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A debut goal by Rayan Ait-Nouri set Wolverhampton Wanderers on the way to a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, putting them level on points with the Premier League’s top two.

The hosts took the lead on 18 minutes when a cross from Daniel Podence was half-cleared, only for 19-year-old French wing-back Ait-Nouri to find the corner with a low shot.

Leander Dendoncker crashed a spectacular long-distance effort against the crossbar just before Podence doubled Wolves’ lead on 27 minutes, meeting Pedro Neto’s cross with a side-footed finish for his first goal of the season.

Palace had both a Michy Batshuayi goal and a penalty for a foul on Patrick van Aanholt ruled out for offside following Video Assistant Referee reviews.

Dendoncker and Podence had chances to extend Wolves’ lead after the break, while Wilfried Zaha went close at the other end.

With four minutes remaining, Luka Milivojevic was sent off for a challenge on Joao Moutinho after Martin Atkinson used the Referee Review Area.

Wolves are level with first-placed Everton and second-placed Liverpool on 13 points. Palace are ninth on 10 points.

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Moise Kean scored two goals last night, both through assists from Kylian Mbappe, as Paris St-Germain defeated Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday evening. PSG won the UEFA Champions League group stage match 0-2, but suffered a blow as Neymar Jr. suffered an injury.

Everton forward Kean, who is on loan from Premier League leaders Everton, broke the deadlock in the 64th minute to score the first goal of the match and to put PSG ahead. He scored a header off an Mbappe assist, which showed a promising link-up between the two forwards.

Unfortunately for PSG, another attacking star, Neymar Jr., appeared to have pulled a muscle in the middle of the first half. The Brazilian was taken off in the 26th minute looking completely devastated.

Kean and Mbappe picked up the slack as the pair of them manufactured the second PSG goal just before the 80th minute mark.

The hosts looked threatening throughout the first half, but they were unfortunate not to find a breakthrough before Kean shifted the momentum to the Ligue 1 champions.

Keylor Navas had to do some heavy lifting for PSG as Edin Visca threatened his goal after a defensive lapse from the PSG back line.

Navas, who won several Champions League trophies with Real Madrid, showed off his experience as he made another good save against Deniz Turuc to prevent an equaliser. Basaksehir took 16 shots on target, not a big difference from PSG’s 18 attempts. Navas made a real difference between the posts as he kept a clean sheet.

It was a rough game with 11 fouls being called against the Turkish side and 6 against PSG.

Newcomer Kean stole the show after only just recently joining PSG from Everton on Oct. 4. He has already scored a total of four goals for the French side. PSG now has their Champions League campaign back on track after losing their opener against Manchester United last week.

It remains to be seen if Neymar Jr. will be able to bounce back from his injury quickly. The club has yet to release an update.

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Marcus Rashford was again the star for Manchester United in the Champions League with a hat-trick in a 5-0 thumping of RB Leipzig on Wednesday as Barcelona put their off-field troubles to one side to win 2-0 away to a Juventus side deprived of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Rashford’s late goal earned United a 2-1 victory away to Paris Saint-Germain last week and at Old Trafford the England striker came on as a second-half substitute and scored three times from the 74th minute on in what was a fine win against last season’s semi-finalists.

Paul Pogba released Mason Greenwood to open the scoring in the first half, before the youngster made way for Rashford after the break and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ran away with the game to make it two wins from two in Group H.

Anthony Martial also netted from the penalty spot as United ruthlessly exposed the side who currently top the German Bundesliga and went clear at the top of the section.

We looked dangerous throughout and that we could score every time we went forward,” said Rashford. “It was a real team performance.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo missed Juventus’ Champions League clash against Lionel Messi’s Barcelona, two weeks after testing positive for coronavirus, with the Italian giants losing 2-0 at home on Wednesday in his absence.

Messi, 33, set up Ousmane Dembele to put Barca in front after quarter of an hour in Turin, adding a second himself from the penalty spot in stoppage time.

Alvaro Morata had three goals ruled out for offside for Juve who played the final five minutes a man down after Merih Demiral was sent off for a second yellow card.

Barcelona are top of Group G with six points after two games with Juventus on three. The reverse fixture takes place at the Camp Nou on December 8.

The 35-year-old Ronaldo, the top scorer in the history of the competition with 130 goals, was furious at missing out.

The Portuguese superstar had needed to test negative 24 hours before the game to take part in his sixth Champions League meeting against Argentine Messi.

They have not faced off since the five-time Ballon d’Or winner left Real Madrid for Juventus in 2018.

Hours before kick-off, Ronaldo posted a photo on Instagram, stating: “Feeling good and healthy! Forza Juve!

Adding a comment for his 241 million Instagram followers on the swab tests used to detect the virus, he said: “PCR IS BULLSHIT.”

He later removed that post.

Ronaldo then posted a video of himself wearing the Juventus jersey running on a treadmill in his home gym, jumping off for his usual goal celebration before giving the thumbs up and wishing his teammates ‘good luck’.

Ronaldo first tested positive for Covid-19 on October 13 while playing with Portugal, and has been in self-isolation since returning to Italy.

He has reportedly tested positive 18 times.

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Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has shown his support for Marcus Rashford’s campaign to end child food poverty by providing 1,400 free lunchtime meals for the rest of the week to schools in London.

Manchester United forward Rashford has campaigned for the UK government to provide food vouchers during school holidays to children who normally receive free meals during term time if their parents receive welfare support.

Ozil has joined up with Barnet Sunday Football League (BSFL), chef Stefan Peppert and German Chefs Catering in Knightsbridge to provide meals to 12 schools in Barnet and surrounding areas.

On Tuesday, the BSFL and schools posted pictures of the meals on Twitter, with Ozil’s logo featuring on the boxes.

“We are very grateful to Mesut Ozil and Stefan Peppert for getting involved with our initiative, and the volunteers on the project who have worked tirelessly throughout,” a BSFL representative revealed.

“We have raised over £3,000 so far, with 1,400 meals per day prepared and delivered to schools.”

The playmaker is out of favour with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and has been left out of the club’s Premier League and Europa League squads.

Ozil’s agent Dr. Erkut Sogut told reporters that Arteta is not telling the truth for claiming the player’s absence is a football decision and said the supporters deserve an honest explanation.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp suffered another injury blow with Fabinho joining Virgil van Dijk on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury in Tuesday’s Champions League win over Midtjylland.

Midfielder Fabinho has been filling in for Van Dijk in the centre of defence since the Dutchman suffered a serious knee injury in the Merseyside derby against Everton.

“It’s exactly the last thing we needed,” Klopp said, after Fabinho limped off in the first-half of the 2-0 win.

“I know he felt a hamstring, and that’s not good. He said he could have played on but no sprints, which doesn’t help. We will see, we will know more after a scan but clearly it isn’t good,” he added.

With centre-back Joel Matip also ruled out with injury Klopp brought on teenager Rhys Williams to partner Joe Gomez at the back.

“Rhys Williams he’s only 19-years old and I think he’s played more Champions League games than Premier League games — that’s rare,” Klopp added. “We’re doing really well but its a shock for a team because now we have to sort that injury.”

Klopp accepted that the Premier League champions were in a difficult period.

“It was a tough night. It’s a bit like in a marriage, there are good and bad times. It’s not a bad time but it’s a tricky time. 100% we have to stick together and fight harder and that’s what the boys did tonight,” he said.

The injury is likely to rule Fabinho out of Brazil’s November World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Uruguay.

Meanwhile, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson believes Van Dijk will be out until next season.

Asked about his absence, Alisson told newsmen: “He’s important for the team, for all of us, for me too. Unfortunately, we ended up losing Virgil probably for the rest of the competition. We don’t know the set dates yet, anything can happen, but that’s likely, that’s what we have in hand.”

Alisson returned to play at the weekend after being sidelined with a shoulder injury for three weeks.

“To be back, to be one more part within the squad, within the team to be able to help, I’m feeling very happy,” he said. “I believe it also gives confidence to the team. Everyone we can have available now, from now on, it’s important to fight for our goals, which are big.

“It was only three weeks, to me it felt like three months. Being back, being able to help the team… For a player, being left out is the worst part of football, but it is part of the package, we are subject to injuries, nobody wants it, but we’re subject. But I tried to recover in the best way and in the quickest possible way to be back and help my teammates and getting back to the Champions League already.”

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Real Madrid fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Borussia Monchengladbach to avoid making it two defeats out of two in Champions League Group B and keep their hopes of qualifying for the knockout rounds alive.

Madrid played well for the opening half hour, and Toni Kroos had a shot from distance well-saved by Borussia goalkeeper Yann Sommer, but it was the German side who went ahead, with Marcus Thuram scoring with their only shot of the first half.

The visitors looked to respond as Marco Asensio went close either side of half time. Thuram doubled Borussia’s lead with a close-range second, before Karim Benzema pulled a goal back from Casemiro’s header and the Brazilian grabbed a dramatic, added-time equaliser.

Just as they did against Shakhtar Donetsk last week, Madrid started fairly well here, pressing Borussia high up the pitch and disrupting the Germans’ ability to play out from deep. They struggled after that but showed great spirit to fight back in the second half, in difficult circumstances.

Eden Hazard’s return from injury, 81 days later, is good news, if he can finally stay fit. Asensio’s performance was a positive, too. The Spain international winger is getting regular game time now this was his third start in a row and coach Zinedine Zidane clearly recognises his huge, as yet unfulfilled, potential.

Real Madrid were dangerously close here to losing four Champions League games in a row for the first time in their history. Back-to-back knockout defeats to Manchester City had been followed by last week’s bizarre 3-2 loss to Shakhtar, and this would have been an embarrassing result too were it not for Casemiro’s heroics.

The team continues to ship goals far too easily, and Zidane needs to address the vulnerable-looking defence, and fast. Madrid seem far too fragile at present in the face of adversity. Conceding one goal threatens a collapse. They can’t keep making things so hard for themselves.

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Liverpool sealed a 2-0 win over FC Midtjylland on Tuesday night, though the game won’t exactly live long in the memory for all those who witnessed it. The Reds failed to spark into life for much of the game, with the Danish visitors having the best of the first-half chances in the UEFA Champions League match.

It was Liverpool who eventually took the lead, after some fine work on the right-hand side by Trent Alexander-Arnold provided Diogo Jota with a simple tap-in for the club’s 10,000th goal.

Liverpool lost Fabinho to a suspected hamstring injury, and Jurgen Klopp was forced to bring on a number of starters to try to hold onto the win. With seconds remaining, Mohamed Salah smashed home a penalty to secure a 2-0 victory one that takes Liverpool to the top of Group D on six points.

Rhys Williams looked assured in the back line after coming on, which seemingly provides Klopp with another centre-back option he can rely on. In addition, the contribution of the full-backs was, as always, exemplary. While Jota’s goal was simple enough, his impressive start to life on Merseyside will do a great deal to convert any remaining cynics.

Liverpool didn’t register a single shot in the first half an hour — a damning stat indeed for the likes of Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino. Both looked well off the pace, while the midfield pivot of Jordan Henderson and James Milner also seemed to lack urgency or intent. The home team did improve as the game wore on, but this very much felt like a Liverpool side that was playing within itself rather than playing to impress the boss.

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Cameras caught Real Madrid midfielder Isco complaining about his limited role in the team under coach Zinedine Zidane on Saturday.

Isco, who was an unused substitute in a 3-1 Clasico win over Barcelona at Camp Nou was picked up by Movistar TV cameras talking to Luka Modric and Marcelo as they sat in the stands before the match.

If Zidane has to take me off, he takes me off in the 50th or 60th minute, sometimes at half-time,” Isco said, which led to laughter from his teammates. “If he has to bring me on, he brings me on in the 80th minute.”

The Spain international has made just two starts in La Liga this season.

Against Real Valladolid he played 57 minutes before being taken off, and he was withdrawn after 45 minutes against Cadiz after failing to impress.

He has also made two substitute appearances, coming on at half-time against Real Betis and brought on in the 89th minute against Levante.

Zidane said he had “no doubts” about the 28-year-old after the Cadiz display, saying it was “a bad day, we want to change things, and Isco first of all.”

Speaking ahead of the team’s Champions League clash against Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday, midfielder Toni Kroos told reporters that the players are firmly behind Zidane as their coach.

“We’ve never had doubts about Zidane. We win and lose together. It’s not like if we lose once, we aren’t with him. That would be easy. We aren’t like that. We saw the result on Saturday,” Kroos said.

Madrid’s Clasico win eased the pressure on the coach after the team had suffered two surprise defeats in a row to Cadiz and then Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

Zidane had insisted he felt the support of the club — and president Florentino Perez — and denied senior players such as Isco had problems motivating themselves against so-called inferior opposition.

“I’ve won a lot of things with these players… I’ll be with them to the death,” he said last week.

“In those two games we lacked a lot of things, but not the attitude of my players. They are motivated to do things well.”

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Manchester City have paid tribute to former academy player Jeremy Wisten following his death at the age of 17.

Wisten was born in Malawi but moved to England as a baby before joining City’s under-13 level in 2016.

A City statement read: “The Manchester City family are saddened to learn of the passing of former academy player Jeremy Wisten. We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family.

Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.”

Aymeric Laporte was among members of City’s senior squad to pay tribute to Wisten, who was a promising defender. Laporte tweeted: “Horrible news…RIP young man.”

Cole Palmer and Tommy Doyle, who played alongside Wisten in City’s youth teams, also paid tributes.

“You Will Be Forever Missed,” Palmer wrote on Instagram. “Fly High My Brother Rest In Paradise!”

Manchester United academy player Reece Devine posted: “Thank you for all the memories brother. I can’t believe how you must have been feeling. I wish we could have helped.

“You were always making everybody around you laugh and smile. Rest easy. Love you always. Remember to always speak up.”