitute Charlie Austin netted a decisive stoppage-time penalty as Southampton weathered a valiant fightback by 10-man West Ham United on Saturday to record a 3-2 victory.

Southampton ended a club-record run of six home games without scoring to go 2-0 up through Manolo Gabbiadini and Dusan Tadic, with West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic sent off in between for elbowing Jack Stephens.

Mane kickstarts Liverpool’s league campaign

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Liverpool (AFP) – Senegalese forward Sadio Mane’s cool second-half finish earned Liverpool a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday.

Missing Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Philippe Coutinho through injury, Liverpool had precious little to really cheer until Mane struck to defeat a determined Palace side.

Quick-fire Okazaki gets Leicester up and running

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Shinji Okazaki set up Leicester’s first win of the Premier League season as the Japan forward’s quick-fire strike inspired a 2-0 success against Brighton on Saturday.

Okazaki took just 52 seconds to open the scoring at the King Power Stadium and Harry Maguire doubled Leicester’s advantage after the interval.

Robson-Kanu comes on, scores, sent-off as Baggies down Burnley

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Burnley (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Welsh international forward Hal Robson-Kanu scored and was then sent-off in a dramatic 20-minute cameo as West Bromwich Albion defeated Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday.

It was a second successive win of the new season for West Brom who had beaten Bournemouth 1-0 last weekend.

Manchester United hit four again, Mane lifts Liverpool

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London (AFP) – Romelu Lukaku was on target again as Manchester United continued their fine early-season form with a second successive 4-0 win on Saturday, this time at Swansea City.

Eric Bailly, Paul Pogba and substitute Anthony Martial also found the net at the Liberty Stadium, giving Jose Mourinho’s side their second big win after last weekend’s 4-0 victory over West Ham United.

Dortmund outclass Wolfsburg as Dembele sits out

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Berlin (AFP) – American teenager Christian Pulisic scored and created a goal as he replaced Barcelona target Ousmane Dembele to spark Borussia Dortmund to a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg on Saturday.

The 20-year-old Dembele has attempted to force Dortmund into selling him to the Spanish giants by boycotting training and, having been suspended indefinitely, missed his side’s opening game of the new German league season.

Dembele can join Barcelona for right price – Dortmund

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund will sell wantaway winger Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona if their price is met, the German club said Saturday.

“We have a clear position and a clear idea (of the price). If this idea is met, then he will transfer this summer,” Dortmund director of sport Michael Zorc told Sky before their match at Wolfsburg on the first weekend of the new Bundesliga season.

More of the same demanded from relentless Real

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Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane has lifted Real Madrid to such heights in less than two years in charge as coach that the challenge now facing the Frenchman is simply maintaining the status quo.

Real kick off their La Liga defence away at Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday as European and world champions and having added the UEFA and Spanish Super Cups to their trophy haul in the past fortnight.

Video ref gets thumbs up on Bundesliga debut

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Berlin (AFP) – The historic debut of the video assistant referee in Germany’s top flight got a thumbs up from the relieved match referee after it spotted a penalty in Bayern Munich’s opening win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern were 2-0 up at home in Friday’s first game of the new Bundesliga season when the VAR, which is being trialled for the first time in the German league this season, made its first intervention.

Zidane shows Real support to Barcelona victims

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane sent a message of support to those affected by terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils that have left 14 people dead and over 100 injured.

“On behalf of the club, of everyone, I want to say we had a minute’s silence and we are thinking of all the families of victims who were affected,” Zidane said on Saturday ahead of Real’s La Liga opener at Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday.

Lukaku on mark as Man United score four again

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Swansea (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United maintained their dream Premier League start as goals from Eric Bailly, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial secured a 4-0 victory at Swansea City on Saturday.

Having put West Ham United to the sword with another 4-0 win in their opening game of the new campaign, United looked like being made to settle for a narrower scoreline for much of the game in South Wales.