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Rashford strikes late as United sink PSG again

Wednesday, 2020-10-21 09:09:54
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Champions League - Group H - Paris St Germain v Manchester United - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - October 20, 2020 Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring their second goal. (Photo: Reuters)
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Manchester United got their Champions League campaign underway in emphatic style when Marcus Rashford’s late goal earned them a 2-1 victory at Paris St Germain on Tuesday (Oct 20), handing the French champions their first group-stage home defeat in 16 years.

Rashford netted three minutes from time, 18 months after scoring the decisive goal in a 3-1 win at PSG that sent United into the quarter-finals after a 2-0 first-leg home defeat. United next host RB Leipzig, who beat Basaksehir 2-0, while PSG will travel to Istanbul to face the Turkish side.

* Chelsea were frustrated by a disciplined Sevilla as their opening Group E fixture in the Champions League ended in a cagey 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

* Lionel Messi became the first player to score in 16 consecutive Champions League seasons as he guided 10-man Barcelona to a 5-1 victory over Hungarian side Ferencvaros in their Group G opener at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.

* Club Brugge made a perfect start to their Champions League Group F campaign after a stoppage time goal by Charles De Ketelaere gave them a 2-1 win at Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday.

* Arsenal's out-of-favour midfielder Mesut Ozil was left out of their 25-man Premier League squad for the 2020-21 season released on Tuesday. Ozil, 32, who is under contract with Arsenal until June 2021 and earns a reported £350,000 ($452,830) per week, has not played for Mikel Arteta's side this season.

* Juventus made a winning start in the Champions League as they defeated Dynamo Kyiv 2-0 thanks to a pair of classic poacher's goals from Alvaro Morata in their Group G opener on Tuesday.

* Bayern Munich will be without winger Serge Gnabry for their Champions League group game against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday (Oct 21) after he tested positive for COVID-19, the German champions said on Tuesday.

* Defending champion Primoz Roglic took the early lead in the Vuelta by winning the opening stage, a 173km trek from Irun as the race got off to an explosive start on Tuesday.

* Team Bahrain McLaren's Jan Tratnik edged past Ben O'Connor in a two-man finish on Tuesday to win the 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia, a 229-kilometre route from Udine to San Daniele del Friuli. Around 13 minutes behind the stage winner, Portuguese Joao Almeida (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) made a late charge to extend his overall race lead to 17 seconds.

* Sweden plans to give competitors in elite sports an exemption from rules banning travel to the country from outside the European Union, the government said on Tuesday.

* Ajax Amsterdam striker Antony was ruled out of Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Liverpool due to fitness issues, delivering a potential blow to the Dutch club's chances. The 20-year-old Brazilian has made an instant impact since arriving at the club with three goals in five Dutch league games, but Ajax coach Erik ten Hag said he was “not fit” for the Group D clash without offering further details.

* Greece has scrapped a plan to allow spectators back into sporting events, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis's office said on Tuesday, as the country implements tougher restrictions to stem an increase in COVID-19 infections.

* Former France goalkeeper Bruno Martini and deputy director of Montpellier's training centre has died at 58, the Ligue 1 club said on Tuesday. Martini was hospitalised after suffering a cardiac arrest at the training centre last week.

* Champions League and Europa League prize money will be cut over the next five seasons as Europe's soccer governing body UEFA grapples with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Times has reported. UEFA has informed its member associations that they lost 514 million pounds (US$666.40 million) following the reduction in both television and sponsorship income after delays in the knockout stages last season, the report said.

* President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday authorities would ensure Indonesia is prepared to host the FIFA Under-20 World Cup next year, including by establishing "strict health protocols" to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

* A rider from UAE Team Emirates and a staff member from Team AG2R La Mondiale have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Giro d'Italia following the latest round of tests, organisers RCS and the sport's governing UCI said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

* Former Australia international Harry Kewell, who is in charge of England Football League Two side Oldham Athletic, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and entered self isolation, the club said.