Manchester United and Chelsea dominate in Champions League
Manchester United secured a resounding 5-0 victory against RB Leipzig, courtesy of a second-half hat-trick from man of the moment Marcus Rashford.
Mason Greenwood opened the scoring, making him United’s second youngest Champions League goalscorer behind Wayne Rooney, and Anthony Martial converted a penalty.
After the match, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told MUTV that Alex Telles was not in the squad as he had tested positive for COVID-19.
Elsewhere, three goals in the last 15 minutes helped Chelsea to a comfortable 4-0 win over Russian side Krasnodar. Hakim Ziyech scored his first goal for the club with Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic also getting on the scoresheet.
Barcelona defeat Juventus as Ronaldo misses out
Goals from Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele led Barcelona to a 2-0 win over Juventus who were missing Cristiano Ronaldo due to a positive COVID-19 test.
Dembele put Barcelona 1-0 up with a deflected 25-yard strike which looped over Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny.
Messi then scored a penalty in the 91st minute to seal the win. Alvaro Morata had a very frustrating evening, finding the net three times but each goal was disallowed.
Burnley’s American takeover in doubt
The Athletic revealed on Wednesday that the proposed American takeover of Burnley is now in doubt after a rival bid led by Cheshire-based sports lawyer Chris Farnell and Egyptian entrepreneur Mohamed Elkashashy cleared a significant regulatory hurdle.
US sports investment firm ALK capital had been in advanced talks with Burnley’s main shareholders, Mike Garlick and John Banaszkiewicz, for several months but negotiations have stalled.
Burnley are currently 18th in the Premier League, with one point from five games, and the opportunity has arisen for Farnell and Elkashashy to proceed with a £200 million bid.
Supporter groups warn Premier League over PPV
Supporter groups warned the Premier League that protests against the controversial pay-per-view scheme will not end even if the £14.95 fee is lowered after the November international break.
All fan groups expressed their disappointment to The Athletic at the continuation of PPV matches and the majority said protests would continue.
The current PPV arrangements will remain in place for the matches on the weekend of November 6-8, ahead of the international break, but fan groups will continue boycotting — having raised over £300,000 for charity as part of the “Charity Not PPV” campaign.
Scottish football to have two Champions League places
UEFA have confirmed that Scotland will have two places in the Champions League next season.
The confirmation arrives after Scotland clinched a position in the top 15 of UEFA’s coefficient ranking — largely due to Rangers and Celtic reaching the Europa League knockout stages last season.
This season’s Scottish champions will enter the third Champions League qualifying round — two ties from the group stage — and the runners-up will enter a round earlier.
David Luiz to miss Arsenal’s Europa League tie
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta confirmed David Luiz’s absence for Thursday’s Europa League fixture against Dundalk.
“There is no chance he will play against Dundalk. There is a big doubt for him to play at the weekend too,” said Arteta in Wednesday’s press conference.
Luiz’s injury leaves Arsenal with Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel Magalhaes as the only fit senior centre-backs.
To find out more on Arteta’s challenge in overcoming Arsenal’s injury setbacks amid their congested schedule, Go Deeper with Art de Roche’s analysis below.
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