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  • Thu, 19 Sep 2019 19:09:50 +0000: Manchester United v Astana, Wolves v Braga, Rangers v Feyenoord – live! - Wolverhampton Wanderers | The Guardian

    GOAL! Gent 1-0 St Etienne. The first goal of the late kick-offs is scored by Gent. Belle and Sebastian earworm Jonathan David scores it, putting his side 1-0 up against St Etienne in what appears to be some sort of 1990s indie-band derby.

    Over to Old Trafford, and it’s nearly a fast start for the hosts. The kids are alright, but Fred, 26, is even better. He launches a long shot towards the top-right corner from the best part of 30 yards. He beats the Astana keeper, but the ball pings off the top of the crossbar. So close.

    Silence descends on Ibrox. A minute in heartbreaking honour of former Rangers captain Fernando Ricksen, who lost his brave battle with Motor Neurone disease yesterday. Immaculately observed. Gone too young. RIP.

    Related: Fernando Ricksen: ‘I like living too much, I’m not ready to go’

    Thanks Simon. So let’s just remind ourselves of the line-ups in the three big 8pm kick-offs. Other fixtures are available, and we’ll be keeping abreast of them, sort of. But these are the biggies.

    Manchester United: Romero, Dalot, Jones, Tuanzebe, Rojo, Fred, Matic, Gomes, Rashford, Greenwood, Chong.
    Subs: Maguire, Mata, Grant, Lingard, Young, Garner, McTominay.
    Astana: Eric, Rukavina, Evgeni Postnikov, Tomasevic, Shomko, Tomasov, Maewski, Simunovic, Sigurjonsson, Rotariu, Murtazaev.
    Subs: Muzhikov, Beysebekov, Mubele, Logvinenko, Pertsukh, Janga, Mokin.

    Right, time for Scott Murray to take over for the late games. Bye!

    The early games are over, and this is how they ended:

    Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3 Arsenal
    Standard Liège 2-0 Vitória Guimarães
    Basel 5-0 Krasnodar
    Getafe 1-0 Trabzonspor
    PSV 3-2 Sporting
    LASK 1-0 Rosenborg
    Rennes 1-1 Celtic
    CFR Cluj 2-1 Lazio
    APOEL 3-4 F91 Dudelange
    Qarabağ 0-3 Sevilla
    Dynamo Kyiv 1-0 Malmö
    København 1-0 Lugano

    Final score: Rennes 1-1 Celtic! A penalty and in due course a point apiece in Group E.

    Final score: Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3 Arsenal! A frankly bonkers game in which either side could have scored any number of goals, but it ended with the Gunners three goals and one man up.

    GOAL! Standard Liege 2-0 Guimaraes! Paul-Jose M’Poku, once of Tottenham’s academy, has made the game safe in Liege.

    Red card! Celtic go down to 10! Vakoun Bayo has copped a second yellow, and is on his way to a (fractionally) early bath, a couple of minutes into five minutes of stoppage time. It’s still Rennes 1-1 Celtic.

    Also three goals to the good are Sevilla, Oliver Torres having given them a 3-0 lead over Qarabag in the 85th minute.

    GOAL! Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3 Arsenal! They’re not missing now! Saka nicks the ball in midfield and suddenly Arsenal have a three-on-one! He passes to Aubameyang, who dummies and then passes into the corner of the net. Saka has been dangerous all game, and suddenly has a goal and two assists!

    GOAL! Apoel Nicosia 3-4 Dudelange! What a game! Danel Sinani puts the visitors back into the lead in the 82nd minute!

    GOAL! Eintracht Frankfurt 0-2 Arsenal! And the Gunners have won it! Arsenal break through Xhaka who finds Pepe on the right. The Ivorian runs towards the box and passes inside to Saka, who checks onto his left foot and curls a lovely shot inside the far post!

    GOAL! Dynamo Kyiv 1-0 Malmo! Vitaliy Buyalsky puts the home side ahead in the 84th minute!

    Arsenal miss another sitter! The sittiest sitter of the entire evening! The ball is lifted into the area from the left, Chambers volleys it back across goal and Aubameyang has most of an empty net to tap into - but he taps wide of it!

    Red card! Eintracht Frankfurt go down to 10 men! Dominik Kohr gets his marching orders after picking up a second booking for tripping Saka!

    GOAL! Cluj 2-1 Lazio! Bilel Omrani puts Cluj ahead, heading in the rebound after his own shot had hit the bar.

    For the second successive game Arsenal have had a player booked for timewasting. Kolasinac attracted the referee’s ire for dallying over a throw-in.

    GOAL! Standard Liege 1-0 Guimaraes! The French left-back Florent Hanin has scored an own goal in Belgium!


    Vojvoda centre et Hanin marque contre son camp ! ⚽

    Vojvoda zet voor en Hanin werkt de bal in eigen doel ! ⚽#STAVSC #COYR pic.twitter.com/ldu8qD4HT8

    Scratch that! Dominik Stolz has made it Apoel 3-3 Dudelange! That goal ended a 14-minute goal drought, which must have been extremely testing for all concerned.

    Four goals in seven minutes in Nicosia! In the 51st minute Antoine Bernier put Dudelange 2-0 up, and the away side probably thought they had victory in the bag. In the 58th minute Andrija Pavlović made it 3-2 to Apoel with his second goal in four minutes, and Tomás De Vincenti managed to squeeze a penalty between them!

    Willock is denied by the goalkeeper’s legs! This game is not going to feature in any defensive coaching manuals, except as some kind of worst-case scenario disaster-planning exercise.

    GOAL! Qarabag 0-1 Sevilla! Javier Hernandez has put Sevilla a goal up at Qarabag. The home side are yet to have a shot on target.

    Wolves v Braga teams!

    Wolverhampton: Rui Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Gibbs-White, Jonny, Jimenez, Cutrone. Subs: Pedro Neto, Jota, Ruddy, Saiss, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Vinagre, Traore.
    Braga: Matheus Magalhaes, Ricardo Esgaio, Bruno Viana, Pablo Santos, Nuno Sequeira, Fransergio, Joao Palhinha, Andre Horta, Ricardo Horta, Paulinho, Galeno. Subs: Claudemir, Kouka, Diogo Viana, Joao Novais, Murilo Souza, Trincao, Eduardo.
    Referee: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark).

    Team news from Ibrox!

    An emotional night as Ibrox mourns the passing of Fernando Ricksen. On the pitch, Steven Gerrard makes four changes to the side that beat Livingston at the weekend. Nikola Katic, Andy Halliday, Joe Aribo and the injured Ryan Kent are replaced by Filip Helander, Borna Barisic, Glen Kamara and Ryan Jack.

    Here’s Manchester United’s starting XI. And Astana’s, for that matter:

    Solskjaer’s Sprogs get a run-out for United tonight. Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong make their first starts for the club, while 17-year-old Mason Greenwood is also named up front. Only Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford retain their starting spots from the win over Leicester. Plus: the lesser-spotted Fred!

    Another Frankfurt miss! This time André Silva spears over with his left foot when picked out by a low cross! How the home side haven’t scored in this game is beyond me.

    GOAL! Rennes 1-1 Celtic Ryan Christie rattles the penalty home! The keeper goes the right way, but can’t even touch it!

    Celtic have a penalty! Forrest tricks Da Silva inside the area and goes down, and the referee blows instantly!

    Arsenal hit the bar with a free-kick from the right, surely intended as a cross.

    GOAL! Basel 4-0 Krasnodar! Two goals in three minutes for the Swiss side, Luca Zuffi with the first before Tonny Vilhena turned a cross into his own net!

    GOAL! PSV 3-1 Sporting! Timo Baumgartl has restored the home side’s two-goal advantage in Holland, converting a corner.

    And now a chance for Aubameyang! It’s a lovely run and pass from Willock, and Aubameyang would surely have scored but for Hinteregger’s sliding challenge! This game is ludicrously open!

    And again! Kohr passes to André Silva, who shoots over!

    Frankfurt come close! A cross from the left, and though it’s just too high for Dost (which means it was very high indeed) it would have been just right for André Silva had the Dutchman left it alone.

    Back under way! The second half kicks off in Rennes, while in Frankfurt the players are poised.

    I don’t know what Raúl Jiménez’s boots normally look like, so can’t really judge how interesting this is. They are quite smart boots, to be fair.

    Special boots for @Raul_Jimenez9 tonight...


    The goals you don’t know about: Sebastián Coates scored an own goal to give PSV a 2-0 lead over Sporting, but Bruno Fernandes has pulled one back from the spot. Also in Group D, James Holland scored in the third minute of first-half stoppage time to give LASK the advantage against Rosenborg. Finally, Kevin Bua’s smart finish has doubled Basel’s lead over Krasnodar, the 26-year-old scoring both of the goals.

    The half-time scores in full:

    Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 Arsenal
    Standard Liège 0-0 Vitória Guimarães
    Basel 2-0 Krasnodar
    Getafe 1-0 Trabzonspor
    PSV 2-1 Sporting
    LASK 1-0 Rosenborg
    Rennes 1-0 Celtic
    CFR Cluj 1-1 Lazio
    APOEL 0-1 F91 Dudelange
    Qarabağ 0-0 Sevilla
    Dynamo Kyiv 0-0 Malmö
    København 0-0 Lugano

    It’s half-time everywhere, and I have a couple of goals to tell you about: Ciprian Deac has equalised from the penalty spot for Cluj against Lazio, while Danel Sinani has put Dudelange ahead at APOEL.

    Into stoppage time in Frankfurt, and the home side come close again! André Silva this time shoots from the right of goal, and Martinez gets down smartly and pushes it away with his right glove!

    Nathan Brown emails. “A match is 90 minutes long,” he writes. “So it could perhaps be made up of 6 matches of 15 minutes. Therefore 12 matches of 15 minutes is the equivalent of 2 full matches. My point is - you’re right, Arsenal have missed a fair few chances already.” They have now stopped missing, but you’re right, that was terrible elementary mathematics.

    GOAL! Frankfurt 0-1 Arsenal! They’ve only gone and scored! Inevitably, it took a deflection and a lucky bounce. Willock it was, running down the left, cutting onto his right foot and then shooting into a defender’s leg, then into the turf, then over the keeper, then in off the underside of the bar!

    A GOAL FROM HALE END!@BukayoSaka87 assists @JoeWillock for the opening goal as two @ArsenalAcademy boys combine!

    ⚫️ 0-1 (39)

    #UEL pic.twitter.com/0ygRYRo67F

    GOAL! Rennes 1-0 Celtic! Niang slams the penalty home, after sending Forster the wrong way!

    Rennes have a penalty! Ajer doing the most ridiculous amount of shirt-pulling in the box there.

    Saka’s low cross towards Aubameyang is well cleared by Sow, another heart-in-mouth moment for the home side. Somehow Arsenal have only had five shots; Frankfurt have had 12.

    Arsenal miss another one! This time Smith-Rowe roars through on goal, but Trapp wins the one-on-one!

    GOAL! Cluj 0-1 Lazio! A goal has been scored at Cluj. I can’t tell you anthing about it. Sorry.

    25' | #ClujLazio 0-1

    ⚽️ GOOOOOOOOL!!!!!! GOOOOOOL!!!!!
    LA SBLOCCA @quissanga91!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/HVvTvl7Uib

    Now Willock misses an absolute sitter for Arsenal! How has he spooned that one? Aubameyang cuts the ball back from the byline, Willock times his run to perfection, he gets to the ball and sidefoots it wide! And probably also high!

    Donyell Malen, PSV’s scorer, is a graduate of Arsenal’s academy, so the Gunners kind of scored in Europe tonight.

    Eintracht keep threatening! Now Kostic is played in, on the left side of the penalty area, and his excellent low shot across goal is very well saved!

    The goals are flying in now! Donyell Malen makes it PSV 1-0 Sporting

    Meanwhile in Rennes Celtic tghreaten twice, one left-wing cross zipping across the edge of the six-yard box but evading everybody and then Edouard bursting into the box before deciding to dive rather than shoot.

    Arsenal wobble again! How is this still 0-0? This time, after a left-wing cross causes panic, Bas Dost shoots high on the spin.

    Another goal! Ángel has put Getafe ahead at home to Trabzonspor with a thumping header.

    18' | ¡¡¡¡GOOOOOOOOL del @GetafeCF!!!!, marca Ángel el primero del partido.@GetafeCF 1-0 @Trabzonspor #VamosGeta pic.twitter.com/r9bgJtde8z

    Now Eintracht should score! But Kostic, who could have squared the ball or just scored himself, blasts a left-footed shot wide of the near post!

    Arsenal threaten again, but Trapp comes out quickly to reach the ball just before Torreira, who might have injured his ankle in hurdling the onrushing keeper.

    Twelve games are being played, each now 15 minutes old. That’s the equivalent of four* full matches played, and only one goal has been scored.

    * [Later edit] This is not true. It is the equivalent of two full matches. I did bad maths.

    Meanwhile in Rennes, Grenier heads wide when he might have put the home side ahead against Celtic.

    Arsenal fluff another excellent chance. This time Sow gives the ball to Saka, but he fails to release Aubameyang when all it would have taken was a straightforward pass, and the opportunity disappears in a puff of disappointment.

    There has only been one Europa League goal so far, and it has been scored by Kevin Bua, whose 10th-minute goal has put Basel ahead against Krasnodar.

    When they do get the ball into the box, Kamada falls over backwards in a ludicrous and unsuccessful attempt to win a penalty.

    Frankfurt have dominated since that chance, but without threatening Arsenal’s penalty area.

    What a chance for Arsenal! In the fifth minute, Saka lifts the ball to the far post where Torreira runs onto it, totally ignored by the defence. He meets it on the half-volley, eight yards out, and blasts it miles high!

    Peeeeeep! We’re off!

    In case you’re wondering what Tony Yeboah looks like these days:

    And out they come! Behind the home goal, all hell breaks loose.

    The players are on their way out! I’m watching events at Frankfurt, where the players’ tunnel looks like a conference centre.

    The away dressing-room at Eintracht Frankfurt looks pleasingly old-school:

    Arsenal have arrived for their game at Frankfurt, and don’t they look excited?

    Arsenal arrive at Frankfurt Stadion ️#UEL pic.twitter.com/sHnlvDzhAr

    Here are the starting line-ups from the Philips Stadion:

    PSV: Zoet, Dumfries, Baumgartl, Viergever, Boscagli, Hendrix, Rosario, Ihattaren, Bergwijn, Malen, Bruma. Subs: Schwaab, Mitroglou, Gakpo, Ruiter, Doan, Sadilek, Teze.
    Sporting: Ribeiro, Rosier, Coates, Neto, Acuna, Bolasie, Doumbia, Wendel, Luis, Vietto, Bruno Fernandes. Subs: Tiago Ilori, Eduardo Henrique, Camacho, Borja, Pedro Mendes, Cabral, Maximiano.
    Referee: Ivan Kruzliak (Slovakia).

    Rennes: Mendy; Traoré, Da Silva, Gnagnon, Morel; Bourigeaud, Jonas Martin, Grenier; Raphinha, Niang, Tait. Subs: Salin, Siebatcheu, Lea Siliki, Camavinga, Del Castillo, Hunou, Gelin.
    Celtic: Forster; Elhamed, Ajer, Jullien, Bolingoli; Brown, McGregor; Forrest, Christie, Elyounoussi; Edouard. Subs: Gordon, Bayo, Bauer, Hayes, Morgan, Rogic, Ntcham.

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon named an unchanged team for their Europa League group opener in Rennes.

    That meant no place in the starting line-up for French midfielder Olivier Ntcham, with Norway winger Mohamed Elyounoussi keeping his place after his debut at Hamilton.

    ⭐️ @EuropaLeague Team News ⭐️

    Our side to face @staderennais in the #UEL #RENCEL pic.twitter.com/1gH4O1FBSQ

    Here’s PA Media’s take on the Arsenal line-up:

    Arsenal head coach Unai Emery made seven changes for the Europa League Group F opener at Eintracht Frankfurt.

    The Gunners boss kept Sead Kolasinac, Granit Xhaka, David Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in his side from the weekend Premier League draw at Watford.

    A load of changes for Arsenal, including Bukayo Saka making his second first-team start:

    Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp, Abraham, Hasebe, Hinteregger, Kohr, Da Costa, Sow, Kamada, Kostic, Dost, Andre Silva. Subs: Ndicka, Falette, Fernandes, Joveljic, Chandler, Ronnow, Paciencia.
    Arsenal: Martinez, Chambers, Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Smith-Rowe, Willock, Saka, Aubameyang. Subs: Leno, Ceballos, Maitland-Niles, Pepe, Nelson, Guendouzi, Martinelli.
    Referee: Davide Massa (Italy).

    We have some team news trickling in. Hold on to your hats ...

    Welcome to another bumper evening of European football, in which 24 games will be played in two batches over five hours - and we’ll be here for the lot of it.

    In the early games Celtic head to Rennes, where they should keep an eye out for the outrageously gifted 16-year-old defensive midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, who has played every minute of the French side’s season so far, while Arsenal visit Eintracht Frankfurt without Sokratis Papastathopoulos or Mesut Ozil, both dropped after flopping at Vicarage Road at the weekend. “Usually Eintracht are doing high pressing,” says Unai Emery worryingly, as we saw at Watford on Sunday that their defence can spontaneously self-combust when pressed. “Some mistakes we made on Sunday we need to improve. Today is another challenge to show how we can improve. Last year Frankfurt played in the same semi-final as Chelsea. To start tomorrow with them is a tough match.” There’s also PSV v Sporting, which looks like a Champions League fixture that has simply got lost somewhere though in fact the teams have played twice in the Europa League since they last met in the continent’s premier competition back in 1998. True fact: there has only been one away win in 11 meetings since 1975.

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  • Mon, 16 Sep 2019 07:29:51 +0000: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action - Wolverhampton Wanderers | The Guardian

    Buendía the architect of City’s bad day, Arsenal were woeful in defence and Maguire deserved better from Leicester fans

    The way in which Norwich turned a negative into a positive was quite something. With nigh-on a full team of players out injured, the odds of stopping Manchester City looked insurmountable. Instead Daniel Farke’s men gave their best performance of the season by far, not only cutting the champions open but looking solid at the back for the first time. There was kudos for the debutants in defence, Sam Byram and Ibrahim Amadou, but also for more seasoned Norwich players. Emi Buendía and Marco Stiepermann were central to a buccaneering style in the Championship yet had struggled to bring that form to the top flight. With the gauntlet down, however, they delivered. Buendía contributed two assists and regularly sprung the City press. Stiepermann sparked several counter attacks and crucially reestablished his understanding with Teemu Pukki. Paul MacInnes

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  • Sun, 15 Sep 2019 20:52:13 +0000: The Dozen: Guardiola's grief and David Luiz's lunge – the best Premier League pictures - Wolverhampton Wanderers | The Guardian

    Our picture editors choose their favourite images from the weekend’s matches

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  • Sun, 15 Sep 2019 13:30:11 +0000: Tammy Abraham revels up front but Chelsea need to tighten up at the back - Wolverhampton Wanderers | The Guardian
    Striker is profiting from Chelsea’s openness in attack as he showed in the 5-2 win at Wolves but it is leaving them vulnerable in defence

    Youth products scoring goals. A verve and excitement in forward areas. Goals, fun, joy. It was all there for Chelsea at Wolves on Saturday. Fikayo Tomori was a revelation stepping out from a rejigged defensive line. Tammy Abraham scored a hat-trick to take his tally to seven in three games. Mason Mount again found space and devastating angles in the final third.

    And yet when Romain Saïss’s 69th-minute header found its way in via the hands of Kepa Arrizabalaga and Abraham to make it 4-1, Wolves’ players were rushing to get the ball back to the centre-circle; it seemed like more than consolation. When, with the score at 4-2, the board went up to signal six minutes of injury time, there was a great roar from the home crowd: they felt there was a real chance of a famous comeback. With this Chelsea side, you suspect, no lead will ever seem quite safe.

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  • Sat, 14 Sep 2019 17:50:00 +0000: Tammy Abraham scores hat-trick and own goal as Chelsea hammer Wolves - Wolverhampton Wanderers | The Guardian

    This was supposed to be a day of celebration for Wolves as they marked the 130th anniversary of their first match here. Instead it turned into an embarrassment for the hosts, as thoughts of their rich history were blown away by signs of Chelsea’s bright future. Three of the young English talents introduced by Frank Lampard stole the show for the visitors, for whom a hat-trick by Tammy Abraham was bookended by goals from Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount.

    Related: Marcus Rashford’s early penalty edges blunt Manchester United past Leicester

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