CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: CSKA MOSCOW O-1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Heung-Min Son scores winner for Tottenham Hotspur

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MATCH WEEK 2: CSKA MOSCOW O-1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

UEFA Champions League Match Week 2 Group E: CSKA Moscow 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

CSKA Moscow 0-1 Tottenham Hostpur

Heung-Min Son (71’ minutes)

Tottenham Hotspurs' Heung-Min Son scored the winning goal, the only goal, of the Spurs Champions League qualifiers match away against CSKA Moscow, that put Mauricio Pochettino’s side to the top of Champions League Group E as South Korea international Son continues his hot streak scoring five goals in five games.

Son was nicknamed “Sonaldo” at his former club Bayer Leverkusen for his skill in goal-scoring and resemblance to Real Madrid Spanish La Liga superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Twenty-four-year-old Son must go into the South Korean army by the age of 28 for twenty-one months of mandatory military service missing almost two years of football at a time when Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur will be competing for Premier League and Champions League titles and silverware. At that time Son will swap a multi-million-pound contract for a maximum of roughly £130-per-month military pay. Draft dodging is not an option. Failure to serve without exemption leads to imprisonment.

South Korean star Heung-Min Son talked about the Spurs ‘must-win’ game against CSKA in the Champions League after losing their opening match of Group E against Monaco at Wembley.

“It's not easy with the travel, the cold, the time difference and I want to say that these points are gold points,” said Sonny. “We wanted three points and we are very happy to be on the way to making it easier than when we came here.”

Son scored in the 71st minute of a match dominated by Tottenham, with 22 attempts at goal compared to CSKA’s eight. The victory put Bayer Leverkusen into second place in the group behind Monaco after the French and German teams drew 1-1 in Monaco.

Sonny scored his fifth goal this season having scored twice at Stoke and again at Middlesbrough.

“Every day and every game, every weekend, I want to be focused to play, I want to be ready, I want to help my team-mates,” said Son. “It's not easy. We travelled to Russia, everyone was tired after Saturday's game - it’s not easy but I'm very thankful to my team-mates and the fans that have come here to Russia.”

Tottenham’s next Champions League fixture will be a battle with Bayer Leverkusen, Sonny’s former club, for MD3 on October 18 before the Spurs play the Bundesliga side at Wembley on November 2.

“I’m very excited to play there again, we will play for three points of course and I will enjoy the game I think,” added Son about going to Germany. “I try every game to score, I try to give my best every game and I will try to score against them. We’ll see how we play.”

Tottenham had hoped for a clear-cut chance to score, and it arrived at 71 minutes when Son scored the only goal against the Russian champions. Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco tied in France, as the Spurs climbed above the German side into second place in Group E.

Kieran Trippier made his Champions League debut against Moscow.

"Ever since I was a young boy I've always wanted to play at the highest level, I've been given the opportunity and I fully enjoyed it. Hopefully I can keep training well and every opportunity I get I'll keep playing well. It's only my second game this season, but I'm delighted, it's the Champions League!” said Trippier. “I'll keep training hard. Obviously Kyle Walker has been doing very well so I've just got to keep training hard and make sure I'm ready when I'm called upon and I'll do my best for the team."

Harry Winks was asked after the win what Mauricio said to him before his Champions League debut against Moscow and his opinion about how Spurs managed to improve from their opening loss to Monaco..

"It was to go on and do what Dele was doing really in terms of going forward, helping to link the play and getting the ball but mainly to give a little bit more cover to Victor defensively, to help out defensively, make it a little bit more solid and hopefully try to make us a little bit more compact, replied Winks. "Everyone’s just delighted that we’ve got the three points. It was a tough game, a tough atmosphere as well, their fans were brilliant so for us, just to get the three points in such a tough game, it was special and everyone’s delighted, we really are."

"It’s difficult to say. It’s a totally different game, it was a lot more tactical, we were a bit more patient, we didn’t force the issue and we were always confident the goal was going to come at some point. It’s always difficult when you play against a team that puts men behind the ball and makes it hard for you to create chances. We probably got suckered into a few sloppy mistakes in the first 20 minutes but we got into the game, I thought we controlled it for long periods and when the goal came it was nice to hang on,” Winks continued his response. "It can be a tough situation especially when the team starts putting the pressure on you and you can’t seem to get that goal on the counter-attack, or maybe there’s a couple of minutes where things aren’t going right but that’s when you’ve got to slow the game down and start to play a bit more direct. That’s what we did."

Erik Lamela said the victory was crucial after the Monaco defeat.

"It’s a very tough place to play, far from home, but we won and that’s important. We needed it after the first Champions League defeat and getting the victory was crucial. The team is going well. We needed this win against CSKA and now we are in a better position in the group stage."

Mauricio Pochettino plans to fight fire with fire against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side this weekend as Tottenham face the Premier League leaders at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Reportedly Pochettino plans to put a dent in Pep Guardiola’s impressive winning start as City manager and knock City out of their stride.

Squads

CSKA Moscow

Akinfeev, Fernandes, Wernbloom, Ignashevich, Tosic, Milanov, Traore, Golovin, Vasili Berezutski, Eremenko, Schennikov. Subs: Chepchugov, Alexsei Berezutski, Nababkin, Strandberg, Bebras Natcho, Gordyushenko. 

Tottenham Hotspur

Lloris, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Son, Janssen, Lamela, Wanyama, Trippier, Alli, Eriksen, Davies. Subs: Vorm, Walker, Nkoudou, Onomah, Wimmer, Winks, Carter-Vickers. 

Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Spain)

UEFA Champions League Group E Standings Match Week 2

Group E: 1. Tottenham Hotspur (ENG). 2. CSKA Moskva (RUS), 3. Bayer Leverkusen (GER), 4. Monaco (FRA)

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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: LEICESTER CITY 1-0 FC PORTO

Leicester City’s Dragon Slayer Islam Slimani scores winning header

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WEEK 2: LEICESTER CITY 1-0 FC PORTO

UEFA Champions League Week 2 Group G: Leicester City 1-0 Porto

Leicester City 1-0 Porto

Islam Slimani (25’ minutes)

Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City side are off to a fairy-tale start to their debut UEFA Champions League campaign.

Leicester City hero Islam Slimani has scored three headers in his first four Leicester games this season. Slimani, who had a great scoring record against Porto with his former club Sporting Lisbon, scored the only goal of the Week 2 Champions League match from a Riyad Mahrez assist past famous Porto goalie Iker Casillas. Slimani was such a danger to Porto during his time with Sporting Lisbon that he was nicknamed "the Dragon Slayer". In three previous matches in 2016, the Algeria international dragon slayer netted five times.

Leicester beat Porto in their first home Champions League game to maintain a 100% winning start to their first season in Europe's prestigious Champions League. Leicester are the 10th club in history to represent England in the Champions League, and the first to start their debut season with two wins from their first two fixtures.

Slimani was a 2016 summer transfer deadline-day signing for Leicester City for a club record £29m. 

Leicester were last season's surprise Premier League champions, but have lost three of their opening six EPL games. The Foxes conceded four goals in defeats to titan Premier League clubs FC Liverpool and Manchester United.

Against Porto, the Foxes used a deep, solid backline and hard-hitting counter-attacks achieving success before their cheering fans at King Power Stadium.

After seeing his side leak three goals to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday, Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri chose Luis Hernandez to replace Danny Simpson at right-back.

Foxes centre-halves Wes Morgan and Robert Huth impressed with their passion and talent.

Two-time European champions Porto, dominated the ball in the second half but were unable to score in eight attempts against Leicester goalie Kasper Schmeichel. As the end-of-the-match tension increased, the attempt on goal were not enough for Porto to improve their losing record in England that extends to 17 games without a win.

Nuno, FC Porto boss, and Claudio Ranieri Leicester City manager

After the match, Leicester City’s Italian boss Claudio Ranieri was very happy.

"We suffered in the last 10 minutes but it was important to win. Concentration was high, we were resilient, I'm very happy,” said a delighted Ranieri. "We played with our spirit tonight. The last pass wasn't always there, but Riyad Mahrez made one fantastic pass for Slimani."

The Foxes played the way they like to play, riding their luck at times, and won their group stage match taking a big leap towards the Champions League Round of 16 in the with a solid1-0 victory over Porto. Leicester may only need three more points from their final four games to reach the knockout stage. Leicester remained organized and energetic almost until the end, displaying the talent and passion they displayed last season when they won the England Premier League title. The Foxes had to weather wave after wave of Porto pressure in the final 10 minutes.

Leicester's record £29 million signing Islam Slimani scored his third goal of the season with a powerful header. with help from his fellow Algerian Riyad Mahrez. City’s clean sheet was the Foxes perfect response after leaking four first half goals in last Saturday's 4-1 defeat by Manchester United last weekend. Leicester next play Premier League club Southampton on Sunday.

Watch Leicester footballers including GK Kasper Schmeichel, Luis Hernandez, Robert Huth, Wes Morgan, Christian Fuchs, Riyad Mahrez, Danny Drinkwater, Jamie Vardy, Daniel Amartey, Marc Albrighton, and Islam Slimani, :The Dragon Slayer”.

Leicester City, who have won two of their six England Premier League matches to date this season, host EPL club Southampton at the City of Light Stadium on Sunday. Their next Champions League match is at home against FC Copenhagen on October 18, when Porto travel to Club Brugge.

Leicester City go into the weekend confident of their ability to defeat Southampton after the Foxes solid win over Porto in the Champions League in midweek. The Foxes have have been excellent at home. They haven't lost a Premier League match since the 5-2 loss to Arsenal in September 2015. If the Foxes are going to contend for a top-half finish or better in the EPL, they must beat sides including Southampton at home at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester lead in Champions League Group G by two points from second-placed FC Copenhagen, who the Foxes play on October 18.

Leicester City’s super-goalie Kasper Schmeichel earned a clean sheet against Porto

Squads

Leicester City

Schmeichel, Hernandez, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez,  Drinkwater, Amartey, Albrighton; Slimani, Vardy. Substitutes Zieler,  Musa, King, Schlupp, Simpson, Okazaki, Gray. 

FC Porto 

Casillas; Layun, Felipe, Marcano, Alex Telles;  Andre Andre, Danilo Pereira, Torres; Andre Silva, Adrian,  Otavio. Substitutes Jose Sa, Boly, Ruben Neves, Depoitre, Herrera,  Corona, Diogo Jota. 

Referee Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey) 

UEFA Champions League Group G Standings Match Week 2

Group G: 1. Leicester City (ENG), 2. FC København (DEN), (3) Porto (POR), 4. Club Brugge (BEL),

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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: ARSENAL 2-0 BASEL

Theo Walcott celebrates scoring opening goal for Arsenal against Basel

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: ARSENAL 2-0 BASEL

UEFA Champions League Group A: Arsenal 2-0 FC Basel

Arsenal 2-0 FC Basel

Walcott scored twice to give Arsenal a 2-0 home victory at the Emirates against Basel. Walcott has scored four goals in his last three games. England international Walcott opened the scoring early with a header at 7 minutes from an Alexis Sanchez assist, and hit again with help from Sanchez at 26 minutes putting the Gunners in first place in UEFA Champions League Group A.

The talent and passion of attacking trio Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott, who has five goals to his name this season overwhelmed Basel. However Basel goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik held his own under the attack by the trio and made amazing saves to deny Sanchez and friends several times. Santi Cazorla made 94 passes.

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side are making notable challenges for both the EPL title and the Champions League are not unthinkable. Frenchman Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal for 20 years. HWenger will celebrate 20 years in charge at Arsenal on Saturday, a term in which the Gunners won three Premier League titles and six FA Cups. Arsenal reached the Champions League final in 2006, but got knocked out in the last 16 for the past six seasons. Wenger's contract runs out at the end of the 2016-17.

Sixty-six year old Wenger has been recently linked with the vacant England national team job after Big Sam Allardyce was terminated on Tuesday. Reportedly Wenger turned down an offer from the FA before Allardyce's appointment in July.

The Xhaka brothers, Granit and Taulant shared a hug at the final whistle and swapped shirts with each other. Granit of Arsenal and Basel's Taulant, faced each other again after crossing paths at Euro 2016. Granit represents Switzerland while Taulant plays for Albania.

Midfielder Bjarnason, part of the Iceland side that beat England at the Euro 2016 tournament in France, had a long-range effort tipped over by David Ospina.

After the match Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remarked that he wished his men scored more goals.

"I would say the game was of quality and the win was comfortable. The only regret was that we did not score enough tonight considering what we created. Overall, some excellent football,” said Wenger. "We need to have the desire to improve and not be happy with what you have. You have to have the urgency and focus high. We have not won anything and the target is to get stronger."

The Gunners are on a high roll of form, and hosted Basel in North London knowing they could not slip up if they want Group A top spot. As it turned out, the Gunners had a great night defeating Basel taking all three points.

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott got the game off to an electric start as he opened the scoring after seven minutes with a powerful header from a delightful Alexis Sanchez cross. Walcott doubled Arsenal’s lead 20 minutes later and could have had more with all the passion and attempts on goal. Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi and Hector Bellerin all came close to scoring.

For the better part of the match, Basel seemed somewhat docile, but they had a second half revival and looked dangerous, but were not able to go on the scoreboard.

In the other Group A game, Paris Saint Germain came from behind to defeat Ludogorets 3-1. Arsenal and PSG are level at the top of the group on four points, Arsenal ahead on goal difference.

Arsenal aims to continue their excellent form when they travel to Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday, October 2nd.

The Gunners are unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions since a loss to Liverpool on the opening day of the England Premier League season. The Gunners soundly defeated old arch-rivals Chelsea 3-0 in the EPL last weekend, and continued to impress at the Emirates in this Group A tie with Basel. Buy the very best Arsenal football tickets to watch the Gunners compete for silverware and glory at LiveFootballTickets.com!

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Group A: 1. Arsenal (ENG), 2. Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL), 3. Basel (SUI), 4. Paris Saint Germain (FRA) 

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Theo Walcott celebrates goal for Arsenal against Basel

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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: CELTIC 3-3 MANCHESTER CITY

Celtic’s Moussa Dembele scored a double against Man City

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: CELTIC 3-3 MANCHESTER CITY

UEFA Champions League Group C: Celtic 3-3 Manchester City

Celtic 3-3 Manchester City

Celtic

Moussa Dembele 3

Raheem Sterling 20 (own goal)

Moussa Dembele 47

Manchester City

Luis Fernandinho 11

Raheem Sterling 28

Manuel Agudo Nolito 55

The prestigious Champions League tournament had some great action in Week 2 including the electric Group C match between Celtic and Manchester City. Josep Guardiola’s 100% winning streak as new manager at Manchester City ended as Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic side led the scoring with City pegging back every time within minutes in an excellent performance all around ending in a 3-3 draw in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday.

Moussa Dembele opened the scoring for the outstanding Celtic side at 3 minutes, followed by an own goal by Raheem Sterling at 20 minutes that restored Celtic’s lead. Dembele made it a double with an acrobatic kick at 47 minutes.

Equalizers were scored by Manchester City’s Luis Fernandingo at 11 minutes, Raheem Sterling at 28 minutes, and Manuel Agudo Nolito at 55 minutes as City pegged back after after every Celtic goal providing superb entertainment along with great football for fans for both of the titan clubs.

Celtic demonstrated amazing talent and character, with the downside that they allowed City to score equalizers on three separate occasions unable to hold onto any of their leads and win the match. However they managed to earn a point against an unbeaten Pep Guardiola’s City. Borussia Monchengladbach lost 2-1 to Barcelona, putting Celtic third after Barca in first and Man City in second.

Fernandinho scores for Manchester City against Celtic

Squads

Celtic

Gordon; Lustig, Toure, Sviatchenko, Tierney; Bitton, Brown; Sinclair, Rogic, Forrest; Dembele. Subs: De Vries, Simunovic, Griffiths, Gamboa, Armstrong, Roberts, McGregor.

Manchester City

Bravo; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Kolarov, Clichy; Fernandinho; Sterling, Silva, Gundogan, Nolito; Aguero. Subs: Caballero, Sagna, Stones, Sane, Navas, Iheanacho, Fernando.Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy).

Josep Guardiola, Manchester City boss and Brendan Rodgers, Celtic manager

Scottish champions Celtic’s manager Brendan Rodgers was delighted with his side in spite of losing the lead three times against Manchester City in a 3-3 draw.

"I can't criticise the team, but there's always elements we can be better in. We were brilliant, the pressing and the energy. Every time we went forward we looked like we could score,” said Rodgers. "Apart from the Barcelona game these players have been operating at a high level this season. Now, to do it against that team, it was a magnificent performance. How we defend is what we've been working on. All my teams have played with that intent. We have players that are developing and evolving all the time. Tonight, how they played and performed was top class. That will give them confidence going forward."

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Group C: 1. Barcelona (ESP), 2. Manchester City (ENG), 3. Celtic (SCO), 4. Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER)  

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ENGLAND MANAGER BIG SAM ALLARDYCE TERMINATED

Former England manager Sam Allardyce

England manager Sam Allardyce’s tenure and dream job has abruptly ended after only 67 days in charge due to allegations he had “offered advice on how to circumvent the Football Association’s rules on player transfers”.

Sixty-one year old Allardyce lost his job that pays around £3m-a-year, plus bonuses, on the contract he signed in July that ran until the much anticipated 2018 World Cup Final in Russia. The FA and Allardyce mutually agreed to terminate his contract following conduct judged to be 'inappropriate of the England manager'.

A statement by the Football Association governing body was released on Tuesday.

“This is not a decision that was taken lightly but the FA’s priority is to protect the wider interests of the game and maintain the highest standards of conduct in football. The manager of the England men’s senior team is a position which must demonstrate strong leadership and show respect for the integrity of the game at all times.”

Apparently Allardyce was using his position as England manager to negotiate a £400,000 deal “to address investors in a Far East firm”. However reportedly Allardyce said he would “have to run it past the powers that be” before committing to any deal.

Today Allardyce released a statement regarding his termination.

“Further to recent events, The FA and I have mutually agreed to part company. It was a great honour for me to be appointed back in July and I am deeply disappointed at this outcome,” said Allardyce. “This afternoon, I met with Greg Clarke and Martin Glenn and offered a sincere and wholehearted apology for my actions. Although it was made clear during the recorded conversations that any proposed arrangements would need The FA's full approval, I recognise I made some comments which have caused some embarrassment. As part of today's meeting, I was asked to clarify what I said and the context in which the conversations took place. I have co-operated fully in this regard.”

England U21 coach Gareth Southgate will step in as interim manager for four games while the FA considers other candidates including Sir Alex Ferguson, Alen Pardew, Steve Bruce, Jurgen Klinsmann, Gary Neville, Glen Hoddle, Slaven Bilic, Roberto Mancini, Claudio Ranieri, Arsene Wenger, and Eddie Howe amongst others. Southgate previously turned down the job.

Here is the released FA statement confirming Sam Allardyce’s termination.

“The FA can confirm Sam Allardyce has left his position as England manager. Allardyce’s conduct, as reported today, was inappropriate of the England manager. He accepts he made a significant error of judgment and has apologised. However, due to the serious nature of his actions, the FA and Allardyce have mutually agreed to terminate his contract with immediate effect.

“This is not a decision that was taken lightly but the FA’s priority is to protect the wider interests of the game and maintain the highest standards of conduct in football. The manager of the England men’s senior team is a position which must demonstrate strong leadership and show respect for the integrity of the game at all times.

“Gareth Southgate will take charge of the men’s senior team for the next four matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain while the FA begins its search for the new England manager. The FA wishes Sam well in the future.”

Former Sunderland, Bolton and West Ham manager Southgate originally turned down the England manager position since he believed he lacked the relevant experience for the job. Southgate takes the reigns only five days remaining before Allardyce was due to announce his senior squad for the forthcoming games.

England manager, Big Sam, was filmed offering advice to undercover reporters from The Daily Telegraph on how to circumvent the FA’s rules on player transfers. The Daily Telegraph released the transcripts from two meetings to the FA.

Big Sam was filmed telling undercover reporters posing as businessmen that it was “not a problem” to get around 2008 FA rules which prevent parties “owning” football players’ economic rights. Allardyce told the phony reporters that others had been “doing it for years” and “you can still get around it”.

“You get a percentage of the player’s agent’s fee that the agent pays to you, the company, because he’s done that new deal at the club again or they sell him on, and you’re not getting a part of the transfer fee any more, because you can’t do that,” Big Sam was filmed saying. “But, you get – because of the size of the contracts now, the contract will be worth £30m, £40m, at 10% and you’ve done a deal with the agent where you’re getting 5% of the agent’s fee, which is massive for doing about two hours’ work.”

Big Sam who was formerly was employed as manager of Blackpool, Notts County, Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham and Sunderland won his only game in charge of the England national team 1-0 against Slovakia last month due to an injury-time goal from Liverpool's Adam Lallana in the first of their 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Allardyce was planning to announce his side for the next round of qualifiers on Sunday however Southgate will fill in for four matches against Malta at Wembley (8 October), Slovenia away (11 October), Scotland at home (11 November) and Spain in a friendly (15 November).

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England National Squad (with Premier League Clubs)

Goalkeepers: Forster (Southampton), Hart (Man City), Heaton (Burnley)
Defenders: Cahill (Chelsea), Clyne (Liverpool), Jagielka (Everton), Rose (Tottenham), Shaw (Man Utd), Smalling (Man Utd), Stones (Man City), Walker (Tottenham)
Midfielders: Alli (Tottenham), Antonio (West Ham), Dier (Tottenham), Drinkwater (Leicester), Henderson (Liverpool), Lallana (Liverpool), Rooney (Man Utd), Sterling (Man City), Walcott (Arsenal)
Forwards: Kane (Tottenham), Sturridge (Liverpool), Vardy (Leicester)