Lionel Messi double powers Barcelona to victory over Alavés in opener

Barcelona began the new campaign with a 3-0 win over Alavés with the help of an under-the-wall free-kick from Lionel Messi, who scored twice, and a curling shot from the substitute Philippe Coutinho. The champions had dominated the late kick-off at a quiet Camp Nou but struggled to convert chances against a shrewd Alavés, who are the last team to win a league game at the Catalans’ home, beating them 2-1 in 2016. Continue reading...

Brighton’s Bernardo: ‘In my school, I was the only black guy. It bothers me’

Brighton’s new defender had a privileged upbringing in Brazil but kept his feet on the ground by training with the poor kids“I think I have a Brazilian soul,” Bernardo Fernandes da Silva Junior says as he prepares to delve into a discussion about Brazil’s social divide on an entertaining afternoon at the Amex Stadium. “You see me laughing and joking. But I had a different education from most players because my dad could afford to invest in certain things for me. Most people in Brazil could not have that.” Bernardo, Brighton & Hove Albion’s new Brazilian defender, is aware of the world around him. His father is Bernardo Fernandes da Silva, a former footballer who won the Brazilian championship with São Paulo in 1986, counted Careca as a teammate, represented Bayern Munich in 1989 and earned 19 caps for Brazil, and he knows that he was lucky to Continue reading "Brighton’s Bernardo: ‘In my school, I was the only black guy. It bothers me’"

José Mourinho says Manchester City’s TV series shows they lack class

• United manager infuriated by appearances in City documentary
• Mourinho defends David de Gea and says new deal is imminentJosé Mourinho has criticised Manchester City over their new documentary All or Nothing, accusing the club of lacking class and respect. “If you are a rich club you can buy all the top players but you cannot buy class,” the Manchester United manager said. “I haven’t seen the movie [sic] but I know a few things about it and that is my first reaction.” Mourinho is a well-known controversialist and far from averse to attacks on other clubs and the way they go about their business, though in this case he may have a point. As United manager he features in Amazon’s behind-the-scenes docu‑series far more than might be expected in what is purportedly a documentary about City’s title-winning season; there is even footage of him in Continue reading "José Mourinho says Manchester City’s TV series shows they lack class"

Maurizio Sarri emerges with points from new boys’ wild helter-skelter | Amy Lawrence

Italian has good fortune Chelsea have started with two wins while Unai Emery must feel aggrieved Arsenal are stuck on zeroFor two managers new to English football, bringing their own ideas and cultures to these shores, it did not take long to experience the full chaos of the Premier League in all of its maddening, unpredictable, helter-skelter glory. At half-time, as Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery went back to their dressing rooms to digest a splurge of goals, misses and some harrowing defending, it must have been a challenge to know where to start to try to make sense of it all. The lurching turbulence and shifting tension was relentless. Sarri did not mind admitting that during the most wayward period for his team he would have been better off smoking than watching. Related: Marcos Alonso strikes late as Chelsea beat Arsenal in five-goal thriller Continue reading...

Marcos Alonso strikes late as Chelsea beat Arsenal in five-goal thriller

This ended up feeling like a vindication of all the caution expressed publicly by Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery in the campaign’s early days. Chelsea, relieved to have a player of Eden Hazard’s calibre to fling on to make a difference, triumphed here at Arsenal’s expense and celebrated in the giddy din at the final whistle. But for all the excitement this furious contest whipped up it also provided evidence as to why these teams are outsiders in the title race. Marcos Alonso’s winner came late on, with Petr Cech twice going on to deny Hazard the rewards his eye-catching cameo deserved. The Belgian only featured for 29 minutes but probably still provided the stellar impact of the afternoon. As it is, having clawed their way level and missed too many opportunities for comfort in a madcap opening period, Arsenal have lost their opening two topflight fixtures for the first Continue reading "Marcos Alonso strikes late as Chelsea beat Arsenal in five-goal thriller"

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus debut ends in dramatic late win at Chievo

Juventus came from behind to snatch a dramatic 3-2 win at Chievo as Cristiano Ronaldo made his debut for the Turin side on Saturday, although the Portugal captain was not among the scorers in his first Serie A match. Ronaldo was thwarted several times the by veteran Chievo goalkeeper, Stefano Sorrentino, and his handball in the buildup led to a late Juventus goal being disallowed. Continue reading...

Football League: Roofe strike secures Leeds win, Middlesbrough stay top

  • Soudani saves Forest, Sharp’s late strike takes points for Blades
  • Peterborough and Portsmouth cruise, Morecambe still goalless
Leeds completely dominated possession against Rotherham but were made to wait until four minutes after half-time to take the lead through a scrambled goal from Luke Ayling. Kemar Roofe’s curling, dipping shot in the 71st minute secured a third Leeds win of the season to maintain a 100% record for Marcelo Bielsa’s team. Continue reading...

Harry Kane breaks August goal drought in Tottenham win over Fulham

Harry Kane broke his August duck in the Premier League and there were echoes of England’s World Cup summer as Tottenham overcame a committed effort from new boys Fulham at Wembley. A goal late in the first half from Lucas Moura, his first in the league for Spurs, was cancelled out by Aleksander Mitrovic early in the second half. But a strong response from the hosts saw first Kieran Trippier, in a replay of his semi-final heroics in Russia, and then Golden Boot winner Kane score to give Mauricio Pochettino an important win. Continue reading...

Leicester’s James Maddison makes sure before Vardy sees red against Wolves

This felt like an unwelcome reminder for Wolverhampton Wanderers as to just how unforgiving the Premier League can be. Nuno Espírito Santo and the club’s board have high expectations for this season and on another day they could have come away from Leicester with their first top-flight victory. Instead they were left to rue the combination of profligacy in front of goal, the woodwork and some misfortune at the other end of the pitch as Leicester collected three points despite finishing the game with 10 men. Related: Richarlison’s fast start continues as Everton see off Southampton Continue reading...

Steve Cook header seals Bournemouth comeback win over West Ham

After all the talk of fresh starts, this felt worryingly familiar for West Ham. It was another one of those trying afternoons at the London Stadium and on this evidence it is going to be tougher than Manuel Pellegrini must have anticipated to tackle the gloom that tends to fall over this troubled ground in times of adversity. Related: Harry Kane breaks August goal drought in Tottenham win over Fulham Continue reading...

Aston Villa held by 10-man Ipswich after keeper Orjan Nyland makes a howler

A dreadful error by Aston Villa keeper Orjan Nyland slowed his side’s early-season momentum. Signed 11 days ago, the Norwegian gifted Ipswich an equaliser that the home side held on to despite playing more than 50 minutes with 10 men. With the visitors leading through a 21st-minute Jonathan Kodjia header, there appeared little danger as a long throw looped into the Villa area. Continue reading...

Tony Adams: ‘I put down alcohol. But I couldn’t put down fish and chips’

The ex-Arsenal captain on football’s drinking culture, the joy of Hobnobs – and why food is his last weakness I regret my own parents not teaching me to cook. Thank god for my wife, a fantastic cook. Her name was Poppy Teacher [a member of the whisky family] when I met her, when I’d given up drink and self-medication. I encountered a loving family, very knowledgeable of the bad effects of alcohol, but I can still say I wake up with a Teacher’s every morning. That’s my joke. I was raised in Dagenham, opposite the police station and the bakery. My early memories are full of fear – of going to school crying, where food was very similar to prison food. [In 1990 Adams crashed his car into a wall when more than four times over the drink-drive limit.] Continue reading...

Celtic’s late goals end rough week with League Cup win at Partick

Celtic ended an unusually difficult week with a 3-1 League Cup last-16 win over Partick Thistle at the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill. Leigh Griffiths’s goal after 17 minutes gave the dominant visitors an interval lead but that was cancelled out in the 72nd minute by Jags attacker Andréa Mbuyi-Mutombo. However, quickfire goals from substitute Moussa Dembélé and Tom Rogic got the treble-winners back to winning ways. Continue reading...

Kenedy misses penalty for 10-man Newcastle in goalless draw at Cardiff

If Cardiff’s sojourn in the Premier League is to last, they need to find a goalscoring solution and fast. For the second successive match, they fired blanks but earned their first point of the season after Neil Etheridge saved Kenedy’s stoppage-time penalty to prevent 10-man Newcastle from smuggling a cruel victory. This stadium proved something of a fortress for Cardiff last season, having won eight of their previous 10 matches, but in their first top-flight match here since May 2014, the crucial finishing touches were missing in an otherwise slick performance. For Rafael Benítez, it was a miserable day at the office, underlined by the substitute Isaac Hayden’s straight red card for a challenge on the impressive Josh Murphy. Continue reading...