Euro: Messi’s PSG beaten by Rennes | Espanyol stun Real

Paris Saint-Germain suffered their first defeat of the season when they were beaten 2-0 at Rennes on Sunday.

Rennes won thanks to goals by Gaetan Laborde and Flavian Tait either side of the interval to end PSG’s eight-game winning run in the league and inflict their first away defeat in the competition for eight months.

PSG, beaten in the pre-season Trophy of Champions by Lille, stayed top of the standings with 24 points, six ahead of second-placed RC Lens who beat Stade de Reims 2-0 on Friday.

“We played 25-30 minutes of very good quality. We were in control of the game. We conceded the goal in a strong moment for them. When we started the second half, we were down 2-0 right away, it was a different game after that,” PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino said.

“I’m a little bit angry. Without underestimating what Rennes did, we are frustrated and disappointed that we did not convert our chances and to concede these goals. These situations leave us bitter and disappointed.”

Messi cuts a dejected figure on Sunday
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Messi cuts a dejected figure on Sunday

Five days after an impressive win over Manchester City in the Champions League, PSG got off to a lively start but lacked sharpness as Neymar skied a close-range attempt over the bar in the 22nd minute.

Lionel Messi’s 25-yard free-kick crashed against the crossbar and although he combined well with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, the visitors struggled to break the deadlock.

Rennes, who had less than 72 hours to recuperate after beating Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa League on Thursday, went ahead on the stroke of halftime in clinical fashion.

Laborde netted his sixth goal of the season by volleying home from Kamaldeen Sulemana’s cross.

Having failed to manage a single shot on target in the first half, PSG were caught cold straight after the interval as Tait fired home from Laborde’s cross.

The hugely disappointing Neymar was substituted by Mauro Icardi in the 76th minute but the Argentine failed to inspire PSG who also failed to muster a shot on target in the second half. Rennes moved up to seventh on 12 points.

Meanwhile, Lille handed Marseille their second consecutive Ligue 1 defeat when Jonathan David’s double gave them a 2-0 home win on Sunday as the visitors finished with 10 men.

David struck after 28 minutes and again deep into stoppage time to lift the French champions to eighth in the standings on 14 points from nine games as they continue to recover from a bad start to the season.

The result left Marseille, who suffered their first loss in the league last weekend against RC Lens, in fifth place also on 14 points, although the Provence side have a game in hand.

La Liga: Real stunned by Espanyol as woes continue

Raul de Tomas celebrates his finish for Espanyol
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Raul de Tomas celebrates his finish for Espanyol

Real Madrid’s stuttering form continued on Sunday when they were stunned 2-1 away at Espanyol in LaLiga.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side are now without a win in three games in all competitions but remain top of the table on 17 points, ahead of city rivals Atletico Madrid on goal difference.

A goal in either half from Raul De Tomas and Aleix Vidal was enough for Espanyol to secure the three points against Real. The Catalans moved up to 12th with nine points.

Karim Benzema’s curled effort halved the deficit 19 minutes from time but Real were unable to find an equaliser, with Eden Hazard’s late effort ruled out for offside.

“We weren’t comfy. We conceded early and that makes the game tougher for you,” Real defender Nacho said.

“They got in behind us a lot, and we need to work on our defensive play and that will come with games.

“We’ve got a number of players missing but we still have a good squad and we should be doing better than in our last three games. We need to improve at the back and respond.”

Bundesliga: Frankfurt win at Bayern

Robert Lewandowski failed to inspire Bayern Munich
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Robert Lewandowski failed to inspire Bayern Munich

Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic drilled home an 83rd-minute goal to stun Bayern Munich and snatch a 2-1 Bundesliga win on Sunday, earning a first league victory at Bayern in 21 years and ending the hosts’ nine-game winning run in all competitions.

Kostic picked up the ball on the edge of the box, charged forward and beat keeper Manuel Neuer with a powerful low drive in the 83rd minute to seal Eintracht’s first win of the season.

The Bavarians remain top of the table with 16 points from seven games despite their first defeat, one point ahead of Borussia Dortmund and Freiburg in second and third respectively.

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Highlights of the Bundesliga match between Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt.

The home side took the lead when Leon Goretzka benefited from a Martin Hinteregger mistake to score in the 29th minute.

The Austrian defender quickly made amends by powering a header into the net for the equaliser three minutes later.

Both teams each had a chance to take the lead before the break with Eintracht’s Almamy Toure forcing a superb save from Neuer in the 43rd minute and Bayern’s Serge Gnabry hitting the post from close range a minute later.

Frankfurt revel in their fine away victory
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Frankfurt revel in their fine away victory

Eintracht ‘keeper Kevin Trapp was kept busy in the second half, repeatedly denying Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Robert Lewandowski as the hosts pushed forward in search of the winner.

Yet it was Eintracht who scored what proved to be the winner against the run of play through Kostic before Trapp made another key save in stoppage time to palm a Goretzka shot wide.

Serie A: Napoli recover to maintain perfect start

Napoli's Victor Osimhen celebrates his side's 2-1 win
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Napoli’s Victor Osimhen celebrates his side’s 2-1 win

Napoli came from behind to earn a 2-1 victory at Fiorentina in Serie A on Sunday, ensuring they remain the only side in Europe’s top five leagues with a 100 per cent record this season.

The league leaders started sluggishly and were punished in the 28th minute as Lucas Martinez Quarta took advantage of some slack marking to fire Fiorentina into a deserved lead.

The opener acted as a wake-up call for Napoli with Hirving Lozano firing them level 10 minutes later, following up after goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski had brilliantly saved Lorenzo Insigne’s penalty.

Victor Osimhen then almost edged Napoli in front before halftime with a spectacular overhead kick. However, the visitors did not have to wait much longer to complete the turnaround, with Amir Rrahmani giving them a 2-1 lead in the 50th minute.

Napoli had further chances to make the win more comfortable, but saw the game out to secure a seventh straight success and stay top, four points clear of second-placed Inter Milan.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan strikes to extend Roma's lead
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Henrikh Mkhitaryan strikes to extend Roma’s lead

Fiorentina remain fifth after their third defeat of the season.

Elsewhere, Lorenzo Pellegrini celebrated signing a new contract and his recall to the Italian national team squad by setting Roma on their way to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Empoli.

The 25-year-old midfielder penned a new deal to stay in the Italian capital until 2026 before the match and arrowed Roma in front three minutes before the break, days after being named in the Azzurri squad for this week’s Nations League finals.

Jose Mourinho watches on during the Empoli game
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Jose Mourinho watches on during the Empoli game

Henrikh Mkhitaryan had Roma two goals in front three minutes later, reacting first after Tammy Abraham’s powerful strike had come back off the crossbar, with the hosts able to take their foot off the gas after that and see out the victory with ease.

The result kept Jose Mourinho’s side fourth in the standings, six points behind leaders Napoli, while Empoli stayed 10th.

Meanwhile, AC Milan continued their impressive start to the Serie A season, surviving a late Atalanta comeback to earn a 3-2 victory in Bergamo.

Fernando Forestieri’s late equaliser earned Udinese a point in a pulsating 3-3 draw at Sampdoria, while Hellas Verona thrashed Spezia 4-0 in Veneto.

‘Detained by the Sheriff!’ – Moldovans stun Real Madrid

Sheriff Tiraspol pulled off an enormous shock as they won 2-1 at Real Madrid to make it two wins out of two in Champions League Group D with a late strike from Sebastien Thill.

Jasur Jakhshibaev headed the Moldovan side into the lead in the 25th minute, but Los Blancos were level through a second-half penalty from Karim Benzema, given following a VAR review.

The visitors, though, snatched all three points with just a minute left when Thill drove the ball into the top corner from 20 yards to leave the Bernabeu in stunned silence.

Real had 31 shots on goal and 11 on target while keeping 76 per cent of possession and winning 13 corners; the Moldovan side had only four attempts, scoring two of their three shots on target and failing to win a single corner.

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“Everything went well for them while everything we did turned out badly,” Real manager Carlo Ancelotti told reporters after his side’s first defeat of the season.

“More than worried, we are sad. We played with intensity and commitment but lost due to the finest details. The team played well, we could have been sharper in the area but it’s difficult to explain what happened.

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Real Madrid head coach Carlos Ancelotti says he is ‘more than worried’ following his side’s shock Champions League defeat to Sheriff Tiraspol

“The small details cost us the game and we should learn from that in the future. But this was a defeat we did not deserve.”

Earlier, newly-crowned heavyweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk was watching in the stands as Shakhtar Donetsk and Inter Milan played out a goalless draw at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.

‘This is so emotional’

Real Madrid crashed to a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Moldovan champions Sheriff Tiraspol
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Real Madrid crashed to a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Moldovan champions Sheriff Tiraspol

Sheriff, who were founded in 1997 from the unrecognised breakaway state of Transnistria, are top of Group D with six points, after beating Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 in their opening game.

Before kick-off the club had a mere 6,000 followers on Twitter, contrasting with Real’s army of over 38 million on the social media platform.

“This is so emotional. I’m very appreciative of my boys for this great job,” Sheriff boss Yuriy Vernydub said. “We are a real team.

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Sheriff Tiraspol head coach Yuriy Vernydub says his side’s shock Champions League victory over Real Madrid proved that they deserve their place in the tournament.

“Some big players said before there’s no place in the Champions League for teams like Sheriff, but it’s our place and we proved it.

Sheriff defender Gustavo Dulanto added: “I dreamed of winning in the Bernabeu, I have always followed Madrid they are the most successful team in the Champions League so to beat them at home is a huge achievement.

“There’s still a long way to go and we can’t relax because there’s no logic in football, as today’s result shows. We came here with the knife between our teeth but we can only look forward to the next game.”

Who are Sheriff Tiraspol?

  • Sheriff are based in Tiraspol, the capital of Transnistria, a breakaway state located on the Moldovan-Ukrainian border
  • They were founded in 1997 and promoted to the Moldovan top flight (the Divizia Nationale) a year later
  • The Sheriff Stadium complex, where they play their home games, was completed in 2002, costing approximately $200m
  • Sheriff have won 20 of the 22 Moldovan league titles they have contested
  • The Real Madrid match was Sheriff’s 10th Champions League fixture of the season as they came through four rounds of qualifying
  • They are just the second club to win on their first Champions League trip to the Bernabeu, replicating Arsenal’s achievement in 2005/06
  • Not since Leicester City in 2016/17 have a side won their opening two games on their debut in the competition
  • Sheriff head coach Yuriy Vernydub guided Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk to the Europa League group stage in 2016/17, where he faced Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United

Captain Frank Castaneda revealed his side had fancied their chances before kickoff.

“We knew we could win here and before the game we had it in our heads that we could and as captain I tried to motivate the team and tell them we could do it because this is football,” he said.

“Real Madrid is an historic team but on the pitch it’s 11 players versus 11 and we came here to get the victory and got it.”

This was just the third ever away victory by a Moldovan team in a major European competition, following Zimbru Chisinau in the UEFA Cup in 1995 (v RAF Jelgava) and Sheriff themselves in the Europa League in 2017 (v Lokomotiv Moscow).

Group C: Ajax, Dortmund stay perfect

Ajax maintained their 100 per cent start to Group C with a 2-0 win over Besiktas at the Johan Cruyff ArenA.

Steven Berghuis set Ajax on their way before Sebastien Haller continued his sensational scoring streak with his fifth Champions League goal of the season before half-time.

Elsewhere in Group C, Borussia Dortmund beat Sporting Lisbon 1-0 at Signal Iduna Park thanks to Donyell Malen’s first-half strike, set up by Jude Bellingham.

Group A: Messi stars as PSG beat Man City

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Lionel Messi’s stunning first PSG goal sealed a 2-0 Champions League victory over Manchester City at the Parc des Princes

Lionel Messi scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain to help secure a 2-0 win over Manchester City in their Champions League clash at the Parc des Princes.

PSG took an early lead in the seventh minute when City failed to clear a cross into the box and Idrissa Gueye smashed the ball into the top corner.

City responded as Raheem Sterling headed against the crossbar, before Bernardo Silva fired the loose ball back up onto the bar when it looked certain he would score.

Messi, back following a knee problem, capped a fine all-round display when he played a one-two with Kylian Mbappe on the edge of the penalty area and clipped a wonderful finish into the top corner.

PSG move top of Group A, with City down to third after Club Brugge won 2-1 at RB Leipzig.

Christopher Nkunku put the Bundesliga side ahead in the fifth minute from close range, with the goal given following a lengthy VAR review.

In the 22nd minute, Brugge captain Hans Vanaken saw an equaliser ruled out for offside after the hosts had been caught trying to play out from the back – only for VAR to swiftly overturn the decision.

The Belgians turned things around when they took the lead five minutes before half-time when Mats Rits knocked a loose ball in from six yards.

Group B: Liverpool run riot in Porto again

Curtis Jones celebrates with Mo Salah and Jordan Henderson
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Curtis Jones celebrates a Liverpool goal with Mo Salah and Jordan Henderson

Liverpool took control of Group B as they ran out 5-1 winners at Porto.

Mohamed Salah put the Premier League side ahead in the 18th minute when he bundled the ball in after Curtis Jones’ angled drive from the left had been pushed out by the ‘keeper.

Sadio Mane tapped home a second just ahead of half-time after James Milner’s cross from the right went right through the six-yard box. Salah added a second just after the hour after being set up by Curtis Jones.

Mehdi Taremi pulled one back for the hosts, only for Roberto Firmino to roll in a fourth on the break after goalkeeper Diogo Costa was caught upfield and could only race back to scoop the ball out from behind the line. The Brazilian added a fifth when tucking in a rebound.

At the San Siro, Luis Suarez netted a stoppage-time penalty as Atletico Madrid came from behind to win 2-1 against AC Milan, who had Franck Kessie sent off in the first half.

The Serie A side were rewarded for a positive start when Rafael Leao drilled in a low shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 20th minute.

Milan, though, were reduced to 10 men just nine minutes later when midfielder Kessie was dismissed for a second caution.

Antoine Griezmann finally levelled things up with six minutes left with a well-taken volley and Suarez had the last word when his scuffed spot-kick squirmed past Mike Maignan.

Sheriff boss after stunning Real: ‘We created a miracle’

Sheriff Tiraspol head coach Yuriy Vernydub believes his side “created a miracle” after they stunned Real Madrid 2-1 at the Bernabeu in the Champions League, while Carlo Ancelotti says “everything we did turned out badly”.

Luxembourg midfielder Sebastien Thill scored an outstanding late half volley to snatch an unlikely victory for Sheriff, who reached the Champions League group stage for the first time this season after winning four qualifying rounds.

Sheriff took the lead against the run of play with a header from Jasurbek Yakhshiboev. Karim Benzema equalised for the 13-time European champions with a second-half penalty before Thill won the match in the 89th minute.

Real had 31 shots on goal and 11 on target while keeping 76 per cent possession and winning 13 corners, while the Moldovan side had only four attempts, scoring two of their three shots on target.

Who are Sheriff Tiraspol?

  • Sheriff are based in Tiraspol, the capital of Transnistria, a breakaway state located on the Moldovan-Ukrainian border
  • They were founded in 1997 and promoted to the Moldovan top flight (the Divizia Nationale) a year later
  • The Sheriff Stadium complex, where they play their home games, was completed in 2002, costing approximately £148m
  • Sheriff have won 20 of the 22 Moldovan league titles they have contested
  • The Real Madrid match was Sheriff’s 10th Champions League fixture of the season as they came through four rounds of qualifying
  • They are just the second club to win on their first Champions League trip to the Bernabeu, replicating Arsenal’s achievement in 2005/06
  • Not since Leicester City in 2016/17 have a side won their opening two games on their debut in the competition
  • Sheriff head coach Yuriy Vernydub guided Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk to the Europa League group stage in 2016/17, where he faced Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United

“This is so emotional. I’m very appreciative of my boys for this great job,” Sheriff boss Vernydub said. “We are a real team.

“Some big players said before there’s no place in the Champions League for teams like Sheriff, but it’s our place and we proved it.

“We have created a miracle and in the end we have won. I am very happy and very proud for FC Sheriff, but I am more proud of my boys.”

The defeat was Real Madrid’s first of the season but head coach Ancelotti believes his side did not deserve to lose the match.

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Carlo Ancelotti says ‘everything we did turned out badly’ as Real Madrid were beaten at the Bernabeu

“Everything went well for them while everything we did turned out badly,” he said.

“More than worried we are sad. We played with intensity and commitment but lost due to the finest details. The team played well, we could have been sharper in the area but it’s difficult to explain what happened.

“The small details cost us the game and we should learn from that in the future. But this was a defeat we did not deserve.”

‘We knew we could win at the Bernabeu’

Sheriff, who were founded in 1997, are top of Group D with six points, after beating Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 in their opening game.

Sheriff defender Gustavo Dulanto said: “I dreamed of winning in the Bernabeu, I have always followed Madrid, they are the most successful team in the Champions League so to beat them at home is a huge achievement.

“There’s still a long way to go and we can’t relax because there’s no logic in football, as today’s result shows. We came here with the knife between our teeth but we can only look forward to the next game.”

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, left, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal from penalty spot during the Champions League group D soccer match between Real Madrid and Sheriff,
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Karim Benzema equalised for Real Madrid from the penalty spot before Sheriff scored a late winner

Captain Frank Castaneda revealed his side had fancied their chances before kick-off.

“We knew we could win here and before the game we had it in our heads that we could and as captain I tried to motivate the team and tell them we could do it because this is football,” he said.

“Real Madrid is a historic team but on the pitch it’s 11 players versus 11 and we came here to get the victory and got it.”

Match-winner Thill added: “We’re so happy today. We played a really good game. The side were so brave with how we played and luckily enough I was able to score a bit of a stunner.”

UEFA appeals after suspending Super League legal action

UEFA has appealed to remove a judge in Madrid from its case against clubs still committed to the European Super League after suspending its legal action.

Monday’s suspension saw UEFA comply with the ruling of a court in Madrid which has found that it did not have the power or authority to take action against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.

The three clubs had argued in court that UEFA’s attempt to punish them for setting up a breakaway league was against European competition law.

But, on Tuesday, the governing body took action to try and remove judge Manuel Ruiz de Lara from the case as well as filing papers with the higher court of appeal in Madrid.

“UEFA has filed a motion for the recusal of the judge presiding over the current proceedings as it believes there are significant irregularities in these proceedings,” a UEFA statement read.

“In line with Spanish law and in the fundamental interests of justice UEFA fully expects the judge in question to immediately stand aside pending the full and proper consideration of this motion.

“Further, UEFA shall also be making a formal appeal to a higher court, the Provincial Court of Madrid (Court of Appeal).”

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The Premier League’s ‘big six’ will no longer need to pay the fines imposed on them for trying to set up the European Super League

Before the appeal was launched, UEFA said it would be contacting the other nine clubs involved in the attempted breakaway to tell them they do not have to pay – for the time being at least – the combined £22m they had agreed to donate to grassroots and community projects for trying to set up the ESL in April.

The nine clubs are Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan.

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The attempted breakaway European Super League sparked mass protests at Premier League clubs

The court in Madrid ruled UEFA was breaking European Union free trade laws by pursuing disciplinary action against the three rebel clubs. Last week the court ordered UEFA to stop its disciplinary proceedings against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.

In May the case was referred to the European of Justice where UEFA will deny that it acted unlawfully by blocking the creation of the ESL and threatening to punish clubs who were still involved in the breakaway.

UEFA still has the option of taking disciplinary action against the three clubs when legal proceedings are finished. It can also then ask the other nine clubs to pay the agreed £22m.

UEFA drops legal action against remaining ‘Super League’ clubs

UEFA has dropped legal action against the three remaining clubs still committed to the so-called European Super League.

Proceedings against Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid have been declared “null and void”, UEFA said.

The three clubs had argued in court UEFA’s attempt to punish them for setting up a breakaway league was against European competition law.

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The Premier League’s ‘big six’ will no longer need to pay the fines imposed on them for trying to set up the European Super League

UEFA will also contact the other nine clubs involved in the attempted breakaway to tell them they will no longer need to pay the fines imposed on them for trying to set up the ESL in April.

The nine clubs are Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan.

City supporters display a banner inside Wembley amid the fallout from the European Super League
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The attempted breakaway European Super League sparked mass protests at Premier League clubs

In May the nine clubs agreed to pay a combined fine of €15m and to have five per cent of their UEFA competitions revenues withheld for one season.

UEFA is dropping its legal action because it respects the Spanish judicial process and it believes it is not in its interests or the interests of its member associations to drag this out through the courts.

UEFA will continue to do whatever is necessary to stop a breakaway league from ever being formed and it reserves the right to restart legal proceedings if the project, or any similar project, is resurrected.