Barry Glendenning

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Name: Barry Glendenning
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  1. Tom Dumoulin wins Cycling Road World Championships time trial – as it happened — September 20, 2017
  2. It’s raining penalties in the Champions League – but what’s behind the increase? — September 13, 2017
  3. Celtic v PSG: Champions League –as it happened — September 12, 2017
  4. Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth, Everton 0-3 Tottenham and more – as it happened — September 9, 2017
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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

4.50pm BST

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.

4.03pm BST

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 pic.twitter.com/nze5VqqYrJ

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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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/sep/20/cycling-road-world-championships-mens-time-trial-2017-live

Sep 13

It’s raining penalties in the Champions League – but what’s behind the increase?

There were only 17 awarded in 2006-07 but that number trebled to 53 for the 2016-17 season and it is too simplistic to say that the two extra match officials are responsibleThe number of penalties awarded in the Champions League has more than trebled i…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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 …

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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.”

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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) – https://t.co/rsP4EFTiuT

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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

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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 https://t.co/OkxVMNOr36 #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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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2017/sep/09/arsenal-bournemouth-everton-tottenham-clockwatch-live

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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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/aug/28/pep-guardiola-england-manchester-city-clique-gareth-southgate

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.

4.31pm BST

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.

4.21pm BST

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.

4.17pm BST

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.

4.13pm BST

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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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.

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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.

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

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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’.”

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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!

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Related: Liverpool cruise, Wilshere bruise and tunnel views – Football Weekly Extra

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Preamble.

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Aug 25

The mid-to-lower end of Europe’s top feeding trough

In today’s Fiver: Arsenal in the Euro Vase, a crunch game in late August, and the Fiver’s kray-zee Big Cup group predictions exposed

Forced to muddy their spats in the puddles of Euro Vase after 17 consecutive seasons in Big Cup, Arsenal fans must have approached this morning’s group stage draw with a mixture of dread and a little bit of anticipation. There’ll have been a soupçon of embarrassment too, what with club officials having had their noses pressed up against the glass during yesterday’s main draw in which their counterparts from European super-powers such as Maribor, Qarabag and the Queen’s Celtic were actually allowed in to find out who they’d be playing in Europe’s elite and most prestigious competition. Seventeen years ago, Arsenal dropped out of Big Cup group stages, getting into Euro Vase through the back door and making it all the way to the final in which they were beaten by Galatasaray. This year they didn’t even make it to Big Cup and with their hopes of a top four Premier League finish already in tatters following last weekend’s defeat to Stoke, will have to do things the very hard way if they are to retake their place at the mid-to-lower end of Europe’s top feeding trough.

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Aug 25

Football transfer rumours: Liverpool to sign Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches?

Today’s fluff is hotting up

To Germany, where glossy magazine reports suggest that Liverpool are preparing a late bid to take Renato Sanches on a season-long loan. The 20-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder had a fairly underwhelming maiden season with the German champions after joining from Benfica and had been linked with moves to Chelsea, Manchester United or AC Milan earlier this summer, only for his manager Carlo Ancelotti to announce he’d be staying put. According to yesterday’s edition of Kicker, it seems Sanches could be bound for Anfield in his quest to secure regular first team opportunities.

Having convened in Monaco for yesterday’s Champions League draw, assorted bigwigs from Europe’s biggest clubs will have no better opportunity to meet up and discuss last-minute transfers ahead of next week’s window-unfriendly international break. Under pressure Barcelona officials are expected to talk turkey with their counterparts from Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund in their last-ditch attempts to get their hands on Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembélé and in the purely selfish interests of fatigued pedlars of transfer tittle-tattle everywhere, we wish all three delegations every success in their endeavours.

Related: Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe’s top five leagues

Related: West Ham confident of signing William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon

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Aug 21

Manchester City v Everton: Premier League – as it happened

The sides finshed with a goal apiece, a point apiece and 10 men apiece after an entertaining and often fractious evening at the Etihad

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Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeep! Bobby Madley calls time on an entertaining, often fractious affair which ended with the teams sharing the spoils. Wayne Rooney put Everton ahead in the 35th minute, before his team-mate Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who was excellent this evening, showed great cunning to play a role in getting Kyle Walker set off. Despite being down to 10 men, Manchester City equalised through Raheem Sterling, before Morgan Schneiderlin got his marching orders after Sergio Aguero made a meal of what looked a fair challenge. Honours even, then … which seems about fair.

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90+4 min: Brilliant defending from Davy Klaassen, who makes a cruciasl interception as Bernardo Silva attempts to dink the ball to his namesake David in a goalkeeping position a few yards from goal. Corner for Manchester City, from which nothing comes.

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90+1 min: Manchester City continue looking for a winner now the teams have both been reduced to ten men and the big-spenders in the Etihad Tunnel Club have got even more bang for their buck than they were expecting. A post-match brawl in the tunnel would be the stuff of their wildest dreams and it doesn’t seem beyond the realms of credibility.

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90 min: Everton substitution: Wayne Rooney off, Muhamed Besic on.

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88 min: Already on a yellow card, Morgan Schneiderlin is sent off for a challenge on Sergio Aguero. It looked a perfectly clean, ball-winning challenge, which Aguero made a meal of. Karma’s a bitch, innit? Schneiderlin has every right to complain, but after what happened to Kyle Walker, his team-mates can’t.

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84 min: Manchester City go in search of a winner, with Sergio Aguero mis-hitting an attempted overhead kick and then slipping as he shaped to shoot from a tight angle after he’d rolled Michael Keane and made half a yard.

Back to the goal, where Everton defender Mason Holgate provided the assist with a woeful header from the back post towards the penalty area, giving Sterling the reasonably simple task of smashing home a volley into the bottom corner. That’s the first goal Everton have conceded in five matches this season. Wayne Rooney was subsequently booked for, I think, dissent.

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Raheem Sterling volleys into the bottom left-hand corner to capitalise on a dreadful defensive header from Mason Holgate. It’s all square at the Etihad.

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82 min: Raheem Sterling tries to tee up David Silva with a pass into the Everton penalty area, but there are too many bodies there in the livery of Everton. The ball’s cleared.

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78 min: Another 60 seconds of high drama as Pickford saves brilliantly from Danilo at one end, before Vincent Kompany is booked at the other for throwing himself between the ball and Calvert-Lewin in order to end a counter-attack. In between, the ball broke to Aguero from Pickford after his wonderful save and the Argentina appealed for a penalty after being bundled to the ground as he attempted to keep the ball in play.

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76 min: Nicolas Otamendi goes down holding his face after an aerial tussle with Dominic Calvert-Lewin. City’s players urder referee Bobby Madley to send the Everton man off, but he’s not prepared to do so. Replays show Calvert-Lewin caught Otamendi in the chin with a flailing hand, but it was accidental.

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74 min: The 10 men of Manchester City continue to press forward and go very close. Raheem Sterling pounces greedily on an excellent lay-off from Aguero, but ends up with his head in his hands after failing to hit the target from a wonderful position. Moments previously, Rooney had fired well wide for Everton at the other end of the field.

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72 min: Raheem Sterling tries to chip Pickford from distance. It’s not a dreadful effort, but it was rather optimistic. His effort sails wide of the goal.

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71 min: Close! Aguero jinks this way and that on the left side of the Everton penalty area and digs out a cross under pressure. David Silva chests the ball down for Bernardo Silva, who volleys into the ground and wide. That was a decent opportunity!

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69 min: Manchester City substitution: Leroy Sane off, Bernardo Silva on. Re: Kyle Walker’s march of shame for the benefit of those in Manchester City’s new Tunnel Club …

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67 min: Manchester City substitution a couple of moments ago: John Stones off, Danilo on. He takes up position on the right flank, while Raheem Sterling moves into the centre.

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63 min: Manchester City swarm forward, with David Silva looking dangerous but ultimately running down a blind alley. Everton break forward and Dominic Calvert-Lewin once again does well to hold the ball up on the right flank before getting a low cross in to the penalty area. Ederson gets down quickly to cut it out.

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60 min: Everton double-substitution: Ashley Williams and Tom Davies off, Davy Klaassen and Gylfi Sigurdsson on. After a protracted summer transfer saga, Sigurdsson makes his debut for Everton.

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59 min: Play resumes after a short break in which Schneiderlin was treated after taking that shot in the ribs. Manchester City’s players are understandably unhappy, as there doesn’t seem to be much wrong with him.

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58 min: Free-kick for Manchester City, straight in front of the Everton goal, a few yards outside the D. Kevin De Bruyne fires his effort straight into the wall, where Morgan Schneiderlin takes one in the chest for his team.

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57 min: Now De Bruyne sends the ball into the penalty area, but Pickford gathers and picks out Rooney with a trademark quick release.

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56 min: Nicolas Otamendi robs Tom Davies of possession on the right touchline near the halfway line and gallops up the pitch before cutting inside. He tries to pick out Sergio Aguero in the Everton penalty area, but Michael Keane heads clear.

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54 min: Despite being down to 10 men, Manchester City have begun the second half as they did the first: on the front foot. They’ve had 63% of the possession so far in this half.

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51 min: Kevin De Bruyne tees up Sergio Aguero on the edge of the area, but the Argentinian’s shot is blocked by Keane. He gets back on the ball and tries to scurry into the area, but Mason Holgate is glued to him like an Etihad Tunnel Club member with his or her nose pressed up to the glass and shepherds him out of play.

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49 min: City fans rouse themselves to criticise referee Bobby Madley for not penalising what they saw as a Leighton Baines back-pass to Jordan Pickford that the goalkeeper picked up. They might have a point, although Madley could argue the ball broke to Pickford after a Baines tackle on Sterling.

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48 min: The atmosphere seems a bit subdued, with few City fans making as much noise as their manager, who spent a couple of minutes before the restart giving the fourth official a very animated piece of his mind.

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47 min: Leroy Sane is penalised for his second foul throw of the match.

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46 min: Everton kick off, with Raheem Sterling getting his chance to parade past the slack-jawed ale-suppers of the “tunnel club” as they gaze in amazement from their privileged position at the extraordinary sight of of some men walking from a room to a football pitch. He’s on for City, who can feel very hard done by at the dismissal of Kyle Walker. The ref must have assumed he elbowed Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but replays show he did no such thing. Gabriel Jesus makes way for Sterling.

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45+3 min: The teams traipse off for their half-time break, with Everton leading against the run of play thanks to Wayne Rooney’s 35th minute strike. Manchester City must play the second half with just 10 men, after Kyle Walker was sent off for two bookable offences, one of which barely looked like an actual offence … let alone a bookable one. We’ll see it again during the break, no doubt.

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45+1 min: Still, at least those bozos in the “tunnel club” are getting value for their money. £18,812 per season it costs for the privilege of seeing footballers walking from the dressing room to the pitch and back. The sight of a player doing so at an unexpected time and in a bad mood almost makes it seems value for money.

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44 min: Having just been booked for a foul on Leighton Baines, Kyle Walker is sent off for backing into Dominic Calvert-Lewin under a high ball. Calvert-Lewin goes down like a sack of spuds, despite replays showing there was no elbow or any other act of violence. Walker had a little look behind him before backing into his man, but that looks a ridiculous second yellow.

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42 min: A period of sustained pressure from Man City ends with Gabriel Jesus taking down a cross from Sergio Aguero and shooting straight at Pickford. Por defending from Everton, but they get away with it.

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37 min: Well, you couldn’t say there wasn’t a goal coming, but I wouldn’t have bet much money on Everton getting it. Moments previously, Silva had rattled the woodwork and just before that Jagielka had performed a near miracle to block a Sergio Aguero effort from close range.

So, three chances in no more than 90 seconds and it’s Everton who are ahead. Hats off to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who’s been outstanding for Everton tonight. He’s strong, quick, his hold-up play is great and he picked out Rooney, who scored from close range, after leaving a couple of City defenders looking like mugs.

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Wayne Rooney silences a crowd that’s been jeering him all night by steering a Dominic Lewin-Calvert cross through the legs of Ederson and in off the upright.

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34 min: David Silva rattles the foot of the left upright with a low drive after getting the better of Michael Keane again. Moments previously … oh, hang on!

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32 min: The camera has just cut to Jose Mourinho, who is in the corwd. The Manchester United manager is wearing a navy baseball cap, which assorted people on Sky Sports keep referring to as “a disguise”. Steady on, lads – it’s just a hat. It’s not like he’s wearing a false beard and dark glasses.

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29 min: Everton win a free-kick wide on the right touchline, which Rooney floats high into the Manchester City penalty area and straight out of play. Oh, Wayne. As the Manchester City fans jeer in derision at his ineptitude, he looks heavenwards and swears loudly. I hope he doesn’t kiss his mother with that potty mouth.

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CHANCE! Standing on the line, Phil Jagielka heads over the bar for a corner after Sergio Aguero had attempted to lift the ball over Pickford and into the goal. The striker pounced after Pickford dived to parry an Otamendi drive from distance back into play, but the Everton goalkeeper was quickly back on his feet to give Aguero as little as possible to aim at – hence the attempted lob, which Jagielka prevented from going in. Nothing comes from the corner.

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24 min: Tom Davies is booked for a dive after knocking the ball past Nicolas Otamendi and taking a tumble in a bid to win a free-kick in a good area. It’s a fair cop, but that doesn’t stop him protesting vigorously. Wayne Rooney appears to advise his team-mate to shut his yap and play resumes once the 19-year-old’s name has been taken.

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22 min: Lots of huff and puff from both teams but not much of interest to report from the last few minutes of play. David Silva skips past Michael Keane and plays a neat pass into the path of of Sergio Aguero in an attempt to put him through on goal. Mason Holgate reads it well and intercepts, before earning a free-kick for a push in the back by Silva.

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18 min: A corner for Everton, which Rooney takes. Ashley Williams appears to get a touch on the ball, but Manchester City clear to put Everton on the back foot again.

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16 min: Sunderland old-boy Jordan Pickford picks out Dominic Calvert-Lewin with a lightning fast, pin-point accurate kick-out. Calvert-Lewin’s hold-up play on the edge of the final third is splendid and he picks out Tom Davies when the midfield thunders through the centre in support. He shoots wide. Excellent play on the counter from Everton.

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14 min: Manchester City continue to dominate, without creating anything in the way of a decent scoring chance. Everton are holding firm, for now.

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12 min: Kevin De Bruyne takes the corner, the ball is cleared to Gabriel Jesus outside the area and he shoots over the bar.

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11 min: Nifty footwork down the left touchline by Gabriel Jesus, whose cross is blocked by Ashley Williams. Manchester City end up winning a corner from Phil Jagielka. Everton are under immense pressure already.

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9 min: Everton try to go forward, with Mason Holgate and DOminic Calvert-Lewin combing down the right touchline. Following the intercession of Leroy Sane, the ball goes out of play for an Everton throw-in. It’s taken and shortly afterwards, Calvert-Lewin is flagged for offside.

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7 min: With City breaking on the counter, Sergio Aguero gallops down the field and is fouled by Morgan Schneiderlin. Referee Bobby Madley plays the advantage, none is particularly forthcoming and Madley follows up by bringing play back for a City free-kick … and a yellow card for Schneiderlin.

8.07pm BST

5 min: David Silva wins a free-kick for Manchester City, tempting Idrissa Gueye into a rash challenge just in line with the left side of the Everton penalty area. Kevin De Bruyne curls the ball into the corridor of uncertainty, where an under-pressure Sergio Aguero can’t get a clean hit on it. Jordan Pickford drops low to gather.

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3 min: Nicolas Otamendi takes the first shot from distance, but doesn’t trouble Jordan Pickford unduly. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is next to try his luck, running into space behind the Manchester City left-wing back and pulling a low, diagonal drive across the face of goal wide.

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2 min: Manchester City start at a lively lick, with Everton sitting deep and letting them come at them.

8.01pm BST

1 min: The pre-match pyrotechnics have left a dense fog of smoke floating over the pitch as Manchester City get the ball rolling. Both sets of players are wearing “bee” logos in solidarity with those affected by the recent terrorist atrocity at the Ariana Grande concert in the Manchester Arena earlier this summer.

7.58pm BST

The players line up in the glass-walled tunnel, while fans who have paid premium prices to have dinner and drinks before pressing their noses up against the glass to stare at the exhibits as they prepare to go out and strut their stuff take photos. No, really.

Once out on the pitch, the players go through the last of their pre-match niceties soundtracked by Faithless blaring out over the PA. At least I think it’s Faithless; I’m at that age where one young people’s beat music combo sounds much the same as another. Kick-off is just moments away.

7.44pm BST

Asked by Sky’s reporter about the refurb in the bowels of the Etihad Stadium, he says: We did absolutely everything for you, the media … to help you feel more comfortable.”

7.28pm BST

Everton’s new Icelandic acquisition is on the bench tonight, which is unsurprising considering his lack of match fitness. Manchester City make one change from the team that beat Brighton on the opening weekend of the season, with Leroy Sane coming in for Danilo.

7.14pm BST

Manchester City: Ederson, Kompany, Stones, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Walker, De Bruyne, Silva, Sane, Aguero, Gabriel Jesus.

Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Sterling, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Toure, Foden.

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The club’s official Twitter account have Danilo in as left wing-back, but Sky Sports suggest that he is not playing and Leroy Sane will be in that position. We’ll confirm as soon as we know for definite.

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CITY XI | Ederson, Walker, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Aguero, De Bruyne, David Silva, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Gabriel Jesus. #cityvefc

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Max Rushden hosted as Paolo Bandini, Jacob Steinberg, Sid Lowe and Football Weekly debutant Ed Aarons picked over the bones of the weekend action. Hear here, or subscribe in all the usual places.

Related: Is ‘the Wembley curse’ fake news? – Football Weekly

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Written by Andy Hunter and published last October, this feature on the relationship between Pep and Ronald is well worth a few minutes of your time …

Related: Ronald Koeman: Pep Guardiola was my protege; now he is the best manager

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For Manchester City, Benjamin Mendy is out with a thigh strain, while Ilkay Gundogan remains sidelined with an ACL knee injury but could be back within a month or so. Fabian Delph is also believed to be unavailable due to some unspecified “knock”, rumoured to be related to the sulk he’s in over Manchester City’s lack of willingness to let him leave the club on loan due to their wish to just sell him and get him off their books. Fit or not, he almost certainly wouldn’t have featured anyway.

As well as long-term absentees Yannick Bolasie, Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori, Everton are also without want-away Ross Barkely (hamstring), James McCarthy (knee) and– possibly – Sandro (heel). Having embarked on a summer trolley-dash that may not yet be over, Ronaldo Koeman is expected to give new signing Gylfi Sigurdsson his Everton debut debut although the Icelandic midfielder is unlikely to play 90 minutes.

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Related: Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola ponders pluses and pitfalls of attacking riches

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Related: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

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Barry will be here shortly.

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Aug 19

Southampton 3-2 West Ham, Bournemouth 0-2 Watford and more – as it happened

  • Wins for Watford, WBA, Leicester, Liverpool and Saints
  • Manchester United win at a canter in early kick-off
  • Ipswich and Cardiff maintain perfect Championship records
  • Celtic win in Scotland as Rangers and Hearts draw

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Related: Hal Robson-Kanu seals West Brom win over Burnley then sees red for elbow

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Related: Richarlison and Capoue strikes reward battling Watford at Bournemouth

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Related: Leicester’s Okazaki and Maguire give Brighton harsh lesson in top-flight life

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Related: Southampton’s Charlie Austin crushes West Ham’s 10-man fightback

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Related: Sadio Mané makes vital breakthrough for Liverpool against Crystal Palace

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Related: Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace: Premier League – as it happened

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Kilmarnock 0-2 Celtic, Aberdeen 2-1 Dundee, Hibernian 1-3 Hamilton, Motherwell 2-0 Ross County, Rangers 0-0 Hearts, St Johnstone 1-0 Partick Thistle.

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Accrington Stanley 2-1 Mansfield Town, Carlisle United 3-0 Cheltenham Town, Coventry City 0-1 Newport County, Crawley Town 0-1 Cambridge United, Crewe Alexandra 1-0 Barnet, Exeter City 1-0 Lincoln, Forest Green 4-3 Yeovil*, Luton Town 3-0 Colchester United, Morecambe 0-1 Swindon Town, Stevenage 3-0 Grimsby Town, Wycombe Wanderers 2-4 Notts County, Chesterfield 2-0 Port Vale.

* Still playing

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Bradford City 3-3 Blackburn Rovers, Bury 2-3 Bristol Rovers, Doncaster Rovers 3-3 Blackpool, Fleetwood Town 2-0 AFC Wimbledon, MK Dons 1-0 Gillingham, Oldham Athletic 0-2 Wigan Athletic, Peterborough United 2-1 Rotherham United, Portsmouth 1-1 Walsall, Scunthorpe United 1-0 Oxford United, Shrewsbury Town 3-2 Rochdale, Southend United 1-1 Plymouth Argyle, Charlton Athletic 4-1 Northampton Town*.

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Shinji Okazaki and HarryMaguire got the goals as Leicester posted their first Premier League win of the season.

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Hal Robson-Kanu came off the bench to score before being sent off on an otherwise uneventful day at Turf Moor

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Richarliason and Etienne Epoue got the goals as Watford outclassed Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

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Charlie Austin scored the injury winner from the penalty spot in a ding-dong battle at Saint Mary’s.

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Sadio Mane scored the winner in a match that won’t live too long in the memory for anyone involved.

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Slaven Bilic throws his hands in the air as Charlie Austin buries the ball past Joe Hart, who has just conceded his seventh goal in two matches.

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It’s 2-2 between Southampton and West Ham, but the home side have a penalty. Charlie Austin takes the ball and places it on the spot …

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Middlesbrough fighting back: Ben Gibson pulls a goal back for Middlesbrough at the City Ground, where Nottingham Forest lead 2-1. Britt Assombalonga, who has endured a nightmare return to the club he left during the summer, has just had a goal disallowed for offside.

4.48pm BST

Aston Villa score again: Conor Hourihane completes his hat-trick to make it Villa 4-2 Norwich City.

GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! HAT-TRICK HERO! Conor Hourihane! 4-2!!! ❤️️#PartOfThePride #AVFC pic.twitter.com/TWzj2zbD2e

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On for Richarliason, who scored Watford’s opener, Etienne Capoue doubles their lead with a shot from outside the penalty area.

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Having come on as a substitute, scored a goal and been the game’s stand-out player, Hal Robson-Kanu gets his marching orders for playing fast and loose with his elbow in a tussle with Matthew Lowton. Silly boy. West Brom lead 1-0 but their down to 10 men.

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Scottish Premiership latest: Kilmarnock 0-2 Celtic (result), Aberdeen 2-1 Dundee, Hibernian 0-2 Hamilton, Motherwell 2-0 Ross County, Rangers 0-0 Hearts, St Johnstone 1-0 Partick Thistle.

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Norwich City are hanging in there: It’s turning into a bit of thriller at Villa Park, where Nelson Oliveira has pulled a goal back for Norwich City to keep them in the hunt for at least one point with over 10 minutes to go. It’s Aston Villa 3-2 Norwich City.

4.38pm BST

Cardiff back in front at Molineux: With 77 minutes on the clock, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing restores Cardiff City’s lead against Wolves. It’s 2-1 there. Meanwhile at the City Ground, Darryl Murphy has scored from the penalty spot to make it Nottingham Forest 2-0 Middlesbrough.

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Some more goals in the Championship: QPR equalise against Hull City at Loftus Road, where it’s one goal apiece. Elsewhere, Aston Villa have extended their lead against Norwich City, who they lead 3-1.

Championship latest: Sheffield United 1-0 Barnsley (result), Aston Villa 3-1 Norwich City, Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Derby County, Bristol City 0-0 Millwall, Fulham 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich Town 2-0 Brentford, Nottingham Forest 1-0 Middlesbrough, Preston 1-0 Reading, QPR 1-1 Hull City, Wolves 1-1 Cardiff City, Sunderland v Leeds United (5.30).

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Chicarito scores his second goal of the afternoon as 10-man West Ham make it all square at Saint Mary’s.

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The young Brazilian scores his first goal for Watford on his second Premier League appearance.

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Sadio Mane gives Liverpool the lead in a tight contest at Anfield as goals start flying in around the Premier League.

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On as a substitute for West Brom, Hal Robson-Kanu has put West Brom 1-0 up against Burnley at Turf Moor.

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Wolves equalise against Cardiff City: Leo Bonatini has made it all square at Molineux.

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League One latest: Bradford City 0-1 Blackburn Rovers, Bury 0-1 Bristol Rovers, Doncaster Rovers 2-1 Blackpool, Fleetwood Town 2-0 AFC Wimbledon, MK Dons 1-0 Gillingham, Oldham Athletic 0-2 Wigan Athletic, Peterborough United 1-1 Rotherham United, Portsmouth 0-1 Walsall, Scunthorpe United 0-0 Oxford United, Shrewsbury Town 2-1 Rochdale, Southend United 1-1 Plymouth Argyle, Charlton Athletic 2-0 Northampton Town.

League Two latest: Accrington Stanley 1-1 Mansfield Town, Carlisle United 3-0 Cheltenham Town, Coventry City 0-1 Newport County, Crawley Town 0-1 Cambridge United, Crewe Alexandra 0-0 Barnet, Exeter City 1-0 Lincoln, Forest Green 3-3 Yeovil, Luton Town 2-0 Colchester United, Morecambe 0-1 Swindon Town, Stevenage 2-0 Grimsby Town, Wycombe Wanderers 1-2 Notts County, Chesterfield 2-0 Port Vale.

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Liverpool 0-0 Crystal Palace at Anfield: Daniel Sturridge is replaced by Mohamed Salah in the Liverpool ranks as Jurgen Klopp seeks a breakthrough for his side against Crystal Palace.

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Norwich pull a goal back against Aston Villa: Josh Murphy scores for Norwich City to reduce the deficit to one goal at Villa Park.

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My colleague Simon Burnton writes: “A comedy moment in Bournemouth v Watford,” he writes. “The Hornets attack, and Amrabat pulls the ball back into the path of Chalobah, who is unmarked and about to have a shot on goal when he hears a shout of ‘leave it!’ and decides to let the ball run for a presumably better-positioned team-mate. When he turns around and sees Harry Arter picking the ball up he’s furious – turns out it was Arter who did the shouting, the cheeky scamp.”

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A big goal in the Championship: Joe Ralls puts Cardiff City ahead against Wolves in the battle between the two sides with the 100% records. Elsewhere, Ipswich look likely to extend their winning streak to five after going 2-0 up against Brentford. Joe Garner has doubled their lead at Portman Road.

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Harry Maguire rises to head a Riyad Mahrez corner home as Brighton’s zonal marking lets them down at the King Power Stadium.

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Goals in League One: Walsall have gone a goal up at Fratton Park, where they lead Portsmouth 1-0 courtesy of a Luke Leahy goal. Elsewhere, Blackburn Rovbers lead Bradford City thanks to Dominic Samuel’s goal after 47 minutes. Peterborough have also taken the lead against Rotherham, with Jack Marriott opening the scoring.

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“I’m watching Burnley v West Brom,” he says. “It’s terrible. Imagine what you would expect the game to be like then imagine it being even worse. Pulis has the Baggies in mega route one time-wasting hoof mode. I don’t know. I don’t think you should be allowed to go to Burnley trying for nothing but 0-0. It has me questioning the nature of human existence. I was hoping to see Brady, Hendrick, Ward or McClean show something but no luck there either.”

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Stuart James was at the Liberty Stadium earlier to see Swansea City get routed by Manchester United. Here’s how he saw it unfold …

Related: Manchester United rout Swansea City as Romelu Lukaku sparks late burst

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Scottish Premiership: Kilmarnock 0-2 Celtic (result), Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee, Hibernian 0-0 Hamilton, Motherwell 0-0 Ross County, Rangers 0-0 Hearts, St Johnstone 1-0 Partick Thistle.

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Premier League: Swansea City 0-4 Manchester United (result), Bournemouth 0-0 Watford, Burnley 0-0 West Brom, Leicester City 1-0 Brighton, Liverpool 0-0 Crystal Palace, Southampton 2-1 West Ham, Stoke City v Arsenal (5.30pm).

Championship: Sheffield United 1-0 Barnsley, Aston Villa 2-0 Norwich City, Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Derby County, Bristol City 0-0 Millwall, Fulham 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich Town 1-0 Brentford, Nottingham Forest 1-0 Middlesbrough, Preston 1-0 Reading, QPR 0-1 Hull City, Wolves 0-0 Cardiff City, Sunderland v Leeds United (5.30).

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A lifeline for West Ham: In what seems like an early contender for top billing on Match of the Day, the 10 men of West Ham have pulled a goal back against Southampton. Javier Hernandez scores.

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Another goal in the Championship: Hull City open the scoring against QPR at Loftus Road, with 20-year-old Jarrod Bowen bagging his second goal of the season for Leonid Slutsky’s team.

Meanwhile at Villa Park: Andre Green has just scored Villa’s second against Norwich, whose fans can at least garner a giggle or two out of this tweet that’s been doing the rounds.

#ncfc pic.twitter.com/zgPLc6AieG

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Things go from very bad to even worse for West Ham after Jose Font drags down Steven Davis to give away a penalty against his former team. Dusan Tadic scores from 12 yards.

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Ipswich lead Brentford: Ipswich continue their excellent start to the season, with Martyn Waghorn putting them ahead against Brentford. Mick McCarthy’s are on course for their fifth consecutive win.

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Finally, a dismissal at Saint Mary’s: Marko Arnautovic clearly has his “Mad Marko” head on today and gets sent off for an idiotic elbow on Jack Stephens. West Ham are a goal and a man down, while Slaven Bilic can’t believe what he’s just seen.

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Mark Noble dodges a red card: Referee Lee Mason seems to be in a very lenient mood at Saint Mary’s, where West Ham midfielder has avoided a card of any colour for an awful over-the-top tackle on Mario Lemina.

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League Two latest: Accrington Stanley 1-1 Mansfield Town, Carlisle United 2-0 Cheltenham Town, Chesterfield 0-0 Port Vale, Coventry City 0-0 Newport County, Crawley Town 0-0 Cambridge United, Crewe Alexandra 0-0 Barnet, Exeter City 0-0 Lincoln, Forest Green 1-2 Yeovil, Luton Town 0-0 Colchester United, Morecambe 0-1 Swindon Town, Stevenage 0-0 Grimsby Town, Wycombe Wanderers 0-0 Notts County.

3.26pm BST

Derby County double their lead: David Nugent scores his second of the game to make it Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Derby County. Elsewhere: Preston 1-0 Reading, Nottingham Forest 1-0 Middlesbrough, Aston Villa 1-0 Norwich City. Conor Hourihane has given Villa the lead, to earn a small bit of respite for manager Steve Bruce after an atrocious start to the season.

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Dusan Tadic a little lucky? Southampton’s playmaker is booked for a foul on Javier Hernandez and is perhaps lucky to avoid a red.

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More goals in League One: Oldham Athletic 0-2 Wigan Athletic, Shrewsbury Town 0-1 Rochdale, Southend United 1-0 Plymouth Argyle, Charlton 1-0 Northampton are the latest scores there in the matches where the deadlock has been broken.

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Nottingham Forest’s bright start to the season continues: Having won two of their opening three Championship matches, Nottingham Forest now lead Middlesbrough in their fourth. Barrie McKay has opened the scoring in a match where Middlesbrough’s Britt Assombalonga, who left Forest this summer, is being booed every time he touches the ball.

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A goal in Scotland: Aberdeen have taken an early lead against Dundee, with Stevie May opening the scoring.

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Southampton score their first goal in seven matches at St Mary’s, with Manolo Gabbiadini scuffing one across the bows of Joe Hart and into the back of the net. They all count!

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A goal in the Championship: Derby County are a goal to the good against Bolton Wanderers, with David Nugent doing the honours at the Macron Stadium.

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A goal in League One: Charlton Athletic are first off the mark in League One, where Josh Magennis has put them one up against Northampton.

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Angelo Ogbonna in for Winston Reid: As expected, West Ham’s Italian centre-half is in for Reid, who injured his ankle in the pre-match warm-up and had to be stretchered off.

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Crikey, that didn’t take long. Shinji Okazaki takes advantage of a blunder from Brighton goalkeeper Matthew Ryan to put Leicester City ahead at the King Power Stadium. The goalkeeper parried a shot from Riyad Mahrez and the Japanese striker was quickest to react. Poor goalkeeping from the Australian, who didn’t play too well against Manchester City last weekend either.

3.02pm BST

Referees the length and breadth of the UK and beyond are moistening and pursing their lips in readiness to blow the first whistles of the day’s 3pm kick-offs. WHo will score first in the Premier League? My guess is Christian Benteke for Crystal Palace against Liverpool.

After last week’s success, my £5 Saturday acca is on Manchester United (already won), Liverpool, Southampton, Ipswich Town, Hull City and Wolves. Confidence levels out of 10? Just 3.

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In the day’s early kick-off, Celtic have beaten Kimarnock 2-0 at Rugby Park, where James Forrest and Callum McGregor have chipped in with the goals for the reigning champions.

2.45pm BST

Winston Reid has injured himself in the warm-up at Saint Mary’s and it looks highly unlikely he’ll be lining up for West Ham. Presumably he’ll be replaced by Angelo Ogbonna.

Winston Reid having to be stretchered off during the warm-up. Ankle problem #WHUFC #SOUWHU pic.twitter.com/xHloo3OALD

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Billy Sharp’s goal after 17 minutes was the difference between the sides at Bramall Lane, where both teams finished with 10 men after Leon Clarke and Angus MacDonald were sent off fighting (half-heartedly sort of head-butting each other) just before half-time.

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West Ham’s Croatian manager has made four changes from the team that got slaughtered by Manchester United last Sunday. Arthur Masuaku, Angelo Ogbonna, Pedro Obiang and Edmilson Fernandez are all out. Aaron Cresswell and Declan Rice are among those in as replacements.

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Jurgen Klopp has made five changes to the line-0up that beat Hoffenheim during the week. Ragnar Klavan, Daniel Sturridge, James Milner, Joe Gomez and debutant Andrew Robertson are all in to face Crystal Palace. Trent ALexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, ALberto Moreno, Mohamed Salah and Emre Can all make way. On Sky Sports News, former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson has described it as “maybe taking liberties”.

Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer has made two changes of his own, following his side’s humiliation at the hands of Huddersfield Town on the opening day of the season. Out go the injured Wilfried Zaha and Jairo Riedewald. In come Andros Townsend and James Tomkins.

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Three quick-fire second half goals helped Manchester United to a 4-0 win over Paul Clement’s Swansea City, who have yet to score a goal after two matches in the current campaign.

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

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

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AFC Bournemouth: Begovic, Adam Smith, Steve Cook, Ake, Daniels, Fraser, Surman, Arter, Ibe, King, Afobe.

Subs: Boruc, Gosling, Pugh, Brad Smith, Defoe, Mings, Mousset.

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It’s 4-0 to Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium, where Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial have scored three goals between them in 3min 40sec. There are five minutes left in that one.

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

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Burnley: Heaton, Lowton, Mee, Tarkowski, Ward, Gudmundsson, Cork, Hendrick, Defour, Brady, Vokes.

Subs: Taylor, Barnes, Westwood, Walters, Long, Pope, Arfield.

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Liverpool: Mignolet, Gomez, Klavan, Matip, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Firmino, Sturridge, Mane.

Subs: Karius, Lovren, Salah, Can, Origi, Solanke, Flanagan.

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Southampton: Forster, Cedric, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand, Romeu, Lemina, Davis, Tadic, Redmond, Gabbiadini.

Subs: Long, Austin, McCarthy, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, Bednarek, McQueen.

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

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Kilmarnock entertain Celtic in this afternoon’s early kick-off and the visitors are abusing their hosts’ hospitality by leading 1-0 with 25 minutes to go.

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Bradford City v Blackburn Rovers, Bury v Bristol Rovers, Charlton Athletic v Northampton Town, Doncaster Rovers v Blackpool, Fleetwood Town v AFC Wimbledon, MK Dons v Gillingham, Oldham Athletic v Wigan Athletic, Peterborough United v Rotherham United, Portsmouth v Walsall, Scunthorpe United v Oxford United, Shrewsbury Town v Rochdale, Southend United v Plymouth Argyle.

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The lunchtime fixture in the Championship is between Sheffield United and Barnsley at Bramall Lane. Both sides are down to 10 men following the dismissals of Leon Clarke and Angus MacDonald after 42 minutes, while Sheffield United lead 1-0 courtesy of Billy Sharp’s strike in the 17th minute.

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Swansea City and Manchester United kicked off at 12.30pm at the Liberty Stadium, where it’s currently 1-0 to Jose Mourinho’s team, with just under 30 minutes to go.

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Preamble.

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Aug 12

Wins for Huddersfield and Burnley – Premier League clockwatch: as it happened

All the action from the opening day of the Premier League, when Huddersfield town beat Crystal Palace and Burnley shocked Chelsea

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Thanks for your time and your correspondence. You can follow Brighton’s match against Manchester City with Rob Smyth by clicking on the link below. In the meantime, I’ll just leave you with today’s accumulator which was flagged up seven minutes before any of the teams involved kicked off.

Related: Brighton v Manchester City: Premier League – live

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Related: Swansea keep Manolo Gabbiadini at bay to frustrate wasteful Southampton

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Related: Liverpool left to rue Miguel Britos’s offside equaliser for Watford

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Related: Wayne Rooney marks perfect Everton return with winner against Stoke

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Related: Steve Mounié double gives Huddersfield perfect start against Crystal Palace

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Related: Ahmed Hegazi caps West Brom debut with winner against Bournemouth

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Related: Nine-man Chelsea shocked by Sam Vokes double for Burnley

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Shock wins for Burnley and Huddersfield Town, while Wayne Rooney scores on his return to Everton and Liverpool and Watford serve up a thriller.

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.@htafcdotcom are top of the @premierleague table after their 3-0 win against @ChelseaFC!

Recap the action here: https://t.co/zrvUmDCbXU pic.twitter.com/ecywAeG6Kh

5.08pm BST

Hamilton 3-0 Dundee, Kilmarnock 0-1 Hearts, Rangers 2-3 Hibernian, Ross County 1-2 Aberdeen, St Johnstone 4-1 Motherwell.

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Barnet 1-0 Luton, Cambridge 1-2 Carlisle, Cheltenham 1-0 Crawley, Colchester 1-1 Stevenage, Crewe 1-1 Newport, Grimsby 0-2 Coventry, Lincoln 1-1 Morecambe, Mansfield 2-0 Forest Green, Notts County 2-0 Chesterfield, Port Vale 2-3 Wycombe, Swindon 1-1 Exeter, Yeovil 3-2 Accrington.

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AFC Wimbledon 0-1 Shrewsbury Town, Blackburn 1-3 Doncaster, Blackpool 1-0 MK Dons, Bristol Rovers 1-4 Peterborough, Gillingham 0-1 Bradford City, Northampton 0-1 Fleetwood, Oxford United 3-0 Portsmouth, Plymouth 2-0 Charlton, Rochdale 1-1 Scunthorpe, Rotherham 5-0 Southend, Walsall 2-1 Oldham.

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Barnsley 1-2 Ipswich Town, Birmingham City 2-1 Bristol City, Brentford 3-4 Nottingham Forest, Cardiff City 3-0 Aston Villa, Derby County 0-2 Wolves, Hull City 4-1 Burton Albion, Leeds United 0-0 Preston North End, Millwall 1-1 Bolton Wanderers, Reading 1-1 Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 QPR.

4.58pm BST

West Brom score the only goal of the game. With a header. From a set-piece. Never change, Tony Pulis. Never change.

4.56pm BST

Nine-man Chelsea huffed and puffed but couldn’t quite blow down the Burnley door.

4.54pm BST

Wayne Rooney won it for Everton on his first match back at Goodison Park in the club colours.

4.52pm BST

Sound the Selhburst Park crisis klaxon! Having come up from the Championship play-offs, Huddersfield hammer Crystal Palace.

4.51pm BST

Premier League: It finishes scoreless, as Southampton fail to score at home for the sixth consecutive game.

4.47pm BST

It’s squeaky bum time for Burnley at the Bridge, where nine-man Chelsea have pulled another goal back against Burnley. David Luiz side-foots in to set up a very tense denouement.

4.44pm BST

More goals in the Championship: It’s Brentford 2-4 Nottingham Forest and Reading 1-1 Fulham.

4.43pm BST

Antonio Conte may have to field a few of Chelsea’s youth team players – Cesc Fabregas has just received his second yellow card from referee Craig Pawson for a foul on Jack Cork. Chelsea are down to nine men and trail Burnley 3-1.

4.40pm BST

The Terriers continue yapping and nipping around the Eagles’ heels, as Steve Mounie scores his second and Huddersfield’s third of the afternoon at Selhurst Park. I’ll tell you what – that accumulator I mentioned earlier is going quite well. As things stand, it’s going to come in. Except it won’t come in, because they never do. Here it is again …

4.38pm BST

Some more sendings off in Scotland: Motherwell’s Trevor Carson and Carl McHugh have both received their marching orders, leaving their team with nine men and trailing St Johnstone 3-1. Kilmarnock’s Kirk Broadfoot has been sent off in his team’s match against Hearts, which the Edinburgh side are winning 1-0. Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack has also been dismissed. His team are 3-1 down at home to Hibs.

4.33pm BST

Rooney for Everton / Burnley 3-0 up against Chelsea / H’field in the Premier League. I fear for anyone waking up from a 15 year coma. pic.twitter.com/ehmGoK7Ol8

4.33pm BST

Chelsea get the ball in the net again! But Alvaro Morata’s second “goal” is correctly ruled out for offside. They still trail Burnley 1-3.

4.32pm BST

Cardiff City lead Aston Villa 3-0 in the Welsh capital, where Nathanial Mendez-Laing has just scored his second of the game. Elsewhere in the Championship: Barnsley 1-2 Ipswich Town, Birmingham City 1-1 Bristol City, Brentford 1-3 Nottingham Forest, Cardiff City 3-0 Aston Villa, Derby County 0-1 Wolves, Hull City 4-1 Burton Albion, Leeds United 0-0 Preston North End, Millwall 1-1 Bolton Wanderers, Reading 1-0 Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 QPR.

4.28pm BST

Having come of the bench just 10 minutes ago, Alvaro Morata opens his Premier League account for Chelsea. They trail Burnley 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.

4.26pm BST

Meanwhile in Scotland: Hibernian lead 10-man Rangers 3-1 at Ibrox, where Vykintas Slivka has just scored their third. Elsewhere in the Scottish Premiership: Hamilton 2-0 Dundee, Kilmarnock 0-1 Hearts, Ross County 1-1 Aberdeen, St Johnstone 2-1 Motherwell.

4.25pm BST

Another goal at the Championship: Fulham, who have been down to 10 men since the 31st second of the opening minute, have finally conceded. Liam Kelly with the goal for Reading there. At the New Den, Felipe Morais has equalised for Bolton in their match against Millwall.

4.21pm BST

Well, up to a point – they’re pretty conservative changes under the circumstances. He’s taken off striker Michy Batshuayi and replaced him with striker Alvaro Morata. Chelsea are losing 3-0, down to 10 men and their Italian manager is clearly trying to limit the damage.

4.18pm BST

More goals in the Championship: Barnsley 1-1 Ipswich Town, Cardiff City 2-0 Aston Villa, Hull City 3-1 Burton Albion.

4.13pm BST

Save! Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Jonas Loessl has just pulled off a splendid save to deny Christian Benteke at Selhurst Park, where Huddersfield Town’s two-goal lead remains intact.

4.12pm BST

More goals in the Championship: Sheffield Wednesday equalise against QPR, with Sam Winnall restoring parity after 49 minutes. At the New Den, George Saville has given Millwall the lead against Bolton Wanderers

49 | @GeorgeSav_ scores his first ever #Millwall goal!!! A lovely team goal with an unstoppable finish. Get in! (1-0)

4.08pm BST

Forest go “tree” goals to one up: Andreas Bouchalakis has just put Nottingham Forest 3-1 up against Brentford at Griffin Park in the Championship.

4.04pm BST

Hats off to Yeovil: Having lost 8-2 against Luton in their season opener last weekend, the League Two side have bounced back well and lead Accrington Stanley 3-1 at half-time courtesy of three first-half goals in 13 minutes.

4.02pm BST

Big news from Switzerland …

It’s the 1/32 Swiss cup round today with many amateur sides in the mix, like Montfaucon 0-10 down to @XamaxFCS at 1/2 time @bglendenning

3.57pm BST

Hamilton 2-0 Dundee, Kilmarnock 0-1 Hearts, Rangers 1-2 Hibernian, Ross County 1-1 Aberdeen, St Johnstone 2-1 Motherwell.

At Ibrox, Rangers have had central midfielder Ryan Jack sent off.

3.55pm BST

Barnet 0-0 Luton, Cambridge 1-2 Carlisle, Cheltenham 1-0 Crawley, Colchester 0-0 Stevenage, Crewe 1-1 Newport, Grimsby 0-0 Coventry, Lincoln 0-0 Morecambe, Mansfield 0-0 Forest Green, Notts County 0-0 Chesterfield, Port Vale 0-3 Wycombe, Swindon 0-1 Exeter, Yeovil 3-1 Accrington.

3.53pm BST

AFC Wimbledon 0-1 Shrewsbury Town, Blackburn 0-0 Doncaster, Blackpool 1-0 MK Dons, Bristol Rovers 0-1 Peterborough, Gillingham 0-1 Bradford City, Northampton 0-0 Fleetwood, Oxford United 0-0 Portsmouth, Plymouth 0-0 Charlton, Rochdale 0-0 Scunthorpe, Rotherham 4-0 Southend, Walsall 0-1 Oldham.

3.51pm BST

Barnsley 1-0 Ipswich Town, Birmingham City 1-1 Bristol City, Brentford 1-2 Nottingham Forest, Cardiff City 1-0 Aston Villa, Derby County 0-1 Wolves, Hull City 1-1 Burton Albion, Leeds United 0-0 Preston North End, Millwall 0-0 Bolton Wanderers, Reading 0-0 Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 QPR.

3.51pm BST

Watford 3-3 Liverpool (result), Crystal Palace 0-2 Huddersfield, Chelsea 0-3 Burnley, Everton 1-0 Stoke City, Southampton 0-0 Swansea City, West Brom 1-0 Bournemouth, Brighton v Manchester City (5.30pm BST)

3.50pm BST

And the reception Chelsea’s players as they troop off with boos ringing in their ears could scarcely be more hostile. How quickly people forget, eh?

3.46pm BST

Wayne Rooney scores on his return to Everton. He heads Everton into a 1-0 lead against Stoke City.

3.45pm BST

Three rat-a-tat goals at Griffin Park: Having gone a goal down against Brentford in the Championship, Nottingham Forest now lead the Bees 2-1.

3.44pm BST

No, really. Sam Vokes gives David Luiz the slip to head Burnley into a 3-0 lead against shambolic Chelsea, who are down to 10 men. They’ll do very well indeed to turn this one around.

3.40pm BST

Burnley double their lead against the 10-man champions. Stephen Ward volleys a wonderful shot past Thibaut Courtois to give Burnley a 2-0 lead!!!

3.38pm BST

Burton Albion equalise: It’s all square between Nigel Clough’s side and Hull City, with Jackson Irvine levelling affairs at the Kcom Stadium. Meanwhile at the Cardiff City Stadium, Aston Villa winger Ahmed Elmohamady has been stretchered off with what looks quite a serious facial injury. Albert Adomah replaces him.

3.34pm BST

Egypt international has headed West Brom ahead from a set piece, with Chris Brunt providing the ammunition. It’s as you were with Tony Pulis’s Baggies.

3.33pm BST

More Championship goals: Cardiff lead Aston Villa 1-0 courtesy of Nathanial Mendez-Laing’s 21st minute strike. Jamie Mackie has scored at Hillsborough to give QPR a one-goal lead against Sheffield Wednesday. At St Andres, Craig Gardner has equalised for Birmingham City against Bristol City.

3.29pm BST

Huddersfield’s new striker Steve Mounie opens his account for the newly promoted side, who have stunned the crowd at Selhurst Park. He leapt highest to send a header past Wayne Hennessy in the Palace goal.

26′ GOAL #cpfc 0-2 #htafc: Steve Mounie rises highest to head Aaron Mooy’s cross past Hennessey from five yards out. What a start. (AT)

3.26pm BST

The Premier League new boys take the lead in their first top flight match since the early seventies. Joel Ward does the honours, scoring into his own net.

3.25pm BST

Sam Vokes steers a shot past Thibaut Courtois, who gets a hand to the Burnley striker’s effort but can’t keep it out. Ten-man Chelsea are a goal down to Burnley at home.

3.23pm BST

Back at Stamford Bridge: Spare a thought for 20-year-old Jeremie Boga, who was making his debut for Chelsea today but has been taken off to make way for Danish defender Andreas Christensen in the wake of Gary Cahill’s sending off.

3.21pm BST

Another goal in Scotland: Michael O’Halloran has just put St Johnstone 2-0 up against Motherwell.

3.20pm BST

Another goal in the Championship: Barnsley lead Ipswich Town 1-0, with Tom Bradshaw getting the goal after 16 minutes.

3.16pm BST

Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill has got his marching order after just 14 minutes. He miscontrolled the ball, stretched to retrieve it and caught Steven Defour with his studs. The Champions are down to 10 men.

3.14pm BST

More goals in Scotland: Steven Maclean has given St Johnstone the lead against Motherwell at McDiarmid Park. At Rugby Park, Hearts lead Kilmarnock courtesy of Esmael Goncalves fifth minute opener.

3.11pm BST

Another Championship goal: Leonid Slutsky’s Hull City lead Burton Albion, with Abel Hernandez opening his account for the season with a fine diving header.

3.08pm BST

Some early goals in Scotland: Rangers are one up against Hibernian early doors, with Alfredo Morelos bagging the opener at Ibrox. Meanwhile at Dingwall, Ross County have taken an early lead against Aberdeen.

3.05pm BST

1′ barely 30 seconds on the clock and Kalas is shown a red card for being the last man and bringing down the Reading attacker #FFC

3.04pm BST

A very early sending off and an early goal! Bobby Reid has scored for Bristol City in their match against Birmingham at St Andrews. Meanwhile at the Madekski Stadium, Fulham’s Tomas Kalas has been sent off after just 31 seconds in his team’s match against Fulham. Thirty-one seconds!!!

3.01pm BST

The whistles for our 3pm kick-offs are about to be blown all around the country. Who’ll get the first goal? I’ll go for Brentford’s Lasse Vibe in his team’s Championship match against Nottingham Forest.

2.53pm BST

That’s about 70-1, I think … probably with good reason. I’m more hopeful than confident that Huddersfield can do a job for me.

2.50pm BST

“That Chelsea team very much has a League Cup feel to it, especially the bench,” muses Woolie. “What chance a Burnley upset, I wonder?”

No chance whatsoever if they carry last season’s away form into the new campaign, is my humble opinion. But you never know.

2.42pm BST

Just a few that catch the eye as I cast my eye over the assorted team selections: Michy Batshuayi starts up front for Chelsea, while new signing Alvaro Morata is on the bench. Jordan Pickford and Asmir Begovic start in goal for Bournemouth and Everton respectively, with Maarten Stekelenburg and Artur Boruc consigned to the bench. Meanwhile at Selhurst Park, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jaïro Riedewald make their Premier League debuts for Crystal Palace.

2.30pm BST

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeep! It’s all over at Vicarage Road, where it’s ended all square. We’ve had 13 goals from our opening two games of the Premier League season where the early indications seem to be that you can spend all the money in the world on whatever players you like, but if you can’t do simple things like drill them on how to defend set-pieces then you might as well keep your few bob in your pocket.

2.25pm BST

Richarlison may claim it, but Miguel Britos seems to have got the final touch with his forehead from an inch out as Watford scored a late, late equaliser to make it 3-3 between themselves and Liverpool at Vicarage Road. Liverpool have picked up where they left off last season, conceding two goals from corners. Some of their defending has been comically inept. Follow the closing seconds here.

Related: Watford v Liverpool: Premier League – live

2.18pm BST

Chelsea: Courtois, Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Boga, Willian, Batshuayi.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Tomori, Kenedy, Scott, Musonda, Morata

2.09pm BST

Everton: Pickford, Jagielka, Keane, Williams, Calvert-Lewin, Schneiderlin, Klaassen, Gueye, Baines, Rooney, Sandro.

Subs: Mirallas, Martina, Besic, Stekelenburg, Davies, Holgate,
Lookman.

2.07pm BST

Southampton: Forster, Cedric, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand, Davis, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Redmond, Gabbiadini.

Subs: Long, Austin, Lemina, Boufal, Taylor, Bednarek, McQueen.

2.04pm BST

Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Riedewald, Fosu-Mensah, Milivojevic, Puncheon, Van Aanholt, Loftus-Cheek, Zaha, Benteke.

Subs: Speroni, Tomkins, Townsend, Lee, Schlupp, Lokilo, Ladapo.

2.02pm BST

West Brom: Foster, Nyom, Dawson, Hegazi, Brunt, Yacob, Phillips, Field, Livermore, McClean, Rodriguez.

Subs: Robson-Kanu, Rondon, Myhill, Chadli, Harper, Leko, Kane Wilson.

1.58pm BST

Liverpool have come from behind twice to lead Watford 3-2 and there are 22 minutes left in the day’s opener, which is quite the contest. You can follow the conclusion of that match with Rob Smyth.

Related: Watford v Liverpool: Premier League – live

1.34pm BST

Rangers v Hibernian at Ibrox is the stand-out fixture in this afternoon’s Scottish top flight schedule.

1.34pm BST

League One: Blackburn v Doncaster, Blackpool v MK Dons, Bristol Rovers v Peterborough, Gillingham v Bradford City, Northampton v Fleetwood, Oxford United v Portsmouth, Plymouth v Charlton, Rochdale v Scunthorpe, Rotherham v Southend, Walsall v Oldham, Wimbledon v Shrewsbury.


1.34pm BST

It’s the second round of fixtures in the second tier, which kicked off last weekend. THere aren’t too many stand-out fixtures – Norwich City v Sunderland isn’t until tomorrow – but I like the look of Reading v Fulham and Middlesbrough v Sheffield United. Having spent more than £50m over the summer only to see his Middlebrough team lose their opening match against Wolves, Garry Monk needs a win to ease those early season jitters.

1.34pm BST

Liverpool and Watford kicked off at 12.30pm (BST) and it’s currently 3-2 to Liverpool at Vicarage Road with 25 minutes to go. It’s another humdinger and you can follow it here.

10.44am BST

No pressure, everyone. On a day when 14 of the Premier League League teams that aren’t Arsenal or Leicester convene in front of supporters hoping for similar entertainment to last night’s rollicking humdinger at the Emirates, we’ll be here throughout the afternoon to keep you up to date with all the goals as they go in around the country and beyond. We have five Premier League 3pm kick-offs and plenty of Football League action to boot. We’ll also bring you updates from the Scottish Premiership. Stay tuned for team news and build-up.

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Aug 11

Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City: Premier League – as it happened

Inspired substitutions and a large slice of luck helped Arsenal come from behind to win a seven-goal opening day thriller at the Emirates

10.10pm BST

Amy Lawrence’s report from the Emirates

Related: Olivier Giroud saves Arsenal from homemade chaos in Leicester thriller

10.00pm BST

Amy was in the Arsenal press box typing her fingers to the bone to bring you this cracking on-the-whistle report, which can’t have been too easy considering all that went on. Tune in later for her rewrite, which will include quotes from some of the main characters involved in a sensational game.

9.51pm BST

The Premier League gets off to a flier with a seven-goal thriller and Leicester will go home wondering how they lost. With Arsenal staring down the barrel of defeat after falling 3-2 behind to Jamie Vardy’s second of the night, substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud scored two in as many minutes to win the three points for Arsenal.

Ramsey’s was the crucial goal and it should not have stood – Mesut Ozil handled in the build-up before providing the assist. Arsenal rode their luck and have every right to be pleased with the win, but the woefulness of much of their defending, from an admittedly make-and-do patchwork defence, will give Arsene Wenger plenty to think about. Going forward, however, his team looked sublime at times.

9.45pm BST

“These are the type of goals you will not be happy with but we showed great character,” says Arsenal’s goalkeeper.

9.44pm BST

“That’s a nice start, but obviously I prefer to be on the pitch,” he says. “Tonight we needed this win and everyone knows the first game is important for the confidence.”

9.42pm BST

“Obviously I knew I was going to get a chance in coming on again,” he says on Sky Sports. “We kept the faith and carried on pushing … pushing hard. We were courageous to the end and thank god we won this game.”

9.41pm BST

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeeeep! It’s all over and Arsenal have won. On a night the Premier League broke from the traps like a greyhound whose tail is on fire, some inspired substitutions and a huge slice of luck rescued Arsenal from yet another opening day defeat. That was a fantastic game of football.

9.38pm BST

90+4 min: Wes Morgan is booked. I think that’s the first cuation of the game.

9.38pm BST

90+3 min: Leicester hurl the kitchen sink at Arsenal, who should not be too discouraged by defeat if they are beaten. They’re defence at set pieces has been as ropey as Arsenal’s, but they’ve played very well otherwise.

9.36pm BST

90+1 min: Giroud and Lacazette combine well to tee up Theo Walcott, who blazes over. Offside! Going back to that Ramsey goal – he was teed up by Mesut Ozil, who clearly handled the ball in the build-up. His pass to Ramsey was controlled expertly by the Welshman, who fired home from close range. It was a fine goal, but it shouldn’t have counted.

9.34pm BST

89 min: This is bonkers! Kasper Schmeichel is marooned upfield as Leciester go in search of an equaliser, but Arsenal’s attempts to score into an empty goal come to naught. We’ll have five minutes of added time.

9.33pm BST

87 min: The corner from which Arsenal scored that goal came about from a corner they got when Kasper Schmeichel made an absolutely fantastic save to tip an ALexandre Lacazette surface-to-air screamer from close range over the bar. Your humble reporter is struggling to keep up here, there’s so much going on! Leicester substitution I haven’t had a chance to tell you about yet: Kelechi Iheanacho on for Matty James. Demarai Gray has just replaced Marc Albrighton.

9.29pm BST

Incredible scenes! From a corner, Olivier Giroud powers a brilliant header in off the left upright. It bounces behind the line before Kasper Schmeichel can claw it clear.

9.28pm BST

84 min: You will not see a better first touch than the one with which Aaron Ramsey controlled the ball … oh, hang on!

9.27pm BST

Aaron Ramsey equalises for the Gunners. He’s been excellent since coming on.

9.26pm BST

80 min: We’ve 10 minutes to go and Arsenal desperately need a goal to avoid hearing the “CRISIS KLAXON” being sounded. If they do lose, it will be interesting to hear if they are booed off … after their first Premier League game of the season. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shoots wide after being teed up by Granit Xhaka.

9.23pm BST

76 min: The clock ticks on as Leicester travelling fans strike up a rousing rendition of a song about their opposite numbers’ attempts to get behind their team. The lyrics have no place on a family minute-by-minute report, but you can probably guess what they are.

Bellerin going from right-wing-back to left-back and Oxlade-Chamberlain going from left-wing-back to right-back is novel

9.19pm BST

75 min: Arsenal substitution: Theo Walcott comes on for Danny Welbeck, moments after Mesut Ozil had fired into the side-netting.

9.18pm BST

74 min: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sends a low, diagonal drive from distance fizzing just wide of the left upright. It took a nick off a defender on it’s way wide and Arsenal get a corner from which nothing comes.

9.17pm BST

72 min: Leicester substitution: Daniel Amartey replaces Shinji Okazaki, who has put in his usual Herculean shift and been rewarded with a goal. Leicester needed to shore up their midfield, as Arsenal have been dominating that area of the field since Ramsey came on.

9.15pm BST

71 min: Mesut Ozil tries to steer the ball inside the foot of the right upright after running on to a Lacazette pull-back from the left side of the penalty area. His effort is blocked.

9.13pm BST

69 min: The camera cuts to Alexis Sanchez in the posh seats again. He still looks glum, possibly because his very, very bored female companion from the first half appears to have abandoned him.

9.12pm BST

68 min: Ramsey immediately finds himself in the thick of the action, powering down the centre to get on the end of a Lacazette cross from the left and head wide. Christian Fuchs did enough to put him off, when he looked certain to score.

9.11pm BST

Arsenal double substitution: Rob Holding and Mohamed Elneny off, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud on.

9.09pm BST

64 min: Arsenal are behind, but dominating and creating the better chances. A replay of Vardy’s second goal shows that before Mahrez took his corner, Granit Xhaka was actually pointing at the unmarked Jamie Vardy and then let him run past him and looked on helplessly as the Leicester striker leaped to turn a splendid header inside the far post.

9.06pm BST

62 min: Another fine save from Schmeichel, who is quick off his line to deny Hector Bellerin, who had been teed up nicely by Danny Welbeck and was bearing down on goal.

9.05pm BST

60 min: Oxlade-Chamberlain has a powerful drive blocked by Kasper Schmeichel and Alexandre Lacazette’s follow-up is ruled out by offside.

9.03pm BST

59 min: Hats off to Riyad Mahrez too, whose delivery from the corner was no source of mirth for Arsenal fans on that occasion. Who’s laughing now, eh?

9.02pm BST

57 min: Shocking defending by Arsenal again – they had nobody on either post, nobody to attack the ball as it came in and nobody marking Jamie Vardy, who gave his man the slip to flick a header in at the back stick. They’ve conceded two from corners tonight.

9.00pm BST

Oh Arsenal. Mahrez takes a corner and a completely unmarked Jamie Vardy skims a header across the box and in at the far post.

8.59pm BST

54 min: The camera cuts to Arsenal’s BFG Per Mertesacker, wearing his suit on the Arsenal bench. He’s oput tonight because of a gash on his head that needed 13 stitches. Only 13 and he can’t play? Wuss!

8.57pm BST

52 min: Sound the Classic Leicester klaxon! Riyad Mahrez plays Jamie Vardy through on goal with a wonderful ball from deep, turning defence into counter-attack in a heartbeat. Petr Cech charges out of his penalty area and dispossesses the striker with a wonderfully timed tackle. That could have been hideously embarrassing for the Arsenal goalkeeper if he’d got his timing wrong.

8.55pm BST

50 min: Leicester attack down the left flank again. The ball’s played across to the right, where Riyad Mahrez takes possession. His cross his ridiculously overhit and prompts laughs and jeers from Arsenal’s fans. Even Mahrez himself can laugh at the sheer badness of his effort.

8.53pm BST

49 min: Mesut Ozil tries his luck with a shot from distance, but drags it wide of the upright.

8.52pm BST

48 min: Arsenal ping the ball around on the halfway line, without advancing up the field. The second half has got off to a considerably more sedate start to the first.

8.50pm BST

46 min: Leicester throw-in deep in Arsenal territory, which is taken long by Christian Fuchs. Holding clears.

8.49pm BST

46 min: Play resumes with no changes in personnel on either side. I thought Rob Holding might get hooked, as he’s looked the most uncomfortable in an Arsenal back three that struggled collectively on the back foot throughout the first half. They have not been helped by Petr Cech, who’s also looked panic-stricken at times. Then again, playing behind a defence that poorly organised, he can probably be excused for the occasional flap.

8.38pm BST

The Premier League has got off to a lively start, with the players trooping off after a massively entertaining 45 minutes of football. Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring after just two minutes, before Shinji Okazaki equalisedfor Leicester and Jamie Vardy put them ahead. Danny Welbeck levelled proceedings deep in added time, scrambling the ball home from close range after it had been squared to him by Sead Kolasinac. It was scruffy end to a sublime move in which Arsenal’s players tippy-tapped their way through the Leicester defence with laser-like speed and precision.

8.34pm BST

It’s all square again as Danny Welbeck scuffs home from about four yards after some delightfully intricate play by assorted Arsenal players in the Leciester penalty area.

8.32pm BST

45 min: Another Leicester corner, which leads to a throw-in deep in Arsenal territory. Christian Fuchs Delaps the ball goalwards and Petr Cech flaps. He sticks up a hand to prevent the ball sailing straight into his goal from the throw-in. It wouldn’t have counted … I think, but will need to check just to be sure.

8.30pm BST

44 min: Marc Albrighton curls an inswinging cross towards the far post from deep and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain heads it out for a corner. Albrighton takes it, but there’s nobody in the area to convert his pretty good delivery.

8.29pm BST

41 min: There are loud penalty appeals as Leicester midfielder Onyine Ndidi handles the ball in his own penalty area. Although he did raise his arm, the ball was blasted at him by Sead Kolasinac from one yard away. Mike Dean declines to award a spot-kick.

8.27pm BST

39 min: On Sky Sports, Jamie Carragher points out that in the stands, the home crowd are already getting agitated. Meanwhile on the pitch, he says “it’s the same old problems year-in, year-out for Arsenal”. I suspect he’s talking about their lack of leadership and organisation in defence and lack of concentration when defending corners. Going forward, on the other hand, they’ve looked exquisite at times.

8.23pm BST

36 min: The camera cuts to Alexis Sanchez, who is sitting in the posh seats, chewing gum and looking a bit glum. He’s sitting beside a blonde woman, presumably his wife or girlfriend, who looks very, very bored. I hope she isn’t, because this is a very entertaining football match.

8.21pm BST

33 min: Another Leicester attack down the left, The ball’s floated in again, this time by Matthew James and Shinji Okazaki out-jumps his marker to head inches wide of the upright.

8.19pm BST

32 min: Another Leicester counter-attack. This time it’s Riyad Mahrez who crosses from the left, but his delivery is too high for Vardy, who acknowledges his team-mates efforts with a wave.

8.17pm BST

31 min: That was classic Leicester – attacking on the counter and catching Arsenal with their pants down. Marc Albrighton crossed from the left, Jamie Vardy stole between two of Arsenal’s back three and fired home without breaking stride from about six yards. Great cross! Great finish! Shocking defending from Arsenal … again. They’re really struggling with this back three.

8.15pm BST

Jamie Vardy fires Leicester ahead from six yards out. Arsenal in crisis! Let the chants of “WENGER OUT!!!” begin in earnest.

8.14pm BST

27 min: Sead Kolasinac smashes the ball towards Kasper Schmeichel, who blocks but can’t hold it. Arsenal are at their irresistible best around the Leicester penalty area at times, carving the defence open with neat, fast, passing. Oh … hang on!

8.12pm BST

25 min: Arsenal go close again, with Danny Welbeck having another shot blocked. The ball breaks kindly for him and he gets an opportunity to pull it across the penalty area, but there’s nobody on hand to smash it home.

8.11pm BST

24 min: Alexandre Lacazette is penalised for a foul on Marc Albrighton as he tried to prevent the ball from going out of play. On Sky Sports, commentator Geoff Shreeves and his sidekick Jamie Carragher are discussing Alexandre Lacazette’s “fox in the box” qualities.

8.09pm BST

22 min: A series of neat passing and one-twos around the Leicester penalty area sees Arsenal “arsenal” their way towards goal down the inside left. Mohamed Elneny pulls the ball into the path of Danny Welbeck, but Harry Maguire blocks a shot that looked like it was goal-bound with his backside.

8.07pm BST

21 min: Harry Maguire has just got a long talking-to from referee Mike Dean for bundling over Alexandre Lacazette. He manages to avoid a yellow card for now.

8.06pm BST

18 min: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain canters down the left wing, cuts inside and sends in a cross. Danny Simpson’s clearing header is poor and the ball breaks cross the penalty area, just waiting to be pounced upon and buried by an Arsenal player. It doesn’t break kindly enough and Marc Albrighton wins a free-kick and some breathing space for Leicester after

going down under a challenge from
backing into Hector Bellerin and falling over.

8.03pm BST

17 min: Just going back to Alexandre Lacazette’s goal and specifically, the celebration that followed – it was noticeably restrained. He simply raised his hands in the air and stood still as his team-mates rushed to mob him.

8.02pm BST

15 min: Okazaki is penalised for a psuh on Monreal as the Arsenal defender tried to shepherd the ball out of play for a goal-kick.

8.00pm BST

12 min: Arsenal attack down the right flank with Mesut Ozil on the ball. It’s played across to Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left and Arsenal enjoy a spell of possession courtesy of some neat passing around the fringes of the Leicester penalty area. Oxlade-Chamberlain tries his luck from about 20 yards, but gets no real power behind his shot and Kasper Schmeichel saves easily.

7.57pm BST

10 min: Just 10 minutes in and we’ve had two goals and a number of missed chances. Jamie Vardy and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have also both had opportunities, but been denied.

7.56pm BST

9 min: Arsenal’s players seem rattled by that Leciester equaliser, which had a hint of offside about it. Moments previously, Riyad Mahrez had volleyed a half-chance wide from the edge of the area. Leicester are currently on top, but Arsenal have a corner. Hector Bellerin’s delivery is too high and sails across the penalty area and out of play.

7.54pm BST

6 min: Atrocious defending from Arsenal, as Leicester respond in the strongest possible terms to their early setback. Leicester took a quick short corner and with Arsenal’s defenders hopelessly disorganised, the ball was crossed deep to the far post. Harry Maguire headed back across goal and Shinji Okazaki leaped highest to send the ball looping into the empty, unguarded half of it that was gaping.

7.51pm BST

Shinji Okazaki equalises with a header from three yards out, sending a looping header into a net that was unguarded as Per Cech went AWOL. What a start!

7.50pm BST

3 min: Wow! That’s some start for Alexandre Lacazette, scoring just two minutes into his Arsenal debut. Mohamed Elneny crossed from the left wing and he peeled off Wes Morgan to send a bullet header past Kasper Schmeichel from about eight yards out.

7.48pm BST

Alexandre Lacazette scores with a header from a Mohamed Elneny cross from the right.

7.47pm BST

1 min: Alexandre Lacazette gets the ball rolling for the new season and we’re off and running. Arsenal line up in a 3-4-3 formation, with full-back Nacho Monreal flanked by Rob Holding and Sead Kolasinac in the middle of the back three. Hector Bellerin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are the wing-backs, with Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka in the centre of midfield … oh, hang on!

7.42pm BST

Just five minutes until kick-off and Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus is going through his final pre-match duties of whipping the Emirates crowd into the frenzy for which they are renowned around the football world. England manager Gareth Southgate is in the house and the teams are lining up in the tunnel. Referee Mike Dean is ready! The players are ready! The fans are ready! Let’s get ready to rumble!

7.37pm BST

I’ve a sneaky feeling Leicester might win this one, although it’s one that isn’t based on any great foundation of logic. Their record against Arsenal is fairly dreadful, but I think they might catch them cold tonight. Arsenal’s opening day record has been fairly dismal over the past seven seasons (P6 W1) and they’re missing a few key players.

7.32pm BST

“I’d like to reassure Daniel, currently of Friendship, Maine, that he does have at least one er … friend on the east coast in a similar predicament,” he says. “I’m following the updates from the even-more-quaintly-named Mystic, Connecticut (home of the Julia Roberts Pizza – sort of). And though it seems Meg left long ago (she always saw it coming) I’ll risk predicting a big, Wellbeck-inspired win for the Gunners.”

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And what a good signing she is! Very funny and well informed, she’s presenting tonight’s coverage and is joined by Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher. The Chuckle brothers have been given a more roving brief on otnight’s show: Gary Neville was out on the concourse interviewing Arsenal fans, while Jamie Carragher has just been in the tunnel interviewing Harry Maguire, who makes his debut for Leciester tonight and will ease into his new role by marking Alexandre Lacazette.

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Related: Arsène Wenger braced for toughest Arsenal season after rivals’ big spending

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“I’m a little disappointed to be missing most of the opening weekend’s action due to the fact that I’ll be in the remote town of Friendship, Maine, without much access to television and internet,” he says. “I’ve rationalized this by telling myself that the first three weeks of the season are largely crap, as players are still building up their fitness and sharpness or are held out of the squad entirely as they agitate for a move to greener pastures. Is my cynicism justified, or should I be canceling my trip to Maine to indulge in the opening weekend of The Greatest League on Earth?”

I would say that in life, Friendship should always come first … even if it is just a one-horse town in Maine. And while you’re there, give my best to the good folks at Egg Rock Lighthouse.

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“Mahrez is the perfect candidate for Arsenal, where he’ll follow in the footsteps of a long lineage of flaky, inconsistent, foreign, tackle-shy attacking midfielders, dating right back to Antonio Reyes,” he writes. Ah, how I’ve missed the Premier League.

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Interestingly (well, I think it’s interesting), Alexandre Lacazette is the only player in their starting XI with a single-digit shirt number: No9. Mezut Ozil is next lowest with No11, then Alex Oxlade Chamberlain with No15 and Rob Holding with No16. Mohamed Elneny is highest with No35. Leicester, by contrast, have five players wearing numbers between one and 11 (inclusive): Schmeichel, SImpson, Morgan, Albrighton and Vardy.

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Arsenal: Cech, Holding, Monreal, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Elneny, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck, Ozil, Lacazette.

Subs: Ramsey, Giroud, Ospina, Walcott, Iwobi, Mustafi, Coquelin.

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Premier League debuts for Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette.

Here’s our team in text: Cech, Holding, Monreal, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Elneny, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette#AFCvLCFC pic.twitter.com/R6cqPLPr3L

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Arsenal already lagging behind as Leicester are first out of the blocks with their line-up.

Tonight’s starting XI: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi, James, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy. #ArsLei pic.twitter.com/rAfAVkDNED

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Related: Premier League 2017-18 preview No1: Arsenal | Amy Lawrence

Related: Premier League 2017-18 preview No9: Leicester City | Simon Burnton

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For Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez is out with an abdominal strain, possibly suffering a tightness of the gut that comes from really, really, really wanting to go to Manchester City. Laurent Koscielney is consigned to the naughty satep for the first two league matches of the season after getting sent off against Everton in the final game of the last campaign. Shkodran Mustafi, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Jack Wilshere are all back training after injury lay-offs or extended holidays, but are unlikely to feature this evening.

Leicester’s want-away midfielder Riyad Mahrez is expected to leave the club before the end of the month, but has promised to give his all if selected until he inks a deal with Arsenal, Inter or one of his other suitors. Danny Drinkwater has been linked with a move to Chelsea and will miss out tonight with a thigh injury, while Robert Huth is also expected to be absent this evening as he works on his fitness. Kelechi Iheanacho is expected to make his competitive debut despite picking up a slight foot injury in a pre-season friendly.

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Lend us your ears …

Related: The big Premier League kick-off – Football Weekly Extra

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After 82 days of frenzied transfer speculation, it’s finally time to get back to the comparatively mundane pursuit of actually playing football, with Arsenal and Leicester City being given the task of getting the Premier League ball rolling in the first of just 380 top flight games scheduled for this season.

Arsenal’s opening day record is far from good: They’ve won just one of their opening league fixtures in the past seven years, but even at their title-winning best Leicester City were unable to beat them, going down twice against Arsene Wenger’s men two seasons ago. Indeed, Leicester have not beaten Arsenal since November 1994, a time when Pato Banton’s Baby Come Back was top of the UK charts and Paul Dickov and Ian Selley featured in Arsenal’s starting line-up.

Related: Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the opening weekend

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Aug 05

Aston Villa 1-1 Hull City: Championship – as it happened

Gabby Agbonlahor and Jarrod Bowen scored the goals as the sides’ shared the spoils at Villa Park in a proverbial game of two halves

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Read Nick Miller’s match report from Villa Park:

Related: Hull City equaliser denies John Terry a winning start with Aston Villa

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It finishes all square at Villa Park, where the hosts took a seventh minute lead through Gabby Agbonlahor and dominated the second half. Hull City showed good character to turn things around after half-time and equalised through Jarrod Bowen. Villa substitute Andre Green will lie awake tonight wondering how he didn’t win the match for his team with a late header that missed a practically open goal.

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90+3 min: Hull go forward, but look happy to settle for a point. They’ve done well to turn this game around but their squad is threadbare and they’ll need new recruits.

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90+2 min: Villa continue their search for a late, late winner that they probably just about deserve on the balance of play over the 90 minutes.

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90 min: Villa substitution: Henri Lansbury off, Chris Samba on. The giant veteran is going to be thrown up front. Hull substitution: Kamil Grosicki off, James Weir on.

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89 min: Villa are finishing the stronger of the two sides … but you don’t care because you’re getting ready to watch Usain Bolt. Aren’t you?

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88 min: Lansbury crosses into the penalty area and John Terry gets the flick-on … oh, so close. But the offside flag was up.

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86 min: The match enters its knockings, although I suspect there’ll be five or six minutes of added time. Villa win a free-kick a long way out from the Hull goal, wide on the left. Lansbury and Green try a training ground move that doesn’t quite come off, but Villa keep the pressure on.

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83 min: Sustained pressure from Villa, but they can’t find a winner. They’re finishing this second half a lot more strongly than they began it. This match is hanging in the balance and could go either way.

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81 min: Having given his marker the slip at the back post, Andre Green misses a glorious opportunity to put Villa back in front, heading into the turf and watching the ball bounce over the bar from a few yards out when half the goal was gaping. He’ll lose sleep over that one – it was an astonishing miss.

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77 min: Free-kick for Aston Villa, a fair way out. Nothing comes of it. Aston Villa susbtitution: Josh Onomah on for Scott Hogan. WE now have loanees from Chelsea (x2), Manchester United and Tottenham on the pitch.

Speaking of John Terry, his presence at Villa speaks volumes about the fall of Micah Richards, who is still at the club and made three appearances for them last season. It must be a huge embarrassment for him that he can’t get in the Villa squad, while a 36 year old has been drafted in as captain. Still, the money’s probably good.

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74 min: Those substitutions seem to have slowed the game down a bit, allowing Aston Villa back into the game. They win a free-kick wide on the ride and the ball’s sent into the mixer from deep. On Sky Sports, Don Goodman on co-comms makes the point that John Terry is being marked at the far post buy Ola Aina, which is a total mismatch. The Sky cameras keep cutting to Terry, to see what sort of shape he’s in as the game approaches it’s final 15 minutes. He looks no more out of breath than anyone else out there. He’s had a solid, if unspectacular debut for Villa so far, which is what he’s there for.

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73 min: Meyler clashes with Green and the result is a free-kick wide on the left for Villa. Nothing comes of it.

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70 min: Hull substitution: David Meyler on for Fraizer Campbell, who looks to have picked up a knock. Villa substitution: Andre Green on for Leandro Bacuna. Steve Bruce switches to a 4-4-2 with Green on the left wing and Elmohamady on the right. Gabby Agbonlahor has dropped in just behind Scott Hogan.

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68 min: Hull continue to dominate, a team transformed from their first half travails. They’re more direct and have upped the tempo. Villa don’t know what’s hit them.

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65 min: Glenn Whelan is very lucky to avoid a second yellow card with a late challenge on the goalscorer Bowen. Very lucky indeed. It was late and he caught Bowen on the instep – a nasty one that would almost certainly have earned him a yellow if he wasn’t already on one.

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63 min: As I said just a few moments ago, that goal was no more than Hull deserved. Fraizer Campbell picked up the ball in midfield and ran directly at the Villa defence, towards the edge of the penalty area. He ran into a thicket of defenders, but had a stroke of luck when the ball broke out right to Grosicki. His cross was wonderful, taking out three Villa defenders and the unmarked Bowen volleyed a low, diagonal effort home from the corner of the six-yard box.

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It’s all square at Villa Park, where Jarrod Bowen has volleyed his side level from six yards.

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60 min: Certainly better than my Russian. Я не уверен, что Леонид Слуцкий сказал своим игрокам в перерыве, но Халл вернулся в эту игру. Они берут игру на виллу, которая теперь находится на задней ноге в течение большей части первой половины. В стороне – если в предматчевом интервью России было что-то еще, он много учился в своих ежедневных занятиях. Его английский очень хорош.

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56 min: I’m not sure what Leonid Slutsky said to his players at half-time, but Hull are right back in this game. They’re taking the game to Villa now having been on the back foot for most of the first half. As an aside – if the Russian’s pre-match interview was anything to go by, he’s been studying hard in his daily classes. His English is very good.

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54 min: Abel Hernandez unleashes an ambitious shot from distance that isn’t too far away. The travelling Hull City fans strike up a chorus of “Hernandez! Woah-oh!” in a show of appreciation.

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54 min: Play resumes after Henriksen returns to his feet, walks to the sideline counting his teeth and comes back on.

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50 min: A sustained period of pressure on Villa by Hull. They win another corner, prompting Michaels Dawson and Hector to lumber forward. Scott Hogan wins the ball deep in his own half and sprints upfield on the counter-attack. Hull win the ball back after Henricksen wins an aerial duel with Lansbury and embark on a counter-counter-attack. Henricksen goes down holding his face, but play continues. When the move breaks down, the phsysio comes on to treat the central midfielder.

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48 min: Hull win a corner, which Jarrod Bowen drills into the penalty area, low and hard. The ball pings around until it breaks to Bowen off Terry to Bowen, whose shot is blocked. A bit of hope for Hull, there.

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46 min: Play resumes at Villa Park, with the home side kicking off. A foul by Hector on Lansbury out by the touchline gives Villa a free in a dangerous position. John Terry and James Chester come up from the back and Neil Taylor sends the ball into the mixer. There’s a huge penalty shout when Ola Aina handles, but it’s correctly ruled to have been accidental.

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The players troop off for the break, but the scoreline scarcely does Villa’s dominance justice. They’ve been quicker, more inventive in their dominance of a game in which the sides are separated by Gabby Agbonlahor’s seventh-minute strike. They’ll win this match at a canter unless Hull City buck up their ideas up.

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45+1 min: More good goalkeeping from Johnstone, who is quick off his line to authoritatively claim a long-throw from Ola Aina in a corwded penalty area.

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44 min: In the Villa goal, Sam Johnstone pulls off successive saves to deny Frazier Campbell and Kamii Grosicki after Glenn Whelan had gifted possession to Hull City in midfield. Johnstone saved from Campbell with his feet and the ball broke to Grosicki, who saw his follow-up punched away by the loanee from Manchester United.

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42 min: The match meanders towards half-time with Hull playing the ball backwards and sideways, but very rarely forwards. Abel Hernandez bucks the trend with a lightning fast snap-shot from the edge of the box that fizzes a few wide of the left upright. If he’d hit the target, that was a certain goal.

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39 min: Villa appear for a penalty when Scott Hogan goes down in the box under a last-ditch challenge from young Ola Aina, who won the ball. None is forthcoming. Earlier, Glenn Whelan caught Kamii Grosicki with his leading arm as the duo contested the high ball. Having won a free-kick for himself, Grosicki helpfully pointed out that Whelan was on a yellow card and deserved another one, but the referee was having none of it. Nobody likes a grass.

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36 min: It remains 1-0, with Villa dominant and Hull rather riding their luck. Villa have slowed things down and Hull look fairly bereft of ideas when it comes to creating chances. Still, there’s only the kick of a ball in it.

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33 min: Good play from John Terry who wins the ball from Hernandez in midfield and plays it to Elmohamaday. The Egyptian winger tries to play Agbonlahor through on goal but overhits his pass.

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32 min: So close! The ball’s crossed in from the right touchline and on the edge of the six-yard box, Scott Hogan doesn’t get quite the connection he was looking for but still gets a first-timer shot away. It’s hacked clear by Dawson for a corner but looked like it was going wide anyway.

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30 min: Aston Villa continue to dominate, while Hull’s supporters continue to boo Ahmed Elmohamady as he runs up and down the right flank in front of the stand where they’re seated. He left Hull City for Villa during the summer, hooking up with his old buddy Steve Bruce for the third time.

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27 min: Lansbury and Scott Hogan combine well outside the Hull penalty area and the striker shows some deft footwork to weave his way past two or three defenders and make his way towards goal. Allan McGregor comes out to dive at his feet and avert the danger. Impressive stuff from Hogan.

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25 min: Henri Lansbury wins and takes a free-kick, sending the ball into the Villa penalty area. It’s cleared.

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22 min: There’s a break in play as Sam Clucas receives treatment after a robust challenge by Glenn Whelan, which earns the Irishman a yellow card. The passage of play that led to the booking ended with Hull midfielder Kamii Grosicki shooting for the corner, bringing a save out of Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

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19 min: Replays of Agbonlahor’s goal show he was completely unmarked as he ran on to Hutton’s cross and rifled the ball inside the left upright from the edge of the six-yard box. He went on to hold up a shirt wishing Wolves and Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme well. The 31-year-old, who has been with Wolves his entire career, has just been diagnosed with acute leukaemia. We wish him all the very best.

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17 min: Henri Lansbury has just been booked for a late challenge on Michael Hector.

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15 min: Hull finally start getting into a game they looked like letting get away from them in the early stages. They’re getting the collective foot on the ball and playing with a bit more composure. Slutsky looks to have lined his team up in a similar 4-2-3-1 to Bruce. Abel Hernandez is the lone striker in front of a three comprising Jarrod Bowen on the right, Kamii Grosicki on the left and Fraizer Campbell in the hole. Behind them, Markus Henriksen and Sam Clucas are on patrol in central midfield.

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12 min: Hull left-back Michael Hector put his side in trouble with a dodgy back-pass, conceding a needless corner. The ball’s swung in and Scott Hogan shoots straight at Allan McGregor from about seven yards.

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10 min: A throw-in for Villa, deep in Villa territory. Alan Hutton takes it and Hull hack clear. One suspects Agbonlahor will have to score more than a goal or two to wriggle his way back into the good books of Villa’s fans. A one-time fan favourite, he started just four games for the club last season and seems to have spent most of the past two seasons in a childish sulk.

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8 min: Having fluffed his lines in a one-on-one against Allan McGregor after being put through on goal by Henri Lansbury moments previously, Gabby Agbonlahor fires Villa in front from close range after getting on the end of a cross from the right touchline from Alan Hutton. Hull City’s defence is looking very, very shaky in these early stages and with better finishing, Villa could conceivably have been three up after eight minutes.

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Gabby Agbonlahor puts Villa ahead moments after missing a really good chance. The home side lead and Hull’s defence is looking totally shambolic.

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4 min: Gabby Agbonlahor, who we’re pleased to report is still alive and playing football for Aston Villa, catches Markus Henriksen with an elbow as the pair contests a high ball. The ref had a good view but doesn’t punish him.

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3 min: Villa get an early chance when Henri Lansbury ghosts between central defenders Max Clark and Michael Dawson, chesting a ball from deep down and firing wide of the upright. An early scare for Hull City.

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2 min: Villa line up in a 4-2-3-1 with Henri Lansbury and Glenn Whelan in central midfield between the back four and a three of Elmohamady on the right, Leandro Bacuna in the middle and Gabby Agbonlahor on the right. Scott Hogan has been tasked with filling Jonathan Kodija’s big boots up front.

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1 min: Hull City kick off and Villa keeper Sam Johnstone gets an early touch. The sun is shining over Villa Park but one side of the pitch is in shadow.

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Not long now. John Terry and Michael Dawson lead their respective teams out to warm applause as I settle down to watch my third football match in less than 24 hours. Football’s back alright … with a bang. The other two – Sunderland 1-1 Derby and Celtic 4-1 Hearts – have been more than decent, so here’s hoping for the hat-trick with this one. Kick-off is just moments away.

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Interesting fact: Hull City have made a £23m profit in the transfer market in the close season. I still think they’ve a half-decent side. I’m very curious to see how they’ll set up under Slutsky, who has used his Chelsea connections to bring Ola Aina and Michael Hector in on loan.

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After Sunderland drew 1-1 with Derby County and Nottingham Forest beat Millwall by the only game of the game last night, here are today’s results … so far.

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Aston Villa: Johnstone, Hutton, Terry, Chester, Taylor, Whelan, Lansbury, Elmohamady, Bacuna, Agbonlahor, Hogan

Subs: Steer, Samba, Hourihane, Bree, Onomah, Green, Bjarnason

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Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodija is still recovering from a broken ankle and could miss the first six week’s of Aston Villa’s season as he works his way back to full fitness. Jack Grealish is also out for three months after undergoing kidney surgery following a collision with Watford’s Tom Cleverley in a pre-season friendly against Watford last weekend.

Mile Jedinak is also likely to be sidelined for two weeks with a groin strain. While John Terry is Villa’s most high profile new boy, Sam Johnstone, Glenn Whelan, Chris Samba and Ahmed Elmohamady could all feature.

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Aston Villa entertain Hull City in one of the more interesting fixtures in this opening weekend of the Championship. In a wide open field, the hosts are second favourites to be win the division, while their visitors are 16-1 outsiders despite having made a decent fist of trying to stay in the Premier League last season.

Having signed on a free after his contract with Chelsea expired, John Terry will make his debut for Aston Villa this evening, but it’s Hull’s new manager I’m more interested in keeping an eye on. A former CSKA Moscow and Russia manager, Leonid Slutsky got the Hull City job in the wake of Marco Silva’s departure for Hull City. A pal of Roman Abramovic, the Russian had spent months previously living in the Stamford Bridge hotel while he immersed himself in English culture, learned the language and spent time watching football at all sorts of levels.

Related: CSKA Moscow go Russian with Leonid Slutsky after foreign experiment fails | Jonathan Wilson

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Aug 05

Pity the put-upon fans who rank far below global brands and partners | Barry Glendenning

Findings by the Football Supporters’ Federation that supporters feel ignored by the Premier League behemoths comes as no surprise

The results of a recent survey were published a couple of days ago that showed a worrying disconnect between the world’s richer football clubs and their fans. You may have missed them in a week when they were inevitably overshadowed by all the hoopla and Qatari-suffused razzmatazz surrounding Paris Saint-Germain’s £198m “never‑about-the-money” capture of Neymar, but please don’t let the irony pass you by.

Focusing on comparatively thrifty English outfits such as the Manchester behemoths, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal, among other less well-heeled English clubs, the survey was conducted by those tireless campaigners for fan welfare at the Football Supporters’ Federation, which subsequently released its findings into the wild for public consumption. Tragically, budgetary restraints ensured they were accompanied by considerably fewer of the extravagant bells and whistles that are employed these days as attention‑grabbing methods of communication between top-flight English clubs and those fans from whom, in another irony, they are increasingly far removed.

Related: How fans were betrayed as Premier League club owners made fortunes | David Conn

Related: Football Supporters’ Federation warns against disruptive kick-off time changes

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Aug 03

Dysfunctional and in debt, Sunderland’s slide shows no sign of stopping | Barry Glendenning

Recent events suggest promotion may not happen any time soon and if Sunderland are to exit the Championship this season their trajectory is more likely to be downwardIn an English league with no shortage of dysfunctional football clubs, few match Sunde…

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Jul 22

Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome set to win fourth title after time trial

Maciej Bodnar won the time trial, while Chris Froome extended his lead to 54 seconds and will seal victory in Paris

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And it’s also all from me for this year’s Tour, as somebody else will be swanning in with a late burst to grab the glory in tomorrow’s final stage … which is absolutely fine with me! Thanks everyone for your time, your emails, questions and contributions over the past three weeks. It’s always a pleasure. We’ll just finish up by giving this column I wrote on Lance and his podcast one last push.

Related: Whatever your opinion on Lance Armstrong, liking his podcast is not a sin | Barry Glendenning

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Related: Chris Froome set for fourth Tour de France title after increasing lead in time trial

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A mail from Anthony Lawton: “Everyone, you included, says now that Froome has ‘won’ by being in yellow at the end of today. Why? Is tomorrow not a real race, but just a parade ride into a Paris for the cameras?”

Traditionally it’s a procession, Anthony, that hots up in the final 10 kilometres as the teams with sprinters get their ducks in a row to fight out a mightily aggressive finish on the Champs Elysees. Neither Froome nor his team-mates will have anything to do with that. The yellow jersey did change hands on the final day once, in a time trial. Greg Lemond took it off Laurent Fignon and because a Frenchman lost out, the organisers did their damnedest to ensure it never happened again.

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An email from Daniel Mitchell: “Wow, oh wow,” he wows, oh wows. “What a finish! I had twenty quid EW on Bardet so that last ten minutes was me frantically pacing around the flat, shaking. Quick question – should I celebrate now or wait ’til tomorrow? Are the podium places effectively locked?”

You can go and collect, Dan. Barring a kidnapping, a particularly bad slip in the shower or a fall down the stairs you’ll get your winnings.

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Bardet and Froome finish: Bardet finishes and clings on to third place by the skin of his teeth. Mere seconds later, Chris Froome crosses the line behind him. He was fast, but not fast enough to topple Maciej Bodnar. The Polish Bora Hansgrohe rider wins the stage.

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Froome has Bardet in his sights: The only two riders left out on the course negotiate a long stretch of road that affords Froome a view of his rival and gives him something to aim at as he passes under the flamme rouge signposting one kilometre to go.

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Uran finishes: Despite a brief encounter with a barrier near the finish, Uran stays upright and pedals his way home. He’ll be on the second step of the podium in Paris tomorrow.

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Mikel Landa finishes: The Sky man stops the clock at 29min 06sec. Romain Bardet needs to finish in a time of 30min 19sec to prevent Landa taking his place on the podium. Bardet has already been knocked down to third place by Rigo Uran.

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Chris Froome powers on: He’s having another great day and any faint hopes his rivals might have had of taking the yellow jersey from him have all but evaporated. At the second checkpoint, Froome clocks in at just two seconds slower than Michal Kwiatkowski, his team-mate.

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Romain Bardet blows up on the climb: Not literally, I hasten to add. He’s battling the gradient and losing a lot of time as he bobs up and down, in and out of the saddle. Stick a fork in him, he’s done.

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Chris Froome hits the first checkpoint He’s two seconds quicker than stage leader Maciej Bodnar and 43 seconds quicker than Bardet. Rigoberto Uran went through 26 seconds off the pace and looks to be riding himself into second place on GC. He’ll overtake Bardet at this rate.

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Warren Barguil finishes: The King of the Mountains left the velodrome with a big goofy grin on his chops and it’s still there when he returns. He salutes the crowd on the short ride from the stadium entrance to the finish line.

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Alberto Contador finishes: The Spaniard posts a time of 28min 36sec, which ought to put him in the top 10 on the stage. He’s also likely to leapfrog Warren Barguil on the General Classification. Maciej Bodnar’s time of 28min 15sec remains the one to beat.

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Froome going well: Wearing a yellow helmet and skinsuit, Froome is motoring along nicely and reports suggest he’s already going a lot faster than Romain Bardet. It’s not inconceivable that he could catch and pass the Frenchman, which would guarantee him a less than warm welcome back to the Velodrome.

The most popular Englishman ever to set foot in Marseille’s Stade Vélodrome was a Chris, of course: Chris…Waddle.

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The most popular Englishman ever to set foot in Marseille’s Stade Vélodrome was a Chris, of course: Chris…Waddle.

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Lizz Poulter writes from the Velodrome “That was vicious booing,” she writes. “The reaction, understandably, to Bardet was raucous, but when Froome came up on screen the catcalls were shockingly widespread and really loud. I get the reasons but wow! All over bar the pedalling now.”

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The race leader and defending champion rolls away at the countdown and goes on his way. It will be interesting to see if he goes all out to win the stage, or takes it a little bit easy to avoid any accidents. He hasn’t won a stage in this year’s Tour, or a bike race of any kind in this calendar year. One suspects that barring an accident or a mechanical, he’ll win quite a big bike race tomorrow.

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Maciej Bodnar still leads Mikel Landa and Rigoberto Uran are out on the road, while Romain Bardet and Chris Froome are under starters orders. Bardet sets off and like every other Frenchman today, is cheered out of the stadium.

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it;s from the sandpaper (!) he glues to the saddle for extra grip (via @clickclickjim) pic.twitter.com/ImvMb9pNr2

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Just four more to go: Fabio Aru sets off. Mikel Landa, Rigoberto Uran, Romain Bardet and Chris Froome are the only riders left to start. Bardet needs to make up 23 seconds on Froome, Uran needs 29.

3.56pm BST

Dan Martin is away He’s sixth on GC and 2min 56sec behind Chris Froome on GC. He won’t make that up, but could make up the 1min 01sec separating him from Fabio Aru in fifth. Ahead of him on the road, Louis Meintjes and Simon Yates are both racing.

3.53pm BST

More on Tony Martin’s possible misfortune: “There is also talk that the brown marks on his shorts is sandpaper that he uses to give him extra grip on his saddle,” writes Benjamin Parker, offering an explanation I’m happy to run with. “However on watching the video of the soigneur giving him water after the stage it appears as though he is reluctant to get too close. I guess we may never know.”

3.51pm BST

Warren Barguil sets off Wearing the polka-dot jersey for King of the Mountains, the Frenchman rolls down the ramp and is cheered on his way out of the stadium sporting a big goofy grin. For him, today will be more of a lap of honour than a time trial.

3.49pm BST

Louis Meintjes and Simon Yates coming up The battle for the white jersey should end today and it’s Yates’s to lose. The Orica-Scott rider is seventh overall, one place and 2min 06sec ahead of Meintjes on GC.

3.47pm BST

Sylvain Chavanel finishes to rapturous applause The Velodrome looks quite empty, but there’s plenty of noise as the French veteran powers home. He’s 37 seconds off the pace in a highly commendable seventh place.

3.40pm BST

Kieran Pender is in Marseille: He’s bedded in with Orica Scott and has spent half an hour this afternoon following Daryl Impey around the course. The South African is fourth fastest at the moment, with a time of 28min 35sec. Perhaps if Kieran and the lads in the car had tooted their horn and shouted a bit of encouragement, Impey might have gone 21 seconds faster. Anyway, here’s Kieran’s long read about 24 hours on the road with the Australian funsters. You read that and I’ll be back in five minutes …

Related: Orica-Scott: 24 hours on the road with the Australian Tour de France team

3.34pm BST

Here’s a home-town decision if ever I heard one Team Sunweb’s French rider Warren Barguil has been awarded the Super Combativity award. Like Keith, below, I would have bet the farm on Thomas De Gendt winning that. Even if Barguil was a more worthy winner than TDG (and I don’t think he is), he already has a couple of stage wins and the polka dot jersey to his name. Would it kill the judges to share around the baubles?

@bglendenning Barguil gets the Super Combativity award. Thomas De Gendt woz robbed!

3.28pm BST

Tony Martin: Judging from evidence posted by one eagle-eyed TV viewer on Twitter, it seems Tony Martin’s failure to win might have had something to do with a little “accident” he had on his way around today’s course. I’ll spare you the grisly details, but let’s just say he’s probably the only cyclist alive who actually wishes he was kitted out in the brown shorts worn by AG2R Mondiale.

3.22pm BST

Primoz Roglic is have a shocker. The outright favourite for today’s stage was 25 seconds off the pace at the first checkpoint and then had a mechanical at the bottom of the hill leading to the second. After a bike-change, he was 38 seconds off the pace at the top of the climb and won’t be winning this stage.

3.21pm BST

144 riders have started: [Reporter takes embarrassingly long time to do mental arithmatic] There are just 23 left to go out and it’s currently a Polish one-two. Maciej Bodnar is the surprise leader with an excellent time of 28min 15sec, just one second ahead of his compatriot Michal Kwaitkowski.

3.16pm BST

Lizz Poulter writes: “Greg van Avermaet managed a cheery wave as he left the stadium,” he says. “He was on stage this morning but I can’t remember why.”

Keep those cracking anecdotes coming, Lizz!

3.12pm BST

3.10pm BST

Kwiatkowski finishes a second down: Despite a herculean effort, Michal Kwiatkowski finishes a second down on Maciej Bodnar.

3.04pm BST

Oops! Kwiatkowski’s time at the second checkpoint was 20min 21sec, just one second quicker than Bodnar. I’m not sure how I got that quite so wrong – humble apologies. I think I might need new specs.

3.00pm BST

Kwiatkowski hits the second checkpoint: He’s put another second into Bodnar and is now seven quicker. That’s not official, but we’ll know very shortly.

2.55pm BST

Michal Kwiatkowski is burning up the course: The Sky rider is putting in a big shift and you can bet your bottom dollar Chris Froome is following him in the team car. He passes the first checkpoint at 11min 53sec, six seconds quicker than Bodnar.

2.47pm BST

Stefan Kung finishes: The 23-year-old Swiss is one for the future, but finishes 34 seconds down on Maciej Bodnar, whose time of 28min 15sec is looking more and more impressive.

2.41pm BST

Man down! Movistar’s Jonathan Castroviejo’s overcooks a corner and crashes into a barrier. He’s quickly back on his feet, gets handed a replacement bike and continues on his way. Mathiej Bodnar continues to lead the stage with a time of 28min 15sec. I’ll be back in five minutes, so here’s Orica-Scott’s Strage 19 Backstage Pass to help you pass the time.

2.38pm BST

Skinsuit palaver: After the dreary dispute over Sky’s skinsuits that followed the Dusseldorf time trial, it has been confirmed that Chris Froome will be wearing one provided by the Tour today, which presumably won’t have the panelling in the duds worn by his team-mates. On ITV, Luke Rowe has joined the commentary team and says the yellow jerseys Froome wears each day are provided by the Tour and only have three-quarter length zips, which means they can’t be opened like everyone else’s shirts.

Related: Vortex suits explained: Team Sky’s latest rule-pushing marginal gain

2.32pm BST

Thomas Voeckler: Riding his penultimate stage of the Tour before retiring tomorrow evening, the 38-year-old Frenchman is out on the road and passes the first checkpoint 1min 19sec on the time posted by Bodnar.

2.29pm BST

Tony Martin finishes: It’s another frustrating ride for Tony Martin, who finishes 14 seconds down on Maciej Bodnar. He hasn’t been in the best of form this year, or perhaps he’s just getting old. It happens to the best of us, Tony.

2.23pm BST

92 riders have started: Just 75 more to go …

2.18pm BST

Tony Martin further down: There’s practically three riders abreast as Tony Martin crosses the second checkpoint at the top of the climb. He’s almost 13 seconds down on Maciej Bodnar.

2.16pm BST

Another email from Lizz Poulter. She wants to know where fellow Guardian reader Zinzi is sitting in the Velodrome. This could be a long afternoon …

2.14pm BST

Tony Martin a second behind: The German was a second off the pace set by Bodnar at the first checkpoint and has just passed his minute-man.

2.12pm BST

Maciej Bodnar sets a new best time: The Bora–Hansgrohe rider smashes up the course, finishing in 28min 15sec. That’ll take a bit of beating. Sky’s Vasil Kiriyenka doesn’t trouble it as he enters the stadium and posts a time of 29min 22sec.

2.09pm BST

From Lizz Poulter in Marseille: “Good crowd in the Green Jersey stand, yellow looking very sparse (maybe prawn sandwich brigade will join later), and white absolutely deserted thanks to Carrefour’s shenanigans,” she writes. “Huge cheer for Tony Martin as he set off.”

Martin is approaching the first checkpoint, while Luke Rowe has joined Ned Boulting in the ITV commentary box. He said he didn’t do a recon ride around today’s course and got seriously caught out by the climb, which kept ramping up every time he thought he’d reached the top.

2.03pm BST

Checkpoint No1 is at Palais du Pharo at the 10.2km mark, while No2 is at the top of the ramping climb at Notre-Dame de la Garde (15.6km). Maciej Bodnar (Bora-Hansgrohe) was quickest so far past the first in 11min 59sec, while Cannondale-Drapac rider Tyler Phinney was quickest past the second at 20min 22sec. Phinney is the current clubhouse leader with a finishing time of 29min 21sec.

1.58pm BST

Tony Martin rolls down the ramp: The first of the big stage favourites rolls down the ramp in his Katusha skinsuit. He’s the reigning world time trial champion and a two-time Tour de France time trial stage winner. He’s likely to give us a fair idea of what today’s winning time might be. Depending on how he’s feeling, he might even give us today’s winning time.

1.55pm BST

1.38pm BST

Good spread in @guardian this morning including analysis of Sky’s unpopularity (with some) from @rwilliams1947 #TdF2017 @willfoth #LeTour pic.twitter.com/XGAU7BUoy9

There’s also my column on Lance Armstrong and his Stages podcast on the back page, if you fancy buying yourself a paper today. Alternatively, you can read it here …

Related: Whatever your opinion on Lance Armstrong, liking his podcast is not a sin | Barry Glendenning

1.34pm BST

Luke Rowe speaks The first man out on today’s stage says he felt very sluggish and more or less confesses to ITV’s interviewer that he wasn’t trying a leg on today’s stage. He tells them he enjoyed the finish in the stadium, saying he now knows how Wayne Rooney must feel when he scores a goal [insert obvious gag about reminding Wayne here].

Rowe also says that he was slowing down at the corners, to try to figure out the best way to take them so he can pass on any pertnent info to Chris Froome. Realistically, he says, there’s not really much he can tell his team leader that he won’t already know.

1.30pm BST

Related: Annemiek van Vleuten wins La Course by a stretch ahead of Lizzie Deignan

1.25pm BST

Rowe’s glory is short-lived: Taylor Phinney clocks in at 29min 21sec, while on ITV, David Millar and Ned Boulting speculate on today’s winning time. Boulting goes for around 28 minutes, but Millar thinks it will be lower.

1.23pm BST

The Velodrome far from full: There’s plenty of empty seats at this early stage, but the welcome is warm as Luke Rowe complete’s his day’s work. The Sk rider didn’t kill himself out there, it must be said – making up that 4hr 33min 04sec deficit on his team leader Chris Froome was always going to be a tall order. His time for today was 31min 09sec and makes him the early clubhouse leader.

1.16pm BST

Today’s main stage contenders: Primoz Roglic is the favourite to win this stage, while Tony Martin, Chris Froome, Stefan Kung, Michal Kwiatkowski and Vasili Kiriyenka are the only others the bookies give any sort of realistic chance of winning the stage.

Kiriyenka is lowest on GC in 114th place and will be the first of this bunch out on the road. He’ll be followed by Martin, (101st on GC), Kung (80th), Kwiatkowskli (58th), Roglic (38th) and Froome (1st).

1.02pm BST

Here’s our man in France with all the skinny on Edvald Boasson Hagen’s win yesterday and a comprehensive preview of today’s stage, which is well worth a few minutes of your time.

Related: Boasson Hagen breaks clear to win stage 19 as Froome tightens grip on Tour title

12.58pm BST

As lanterne rouge, Sky’s Luke Rowe is first out on the course. He’ll be able to do a reconaissance mission for Chris Froome, who I’m sure has studied and ridden the course already. Froome will probably follow one or two of his team-mates around in the team car later. At the Dusseldorf time-trial he followed Michal Kwiatkowski.

12.52pm BST

12.50pm BST

12.48pm BST

Having won both stages, the Dutch rider is a worthy winner, but the format of this women’s race needs tweaking. Today’s pursuit course was too short to give Van Vleuten’s rivals any chance of catching her and made for a bit of a damp squib. Your humble reporter would suggest a three-stage race for next year’s renewal, including a climb, a time-trial and a sprint finish on the Champs-Élysées.

Anyway, hats off to Annemiek and Lizzie Armitsted, now it’s time to turn our attention to the lads. There are three riders still in with a chance of winning this year’s Tour but it’s Chris Froome’s to lose.

12.40pm BST

The remaining riders finish: The final group of riders enter the stadium, where it’s only 100 metres from the entrance to the finish line. I know the tickets were free, but the assembled crowd aren’t getting much bang for their buck. Here’s hoping DJ Faze is playing some banging tunes.

12.37pm BST

12.35pm BST

Deignan sprints into the stadium: Lizzie Deignan sprints into the stadium ahead of her Italian rival and crosses the finish line in second place. It’s the same one-two-three as we had on Col d’Izoard.

12.34pm BST

Annemiek van Vleuten hits the stadium: The Dutchwoman rides into the stadium to a rousing reception and crosses the finish line. It was an easy win in the end, which is rather disappointing. Lizzie Deignan and Elisa Longho Borghini rode well together, but just weren’t good enough to beat a time trial specialist.

12.32pm BST

Good news from the Velodrome: “It’s pretty quiet in here for the women’s race,” writes Zinzi. “But they have started showing the race on the screens at least!”

12.31pm BST

2.5km to go: Annemiek van Vleuten is going to get a crick in her neck from looking over her shoulder, but there’s nobody in sight behind her. She passes under the Two Kilometre To Go banner, as Deignan and Longo Borghini continue their futile pursuit. The gap is now out to 1min 50sec.

12.29pm BST

3.7km to go: Annemiek van Vleuten pedals relentlessly onwards, her hands on the drops as she taps out a ferocious rhythm. The gap is 1min 41sec – as much as they’ve tried, the rest of the field have failed to put up any sort of decent fight.

12.26pm BST

Megan Guarnier dropped: The American, who has been riding with Deignan and Longo Borghini, is struggling on the climb and gets left behind.

12.24pm BST

7km to go: Van Vleuten has a look over her shoulder and sees nobody in pursuit. She reaches the top of the climb and begins her short descent. The gap is down to 1min 29sec.

12.23pm BST

8.5km to go: I’m guessing here, but presumably if the riders have no support cars, then they also have no race radios, a state of affairs that suggests Annemiek van Vleuten has no idea how far ahead she is of her three pursuers. Halfway up the climb to Notre-Dame de la Garde, the gap is 1min 46sec. Barring a mechanical, she won’t be caught. It really does seem quite extraordinary that the crowds gathered in the Velodrome aren’t being shown this race.

12.18pm BST

10 kilometres to go: Annemiek Van Vleuten heads towards the climb with her lead intact. The three riders in pursuit are not making any sort of dent on her lead, which remains at 1min 41sec.

12.17pm BST

La Course st2 is underway but is not being shown on the screens in the stadium. That’s a massive @LaCoursebyTDF

Instead of the race the screens are showing the stadium DJ. You wouldn’t know there was a race on.

12.14pm BST

Van Vleuten holding her lead: The Dutch time trial champion’s talents are standing her in good stead as she slightly extends her lead over the three girls trying to chase her down and turn the end of this stage into a sprint finish. She has a little over 12 kilometres to go.

12.12pm BST

Amazing scenes in the Stade VDrome pic.twitter.com/shDrWJaSV9

12.11pm BST

15km to go: At the back of the field, Karol-Ann Canuel has made up the 16 seconds that separated her from the four riders who started together before her. They’re about five minutes behind the race leader and working together.

12.08pm BST

18km to go: Van Vleuten has a lead of 1min 37sec over the three riders in the chasing group: Deignan, Longo Borghini and Guarnier. All 19 women are now out on the course. They’re all on road bikes, as time trial bikes are verboten today. Curiously, none of the riders have support cars, so I’m not sure what happens in the event of a puncture or some other mechanical.

12.05pm BST

Deignan, Borghini and Guarnier are working together. The women placed second, third and fourth are now riding together in a team pursuit of Van Vleuten. Behind them, a small group of riders who all finished at the same time on Thursday set off together.

12.03pm BST

Lizzie Deignan is racing: Yorkshire’s finest sets sail, 43 seconds after Van Vleuten and sets off at a fairly sedate pace, presumably waiting for Elisa Longo Borghini and Megan Guarnier to catch up with her so they can start working together. Spare a thought for the Eurosport commentary team, who are working without pictures after a power outage in their box.

12.01pm BST

Annemiek Van Vleuten is racing: The La Course leader rolls down the ramp in her Orica-Scott kit and leaves the stadium riding a road bike.

11.58am BST

Lizzie Deignan speaks: Currently in second place and due to set off 43 seconds after Van Vleuten, the English rider says she’ll almost certainly try to form alliances with other riders in her bid to hunt down the Dutchwoman. “ I’m not the best trialist,” she says. “Trying to close the gap is not possible for me so I’ll probably wait for the other girls and see if we can work together. I’ve got nothing to lose.”

There are 19 riders contesting today’s stage – those being the ones that finished within five minutes of Van Vleuten on Thursday. Canada’s Karol-Ann Canuel will be last out of the gate, 4min 50sec after the leader.

11.54am BST

Joanna Rowsell Shand speaks: The Olympic champion and now retired British cyclist is a pundit on Eurosport and says if she was a betting woman, she’d have her pennies on Annemiek Van Vleuten, who is an excellent time-trialist, going full bore from the gun and staying away to win the stage and La Course.

11.50am BST

An email from Lizz Poulter: “I’m over-excited to be sitting in the Vélodrome watching the caravan,” she writes. “I’m in the Polka Dot jersey stand – Carrefour were touting outside the metro so we changed our White Jersey stand tix for bags and hats and t-shirts.

“Of course there’s no such thing as a free lunch and we’ve been asked to move twice so that the stand looks fuller on TV! We were bought cheap. Anyway, I’m planning to bug you with inane observations and the odd photo during the afternoon. At the moment we’re watching bike stunts (I’d rather be watching Zidane in his pomp, but hey).”

11.38am BST

11.33am BST

Today’s stages in both the men’s and women’s race begin and end in the Orange Velodrome, a venue better known as the home of Ligue 1 football team Olympique de Marseille, but reverting back to its original role for today’s shenanigans. It is expected to be packed to its 67,394 capacity.

A technical, 22.5-kilometre city time-trial, today’s route boasts one steep climb to Notre-Dame de la Garde, the basilica that towers over Marseille. Here’s what Will Fotheringham had to say about it in our stage by stage guide to this year’s Tour.

Finishing in the Stade Vélodrome with a quick flip round the Vieux Port, this is the last chance to change the standings but it is relatively short. Expect a battle for the stage win with Tony Martin the likely favourite, and if yellow is close it could be a thriller to match the Giro d’Italia finale.

11.33am BST

Here’s how our man pootling around France in his Citroen 2CV saw Thursday’s stage from his splendid view atop Col d’Izoard.

Related: Annemiek van Vleuten wins La Course stage one with Lizzie Deignan second

11.33am BST

Related: Whatever your opinion on Lance Armstrong, liking his podcast is not a sin | Barry Glendenning

11.33am BST

10.01am BST

Greetings one and all. We’ve a long day’s bike-racing around Marseille ahead of us, which kicks of with the second and final stage of La Course. Described somewhat enthusiastically by Lizzie Deignan as “that thing”, it is a peculiar race that will start in the Orange Velodrome at Marseille. Riders will set off in dribs and drabs based on the time differences recorded at the finish of Thursday’s stage on Col d’Izoard, ride the 22.5km course that the men will be using for their time trial later and first past the post wins.

Collaboration and collusion between riders is allowed. Annemiek Van Vleuten will, be first out of the gate, having won Thursday’s stage by 43 seconds from Deignan. Elisa Longo Bourghini finished in third place, 1min 43sec off Van Vleuten’s pace.

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