Manchester United v Atalanta – Follow LIVE

Follow the Champions League live Football match between Manchester United and Atalanta with Eurosport. The match starts at 21:00 on 20 October 2021.
Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers: Ole Gunnar Solskjær or Gian Piero Gasperini? Find out by following our live matchcast.

Catch the latest Manchester United and Atalanta news and find up to date Football standings, results, top scorers and previous winners.
Football fans can find the latest Football news, interviews, expert commentary and watch free replays. See detailed profiles for Manchester United and Atalanta. Catch all the upcoming competitions. Make Eurosport your go-to source for sports online from Football to cycling, F1, winter sports and more. Enjoy live streaming of this season’s top sports competitions.

Dominant Chelsea east past Malmo but lose Lukaku and Werner to injuries

Chelsea’s emphatic victory over Malmo in Champions League H was overshadowed by the injuries suffered by Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.

The Blues made the perfect response to the surprise 1-0 defeat to Juventus last time out, completely outplaying their Swedish opponents with a stylish performance. However, it came at a cost.

Thomas Tuchel reverted to a 3-4-3 formation, and, having struggled to break Brentford down in the 1-0 win on Saturday, Chelsea looked much more fluid in attack.

Football

FIFA confirm 2021 Club World Cup will be held in United Arab Emirates in early 2022

5 HOURS AGO

Their reward for a dominant first half display was a 2-0 goal lead. Thiago Silva, one of four changes, delivered a fine cross which was converted by fellow defender Andreas Christensen on the volley, as the 25-year-old finally celebrated his first goal for the club in his 137th appearance.

Chelsea continued to play at a high intensity and were awarded a penalty when Lukaku was brought down by Lasse Nielsen’s scissor tackle, which subsequently forced the Belgian off. Jorginho converted from the spot.

And yet the hosts continued to play with a swagger as the makeshift strikeforce combined for Chelsea’s third. Callum Hudson-Odoi – the replacement for Werner, who later limped off with a hamstring injury – drove forward and played a reverse pass into the feet of Kai Havertz – Lukaku’s replacement – and the Germany international made no mistake for his second goal of the season.

Goal number four followed shortly as Jorginho once again displayed his remarkable penalty-taking ability when he slotted home from the spot after Antonio Rudiger was upended in the box.

The victory keeps Chelsea second with six points, three behind Juventus who beat Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 in Russia. Malmo remain bottom without a point or a goal scored.

TALKING POINT – Injuries mean all eyes fall on Havertz

Chelsea were back to their best tonight as they tore their opponents to shreds courtesy of a thoroughly professional performance. However, the talking point is clearly the injuries suffered by Lukaku and Werner and what it means for the immediate future.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 20: Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea is treated for injury during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Chelsea FC and Malmo FF at Stamford Bridge on October 20, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Image

Image credit: Getty Images

The Blues may be forced to play without a recognised striker for a couple of weeks, if not longer depending on the severity of the knocks. The responsibility will fall largely on the shoulders of Havertz, who before tonight only had one goal to his name this season.

Tonight’s impressive display will boost his confidence but there are much more sterner tests than Malmo to follow.

MAN OF THE MATCH – Jorginho (Chelsea)

Aside from tucking away two cool penalties, the Italian was generally excellent in midfield alongside Kante, who was almost as equally impressive.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 20: Jorginho of Chelsea celebrates with Antonio Ruediger and teammates after scoring their team’s second goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Chelsea FC and Malmo FF at Stamford Bridge on October 20, 2021 i

Image credit: Getty Images

PLAYER RATINGS

Chelsea: Mendy 6, Rudiger 7, Silva 7, Christensen 7, Azpilicueta 6, Jorginho 8*, Mount 7, Kante 8, Chilwell 7, Lukaku N/A, Werner 6.. subs: Alonso 6, Saul 6, Hudson-Odoi 8, James 6, Havertz 7.

Malmo: Dahlin 5, Larsson 5, Nielsen 4, Brorsson 5, Berget 5, Pena 5, Innocent 5, Christiansen 4, Colak 5, Birmancevic 5.. subs: Diawara 5, Miosander N/A, Rakip 5, Nalic 5.

KEY MOMENTS

9′ – GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Malmo (Andreas Christensen): Malmo make a mess of trying to clear Jorginho’s corner delivery. The ball bounces around the box before falling at the feet of Thiago Silva on the right. His floated cross finds Christensen unmarked and the defender finishes like a striker, volleying into the corner, to give Chelsea lift-off!

21′ – GOAL! Chelsea 2-0 Malmo (Jorginho, pen): Cool as you like, Jorginho slams the spot-kick into the back of the net. And there wasn’t even a sign of his trademark skip in the run-up!

48′ – GOAL! Chelsea 3-0 Malmo (Kai Havertz): Having committed bodies forward, Malmo lose the ball and Chelsea break rapidly. Hudson-Odoi drives forward with a menacing run and his reverse pass hands Havertz a wonderful opportunity and he makes no mistake, burying the ball into the corner of goal. It’s just his second goal of the season!

57′ – GOAL! Chelsea 4-0 Malmo (Jorginho, pen): No mistake from Jorginho, who nets from the spot for the second time this evening! Unlike his first attempt, this time there is a skip in his run-up, as he waits for the goalkeeper to commit before shooting straight down the middle of goal.

KEY STATS

  • No Chelsea player has scored more times for the club under Thomas Tuchel in all competitions than Kai Havertz (six, level with Mount).
  • Andreas Christensen scored his first ever goal for Chelsea in what is his 137th competitive appearance for the club. He is Chelsea’s 14th different goalscorer in all competitions this season.

Champions League

‘A bit overplayed’ – Tuchel says Lukaku is ‘mentally tired’

YESTERDAY AT 14:30

Premier League

Opinion: Mendy’s Ballon d’Or snub is baffling beyond belief

18/10/2021 AT 14:10

Chelsea v Malmo – Follow LIVE

Follow the Champions League live Football match between Chelsea and Malmö FF with Eurosport. The match starts at 21:00 on 20 October 2021.
Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers: Thomas Tuchel or Jon Dahl Tomasson? Find out by following our live matchcast.

Catch the latest Chelsea and Malmö FF news and find up to date Football standings, results, top scorers and previous winners.
Football fans can find the latest Football news, interviews, expert commentary and watch free replays. See detailed profiles for Chelsea and Malmö FF. Catch all the upcoming competitions. Make Eurosport your go-to source for sports online from Football to cycling, F1, winter sports and more. Enjoy live streaming of this season’s top sports competitions.

Bumbling Bianconeri steal Saint Petersburg showdown late on

It finished 1-0 to Juventus at the Saint Petersburg Stadium as they finally breached Zenit Saint Petersburg’s staunch resistance in Group H.

In a game lacking in many clear-cut chances, the Bianconeri struggled to break down their hosts who held firm in a back five shape that frustrated Massimiliano Allegri’s men for 87 minutes.

The first half’s highlights were limited: the best coming from left winger Claudinho, who stung the palms of visiting goalkeeper Wojieich Szceszny with a powerful, dipping effort from range on 18 minutes, and European Championships hero Federico Chiesa had three sightings of goal that he should’ve done better with as both sides’ left wingers looked the brightest of a dull bunch.

Serie A

Juventus down Mourinho’s Roma amid VAR drama

17/10/2021 AT 18:01

After the restart, the tempo improved, yet there was no real improvement in chances created.

A Claudinho attempt that went well wide was the closest that the home side would come, although Dmitri Chistyakov tested Szceszny with a flicked header from a corner just before the break.

American international Weston McKennie would be dangerous with his bending runs in behind the defence, and on numerous occasions he had headed opportunities, and he came particularly close on 74 minutes, guiding a clipped cross just wide.

The little Brazilian Claudinho would continue to be the game’s brightest spark: trying his luck from range a few more times before the game’s end, with the match fizzling out.

But, three minutes from time, super-sub Dejan Kulusevski popped up, glancing Mattia de Sciglio’s inswinging cross back across Stan Kritsyuk and into the far corner to give Juve the victory.

Improvements must be made from both sides in the next matchdays to come. Juventus still lead the group – they maintain their 100% record – but they must be better when they travel to Stamford Bridge.

Weston McKennie, Zenit-Juventus, Getty Images

Image credit: Eurosport

TALKING POINT – JUVE LACKLUSTRE, MISSING THEIR MAIN MAN?

Granted, they were up against a compact back five in a partisan atmosphere, but one would expect a side with the personnel quality of Juventus to create more chances than they did.

That could well have been down to the absence of Paulo Dybala.

The Argentinian playmaker was a sore miss today, with his decoy runs from deep, his orchestration and vision for that penetrative pass all things that could have ensured a much more comfortable scoreline for Allegri and his side tonight.

Manuel Locatelli and Arthur when he came on tried their best to dictate play from deeper positions, and Federico Bernadeschi was disappointing off the right.

Chiesa was lively but faded, and he was particularly poor with his finishing; wasting at least three decent opportunities to get his name on the scoresheet.

Regardless, the Italians have won the game and remain in the driving seat of the group. Dybala can’t have been that much of a miss.

Juventus’ Swedish forward Dejan Kulusevski celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League football match between Zenit St. Petersburg and Juventus in Saint Petersburg on October 20, 2021. (Photo by Olga MALTSEVA

Image credit: Getty Images

PLAYER RATINGS

Zenit: Krisyuk 6, Karavaev 6, Chistyakov 6, Lovren 6, Rakitskiy 7, Santos 6, Barrios 6, Wendel 6, Malcom 6, Dzyuba 5, Claudinho 7, Azmoun 6, Sutormin 6, Kuzyaev 6, Krugovoy 6, Yerokhin 6.

Juventus: Szceszny 6, de Sciglio 6, Bonucci 6, de Ligt 6, Sandro 6, Mckennie 6, Locatelli 6, Bentancur 6, Chiesa 6, Morata 5, Bernadeschi 5, Cuadrado 6, Kulusevski 7, Arthur 6, Kean 6, Ramsey 6.

MAN OF THE MATCH – CLAUDINHO, ZENIT

A man undeserving of being on the losing side.

He gave his all on and off the ball; the home side’s brightest creative spark, brightening in the second half when the Russians began to look flat and tired.

He didn’t quite have his shooting boots on today, but had he, we could well be speaking about a very different result.

He teased Mattia de Sciglio with his tricky dribbling and thorny positioning in the pockets between the lines, and showed why Zenit aren’t all just about his compatriot Malcom on the right flank.

KEY MOMENTS

18: CLOSE! Bernadeschi slips… it comes to Malcom, who feeds Claudinho from range! Szceszny makes the save. First real sighting of goal for either side.

44′: CLOSE! Corner met by Christyakov! Held by Szceszny.

52′: Claudinho… Alex Sandro missed it… Malcom… looks for his compatriot again! Good covering block from de Ligt.

87′: GOAL!!!! Kulusevski! Finally! Bonucci switched the ball brilliantly to de Sciglio, and the Swede glanes it back across the goalkeeper for 1-0.

KEY STAT

Serie A

Inside Europe: Could Inter be next for Newcastle’s new Saudi owners?

14/10/2021 AT 20:44

Ballon d’Or

When is the Ballon d’Or 2021, who is nominated and how can I watch?

14/10/2021 AT 10:02

Zenit Saint Petersburg v Juventus – Follow LIVE

Follow the Champions League live Football match between FC Zenit and Juventus with Eurosport. The match starts at 21:00 on 20 October 2021.
Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers: Sergei Semak or Massimiliano Allegri? Find out by following our live matchcast.

Catch the latest FC Zenit and Juventus news and find up to date Football standings, results, top scorers and previous winners.
Football fans can find the latest Football news, interviews, expert commentary and watch free replays. See detailed profiles for FC Zenit and Juventus. Catch all the upcoming competitions. Make Eurosport your go-to source for sports online from Football to cycling, F1, winter sports and more. Enjoy live streaming of this season’s top sports competitions.

Benfica v Bayern Munich – Follow LIVE

Follow the Champions League live Football match between Benfica and FC Bayern Munich with Eurosport. The match starts at 21:00 on 20 October 2021.
Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers: Jorge Jesus or Julian Nagelsmann? Find out by following our live matchcast.

Catch the latest Benfica and FC Bayern Munich news and find up to date Football standings, results, top scorers and previous winners.
Football fans can find the latest Football news, interviews, expert commentary and watch free replays. See detailed profiles for Benfica and FC Bayern Munich. Catch all the upcoming competitions. Make Eurosport your go-to source for sports online from Football to cycling, F1, winter sports and more. Enjoy live streaming of this season’s top sports competitions.

Sane stunner sparks late surge to settle battling Bayern win against Benfica

Leroy Sane bagged a brace and Robert Lewandowski was also on target as Bayern ran out 4-0 winners in Benfica.

The result was harsh on the Portuguese giants who were firmly in the game, and forced Manuel Neuer into two fantastic saves, before Sane curled a fantastic free kick home 20 minutes from time.

Bayern also had two goals narrowly ruled out by VAR before they took the lead, close-range finishes from Lewandowski and Thomas Muller, the first the result of the ball striking the Polish striker’s arm and the other through offside in the build up.

Transfers

Ballon d’Or power rankings: Will Messi win again?

18/10/2021 AT 16:49

Muller and Benjamin Pavard also saw efforts come back off the post, the latter after a fine stop from Odisseas Vlachodimos.

Ten minutes from time substitute Everton headed into his own goal to double the lead after substitute Serge Gnabry pulled the ball back from the by-line. The former Arsenal winger was involved again in the third as he found Sane in the box, who unselfishly squared for Lewandowski to tap home.

Sane got his second in the closing stages when another substitute, Josip Stanisic, pulled back for the German international to slam home his second.

Bayern now have scored 12 goals in three Champions League games in Group E. Benfica are in second spot, a point ahead of Barcelona who beat Dynamo Kiev 1-0 at the Nou Camp.

TALKING POINT – WHO CAN STOP BAYERN?

The absence of Robert Lewandowski was a big reason for Bayern failing to reach the semi-finals last season, as they fell to PSG on away goals. They look so good this season that it will likely take such an occurrence to keep them from winning the trophy again this year. With key men like Leon Goretzka and Alphonso Davies out there was the possibility they might struggle at one of Europe’s most intimidating venues against a buoyant outfit.

Though the game was far from one-way traffic, with Neuer making sublime stops from Darwin Nunez and Diogo Goncalves, Bayern also could have added to the scoreline on numerous other occasions.

The brilliant return to fitness of Coman gives them the most exciting of dimensions on the left and Gnabry showed with his second-half cameo, where he was involved in three goals, that he will not quietly accept a part-time role. Thomas Muller shows no signs of sliding and Dayot Upamecano looks as solid as any centre back going around. They have no weakness.

MAN OF THE MATCH – KINGSLEY COMAN (BAYERN MUNICH)

Kingsley Coman has been a very good player for Bayern for five years, amassing over 200 appearances and winning all honours at club level, but performances like tonight make you realise he can lift his career up a notch in his first start after minor heart surgery.

Put simply, he was unplayable tonight, showcasing dazzling orthodox wingplay that is seldom seen in the game at the top level.

He was a key figure for France as a youngster in Euro 2016 but was not selected for the World Cup two years later and a periphery figure in the Euros this summer. Next year in Qatar could be his time.

PLAYER RATINGS

Benfica: Vlachodimos 7; Almeida 6, Verissimo 6, Otamendi 6, Vertonghen 6, Grimaldo 6, Weigl 7, Joao Mario 6, Rafa 7, Nunez 7, Yaremchuk 6.

Subs: Goncalves 6, Everton 5, Taraabt 5, Ramos 5, Pizzi 5.

Bayern: Neuer 8; Pavard 6, Sule 6, Upamecano 7, Lucas Hernandez 6; Kimmich 7, Sabitzer 7; Coman 9*, Muller 8, Sane 8; Lewandowski 7

Subs: Gnabry 8, Stanisic 7. Musiala 6, Tolisso 6, Richards 6.

KEY MOMENTS

33′ Great save from Neuer. Nunez couldn’t bring the ball down when beyond the Bayern defence, but then turned inside Suele, who was getting dangerously handsy with the Uruguayan, and then unleashed a rocket which the German keeper dived to his left and parried over the bar.

43′ GOAL FOR BAYERN – NO! Lewandowski turns in Coman’s close-range cross from the by-line, it looks like turned it home with his chest…..no, it was off the arm, surely VAR disallow it…..yes, they do.

52′ GOAL FOR BAYERN – NO! Muller turns home a scrappy goal from short range after Coman again caused havoc down the left, beating the right back then pulling back to Sane. His shot was saved but then Muller turned home.

53′ GOAL RULED OUT! Coman was slightly offside when the ball was played over the top – just his trailing boot. Muller remains on 49 Champions League goals.

70′ GOAL FOR BAYERN! Sane gets his free kick right on this occasion. Curling the ball over the wall and out of the reach of Vlachodimos. A great free kick.

80′ GOAL FOR BAYERN! An own goal doubles the score. Gnabry got to the by-line and seemed to run out of ideas but hopefully guided the ball towards Muller Everton cannot direct his header away from his own goal.

83′ GOAL FOR BAYERN! This is so unfair. Gnabry found Sane in the box and he was a little fortunate to get the ball come back to him after an attempted flick and then side-footed square to Lewandowski to finish.

85′ GOAL FOR BAYERN! Incredible. Again Gnabry is involved playing in Stanisic on the right wing and he pulled back for Sane to sidefoot home.

KEY STAT

Ballon d’Or

When is the Ballon d’Or 2021, who is nominated and how can I watch?

14/10/2021 AT 10:02

Ligue 1

Opinion: Traumatic 2021 should still end with Messi winning Ballon d’Or again

08/10/2021 AT 18:21

FIFA confirm 2021 Club World Cup will be held in United Arab Emirates in early 2022

FIFA have confirmed that the relocated 2021 Club World Cup will now be held in the United Arab Emirates in “early 2022”.

The organisation’s president Gianni Infantino confirmed that the Middle Eastern country had been selected as the replacement for original host nation Japan.

Japan had withdrawn due to the coronavirus and FIFA have now opted to bring the tournament back to the UAE, which has hosted the competition on four previous occasions, most recently in 2018.

Premier League

Opinion: Werner could be Chelsea’s Martinez alongside Lukaku

16/10/2021 AT 20:39

All fixtures have previously been held in either Abu Dhabi or Al-Ain, with Champions League winners Chelsea set for a visit to sunnier climes in the opening months of next year, though dates are to be finalised.

Infantino also confirmed that all 211 member nations of the body would convene on December 20 for a global summit meeting and presentation about the “future of football”.

“It was decided that the Club World Cup 2021 will be played in early 2022,” Infantino said at a FIFA council meeting.

“The host will be the United Arab Emirates, the UAE, who have hosted this event already a few times.”

Auckland City of New Zealand and Al Ahly, winners of the CAF Champions League, are the two other teams confirmed for the competition with Chelsea.

‘It’s always a challenge to restart the engines after the break’ – Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel’s side will enter at the semi-final stage – the European representative at the tournament has not failed to win the Club World Cup since the Londoners’ last participation.

A Chelsea side guided by Rafa Benitez was on that occasion beaten by Corinthians in the final in Yokohama, Japan.

The relocation of the 2021 tournament should see Al Jazira Club make their second appearance at the global footballing tournament as the most recent winners of the UAE Pro League.

Premier League

‘It’s too early’ – Tuchel not distracted by Premier League title talk

16/10/2021 AT 19:32

Premier League

‘Does anybody ask us?’ – Tuchel frustrated with international break

15/10/2021 AT 16:50

Barcelona v Dynamo Kiev – Follow LIVE

Follow the Champions League live Football match between FC Barcelona and Dynamo Kyiv with Eurosport. The match starts at 18:45 on 20 October 2021.
Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers: Ronald Koeman or Mircea Lucescu? Find out by following our live matchcast.

Catch the latest FC Barcelona and Dynamo Kyiv news and find up to date Football standings, results, top scorers and previous winners.
Football fans can find the latest Football news, interviews, expert commentary and watch free replays. See detailed profiles for FC Barcelona and Dynamo Kyiv. Catch all the upcoming competitions. Make Eurosport your go-to source for sports online from Football to cycling, F1, winter sports and more. Enjoy live streaming of this season’s top sports competitions.