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Galatasaray fans throw flares inside and outside stadium
Match report: Arsenal 4-1 Galatasaray
Amy Lawrence: Welbeck, Sánchez and Özil excel
Danny Welbeck admitted that he forgot to claim the match ball after the first hat-trick of his professional career had fired Arsenal to an emphatic 4-1 Champions League victory over Galatasaray.
The striker, signed from Manchester United for £16m on transfer deadline day, was described as electric by the Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, who could savour a result to stabilise the clubs Group D campaign. They had lost their opening tie 2-0 at Borussia Dortmund.Continue reading...
Caterham have never scored a point in Formula One
July 2014: Tony Fernandes sells team to consortium
The Caterham Formula One team said they are going ahead with preparations to race in Japan this weekend despite bailiffs seizing items from their factory on Wednesday.
The troubled team issued a statement before the race at Suzuka that condemned unfounded and unsubstantiated rumours concerning actions against 1MRT, the entrant and owner of Caterham F1.Continue reading...
Terry played 100th Champions League game on Tuesday
Matics header proves decisive against Sporting
Mourinho: two ties against Maribor key to progress
John Terry has admitted he was reduced to tears by the wasteful end to Chelseas Premier League title challenge last season, but is confident the additions to the spine of José Mourinhos team have strengthened their challenge this time around.
There was a period towards the end of the last campaign when the London club had their destiny in their own hands, only to drop points wastefully at Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and, most damagingly of all, at home to Sunderland and Norwich City. That left them trailing in third behind Manchester City and Liverpool, though the arrival of Diego Costa and Cesc Fàbregas, and the continued development of Nemanja Matic, have hoisted their ambitions.Continue reading...
England may have granted Brendan Rodgers his wish on Daniel Sturridge but there was precious little else to appease the Liverpool manager in Basel. Sturridges importance to Liverpool rises in absentia and the worry for Rodgers is that his problems run deeper than one injured striker having surrendered the initiative to Paulo Sousas side in the Champions League.
Liverpool were once again limited in attack without the England international and for all his hard work Mario Balotelli remains elusive as an attacking threat. The Italian striker headed straight for the tunnel on the final whistle as his manager ordered his players to salute Liverpools suffering travelling support, his disappointment understandable but his lack of appreciation poor.Continue reading...
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Graham Rowntree, Andy Farrell and Mike Catt also signed up
Lancasters deal removes the World Cup distractions
Stuart Lancasters extended contract as the England head coach will remain a sound decision even if his side underachieve at next years Rugby World Cup, according to Ian Ritchie, the Rugby Football Unions chief executive.
Lancaster will remain in charge until 2020 as part of the RFUs quest for sustainable success in the longer term. Results, as ever, can undermine the best-laid plans but the RFU has been so impressed with the progress made during Lancasters tenure it is willing to risk looking silly should England fail to emerge from a World Cup pool also containing Australia and Wales.Continue reading...
Galatasaray fans hurl flares on to Emirates pitch
Arsène Wenger could scarcely have scripted it better. On the occasion of the 18th anniversary of his Arsenal appointment and needing a victory after the crash at Borussia Dortmund in the opening tie of this Champions League section, the manager watched his players turn on the attacking style to inflict something of a humiliation on Galatasaray.
Danny Welbeck was the star turn, helping himself to a hat-trick each one a perfectly sculpted finish to ignite his career at Arsenal but he was supported by a beautifully balanced performance from the midfield, in which Mesut Özil, Alexis Sánchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla vied for the top billing.Continue reading...