The Premier League weekend's best and worst
Iain Macintosh reflects on the weekend's Premier League action, from best performer to worst dive and the unlikely hero.
Morata leads the way in Team of the Weekend
Alvaro Morata scored his first Premier League hat trick in a Team of the Weekend littered with Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Man City players.
Mourinho delighted with central defenders
United resisted Southampton's pressure in Saturday's 1-0 victory at St Mary's.
Kane: Spurs finding it easier in away games
Spurs have won their opening three away league games for the first time since 1991 after their first win at the London Stadium.
Morata: We sent a message to Prem teams
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata insists that the club have shown they are in a fight for the Premier League title after dismantling Stoke 4-0.
Brighton earn narrow win over Newcastle
A solitary goal from striker Tomer Hemed was enough to give Brighton and Hove Albion a 1-0 home win over Newcastle, the club that pipped them to the Championship title last season.
Black Stars embarrass Eagles to lift WAFU Cup
Ghana defeated Nigeria 4-1 in the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations final on Sunday, avenging an earlier group stage defeat to the Super Eagles.
Kenya stripped of hosting Nations Championship
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) cited "accumulated delays" in Kenya's preparations for the tournament.
Wenger: Champs League has lost sparkle
Wenger's side missed out on qualification for this year's tournament after 19 years and are playing in the Europa League.
Wenger's error in overlooking Evans
Arsenal's failure to push harder for Jonny Evans in the summer of 2016 highlights one of Arsene Wenger's big shortcomings as a manager.
- Black Stars embarrass Eagles to lift WAFU Cup
- Bundesliga: Volland brace fuels Bayer win
- La Liga: Zaza the hero as Valencia triumph
- Bloem Celtic hang on for another draw
SA women break hosts' hearts to win Cosafa
Leandra Smeda scored a 90th minute winner as South Africa claimed the 2017 Cosafa Women's Championship title with a 2-1 victory over Zimbabwe at the Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo on Sunday.
Ozil wants to swap Arsenal for Man United
Mesut Ozil is fed up with life at the Emirates and is ready to swap Arsenal for Man United, while Everton are ready to return for Olivier Giroud.
CAF: Sundowns dumped out of Champions League
Defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns were dumped out of the CAF Champions League after losing 3-2 on penalties to Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca.
Girona stopped Messi but didn't stop Barca
With Messi scoring nine goals in his first five league games, Girona put Pablo Maffeo on the No. 10. It almost worked and Barca have to learn from it.
Man-marking Messi aided Barca - Valverde
Lionel Messi endured a frustrating night as he was man-marked by on loan Manchester City defender Pablo Maffeo in Barcelona's 3-0 win over Girona.
Off-form Barca good enough vs. Girona
Despite being far from their best and an unusually quiet performance from Lionel Messi, Barca cruised to a 3-0 win over new Catalonia rivals Girona.
Klopp: Reds not Globetrotters, need results
Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool were the "deserved winner" of a thrilling encounter with Leicester City and was proud of how his team handled pressure
Mignolet sticks out in win over Leicester
Philippe Coutinho provided the platform for Liverpool at Leicester and Simon Mignolet's penalty heroics ensured they won for the first time in five.
Coutinho returns in style to help Liverpool win
Philippe Coutinho re-announced himself to the Premier League and Liverpool held on despite its defence to win a five-goal thriller at Leicester, writes Iain Macintosh.
No Neymar, no win as Montpellier hold PSG
Paris Saint-Germain dearly missed the absent Neymar, as Edinson Cavani and Co. were substandard and held to a goalless draw at Montpellier.
Sunshine, Ifeanyi progress to Aiteo Cup semifinals
Defending champions FC Ifeanyi Ubah and fellow Premier League side Sunshine Stars earned Aiteo Cup semifinal tickets on Saturday.
Platinum dumped out of Chibuku Cup
Zvishavane-based giants FC Platinum are out of the Chibuku Super Cup after going down 1-0 at home to Chapungu in a first round tie on Saturday.
Auba earns perfect 10 with hat trick
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bagged a hat trick, Maximilian Philipp scored a brace and Dortmund stayed perfect in a 6-1 rout of Borussia Monchengladbach.
What if Aubameyang stayed at Dortmund?
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wanted to leave Dortmund in the summer, and he still might, but what if he decided to stay instead?
Good weather hampered United - Mourinho
Jose Mourinho said he did not know why he was sent off in the final minutes of Manchester United's 1-0 victory at Southampton.
United vow to take action over Lukaku song
Manchester United have asked for CCTV footage to try to identify those chanting a controversial song about Romelu Lukaku in the win at Southampton.
Lukaku scores, United keep pace with City
Manchester United held off Southampton 1-0 thanks to another Romelu Lukaku goal but Paul Pogba's absence in midfield was apparent, writes Nick Ames.
Morata earns 10/10 for bagging a hat trick
Alvaro Morata was sensational as Chelsea thrashed Stoke -- and Antonio Conte also deserves praise for his man management at the bet365.
Diego who? Morata treble in Blues rout
Alvaro Morata scored a hat trick at Stoke in the week Chelsea said farewell to Diego Costa, proving he is the man for Antonio Conte.
Conte proud of Chelsea's composure.
Despite a convincing 4-0 win over Stoke, Antonio Conte was most pleased that his side never became complacent.
Guardiola: Sane didn't deserve to play before.
Pep Guardiola says Leroy Sane didn't deserve to play at the start of the season, but has since improved the "simple things."
Sane 'didn't deserve' to start before - Pep
Leroy Sane hasn't seen much game time this season because he didn't return from preseason in good form, Pep Guardiola said.
Leroy Sane stars as City thrash Palace
Leroy Sane was among the stars as the Manchester City juggernaut continued with a 5-0 thrashing of poor Crystal Palace.
Ceballos seizes chance, teases at bright future
Dani Ceballos took advantage of his first Real Madrid start by scoring two goals, but he has yet to scratch the surface on his potential.
Super day for Ceballos after double strike
Real Madrid had Dani Ceballos to think after getting back to winning ways in La Liga, the youngster scoring twice on his first league start.
Zidane: Real Madrid not in a good period
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane admitted "this is not a brilliant period for us" but maintained the three points were all important after a 2-1 win over Alaves.
La Liga: Real escape; Barcelona still perfect
Real Madrid returned to winning ways against Alaves while Barcelona are now six wins from six tries to open their La Liga campaign.
Carrasco, Griezmann net for Atletico
Diego Costa watched on from the stands as Atletico Madrid produced a real show of strength and fired a warning to Champions League opponents Chelsea.
Neymar departure was bad decision - Rakitic
Ivan Rakitic has told the BBC that Neymar's move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain was a "bad decision for me" but must be respected.
Champ: Leeds, Cardiff and Wolves all win
The status quo was maintained at the top of the Championship as Leeds, Cardiff and Wolves all won their matches on Saturday.
PSL: Wits get first win, Chiefs draw blank
Defending champions Bidvest Wits finally picked up their first win of the PSL season, while Kaizer Chiefs continued to underwhelm on Saturday.
Abraham strike not enough for Swansea vs. Watford
Watford came from behind to win 2-1 at Swansea City after goals from Troy Deeney and Richarlison cancels out Tammy Abraham's opener.
Enobakhare strikes again as Wolves beat Barnsley
Following on from his League Cup strike in midweek, Bright Enobakhare netted Wolves' first as they beat Barnsley 2-1, with Alfred N'Diaye scoring the home side's winner.
Nigeria meet arch-rivals Ghana in WAFU Cup final
Nigeria and hosts Ghana renew their fierce rivalry in Sunday's WAFU Cup of Nations final, with the two teams set for a replay after clashing during the group stage in a 2-0 win for the Super Eagles.
Two-goal Niasse the unlikely hero as Everton beat Bournemouth
Everton outcast Oumar Niasse returned to the side and struck twice as the Toffees came from behind to beat Bournemouth 2-1 at home.
9/10 for Kane, Eriksen in London derby win
Spurs raced to a 3-0 lead thanks to two goals from Harry Kane and one from Christian Eriksen but needed to hold on for dear life for a 3-2 win at West Ham.
Spurs hold off West Ham after Kane double
Harry Kane's first goals away at West Ham proved pivotal as 10-man Tottenham survived Serge Aurier's sending off and a spirited West Ham fightback.
Pochettino: I'm in love with Harry Kane.
Mauricio Pochettino professes his love for Harry Kane as a goalscorer, after another standout showing for Spurs.
Five African players to watch this weekend
Which of the continent's star men could be set for a big weekend across Europe's major leagues?
Utd set for Pogba surgery choice - sources
Manchester United are set to make a decision about whether Paul Pogba needs surgery on his hamstring injury next week, sources have told ESPN FC.
No United attackers can be benched - Mou
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said the goalscoring form of his attacking players is giving him a selection headache.
Mourinho: Happiness key to Martial's form
Jose Mourinho has said Anthony Martial's upturn in form this season is because the forward is playing with a smile on his face.
PSL officiating crisis back in the spotlight after shambolic showing
The standard of refereeing in South Africa's Premier Soccer League is reaching a crisis point for a competition that likes to trumpet itself as the best on the African continent, and comparable with many in Europe.
Guardiola: Aguero will 'die scoring goals.'
Pep Guardiola jokes that Sergio Aguero will "die scoring goals" as the striker closes in on Man City's all-time scoring record.
City's Aguero will 'die scoring goals' - Pep
The Argentinian striker is just two goals from equalling the 78-year record of Eric Brook, who scored 177 goals for City in the 1930s.
Pep: Title not two-horse race with United
Pep Guardiola has dismissed suggestions that the Premier League is a two-horse race between the Manchester clubs.
Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar up for FIFA award
Cristiano Ronaldo could be named Best FIFA Men's Player for the second year running after being shortlisted alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Mandzukic, Giroud nominated for Puskas
Mario Mandzukic's overhead strike for Juventus in the Champions League final is among the 10 nominees to be awarded FIFA's Puskas Award as best goal.
Legends make their picks for the FIFA awards.
As FIFA announce the three candidates for awards including best player and best manger, see who's being tipped for success.
The different No. 10s of the Premier League
No two No. 10s are alike, which is especially the case in the Premier League. Here are five players who fill a variety of roles in that position.
Five Premier League storylines
Can Jurgen Klopp's defence hold firm when Liverpool face Leicester? Can Saints slow the Man United goal train? We look at this week's top storylines.
Woodward says Facebook will bid for Prem
The likes of Amazon and Facebook will enter the bidding war when the next round of television rights come up, says Manchester United chief Ed Woodward
Sierra Leone FA president Johansen indicted
Sierra Leone Football Association president Isha Johansen has been indicted on six counts of corruption, deepening the problems for football there.
Cape Town City back to winning ways
Cape Town City returned to winning ways in the Absa Premiership when they claimed a controversial 1-0 win over Polokwane City at Cape Town Stadium on Friday night.
Ligue 1: Falcao boosts Monaco; Nice held
FUS Rabat advance to Confed Cup semis
Moroccan side FUS Rabat booked their place in the last four of the CAF Champions League after beating CS Sfaxien 5-4 on penalties at the Stade Taïeb Mhiri in Tunisia on Friday.
Conte thanks Costa for Blues contribution
On Thursday, Chelsea announced that they had agreed a deal with Atletico Madrid for the striker to return to his former club.
Diego Costa: No grudge against Conte
Diego Costa has said he has no grudge against Chelsea boss Antonio Conte as he prepares to complete a return to Atletico Madrid.
Filipe Luis, Koke hail Costa's Atleti return
On Thursday, Atletico announced that they had reached an agreement with Chelsea for the return of the Spain international for an undisclosed fee.
Wenger: More players will run out contracts
Arsene Wenger predicted that football's transfer market will soon be regulated by politicians to stop fees from spiralling out of control.
Positives outweigh negatives on Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez brings volatility and frequent outbursts to the pitch, but his contributions remain crucial for Arsenal.
Okocha: Iwobi must take his chance.
Jay-Jay Okocha spoke about his nephew Alex Iwobi's chances of breaking into the Arsenal first team as the nominess were announced for The Best Awards.
Aiteo Cup QF Preview: Plateau United out to avenge loss
Aiteo Cup holders FC Ifeanyi Ubah have one foot in the semis, but reigning champions Plateau United must overturn a first-leg deficit.
PSG turned to Neymar, Mbappe over Auba
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has confirmed his hopes of joining PSG in the summer were brought to an end by the club's new sporting director, who decided to sign other players.
Can United, City match great European teams?
With Man United and Man City on pace to set incredible goal difference numbers, ESPN FC looks back on the records set by the best teams of the past in Europe's biggest leagues.
Abraham: No decision yet on Nigeria move
Tammy Abraham underlined his commitment to having an international career with England, amid Nigeria's efforts to convince him to switch allegiance.
Wasteful Super Eagles reach WAFU Cup final
Nigeria battled into the final of the WAFU Cup of Nations after claiming narrow 1-0 win over 10-man Benin, following Rabiu Ali's 11th-minute strike.
Extra Time: A Diego Costa special.
Extra Time is all about Diego Costa as the guys respond to your tweets about the Spanish striker's return to Atletico Madrid.
Costa's return fills void left by his departure
Diego Costa left a void in Atletico Madrid's lineup they couldn't fill when he left for Chelsea in 2014. His return makes Los Rojiblancos whole again.
Atletico agree deal to sign Chelsea's Costa
Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement to re-sign striker Diego Costa from Chelsea for a total fee that could rise to around £58 million.
Uganda name squad to face Ghana
Uganda caretaker coach Moses Basena has recalled two instrumental midfielders to the squad that will battle Ghana in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
Can Musonda succeed where others failed?
Charly Musonda is the latest youth star trying to force his way into the Chelsea first team but history shows he's up against it despite a promising first arrival.
Musonda must develop physically - Conte
Antonio Conte urged Charly Musonda to continue taking his first-team opportunities after a virtuoso performance in Chelsea's 5-1 Carabao Cup win against Nottingham Forest.
EXCLUSIVE: Sadio Mane speaks to ESPN
Mane spoke about his recent red card against Manchester City, the Reds' start to the season and Philippe Coutinho's stay at Anfield.
Mane: Liverpool want league's best attack.
Liverpool's Sadio Mane insists the side are working to have the most threatening attacking force in the Premier League.
Klopp, Liverpool must ease growing dissent
Jurgen Klopp is finally acknowledging Liverpool's problems but is it too late? The Reds need wins to ease the pressure on their mercurial manager.
Utd post record revenue, operating profit
Manchester United have earned more than half a billion pounds for the second successive year, with a record-breaking revenue of £581.2 million.
United's Martial will be 'a force' - Lingard
Anthony Martial took his tally for this season to four goals -- already halfway to his total last season -- as Manchester United beat Burton Albion 4-1 in the League Cup.
Is Fellaini a difference maker for Man United?
Steve Nicol finds himself agreeing with Mou's comments that Marouane Fellaini deserves a new United contract this season.
Mane 'would love' to apologise to Ederson
Sadio Mane has told ESPN FC that he wants to call Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson to discuss the incident which led to him being sent off.
Mane: I want Ederson's number.
Liverpool's Sadio Mane wants to send good wishes to Manchester City's Ederson but believes his tackle was a yellow card.
Shabba form a delight, but long-term concern for Chiefs
A year ago Siphiwe Tshabalala's Kaizer Chiefs career looked in tatters, but 12 months on and he remains Amakhosi's most influential player in a team struggling to reach previous heights.
Mane happy to replay 'not normal' SA qualifier
Sadio Mane has told ESPN FC that he backs FIFA's decision to restage Senegal's match-fixed World Cup qualifier against South Africa.
Mane hopes to achieve more than his Senegal heroes.
Sadio Mane reveals his inspirations from the Senegalese national teams of the past.
Baxter hoping Khune brings the magic
Stuart Baxter has made a number of changes for South Africa's must-win World Cup qualifier against Burkina Faso, including the return of goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.
Mahlambi, Ndlovu back in Bafana fold
South Africa coach Stuart Baxter has named his squad to face Burkina Faso in a must-win 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on October 7.
- Black Stars embarrass Eagles to lift WAFU Cup
- Bundesliga: Volland brace fuels Bayer win
- La Liga: Zaza the hero as Valencia triumph
- Bloem Celtic hang on for another draw
- SA women break hosts' hearts to win Cosafa
- United triumph in superb Sheffield derby
- Llorente extends Real contract until 2021
- Serie A: Samp beat Milan, Inter win late
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