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UCL: Red Star draw at Young Boys; Dinamo win

Red Star Belgrade and Swiss side Young Boys played to a draw in the first leg of the Champions League playoff round tie.

Red Star Belgrade's Champions League qualifying odyssey continued on Wednesday when the former European champions drew 2-2 away to Young Boys after being pegged back by a late penalty in the first leg of the playoff round tie.

Russian side Krasnodar, who eliminated former European champions Porto in the last round, were thumped 4-0 at Olympiakos while Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb beat Norway's Rosenborg 2-0 in ties which will earn the winners a place in the lucrative group stage.

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Ajax face UCL fight after first-leg playoff draw

Last year's semifinalists Ajax clung on for a tense 0-0 draw in searing heat away to APOEL Nicosia in the first leg of their Champions League playoff tie on Tuesday.

Slavia Prague won 1-0 at Romania's Cluj thanks to a spectacular Lukas Masopust goal in another of the ties which will earn the winners a lucrative place in the Champions League group stage while Club Brugge also won by a single goal at Austria's LASK Linz.

Ajax have managed to keep the bulk of last season's team together, with Matthijs...

Celtic, Porto make shock Champions League exits

Former European Cup winners had mixed fortunes in Champions League qualifying as Ajax Amsterdam and Red Star Belgrade squeezed into the playoff round while Celtic and Porto were eliminated after a dramatic evening on Tuesday.

Ajax, semifinalists last season, came from behind to beat PAOK 3-2 for a 5-4 aggregate win over the Greeks while Red Star knocked out FC Copenhagen on penalties after a bizarre shootout involving 22 spot kicks.

Krasnodar sprung a major upset with a 3-2 win at Porto to advance...

Man City avoid transfer ban, get £315k fine

The Luck Index shows Manchester City were unlucky not to pass 100 points again, and beat Liverpool to the Premier League by a bigger margin.
Shaka Hislop evaluates the first Saturday of the Premier League season, praising Manchester City and Brighton while rigorously defending VAR.
Ilkay Gundogan explains it's always been a huge achievement to play under Pep Guardiola after he extended his Man City contract to 2023.
Defender Joao Cancelo outlines what he expects from the Premier League after securing his move to Manchester City.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop will "always defend VAR" and doesn't understand why people are so resistant to evidence it's a positive.
Shaka Hislop gives full credit to Pep Guardiola and Man City for their 5-0 opening day win vs. West Ham.

Manchester City have avoided a transfer ban despite admitting breaking FIFA rules on signing young players but were fined £315,000 after breaching rules on the transfer and regulation of foreign players under the age of 18.

There was a risk they could be punished with a transfer ban after Chelsea were banned from registering new players for two windows after a similar breach of FIFA regulations. Chelsea cannot sign new players until the end of January 2020.

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The story behind Trent Alexander-Arnold's new Anfield mural

Jurgen Klopp heaps praise on Trent Alexander-Arnold's growth at such a young age, as the Liverpool local receives a mural of himself.
ESPN FC's Ian Darke shares his predictions for the top six, player of the year and top goal scorer for the 2019-20 Premier League season.
ESPN FC's fantasy expert Mark Donaldson returns with his must-have players for the first week of the 2019-20 Premier League season.
Our ESPN FC panel give their Premier League predictions, including some surprising picks for top 6 and player of the year.

LIVERPOOL -- In the shadow of Anfield, there is new light for the community. A blank wall on Sybil Road, a minute's walk away from the stadium, has morphed into a message of inspiration and a call to action.

The faded brown brick is now covered by a giant mural of Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, featuring his reaction to winning the Champions League in June: "I'm just a normal lad from Liverpool, whose dream has just come true."

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