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Man United thump Chelsea, Arsenal edge Newcastle in EPL



Marcus Rashford score twice. Text & Images:

London: A brace by Marcus Rashford helped inspire Manchester United to a 4-0 victory over Chelsea at Old Trafford.

Chelsea started strongly in Frank Lampard’s first match in charge as head coach, with Tammy Abraham shooting powerfully against the post.

But it was Man Utd who went 1-0 up on 18 minutes when Rashford scored a penalty after being fouled by Kurt Zouma.

Chelsea’s Emerson was also denied by the woodwork before the break, but Man Utd scored the second goal in the 65th minute after Anthony Martial finished from Andreas Pereira’s cross.

Two minutes later Rashford latched on to Paul Pogba’s chipped through-ball to make it 3-0, before substitute Daniel James struck a fourth on his Premier League debut.

Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Man Utd’s other two debutants, helped to keep a clean sheet for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Aubameyang edges Arsenal past Newcastle

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half goal proved the difference as Arsenal defeated Newcastle United 1-0 at St James’ Park.

The home side started brightly, with debutant Joelinton heading wide before Jonjo Shelvey hit the post.

Arsenal’s best chance of the first half fell to Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who shot over the bar when well placed inside the penalty area.

The Gunners made the breakthrough after 58 minutes, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles’s pass finding Aubameyang, who lifted the ball over Martin Dubravka to score.

Unai Emery handed Premier League debuts to Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli during the second half as Arsenal held on to make it 13 wins from 14 competitive matches against Newcastle.

Wolves hold Leicester

Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers had to settle for a point apiece as they drew 0-0 at King Power Stadium.

The home side dominated first-half possession and Leicester came closest when Jamie Vardy failed to connect with Youri Tielemans’ centre across the six-yard area.

Wolves thought they had scored six minutes into the second half, but Leander Dendoncker’s strike was ruled out after the Video Assistant Referee confirmed the Belgian had headed against Willy Boly’s arm before the ball fell back to him to score.

Wolves’ Raul Jimenez twice forced Kasper Schmeichel into saves in the second half, while Leicester substitute Harvey Barnes could not beat Rui Patricio from distance as neither team were able to break the deadlock.

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Philippe Coutinho to join Bayern Munich on loan from Barcelona



Philippe Coutinho.

Munich: Bayern Munich have secured the services of Brazil winger Philippe Coutinho on a season-long loan from FC Barcelona, pending a medical.

The 27-year-old winger will provide Niko Kovac with a further attacking outlet after the departures of Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez this summer.

“I can confirm that I was in Barcelona with Hasan Salihamidzic on Wednesday and that we reached an agreement with both the club and the player,” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the Bayern club website. “We have been dealing with Coutinho for a while.”

After coming through the Vasco de Gama youth ranks, the highly rated Coutinho was snapped up by Inter Milan as a 16-year-old, although he had to wait until turning 18 in 2010 to move to Europe.

In 2013 he left for Liverpool, and his eye-catching performances on Merseyside earned him a big-money move to Barcelona in January 2018.

Coutinho has already lifted two La Liga titles, two Spanish Super Cups and one Copa del Rey with Barca, and helped Brazil triumph on home soil at this summer’s Copa America.

The Brazilian – who also has Portuguese nationality through his wife – becomes Bayern’s fifth summer signing, following the arrivals of Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard, Fiete Arp, Ivan Perisic.

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Thangboi Singto joins Delhi Dynamos as assistant coach



Thangboi Singto has extensive knowledge about India's talent pool.

New Delhi: Delhi Dynamos FC announced the signing of Thangboi Singto as its assistant coach for the upcoming season here on Friday.

The former assistant coach and technical director of Kerala Blasters’ youth development wing, Singto was instrumental in shaping up Shillong Lajong FC, where he worked for four seasons.

The 45-year-old Manipuri is known for trusting and promoting young players, particularly from the North-east.

Following the development, Singto said “It gives me immense pleasure in joining Delhi Dynamos. The positive talks and plans for the club that transpired during meeting the director, CEO and Head Coach Josep Gombau convinced me that I can come here and contribute in improving the footballing aspects of the club.”

“One important factor is to further improve and help all the youth players in their overall growth and progression towards the first team set up,” the coach further added.

Head coach Josep Gombau also extended is welcoming to the coach and said, “We are so happy to have Singto with us. He has a lot of experience and knows the league very well. Welcome to the club.”

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Messi, Ronaldo and Van Dijk nominated for UEFA Player of the Year



The Uefa awards will be decalred on August 29. Text & Image: @UEFA

Nyon: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk have been nominated for the 2018/19 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award.

The winner will be named – along with the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year and UEFA Champions League positional award winners – during the group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 29 August.

The UEFA Europa League Player of the Season will be announced the following day.

The three-man shortlist: Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina)
The top goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League and the European Golden Shoe winner picked up his tenth Liga title.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus and Portugal)
The UEFA Nations League winner and top goalscorer at the finals also scooped his first Serie A title.

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool and Netherlands)
The final man of the match for the UEFA Champions League winners also reached the UEFA Nations League showpiece.

The rest of the top 10

4 Alisson Becker (Liverpool & Brazil) – 57 points
5 Sadio Mané (Liverpool & Senegal) – 51 points
6 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt) – 49 points
7 Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Real Madrid & Belgium) – 38 points
8= Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax/Juventus & Netherlands) – 27 points
8= Frenkie de Jong (Ajax/Barcelona & Netherlands) – 27 points
10 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City & England) – 12 points

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