Italian Seria A round up

Napoli signalled their intent for the coming season with an impressive 3-0 win over Bologna as the Italian top flight got underway this weekend. Marek Hamsik scored twice for the hosts, either side of half-time, after Jose Callejon had put Rafael Benitez's side ahead. Inter had briefly gone top after defeating Genoa 2-0

French Ligue 1 round up

Paris Saint-Germain kickstarted the defence of their Ligue 1 title with a hard fought 2-1 win over Nantes on Sunday, while Lille were made to work equally hard for their 1-0 victory at Saint-Etienne. Ezequiel Lavezzi netted after 73 minutes from point-blank range to give Laurent Blanc's men all three points

Manchester United – Chelsea: Match preview

Manchester United (4-4-1-1, probable): De Gea; Jonesm, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra: Valencia, Carricl, Giggs, Cleverlet; Welbeck, Van Persie. Out: Young (ankle/foot), Rafael (hamstring), Hernandez (hamstring), Nani (groin/pelvis), Powell (leg), Fletcher (bowel condition) Test: Evans (illness) Chelsea (4-4-1-1, probable): Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Cole; Hazard, Lampard, Ramires, Mata; Oscar, Lukaku. Out: Kalas (broken leg) Test: Luiz (hamstring) Referee:

Thiago Alcantara out for two months

Bayern Munich have suffered a blow after Thiago Alcantara was ruled out for seven weeks through injury. Bayern announced the news on their official Twitter account after the midfielder suffered an ankle injury in their 2-0 win over Nurnberg on Saturday. The Spain international will undergo surgery and is expected to be out

Qatar World Cup set to move – Blatter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said he expects his executive committee to decide on whether to shift the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to another time of year to avoid the searing summer heat. On Sunday, Blatter told the Associated Press that a meeting in Zurich on October 3 and 4

Benitez unsurprised by Napoli’s league start

Napoli coach Rafa Benitez insists his side's strong pre-season preparation meant the opening day rout of Bologna came as no surprise. A Marek Hamsik brace and Jose Callejon's strike handed Napoli a 3-0 win to open their Serie A campaign, moving them to the top of the ladder. Benitez's side looked impressive

Inter Milan 2-0 Genoa: Match Report

Inter kicked off their Serie A campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Genoa at San Siro on Sunday evening. Yuto Nagatomo and Rodrigo Palacio scored second-half goals to hand Inter all three points in a low-key encounter. Substitute Mauro Icardi also hit the bar in the final stages as Inter's dominance began

Malaga 0-1 Barcelona: Match Report

A first-half strike from Adriano ensured a lacklustre Barcelona secured a narrow 1-0 win over Malaga on Sunday evening. The defender's goal towards the end of the first period meant Barca extended their 100% league start after thrashing Levante 7-0 last weekend.  A fine save by Willy Caballero tipped Gerard Pique's effort

FC Nantes 1-2 PSG: Match Report

A 73rd minute strike from Ezequiel Lavezzi handed Laurent Blanc his first win as Paris Saint-Germain boss as les Parisiens ran out 2-1 winners at Nantes. The Argentine settled a frantic encounter after an own goal from former Chelsea defender Alex had cancelled out Edinson Cavani's first-half opener on Sunday. Laurent