Wednesday, 30 September 2020 23:50

 

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Vinicius hands Real second straight win.

Substitute Vinicius Junior scored the only goal as defending champions Real Madrid beat Real Valladolid to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

Zinedine Zidane's side had taken four points from their first two La Liga games - both away - but took a while to get going in their first home fixture.

Valladolid keeper Roberto made fine saves from Federico Valverde and Luka Jovic to keep the visitors in the game.

But Vinicius stabbed in the winner from close range midway in the second half.

The win moves Real joint top of La Liga alongside Getafe, Villarreal and Valencia on seven points.

 

Neymar and Alvaro Gonzalez avoid disciplinary action.

Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez will not be sanctioned by the French Football League following an allegation of racism made against him by Paris St-Germain forward Neymar.

Neymar was sent off for hitting Gonzalez in a bad-tempered Ligue 1 game against Marseille on 13 September.

On Twitter, Neymar later accused his opponent of racism.

The French Football League (LFP) said it did not have "sufficient convincing evidence" to support the claim.

"Olympique de Marseille is satisfied with the disciplinary committee's decision tonight on Alvaro Gonzalez," Marseille said on Twitter.

"Alvaro is not racist, any accusation against him on this subject is unfair and unfounded. Olympique de Marseille is and will remain the club of anti-racism."

Neymar's was the last of five red cards in the game against Marseille.

He was also under investigation for an alleged homophobic comment made to Alvaro.

"After examining the file, hearing the players and representatives of the clubs, the commission notes that it does not have sufficient evidence to prove discriminatory comments made by the player Alvaro against Neymar during the match or by Neymar against Alvaro," said a LFP disciplinary committee statement.

 

Romelo Lukaku brace fires Inter Milan to a big win.

Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Inter Milan maintained their 100% start to the season by thrashing Benevento.

Lukaku struck inside the first minute when he turned in Achraf Hakimi's cross before Roberto Gagliardini drove in to double the lead.

Lukaku swept in a third and although Gianluca Caprari pulled one back, Hakimi made it 4-1 before the break.

Alexis Sanchez set up Lautaro Martinez for Inter's fifth before Caprari got another consolation goal.

Victory means Inter have won two games out of two so far in Serie A, with both being high-scoring encounters.

Antonio Conte's side won their season opener 4-3 against Fiorentina.

 

Man Utd advance to League Cup Last Eight.

Manchester United beat Brighton for the second time in four days, with Paul Pogba scoring a free-kick to help seal their progress to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

On Saturday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side needed a dramatic late penalty, awarded via VAR after the full-time whistle had blown, to beat the Seagulls 3-2 in a game packed with incident.

This was a less frantic and fun affair, played out by largely second-string sides and in periods of torrential rain.

And it was settled in far more routine fashion, with midfielder Scott McTominay finding space in the box to head home Juan Mata's free-kick from close range in the first half.

Having sent on both Pogba and Marcus Rashford, Mata then sealed the result with a cool finish from inside the box after he was found by a neat flick from Donny van de Beek.

Pogba added the garnish with a direct set-piece that found the top corner via a deflection.

It was an otherwise even game for large periods, with chances for both sides.

Odion Ighalo hit the side-netting from an angle after taking the ball around home goalkeeper Jason Steele, while Leandro Trossard drew a superb save from Dean Henderson in the United net with a shot from close range.

 

 

Jonny Bairstow loses Test central contract for 2020-21.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has not been given an England central contract for Test cricket in 2020-21.

Yorkshire's Bairstow, 31, who was not selected for the summer's Test series with West Indies and Pakistan, remains contracted for limited-overs cricket.

Batsmen Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope and Dom Sibley all receive a Test central contract for the first time.

All-rounder Tom Curran has been given a white-ball contract, while Kent batsman Joe Denly misses out altogether.

Denly had previously held a limited-overs contract.

Meanwhile, spinner Dom Bess, seamer Chris Jordan and batsman Dawid Malan - previously uncontracted - will receive incremental deals.

The contracts, handed to a total of 23 players, start on 1 October and run for 12 months.

 

French Open:Victoria Azarenka loses, Simona Halep & Elina Svitolina through.

Tenth seed Victoria Azarenka suffered a shock straight-set defeat by world number 161 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in the French Open second round.

The Belarusian, 31, reached the US Open final earlier this month but struggled on the clay against Slovak Schmiedlova, who won 6-2 6-2.

American teenage sensation Coco Gauff also lost, struggling with serve in a 4-6 6-2 7-5 defeat by Martina Trevisan.

Top seed Simona Halep and third seed Elina Svitolina both won their matches.

Halep, who won her first Grand Slam title at the 2018 Roland Garros, beat fellow Romanian Irina Camelia Begu 6-3 6-4.

Fresh from winning the Italian Open title earlier this week, 29-year-old Halep demonstrated why she is considered the favourite in Paris with a clean performance to earn her 15th straight win.

Halep will face 25th seed Amanda Anisimova in the third round, giving her the chance to avenge defeat by the American teenager in last year's quarter-finals.

Anisimova, 19, teed up the rematch with a 6-2 6-0 win over fellow American Bernarda Pera.

Ukraine's Svitolina regained her composure after being bagelled in the second set to claim a 6-3 0-6 6-2 victory over Mexican qualifier Renata Zarazua.

Source:News Agencies.