Our reporting team have the latest in the run-up to matchday two
On Sunday, Julen Lopetegui secured his first win against Benfica as Porto coach, following a 2-0 home loss and a 0-0 away draw last season. André André's goal four minutes from time secured a 1-0 win, leaving Porto three points clear at the top of the table. "To score in a Clássico for the club of my heart is all I ever dreamed of," André André said.
Anthony Martial is starting to look like a bargain after two goals in a 3-2 weekend win against Southampton made it three goals in three games since his move from Monaco to Manchester United. "He is doing great - three matches in a row and three goals," said coach Louis van Gaal. "He scores goals. That is the most important thing, that as a striker he scores goals. He can improve I think but he has a high level of talent."
Dynamo Kyiv's 2-0 victory at Volyn Lutsk brought special celebrations for midfielder Oleh Gusev, who scored his 100th goal in senior competitive matches, and became 12th member of the Temirlan Guseynov Club - which is for Ukrainians who have scored 100 or more competitive goals for club and country since independence.
The 32-year-old completed his century with a 62nd-minute penalty. He is now one of three members of the current Dynamo Kyiv setup to have scored 100 goals for the club; team-mate Andriy Yarmolenko is fifth in the club's all-time rankings with 121 goals, while the Ukrainian champions' coach Serhiy Rebrov leads the way with 189 goals, a post-independence Ukrainian record.
Zlatan Ibrahimović has now gone 421 minutes without a Paris goal; enough to spark fears in the French media that the 34-year-old is in decline. "Yes, there have been problems," the player aknowledged after Paris's 1-1 draw at Reims on Saturday. "We will have to change that, but we still top the league and there is still a long way to go until the end of the season, so there is no reason to worry." On Tuesday, Paris host Guingamp in Ligue 1.
With coach Lucien Favre having stepped down last night, everyone is wondering who will take up the reins at Mönchengladbach, who are bottom of the Bundesliga and lost their group D opener at Sevilla FC. The club, who tried to convince the Swiss tactician to stay, have announced a press conference for 14.00CET today, though this is not expected to be an opportunity for them to introduce their new coach.
Sunday's 1-1 draw at Marseille was a big occasion for Lyon's Mathieu Valbuena, who had left Marseille for Dinamo Moskva in the summer of 2014 after eight seasons at the Stade Vélodrome. "It was really strange to play against Marseille," said the 30-year-old. "I know everybody here. It was very emotional, but I tried to put that aside."
The result was not bad on paper, but Valbuena was left feeling a little short-changed. "We ended the game strongly [but conceded the equaliser against ten-man team in the second half]. We could have won this match." Lyon are seventh in Ligue 1 and take on Bastia on Wednesday.
All the talk on the Manchester United front after yesterday’s 3-2 win at Southampton has been of 19-year-old Anthony Martial, who scored a pair to make it three in his two Premier League outings for the Red Devils. Manager Louis van Gaal has been quick to praise his new signing but also warned of expecting too much too soon from the youngster.
"I have to say that he is doing great," said the Dutchman. "He has the talent for it but when you are 19 years old you cannot expect consistency. Mostly, he shall have a lot of dips so that I expect also from him. But that is not a big problem for me. I am very happy with what he gave in three matches and the talent at a high level. And he has adapted to the system that we want, which is also important. Not every player can adapt to the system but he shows that he wants to do that and it is not so easy."
After earning just a second Premier League win of the season against Arsenal on Saturday, and following on from their opening Group G success against Maccabi Tel-Aviv, manager José Mourinho feels his Chelsea side are finally finding their feet in the 2015/16 season.
"I know that we had very good things," he said of Saturday’s win. "I saw some things back in the team, some qualities, but the same way two defeats don't kill a team, I don't think two victories bring the team to the top. Let's go match after match."
"I am very sad to see such an incredibly great time end in this way," said Mönchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl today about coach Lucien Favre stepping down on Sunday evening. Eberl reported that the club's management had tried in vain to convince Favre to continue at the club.
"We were still convinced that he was the right man for us. I am even now convinced that we would have been successful with him. We had fantastic years. We fought for him, because we are convinced of him, but we were not able to convincce him."
Former reserve coach André Schubert will take caretaker charge while Jürgen Klopp has already ruled himself out of the running.
Captain Domagoj Antolić, Josip Pivarić - a scorer against Arsenal last week - and reserve goalkeeper Antonio Ježina have all signed new five-year contracts with Dinamo Zagreb. "This is my 20th year at Dinamo and every year is better than the previous one," the 26-year-old Pivarić said. "I adore Dinamo Zagreb. This is my club and I am delighted that I have signed a new contract."
Dinamo are still aglow after their 2-1 defeat of the Gunners last week, and have offered any fans with tickets from that game free admission to their next home fixture - against Osijek on 25 September. However, given that the tickets are likely to be regarded as sacred relics of a great victory, some may be in no hurry to cash their stubs in.
Despite his side registering a second successive Ligue 1 draw at Reims at the weekend, Paris coach Laurent Blanc is confident his men will rediscover their winning touch when they host Guingamp tomorrow evening. "We have started the season quite well. We have more points than last year at the same period," said the coach. "We will have to win tomorrow at Parc de Princes; we need the points.
“We have to improve as a team in order to be more efficient and score more goals," added Blanc, who also believes Zlatan Ibrahimović’s goalscoring lull will be short lived. "Ibra has more difficulty scoring than he usually does. I think he will soon get better."
Gent goalkeeper Matz Sels has given the club a boost by agreeing to a new contract with the Buffalos. The 23-year-old signed a new deal ending in the summer of 2019, extending his current agreement by two years.
Sels joined Gent in January 2014 from Lierse and soon established himself as No1, helping the club to a first championship in their 115-year history last season as well as saving a penalty in their Group H opener last week to earn his side a point.
"Club and player are happy that they have found each other in an extended stay," a club statement read.
Italian champions Juventus will have to do without Mario Mandžukić for 20 days after the Croatian striker injured his right thigh during the Bianconeri’s 2-0 away success against Genoa on Sunday.
The 29-year-old, who joined the Bianconeri this summer from Atlético Madrid, suffered a first-grade tear in his right thigh and he will miss the next UEFA Champions League Group D game against Sevilla next week.
Álvaro Morata was also forced to leave the field during the Serie A fixture. Medical checks ruled out any serious muscle damage and his condition will continue to be monitored over the coming days. He remains in doubt for Sevilla game.
Monday's 1-0 victory against Torpedo-Belaz Zhodino marked BATE Borisov goalkeeper Sergei Chernik's 15th league clean sheet – in just 20 games – this season. Chernik needs just one more shutout to match the Belarusian top-flight record. BATE are top, ten points clear of second-placed Dinamo Minsk with six games to go.
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Two days after Porto's 1-0 win against Benfica, André André – scorer of the only goal – is still the man of the moment in the Portuguese press. A Bola says the midfielder is "bringing the mystique back to Porto", while Record writes that "André André has the breed of a champion". Porto have 13 points from their opening five league fixtures and are level with Sporting CP at the Portuguese Liga summit.
Olympique Lyonnais have a number of injury concerns ahead of next week's Group H home game against Valencia. Defenders Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (groin), Rafael (thigh) and Henri Bedimo (thigh), as well as playmaker Mathieu Valbuena (calf), who is definitely out of the Ligue 1 fixture against Bastia on Wednesday, are all in the treatment room following Sunday's 1-1 draw with Marseille. They join long-term absentees Clément Grenier (thigh), Nabil Fekir (knee), Rachid Ghezzal (thigh) and Bakary Koné (heel).
With Borussia Mönchengladbach still picking up the pieces after the surprising resignation of Lucien Favre, caretaker coach André Schubert described his appointment "not as a chance, but as a challenge". The former Paderborn and St. Pauli coach added: "Even if I was only here for 24 hours, not one second would be wasted given our current situation." The Foals have lost their opening five Bundesliga matches and Schubert has singled out the defence as an area which requires immediate attention: "We have been too passive in our defensive movements and need to apply more pressure."
On the eve of the Serie A game against Frosinone, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri reiterated his target is to reach the UEFA Champions League round of 16. "That's our aim, and we took our first step towards it by winning in Manchester [last week]," he said. With that in mind, Allegri has decided to rest captain Gianluigi Buffon and defender Martín Cáceres on Wednesday. The coach also explained that Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah - left out of the UEFA Champions League squad due to a serious knee injury - "continues to train with the team and will soon be available for selection". Álvaro Morata's stomach injury continues to be assessed.
Lyon coach Hubert Fournier has overseen three successive draws in Ligue 1 and the UEFA Champions League, and wants to get back to winning ways against Bastia on Wednesday. "The games against Gent and Marseille were very different but in the end, the results were the same. We were winning 1-0 [against OM]. We were not in danger. There was no reason to keep on attacking. We created many chances against Marseille. If we manage to be more efficient, it will be easier for us to win."
Dinamo Zagreb won 7-1 at sixth-tier Oštrc Zlatar to reach the last 16 of the Croatian Cup. It was 1-1 at half-time but Dinamo then streaked away with Endri Çekiçi scoring twice.
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Olympiacos remain perfect in Greece after four games following a 3-1 win at Xanthi. Jimmy Durmaz gave them a half-time lead and although Nikolay Dimitrov equalised in the 50th minute, Kostas Fortounis equalised from the spot then claimed a clincher soon after.
It was all going so well for Wolfsburg when they led Bayern 1-0 at half-time through Daniel Caligiri. But Robert Lewandowski came on at half-time and scored five goals between the 51st and 60th minute to secured a 5-1 win and keep Bayern perfect after six games, seven points ahead of previously unbeaten Wolfsburg in third.
A week after his two-goal heroics in the win at Galatasaray, Antoine Griezmann has done it again for Atlético, scoring on four and 90 minutes for a 2-0 defeat of Getafe that moves them level with Liga leaders Barcelona, who play tomorrow.
PSV Eindhoven saw a two-goal lead disappear before a Luuk de Jong penalty with 12 minutes left ensured a winning start to their bid for a tenth Dutch Cup with a 3-2 last-64 defeat of Cambuur. Jürgen Locadia scored early on before Kai Heering put through an own goal just prior to half-time for Eredivisie strugglers Cambuur. But on 66 minutes Bartholomew Ogbeche pulled one back and swiftly converted a penalty to equalise before De Jong's winner against a side PSV had beaten 6-0 away in the Eredivisie only ten days ago.
Manchester City recovered from successive 2-1 home losses to Juventus and West Ham by starting their League Cup bid with four goals in 36 minutes to win 4-1 at struggling Sunderland in the last 32. Sergio Agüero got things going with a ninth-minute penalty, Kevin De Bruyne scored for the second successive game and after Vito Mannone's own goal, Raheem Sterling for his second for his new club. Sunderland pulled one back late on.
Javier Pastore's superb low 18th-minute finish was added to by Ángel Di María and Zlatan Ibrahimović late on to give Paris Saint-Germain a 3-0 victory against Guingamp and move them four points clear, at least until Wednesday's matches are played. Ibrahimović is now only two goals behind Pauleta's record of 109 for Paris.
There were nine UEFA Champions League teams in action last night but it is Bayern who are hogging this morning's back pages and the Twittersphere. The German champions were trailing against Wolfsburg when the Polish striker was introduced at half-time: five goals in the space of eight minutes and 59 seconds sorted that out.
Steffen Potter has been trying to make sense of it all, working out which records have been broken (a few) and rounding up the reaction:
Of course, Bayern and Wolfsburg were not the only UEFA Champions League teams in action on Tuesday.
Paris Saint-Germain won 3-0 at home to Guingamp, and while Zlatan Ibrahimović played a part in every goal, it is another scorer, Javier Pastore, who is singled out for praise. "He is back to his best," wrote Le Parisien.
Laurent Blanc now has a welcome selection headache around his midfield: four into three don't go. Pastore will most likely vie with Marco Verratti to start alongside Blaise Matuidi and Thiago Motta.
"There's competition everywhere in the team," Blanc said. "I'm not worried; just happy to see him back."
Manchester City had two debutants in Tuesday's 4-1 League Cup victory over Sunderland – their paths to the first team could not have been any different.
London-born Patrick Roberts, an 18-year-old winger pictured below, was a €15m summer signing from Fulham who shone in the UEFA Youth League last week, scoring one and claiming two assists against Juventus.
George Evans, meanwhile, joined City aged six and became the first player to represent every age group from U8s to the first team. "It's the best day of my life," said the 20-year-old. "I'm a big City fan myself so I'm absolutely buzzing. I'm lost for words."
Galatasaray could be without Burak Yılmaz for a month after confirming that the Turkish striker picked up a hamstring injury during last weekend's narrow win at Trabzonspor.
He is likely to miss the UEFA Champions League games against Astana and Benfica, as well as Turkey's key UEFA EURO 2016 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Iceland next month.
The 30-year-old has travelled to Germany with club doctor Yener İnce in the hope of speeding up the recovery period.
Zlatan Ibrahimović insists he was "never worried" after ending his 503-minute goal drought with the third in Paris Saint-Germain's 3-0 home win against Guingamp. "Goals will come," he said. "As long as the team wins, and are in good spirits, that's the most important."
Ibrahimović has now hit 107 goals for Paris and is only two behind Pauleta, the club's highest all-time scorer. "He will score many goals this season," said coach Laurent Blanc. "But we'll have to manage him. He is 34 and you don't recover the same at this age."
Valencia have today confirmed that left-back José Luis Gayà "is suffering a hamstring injury in the femoral biceps of his right thigh."
While the club have not put a timescale on the 20-year-old's injury, he would appear to be doubtful for Tuesday's crunch trip to Lyon in what looks to be a must win tie for Nuno Espírito Santo's side following their 3-2 reverse at home to Zenit on matchday one.
Holding a 2-0 lead from their away leg in Atkobe in June, Astana won through to the Kazakh Cup final with a 1-1 draw at home today. Sergei Khizhnichenko gave Atkobe hope with a goal on 40 minutes but Patrick Twumasi's strike midway through the second half ensured Astana reached their third final, having won their previous appearances in 2010 and 2012., with the game on Friday 20 November.
CSKA Moskva needed an extra-time goal from Kirill Panchenko to edge past Baykal Irkutsk 2-1 in the Russian Cup round of 32. Leonid Slutski rested most of his key performers and paid the price when Maksim Mashnev put the hosts ahead. CSKA levelled the score through Aleksandrs Cauņa in the second half before Panchenko netted the 109th-minute winner. 19-year-old Amir Natkho made his debut for the Army Men after his summer transfer from Barcelona B.
Like CSKA, Zenit needed extra time to see off the challenge of third-tier Tver in the last 32 of the Russian Cup. Denis Tkachuk, who only made his Zenit first-team debut this month after a sumer move from Krylya Sovetov, was the hero as he came off the bench to score a hat-trick on 95, 105 and 112 minutes.
Lyon take on Bastia tonight looking to get back the winning feeling after drawing their last two outings – to Gent and Marseille. France international midfielder Mathieu Valbuena is out with a calf injury he suffered during a return to his old club on Sunday. It adds further strain on an OL midfield which is already missing Clément Grenier and Nabil Fekir to long-term injuries.
The loss of creativity will hopefully be negated if his side obey orders and of coach Hubert Fournier who demanded that his side were "more clinical in front of the goal".
Shakhtar will have a comfortable lead to defend at home on 28 October in the Ukrainian Cup round of 16 after a 5-0 win away to second-tier opposition. Maksym Malyshev made it 1-0 at the break and after Bernard scored twice, Andriy Boryachuk and Viktor Kovalenko added to the scoreline within seconds of each other. Substitute Boryachuk and fellow UEFA Youth League squad members Oleksandr Zubkov and Andriy Korobenko all made senior debuts.
Malmö won a seven-goal thriller with Falkenberg 4-3 to make it four league games unbeaten and move to within seven points of the top of the Allsvenskan. After Markus Rosenberg's opener was cancelled out Nikola Djurdjić scored twice and Vladimir Rodić another, before Falkenbergs hit back twice to set up a tense finale.
Malmö FF - Falkenbergs FF 4-3 (1-1) 1-0 Rosenberg 1-1 Donyoh 2-1 Djurdjic 3-1 Rodic 4-1 Djurdjic 4-2 Araba 4-3 Vall— Malmö FF (@Malmo_FF) September 23, 2015
After opening their league season with five successive losses which contributed to the resignation of coach Lucien Favre, Mönchengladbach finally got a win as an explosive opening quarter proved too much for Augsburg.
Mahmoud Dahoud's effort in the 21st minute made it 4-0 to the Foals following goals from Fabian Johnson, Granit Xhaka and Lars Stindl and though the visitors responded with two in the second period, the hosts clinched their first points of the campaign.
Javier Hernández's first Bundesliga goal was enough to end Leverkusen's three-game losing run in the league as Mainz were edged out. The Mexican's 69th-minute winner ended a barren 411 minutes without a goal in the Bundesliga for the Werkself who travel to Werder Bremen on Sunday.
Barcelona suffered their first dropped points of the Liga season as they were stunned by Luis Enrique's former club Celta Vigo. The Barça boss coached Celta in the 2013/14 campaign but they showed their former coach no sympathy as Nolito, an Iago Aspas double and John Guidetti effort blew away the European champions who could only respond through Neymar's 80th-minute effort.
Karim Benzema's double took Real Madrid top of the Liga as he scored twice at Athletic Club to help Rafael Benítez's side make it four wins in a row in Spain. The Frenchman struck 19 minutes in and responded just three minutes after Sabin Merino's 67th-minute equaliser to ensure another three points for Madrid.
Manchester United were comfortable home winners against second-division Ipswich Town to advance in the English League Cup as Wayne Rooney scored his first domestic goal of the season to set his side on the way to victory in the 23rd minute. Andreas Pereira made it two after the break before Anthony Martial came off the bench to continue his excellent start to life in a United shirt with the third.
Pereira: "It's very special for me to score my first goal at the Stretford End - I always dreamed of this moment." pic.twitter.com/ExVHlXdiAf— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 23, 2015
Juventus's stuttering start to the league season continued as they conceded a 92nd-minute equaliser to share the points with the newly-promoted visitors Frosinone. Simone Zaza's 50th-minute opener looked to have given the hosts three points for just the second time in Serie A this term but Leonardo Blanchard scored deep into added time to earn a first point of the season for the bottom-of-the-table side.
Mathieu Flamini scored twice as Arsenal knocked their north London rivals Tottenham out of the English League Cup. The French midfielder followed in an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shot to put the visitors ahead before a Calum Chambers own goal brought the sides level. Flamini volleyed a winner to put his side into the last 16.
Roma suffered a first Serie A loss of the season in Genoa to Sampdoria as Kostas Manolas' own goal five minutes from time condemned the Giallorossi to defeat. Mohamed Salah had cancelled out Éder's opener but Roma could not build on the equaliser and suffered the consequences when the Greek defender put into his own net.
Chelsea made no mistakes as they saw off a third-tier Walsall side to make progress into the last 16 of the English League Cup – Ramires's header setting them on the way in the tenth minute before Loïc Rémy made it two. The hosts pulled one back before Kenedy and Pedro made things safe for the Blues.
Jose: 'The team was strong and played well. I am happy with the result and the performance of individual players.' #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 23, 2015
Manuel da Costa has been ruled out of Olympiacos’ encounter against Arsenal next week after the Moroccan central defender sustained a meniscus injury and calf strain during the league encounter against Xanthi on Tuesday.
He is expected to return to action after the international break of mid-October and adds to an injury list which already contains Alejandro Domínguez, who is doing his best to recover from a a quadricep strain in time for the trip to London, though at this stage his participation seems unlikely.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas was breached for the first time in 427 minutes during Wednesday's 2-1 victory at Athletic Club. That meant he fell five minutes short of Miguel Ángel's club record. Madrid are top of the Spanish Liga, ahead of Celta Vigo and Villarreal on goal difference.
Lyon coach Hubert Fournier was a happy man after his team's first home win of the season, Wednesday night's 2-1 defeat of Bastia. "We started really strongly, we were pretty tense," he said. "You could feel tension everywhere up in the stands. We'll take some positives but we know we can do better than that. Now it is time to prepare for Bordeaux, who will be looking to bounce back after losing 6-1 [to Nice on Wednesday]."
Congratulations to Oleksandr #Zubkov, Andriy #Boryachuk and Andriy #Korobenko on making their debuts for #Shakhtar! http://t.co/qNwkIGbXyr— FC SHAKHTAR ENGLISH (@FC SHAKHTAR ENGLISH) 24/09/2015 09:34
"I was surprised by our intensity and our power," said caretaker coach André Schubert after Mönchengladbach's blistering start against Augsburg on Wednesday. Just a few days after the resignation of Lucien Favre, and on the back of five straight defeats, the Foals scored four goals in the first 21 minutes and never looked back. "To be so active and committed to your runs, one needs courage. The lads took this courage and passion in both hands."
Mathieu Flamini dedicated his two goals at north London rivals Tottenham to the Arsenal fans after the Gunners eliminated Mauricio Pochettino's side from the English League Cup.
"The two goals were for them," he told Arsenal Player. "They’ve always supported me, they’ve all been behind me and they've played a big role in my career. It was important for me to celebrate with them and nobody else.
"It was the first time I've scored two times in a game. [It's good] to score against Tottenham in a derby in such an important game for Arsenal and the fans."
Flamini could feature against Olympiacos next week with Francis Coquelin (knee) a doubt for the Group F tie.
Brazilian Kenedy, signed from Fluminense, caught the eye on his first start for Chelsea as the Blues beat third-tier Walsall 4-1 in the English League Cup last night. The 19-year-old summer signing set up compatriot Ramires for the opener before registering in the second half.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal praised Anthony Martial after the French forward claimed his fourth goal in as many matches since his summer move from Monaco.
The 19-year-old struck a third in injury time as the Red Devils beat Ipswich 3-0 in the English League Cup at Old Trafford. "It is not so difficult for Martial to stay grounded because he is a player who is very modest and he knows he can score because of his fellow players," said Van Gaal. "We are happy but still we have to keep our feet on the ground."
Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner is set to miss the weekend tie at Napoli after suffering breathing difficulties in last night's clash against Frosinone.
The full-back, who was replaced at half-time as the Italian champions were held at home in Serie A, spent the night in hospital before being discharged this morning after the symptoms subsided. The defender did not train today and his condition will be monitored over the coming days, said a club statement.
Massimiliano Allegri's side host Sevilla on matchday two next week.
Ukraine international Denys Garmash has provided a boost to Dynamo Kyiv after agreeing a contract extension until 2018. The 25-year-old midfielder made his debut in August 2009 after coming through the club's youth ranks and has since played 23 matches in UEFA club competition - scoring twice - and has picked up two Ukrainian Cups as well as last season's championship crown with the club.
Luiz Gustavo (knee) has been ruled out of Wolfsburg's Bundesliga clash against Hannover on Saturday. Vieirinha and Robin Knoche are doubtful. "We have a lot of games to play, so it makes no sense to put out injured players in any game," said coach Dieter Hecking.
However, midfielder Josuha Guilavogui will feature. "Josuha suffered a hand injury during the game against Bayern [on Tuesday], but he will be available to play on Saturday," Hecking revealed.
Andreas Pereira marked his first competitive start for Manchester United with a goal in last night's English League Cup win over Ipswich. The midfielder, 19, scored a free-kick to double the lead on his first start as the Red Devils claimed a 3-1 home success.
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Marcos Rojo (hamstring) will miss Saturday's Premier League encounter against Sunderland on Saturday, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed. Paddy McNair is also injured which leaves United short of options in defence. "The left-footed players, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo, are injured, so I have a problem," Van Gaal said.
Sergio Busquets says Barcelona will return to winning ways at the weekend, after the Spanish champions lost 4-1 at Celta. "We have to turn the page, learn from our mistakes and prepare for the next match," said Busquets. "We have to be more careful with counter-attacks and get things right up front. The ideal tonic now would be to win [in the Liga] against Las Palmas at the Camp Nou. There is a long season ahead and we had won every game up until now. We'll get back to our winning ways on Saturday."
Karim Benzema, who helped himself to two goals at Athletic last night, has now scored six in five outings this term in all competitions.
The Real Madrid forward has registered 43 UEFA Champions League goals following his effort against Shakhtar Donetsk on matchday one, the same as Paris captain Zlatan Ibrahimović, who is the only player to have scored for six different clubs in the competition.
"For any striker, scoring goals is always a positive," said Edinson Cavani, in an interview on the Paris website. "It gives you confidence and security."
The forward has netted five in seven league outings this term, and also registered in Europe on matchday one in the 2-0 success against Malmö. "It's true that, right now, I feel good. I'm very happy but the most important thing is that the team continue to get good results.
"If I score and the team doesn't win, that makes no sense. Continuing to win, and achieving our season objectives, is the most important thing."
The news that Burak Yılmaz will be out for a month with a hamstring injury has come as a blow to Galatasaray and Turkey just when neither team could afford to lose such a prolific striker. So what can Galatasaray do in the absence of the player whose goals were so crucial in taking them to the 2012/13 quarter-finals?
Paris travel to Nantes on Saturday for their last Ligue 1 game before they meet Shakhtar, with the Ligue 1 leaders looking for even more from Edinson Cavani - currently top scrorer in the French top division with five goals, having scored 20 in his last 20 competitive games. "I have to keep at it, keep on working and give everything for the team," the Uruguayan said on Thursday. "I have had some great spells in my career, especially at Napoli. I am feeling very happy here in Paris, and I am at my best."
Juventus go into Saturday's meeting with Napoli having amassed just five points in as many league games this season, but coach Massimiliano Allegri still has faith in his squad. "We have had some disappointing results, but the team has performed well so far," he explained today. "I feel calm, confident, as I know how far the squad can go."
The Bianconeri will be without Stephan Lichtsteiner and Martín Cáceres at the back, but Álvaro Morata is likely to start up front after missing the 1-1 draw against Frosinone due to a slight injury. "Morata will be available tomorrow and Cáceres should be back on Wednesday," the former AC Milan coach added. "Furthermore, [Sami] Khedira will be back in group on Sunday and [Claudio] Marhisio should be fully recovered after the international break. We are going to have a full squad at last, with more experience on the pitch."
LÉquipe is singing the praises of 'Outstanding Martial' on it's front cover today, with the 19-year-old forward – and now France international – given full credit for "four goals in four matches for Manchester United".
"The French forward, whose record transfer sparked controversy, has made a fantastic start of the season," says the paper of the former Monaco man, who scored nine Ligue 1 goals last season.
Coach Zoran Mamić can call on positive memories of matches against Bayern as he takes his Dinamo Zagreb side to Munich next week. "I had great experiences when playing in Munich, especially when I was playing for Bochum [from 1996-98]," he said, recalling how his side took on Bayern away in only his second league game in Germany. "In the first game after I signed we beat Duisburg 1-0 at home, and the next match was the big one against Bayern away. And we managed to stay undefeated - it was a 0-0 draw."
Mamić's Bochum drew 1-1 away against Bayern the following season too. "Those are great memories, but it was a long time ago," added the former defender.
After a 2-1 loss to Sampdoria on Wednesday, Roma coach Rudi Garcia underlined the importance of a good weekend result against Carpi. "We need three points," he said. "We have only just started the season, but the last two results weren't positive. We have to look forward and be focused on what happens on the pitch."
Garcia talked also about new Giallorossi signing William Vainqueur. "He is improving and he will be able to help us soon," he said. "Alessandro Florenzi? He suffered a knock against Sampdoria. We will make a decision closer to the game whether he will play or be rested. But I don't want to risk him."
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BATE Borisov took a major step towards another title with a 2-1 comeback victory at third-placed Minsk. The champions fell behind with 19 minutes to play only for Igor Stasevich and Nikolai Signevich to turn the game on its head within four minutes and extend their unbeaten run in away league matches to 26.
The victory takes BATE 13 points clear of Dinamo Minsk, who have six matches remaining. Coach Aleksandr Yermakovich said: "We played very well and won despite conceding first. We had to show our character. We worked well and deserved three points."
Dinamo Zagreb extended their unbeaten run to 45 games in all competitions thanks to a 4-1 home success against Osijek. Armin Hodžić scored either side of an Ángelo Henríquez effort as the hosts cruised 3-0 ahead before the break. Mario Musa made it 4-0 late on though the home side were denied a fourth straight clean sheet in the league by Alen Grgić.
Shkodran Mustafi scored the only goal as Valencia earned their first home league victory of the campaign by beating Granada 1-0. The Germany defender headed in Zakaria Bakkali's deep 24th-minute cross to hand Granada a fourth straight league reverse.
Porto were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw at winless Moreirense after letting a lead slip on two occasions. Maicon (18) and Jesús Manuel Corona (79) both gave the visitors an advantage but the home side levelled twice after the break, including an 88th-minute André Fontes equaliser, to end Porto's run of three successive league victories.
Real Madrid have announced that defender Pepe has suffered a muscle injury in his left leg. While the 2014 winners have not put a timescale on the player's return he now appears doubtful for Wednesday's trip to Malmö. With captain Sergio Ramos also out of the tie, new boss Rafael Benítez will have to form a new look centre-back pairing for the visit to Sweden.
CSKA remain unbeaten in the Russian Premier League but were held by their Moscow rivals Lokomotiv 1-1 as the clubs traded penalties. Seydou Doumbia's 16th-minute effort from the spot put the hosts ahead but five minutes later Baye Oumar Niasse's cancelled out the advantage, meaning leaders CSKA remain five points ahead of the second-placed visitors.
Manchester City lost their second successive Premier League game as they fell to a 4-1 defeat at Tottenham despite going ahead through Kevin De Bruyne. Eric Dier equalised before the interval before goals from Toby Alderweireld, Harry Kane and Erik Lamela gave Spurs the win.
Astana lost a second consecutive league match after being defeated 2-1 at Irtysh Pavlodar. Nemanja Maksimović's goal was not enough to earn the points for Kazakh champions who remain in second, trailing Kairat Almaty by four points.
Shakhtar Donetsk were behind twice but showed impressive resolve to win three points with a 3-2 win at derby rivals Olimpic Donetsk thanks to Alex Teixeira's 90th-minute winner. The Brazilian's 38th-minute penalty brought Shakhtar level for the first time before Darijo Srna matched his team-mate with another equalising spot kick 12 minutes from time. Both teams ended with ten as Teixeira won it at the death.
"Our victory is fair though we did make two mistakes and conceded after them. I'm satisfied with the second half," said coach Mircea Lucescu. "We showed character and desire to score and win. But I don't want to remember anything else from this game. I didn't expect we would be so relaxed on the pitch and receive a red card in 15th minute."
Robert Lewandowski brought up a century of Bundesliga goals as he scored twice in Bayern München's 3-0 win at Mainz. Kinglsey Coman also found the target as the Bavarian club's perfect start to the domestic season continued.
1 - No foreign player scored 100 goals in the german @Bundesliga_EN as fast as Lewandowski (168 BL-matches). Rekord.— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 26, 2015
Lionel Messi is expected to be out for between seven and eight weeks after suffering a knee injury early into Barcelona's 2-1 win against Las Palmas. The Argentinian forw d was replaced just ten minutes into the encounter but Luis Suárez scored both of the home goals to seal the points despite Neymar's missed penalty.
Memphis Depay, Wayne Rooney & Juan Mata were all on target as Manchester United went top of the Premier League with a 3-0 home win against Sunderland. Rooney doubled the lead shortly after the start of the second half to end a run of 11 league games without a goal to help his side replace local rivals Manchester City at the summit.
"It's a nice feeling to be top of the table, it's the first time in my period so I'm happy," said manager Louis van Gaal. "It's always difficult when you play against a team who is only defending and counting on the counterattack. You have to be aware and I have to admit my defence was very good today.
Alexis Sánchez broke his duck for the season in style, scoring a hat-trick to help Arsenal defeat Leicester and move up to fourth in the table. Theo Walcott cancelled out Jamie Vardy's opener before the brilliance of the Chilean pulled Arsenal clear. Vardy pulled one back but Olivier Giroud wrapped things up in added time to complete a 5-2 win.
"We created many chances. I think we always looked dangerous," said Arsène Wenger. "Alexis was waiting for a goal and he's not used to not scoring for so long so it was important for him to score."
Edinson Cavani, who scored the second Paris goal in the 4-1 success at Nantes eight minutes after being introduced from the bench by Laurent Blanc, hailed "the spirit of this team" who were behind at the break following Yacine Bammou's opener.
"I thought we could come back to win it and we did it." The Uruguayan striker has now registered six leagues this term. "I'm enjoying the moment. It's always pleasing to score a lot," he said. "Though keeping the team afloat is my main aim."
Real Madrid were unable to return to the top of the Liga following Barcelona's win earlier in the day, as they were held 0-0 at home by ten-man Málaga. Nordin Amrabat received his marching orders with 13 minutes to play for the visitors – who are without a win this season – but the home side could not take advantage as they dropped points at home for the first time this term.
Chelsea came from two down in the final 11 minutes to rescue a 2-2 draw at Newcastle. Ayoze Pérez and Georginio Wijnaldum built a lead for the hosts before Ramires' stunner gave the Blues hope and Willian's free-kick grabbed a point for José Mourinho's men who nevertheless ait down in 15th.
There are mixed feelings in the Roma camp after the 5-1 victory against Carpi in Serie A: Seydou Keita had to leave the field after just 21 minutes with a muscular problem and forward Edin Džeko had to be substituted during the interval with knee and ankle injuries. Captain Francesco Totti, who came on to take Džeko's place, also had to leave the field after just six minutes with a muscular injury. The players will undergo tests tomorrow to understand the extent of their injuries.
The Giallorossi coach Rudi Garcia wasn't very happy after the game: "We scored five goals and could have scored even more today, but there's a problem, because we had to make three substitutions due to injury, so we'll see how much this win it costs us."
Galatasaray won again, coming from behind to beat Gaziantepspor at home. The hosts found themselves behind after just nine minutes but were level within two thanks to Lukas Podolski's reply. Umut Bulut grabbed the winner in the 56th minute to move the Cimbom third in the Turkish Super League.
Our team after Umut's goal! pic.twitter.com/way10tD83H— Galatasaray EN (@Galatasaray) September 26, 2015
Dynamo Kyiv remain top in the Ukrainian Premier League after a comfortable 2-0 win against Hoverla Uzhhorod thanks to goals from Artem Kravets – who was briliantly assisted by an Andriy Yarmolenko backheel – and Oleh Gusev in each half.
"I'm glad we won three points which are as important as three points in any game," said Dynamo coach Serhiy Rebrov. "I think it was a good test before the Maccabi game in the Champions League. Now we start preparations."
Lyon are now eight points adrift of Paris after this defeat by a Bordeaux team that lost 6-1 at Nice in midweek. OL were three down at half-time and Claudio Beauvue got their only goal with 12 minutes left.
On-loan Atlético player Léo Baptistão scored the only goal against his parent club on 14 minutes to send Villarreal top (at least until Celta Vigo play later). Atlético themselves would have gone first with victory but are fifth, four points behind Villarreal.
Sevilla ended their wait for a first Liga win of the season, beating Rayo Vallecano 3-2. Having led 2-0 at half-time through Kevin Gameiro and Steven N'Zonzi, Sevilla's advantage was wiped out but substitute Yevhen Konoplyanka scored his first Liga goal with four minutes left, not long after the visitors had lost Antonio Amaya to a second yellow card.
Juventus's four-match unbeaten run is over as they conceded 12th place to Napoli. Lorenzo Insigne got the 26th-minute opener after being set up by Gonzalo Higuaín, who made it 2-0 just past the hour. Mario Lemina immediately pulled one back for his first Juventus goal on loan from Marseille.
Jürgen Locadia scored with 14 minutes left to give PSV a 2-1 victory against NEC and keep them within five points of leaders Ajax. Luuk de Jong's opener had been canelled out by Christian Santos's penalty.
GOAL GOAL GOAL JURGEN LOCADIA! pic.twitter.com/XaUtPhRtoQ— PSV (@PSV) September 26, 2015
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Roma have today confirmed that Edin Džeko "will be out for around three to four weeks" with a knee injury. The forward had to be substituted during Saturday's 5-1 victory against Carpi in Serie A. "Following a knock to his right knee, Džeko has picked up a first-degree strain to his medial collateral ligament," the club announced today. The Giallorossi visit BATE on Tuesday before facing Leverkusen in Germany on matchday three next month.
Roma coach Rudi Garcia will also be without captain Francesco Totti and Seydou Keita for the trip to BATE after both picked up injuries against Carpi in Serie A on Saturday. Totti (hip) - who turns 39 today - and Keita (thigh) will be out for at least ten days. "It could have been a better birthday for me, but that's football," said Totti. "Now I will just focus on getting better."
CSKA Moskva goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev is a doubt for Wednesday's Group B tie against PSV after suffering a knee injury against Lokomotiv Moskva. The Russian international will undergo a late fitness test before the home encounter. Meanwhile, defender Vasili Berezutski could miss the matchday two clash having sat out Saturday's derby in the Russian Premier League with an adductor muscle injury.
Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira (out since 1 August, thigh) resumed training on Sunday. The German international joined the first-team squad this morning as the Bianconeri began their build-up to Wednesday's fixture against Sevilla.
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