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That's all, folks!

2021-09-25T21:00:02Z

And with PSG and Real Madrid's clashes coming to an end, our live match-day blog is also concluding for the evening after an action-packed day of football. See you again tomorrow!  
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Madrid run interrupted with Villarreal draw

2021-09-25T20:55:12Z

Real Madrid's sparkling run of form in front of goal came to an end on Saturday with a dull 0-0 draw at home to Villarreal. 

Prior to this match Carlo Ancelotti's men had struck 21 goals in their opening six matches, their best scoring pace at the start of a league season since 1987-88.

PSG prevail without Messi

2021-09-25T20:50:56Z

Paris Saint-Germain have dispatched their latest rival in Ligue 1, winning 2-0 over Montpellier thanks to goals in either half from Idrissa Gueye and Julian Draxler. 

The club have now registered eight wins out of eight in the league - and that's without Lionel Messi firing on all cylinders!

Draxler makes it two

2021-09-25T20:45:46Z

It took its time in coming, but PSG finally managed to get their second of the evening. Julian Draxler came off the bench and fired low to net following a host of missed chances from the likes of Neymar and Mbappe. That should be another three points in the bag for Pochettino's men.  

How did he miss??

2021-09-25T20:25:43Z

Kylian Mbappe had a golden chance to put PSG 2-0 up, but after rounding Montpellier keeper Omlin he somehow steered wide instead of the empty net! 

Just minutes before Neymar had been denied by the stopper clean through, the Ligue 1 leaders are really pushing for a second now.

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Ready for City?

2021-09-25T20:08:07Z

Lionel Messi is among the Parc des Princes crowd watching PSG against Montpellier. Leo was ruled unfit for the weekend match, but will he make it back in time for Manchester City on Tuesday?
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Camavinga joins the action

2021-09-25T20:03:44Z

There's a half-time change for Madrid. Eduardo Camavinga comes in for Rodrygo to add further depth to the Blancos' midfield.
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More goals to come?

2021-09-25T20:00:47Z

PSG and Real Madrid are on their way back out for the second half of their clashes against Montpellier and Villarreal. 

The likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior are all in action, but so far Idrissa Gueye is the only man to find the net. Will that change in the next 45 minutes? 

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Almost a second!

2021-09-25T19:46:33Z

After Gueye's early screamer, it was almost Ander Herrera's turn to send the PSG fans wild. 

The ex-Manchester United midfielder took aim from deep, but his thundering effort crashed back off the bar. A reprieve for Montpellier just before half-time, and they won't be too unhappy to go into the break 1-0 down. 

A milestone for Ancelotti

2021-09-25T19:32:44Z

There hasn't been much to celebrate for Real Madrid as they remain deadlocked 0-0 against Villarreal, but it is at least a special day for their coach.  

Frank beaming after Liverpool tie

2021-09-25T19:25:45Z

Unsurprisingly, Brentford boss Thomas Frank could not be happier with his team's effort during their epic 3-3 draw against Liverpool. 

"We went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in Europe. We have a well-earned point and were very brave throughout the game," he said to Sky Sports

"Where Liverpool are the most dangerous, is on the counter-attacks and they are committing so many runners forward. We also want to go high and be brave but at times we were a little bit too open.

"Both teams wanted to go for the win. We all know it's a massive point for us against a top team but we wanted to go for the win and Liverpool will go for the win always."

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Joy for Simeone - in Italy

2021-09-25T19:18:38Z

It was a fairly rotten Saturday for Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid, but at least one member of the family seems to be faring better. 

Son Giovanni has fired Verona into the lead against Genoa with an early strike, his first of the Serie A season.

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PSG take the lead

2021-09-25T19:13:56Z

PSG are ahead against Montpellier, and what a strike that is from Idrissa Gueye! No chance for Jonas Omlin against that long-range missile. 1-0 to the hosts!  

'A wild ride!'

2021-09-25T19:07:38Z

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has offered his thoughts on an incredible 3-3 draw for his side at Brentford this afternoon. 

"[I'm] not sure enjoy is the right word. It was a wild ride. They deserved their three goals for the way they played. We obviously couldn't deal with the long balls today but we should have scored more goals," he said to Sky Sports.

"They deserved it. I don't think you can control them much better, we created a lot of clear-cut chances but couldn't deal with them defensively. These things happen. We should have scored more. If we win 3-2 or 4-3 we still have these struggles defensively. Toney and Mbuemo did really well. Brentford deserved a point.

"I have no problem with accepting when you play this kind of football. That's football. You have to create things to deserve to win. They deserved a point as well because they put up a proper fight. I respect that a lot. In the end there were situations we should do better - and then it could be a completely different game. Their goalie should have number 10 on his shirt with the balls that he played."

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Earning plenty of admirers

2021-09-25T18:58:03Z

Flying start

2021-09-25T18:52:23Z

Room for improvement

2021-09-25T18:48:55Z

Liverpool will head home with something to show for their efforts in west London, but Jordan Henderson admits they were looking for more.

The Reds skipper has told Sky Sports: "It was an intense game, we knew it would be. It's a difficult place to come. It was a great atmosphere and they made it difficult for us. To go in the lead twice and not see it out is disappointing for us.

"At 2-1 up we had one or two chances to finish the game off. It gives them that little bit of hope. That's football sometimes, we're disappointed with the result but we have to give credit to Brentford.

"We're an intense team as well but there's a lot of room for improvement for us today. We controlled it a little bit better in the second half but unfortunately we couldn't hold on for the win."

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Living the dream

2021-09-25T18:46:00Z

Brentford are enjoying a dream start to life in the Premier League, with Vitaly Janelt among those being carried along for the ride after netting his first top-flight goal in a stunning 3-3 draw with Liverpool.

He has told Sky Sports: "It was an incredible crowd today. We draw 3-3 against Liverpool, it's what we dream for as kids. Before the game we said we try the best against Liverpool - one of the best teams in the world - and now we draw 3-3.

"Liverpool are one of the best teams in the world and two times in a row they were in front and we came back. We have the mentality to score and maybe with a bit of luck we make it 4-3."

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Stat pack

2021-09-25T18:44:00Z

- Only Alan Shearer for Blackburn (124 games), Harry Kane for Tottenham (138) and Sergio Agüero for Man City (147) have reached 100 Premier League goals for a single club in fewer appearances than Mohamed Salah has for Liverpool (151).
- No Liverpool player has scored more Premier League goals in London than Mohamed Salah, who has equalled Steven Gerrard’s haul of 13 goals in the capital.
- Brentford’s eight Premier League goals this season have been scored by seven different players – excluding own goals, only Chelsea (10) and Man City (9) have had more different goalscorers in the competition this term.
- Following his assist for Ethan Pinnock, Ivan Toney has been involved in 45 league goals since the start of last season (33 goals, 12 assists – excluding play-offs), at least seven more than any other player across the top four tiers of English Football during this period.
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WATCH: Wissa reins in Liverpool for Brentford

2021-09-25T18:29:20Z

Bees refuse to give up

Brentford never gave up against illustrious opponents, and this is the effort that secured them a point...

Defeat for 10-man Dortmund

2021-09-25T18:28:00Z

BVB fell behind early, and then had a man sent-off, and - with no Haaland to call upon - they were unable to haul themselves level.

FT: Premier League scores

2021-09-25T18:26:04Z

Today's action in the English top-flight

Chelsea 0-1 Man City
Man Utd 0-1 Aston Villa
Everton 2-0 Norwich
Leeds 1-2 West Ham
Leicester 2-2 Burnley
Watford 1-1 Newcastle
Brentford 3-3 Liverpool
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FT: Brentford 3-3 Liverpool

2021-09-25T18:25:01Z

All square in thriller

What a game! A share of the spoils is probably a fair result given how much both sides gave to the contest - with Van Dijk and Raya ensuring there was no late winner at either end. The Bees continue to show that they belong among the elite, while Jurgen Klopp will feel that there are issues for his team to work on.

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Leaks to plug

2021-09-25T18:20:16Z

Flag frustrates Brentford

2021-09-25T18:18:03Z

The roof comes off the Brentford Community Stadium as Toney strides through and drills into the bottom corner. The flag is up, though, and the Bees will have to wait for any late winner.
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GOAL: Brentford 3-3 Liverpool

2021-09-25T18:12:24Z

The hosts just will not lie down! They are level again in a six-goal thriller. With eight minutes remaining, Wissa has got in on the act. After a scramble inside the Liverpool box, a quality chipped finish sends the ball beyond Alisson.

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Rare miss

2021-09-25T18:09:28Z

Salah doesn't waste too many chances, but he does here after being sent clean through. He tries to dink a finish over Raya, but the Brentford keeper stands up and the ball drops onto the roof of the net.
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Team news: PSG vs Montpellier

2021-09-25T18:05:54Z

No Messi for PSG, but Neymar and Mbappe start. Here is how they line up against Montpellier:

GOAL: Brentford 2-3 Liverpool

2021-09-25T17:57:05Z

Liverpool have responded immediately once again! Curtis Jones has the Reds back in front with 23 minutes left to play. His 25-yard effort takes a slight deflection, but was well struck and flew past Raya.

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GOAL: Brentford 2-2 Liverpool

2021-09-25T17:55:02Z

Salah sees some of the shine taken off his achievement as the hosts hit back. Jansson sees a spinning effort crash off the crossbar, but Janelt is there to bundle a header over the line from close range as Alexander-Arnold tries to hack clear.

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WATCH: Salah's 100th Premier League goal for Liverpool

2021-09-25T17:53:29Z

Reds star becomes a centurion

Here is how Salah reached a history-making landmark for Liverpool...

Atalanta denied at the death

2021-09-25T17:50:44Z

Atalanta think they have snatched a dramatic winner against Inter, with time ticking down at San Siro, but VAR denies them and the game remains 2-2. Roberto Piccoli is the man to see a late effort chalked off.

Another entry for the history books

2021-09-25T17:48:03Z

Salah hits 100 Premier League goals for Liverpool

2021-09-25T17:46:45Z

What a record!

GOAL: Brentford 1-2 Liverpool

2021-09-25T17:45:00Z

Salah steps up again for Liverpool. That's 100 Premier League goals for Liverpool. He initially sees the flag go up, with celebrations cut short, but a VAR check awards the Egyptian his century. He ghosted in behind his marker and rolled past Raya.

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WATCH: Dzeko on target for Inter (U.S. only)

2021-09-25T17:41:17Z

For those tuning in from the States, here is how Edin Dzeko got Inter back on level terms against Atalanta...

Inter find an equaliser

2021-09-25T17:32:17Z

Inter have hauled themselves level against Atalanta, with Dzeko on target for the champions once again - he now has five for the season.

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Premier League centurion

2021-09-25T17:25:57Z

HT: Brentford 1-1 Liverpool

2021-09-25T17:20:20Z

Bees holding Reds

All square at the interval. There have only been two goals, but both sides will feel as though they should have had more. Still all to play for in an intriguing contest between established Premier League heavyweights and exciting additions to the top-flight.
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Dortmund down to 10 men

2021-09-25T17:16:33Z

BVB are a goal and a man down, with Dahoud being given his marching orders.

WATCH: Jota's towering header (UK only)

2021-09-25T17:15:03Z

Liverpool forward nods home

Here, for those in the UK, is how Diogo Jota hauled Liverpool level with an impressive headed finish...

Stunning save

2021-09-25T17:12:51Z

Liverpool and Jota unsure as to how they are not in front. David Raya is the reason why, with the Brentford keeper pulling off a stunning save. He is beaten by a deflected shot from Curtis Jones, but sees that effort cannon back off the post. Jota thinks he can roll in the rebound, but Raya somehow diverts the ball wide.

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Using his head

2021-09-25T17:08:40Z

GOAL: Brentford 1-1 Liverpool

2021-09-25T17:03:18Z

The Reds aren't behind for long, with Jota restoring parity. The Portuguese forward meets a Henderson cross from the right to nod into the bottom corner. Great leap and no chance for Raya.

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GOAL: Brentford 1-0 Liverpool

2021-09-25T16:59:00Z

Having already beaten Arsenal on home soil, could the Bees be about to sting Liverpool? Pinnock has put the home side in front in the 27th minute. A well-worked free-kick routine sees a low cross fired through the six-yard box, with a finishing touch provided at the back post.

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WATCH: Maldini's goal for Milan

2021-09-25T16:53:00Z

Following in the footsteps of his father

Here is how Daniel Maldini marked his first Serie A start for AC Milan with a memorable goal...

Goalless at Brentford

2021-09-25T16:49:55Z

It is still all square in west London, but both sides have come close. There have been goalline clearances clearances at opposing ends of the field, with Salah and Mbeumo being denied by some last-ditch defending.
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Atalanta now in front

2021-09-25T16:44:37Z

Atalanta fell behind early against Inter, but they now lead 2-1 courtesy of Rafael Toloi. The visitors in front as half-time approaches.

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Record low for Canaries

2021-09-25T16:42:52Z

An unwated stat for Norwich on the back of their defeat at Everton earlier:

- Norwich have lost each of their first six Premier League games this season with a goal difference of -14; the worst ever start at this stage of a season in the competition’s history.

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All square at San Siro

2021-09-25T16:32:49Z

Atalanta have pulled level with Inter at 1-1 courtesy of Malinovskyi. Nothing between two top sides.

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Good company

2021-09-25T16:30:40Z

WATCH: Lautaro nets for Inter (U.S. only)

2021-09-25T16:15:50Z

Here, for those in the United States, is how Lautaro Martinez has opened the scoring for Inter...

Inter in front

2021-09-25T16:12:41Z

It took less than five minutes for Inter to open the scoring against Atalanta, with Lautaro firing them in front.

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More drama to come?

2021-09-25T16:10:45Z

Attention now shifts to Brentford, and their home date with Liverpool. This is the kind of occasion that the Bees have been longing for during their long absence from the top tier, with the likes of Mohamed Salah in town for an eagerly-anticipated clash.
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Burnley denied late winner

2021-09-25T15:55:43Z

More late drama at the King Power. Burnley think they have grabbed a winner, but VAR has to be checked. The decision comes down on the wrong side for the Clarets, with offside denying them two more points in the East Midlands.

GOAL: Leeds 1-2 West Ham

2021-09-25T15:53:05Z

A 90th-minute winner for the visitors, from who else but Michail Antonio. Looking like being another disappointing afternoon for Bielsa and Leeds.

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Heartache for Watford

2021-09-25T15:47:03Z

Watford think they have turned the tie on its head as Josh King fires them in front. VAR intervenes and, after elaborate celebrations, the effort is ruled out for offside.

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GOAL: Leicester 2-2 Burnley

2021-09-25T15:46:02Z

Vardy has his third of the game. No hat-trick for the Leicester man, but he may have secured a point for the Foxes.

GOAL: Everton 2-0 Norwich

2021-09-25T15:36:32Z

Should be game over at Goodison as Doucoure doubles the Toffees' advantage. Norwich heading for a 16th straight defeat in the Premier League.

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GOAL: Watford 1-1 Newcastle

2021-09-25T15:33:36Z

Fourth goal of the season for Hornets star Sarr as he levels things up at Vicarage Road. Newcastle paying the price for not getting a second when on top.

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Team news: No Haaland for Dortmund

2021-09-25T15:32:53Z

No Haaland or Reus for Borussia Dortmund as they prepare to take on Monchengladbach:

GOAL: Leeds 1-1 West Ham

2021-09-25T15:31:18Z

A lucky break for West Ham levels things up. A hopeful effort from Bowen cannons off the unfortunate Junior Firpo and into the back of the net. Game on!

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Team news: Brentford vs Liverpool

2021-09-25T15:30:12Z

How the sides line up

Jurgen Klopp's Reds are in west London this evening for a meeting with impressive Bees. Here is how the two teams line up:

Hammers effort chalked off

2021-09-25T15:17:01Z

Soucek has the ball in the net at Elland Road, but West Ham see the effort ruled out after VAR checks. Leeds continue to hold a narrow lead on home soil.

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More positive on the other side of Manchester

2021-09-25T15:14:34Z

WATCH: Brahim Diaz's winner for Milan (U.S. only)

2021-09-25T15:07:48Z

Here, for those in the U.S., is how AC Milan wrapped up all three points against Spezia...

Record breaker in the Bundesliga

2021-09-25T15:05:03Z

Team news: Inter vs Atalanta

2021-09-25T15:02:48Z

A huge game at San Siro kicks off in less than an hour. Here is how the defending champions line up...

Milan move top of Serie A

2021-09-25T14:54:45Z

AC Milan are, for now, top of the Serie A standings following a 2-1 victory over Spezia that included a memorable full debut for Daniel Maldini in the Italian top-flight - with the 19-year-old getting among the goals.

HT: Premier League scores

2021-09-25T14:50:27Z

Latest in the English top-flight

Everton 1-0 Norwich
Leeds 1-0 West Ham
Leicester 1-2 Burnley
Watford 0-1 Newcastle

Another first for Vardy

2021-09-25T14:43:36Z

GOAL: Leicester 1-2 Burnley

2021-09-25T14:41:54Z

Leicester weren't level for long, with Burnley taking the lead again in style. Maxwel Cornet with his first goal in English football, and it was a strike to remember.

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GOAL: Leicester 1-1 Burnley

2021-09-25T14:38:59Z

Vardy makes amends for his earlier own goal by finding the target at the other end of the field, following fine work by Tielemans. Parity restored eight minutes before half-time.

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Star signing

2021-09-25T14:38:21Z

Distance no issue

2021-09-25T14:33:39Z

GOAL: Everton 1-0 Norwich

2021-09-25T14:30:41Z

Kabak with a clumsy challenge on Allan and a penalty is awarded. Townsend takes and, after some antics from Krul, sends the Norwich keeper the wrong way.

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Unwelcome first

2021-09-25T14:26:16Z

GOAL: Watford 0-1 Newcastle

2021-09-25T14:24:47Z

Sean Longstaff brings his long wait for a goal at Newcastle to a close, with a long-range effort finding its way past Hornets keeper Ben Foster.

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GOAL: Leeds 1-0 West Ham

2021-09-25T14:21:31Z

After some stunning saves at both ends of the field, Leeds have the breakthrough at Elland Road through Raphinha in the 19th minute.

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GOAL: Leicester 0-1 Burnley

2021-09-25T14:13:28Z

The Clarets take the lead at the King Power Stadium. Jamie Vardy can always be relied upon to find the target, but he has diverted past his own goalkeeper today!

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Misfiring Man Utd

2021-09-25T14:11:30Z

Like father, like son

2021-09-25T14:10:20Z

Maldini Jr on target for AC Milan, on his first Serie A start!

Golfing inspiration for Pep

2021-09-25T14:08:41Z

Pep Guardiola was pleased to see Manchester City pick up three important points, with his attention now turning to Team Europe's efforts to do the same in the Ryder Cup.

The Catalan coach has told BBC Sport: “Today we played for each other, ran for each other and passed the ball for each other. Now I’m watching the Ryder Cup and I’m seeing how they play for each other. That is nice when you play football too. It’s just three points of course, but the way we played was so good.

“Sometimes we believe we need a proper striker to finish, but the important thing is the way we play. The most important thing is doing it as a team and as a unit. It’s like last season. Sergio [Aguero] was injured all year and we won the Premier League.

“It’s a good way to start this fascinating week that we have ahead of us.”

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Questions for Tuchel

2021-09-25T14:07:28Z

Thomas Tuchel admits Chelsea were not at their best in a narrow defeat at Manchester City.

He told BT Sport: “We lost the game and City deserved to win. Until the goal we were very strong in the last 20 metres of the field, but only there unfortunately. Everywhere else we were not good enough to relieve pressure and to hurt them.

“The performance was not complex enough. Overall, simply, we were not at our best level. After the goal it felt a little bit like the belief in winning was bigger than the fear of losing, I don’t know why. We tried to push and get the crowd behind us. It was a very emotional game but never on our highest level.

“We conceded a goal from a set play. Even if we wanted to go for long balls for Romelu [Lukaku] it was not precise enough. I didn’t really feel the belief that we could escape the short balls. It was doubtful and it felt like we had something to lose. We lacked a little bit of freshness also.”

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Ole unhappy

2021-09-25T14:05:11Z

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his Manchester United suffer a 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa, but he is feeling hard done by.

He has told BBC Sport of Kortney's Hause's winner, which came with Ollie Watkins standing offside near David de Gea: "You can take it when it's a good goal conceded against you, but that's offside. He's touched David as he heads the ball. How that's a goal and Leicester have not got their goals, I just can't see the consistency and that's clearly offside."

The Red Devils boss added on Emi Martinez's antics before Bruno Fernandes' missed penalty: "I wasn't going to mention it but it's not right that they do that. I guess that should be a yellow card for someone but they have achieved what they wanted.

"We were very aggressive, very good on transition, got forward quickly but the final shot, final pass and final decision wasn't always the best one. 20 of the 30 attempts were blocked."

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Fluffed lines

2021-09-25T14:00:29Z

Defeat for Atletico

2021-09-25T13:55:04Z

The reigning champions have come unstuck in Spain, with a goal inside the opening four minutes enough to earn Alaves victory over Atletico Madrid.

Frustration for Chelsea

2021-09-25T13:53:19Z

Thomas Tuchel's winning run against Pep Guardiola has come to a close, with Chelsea seeing their high standards slip in a 1-0 defeat against Manchester City.

Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta has told BBC Sport: “We’re disappointed with the result. It was not our best performance. Especially in the first half it was hard to get out. We didn’t create chances and lost the ball too easily. After the goal we had a good reaction, but it was not enough to get something from the game.

“We are two great teams with great players and great ambition. Every game is different and every competition is different. We lost our chance to get three important points. Now we have to analyse what we didn’t do that well and move on to the next game. We didn’t lose the league today. If we’d have won we wouldn’t have won the league today either.”

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Bringing the Hause down!

2021-09-25T13:50:14Z

Kortney Hause almost went from hero to villain for Aston Villa, having opened the scoring against Manchester United and then conceded a penalty, but he was all smiles at the final whistle.

A relieved Villans star told BBC Sport: "When they gave the penalty I was devastated and fuming with myself. Looking back I didn't make myself any bigger. I've tried to bring my arms in so when Bruno blazed it over the bar I was relieved. I think it was justice in the end because I don't think it was a penalty.

"The rules are the rules. All we can do as players is play the game and play it well and whatever decision the referees and VAR want to give we have to get on with it."

"We had the better chances. We haven't really had to defend too tough as a team but we've come away with the three points and that's all that matters. We're happy."

WATCH: Fernandes penalty miss (U.S. only)

2021-09-25T13:44:30Z

Man Utd star fluffs his lines

Here, for our U.S. audience, is Bruno Fernandes' rather woeful attempt to restore parity for Manchester United from the penalty spot...

A Premier League rarity

2021-09-25T13:44:27Z

City move joint-top in title tussle

2021-09-25T13:30:00Z

FT: Chelsea 0-1 Man City

A win for Chelsea and a win for Manchester United today would have put further daylight between them and the title holders. Instead, Manchester City now pull level with them on 13 points from six games.

They actually go second due to superior goal difference, and sit with the exact same figures as Liverpool.

The Reds have a game in hand later today though, and could pull clear of the pack by the close of play.

FT: Man Utd 0-1 Aston Villa

2021-09-25T13:26:00Z

Hause heroics end dozen-year wait

But the Blues are not the only side who have slipped up at the top of the table today too! Manchester United have lost to Aston Villa for the first time since 2009!

Truly, it will be one of Dean Smith's crowning achievements. The hosts had 28 shots on goal; the visitors had seven. But Kortney Hause's late header was the only one that found the net - and then Bruno Fernandes flubbed an almighty chance to ensure defeat was averted with an awful penalty.

It is the first league loss of the season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - but combined with their Carabao Cup exit and their late reverse against Young Boys in the Champions League before, there seems to be a storm brewing over Old Trafford.

FT: Chelsea 0-1 Man City

2021-09-25T13:25:00Z

Jesus finish ends Tuchel reign

Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season is over - and so is Thomas Tuchel's perfect record against Pep Guardiola!

PENALTY MISS: Man Utd 0-1 Aston Villa

2021-09-25T13:22:00Z

(Bruno Fernandes)

From hero to zero for Kortney Hause - but Bruno Fernandes has failed to make Aston Villa pay with an absolutely shocking penalty!

The defender handles the ball as United thrash a delivery in and Edinson Cavani bellows for the spot-kick. Despite that, it is the midfielder who takes it over both him and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Fernandes steps up - and puts it into orbit. That is one of the worst penalty misses Old Trafford has seen in a very long time.

GOAL: Man Utd 0-1 Aston Villa

2021-09-25T13:18:00Z

(Kortney Hause)

A sucker punch to rock Old Trafford!

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not been helped by the injuries to the forward-pressing Luke Shaw and his captain Harry Maguire today, but truly, his Manchester United side have once more paid the price for their inability to convert down the opposite end.

Kortney Hause darts across the box as a corner is swung in from the left and it takes a thin glance off his head, enough to squeeze in at the near-top corner. Dean Smith celebrates like Christmas has come early!

Cavani on for hosts

2021-09-25T13:12:00Z

Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa

It's really getting towards last-chance saloon territory for a winner at Old Trafford - and during a break in play for an injury to Jacob Ramsey, Edinson Cavani is introduced.

Ramsey meanwhile looked to simply keel over of his own accord, clutching his knee. He's able to jog to the sidelines after a lengthy pause though.

Omen?

2021-09-25T13:08:00Z

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

KO: Spezia v Milan

2021-09-25T13:00:00Z

Our fourth game of the day, in sunny Italy, is up and running, as Stefano Pioli's side look to keep that unbeaten record intact.

A win will help them keep themselves firmly in the mix near the summit of Serie A.

Maguire exits for Man Utd

2021-09-25T12:55:00Z

Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa

Still no sight of a goal at Old Trafford and now another defender has left the field for the hosts too.

It's Harry Maguire, who looked to have run off an earlier knock, but has now ceded his place to Victor Lindelof.

Just whether that is more precautionary or something worse is yet to be made clear.

Silva rides to the rescue

2021-09-25T12:50:00Z

Chelsea 1-0 Man City

Breathtaking off the line stuff from Thiago Silva!

The veteran defender has been pressed into action in this one and he has answered the call with a wonderful touch to get the ball away from a second goal for Manchester City there.

You could feel all the air whoose out of Stamford Bridge for a moment.

HT: Alaves 1-0 Atletico

2021-09-25T12:48:00Z

What a half-time result for Alaves - but the toughest test is yet to come.

Atletico Madrid left it late to rescue a win against Getafe in midweek but they got it done in the end. There is a lot to come in this contest.

GOAL: Chelsea 0-1 Man City

2021-09-25T12:41:00Z

(Gabriel Jesus)

The visitors break the deadlock!

It has been coming for a while, you feel, and Manchester City have the lead they have craved for a long time. Gabriel Jesus gets caught in a crowded box after a deflected ball lands for him.

The Brazilian manages to twist around and tickle an effort in at the left post, confounding the defence around him. Advantage to Pep Guardiola and company.

Back underway

2021-09-25T12:35:00Z

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

We've resumed action in our two Premier Legaue early kick-offs now, as we head towards the interval in La Liga too.

There's just the one goal between three games so far. Are we headed for a glut of them or could it be slim pickings on the whole?

Climb every Mount(ain)?

2021-09-25T12:25:00Z

HT: Chelsea 0-0 Man City

HT: Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa

2021-09-25T12:19:00Z

Mike Dean blows for the break and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heads down the tunnel with a look of sharp frustration.

His side have lost Luke Shaw to injury and failed to score from 15 shots overall, with Paul Pogba having just brushed the left post at close-range before the interval.

Dean Smith's side are stubbornly holding on here to cause the hosts plenty of questions about their attack.

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HT: Chelsea 0-0 Man City

2021-09-25T12:17:00Z

It turns out Chelsea are missing Mason Mount - but even so, they've managed to keep the champions scoreless at the interval at Stamford Bridge.

Thomas Tuchel's record against Pep Guardiola looks to be on the line here, unless his side can go up a few gears.

Jesus misses close-range finish

2021-09-25T12:11:00Z

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

Gabriel Jesus! My word, that was a close effort for the Manchester City man, who comes onto the near-perfect ball and sticks it off-target.

A better striker finishes that - but would a better striker be helping to dominate the ball like the Brazilian? That is the question.

Shaw forced off with injury

2021-09-25T12:06:00Z

Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa

Now here is a blow Manchester United didn't need. They've been racking up position and possession, with the shots to match - but there's no breakthrough and now Luke Shaw has been forced off through injury.

The England man has been having some running repairs as he goes, but is unable to continue now. He leaves the field under his own steam so hopefully it is not too serious as problems go.

Diogo Dalot replaces him. Reece James, down at Stamford Bridge, has made way for Thiago Silva.

GOAL: Alaves 1-0 Atletico

2021-09-25T12:04:00Z

(Victor Laguardia)

The perfect start for the hosts - and the worst way to get going for Atletico Madrid!

Alaves win an early corner, turn it in smartly from the right and Victor Laguardia is at the far post to guide it home with a close-range header.

That puts the cat among the pigeons already!

KO: Alaves v Atletico Madrid

2021-09-25T12:00:00Z

Across the continent, La Liga's reigning champions are underway against Alaves, as they look to avoid a banana-skin on the road.

There is some work to be done this season of course - Diego Simeone knows that it will be a tight tussle once again.

James injured for Blues

2021-09-25T11:58:00Z

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

Greenwood spurns golden chance

2021-09-25T11:50:00Z

Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa

Mason Greenwood has arguably the best chance of the game now for the Red Devils at Old Trafford, and steps around two defenders with silky grace.

His finish is straight to the goalkeeper though. A little more maturity might have seen him place it elsewhere in the box.

Still no goals.

Tough going for Chelsea so far

2021-09-25T11:45:00Z

Chelsea 0-0 Man City

Manchester sides on top?

2021-09-25T11:40:00Z

Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa

No goals to speak of yet, but it is both sides hailing from the north of England who are doing the good stuff so far.

Manchester City have forced Chelsea to hold at the back somewhat, but up at Old Trafford, Manchester United have gone close a couple of times.

Bruno Fernandes slapped a free-kick from just outside the box into the wall and then Cristiano Ronaldo just pulled an effort wide.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Man Utd vs Aston Villa, Premier League 2021-22
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KO: Chelsea v Man City

2021-09-25T11:30:00Z

KO: Man Utd v Aston Villa

At both ends of England, the whistle goes and we are underway with the weekend's action!

Will we have a goal inside the first quarter-hour? How about two? Anything is possible with the amount of attacking talent running around the pitch today.

Can De Bruyne hit the mark again?

2021-09-25T11:15:00Z

Chelsea v Man City

Tuchel out to keep major bragging rights

2021-09-25T11:05:00Z

Chelsea v Man City

Villa out to buck barren trend

2021-09-25T10:55:00Z

Man Utd v Aston Villa

Mount blow a bridge too far?

2021-09-25T10:50:00Z

Chelsea v Man City

But one name missing from the teamsheet today in London of course is Grealish's fellow England star Mason Mount, who sits out today's clash through injury.

A cornerstone of recent Blues teams, under Frank Lampard and then Thomas Tuchel, he played a crucial role in last year's Champions League triump and Euro 2020 final run for club and country.

Quite how Chelsea will compensate for his absence remains to be seen, though they clearly have the depth to manage. But against Manchester City, will that be enough?

Mount Chelsea 2021
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Lukaku and Grealish set for titanic tussle

2021-09-25T10:45:00Z

Chelsea v Man City

At the opposite end of the country, there's a battle for the ages brewing though - the prodigal son, made good on his return, against English football's most expensive man.

The price tag Jack Grealish commanded this summer looks to have made him a first-choice pick for Gareth Southgate and England now, and Pep Guardiola certainly is keeping him in the thick of things.

But even though he has delivered a stirring start, it's not quite on the level of Romelu Lukaku's return to Chelsea. The Belgian has made an electrifying kick-off to his second spell at Stamford Bridge - but can he strike gold early in the title race today too?

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Ronaldo to lead Red Devils' roar?

2021-09-25T10:40:00Z

Man Utd v Aston Villa

Talk about a bad week at the office for Manchester United. They left it late to snatch a win - a win they maybe didn't deserve - against West Ham in the Premier League last time out, before the Hammers condemned them to an early exit in the Carabao Cup in midweek.

Cristiano Ronaldo was among a number of major stars rested as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's gamble backfired and the Portuguese superstar - who is certainly delivering the goals upon his return to the Red Devils - will be tasked with leading a quick turnaround against Aston Villa today.

The man knows how to deliver - and they'll hope he has more than one goal up his sleeve today.

Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United
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Chelsea and Man City prepare for rematch

2021-09-25T10:35:00Z

Chelsea v Man City

There are games that can define a sporting rivalry - and then there is last season's Champions League Final.

At the turn of the year, with Chelsea struggling in the Premier League and Frank Lampard's impending exit hanging in the air, few would have backed them against Manchester City in a straight fight for Europe's biggest prize.

But Thomas Tuchel has masterminded a major turnaround in fortunes since his arrival, with that success his crowning glory - and Pep Guardiola will be keen on a spot of revenge today.

Pep Guardiola Thomas Tuchel Man City Chelsea
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Team News: Chelsea v Man City

2021-09-25T10:30:00Z

Mount out as Lukaku faces Grealish

Today's order of play

2021-09-25T10:28:00Z

You'd have to been living under a rock to have not heard the news that Lionel Messi will be absent through injury once again for Paris Saint-Germain - but there's no shortage of superstars taking to the field elsewhere today.

Romelu Lukaku, Jack Grealish and Cristiano Ronaldo are all due in just over an hour, and Erling Haaland and Mohamed Salah will be in action later on. Here's today's fixtures we'll be bringing the big beats from:

1230: Chelsea v Man City
1230: Man Utd v Aston Villa
1300: Alaves v Atletico Madrid
1400: Spezia v Milan
1500: Everton v Norwich
1500: Leeds v West Ham
1500: Leicester v Burnley
1500: Watford v Newcastle
1700: Inter v Atalanta
1730: Brentford v Liverpool
1730: Gladbach v Dortmund
1800: Strasbourg v Lille
2000: PSG v Montpellier
2000: Real Madrid v Villarreal

(All times BST)

🎉 ⚽️ Welcome to Goal Matchday Live! ⚽️ 🎉

2021-09-25T10:25:00Z

Hello and welcome, everybody, to Goal's live matchday coverage!

Can you believe it's that time of the week already? It seems only yesterday we were wrapping up the last matches of the weekend - and here we are, ready to go all again.

It's another absolute feast of action today, with not one but two early kick-offs in the Premier League - including a rematch of last season's Champions League Final - plus major matches in La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1. Buckle up - it is going to be a busy one.

Romelu Lukaku Chelsea 2021-22
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