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Injury Setback for Manchester United Before the Manchester Derby.

Injuries have become a concern for Manchester United Football Club ahead of this weekend’s Manchester derby.

Harry Maguire, the club’s captain, will miss this match for the Red Devils due to an injury he sustained against Germany in the UEFA Nations League. Due to his recent poor performance, the centre-absence back’s might not be a major setback to the red section of Manchester.

Under Erik Ten Hag, Maguire has faced criticism and has struggled to make the team. The Dutchman has made the choice to start the majority of his matches with Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez. 

After experiencing a small hiccup in the first few games of the season, Manchester United fans will be hoping that their club can maintain their strong form.

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Russia banned from competing in Euro 2024 tournament.

Russia has been barred from qualifying for Euro 2024 as a result of its invasion of Ukraine, according to Uefa. 

Since the conflict began in February, the country and its clubs have been barred from participating in Uefa and Fifa competitions.

The qualifying draw for Euro 2024, which Germany will host, will take place on October 9 in Frankfurt. 

Russia filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the bans, but it was denied in July.

The decision to ban Russian teams was first made by Uefa’s executive committee on February 28, 2022, and was later upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on July 15, 2022.

Uefa added in a statement: “Russia is therefore not included in the Uefa European Football Championship 2022-24 qualifying draw.”

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Ronaldo is surpassed by Messi in another stat.

The results for Paris Saint-Germain over the past week can mostly be attributed to Lionel Messi, who has had an incredible start to the current campaign.

The Argentine scored the lone goal in PSG’s victory against Lyon. After scoring a goal and an assist in the Paris club’s 3-1 victory over Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League midweek. 

Messi has now scored six goals and sent out eight assists in 11 games this season after both games, and his goal last night helped him past Cristiano Ronaldo in the statistic.

With 672 goals overall, one more than the Manchester United forward, Messi now holds the record for most non-penalty goals scored in a career. 

Not only did Messi break this milestone this week, but he also became the first player to score in 18 straight Champions League seasons with his goal against Maccabi Haifa.

With that goal, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner also surpassed Ronaldo once more in terms of the number of opponents he has scored against in Champions League history, to the tune of 39. 

The fact that Messi is still setting records and playing at his present level at the age of 35 should thrill Argentinians as they prepare for a crucial World Cup for the greatest player in the history of the sport.

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With his first career Europa League goal, Cristiano Ronaldo broke his goalless streak and helped Manchester United defeat Sheriff Tiraspol.

Real Sociedad defeated Erik ten Hag’s team at Old Trafford in their Group E opening, but they bounced back by winning all three points in Moldova.

Jadon Sancho calmly completed a superb team move from Christian Eriksen’s reverse pass to give the Red Devils the lead early in the game. 

Sancho, who had been left out of the England team earlier in the day, nearly scored a second goal, but Sheriff captain Stjepan Radeljic expertly blocked his low shot off the line.

However, United did double their lead before halftime thanks to Ronaldo’s penalty, which was given when Patrick Kpozo tripped Diogo Dalot in the penalty area. 

Ronaldo and Sancho

Ronaldo missed a chance to make it 700 club goals when he side-footed over from the edge of the area, and Sheriff was unable to force David de Gea into any significant saves at the other end. 

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In the other match in the group, Real Sociedad defeated Neil Lennon’s Omonia Nicosia 2-1 to make it two wins in a row.

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Diego Costa has signed a free transfer with Wolves.

Wolves signed former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa on a season-long loan on Monday. 

Since leaving Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro in January, the 33-year-old has been without a club. 

Wolves were in need of attacking options following the arrival of a new signing. On his debut against Southampton last week, Sasa Kalajdzic suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury. 

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Diego Costa to Wolves, and back to the Premier League,” said Wolves chairman Jeff Shi.

Diego Costa

“A serial winner with a wealth of top-flight experience, Diego will bring something special to our dressing room and on the pitch, and we look forward to his impact at Molineux.”

Wolves have scored three goals in their first six Premier League games and are 14th in the table with six points. 

Costa previously played for Chelsea, where he scored 59 goals in 120 games and led the Blues to two Premier League titles. 

However, his career has been marred by a string of on-field outbursts, and he has struggled to match the heights of his time at Chelsea and his first spell at Atletico Madrid since leaving London in 2017.

Costa returned to Brazil with Atletico Mineiro in August 2021 after spending two and a half years in Madrid, but he struggled to make an impact before his contract was terminated in January.

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FG abandons the NPFL’s League Management Company


The Federal Government has condemned its recognition of the League Management Company (LMC) as the Nigeria Professional Football League’s operator (NPFL).

Following the federal government’s declaration of the Shehu Dikko-led League Management Company (LMC) as an illegal body, banning it with immediate effect, a crisis appears to be brewing in Nigerian football. 

The federal government also directed the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to immediately revoke LMC’s operational license and form an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to oversee the operation of the Nigerian elite league. 

The statement, signed by Ismaila Abubakar, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, went on to say that the League should be run by the current Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the LMC until a proper Professional League Board is formed in accordance with the NFF Statutes. This decision was made due to the obvious anomaly (which is contrary to our football statutes or the laws of the land) in which a private company is given the mandate to manage or run the league indefinitely, without the full involvement and leadership of the clubs, and without any process to monitor the game’s progress and development. 

“As a result of the foregoing, and in order to save our domestic football from total collapse, the board of the LMC and the LMC as a body will no longer be recognized by the Federal Government as the operator of the Nigerian Professional Football League,” the FG said.

Issuing further order, the federal government noted that; “to avert further chaos in our domestic football, the NFF is advised to immediately withdraw the Licence given to the LMC and, in the meantime, set up an IMC, to include the current Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the LMC to oversee the affairs of the League until a proper Professional League Board is constituted in accordance with the Statutes of the NFF.”

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Brazil drop Jesus and Coutinho from squad for friendlies.

Both Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho were left out of Brazil’s squad for Friday’s friendlies against Ghana and Tunisia as Tite’s side prepares for the World Cup. 

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The five-time world champions face Ghana on September 23 in the French city of Le Havre before facing Tunisia four days later at the Parc des Princes. 

Jesus, who joined Premier League leaders Arsenal from Manchester City this season, appeared 11 times for Brazil in World Cup qualifying without scoring. The tournament begins on November 20 in Qatar.

Coutinho, who has 21 international goals to his name, has had a slow start to the season with Steven Gerrard’s struggling Aston Villa.

Unsurprisingly, Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is included in the squad and could play in Tunisia alongside PSG teammate Marquinhos. 

Brazil will begin their bid for a sixth World Cup against Serbia on November 24 in Lusail, followed by games against Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G.

Brazil’s team:

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool/ENG), Ederson (Manchester City/ENG), Weverton (Palmeiras). 

Defenders: Danilo (Juventus/ITA), Alex Sandro (Juventus/ITA), Alex Telles (Sevilla/ESP), Marquinhos (PSG/FRA), Eder Militao (Real Madrid/ESP), Thiago Silva (Chelsea/ENG), Bremer (Juventus/ITA), Roger Ibanez (Roma, ITA). 

Midfielders: Casemiro (Manchester United/ENG), Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle/ENG), Fred (Manchester United/ENG), Fabinho (Liverpool/ENG), Lucas Paqueta (West Ham/ENG), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo). 

Forwards: Antony (Manchester United/ENG), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool/ENG), Matheus Cunha (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Neymar (PSG/FRA), Pedro (Flamengo), Raphinha (Barcelona/ESP), Richarlison (Tottenham/ENG), Rodrygo (Real Madrid/ESP), Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid/ESP). 

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Amusan wins the Diamond League trophy and establishes a new record.

Tobi Amusan, a record-holder from Nigeria who finished in 12.29 seconds to successfully retain her Diamond League title, set a new record on Thursday. 

At the Diamond League in Zurich this year, she took first place in the women’s 100-meter hurdles. 

Following the winner, Kendra Harrison of the United States and Britany Anderson of Jamaica came in second and third, respectively. 

At the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the 25-year-old had won the gold medal in the women’s 100-meter hurdles in August. 

This came after she ran the hurdles record down in the semifinals of the World Athletic Championship in 12.12 seconds.

With her wind speed display in Eugene, Oregon, Amusan became the first Nigerian to win a gold medal at the championship. 

She also ran a 12:57 to defend her African championship title. 

Amusan has been a role model for female athletes both at home and abroad.

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Real Sociedad defeated Manchester United 1-0 in the Europa League.

Real Sociedad defeated Manchester United 1-0 in their Europa League Group E opener on Thursday, following an impeccably observed tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. 

Before kickoff, Old Trafford fell silent to honor Her Majesty, who died earlier that day at the age of 96, and players from both teams wore black armbands in tribute to the monarch. 

According to Live Score, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was making his second start of the season, came close on several occasions for the hosts, who had only three shots on target throughout the game.

Mendez slotted home from 12 yards after substitute Lisandro Martinez had handled in the area, snapping the Red Devils’ four-game winning streak. 

United were clearly the better team in the first 30 minutes, but they failed to create any clear opportunities.

Ronaldo thought he had given his side the lead 10 minutes before the interval, but his powerful header was ruled out after he had strayed into an offside position.

Cristiano Ronaldo

The Portuguese superstar inexplicably headed wide with the goal at his mercy immediately after the restart, before lashing just over from outside the penalty area.

La Real went ahead in the 58th minute when Mendez powered home from the spot after David Silva’s shot had struck Martinez’s arm.

Casemiro

Erik ten Hag brought on Bruno Fernandes at half-time, and Jadon Sancho and Alejandro Garnacho in the second half, but United were unable to find a way past the visitors’ stubborn backline in the closing stages.

After defeating FC Midtjylland in February 2016, United have not lost at home in 19 Europa League games, according to Live Score.

At the sixth attempt, La Real achieved their first victory in Europe over English opposition. 

On Sunday, both teams resume domestic play with La Real traveling to Getafe in LaLiga and United playing away at Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

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Barcelona thrash Plzen thanks to a hat-trick from Lewandowski.

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Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick in his first Champions League game for Barcelona, as Xavi Hernandez’s side defeated Viktoria Plzen 5-1 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday. 

Barca, who failed to advance past the group stage last season, also had Franck Kessie and Ferran Torres score in an impressive performance. 

Lewandowski has now scored eight goals in five appearances in all competitions for his new team. 

“I knew it was going to be important to adapt right from the first game here,” he told uefa.com 

“Today is my wife’s birthday, so the goals and the celebration were both for her.” It means a lot that she was in the stadium on her birthday. Something incredible for me.”

The five-time European champions will face more difficult tests in Group C, which also includes Bayern Munich and Inter Milan. 

Following Bayern’s 2-0 win at the San Siro, the Catalan giants visit the Allianz Arena next Tuesday in a true test of how far they have come in the last year. 

Kessie nodded the ball home in the 13th minute after Jules Kounde had headed Ousmane Dembele’s corner back across goal. 

It was the Ivorian midfielder’s first goal for the club since joining from AC Milan during the summer transfer window. 

Midway through the first half, Ansu Fati nearly doubled the lead, but his effort was saved by visiting goalkeeper Jindrich Stanek.

Plzen were awarded a penalty in the 25th minute after Andreas Christensen brought down Jhon Mosquera, but the referee reversed his decision after a VAR review and awarded Barca a free kick.

With his 87th goal in the Champions League and first for his new club, Lewandowski moved ahead of Karim Benzema into third place all-time. 

In the 34th minute, the 34-year-old curled a low shot into the bottom corner from just inside the area. Jan Sykora headed in Vaclav Jemelka’s cross shortly before the break to give the Czechs a lifeline. 

Plzen, on the other hand, couldn’t stay within a goal until halftime, when Lewandowski stooped unnoticed to head Dembele’s cross over the line.

In the 67th minute, Lewandowski completed his sixth Champions League hat-trick with a fine low strike from distance. 

“I’m not sure if Robert is the best striker in Europe, but he’s the best for us,” Xavi said. 

“He helps us play out, he presses, he brings us a lot of attack solutions.” Total maturity as a player, and absolutely stunning. He scored a hat-trick, but it was his teamwork that impressed me.” 

Xavi’s men added a fifth goal soon after, with Torres drilling a brilliant volley on the turn into the top corner from Dembele’s chipped pass. 

Plzen avoided further damage, but they face a difficult task in their remaining five group games, beginning with a home game against Inter.

Robert Lewandowski man of the match