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Manchester United held to goalless draw at Alkmaar

Friday, 2019-10-04 09:35:11
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Soccer Football - Europa League - Group L - AZ Alkmaar v Manchester United - Cars Jeans Stadion, Hague, Netherlands - October 3, 2019 AZ Alkmaar's Pantelis Hatzidiakos waves to the fans after the match. (Reuters)
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Manchester United's lean goalscoring form continued as they were held to a 0-0 draw at AZ Alkmaar in their second Group L match in the Europa League on Thursday.

* Arsenal teenager Gabriel Martinelli scored twice to spark a 4-0 rout of Standard Liege in the Europa League group stage on Thursday (Oct 3). Arsenal are three points clear of both Standard and Eintracht Frankfurt

* Paul Pogba was left out of the France squad named Thursday (Oct 3) for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey, but N'Golo Kante and Kylian Mbappe both return.

* Chelsea's Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori were rewarded for a fine start to the season under Frank Lampard with a call-up to the England squad on Thursday (Ocr 3) for Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

* Germany's Niklas Kaul took advantage of the injury withdrawal of defending champion Kevin Mayer on Thursday (Oct 3) to strike decathlon gold at the World Championships.

* Katarina Johnson-Thompson clinched gold in the heptathlon with the year's best performance after holding off the challenge of defending champion Nafissatou Thiam on Thursday to give the UK their second title at this year's world championships.

* Bahrain's Salwa Eid Naser destroyed the field and stunned Olympic champion Shanuae Miller-Uibo as she became the first Asian to win the women's 400 metre world title on Thursday (Oct 3).

* Espanyol forward Wu Lei became the first Chinese man to score in a major European competition on Thursday (Oct 3) as his side beat CSKA Moscow 2-0 in the Europa League group stage.

* Belgium's David Goffin edged past Denis Shapovalov 7-6(5) 7-6(2) to reach the quarter-finals of the Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo on Thursday.

* Fourth seed Naomi Osaka beat American Alison Riske 6-4 6-0 in the China Open in Beijing on Thursday to set up a quarter-final clash with US Open champion Bianca Andreescu.

* Second seed Alexander Zverev eased past Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3 6-1 to reach the China Open quarter-finals on Thursday (Oct 3), while Stefanos Tsitsipas ended Nikoloz Basilashvili's hopes of retaining the Beijing title.

* Former Italy and Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio announced his retirement from football on Thursday (Oct 3) after failing to recover fully from a knee injury.

Reuters, CNA