Soccer

2:17 PM ET Pochettino’s not really under pressure as PSG boss, but there is a bubbling frustration about how incoherent this star-driven team looks. FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images The assessment is pretty simple to make now. This is arguably Paris Saint-Germain‘s most talented squad, both individually and collectively. Never since Qatar Sports Investment took over
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4:33 PM ET Der Klassiker did not disappoint this weekend, but Barcelona certainly did. Elsewhere, the Simeone family had an up-and-down time of things, while Liverpool left it late and Man City were thankful for a player who almost left the club. Here are Mark Ogden, Andrew Richardson and James Tyler with what you need
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6:15 PM ET Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal for Manchester United. Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images There’s a new boss at Manchester United, but Ralf Rangnick already knows that Cristiano Ronaldo is still the main man. Who knows how Rangnick’s six-month stint as interim manager at Old Trafford will ultimately turn
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10:57 AM ET Messi’s seventh Ballon d’Or shouldn’t get you too riled up. It’s an award given to the glamorous players and isn’t intended to serve as a definitive world’s best player prize. FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images Count the Ballon d’Or as one of those grand old institutions that’s insanely popular. There are several reasons
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9:11 PM ET Another packed weekend of action saw Erling Haaland return to action with a goal, more evidence of the Xavi effect at Barcelona and mixed fortunes for some big clubs. Meanwhile, the leaders in Spain and Germany served up spectacular goals and there was a long-awaited debut in Paris. Here are Julien Laurens,
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8:09 PM ET Referee Manuel Mota ends the game after Belenenses could not meet the minimum requirement of seven players on the pitch. PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP Benfica‘s Primeira Liga match at Belenenses on Saturday was abandoned amid extraordinary scenes after their COVID-hit opponents were forced to name a team of nine players, including two goalkeepers.
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1:30 AM ET A game Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson intended to treat as a World Cup final dress rehearsal instead proved a reality check, with the United States handing Australia a 3-0 defeat in Sydney. A record home Matildas crowd of 36,109 fans packed Accor Stadium but they were silenced after just 24 seconds when
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4:00 AM ET Manchester United had planned to give Michael Carrick until mid-December before making a breakthrough with Ralf Rangnick — ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the latest. PLUS: The Old Trafford outcasts who could yet get a second chance under the interim boss. Jump to: Man Utd fringe stars put exit plans on hold |
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4:41 PM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent VILLARREAL, Spain — The Manchester United-owning Glazer family, as well as executive vice-president Ed Woodward and director Richard Arnold, will no doubt celebrate the team’s 2-0 win over Villarreal to reach the knockout rounds of the Champions League as Group F winners, but they don’t deserve to. By botching the
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4:25 PM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent WATFORD, England — On Friday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spent his usual pregame news conference talking, via video, about how well his Manchester United players trained during the international break and his belief that the problems they have faced in recent weeks have been ironed out. A game against Watford, newly
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