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Ajax misery, Borussia storm into Champions League group stage

Ajax misery, Borussia storm into Champions League group stage

Four-times European champions Ajax missed out on the Champions League group stage after losing 4-1 to Rostov as Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach eased through. Russia's Rostov, who qualified for the first time, completed a 5-2 aggregate win in the playoff tie against Dutch side Ajax who fell in the qualifying rounds for the second season...

  • Rooney willingly gave penalty duties to Ibra, says Mourinho

    Rooney willingly gave penalty duties to Ibra, says Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho says Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has willingly passed penalty duties to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. There was no debate about who would take the spot-kick when Luke Shaw tumbled in the box in Friday night’s 2-0 win over...

  • Suarez treble and Messi brace lift six-goal Barcelona

    Luis Suarez grabbed a hat-trick and Lionel Messi bagged two goals as Barcelona began their quest for a third straight La Liga title with a 6-2 rout of Real Betis yesterday. Arda Turan, whose two goals against Sevilla helped Barca lift the Spanish...

  • Celtic beat St Johnstone

    Celtic warmed up for their crucial Champions League play-off in midweek with a 4-2 win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park, yesterday. Striker Leigh Griffiths, celebrating his 26th birthday, opened the scoring with his sixth of the season before...

  • Valletta sink Wattcell 9-3 to finish third

    Valletta completed their UEFA Futsal Cup Group F commitments in style after seeing off Wattcell United 9-3, in Ylivieska, Finland, yesterday. The Malta champions had lost their opening two matches in the group but made sure they signed off on a...

  • Football news

    Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson has signed a new five-year contract with the Premier League newcomers. The 23-year-old, who has made more than 100 appearances for the club, made his top-flight debut last weekend against Stoke City. Gibson said:...

  • Sporting briefs

    Bad tweet: Crystal Palace’s record signing Christian Benteke may not have endeared himself to his new employers after appearing confused as to which club he has joined. The Belgium striker mistakenly announced on Twitter that he had joined...

  • Olympics: Neymar hands Brazil football gold medal

    Olympics: Neymar hands Brazil football gold medal

    Neymar delivered Brazil's first Olympic men's football gold medal on Saturday with the winning penalty in a 5-4 shootout victory over Germany after the sides had drawn 1-1 after extra-time in a thrilling game at the Maracana stadium. Neymar had...

  • Higuain scores winner for Juventus; Roma win

    Higuain scores winner for Juventus; Roma win

    Juventus launched their bid for a sixth successive league title after their record signing Gonzalo Higuain came off the bench to grab a trademark winner in a 2-1 success over Fiorentina on the opening day of the Serie A season. In the new...

  • Balzan fend off spirited Mosta

    Balzan fend off spirited Mosta

    Balzan kicked off their league commitments with a highly-entertaining 3-2 win over Mosta at the Hibs Stadium. Balzan took control of proceedings from the outset and on six minutes Alfred Effiong picked Terence Agius inside the area but the young...

  • Greens see off nine-man Pembroke

    Greens see off nine-man Pembroke

    Floriana struck twice in the opening half to see off nine-man Pembroke 2-1 at the Hibs Stadium. The Greens took just 11 minutes to forge ahead when Amadou Samb burst into the area and sent a low cross towards Mario Fontanella who stabbed the ball...

  • Chelsea come from behind to win; Burnley stun Liverpool, Arsenal draw

    Chelsea come from behind to win; Burnley stun Liverpool, Arsenal draw

    Chelsea scored twice in the last 10 minutes to beat Watford 2-1 in the Premier League and earn their second victory of the season. Watford's Etienne Capoue smashed a swerving shot past keeper Thibaut Courtois and into the top corner of the net...

  • Aguero strikes twice as Man City thrash Stoke

    Aguero strikes twice as Man City thrash Stoke

    Two first-half Sergio Aguero goals set Manchester City on their way to a 4-1 victory at Stoke City in the Premier League as manager Pep Guardiola extended his 100 per cent record in English football. Aguero, who missed two penalties in City's 5-0...

  • Zlatan, Pogba shine as United sink Southampton

    Zlatan, Pogba shine as United sink Southampton

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck twice as Manchester United beat Southampton 2-0 at Old Trafford last night, with the world’s most expensive player Paul Pogba making his second Premier League debut for the home side. Ibrahimovic, playing his first home...

  • Balzan land Piciollo on loan

    Balzan continued to bolster their forward line ahead of the transfer deadline with the capture of Matteo Piciollo on a season-long loan from BOV Premier League rivals Floriana, yesterday. The Italian looked unsettled this summer and reports also...

  • Sporting briefs

    Shakespeare: Leicester City coach Craig Shakespeare has been appointed to work with England manager Sam Allardyce on a parttime basis, the FA announced yesterday. He will remain with Premier League champions Leicester, where he works under Claudio...

  • Football news

    Kelechi Iheanacho has signed a two-year contract extension to commit himself to Manchester City until 2021. The 19-year-old Nigerian hit 14 goals in his breakthrough campaign at the Etihad Stadium last term, and now looks set for a pivotal role...

  • Mourinho wants fear factor at Old Trafford

    Mourinho wants fear factor at Old Trafford

    Jose Mourinho has urged Manchester United’s players and supporters to reconnect and bring the fear factor back to Old Trafford as he prepares for his first home game in charge against Southampton tonight. Manchester United have lost 12 home league...

  • Valletta launch title defence with tricky Sliema clash

    Valletta launch title defence with tricky Sliema clash

    Premier League teams will be aiming to put down an early marker when the 2016/17 top-flight championship gets underway this evening with the first four of the opening six-match programme. For the first time in more than a decade, teams will embark...

  • Luis Enrique criticises Super Cup format despite Barca win

    Luis Enrique criticises Super Cup format despite Barca win

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique questioned the point of playing the Spanish Super Cup after his side kicked off their season with a comfortable two-legged win over Sevilla in the competition. Barca won a double of La Liga and the King’s Cup last...

  • Lopetegui to pick squad on form not reputation

    Lopetegui to pick squad on form not reputation

    Spain coach Julen Lopetegui said he respects Iker Casillas’ contribution to the national team but said he will make no special allowances for the goalkeeper or any other players when it comes to selecting his squad. The former Porto coach...