Napoli puts six past Ajax

Napoli came from behind to demolish Ajax in the Champions League and continue their sensational start to the season. Mohammed Kudus gave the Dutch side an early lead but Giacomo Raspadori headed in an equaliser, Giovanni di Lorenzo put Napoli ahead and Piotr Zielinski made it 3-1 just before the break. Raspadori curled in his second and then set up…

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Giroud proud to face his old side

Former Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has told his AC Milan team-mates how proud he is to return to Stamford Bridge with the Italian team. Giroud, 36, helped Milan win Serie A last season and they take on the Blues in the Champions League on Wednesday. Midfielder N’Golo Kante is back in training after a hamstring injury but is not expected…

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Trent Alexander-Arnold could be one of best ever – Neville

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold can be one of the world’s best ever right-backs if he works on his defending, says Gary Neville. Alexander-Arnold, 23, has come under increased scrutiny and criticism this season as he has struggled for form. He was picked for England recently but did not play against Italy and was dropped from the squad to face Germany. “No…

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Higuain to retire at end of 2022 MLS season

Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain is to retire at the end of Inter Miami’s 2022 Major League Soccer campaign. The 34-year-old joined Inter Miami in 2020 and hopes to help them reach the MLS play-offs in his final season. Higuain has played for Real Madrid, Napoli and Juventus during his career, while also having loan spells at AC Milan and Chelsea. “The…

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Real Madrid held by Osasuna to end perfect start

Karim Benzema missed a late penalty as Real Madrid dropped points for the first time this season when they were held by 10-man Osasuna at the Bernabeu. Benzema smashed his spot-kick against the crossbar in the 80th minute as Real failed to continue their winning start to the defence of their title. Vinicius Junior gave the hosts the lead before…

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Smalling on target as AS Roma edge Inter Milan

Chris Smalling headed a 78th-minute winner as Roma came from behind to beat Inter Milan at the San Siro and jump to fourth in the Serie A table. Smalling rose highest to nod in Lorenzo Pellegrini’s free-kick and ensure Roma beat their rivals for the first time since February 2017. Federico Dimarco had opened the scoring for Inter after 30…

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Jurgen Klopp defends Trent Alexander-Arnold after England omission

Jurgen Klopp would pick “exceptional” Trent Alexander-Arnold in any team after the full-back was overlooked by England manager Gareth Southgate. The Liverpool defender, 23, did not figure against Italy and was dropped from the squad that drew with Germany. Reds boss Klopp says there is “space for improvement” in Alexander-Arnold’s defensive game, but his offensive ability is “so extreme”. “I’d decide…

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Erik ten Hag backs under-fire Harry Maguire

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag says he still believes in Harry Maguire despite criticism of the defender. Maguire has been jeered by his some of his own fans on club and country duty this season and made mistakes in the build-up to two Germany goals in England’s 3-3 draw on Monday. “I back him because I believe in him,” said…

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John Stones ruled out for up to two weeks

Manchester City defender John Stones has been ruled out for up to two weeks with a hamstring injury suffered on England duty. The 28-year-old was replaced 37 minutes into the 3-3 Nations League draw with Germany on Monday. “I don’t know when he will come back but I think maybe 10 days, two weeks,” said City boss Pep Guardiola. Second-placed City…

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Richarlison racist abuse embarrassing for everybody – Conte

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte says it is “embarrassing for everybody” that a banana was thrown at Richarlison during a friendly game between Brazil and Tunisia. The Spurs forward was celebrating a goal when the incident occurred in Paris on Tuesday. Conte called for a lifetime ban from football for the spectator involved. “Richy played with the national team, scored a goal…

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