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Man United thump Chelsea, Arsenal edge Newcastle in EPL

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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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Jamshedpur rally to beat debutants Odisha FC in ISL

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Jamshedpur: A 10-man Jamshedpur FC overcame the odds and put up a spirited display to defeat Odisha FC 2-1 in a thrilling Indian Super League match.

Farukh Choudhary broke the deadlock in the 17th minute fortuitously, but the lead was put in danger by a red card that Bikash Jairu picked up with 10 minutes to go for the half-time whistle.

Aridane Santana stuck soon after to restore parity for Odisha FC but a fighting second-half culminated in Sergio Castel finding a winner in the 85th minute for the home side at the JRD Tata Sports Complex.

The two teams looked to get on the scoresheet early and it was Odisha FC that threatened first. Xisco Hernandez fed Jerry Mawhmingthanga down the right flank and the winger’s floating cross was headed just wide by Aridane Santana.

The re-branded Bhubaneswar-based side continued to push and went close again four minutes later. Xisco split the Jamshedpur defence to send Jerry free down the right flank but the winger’s curling effort ricocheted off the post.

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‘Ageless’ Cristiano Ronaldo not ready to retire yet

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Turin: Cristiano Ronaldo reassured Juventus supporters and his legions of fans worldwide that at 34 he’s not ready for retirement yet.

“Age is just a number. It does not mean that at 34, 35, 36 you are at the end of your career,” Ronaldo said at a news conference ahead of Juventus’ Champions League match against Lokomotiv Moscow.

“I can show that with my performances, how I play, the way I play, the way I still feel good, sharp, thinking about the game, more mature. This makes the difference.”

In the second season of a four-year deal at Juventus, Ronaldo had sparked concern among his fans when he said in an interview published a few weeks ago that he was starting to enjoy seeing himself “outside of football, so who knows what will happen in the next year or two?”

Ronaldo recently scored his 700th goal as a professional while on international duty with Portugal and has been nominated for a record sixth Ballon d’Or award which would break his tie of five with Lionel Messi.

But Ronaldo said he’s more interested in winning a treble with Juventus.

“We want to win Serie A, we want to win the Cup, the Champions League,” he said. “Juventus should think big. … We are going to try to win all the trophies, we know it will be difficult, especially the league and the Champions League, but I think it is possible. Everything is possible.

“In terms of individual, I have nothing to say as this is individual. It is not the most important thing,” Ronaldo added.

“The most important is the collective awards. If you win the collective awards you have more chance to win the individual awards. … The Golden Ball is for me in second place.”

While retirement may not be on Ronaldo’s mind yet, family time is a big part of his life now.

“To win games, to score goals, to enjoy myself, to arrive home and see my kids happy and say, ‘Congratulations daddy for scoring a goal.’ That makes me happy,” he said. “This is my motivation to come to train, for the games, to entertain people and the fans with my passion.”

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Messi to battle Ronaldo, Van Dijk for Ballon d’Or award

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Paris: Lionel Messi will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk as rivals for the 2019 Ballon d’Or award. But not Neymar.

When the long list of 30 candidates was announced where Neymar has played for more than two years at Paris Saint-Germain the Brazil star’s name was missing from the nominations by a global voting panel of journalists.

Messi and Ronaldo’s 10-year grip on the individual award organised by France Football magazine was broken by Luka Modric last December.

Modric is also absent one year after he swept the Ballon d’Or and FIFA best player awards after a stellar 2018 with Real Madrid and Croatia.

World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe is favored to add a Ballon d’Or to her FIFA award won last month.

The United States star is joined on a 20-woman list by teammates Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan. Defending her title is Ada Hegerberg, winner of the inaugural women’s award, from Europe’s dominant club team Lyon which has six nominees.

Neymar has twice placed third in Ballon d’Or voting, both times finishing behind Messi and Ronaldo. Moving out of Messi’s shadow in Barcelona, where they won a Champions League title together in 2015, has not delivered the personal acclaim Neymar sought.

Messi won his sixth FIFA award last month, edging Van Dijk who starred in Liverpool’s Champions League-winning team.

Van Dijk would be the first defender topping the poll since Italy’s World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.

The Liverpool center back was among seven teammates nominated, including Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino. They also won the Copa America with a Brazil team that managed without an injured Neymar.

Van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum also figured in the five nominees from a resurgent Netherlands team. No Dutch player has won since Marco van Basten in 1992.

Liverpool forwards Sadio Man and Mohamed Salah are among a six-strong African challenge, including Man ‘s Senegal teammate, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

The only Asian player on the list is South Korea forward Son Heung-min of Champions League finalist Tottenham.

The awards ceremony is December 2 in Paris.

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Men’s list: Sergio Ag ero (Argentina, Manchester City), Trent Alexander-Arnold (England, Liverpool), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon, Arsenal), Alisson Becker (Brazil, Liverpool), Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, Manchester City), Frenkie De Jong (Netherlands, Ajax/Barcelona), Matthijs de Ligt (Netherlands, Ajax/Juventus), Jo o F lix (Portugal, Benfica/ Atl tico Madrid), Roberto Firmino (Brazil, Liverpool), Antoine Griezmann (France, Atl tico Madrid/Barcelona), Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea/Real Madrid), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal, Napoli), Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich), Hugo Lloris (France, Tottenham), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria, Manchester City), Sadio Man (Senegal, Liverpool), Marquinhos (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain), Kylian Mbapp (France, Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Juventus), Mohamed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool), Bernardo Silva (Portugal, Manchester City), Son Heung-Min (South Korea, Tottenham), Raheem Sterling (England, Manchester City), Dusan Tadic (Serbia, Ajax), Marc-Andr ter Stegen (Germany, Barcelona), Donny van de Beek (Netherlands, Ajax), Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands, Liverpool), Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands, Liverpool).

Women’s list:

Kosovare Asllani (Sweden, Link pings/Tacon), Sarah Bouhaddi (France, Lyon), Lucy Bronze (England, Lyon), Pernille Harder (Denmark, Wolfsburg), Ada Hegerberg (Norway, Lyon), Amandine Henry (France, Lyon), Nilla Fischer (Sweden, Wolfsburg/Link pings), Tobin Heath (United States, Portland Thorns), Sofia Jakobsson (Sweden, Montpellier/Tacon), Sam Kerr (Australia, Perth Glory/Chicago Red Stars), Rose Lavelle (United States, Washington Spirit), Dzsenifer Marozsan (Germany, Lyon), Marta (Brazil, Orlando Pride), Lieke Martens (Netherlands, Barcelona), Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands/Arsenal), Alex Morgan (United States, Orlando Pride), Megan Rapinoe (United States, Seattle Reign), Wendie Renard (France, Lyon), Sari van Veenendaal (Netherlands, Arsenal/Atletico Madrid), Ellen White (England, Manchester City).

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