Barry Glendenning

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Nov 22

Qarabag 0-4 Chelsea: Champions League – as it happened

The early dismissal of Qarabag skipper Rashad Sadygov enabled Chelsea to stroll into the knockout stagesRead Dominic Fifield’s match report 7.04pm GMT Dominic Fifield was the Guardian’s man in Baku and he’s sent us this on-the-whistle report. Related…

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Nov 18

Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle United: Premier League – as it happened

Manchester United came from behind to win in fine style on a night they welcomed Paul Pogba and Zltan Ibrahimovic back to action Read Daniel Taylor’s match report from Old Trafford 7.41pm GMT Our chief football correspondent Daniel Taylor was at Old T…

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Nov 18

Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened

Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez got the goals as Arsenal won in impressive but controversial style at the EmiratesRead Jacob Steinberg’s match report from the Emirates 2.52pm GMT Jacob Steinberg was the Guardian’s man at the Emirates and here’s his…

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Nov 04

Southampton 0-1 Burnley, Newcastle 0-1 Bournemouth and FA Cup – as it happened

Burnley moved sixth in the Premier League table on a day Swansea and West Brom fans got increasingly restless 5.35pm GMT Premier League: Steve Cook popped up in the second minute of added time to mug Newcastle in their back yard. Related: Steve Cook’s…

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Oct 31

Roma 3-0 Chelsea: Champions League – as it happened

Chelsea conceded three and could have shipped a whole lot more in a ghoulish Halloween horror show Read Dominic Fifield’s match report 10.03pm GMT Dominic Fifield was at the Stadio Olimpico for the Guardian and his winged monkey has just tapped on the…

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Oct 21

Huddersfield 2-1 Manchester United, Manchester City 3-0 Burnley and more –as it happened

A shock win for Huddersfield over Manchester United, plus wins for Newcastle, Manchester City, Bournemouth and Leicester 5.35pm BST Eddie Howe masterminded Bournemouth’s first away win of the season to leave Stoke City in the bottom three of the table…

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Oct 17

Real Madrid 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Champions League – as it happened

Spurs left the Bernabeu with a point after an intelligent and brave performance marred by one rash challengeRead David Hytner’s match report 10.00pm BST David Hytner was at the Bernabeu for the Guardian and his winged monkey has just pitched up in Lon…

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Oct 05

Premier League clubs missed their chance to keep Christmas Eve special | Barry Glendenning

West Ham v Newcastle, a 560-mile round trip, has been mooted for a Super Sleigh Bell Sunday on the night before Christmas, along with Arsenal v Liverpool

The almost total lack of regard in which broadcasters hold football fans is no secret, so it should have come as no surprise to learn that Sky Sports is proposing to reschedule Arsenal’s home match against Liverpool for Christmas Eve in what the Football Supporters’ Federation has described as “a new low point in putting the interests of football broadcasters over those of match-going fans”. And yet somehow it did come as a surprise. Even by the notoriously cut-throat standards of TV networks scrambling for subscriptions, this seems unnecessarily grasping.

With an already hectic festive grind looming, footballers would almost certainly rather not play on Christmas Eve. Fans, some with other commitments and others forced to make the return journey to and from London from Liverpool on what is a chaotic day for transport, would almost certainly rather not travel on Christmas Eve. Matchday staff earning not much more than minimum wage for their shifts, would almost certainly rather not work on Christmas Eve. On a day that vast swaths of the British population set aside for last-minute trolley dashes, family reunions, festive roistering and all the domestic disquiet that entails, we could almost certainly do without the added distraction of Premier League football on television. Couldn’t we?

Related: Liverpool object to Sky Sports plan for moving Arsenal game to Christmas Eve

Related: When was the last time football matches in Britain were played on Christmas Day?

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Sep 27

Atlético Madrid v Chelsea: Champions League – as it happened

Chelsea came from behind to consign Atletico Madrid to a first defeat in their new home with an excellent performance

10.01pm BST

Our man in Spain typed his fingers to the bone, swore loudly when Michy Batshuayi scored in the fourth minute of injury time and then typed his fingers to the bone some more to bring you this on-the-whistle report.

Related: Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi pops up late to seal win at Atlético Madrid

9.51pm BST

A huge result for Chelsea: With back to back matches against Roma, who beat Qarabag earlier this evening, coming up in this group, Chelsea have put themselves in the box-seat for qualification for the knockout stages. That win over Atletico was as good a performance away from home in the Champions League as I think we’ve been treated to by an English team in several years. I can’t think of a better one off the top of my head – perhaps there isn’t one.

9.45pm BST

Chelsea would almost certainly have been delighted with a point, but they’ll be thrilled to bits to become the first visiting team to get out of the Metropolitano with all three. They had to do it the hard way, coming from behind after Antoine Griezmann had given Atletico a first-half lead from the penalty spot. Alvaro Morata restored parity after 60 minutes after excellent work from Eden Hazard. Having come off the bench to replace Morata, Batshuayi popped up with the winner in the fourth minute of added time. Watching from the stands, Diego Costa looked absolutely distraught.

9.40pm BST

It’s all over! What a sensational finish to this match, which the substitute Michy Batshuayi wins with what was quite literally the last kick of the game. It was a splendid finish to a marvellous move from Chelsea. Having passed the ball around the Atletico Madrid box from the free-kick won by David Luiz, the ball was played to Marcos Alonso on the right. He arrowed a low drive across the face of goal, which Batshuayi had the fairly straightforward task of steering home from three or four yards out. Excellent play from Chelsea, when the temptation to just hump the ball into the mixer from that free-kick must have been huge.

9.37pm BST

Michy Batshuayi sidefoots home at the near post to win the match for Chelsea at the knockings. Sensational scenes!

9.36pm BST

90+1 min: David Luiz is fouled by Koke, goes to ground and wins a free-kick. As Koke goes to help him to his feet, David Luiz grabs his face – his own face – and pretends he’s been hit. The ref’s having none of it.

9.34pm BST

90 min: Gimenez shoots high and wide from distance with a shot from distance that Courtois had to be wary of. He appeals for a corner, but doesn’t get one.

9.32pm BST

89 min: Seconds after Fernando Torres went down a couple of entries ago, Antoine Griezmann steered the ball wide to waste what looked a decent opportunity. He’s been very, very poor tonight and seems to have spent more time than most players on the field falling over.

9.30pm BST

86 min: Chelsea substitution from a couple of minutes ago: Cesc Fabregas off, Andreas Christensen on. The Danish central defender replaces David Luiz in Chelsea’s back three, with the Brazilian moving forward to play alongside N’Golo Kante.

9.29pm BST

85 min: Torres goes down under a challenge from behind by Tiemoue Bakayoko just inside the Chelsea penalty area and might feel rather aggrieved he didn’t win a penalty. I’ll tell you what – I’ve seen them given for a hell of a lot less. Torres didn’t lodge a particularly strong appeal, but did look quizzically at the ref after going down.

9.26pm BST

82 min: Chelsea double substitution: Michy Batshuayi and Willian on for Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata. The duo who are making way have both played well, but Hazard in particular has been outstanding. I suspect this may be a case of Antonio Conte resting two of his more prized assets ahead of Chelsea’s match against Manchester City this weekend. That ought to be a belter of a game.

9.24pm BST

81 min: Saul Niguez shoots from distance, but Thibaut Courtois isn’t troubled by his dipping effort, which came about after Cesc Fabregas gifted possession to Atletico with a rare mistake.

9.22pm BST

79 min: Antoine Griezmann wins Atletico a free-kick wide on the right, almost in line with the right side of the Chelsea penalty area. He and Koke stand over the ball, but it’s Griezmann who sends it into the crowded penalty area. Chelsea clear.

9.21pm BST

77 min: Atletico Madrid make their final substitution: Uruguayan central defender José Giménez on for Thomas Partey. Diego Simeone has three central defenders on the pitch now and is playing with Juanfran and Filipe Luiz as wing-backs.

9.17pm BST

74 min: Chelsea attack on the counter, with Alvaro Morata getting goalside of Lucas and finding himself in a one-on-one with Jan Oblak. He draws the keeper and attempts to roll the ball into the far corner with the side of his boot, but it trickles agonisingly wide.

9.16pm BST

72 min: N’Golo Kante receives a pass from Eden Hazard in the Atletico penalty area, makes a yard for a shot and shoots narrowly wide. No n’goal for N’Golo on that occasion.

9.13pm BST

70 min: Another Atletico Madrid substitution: Angel Correa off, Nicolas Gaitan on. The Argentinian winger comes on for the final 20 minutes.

9.11pm BST

69 min: Atletico Madrid substitution: Many are the players with connections to both these teams and here comes one now: Fernando Torres on, Yannick Carasco off.

9.10pm BST

68 min: Victor Moses stabs a cross into the Chelsea penalty area, but Atletico clear and go upfield on a counter-attack which quickly breaks down.

9.09pm BST

65 min: Angel Correa wins a corner for Atletico. Koke sends the ball into the penalty area and Diego Godin rises above Gary Cahill to get his head on the ball and send a downward header wide. He’s promptly penalised for climbing all over Cahill.

9.06pm BST

63 min: Cesc Fabregas goes close to putting Chelsea ahead. Hazard pokes the ball his way across the edge of the six yard box, but Fabregas shoots narrowly wide from a great position.

9.05pm BST

61 min: Atletico Madrid will not be pleased that the first goal scored by an opponent in their shiny new stadium came of the head of a Real Madrid old boy who’ve they’ve spent all night jeering. Eden Hazard sent in a sensational whipped cross at speed and on the edge of the six-yard box, Morata got in front of his man and used the pace of the ball to flick a header pass Jan Oblak. That’s his seventh goal for Chelsea, but only his first against Atletico in his seventh match against them.

9.02pm BST

Chelsea restore parity courtesy of a splendid headed goal from Alvaro Morata.

9.00pm BST

56 min: Filipe Luis goes down with an audible yelp under a challenge from Kante over by the touchline, near the halfway line. No free-kick is forthcoming, but Atletico win a throw-in after the ball goes out of play off Victor Moses.

8.58pm BST

55 min: Victor Moses tries his luck with a dipping shot towards the bottom left-hand corner from distance. Jan Oblak saves comfortably.

8.56pm BST

54 min: Antoine Griezmann gets his name taken for a late tackle on Eden Hazard and almost looks sheepish as he helps the Belgian back to his feet.

8.54pm BST

51 min: Cesar Azpilicueta curls a wonderful cross from the right across the face of the Atletico goal. The goal’s gaping, but despite stretching every sinew, Alvaro Morata just can’t get his head to it.

8.53pm BST

50 min: Chelsea try to get forward, but Victor Moses runs down a blind alley and loses possession near the corner flag.

8.51pm BST

48 min: A scrappy start to the second half is punctuated by another foul; this time it’s Gary Cahill on Angel Correa. From the ensuing free-kick, Saul Niguez gets the jump on Tiemoue Bakayoko but sends his header over the bar.

8.49pm BST

47 min: Cesc Fabregas sends the ball into the Atletico penalty area, where Saul Niguez heads clear.

8.49pm BST

47 min: Now Morata’s fouled by Thomas Partey, who is booked. Free-kick for Chelsea, about 40 yards from the goal in the inside left channel.

8.48pm BST

46 min: Lucas fouls Morata to give Chelsea a free-kick just inside the Atletico half.

8.47pm BST

46 min: Chelsea kick off and will feel aggrieved at being a goal down. They’ll need to become the first visiting team to score at Atletico’s new stadium to take something from this match. There are no changes in personnel on either side.

8.34pm BST

The Spanish side lead at the interval, courtesy of ANtonione Griezmann’s fiercely struck penalty into the roof of the net, after David Luiz had been caught hanging out of Lucas’s shirt at a corner. Chelsea can consider themselves unfortunate to be behind, having created more chances than their hosts in an entertaining 45 minutes of football.

8.32pm BST

45+1 min: Saul Niguez shoots inches wide of a gaping goal as he follows up on the rebound from a fierce Koke drive which Thibaut Courtois did well to save, but could only parry. Chelsea were lucky not to go 2-0 down there.

8.31pm BST

45 min: Chelsea have been the better team in this half, but look likely to go in at the break a goal down thanks to some ridiculously lazy defending from David Luiz. I’m one of his biggest fans, but that shirt-tug, right in front of the referee, was idiotic.

8.30pm BST

44 min: Gary Cahill has just gone close for Chelsea, narrowly missing with an effort that briefly looked bound for the top corner. They’ve responded well to going a goal down.

8.28pm BST

42 min: Marcos Alonso appeals for handball and a penalty after he has a shot blocked by Filipe Luis. No spot-kick is forthcoming and replays show the ball hit the former Chelsea player in the chest. Good decision.

8.26pm BST

Antoine Griezmann makes no mistake, burying the ball past Thibaut Courtois. David Luiz, incidentally, was booked for that rather gormless bit of shirt-pulling that cost his team a goal.

8.25pm BST

39 min: David Luiz drags out of Lucas as the corner comes in. Atletico Madrid have a spot-kick.

8.24pm BST

38 min: Angel Correa and Yannick Carasco combine well through the centre and the latter unleashes a shot. Cesc Fabregas blocks and puts the ball out for a corner.

8.22pm BST

37 min: Gary Cahill hacks the ball clear after Thibaut Courtois failed to cope adequately with a bullet cross to the near post from Juanfran to Griezmann. David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueto were on hand to put the French striker off, although the delivery was a mite behind the striker.

8.21pm BST

34 min: Attempting to shepherd that doesn’t appear to have the necessary legs out of play, Atletico skipper Diego Godin gets the slightest touch from Alvaro Morata and goes down to win himself a free-kick. Good defending.

8.19pm BST

32 min: David Luiz chips a pass from deep into the Atletico Madrid, who fail to clear properly. The ball drops for Tiemoue Bakayoko, who tries to make room for a shot but is crowded off the ball.

8.16pm BST

29 min: Atletico concede a free-kick wide on the left, in line with the front of the penalty area. Cesc Fabregas curls the ball into the penalty area, where Saul Niguez heads it clear.

8.13pm BST

28 min: We approach the half-hour mark, with no goals for either team so far. It’s a pretty evenly matched contest so far, although Chelsea have had the better chances. Morata and Hazard have both come close, while the Belgian has been the stand-out player on the pitch so far.

8.12pm BST

26 min: Eden Hazard is teed up for a shot from 25 yards out, but doesn’t get much power behind his low drive and shoots straight at Oblak.

8.10pm BST

24 min: David Luiz picks out Alvaro Morata with a wonderful, long, inch-perfect pass from deep. The SPaniard strains his neck to get as much power as possible behind his header from six or seven yards, which Jan Oblak saves brilliantly with one hand. A corner from Chelsea, from which nothing comes.

8.09pm BST

23 min: Out by the touchline near the corner flag, Juanfran controls a lofted Filipe Luis pass wonderfully. With Atletico threatening, Tiemoue Bakayoko intervenes with a timely tackle. Himself, Kante and Cesc Fabregas are all being kept busy on defensive duties tonight.

8.07pm BST

20 min: Indecision from Godin inside his own penalty area, leads to the Atletico defender losing the ball to N’Golo Kante. Filipe Luis saves Godin’s bacon with a timely tackle and wins himself a free-kick he perhaps doesn’t deserve. Atletico are grateful for the opportunity to clear their lines.

8.04pm BST

18 min: Atletico enjoy a brief period of dominance and win a throw-in deep in Chelsea territory. From that, Correa wins a free-kick down near the corner flag after getting an arm in the face for Marcos Alonso. Antoine Griezmann overhits his delivery and sends the ball sailing out of play for a goal-kick.

8.01pm BST

17 min: A wonderful crossfield pass from Cesar Azpilicueto picks out Cesc Fabregas, who combines well with Eden Hazard on the left side of the Atletico penalty area … until the ball runs out of play.

8.00pm BST

15 min: Atletico Madrid win a free-kick just outside their own penalty area for a high foot from N’Golo Kante on Thomas Partey. The referee has a word with the Chelsea midfielder, but keeps his yellow card in his pocket.

7.59pm BST

13 min: Eden Hazard hammers a viciously swerving shot against the right upright from 25 yards or more. His shot took a deflection on its way goalwards and Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak didn’t move a muscle, but his side get away with it.

7.57pm BST

11 min: Playing in a 5-3-2 against Atletico’s high press, Chelsea pass the ball around at the back, try to get forward and promptly lose it. Now it’s the turn of Atletico’s players to ping it about.

7.54pm BST

Diego Costa is here! In tunnel area a few mins ago. All smiles, hugs & chats with Chelsea players on way out to warm up & club staff #ATLCHE

7.54pm BST

8 min: Alvaro Morata turns Diego Godin and gets half a yard on the defender as he sprints into the Atletico penalty area. Once again, he pulls a low drive wide of the far upright. One again, the home fans jeer.

7.53pm BST

7 min: For Atletico, Thomas Partey hacks the ball into the stand with Chelsea players gathering in numbers on the fringes of their opponents’ penalty area.

7.52pm BST

6 min: Fabregas gets forward down the inside left channel and plays the ball to Hazard on the overlap. He drills a low shot into the side netting from a narrow angle.

7.51pm BST

5 min: Edin Hazard scampers forward towards the edge of the Atletico forward before playing a perfectly timed pass wide to Alvaro Morata. He pulls a low diagonal shot wide of the upright, prompting howls and whistles of derision from the home crowd. The former Real Madrid striker is not popular among Atletico fans, for obvious reasons.

7.49pm BST

4 min: Carasco goes forward again, before playing the ball inside to Koke. Chelsea eventually clear their lines.

7.48pm BST

3 min: Yannick Carasco whips in a cross from the left flank, which Thibaut Courtois gathers comfortably.

7.47pm BST

2 min: The camera cuts to Diego Simeone in his technical area, where he’s standing with his hands on his hips, shaking his head in disappointment at something that’s already displeased him.

7.46pm BST

1 min: Playing in a 4-4-2, Atletico immediately go on the attack, with Saul Niguez galloping down the right flank, attempting to pull back a cross and winning the first corner of the game after 30 seconds. Nothing comes of it.

7.45pm BST

1 min: With a beaming and dapper looking Diego Costa having taken his seat in the stand after spending the pre-match niceties posing for selfies with assorted Atletico Madrid supporters, his new team kick off against the one he’s just left.

7.43pm BST

Not long now: The teams are out and have lined up for the Champions League action: Kick-off is just moments away.

7.35pm BST

In a pre-match interview with BT Sport, he is asked if tonight is a big test for his team: “For sure a big test, tonight … against a very good team,” he says. “Atletico Madrid are a very good team and have played in a very good way in this competition in the last two or three years. We want to see where we are and this is a very good test for us.”

On whether or not he’s relieved the Diego Costa soap opera is over: “We have worked with Alvaro Morata since the start of the season,” he said, having dsaid he’s just been concentrating on the players he’s had at his disposal. “My focus and concentration has only been for him.”

7.26pm BST

Elsewhere in this group: Qarabag FK and Roma have already played in Azerbaijan’s Azersun Arena, where Roma ran our 2-1 winners. Konstantinos Manolas and Edin Dzeko got Roma’s goals in the first 15 minutes, while Pedro Henrique made things more interesting just before the half-hour mark.

7.22pm BST

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Lots of connections between the two teams: While Thibaut Courtois spent three years on loan at Atletico Madrid and Diego Costa has just signed for them, it’s not as widely known that Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso also has strong links to the Spanish side – his father, Marcos Alonso Pena, played for them, but wouldn’t let his son play in their academy as it was too far away from their home and he felt it would have interfered with the boy’s studies. As a result, Marcos Jr went to Real Madrid instead. Finally, Atletico left-back Filipe Luís was part of the Chelsea squad that won the Premier League in 2014-15, making 15 appearances in that run to the title.

7.04pm BST

Related: Saúl Ñíguez: ‘I was tired of it all and I said: Doc, just take the kidney out’

7.00pm BST

Atletico Madrid: Oblak, Juanfran, Lucas, Godin, Luis, Koke, Thomas, Saul, Carrasco, Correa, Griezmann

Subs: Moya, Torres, Gabi, Savic, Vietto, Gaitan, Gimenez

6.54pm BST

The Belgian midfielder is on from the get-go. He’ll play in an attacking trident along with Cesc Fabrgas and Alvaro Morata. Pedro and Willian miss out. We’ll have both line-ups for you very shortly.

6.51pm BST

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has a full squad to choose from, but may be reluctant to rush Argentinian midfielder Augustin Fernandez back from a muscle injury. Diego Costa is ineligible to play for his new club since his midweek move from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid, due to his new club’s transfer embargo. He is, however, expected to be at tonight’s game to bid farewell to his former team-mates.

Antonio Conte has an almost fully fit squad to choose from, but is without Danny Drinkwater. The midfielder is out with a calf injury until October and yet to play for his new club since signing from Leicester in the summer transfer window. Eden Hazard has only made one start for Chelsea this season, against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, since recovering from the broken ankle he suffered in June. Having spent three very successful seasons on loan at Atletico,Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will line up against them tonight.

Related: Chelsea’s Antonio Conte set for uneasy tunnel reunion with Diego Costa

2.44pm BST

Having swatted aside Qarabag with a minimum of fuss in their opening group game, Chelsea march into the spanking new belly of the beast that is Atletico Madrid for what promises to be a far sterner test. They will be just the third team to be welcomed to the Wanda Metropolitano, where the home side have already seen off Malaga and Sevilla since throwing the stadium doors open for business. Kick-off is at 7.45pm (BST), but in the meantime stay tuned for team news and build-up.

Related: A stadium called Wanda: opening night at Atlético Madrid’s new home | Sid Lowe

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Sep 25

Homeless Shakhtar Donetsk ready for another Champions League upset | Barry Glendenning

The Ukrainian side, who last played in their own stadium three years ago, shocked Napoli in the first round of games and now take on Manchester City

Shakhtar Donetsk took little time to hurl the cat among the pigeons in a Champions League group most observers expected to be dominated by Napoli and Manchester City, with the Ukrainian side and Feyenoord making up the numbers. While the Dutch champions duly crumbled at home against City in the last round of fixtures, the Ukrainian side’s 2-1 victory against the Italian league leaders was one of few surprises across the competition.

Related: Shakhtar’s Darijo Srna: ‘We have lost our homes, our stadium and our fans’

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Sep 20

Tom Dumoulin wins Cycling Road World Championships time trial – as it happened

  • Dutch rider Dumoulin wins the World Championship ITT
  • Chris Froome settles for third behind Dumoulin and Primoz Roglic

5.37pm BST

Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands crushed his rivals to claim his first individual time trial title at the road cycling world championships on Wednesday, to add to the Giro d’Italia he won in May.

Despite the rain that hurt the chances of the late starters, Dumoulin clocked a time of 44min 41sec on the 31-kilometre course in Bergen. He beat second-placed Primoz Roglic of Slovenia by 57 seconds, while Briton Chris Froome finished third, 1min 21sec slower. Dumoulin actually came close to overtaking Tour de France champion Froome despite starting 90 seconds behind him.

5.00pm BST

Tom Dumoulin makes it two golds in two elite time trials for the Netherlands after his compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten won the women’s equivalent yesterday. She beat another Dutch woman, Anna van der Breggen into second place.

4.52pm BST

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Tom Dumoulin finishes: The Dutchman smithereens his rivals, finishing in as time of 44min 44sec, relegating Primoz Roglic to second place, 57seconds back. Chris Froome finished just ahead of Roglic on the road but behind him on the clock, 1min 21sec exactly. He’s in the bronze medal position and only Tony Martin, who is still out on the road, can deny him. The jig looks up for Martin, however. Dumoulin takes gold, Roglic takes silver and Froome bronze in the World Championship Individual Men’s Time Trial.

4.46pm BST

Jonathan Castroviejo finishes: The Spaniard is over a minute behind Roglic. Just three riders left out on the course.

4.44pm BST

Roglic takes the lead: With five riders left out on the course, Primoz Roglic goes into the lead, relegating Nelson Oliveira to second and Vasil Kiryenka to third. Out on the road, Chris Froome is chipping away at the lead, while Tom Dumoulin is still quickest.

4.40pm BST

Primoz Roglic is going well: The Slovenian is slightly quicker than clubhouse leader Nelson Oliveira as he makes his way up the climb.

4.38pm BST

Froome hits the climb: He doesn’t change to a road bike and behind him, Tom Dumoulin pedals straight through the cobbled square where the bike changes take place without stopping. Froome is in sixth place at the moment, 51 seconds slower than Tom Dumoulin.

4.36pm BST

Rohan Dennis approaches the climb: The Australian appears to have suffered a crash that wasn’t captured by the TV cameras and is well off the pace as he hits the foot of Mount Floyen without changing to a road bike. It’s bucketing down with rain.

4.31pm BST

Chris Froome has it all to do: Tom Domoulin passes the third checkpoint in a time of 24min 42sec. It’s the fastest by 32 seconds ahead of Tony Martin, while Chris Froome was only seventh fastest, 41 seconds off the pace.

4.24pm BST

Tom Dumoulin quickest at 11.5km mark: The Dutchman is flying, having put 10 seconds into Rohan Dennis. At the third checkpoint, he’s 34 seconds quicker than Chris Froome. It’s raining quite heavily out on the course now and it’s difficult to see Froome clawing back that deficit. Meanwhile the camera cuts to Rohan Dennis, who is bleeding from his knee. It looks like he’s had a crash, but he may have banged his knee off his handlebars.

4.20pm BST

It’s raining again: Good news for our clubhous leaders – it’s raining out on the course, which is not going to help those still negotiating the roads if it keeps up.

4.18pm BST

An email from Andrew Benton: “I just calculated that the 0.23 sec difference between Kiriyenka and Oliviera is a 0.00008% difference,” he writes. “If played out on a football field, it would mean scoring 12501 goals to your opponents 12500. What a game that would be.”

4.17pm BST

Froome approaches the 11.5km time check: Rohan Dennis has set the fastest time and Froome is 13.6 seconds down as he passes – the eighth fastest rider. “That’s roughly where he needs to be if he’s to be in with a chance of winning,” says Chris Boardman. Ahead of Froome, Maciej Bodnar had been passed by his 90-second man, Primoz Roglic, but has gone ahead of him again.

4.08pm BST

Vasil Kiriyenka finishes Representing Belarus, the Sky rouleur has left nothing out on the course and comes up less than half a second short. He finishes 0.23sec behind Nelson Oliveira in a time of 46min 09.75sec. The time to beat is 46min 09.52sec.

4.04pm BST

Tom Dumoulin is away … The race favourite sets off and is followed 90 seconds later by the reigning champion Tony Martin.

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4.01pm BST

Wearing a white and blue skinsuit, the second favourite sets off on his “race of truth”.

4.00pm BST

We have a new leader: Portugal’s Nelson Oliveira is the new leader, having finished six seconds quicker than Wilco Kelderman. Behind him, Alexis Gougeard was third fastest on the road but has suffered a mechanical almost within sight of the finish line. It looks like his chain seized up and he finishes 25 seconds down.

3.58pm BST

Rohan Dennis is on the road: The Australian is fancied to make the podium today and gets his assault on these world championships under way.

3.57pm BST

Man down! Man down! Poland’s Maciej Bodnar comes a cropper, skidding on a pot hole at the very first turn, coming off his bike and sliding across the road. He remounts and continues on his way.

3.56pm BST

Edvald Boasson Hagen makes his way up the climb: A Norwegian, he is getting a fantastic reception from the crowds lining the narrow road to the summit. Behind him, Vasil Kiriyenka is joint fastest at the final time-check.

3.52pm BST

Tejay Van Garderen is away: We’re down to the final tranche of riders and Tejay Van Garderen is the first one of them down the ramp. Russia’s Ilnur Zakarin is next. At the finish line, Nicolas Roche from Ireland finishes 19 seconds off the pace set by Wilco Kelderman, which is enough to put him third in the clubhouse.

3.43pm BST

An email from Adrian Gentry: “Paul Griffin’s email has made me very nostalgic,” he says. “I have found the TT scene here in Canada to be very similar. But substitute the dual carriage way for some back woods farm road and the abusive drivers for the ever present risk of being sprayed by a skunk.”

3.39pm BST

3.32pm BST

3.29pm BST

Vasil Kiriyenka is out on the road: The Belarusian winner of this time trial two years ago was the last rider of the penultimate group to set off and didn’t get off to the best of starts. He seemed to have some problem withy his radio mike and helmet and seemed a bit distracted on the first couple of bends.

3.22pm BST

We have a new leader: Wilco Kelderman from the Netherlands goes into the lead after a fine ride in time of 46min 15sec. He leads Jan Tratnik by nine seconds.

3.18pm BST

An email from Ruaraidh Gillies: “Given that the 2019 World Championships are being held in Yorkshire, one has to respond to Paul Griffin’s email thus,” he writes. “‘Hedge? He had it lucky! We had to get changed in the central reservation of the dual carriageway (cobbled), pick our own tea leaves and bake our own cake once we got back’ etc etc.”

3.16pm BST

Belgium’s Victor Campenaerts sets off: There are 16 riders left to go. At the finish line, Olympic rowing gold medallist Hamish Bond has just crossed the line in his first major bike race. We’ll have his time shortly, but he won’t be troubling the top 10.

3.00pm BST

Tao Geoghegan Hart speaks: “I think I’d have to use the beep noise to describe that ride,” he tells the BBC, having come off his bike on his way around before remounting and finishing. “I couldn’t get on top of it, I couldn’t get my breathing right. It just wasn’t a good ride.”

2.58pm BST

An email from Paul Griffin: “Watching your coverage has reminded me that the World Time Trial championships will be held in the UK the year after next,” he says. “Excitements! I hope the organisers allow the event to have authentic British TT feel: entry £2 on the day; changing room in a hedge behind a lay-by; a tubular tyre as 1st prize, fruit cake and tea in a polystyrene cup afterwards, and volleys of abuse from drivers along a windswept dusk dual carriageway, all of them keen to discuss the immorality of hypothecated taxes via the medium of hand gestures.”

2.57pm BST

Tao Geoghegan Hart update: Having got around the course without managing to get himself on TV once, Britain’s “other” rider went around in a time of 48min 28sec, a mite over two minutes slower than the slowest time posted to date.

He’ll be focusing his attention on the road race later this week and this was more a training ride for him than anything else. Steve Cummings was originally due to participate in this time trial, but withdrew. Teo took his place.

2.51pm BST

It’s as you were with the first three: Slovenia’s Jan Tratnik remains the clubhouse leader with the best of the rest still to set off. Tom Dumoulin is 4-6 favourite with the bookmakers, followed by Chris Froome at 7-2 and Rohan Dennis at the same price.

2.43pm BST

Jarlinson Pantano is out on the road: There are 21 riders remaining, including all the Big Guns. Stay tuned …

2.32pm BST

Just 26 more riders left to start: One for each letter of the alphabet and our winner will almost certainly come from this group. The weather has picked up in Bergen, where the road has dried out and the sun is shining. Austria’s Lukas Postlberger will be next out, followed Martin Totte Madsen (Denmark), Andrey Grivko (Ukraine) , Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands) and Jarlinson Pantano (Colombia). After they go, there’ll be another 30-minute interval before Nicolas Roche (Ireland) sets off.

2.22pm BST

Hamish Bond: The New Zealand rider

hits the foot of the climb
sets off and it will be interesting to see how he fares. He has won two Olympic gold medals and eight world championship medals … at rowing, the most recent coming in the coxless pairs at Rio 2016.

2.19pm BST

The next group of riders: The next set of 11 riders will begin setting off at 90-second intervals at 2.20pm (BST)The penultimate group start going off at 3.05pm (BST) and the final group start going off at 3.50pm. The two hot favourites, Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin go out third from last and second from last respectively. Reigning champion tony Martin will be last down the ramp.

2.14pm BST

1.53pm BST

Arndt goes second: The German was quickest on the course at the final time check, but blew up a bit on the final climb. He goes second with a time of 46min 57sec, over 30 seconds behind leader Jan Tratnik.

1.52pm BST

A new leader: Slovenian rider Jan Tratnik has been the fastest man around the course so far in a time of 46min 24sec, fully 51 seconds quicker than his nearest rival, Laurens De Plus from Belgium. There are less than 10 riders left to go out before I start monitoring the progress of cyclists I’ve actually heard of. Andrey Grivko from Ukraine will be the first of them at 2.32pm (BST).

1.44pm BST

Out on the road: Germany’s Nikias Arndt is the quickest rider out on the course at the moment as he passes the time-check at 27.6km in a time of 35min 33sec.

1.36pm BST

To change bikes or not to change II: Those more adept at changing their bicycles than Mr Lutsenko, below, are taking about 10-12 seconds between slowing down, switching conveyances and getting going again. The risk-v-reward of such a move is quite the quandary – on BBC, Chris Boardman said that he and an eggheaded stats guru pal of his worked out that the maximum benefit of switching bicycles would be no more than 12-14 seconds. When you factor in the possibility of things going wrong on the changeover, below again, Boardman reckons it’s not worth changing. For all that, the riders who do change to road bikes for the climb seem to be a lot more comfortable in their more orthodox riding position.

1.31pm BST

Lutsenko likely to score low for artistic merit #Bergen2017

1.26pm BST

The second of six groups of riders are out on the road and the favourites won’t be going until last. Those who have finished already enjoyed time-checks at the 3.2km, 11.5km, 19.4km and 27.6km marks. The only time check that matters, of course, comes at the 31-kilometre mark.

1.21pm BST

Corrections and clarifications: Apologies to Alexey Lutsenko, who Twitter user David Gladwell informs is actually from Kazakhstan, not Ukraine. I shall now expunge all previous mentions of this proud Kazakh’s Ukrainian heritage and we’ll pretend it never happened.

1.10pm BST

Laurens De Plus is quickest: The Belgian rider finishes the course in a time of 47min 16sec and is clubhouse leader at this very early stage of the competition.

1.04pm BST

Tao Geoghan Hart is away: The young Sky rider from Hackney rolls down the ramp and sets off on his “race of truth”. Meanwhile at the finishing post, Syrian rider Ahmad Wais struggles up the hill and is more than six minutes off the slow pace set by Aleksey Lutsenko.

1.00pm BST

Lasse Norman Hansen decides not to change bike: The Danish rider rolls past the bike change pit at the foot of the climb and opts not to change from his time trial bike to a road bike and ploughs straight up Mount Floyen without stopping. Meanwhile back at the start, the second wave of riders are being unleashed one by one. Great Britain’s other entrant, Tao Geoghan Hart is in this group and will set off at 1.02pm (BST). The 22-year-old is a rider with Team Sky, but will be riding in the colours of Great Britain today.

12.55pm BST

Lutsenko finishes: The Kazakh rider who was first down the ramp finishes the course in a time of 47min 45 sec, which seems ridiculously slow. I suspect he won’t be troubling the medal presentation party at the end of today’s race.

12.54pm BST

Lutsenko almost finished: He makes his way up the narrow, twisting ascent to the finish, where large crowds are lining either side of the ridiculously narrow road. The only flags on show are those of Norway and the crowd are being held back by the kind of plastic tape police use to mark a crime scene. Here’s hoping that doesn’t lead to problems later, although anyone who’s ever paid for a drink in Norway will know it’s unlikely the crowd will be as inebriated and troublesome as their Tour de France counterparts.

12.46pm BST

Alexey Lutsenko approaching the climb: The first rider in the race changes his bike on the red carpet next to the pertinent pit on the cobbles ahead of the climb and makes a complete dog’s breakfast of it. His mechanic gives him a push, but Lutsenko fails to get going properly, almost loses his balance and has to take his cleat out of one pedal to stop himself falling over. Once he gets it back in, he gets another push, but it’s not on the designated stretch of carpet, which is about 20 feet in length, so he may get punished or even disqualified for that.

12.34pm BST

Chris Froome on today’s time trial: Speaking to the Telegraph yesterday, Froome said he had not prepared specially for today’s event, but decided to have a bash at it anyway.

“It’s not something I’ve trained specifically for,” he said. “I’ve come here off the back of the Tour and the Vuelta with whatever form I’ve got on that start line. And I’m up against guys who have focused the last few months of their season specifically one this. So it’s a tricky one. But at the same time I’d much rather be here and be giving it a shot, rather than being at home and wondering ‘what if?’”

12.26pm BST

Eleven riders out on the course already: Alexey Lutsenko got proceedings under way and the most recent to set was Laurens De Plus from Belgium. There’ll be a break of 30 minutes before the next group of riders set off, just to help keep things more manageable.

12.13pm BST

Weather report: It’s just stopped raining in Bergen as the first few riders set off on their way around the course. The ramp out of the starting hut looks quite slippery, while the white markings on the wet road are also potentially hazardous. The main contenders won’t be getting going until page two of the starting list, but these less well known pioneers will give us some indication of what kind of time the eventual winner can hope to post. Chris Boardman is commentating for the BBC and guesstimates that it will take around 40 minutes.

12.09pm BST

12.02pm BST

Related: Tom Pidcock wins junior world championship time trial in Bergen

12.01pm BST

12.01pm BST

Competitors in today’s will have the option of stopping off at a pit zone to change their time trial bikes for lighter road bikes ahead of the climb to the finish line. Riders must decide whether the time they lose to a bike change can be more than made up for by the lighter bike and any increased power output from adopting a different riding position. According to Cycling Weekly, Tom Dumoulin told Dutch reporters he will probably change bikes ahead of the climb.

“The climb is heavy, but not as heavy as I expected,” he said. “I understood that it was ten percent on average, but it was not really. There are also sections that go down a bit.” Dumoulin added that he expected to make his final decision after yesterday’s training spin.

12.01pm BST

Today’s course has “a spectacular summit finish at Mount Fløyen”, according to the UCI website, who reveal that the 3.4km climb to the finish will “pose a real challenge for the riders who aim for the coveted UCI rainbow jersey”. The ascent up Mount Fløyen is 3.4km in duration with a gradient of 9.1% and boasts no fewer than 19 hairpin bends which will help sort out the men from the boys. The inclusion of this climb to the finish will not suit riders such as Rohan Dennis (Australia) and Tony Martin (Germany) and many commentators are expecting today’s race to be a straight shoot-out between Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin.

12.01pm BST

2.57pm BST

The men’s individual time trial takes place at the World Championships in Bergen, Norway, today, a 31-kilometre race of truth in which specialists against the clock such as Tour-Vuelta double-winner Chris Froome, Giro winner Tom Domoulin and defending champion Tony Martin, among others, will duke it out in their national colours in the hope of winning the gold medal. There are 65 competitors in total and the first man down the ramp goes off at 12.05pm (BST). Stay tuned for regular updates and progress reports aqs the action unfolds.

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Sep 12

Celtic v PSG: Champions League –as it happened

Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar were among the goals as Paris Saint-Germain completely outclassed Celtic

9.51pm BST

Ewan Murray was at Celtic Park for The Guardian and here’s his hot-take at the final whistle. Tune in later for Ewan’s more considered rewrite with added quotes from Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers.

Related: Celtic no match for PSG as Neymar and Kylian Mbappé lead 5-0 rout

9.50pm BST

The Celtic captain has this to say: “We are disappointed with the result, but they’re a great team and they played very well … we’ll bounce back from this. First half we were a little bit disappointing and we failed to get to grips with the game. Second half we were a little bit positive and put them on the back foot but because we were pressing so high up the pitch we let them score two good goals.”

9.47pm BST

Elsewhere in Group B: It’s finished Bayern Munich 3-0 Anderlecht in Bavaria, with Joshua Kimmich scoring the German side’s final goal in the knockings. One suspects Celtic and Anderlecht will be duking it out for third place and the privilege, such as it is, of dropping into the Europa League after Christmas.

9.41pm BST

Peep! Peep! Peep! It’s all over at Celtic Park, where Celtic have been given a lesson in football while suffering their highest ever home defeat in Europe. They were totally outclassed by PSG, whose goals came courtesy of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and an Edinson Cavani brace. Mikael Lustig chipped in with another, scoring into his own net when the match was well beyond his side.

9.38pm BST

90+2 min: PSG ping the ball around for fun as Celtic’s exhausted players wait for the final whistle to put them out of their misery.

9.36pm BST

90 min: PSG continue to make Celtic look very ordinary indeed as the clock ticks down and a nightmarish evening draws to its conclusion. Brendan Rodgers’s side have been absolutely battered tonight and while we’re obliged to say there’s no shame in losing to PSG, one can’t help but feel too many of the home players have failed to do themselves justice tonight.

9.34pm BST

86 min: Having sprinted into the Celtic penalty area at full pelt, Cavani dives to meet a cross from Kurzawa as it bounces up off the turf on the edge of the six yard box and from a tight angle somehow manages to use the pace of the delivery to steer his header across the face of goal and into the top corner beyond the reach of Craig Gordon. It’s hard to do it justice with mere words, but that’s one of the best headed goals I have ever seen.

9.31pm BST

Edinson Cavani scores with a ridiculously good header. That is an absolutely sensational finish.

9.29pm BST

Mikael Lustig scores into his own net from near enough point-blank range after Julian Draxler had got around Scott Sinclair far too easily and shot towards the near post. Craig Gordon could only half-parry the ball, which carried through to Lustig and ricocheted into the net.

9.28pm BST

82 min: Celtic have made their final substitution, with James Forrest coming on for Patrick Roberts.

9.27pm BST

79 min: Elsewhere in this group, it’s Bayern Munich 2-0 Anderlecht, with Thiago Alcantara having doubled the Bavarian side’s lead in the 65th minute. Scanning the scores from elsewhere in the Champions League, there are a worrying number of turkey shoots taking place in a competition where the group stages seem increasingly redundant. Of the 32 teams who took part the group stages last season, Tottenham were the only club from the richest 16 that did not advance to the knockout stages.

9.24pm BST

78 min: We’re shown a slow motion replay of Neymar getting all up in Tony Ralston’s grill, presumably on the back the yellow card he was shown for diving over the teenager’s challenge. Neymar looks most displeased and Ralston responds by laughing in his face.

9.22pm BST

77 min: Kieran Tierney tries to play Odsonne Edouard in behind the PSG defence, but the substitute is penalised for offside.

9.21pm BST

75 min: Neymar gets booked for a dive, prompting the loudest cheers of the night from the home crowd. He’s not too popular round Celtic Park way.

9.18pm BST

71 min: Neymar misses another gilt-edged chance, shooting wide when scoring looked easier. Seconds previously, PSG had appeals for a penalty turned down when a Kylian Mbappe shot may or may not have hit Tony Ralston’s hand. I’d need to see a replay to be sure, but it looked like it hit his chest to me.

9.16pm BST

68 min: Celtic substitution: Leigh Griffiths off, Odsonne Edouard on. The 19-year-old substitute is on loan at Celtic from PSG, but is allowed play as there are no silly rules or contractual clauses precluding loanees from playing against their parent clubs in the Champions League

9.14pm BST

68 min: Neymar shoots high over the bar from just inside the Celtic penalty area after being teed up by a wonderful Draxler pull-back in the wake of liquid build-up play from PSG. He should have done better with the goal at his mercy and only Craig Gordon to beat.

9.12pm BST

65 min: Celtic have been so much more impressive in this second half – this time it’s Patrick Roberts who drives into the PSG penalty area, only to be dispossessed by Kurzawa. The referee awards a goal kick, but the furious Celtic winger thinks he should have had a corner and kicks the ball away in frustration. The lenient referee spares him a booking.

9.10pm BST

64 min: More good, decisive play from Scott Sinclair, who beats Marquinhos on his outside and stings the palms of Areola with a shot towards the near post from a very tight angle. A corner for Celtic, from which nothing comes.

9.09pm BST

63 min: A Tom Rogic through-ball is defected wide by the heel of Layvin Kurzawa but the referee awards a goal kick to PSG, rather than a corner.

9.07pm BST

63 min: Better from Sinclair, who drives forward and unleashes a shot. Marquinhos blocks his effort.

9.07pm BST

62 min: PSG substitution: the outstanding Adrien Rabiot is replaced by Julian Draxler.

9.04pm BST

57 min: Kieran Tierney picks up a pass from Tom Rogic on the left flank and drills a low ball towards Scott Sinclair in the centre. Sinclair’s control lets him down and PSG clear. I’m a fan of Sinclair’s, one of the more naturally gifted players on the Celtic team from whom I expected more tonight. He’s been very disappointing thus far.

9.01pm BST

56 min: Their team may be three goals behind, but Celtic’s supporters are in fine voice as they try to cheer the home side on.

9.00pm BST

54 min: Ralston is booked for a late tackle on Thiago Motta. That yellow has been a long time coming – he’ll need to be careful.

9.00pm BST

53 min: Great play for Tony Ralston, who barges his way past two players into the PSG penalty area only to run out of road on the edge of the six-yard box. He goes to ground and there are loud appeals for a penalty, but none is forthcoming. In the BT Sport commentary box, Chris Sutton criticises Tom Rogic for not being up in support of his young team-mate.

8.57pm BST

51 min: Celtic have enjoyed more possession in the opening five minutes of this half than I can recall them having in the entire first period, but that may be down to PSG taking their foot off the gas knowing they have a three-goal cushion.

8.56pm BST

50 min: Patrick Roberts attempts to pick out Olivier Ntcham with a pull-back to the edge of the PSG penalty area, but Thiago Silva, who has been outstanding this evening, reads the winger’s intention and cuts out the pass.

8.54pm BST

48 min: Rogic and Ntcham combine well in midfield and the Frenchman plays the ball wide to Kieran Tierney. His attempted cross is cleared and PSG go on the counter-attack. Rabiot cuts in from the left and fires over from the edge of the Celtic penalty area.

8.52pm BST

47 min: Jozo Simunovic loses the ball to Adrien Rabiot on the edge of his own penalty area, but does well to win it back. The ball’s played forward, where Leigh Griffith attempts to knock down a diagonal from deep from Kieran Tierney for Scott Sinclair when a header on goal looked the more sensible option.

8.50pm BST

46 min: Celtic get the ball rolling for the second half with Tom Rogic on for Stuart Armstrong, who had a very quiet first half.

8.48pm BST

Elsewhere in Group B: Bayern Munich lead Anderlecht 1-0 at half-time, courtesy of a Robert Lewandowski penalty. Anderlecht are down to 10 men after Sven Kums was sent off in the 11th minute.

8.44pm BST

There’s no shame in losing to PSG but … in my opinion far too many of Celtic’s players aren’t performing well enough. Jozo Simunovic’s foul on Edinson Cavani to concede the penalty that gifted PSG their third goal was moronic, while far too many Celtic players are surrendering possession too easily on the rare occasions they actually get the ball. Out on the right flank, Patrick Roberts has been Celtic’s stand-out player but unfortunately that’s not saying a great deal.

8.35pm BST

The referee ends Celtic’s first half misery after 45 minutes in which the Scottish champions were had their pants pulled down and their bottoms spanked repeatedly by their French opponents. They’ve been given a real schooling in the art of possession football and have been utterly outclassed. Nobody expected them to do a great deal better, but this must be painful viewing for their fans.

8.33pm BST

45 min: Scott Sinclair manages to fire off a shot on goal and brings a good save out of Areola at the near post of his PSG goal.

8.31pm BST

43 min: Play resumes after a break prompted by a spectator running on to the pitch and, according to the Guardian’s man at Celtic Park, attempting to boot Kylian Mbappe. Like most of Celtic’s player’s who’ve tried to do the same thing during the first half, he didn’t get near him before being escorted from the pitch.

A punter has just run on the pitch and attempted to boot Kylian Mbappe. He missed.

8.28pm BST

Cavani makes no mistake, sending Craig Gordon the wrong way rifling his eighth goal of the season (already!) into the top right-hand corner. That’s a great penalty and now each member of the most expensive forward line every assembled has scored.

8.26pm BST

40 min: Jozo Simunovic tugs on the arm of Edinson Cavani in the Celtic penalty area as the PSG striker sprints past him and is booked by the referee, who also points to the spot.

8.25pm BST

39 min: Stuart Armstrong is the latest Celtic player to squander possession, under admittedly ferocious pressure from a PSG side that have way too much class for them.

8.22pm BST

35 min: Lurking behind Edinson Cavani, who swiped at fresh air as he attempted to convert a low Marco Verratti cross, Kylian Mbappe made no such mistake as he sent the ball whistling past the helpless Craig Gordon. Celtic are in all sorts of bother here.

8.20pm BST

Kylian Mbappe side-foots into the roof of the net from about seven yards out to double PSG’s lead.

8.19pm BST

32 min: Good work from Roberts, who picks up the ball on the right again, before coming inside on his left foot. He attempts to pick out Scott Sinclair with a cross, but overhits his delivery.

8.17pm BST

31 min: From the free-kick, Leigh Griffiths attempts to cross the ball into the PSG penalty area, but fails to clear the first man. Adrien Rabiot heads clear.

8.17pm BST

30 min: with half an hour gone, PSG continue to force Celtic’s players to chase shadows. Patrick Roberts gets on the ball on the right flank, surges forward, cuts inside and is fouled. Free-kick for Celtic, halfway inside the PSG half and wide on the right.

8.14pm BST

27 min: With the ball at his feet and his back to the play on the touchline, Adrien Rabiot takes out two Celtic players with a nifty bit of footwork to pick out Neymar. Amazing skill.

8.11pm BST

24 min: A replay shows it was thiago Motta that fouled Scott Sinclair to win possession for PSG in the build-up to their goal … except it wasn’t actually a foul. Celtic’s players may have been enraged by the ref not stopping play, but it looks as Sinclair tripped over his own feet.

8.09pm BST

22 min: Verratti concedes a free-kick about 40 yards from his own goal and Leigh Griffith stands over it. It’s a wonderful effort that’s heading for the top right=-hand corner until PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola gets across to palm it way. That was a sensational free-kick by Leigh Griffiths.

8.07pm BST

21 min: Ralston switched off there, but his lapse in concentration was perhaps understandable as the PSG attack that led to Neymar’s goal began with a foul by – I think – Marco Verratti on Scott Sinclair.

8.06pm BST

Neymar opens the scoring for PSG with a fine clipped finish into the roof of the net. He ran in behind Ralston on to a ball down the inside left from Rabiot, then held off the defender to flick the ball over Gordon and into the goal.

8.05pm BST

17 min: Celtic remain under the cosh, which is completely understandable considering what they’re up against. Nevertheless, on the rare occasions they do enjoy a bit of possession, they’re giving it away too easily. Olivier Ntcham is the latest player to needlessly lose the ball with a loose pass. Ultimately, his sloppiness leads to a PSG counter-attack in which Craig Gordon is forced to save smartly from a Cavani strike that bounced in front of him.

8.02pm BST

15 min: Edinson Cavani pokes home from close range, converting a low cross from the left, but is correctly flagged for offside.

8.01pm BST

14 min: Ralston is perhaps lucky to avoid a booking again, clattering into the back of Neyma as the PSG man received a pass. Neymar makes the most of the challenge, irritating Mikael Lustig.

7.59pm BST

12 min: Celtic get forward again, with Sinclair and Tierney combining well down the left flank. The ball’s crossed to Ralston on the right and he tries to get around Neymar and work a cross in, but is unable to muscle his way past the Brazilian.

7.57pm BST

11 min: PSG corner, with Mbappe winning it off Kieran Tierney. Back helping out in defence, Leigh Griffiths clears Thiago Motta’s low delivery at the near post.

7.56pm BST

10 min: Celtic get forward again, with Stuart Armstrong on the ball. He picks out Olivier Ntcham, whose shot from distance and pulls the ball wide. On his outside, Patrick Roberts was in acres of space and screaming for the ball.

7.55pm BST

8 min: Good play from Lustig, who intercepts a pass from Neymar to Mbappe and storms out of defence with the ball at his feet. The ball is played forward to Scott Sinclair on the left flank, who surrenders possession to Thiago Silva.

7.53pm BST

7 min: Dani Alves sends in an wonderful cross from the right, which Edinson Cavani fails to poke home from five or six yards after stretching every sinew. The early indications are that this is going to be a very, very long night for the home side.

7.52pm BST

6 min: PSG continue to dominate possession in these early stages, while both Celtic wingers – Scott Sinclair and Patrick Roberts – have already been guilty of losing the ball.

7.51pm BST

5 min: Layvin Kurzawa plays a ball down the inside left for Adrien Rabiot, whose cross is ridiculously overcooked.

7.50pm BST

4 min: Celtic struggle to get out of their own half as PSG probe. Kylian Mbappe tries a shot on goal but it’s blocked by Mikael Lustig.

7.49pm BST

3 min: Another early touch for Ralston, who heads a PSG ball into the box clear. Moments later, he’s penalised for a foul on Neymar out on the touchline and is perhaps lucky not to have been booked.

7.48pm BST

2 min: Tony Ralston gets his first touch, but it’s PSG who are dominating possession in the early stages. Neymar picks up the ball on the edge of the final third, shuttles into the centre and thinks about a shot before laying it off to Adrien Rabiot. Celtic have lined up in a 4-3-3, as have their opponents.

7.46pm BST

1 min: PSG kick off and play is under way at Celtic Park.

7.45pm BST

The Champions League music rings out for the first time this season as the players line up, exchange handshakes and prepare for action. Celtic wear their customary home strip of green and white hoops, white shorts and white socks. PSG’s players are a vision in black shirts, shorts and socks. Our team of match officials are all Italian.

7.42pm BST

The Celtic crowd, with Kenny Dalglish and Rod Stewart among them, give a stirring rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone before the teams emerge for the last of the pre-match formalities. Down in the tunnel, Scott Brown has his game face on as he prepares to lead his side out to a rapturous welcome. Off they go …

7.32pm BST

On the formation he’ll play and the selection of Tony Ralston: “In terms of the shape of the team, last season in the CL phase, we were very much set in terms of the 4-3-3,” he tells BT Sport’s Eilidh Barbour. “ That worked well for us and this is a level where the players need that simplicity in their game. I also think it’s about giving a young player big game experience. Whatever happens tonight, [Ralston] will learn and be a better player for it. Of course, Mikael [Lustig] can slot into the centre of defence.”

On whether or not his senior players have a duty to protect Ralston: “There’s a responsibility on everyone, not just the senior players. Look, if I didn’t think young Tony was capable of playing, then I wouldn’t put him in. He has a great temperament. It’s a great experience for him playing against one of the best players in the world and the rest of the team will help him.”

7.11pm BST

Stuart Armstrong is another surprise inclusion in the Celtic line-up this evening, in at the expense of Tom Rogic. It will be interesting to hear Brendan Rdgers’s reasoning behind his selection and that of Ralston.

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Celtic (4-3-3): Gordon, Simunovic, Ralston, Lustig, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Armstrong, Roberts, Sinclair, Griffiths.

Subs: De Vries, Bitton, Rogic, Edouard, Ajer, McGregor, Forrest.

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Mikael Lustig and Jozo Smuniovic will line up in central defence for Brendan Rodgers’s team, with Kieran Tierney at left-back and 18-year-old Anthony Ralston in at right-back. It’s a group stage debut for the youngster from Belshill, who has made just four competitive starts for Celtic.

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The PSG manager was quizzed at length by French reporters on his expensively assembled side’s prospects of winning this year’s tournament. “The important thing is to see progress this season,” he said. “There’s a lot of responsibility because I have good players at my disposal. However, there are a lot of good teams in the Champions League including Celtic, so we will need to be careful especially here at Celtic Park. We are looking forward to a good start. The players have worked well all week, but obviously we know it’s going to be a difficult match.”

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Speaking at his pre-match press conference yesterday, Brendan Rodgers had this to say about PSG and his own team: “Their focus is on winning it. For us, 12-months ago we were just getting ready for our first game and I don’t believe we were anywhere near the level we are at now.We have developed a courage to play our game and have the courage to physically press and work teams. The attitude is everything in these games. If you stand off top-class players, they’ll punish you.

“We need to be educated in our pressure and how we press the game and how we play our natural game. I’m also looking to forward to seeing how we play in counterattack. At this level you have to stay calm, if you can’t press the ball and press the game then you have to be very organised and we have the players to do that.”

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Moussa Dembele is back in training for Celtic, but till some way short of fitness after the hamstring injury that sidelined him in the qualifying rounds of this tournament. Central defenders Dedryck Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko are also out, which means Nir Biton and Jozo Simunovic are likely to continue their partnership in the the heart of Celtic’s defence. No pressure, lads. Having missed out on Celtic’s win over Hamilton on Friday.

Paris Saint-Germain will be forced to try and make do without Argentinian duo Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore, who are out with thigh and calf injuries respectively. With Neymar, Killian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani to call upon, they may just cope.

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Related: Brendan Rodgers urges Celtic players to relish taking on PSG’s superstars

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Barry will be here shortly. Here’s Ewan Murray on the difficulties Celtic face balancing domestic and European campaigns:

Brendan Rodgers is well used to the great Celtic paradox. Supporters headed to Friday’s canter at Hamilton via a badly maintained lane, dodging beer cans and dog mess. Upon reaching the SuperSeal Stadium, the scene was of two permanent stands, an artificial pitch and the prospect of fierce clearances ending up in a supermarket car park. It seems faintly laughable to label such a fixture as preparation for the visit of Neymar and Paris Saint‑Germain.

It is understandable that Rodgers does not belittle the Scottish football landscape. More typical settings greet Celtic at Ibrox, Pittodrie, Tynecastle and Easter Road. While Celtic were pulling Hamilton apart 4-1, PSG were doing likewise at Metz, winning 5-1.

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Sep 09

Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth, Everton 0-3 Tottenham and more – as it happened

All the goals as they went in around the grounds of the UK

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You can follow Stoke City’s match against Manchester United at the Britannia Stadium with Scott Murray …

Related: Premier League: Stoke City v Manchester United – live!

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Danny Welbeck scored twice as Arsenal enjoyed an easy afternoon against Bournemouth.

Related: Danny Welbeck’s double eases Arsenal angst to see off feeble Bournemouth

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Abdoulaye Doucoure and Daryl Janmaat scored the goals as Watford breezed past toothless Southampton.

Related: Daryl Janmaat thunderbolt wraps up Watford victory over Southampton

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Stuart James was our man on the spot at the King Power Stadium as the champions put one over on Leicester.

Related: Chelsea hold on as N’Golo Kanté goal edges them past Leicester City

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Daniel Taylor was at the Etihad Stadium for the day’s early kick-off, in which Manchester City routed Liverpool.

Related: Manchester City and Gabriel Jesus hammer 10-man Liverpool 5-0

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Paul Wilson went to Goodison Park to see Harry Kane score his 100th and 101st goals for Tottenham as they swatted the home side aside.

Related: Tottenham’s Harry Kane embarrasses Everton and Jordan Pickford

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Dominic Fifield was at the Amex Stadium to see Brighton record their first win of the Premier League campaign.

Related: Pascal Gross double leads lowly Brighton to victory over West Brom

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Danny Welbeck scored his first ever brace for the Gunners as they swept Bournemouth aside.

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A bad day at the office for Everton, who have yet to show signs of being good enough to trouble the Top Six.

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Brighton win their first Premier League match of the season in fine style, as West Brom suffer their first defeat.

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Tipped up by some sooth-saying genius on Guardian Football Weekly as the bet of the weekend, 9-2 shots Watford dispatch Southampton, whose players are booed off.

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Alvora Morata and Ngolo Kante got the goals for Chelsea, who were too good for Leicester City.

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Ipswich pull a goal back against QPR: Bersant Celina comes off the bench to help Ipswich Town get back into the game against QPR, but is it too late?

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Rangers 4-0 Dundeed: Alfredo Morelos scores his seventh goal in four games to give Rangers an unassailable lead at Ibrox.

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Cardiff equalise against Fulham: Danny Ward levels proceedings at Craven Cottage. Meanwhile at the Madejski Stadium, Reading trail Bristol City by the only goal of the match.

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James Morrison has pulled one back for the Baggies at Brighton.

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Arsenal down to 10 men: Francois Coquelin limps off with what looks like a hamstring injury and Arsenal will play the final 10 minutes with 10 men, having used up all their substitutes. They lead Bournemouth 3-0 at the Emirates.

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Middlesbrough are three ahead: At Bolton’s Macron Stadium, Marvin Johnson comes off the bench to put the match well and truly beyond the home side.

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Some goals in the Championship: Having signed for Sheffield United from Birmingham City on deadline day, Clayton Donaldson scores two on his debut to give his new club a two-goal lead against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. At Craven Cottage, Ryan Sessegnon has put Fulham a goal up against Championship leaders Cardiff City.

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Arsenal subs: Alexis and Giroud on, Lacazette and Welbeck off (75) –

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Another goal in the Championship: Adama Traore and Britt Assombalonga team up against to make it Bolton 0-2 Middlesbrough at the Macron Stadium. Brilliant work from Traore, who picked up the ball inside his own half and beat three opposition players before providing the assist.

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Rangers double their lead: Josh Windass scores at Ibrox to make it Rangers 2-0 Dundee.

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Meanwhile in Scotland: Motherwell 1-0 Kilmarnock, Rangers 1-0 Dundee, Ross County 0-1 Partick Thistle, St Johnstone 1-1 Hibernian, Hearts 0-0 Aberdeen.

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Red card in the Championship: Millwall’s Aiden O’Brien gets his marching orders at Molineux, where his side trail 1-0.

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Watford right-back Daryl Janmaat scores his team’s second goal of the game and it’s one Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster should have kept out.

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Usually parsimonious West Brom are being torn apart by Premier League new boys Brighton, for whom Tommer Hemed has added a third.

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Leeds are piling the hurt on Burton: It’s now 5-0 at Elland Road, where Pierre-Michel Lasogga has got in on the action.

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Jamie Vardy scores a spot-kick to get Leicester back in the game against Chelsea.

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Leeds extend their lead: It’s Leeds 4-0 Burton Albion at Elland Road, where Kemar Roofe has just scored in the home side’s demolition of Nigel Clough’s side.

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Danny Welbeck drives home a diagonal effort into the bottom corner as Arsenal continue their romp against obliging Bournemouth.

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A goal in the Championship: Luke Freeman pops up to make it QPR 2-0 Ipswich Town.

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Ngolo Kante scores the third goal of his Chelsea career to double their lead against his former club.

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Pascal Gross scores his second of the game to give Brighton a two-goal lead against the Baggies.

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Harry Kane and Ben Davies exchange passes before the former scores his second goal of the match and 101st for Tottenham to make it 3-0 for Spurs.

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Brighton score their first Premier League goal of the season, with Pascal Gross doing the honours.

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A goal in the Scottish Premiership: Alfredo Moreles scores from 20 yards to give Rangers a lead against Dundee just before half time.

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A goal in the Championship: QPR take a deserved lead against Ipswich Town, with Jamie Mackie putting them one up at Loftus Road.

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Christian Eriksen gets his name on the scoreboard, doubling Tottenham’s lead at Goodison Park as Everton come up short against Top Six opposition once again.

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Alvaro Morata heads Chelsea into the lead against Leicester, with the Spaniard slinking in behind Wes Morgan to open the scoring in a match Chelsea have dominated.

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Leicester go close against Chelsea: Ngolo Kante gives the ball away and Leicester City break on the counter-attack. Jamie Vardy tees up Islam Slimani, who brings a good save out of Thibaut Courtois.

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Abdoulaye Doucoure scores from 30 yards with a shot through a thicket of bodies to give Watford the lead at St Mary’s with the first shot of the match.

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Leeds double their lead: Unbeaten in seven games in all competitions this season, Leeds go 2-0 ahead against Burton Albion courtesy of a Kalvin Phillips shot into the bottom left-hand corner.

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Barnsley restore parity at Preston: It’s 1-1 at Deepdale, where Brad

Potts took just two minutes to equalise for Barnsley.

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Harry Kane puts Spurs ahead at Goodison Park with an incredible strike in a match where Everton are being thrashed in all areas of the pitch.

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Alexandre Lacazette curls a shot around Asmir Begomic as Bournemouth are staring down the barrel of their fourth consecutive defeat.

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A goal in Scotland: Looking for their first point of the season, Partick Thistle go ahead against Ross County with a goal from Blair Spittal.

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Preston 1-0 Barnsley: Having lost their past five matches away from home, Barnsley go behind again. Sean Maguire gives Preston the lead with his first goal for the club.

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Sheffield United lead Sunderland: In the Championship, Sunderland’s miserable start to the season continues, as Clayton Donaldson scores on his debut to give Sheffield United the lead at the Stadium of Light.

Leeds 1-0 Burton: Pierre-Michel Lasogga gives the home side the lead at Elland Road.

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Some goals in League Two: Colchester United lead Crawley 2-0, while Exeter City are one up against Forest Green.

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Another goal in the Championship: Britt Assombalonga puts Middlesbrough a goal up against Bolton Wanderers with a bullet header after good work on the flank from Adama Traore, who provided the cross.

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A goal in the Championship: Diogo Jota has fired Wolves ahead against Millwall at Molineux.

10′ What a goal. Jota exchanges a quick one-two with Bonatini before breaking to the edge of the box and firing an effort beyond Archer.

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More goals in League One: Bristol Rovers are 1-0 up against Walsall at the Meorial Stadium. Elsewhere in the division, Bradford City are 1-0 up against Peterborough United and Blackburn Rovers lead Rochdale by the same score. Plymouth are trailing MK dons 1-0 as the goals fly in in the third tier.

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Danny Welbeck has risen highest to shoulder Arsenal into the lead after six minutes. Back in the Arsenal team after being dropped for their defeat against Liverpool, Sead Kolasinac provided the assist.

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A goal in the Championship: Nelson Oliveira has given Norwich City an early lead against Birmingham City at Carrow Road, where the home side lead 1-0.

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An early goal in League One: Jimmy Floyd-Hassebaink was appointed manager of Northampton Town earlier this week and his new team have taken just 22 seconds to go 1-0 up against Doncaster Rovers.

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Fasten your seat belts as today’s 3pm kick-offs are about to get under way.

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On the subject of Sadio Mane’s dismissal, he has this to say: “I don’t think it’s a red card. He didn’t see him. It was unlucky, it was an accident.”

It almost certainly was an accident but that is irrelevant, would be my two cents on the matter. Mane caught Ederson in the face and left stud mark’s on the City goalkeeper’s jaw. It that isn’t “a challenge that endangers the safety of an opponent”, I’m not sure what is.

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Our chief football correspondent Daniel Taylor was at the Etihad and here is his on-the-whistle report.

Related: Manchester City and Gabriel Jesus hammer 10-man Liverpool 5-0

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It’s all over at the Etihad, where 10-man Liverpool have been made to look very, very ordinary indeed by Manchester City. Debate continues to rage over Sadio Mane’s red card on social media – those, including Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville, who think it was anything other than a dismissal are wrong. Whether Mane meant to harm Ederson or not is irrelevant, it was serious foul play. “A tackle or challenge that endangers the safety of an opponent” is a red card.

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Ederson update: The Manchester City goalkeeper is back at the Etihad and watching the final few minutes of his team’s demolition job against Liverpool from the stand, sporting a large rectangular bandage on the left side of his face. He has returned in time to see Leroy Sane score his second of the afternoon to make it Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool.

Related: Manchester City v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

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Real Madrid held to surprise draw by Levante and Marcelo sees red #RMALEV

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Leroy Sane has made it Manchester 4-0 Liverpool and there are eight minutes remaining. After the collision with Sadio Mane, which resulted in a red card for the Liverpool forward, Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson is being assessed for a facial fracture.

City’s number one, who was replaced by Claudio Bravo, was then taken to the nearby Manchester Institute of Health and Performance to be assessed.

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Southampton: Forster, Cedric, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Davis, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, Redmond, Gabbiadini.

Subs: Yoshida, Long, Austin, Tadic, McCarthy, Lemina, McQueen.

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Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi, James, Albrighton, Slimani, Vardy.

Subs: Chilwell, Gray, Iheanacho, King, Hamer, Amartey, Ulloa.

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Brighton: Ryan, Saltor, Dunk, Duffy, Suttner, Knockaert, Propper, Stephens, March, Gross, Hemed.

Subs: Hunemeier, Skalak, Maenpaa, Murphy, Murray, Izquierdo, Rosenior.

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Everton: Pickford, Keane, Williams, Martina, Sigurdsson, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Baines, Rooney, Klaassen, Sandro.

Subs: Jagielka, Mirallas, Stekelenburg, Davies, Vlasic, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate.

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Arsenal: Cech, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil, Lacazette, Welbeck.

Subs: Mertesacker, Sanchez, Giroud, Ospina, Walcott, Iwobi, Coquelin.

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La Liga result: Real Madrid 1-1 Levante – Ivi Lopez opened the scoring for Levante at the Bernabeu, where Real Madrid equalised through Lucas Vazquez. It’s an excellent point for Levante, while Real Madrid finished finished the game with 10 men after the 89th minute dismissal of Marcelo.

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Gabriel Jesus scores his second of the game to give City a three-goal lead over 10-man Liverpool. He’s subsequently taken off and replaced by Leroy Sane and doesn’t look too thrilled at being replaced. Follow the final 34 minutes of that match with Scott Murray.

Related: Manchester City v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

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Related: From Sanches to Aurier: five Premier League debutants to watch this weekend | Jack Kinnersley

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Celtic thrashed Hamilton 4-1 last night and lead the table by one point, but Aberdeen will overtake them with a win over Hearts. At the other end of the table, Partick Thistle are still looking for their first point of the season and travel to Ross County in search of it.

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Related: Urinating into a swimming pool from a great height – Football Weekly Extra

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Cardiff City lead the Championship by three points and travel to Craven Cottage to play Fulham. Ipswich Town are breathing down their necks and play QPR at Loftus Road.

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Next week’s Champions League action means most of the Premier League’s big-hitters are in action today. Arsenal play too, as they entertain Bournemouth at the Emirates.

Related: Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

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Manchester City and Liverpool got the weekend’s Premier League action started in today’s lunchtime kick-off and City currently lead 2-0 at the Etihad, with Liverpool down to 10 men after the dismissal of Sadio Mane for a dangerous challenge that resulted in home goalkeeper Ederson being stretchered off after getting a kick in the head. You can follow the conclusion of that match with Scott Murray.

We’ll be focussing our attention on the day’s 3pm kick-offs, with five scheduled in the Premier League and a whole lot more taking place in the Championship, League One, League Two and Scotland. Stay tuned for team news and build-up.

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Aug 28

Pep Guardiola’s circular dressing room offers one way to split up team cliques | Barry Glendenning

Manchester City have found an innovative way to combat cliques but England’s Gareth Southgate will need more than feng shui to tackle his own problem

The butt of much public mockery when Sky’s cameras captured assorted well-heeled corporate clients peering through its walls of two‑way glass last Monday night, Manchester City’s Tunnel Club is the most amusing but not necessarily most interesting renovation to have been undertaken at the Etihad Stadium during the close season. Moving on from the well fed and watered supporters staring in slack-jawed wonder at the exhibits as they prepared for battle, the cameras also gave us a glimpse of an inner sanctum that, for the time being at least, remains closed to prying eyes on match days.

The stadium’s home dressing room is as opulent as you might expect for such a wealthy club, but it is its sheer roundness that is most striking. Returning for his early plunge in the state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool after being sent off on his home debut, Kyle Walker will no doubt have been struck by the rotational symmetry of his surroundings as he angrily flung his shin pads into one of the corners that aren’t there, before being enveloped in the life-affirming chi that feng shui experts tell us a 360-degree dwelling space provides.

Related: Manchester City’s Tunnel Club player aquarium leaves the mind swimming | Marina Hyde

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Aug 26

Newcastle v West Ham, Crystal Palace v Swansea and more – as it happened

  • Wins for Newcastle, Swansea and Manchester City
  • West Ham and Crystal Palace both lose again
  • Ten-man Watford hold Brighton at Vicarage Road
  • Huddersfield drop points for first time this season

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Related: Huddersfield’s Elias Kachunga rues miss as Southampton halt winning run

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Related: Joselu blows away Newcastle gloom and adds to the pressure on Slaven Bilic

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Related: Watford’s Miguel Britos sees red for late tackle as Brighton gain first point

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Related: Tammy Abraham off the mark as Swansea City dispatch Crystal Palace

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Related: Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling breaks Bournemouth but then sees red

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Rafael Benitez masterminds Newcastle’s first victory since their return to the Premier League, leaving West Ham and their manager Slaven Bilic in all sorts of bother.

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Ten-man Watford hold on to rescue a point after Miguel Britos was sent off in the 24th minute.

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Boos ring around Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace lose their third consecutive Premier League match under Frank De Boer.

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Huddersfield maintain their unbeaten run … as do Southampton.

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Joe Hart picks the ball out of the West Ham net for the 10th time in three matches after Aleksandar Mitrovic takes the ball around him and slots home to put the match beyond woeful West Ham.

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Birmingham City 0-2 Reading: George Evans doubles Reading’s lead at St Andrew’s. Harry Redknapp’s side have won just one league match so far this season.

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West Ham are awful. Time running out for Bilic, who was lucky to survive last season.

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Partick Thistle 3-4 Aberdeen: Aberdeen are now leading by the odd goal of seven after Adam Rooney gives them the lead again after 84 minutes.

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Celtic equalise against St Johnstone: Callum McGregor equalises for Celtic against St Johnstone after good work by Scott Sinclair.

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Some goals in League One: Blackburn Rovers have gone 3-1 up against MK Dons, it’s Plymouth Argyle 0-3 Scunthorpe at Home Park and Bristol Rovers now lead Fleetwood Town 3-1. It’s all square between Gillingham and Southend in a 3-3 thriller.

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Slaven Bilic’s woes continue as West Ham head for their third league defeat of the season. Ciaran Clarke gets on the end of a Matt Ritchie cross to give Newcastle a buffer zone.

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Millwall 4-0 Norwich: Norwich concede four goals away from home for the second time in a week, as Shaun Hutchinson rubber-stamps what is certain to be Millwall’s first win of the season. I repeat – I was supposed to be at the match with a Norwich fan. Thank christ work intervened.

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Barnsley 3-0 Sunderland: George “Son of John” Moncur scores for Barnsley as Sunderland’s travelling support pour out of Oakwell in disgust upon seeing their team go three goals down. A quick return to the Premier League looks very, very unlikely.

Burton 1-1 Sheffield Wednesaday: Substitute Joe Mason scores with his first touch to restore parity for Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.

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Reading lead Birmingham City: Jon Dadi Bodvarsson gives Reading the lead against Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham City at St Andrew’s. Tyler Blackett provided the cross for Bodvarsson, who headed in off the underside of the cross-bar.

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AFC Wimbledon score two in quick succession: Having failed to score in their four previous home games, AFC Wimbledon score two in as many minutes to lead Doncaster Rovers. Kwesi Appiah and Andy Barcham with the goals there.

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Partick Thistle 3-3 Aberdeen: Niall “Son of Martin” Keown equalises for Partick Thistle in what sounds like a belting match in the Scottish Premiership.

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Ipswich go further behind: Fulham are 2-0 up against Ipswich, whose winning streak looks to be coming to an end. Rui Fonte has scored for the Cottagers after a Neeskens Kebano shot was parried into his path.

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A humdinger in Scotland: It’s Partick Thistle 2-3 Aberdeen at Firhill, where Scott Wright has given Aberdeen the lead again. Kenny McLean had equalised for Derek McInnes’s side just before half-time.

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That Britos tackle would make a cracking (if slightly edgier than usual) background image for the BBC classified results

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Jordan Ayew takes two bites of the cherry, following up on a rebound of his own shot that Wayne Hennessey could only parry into his path. The natives are getting restless at Selhurst Park, where the home team is being loudly booed. Palace manager Frank De Boer is enduring a baptism of fire.

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Cardiff go ahead: Soul Bamba heads Championship leaders Cardiff City ahead against QPR, who originally led.

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Leroy Fer provides the assist for Tammy Abraham to volley home and give Swansea City a thoroughly deserved lead.

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Sheffield United double their lead: Johnny Russell scores into his own net on what sounds like a calamitous afternoon for Derby County.

Millwall 3-0 Norwich City: Crikey! Jed Wallace makes it 3-0 just before half-time at the Den. That’s a paddling.

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Celtic behind: Steven Maclean has given St Johnstone an unlikely lead against Celtic, who have not lost a domestic match since May 2016. Their conquerers on that occasion? St Johnstone.

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Jeremy Dresner writes: “That Britos red card for Watford was a very very dark shade of red,” he says. “High, over the top, dangerous right in front of the assistant ref. Anthony Knockaert will wind up a lot of full-backs this season but that was ludicrous.”

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More goals in the Championship: Sheffield Wednesday are a goal up at Burton Albion, with Gary Hooper opening the scoring. Meanwhile at Portman Road, Fulham have taken the lead against Ipswich Town. Neeskens Kebano, who doesn’t stand much more than 5ft in his socks, has headed the Cottagers ahead.

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Joselu scores his first goal for Newcastle, converting a Chrsitian Atsu delivery into the box.

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Gah! Barnsley double their lead against Sunderland. On loan from Leicester City, Harvey Barnes volleys Barnsley two ahead.

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Another goal in the Scottish Premiership: Kyle Lafferty scores his fifth of the season to give Hearts a one-goal lead over Motherwell.

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A goal in the Championship: Barnsley 1-0 Sunderland. Ike Ugbo converts a Harvey Barnes cross to score from close range to give Barnsley the lead against Sunderland at Oakwell.

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Miguel Britos is sent off for an atrocious challenge on Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert. That’s his fourth red card as a Watford player and his team are down to 10 men.

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Cardiff City equalise: Junior Hoilett makes it all square at the Cardiff City stadium.

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More goals in League Two: Cheltenham City 2-0 Exeter City, Colchester United 2-0 Fleetwood Town.

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QPR lead Cardiff City: Matt Smith heads QPR into the lead against the Championship leaders, rising unopposed to leave Cardiff manager Neil Warnock apoplectic on the sideline.

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Millwall score a quick-fire double: I was supposed to be at the Den today with a Norwich-supporting pal until work intervened. She’ll not be best pleased, as Norwich have gone two down. Lee Gregory gave Millwall the lead in the 15th minute and George Saville doubled it two minutes later.

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Partick Thistle take the lead! Kris Doolan fires the Jags ahead against Aberdeen.

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Partick Thistle equalise: The Jags have equalised against Aberdeen at Firhill Stadium, with Chris Erskine getting the equaliser.

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Meanwhile in League Two: Cheltenham 1-0 Exeter City, Colchester 1-0 Forest Green. It’s scoreless everywhere else.

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Some goals in League One: Blackburn 1-0 MK Dons, Blackpool 1-0 Oldham, Wigan 1-0 Portsmouth. It’s scoreless everywhere else.

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Another goal in Scotland: Ryan Christie has scored for Aberdeen against Partick Thistle, getting on the end of a Shay Logan cross to score from eight yards out.

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A goal in the Championship: Sheffield United have taken the lead against Derby County at Bramall Lane. Derby goalkeeper Scott Carson made a pig’s ear of a clearance and Billy Sharp reacted quickest to score into an empty net from 25 yards out.

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An early goal in Scotland: Kilmarnock are a goal up against Hamilton Academical, the only team in the Premier League or Scottish Premiership that’s named after a school. I learned that in a pub quiz recently.

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An early goal in League One: Derrick Williams has fired Blackburn Rovers ahead against MK Dons at Ewood Park with just two minutes on the clock.

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Miss! Jordan Ayew has spurned a good chance for Swansea at Crystal Palace. He should have done better with a diving header after good work by Tammy Abraham down the left, but sent his effort wide.

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It’s almost time. As players the length and breadth of the country exchange last-minute fist-bumps, hugs and high-fives ahead of today’s 3pm kick-offs. Who’ll score first in the Premier League? West Ham’s Michail Antonio for me, Clive.

2.53pm BST

Ben Fisher was the Guardian’s man at the Vitality Stadium and here’s his on the whistle take on a massively entertaining match in which Manchester City left it very, very late to take all three points.

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“Regarding the photo of Obiang (and Ince for that matter),” he says. “As a wise man once said: ‘They’re all just…. headphones’.”

2.29pm BST

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeep! It’s all over at the Vitality Stadium, where Raheem Sterling scooped the ball into the net – it took a deflection off Andrew Surman on its way – in the ninth minute of added time to steal all three points for Manchester City. He was subsequently sent off for jumping into the crowd in the course of his celebrations, earning himself a second yellow card.

A minute or two previously, Josh King missed a decent chance to win it for Bournemouth in a massively entertaining, often bad-tempered affair where referee Mike Dean showed 11 yellow cards and one red. We’ll have a report up shortly, but here’s how Rob Smyth saw it unfold …

Related: Bournemouth v Manchester City: Premier League – live!

2.12pm BST

Huddersfield: Lossl, Smith, Jorgensen, Schindler, Lowe, Mooy, Billing, Kachunga, Ince, van La Parra, Mounie.

Subs: Malone, Coleman, Lolley, Daniel Williams, Quaner, Hefele, Palmer.

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Watford: Gomes, Femenia, Prodl, Kabasele, Britos, Doucoure, Cleverley, Chalobah, Richarlison, Gray, Amrabat.

Subs: Carrillo, Deeney, Success, Cathcart, Watson, Capoue, Pantilimon.

2.08pm BST

Newcastle: Elliot, Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba, Merino, Hayden, Atsu, Perez, Ritchie, Joselu.

Subs: Murphy, Diame, Aarons, Saivet, Jesus Gamez, Woodman, Mitrovic.

2.05pm BST

Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Fosu-Mensah, Dann, Tomkins, Ward, Milivojevic, McArthur, Van Aanholt, Townsend, Puncheon, Benteke.
Subs: Speroni, Cabaye, Lee, Schlupp, Lokilo, Kelly, Anderson.

Swansea: Fabianski, Fernandez, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Naughton, Carroll, Fer, Olsson, Ayew, Clucas, Abraham.

1.33pm BST

Celtic meet St Johnstone at Celtic Park, with just goal difference (exactly one goal, to be precise) separating the sides at the top of the table after three matches. Also level with them on nine points, Aberdeen travel to Partick Thistle.

1.33pm BST

Accrington Stanley are the top what\’s shaping up to be a highly competitive League Two, with seven points from four games. Swindon Town, Exeter City and Notts County are behind them but have the same number of points.

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Wigan Athletic top the table on goal difference with nine points from three games. It’s tight as a drum up top, with Peterborough, Fleetwood and Shrewsbury all level on points but behind them on goal difference.

1.33pm BST

Cardiff City and Ipswich Town are the surprise pacemakers in the Championship, with maximum points apiece after four games. Ahead of the Tractor Boys on goal difference, Cardiff entertain QPR this afternoon, while Ipswich also host opposition from London in the form of Fulham.

1.33pm BST

Bournemouth and Manchester City got the ball rolling in today’s early kick-off at the Vitality Stadium, where it’s 1-1 at the start of the second half. Bournemouth dominated the early stages and took the lead courtesy of a Charlie Daniels screamer. Gabriel Jesus equalised for Manchester City, who have taken complete control of the game since going behind in the 13th minute. You can follow that one here with Rob Smyth.

Related: Bournemouth v Manchester City: Premier League – live!

1.31pm BST

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