England

Thursday 18 September 2014

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Jose Pekerman's side have leapfrogged Netherlands, who have lost their first two games under Guus Hiddinnk, while Dunga's revitalised Brazil are up to sixth

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Manuel Pellegrini's No.2 was impressed by the shot-stopper's performance at at the Allianz Arena - despite the concession of a last-gasp winner to Jerome Boateng

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The Gunners were comprehensively beaten 2-0 by Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday after an error-strewn performance and the Spaniard admits they cannot continue to be so sloppy

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The ex-Germany international feels the Premier League side were the better team early on but insisted Bayern eventually deserved their win

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The Argentina international midfielder says that the manager was a huge draw in his decision to move to Manchester United and backs compatriot Marcos Rojo to excel

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The Ivorian striker, starting his first game since returning to Chelsea this summer, was unable to convert chances as the Blues drew 1-1 in the Champions League

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The former Germany star believes that his compatriot should have fought harder to retain his place at Real Madrid and says his mental weakness is contributing to a loss of form

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The Manchester United defender is convinced his team-mate will develop into one of the stars of the global game and speaks highly of Marcos Rojo after his arrival from Sporting

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COMMENT: The Dane has become better known for his endless sound bites than his ability in front of goal and must now produce the goods for Wolfsburg or face an uncertain future

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Porto's hat-trick hero, Roma star Gervinho and Arsenal's tormentor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all make the cut in our first select XI of the season

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The Blues were held to a 1-1 draw by the visitors on Wednesday, who are mired in the Bundesliga relegation zone early in 2014-15, and the coach was proud of his players' efforts

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The England goalkeeper was beaten by a stoppage time strike from Jerome Boateng although he is confident Manuel Pellegrini's men can still qualify

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The coach was thrilled with how the Bavarians dispatched the English champions - even if they did require a late goal to give them all three points

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See how all of the stars involved in Wednesday's European action fared by checking out all eight of our match player ratings and comments

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COMMENT: The manager's encouraging words reaped dividends with a captivating display from the attacker, although he must add more goals and cutting edge to become a modern great

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The German champions took a long time to make their superiority count, but Jerome Boateng's late winner ensured they have the edge over Manchester City in Group E