CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE: PSV stage comeback against United after Memphis scores past his former club, while Morata pulls Juve from behind to lead City and Ronaldo hits hat-trick for Real Madrid

PSV 1-1 Manchester United UEFA Champions League LIVE football score: Plus Manchester City

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the UEFA Champions League as the group stage begins with Manchester United travelling to PSV and Manchester City hosting Juventus. The Red Devils will be making their first appearance in the tournament proper for over a year when they take on Phillip Cocu's outfit, while Manchester City will hope to carry their fine domestic form into Europe when they face last season's runners-up, Juventus. Elsewhere Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also in action when they host Shakhtar Donetsk and Malmo respectively on a night which features eight group stage games. Join DAN RIPLEY for all the goals as they fly in.

Shaw in horror injury blow as United star is carried off wearing an oxygen mask after suffering suspected broken leg at PSV

Luke Shaw suffers horror injury as Manchester United defender carried off with suspected

***WARNING - GRAPHIC CONTENT*** Luke Shaw was carried off with a suspected broken leg in the first half of Manchester United's Champions League tie against PSV Eindhoven. The England defender, who has been sensational form this season, suffered the shocking injury in the 15th minute on Tuesday. BT Sport pundit Michael Owen said: 'It's a gruesome thing to see.'

GRAHAM POLL: It was a red card AND a penalty... yet ref let PSV off after shocking tackle that crocked Shaw


WARNING - GRAPHIC CONTENT: Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli couldn't have saved Luke Shaw from suffering a suspected broken leg but he could and should have punished PSV's Hector Moreno.

Gerrard denies claims he is racist as former Liverpool team-mate Diouf says star doesn't like black people


Steven Gerrard has denied sensational claims attributed to former team-mate El Hadji Diouf that he was racist and did not like black people.

Bale forced off with suspected calf injury during Real Madrid's Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale grimaces in pain after he injured during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Wales star Gareth Bale was forced off with a suspected calf injury after just 28 minutes in Real Madrid's Champions League tie with Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night.

Ferdinand: Pogba is a potential Ballon d'Or winner... Fergie was wrong to ever let him leave Manchester United

Juventus' midfielder from France Paul Pogba (L) is tackled by Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure during a UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Manchester City and Juventus at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on September 15, 2015.    AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Rio Ferdinand believes former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was wrong to let Paul Pogba leave because the Juventus attacker can be a future Ballon d'Or winner.

How you can still catch England, Wales and New Zealand at the World Cup (but it might come at a cost!)

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14:  Chris Robshaw, the England captain, issues instructions during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on September 14, 2015 in Bagshot, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

RWC 2015 organisers are celebrating record ticket sales for the tournament, but with just three sleeps until England's opener against Fiji there are still seats available to see all the top teams in action.

'I am champion of England, why should I be in trouble?' Jose hits back at criticism as he prepares to wield axe on top Chelsea stars

Jose Mourinho set to axe star names for Champions League opener and despite results,

Jose Mourinho will wield the axe for the Champions League clash with Maccabi Tel Aviv on Wednesday after Chelsea's poor start to the season. The Chelsea manager, who has won just one game this season, admitted he will make changes for the Champions League opener at Stamford Bridge.

Wilshere's latest KO blow: Arsenal ace faces three months out after surgery on hairline leg fracture

Jack Wilshere will need surgery and is set for three months out

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will require surgery on a hairline fracture in his left leg and is set to be out for around three months. Manager Arsene Wenger last week confirmed the England international had suffered a 'little setback' in his scheduled recovery from the injury sustained in pre-season. Sportsmail revealed on Friday that Wilshere was set for another month on the sidelines, and it is now understood he will require several further months away from the pitch.

Former Premier League star Bent charged with affray and drug offences after police used Taser during arrest

Marcus Bent celebrates scoring the equalising goal in stoppage time during the Barclays Premiership match between Southampton and Everton at St Mary's on February 6, 2005 in Southampton, England.  FINAL SCORE: Southampton...2 - Everton...2. SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 6:  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Marcus Bent...S...FOC...Southampton...United Kingdom...51155884

EXCLUSIVE: Former Premier League and England Under 21 striker Marcus Bent has been charged with affray and possession of a Class A drug.

Barca legend Xavi: Van Gaal would humiliate me then tell me I was Zidane' 

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Spain legend Xavi says he will always respect Manchester United coach Louis Van Gaal despite being humiliated by him when they were together at Barcelona

United cruise to UEFA Youth League win over PSV Eindhoven as Rashford and Gribbin find the net


Manchester United returned to the UEFA Youth League with a win as a double from Marcus Rashford and a Callum Gribbin free-kick eased them past PSV Eindhoven.

West Ham ordered to reveal details of move into Olympic Stadium in FULL as FOI request for disclosure is approved

West Ham will reportedly be made to disclose the full contents of the proposed move in the Olympic Stadium, after the Information Commissioner ruled the terms of the deal should be made public 

Disgraced former Leicester defender Pearson training with Rotherham as he seeks new club after 'racist orgy' saga

James Pearson of Leicester City in action during the Pre-Season Friendly match between MK Dons and Leicester City at Stadium mk in Milton Keynes, England.  

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James Pearson is training with Rotherham United in a bid to win a contract at the club. The 22-year-old defender is taking part in matches behind closed doors to keep fit after his sacking in the summer.

Cipriani, Halfpenny and Dagg will all miss the World Cup... but which other stars won't be around due to injury and suspension?

Danny Cipriani, Leigh Halfpenny... who are the stars missing from Rugby World Cup 2015? 

The Rugby World Cup is the pinnacle of the sport, a chance to see the best players in the world playing against each other for the biggest prize.  And yet some of rugby's biggest names and most talented stars will not be taking part over the next month. Whether because of injury, where they play their club rugby, or just that they are not in the manager's plans, there are plenty of top players missing.

Burgess puts rugby league return rumours on ice as he prepares for Fiji opener with stint in cryogenic chamber

Sam Burgess denies rumours of return to rugby league as England star gears up for Rugby

Sam Burgess has firmly denied reports that he intends to return to rugby-league after the World Cup - stating there is 'no truth' to rumours his stint in union will be a brief one. The cross-code convert, who on Monday was named on England's substitute's bench for Friday's World Cup opener against Fiji at Twickenham, insists any suggestion he will return to Sydney-based Australian league giants the Rabbitohs are false

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Lawes aims to ride the early storm against Fiji in World Cup opener

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14:  Courtney Lawes catches the ball during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on September 14, 2015 in Bagshot, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Courtney Lawes insists England are braced to survive an early onslaught from Fiji out of the expectation they will be vulnerable when Friday's World Cup opener nears its conclusion.

Fiji prepared for Twickenham as they attempt to shock England in opener 

ALDERSHOT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  (Editors note: This image has had a digital filter applied to it) Nemia Soqeta of Fiji poses for a portrait during the Fiji Rugby World Cup 2015 squad photo call on September 7, 2015 in Aldershot, England.  (Photo by Matt Lewis - World Rugby/Getty Images)

Fiji have prepared for the atmosphere at Twickenham in Friday's World Cup opener by training to the sound of England fans in full voice. They are intent on causing a seismic upset.

Halfpenny a doubt for Six Nations as he has knee surgery in London after being ruled out of World Cup 

Leigh Halfpenny interview with Chris Foy. 
15/09/15: Picture Kevin Quigley/solo syndication

CHRIS FOY: Leigh Halfpenny is undergoing knee reconstruction surgery at the Cromwell Hospital in London on Tuesday afternoon and he fears that he may miss the Six Nations as well.

Learning from the master! Arsenal legend Henry takes Under 19s training session ahead of UEFA Youth League clash

Thierry Henry takes Arsenal Under 19s training session ahead of UEFA Youth League clash

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry's journey into football management continued as the Frenchman led a training session alongside youth coach Ryan Garry for the club's Under 19s side. Henry, who is the Gunners' all-time leading goalscorer after having netted 228 times in 376 appearances across two spells in north London as a player, is now working his way up through the ranks of the backroom staff.

High-flying Sanchez leads Arsenal as they fly off for Dinamo Zagreb match 

Arsenal stars Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez lead the way in training as Arsene Wenger's

Arsenal's stars looked happy and relaxed as they prepared to begin their Champions League campaign in Zagreb this week. After a convincing win over Stoke on Saturday, Arsene Wenger's side, who are unbeaten since the opening day of the season, returned to training on Tuesday ahead of the trip to play Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb.

Chelsea move step closer to planned 60,000 stadium redevelopment as council give initial go ahead

Chelsea's plans to rebuild Stamford Bridge and build a new 60,000 stadium have been given a boost by Hammersmith and Fulham Council who claim the idea is 'generally acceptable.'

Arsenal are scary... but we're better than Stoke, says Zagreb coach Mamic

Dinamo Zagreb coach Zoran Mamic applauds on September 18, 2014 during a UEFA Europa League match GNK Dinamo Zagreb vs FC Astra Giurgiu at the Maksimir stadium in Zagreb. AFP PHOTO /STRINGER        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

Arsenal are 'frightening' and could have beaten Stoke City 10-0 on Saturday, according to Dinamo Zagreb manager Zoran Mamic ahead of their Champions League clash.

Liverpool winger Ibe targeting international future with England 

Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe has committed his international future to England. The 19-year-old has already played for the Three Lions' youth teams, but could have opted to represent Nigeria instead.

Schneiderlin already looking ahead to Champions League knockout stages 

Morgan Schneiderlin has already set his sights on the knockout stage of the Champions League and insists there is no reason why Manchester United cannot finish top of Group B.

Barton scores first goal for Burnley in reserves outing against Everton

Joey Barton scored a penalty for Burnley on Tuesday as they beat Everton 4-0 in a development squad game at Everton's Finch Farm training ground. Ntumba Massanka scored twice.

British boxer Bellew stars in new film 'Creed' alongside Stallone as Rocky Balboa

Tony Bellew stars in new film 'Creed' alongside Michael B Jordan, with Sylvester Stallone

Merseyside cruiserweight boxer Tony Bellew is to make his Hollywood debut in new film 'Creed', which explores a new chapter in the 'Rocky' story. And the 32-year-old, whose record stands at 25 victories from 28 fights, will flex his acting muscles alongside no less than Sylvester Stallone, who is to reprise his role as Rocky Balboa, and Fantastic Four star Michael B Jordan. On Tuesday, Bellew shared the second official trailer from the film which is to hit American cinemas on November 25.

Messi to make 100th Champions League appearance as holders Barca get ready to rival Roma

Lionel Messi to make 100th Champions League appearance against Roma

Lionel Messi is set to make his 100th Champions League appearance when Barcelona launch their title defence at Roma in a sold-out Stadio Olimpico in Wednesday's Group E opener.

Wenger leaves Ramsey and Bellerin at home as Arsenal fly to Zagreb

Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin have not travelled to Croatia where Arsenal launch their Champions League campaign against Dinamo Zagreb, with the pair rested for the Chelsea game this weekend.

Ben Haim out to haunt Chelsea as ex-star returns with Maccabi Tel Aviv

Tal Ben Haim hopes Maccabi Tel Aviv can extend Chelsea's miserable start to the season when he plays against his former club in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Begovic: Chelsea stars are behind 'best manager in the world' Mourinho

Stand-in keeper Asmir Begovic claims the Chelsea team are right behind Jose Mourinho ahead of their opening Champions League clash with Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge.

So, who will you sign... Ronaldo or Messi? Earn points for your Fantasy Football team from all of this week's big European games

Fantasy Football: Earn points for your team from the Champions League and Europa League

MailOnline's Fantasy Football season has kicked off but this week gives players their first opportunity to start scoring points from Europe's top competitions outside of their home games. Our new and improved FREE-TO-PLAY game is the only format that extends from domestic competitions - including the Premier League, Capital One and FA Cups - to the Champions League and Europa League, which begin across the continent from Tuesday. There is also the chance of supplementing your side with superstar players from Europe's leading leagues - La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 - provided you can afford the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Neymar and Barca team-mates touch down in Italy ahead of Roma opener

Neymar and Barcelona team-mates touch down in Italy ahead of Champions League Group E

Neymar and his Barcelona team-mates have touched down in Rome ahead of the first match of their Champions League title defence on Wednesday night. The Brazil superstar, who is expected to start against Roma at the Stadio Olimpico, posed for a picture from the plane, wearing a pair of sunglasses and a gold cap. He and his team-mates beat Juventus in last season's final to record their fourth Champions League victory.

England name Chelsea trio and Spurs starlets in squad for UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifiers 


England have named their squad for next month's UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifiers, with plenty of aspiring Premier League talent included.

Bournemouth close in on Leicester target Cannataro after successful trial

MANSFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24:  Luke Woodland of England holds off Alessandro Cannataro of Italy during the International Friendly match between England U18 and Italy U18 at the One Call Stadium on October 24, 2012 in Mansfield, England.  (Photo by Matt Lewis - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Bournemouth are discussing a deal for Alessandro Cannataro. Leicester were understood to be favourites to sign the former Inter Milan midfielder until the Cherries made a move.

Newcastle would have played better with 10 men at West Ham instead of having Cisse up front, blasts Shearer

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has delivered a scathing assessment of Papiss Cisse's performance in the 2-0 defeat by West Ham on Monday night. Cisse struggled up front by himself at Upton Park.

Get your hands off me! McCaw and All Blacks get to work ahead of World Cup start

New Zealand get to work at luxury base on the Thames for the first time as Rugby World Cup

New Zealand's World Cup defence entered its final stage of preparations as Steve Hansen's side got to work at their tournament base on the River Thames in Teddington, Middlesex, on Tuesday.  After no shortage of smiling for cameras and wearing out their writing hands with autographs in recent days, the All Blacks have settled into the luxury resort The Lensbury for the serious business of getting ready for their opening pool C match against Argentina on Sunday. There was plenty of laughter and play-fighting among the superstar squad during the warm-up before coach Hansen's men put their game faces on for the push to become the first side to win back-to-back World Cups.

NRL star Hayne makes NFL debut in 49ers' victory over Minnesota Vikings... and comes good after early fumble

Jarryd Hayne makes NFL debut in San Francisco 49ers' victory over Minnesota Vikings

Jarryd Hayne realised his NFL dream by making his debut in San Francisco's win over Minnesota on Monday night, but it was a nervous beginning for the rugby league convert. The 27-year-old Australian switched from his career in the NRL earlier this year to try and make it in American football and he got his first taste of competitive action on Monday.

Ansari place in England's Test tour squad in jeopardy after suffering thumb injury, just hours after call-up

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15:  Zafar Ansari of Surrey waves for attention as he injures his hand fielding during day two of the LV County Championship Division Two match between Lancashire and Surrey at Emirates Old Trafford on September 15, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)

Zafar Ansari's inclusion on his first Test tour with England was plunged into jeopardy just hours after his call-up when he suffered a thumb injury that could rule him out of the series.

Panesar to go in search of his fourth county after being released by Essex

Former England spinner Monty Panesar is one of four players to have been released by Essex. The 33-year-old joins Saf Imtiaz, Matt Salisbury and Greg Smith in leaving the Chelmsford club.

Hit them hard! Lancaster gives inspirational speech as England's opener against Fiji looms large

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14:  Stuart Lancaster, the England head coach, issues instructions during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on September 14, 2015 in Bagshot, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Stuart Lancaster called his England squad together on Sunday night for a powerful presentation designed to propel them towards an emotional peak at the start of their home World Cup.

Newcastle's misfiring strikers, error-prone defenders and a lack of an English core... the key issues facing McClaren

Newcastle's misfiring strikers, error-prone defenders and lack of an English core... the

Newcastle wanted to delay the kick-off at West Ham - it would merely have delayed the inevitable. For lunchtime, afternoon or evening, Saturday, Sunday or Monday, this is a team without goals and one which is always liable to concede - given the fundamental principles of the game, it makes a worrying combination for Steve McClaren.


Season at a glance

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  • League One
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  • Scottish Div 1
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  • Ligue 1
  • Serie A
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  • Bundesliga


Singer Wright performs Jerusalem on top of O2 as fans are invited to send messages of support for Lancaster's England team

England fans can have their own messages of support projected onto The O2 roof as World

With the Rugby World Cup kicking off at Twickenham on Friday, fans have been given the opportunity to rally the England troops - and have their messages projected onto the roof of The O2. The countdown has now begun after Stuart Lancaster named an unchanged starting XV for their tournament opener against Fiji.

South Africa welcome party continues as Springboks arrive

South Africa welcome party continues as Springboks arrive in Eastbourne ahead of Rugby

South Africa have arrived in Eastbourne for their Rugby World Cup welcome ceremony as the Springboks continued their preparations.

SPECIAL REPORT: How stars from the Pacific Islands are 'poached' by rivals

Rugby World Cup 2015: A special investigation into Pacific Islands poaching

RORY KEANE: New Zealand have the sensational Fiji-born winger Waisake Naholo in their squad, while France have their very own Fijian flyer with Noa Nakaitaci. Tonga-born No 8 Taulupe Faletau is integral to Wales's cause, while their Pool A rivals Australia will be spearheaded by powerful centre Tevita Kuridrani, who was born in Fiji's capital city, Suva. Even Pool D minnows Romania have Tongan centre Paula Kinikinilau.

Ireland hooker Best ready for Rugby World Cup lift-off despite reduced playing time in warm-up matches

England's fly half George Ford (2nd R) is tackled by Ireland's hooker Rory Best and Ireland's full back Simon Zebo (R) during the international rugby union friendly match between England and Ireland, ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, at Twickenham Stadium, west of London, on September 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images

Rory Best has declared himself ready for World Cup lift-off on Saturday despite his reduced playing time during Ireland's warm-up series.

How Brave Blossoms Japan are catching up with the pack before they play World Cup hosts in 2019

Rugby Union - Japan v Georgia - Kingsholm - 5/9/15
 Craig Wing of Japan (C) in action
 Action Images via Reuters / Ian Smith

MICHAEL GADD: When South Africa face Japan in Brighton for their World Cup openers, Heyneke Meyer's men will know the only Asian side here won't be the push overs they once were.

Canada coach Crowley plays down giant killing talk ahead of Ireland tie

Kieran Crowley has dismissed the notion that Canada could upset Six Nations champions Ireland in their World Cup opener, telling his squad to target third place and future qualification.

Eagles to soar? US are world rugby's sleeping giants with a rich talent pool starting to find their potential

RORY KEANE: When the US Eagles ran out onto Soldier Field to take on the All Blacks in Chicago last November, it was a seismic moment for rugby in the land of the free.

Cotter unfazed by Japan coach's dig but Scotland boss can't hide his upset at untimely loss of McInally

France's prop Eddy Ben Arous (R) tackles Scotland's flanker John Hardie (C) next to France's flanker Damien Chouly (L) during the rugby union test match between France and Scotland at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on August 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURELIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images

Sticks and stones from Eddie Jones? Not likely to put so much as a dent in the hardened armour of Vern Cotter, a man with more seriously painful issues to cope with at the moment.

World Cup 2015 fixtures guide: Dates, times, groups and knock-out games

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06:  A general view of Twickenham Stadium on July 6, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England will kick off the Rugby World Cup on Friday 18 September when they take on Fiji at Twickenham, looking to win a second title. Sportsmail brings you every game.

France forget hotel woes as Saint-Andre's team are welcomed ahead of Italy opener

France soak up the history as Philippe Saint-Andre's team are welcomed in London ahead of

The France rugby squad were officially welcomed to the World Cup. Led by coach Philippe Saint-Andre, the players revelled in their surroundings in the magnificent Painted Hall at the Old Neval College in Greenwich. Saint-Andre's men begin their campaign against Italy on Sunday and also face Ireland, Romania and Canada in Pool D. France will be based at the nearby Trinity School for the tournament and they will hope for better nights' sleep to come after being disturbed by a wedding party on their first evening. Fly-half Frederick Michalak revealed: 'Some guys wanted to put their new shoes on and go downstairs dancing. But no, we just want to stay focused.'

Rugby World Cup Pool A Guide: All you need to know about England, Australia, Wales, Fiji and Uruguay

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05:  (L-R) Courtney Lawes, Kieran Brookes and Tom Wood of England celebrate after their victory during the QBE International match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on at Twickenham Stadium on September 5, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by David Rogers - RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images,)

The toughest of the four pools. Wales, without injured Leigh Halfpenny and Rhys Webb, have a point to prove, while Australia and England won't tolerate anything but the title.

Rugby World Cup Pool B Guide: All you need to know about South Africa, Samoa, Scotland, Japan and the USA

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South Africa are clear favourites to emerge as winners from arguably the weakest of the four pools. Scotland will target their St James' Park clash with Samoa in the final round of pool games in October.

Rugby World Cup Pool C Guide: All you need to know about New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga, Georgia and Namibia

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11:  Sonny Bill Williams of the New Zealand All Blacks meets fans following their RWC 2015 Welcome Ceremony at the Tower of London on September 11, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

This looks the most physically demanding of the four pools, and New Zealand's rivals will hope the toll taken in qualifying catches up with the favourites as the tournament wears on.

Rugby World Cup Pool D Guide: All you need to know about France, Ireland, Italy, Canada and Romania

France's centre Mathieu Bastareaud (C) is tackled by Scotland's fly-half Finn Russell (2nd L) and Scotland's prop Gordon Reid (R)  during the rugby union test match between France and Scotland at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on August 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland's poor form in the warm-up games is cause for concern, but they should still qualify from a pool containing weak links Canada and Romania. Italy will provide their usual physical test.

Ronaldo is five goals away from overtaking Raul as Real's all-time top scorer... and star can set record that may never be broken

Cristiano Ronaldo five goals of overtaking Raul as Real Madrid's all-time leading scorer

PETE JENSON: After scoring five at the weekend Cristiano Ronaldo will begin his Champions League campaign on Tuesday against Shakhtar Donetsk knowing that just five more goals and he will be the club's all-time leading scorer.

Moses was desperate to make a big impression after deadline day switch to West Ham... and he came up trumps

Victor Moses desperate to make a big impression after deadline day switch to West Ham

ADAM SHERGOLD: Victor Moses was caught in the middle of two different emotions. He didn't know whether to extend his arms to the skies in celebration or put them on his head in exasperation. In the end, he just did both. For it was his bustling run that had led to West Ham's second goal, his power and persistence that scythed open the Newcastle defence. But it wouldn't be his name on his scoresheet.

Berahino puts transfer saga behind him as he strikes a silly pose for West Brom's team portrait

Saido Berahino puts transfer saga behind him as wantaway star strikes a pose for West

It was the team photo Saido Berahino did everything in his power to avoid, but when it came time to say cheese the wantaway striker appeared happy to play his part on Tuesday.   After the disappointment of his declined transfer to Tottenham on transfer deadline day and his ill-advised Twitter barb aimed at Jeremy Peace, Berahino took the first steps in repairing his relationship with fans in coming off the bench in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Southampton. And on Tuesday, he seemed on his way to being one of the boys again by embracing the annual official portrait at The Hawthorns. 

Ozil says Wenger and his trademark style of play were the reasons he joined Arsenal from Real Madrid

Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium in London on September 12, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS
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Arsenal's trademark style of play and the reputation of Arsene Wenger were why Mesut Ozil joined the club for a record £42.5m in 2013 from Real Madrid , the World Cup winner has revealed.

Galloway to be handed new Everton deal after rapid rise through ranks

Everton defender Brendan Galloway's emergence as a first team regular is to be rewarded with a new contract following the 19 year old's impressive performances at left-back this season.

Bayern confident Ribery will return to action before the end of the year 

Bayern Munich's forward Franck Ribery celebrates scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League match between Bayern Munich and FC Shakhtar Donetsk. March 11, 2015 in Munich, Germany. 

Bayern won the game 7-0!

(Photo by Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images)

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery is expected to return to action this year after fully recovering from a prolonged ankle injury. The Frenchman has been out of action since March.

Rapist Evans set for case review meeting as he attempts to appeal conviction over hotel sex attack

Evans, who maintains his innocence, lost an appeal against his conviction after serving half of his five-year sentence and applied to the CCRC for a review of his case in July 2014

Cech hopes to compound Chelsea's woes on Stamford Bridge return

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech celebrates at full time after the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City played at The Emirates Stadium, London

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech insists there will be no room for sentiment when he returns to face Chelsea on Saturday - his first visit to Stamford Bridge since leaving the club in the summer.

Swansea out to right '100 wrongs' against Everton according to Taylor

Swansea City will need to correct '100 things' that went wrong during their 1-0 loss to promoted side Watford on Saturday when they face Everton in the Premier League, according to defender Neil Taylor.

Everton defender Mori could have been playing for Chelsea after having a trial at the club a few years ago

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12:  Ramiro Funes Mori of Everton is fouled by Diego Costa of Chelsea leading to a booking during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on September 12, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori made his debut for the club against Chelsea - but the Argentine has revealed he could have been playing for the Blues instead.

Henderson flies to US in search of treatment as Liverpool captain targets quick return from heel injury

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17:  Jordan Henderson of Liverpool shakes hands with Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool as he is substituted during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and A.F.C. Bournemouth at Anfield on August 17, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

DOMINIC KING: Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has headed to the United States as he looks to find the right treatment for the heel injury that has sidelined him for a month.

Celtic forward Griffiths ponders Ciftci dilemma with Turkish striker set to return from suspension for Ajax clash

Leigh Griffiths picked up his Ladbrokes Premiership player of the month award then pondered the possibility of being dropped for rival Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci for the match in Ajax this week.

Murray gears up for Davis Cup semi-final with crossbar challenge against Celtic... but did the British No 1 hit the target?

Andy Murray takes on Celtic in a game of crossbar challenge... but how did British tennis

Andy Murray and his Davis Cup team-mates swapped the tennis court for the football pitch to take on Scottish champions Celtic. The tennis team, who are in Glasgow preparing for the match with Australia this weekend, travelled the short distance from the Emirates Arena to Celtic Park to take part in a crossbar challenge. Each player had to try and hit the crossbar with a shot from just outside the penalty box.

'King Khan': Boxer drives personalised 4X4 as he prepares to deliver Syrian aid

Amir Khan shows off personalised 'King Khan edition' Range Rover as British boxer prepares

British boxer Amir Khan's special edition Range Rover was in full view last week as the former WBA and IBF light welterweight champion visited a spa in Manchester.

Singapore Grand Prix organisers plan to host race as normal despite smog

Singapore Grand Prix organisers plan to host race as normal despite smog

MATT MORLIDGE IN SINGAPORE: The Singapore Grand Prix schedule should be unaltered this weekend despite the hazardous smog that has engulfed the city-state, though organisers have admitted the outlook changes 'from hour to hour'. Smoke from huge forest fires in Indonesia has spread to neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore, with air pollution levels in the latter currently bordering on 'very unhealthy'.

Wales star Thomas forced to retire after suffering epilepsy blamed on head traumas suffered in matches

Wales international Jonathan Thomas has been forced to retire from rugby. The 32 year old was diagnosed with epilepsy last year 'which is thought to be from multiple head traumas'.

England include Hales and Ansari in squad to play Pakistan in the UAE 

Cricket - England v Australia - Fifth Royal London One Day International - Emirates Old Trafford - 13/9/15
 England's Alex Hales looks dejected after the one-day series
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England have gambled on Alex Hales to convert his attacking, big-hitting style to Test cricket as he was named in their 16-man squad to tackle Pakistan.

Close took a battering from West Indies... then met us at the bar

England cricketer Brian Close covered in bruises after being constantly peppered by the West Indies fast bowlers

MICHAEL HOLDING: One vivid memory is of Closey's defiance on a cracked pitch at Old Trafford during the third Test in 1976, when he refused to flinch as we bombarded him.

Cowboys overtake Real to become world's most valuable sports team while Man United remain in fifth   

ARLINGTON, TX-SEPTEMBER 13: Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after catching a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter as the Cowboys take on the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium on September 13, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

NFL outfit Dallas Cowboys have overtaken Real Madrid to become the world's most valuable sports team. The Cowboys are said to be worth in the region of $4billion (£2.59bn).

Referee Owens tells others it's 'safe' to come out as he prepares for World Cup

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26:  Nigel Owens, the referee award the TMO decision before awarding a try to Owen Farrell of Saracens during the Heineken Cup semi final match between Saracens and Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham Stadium on April 26, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Rugby World Cup referee Nigel Owens has told others within the sport that it is 'safe' to come out after revealing in 2007 that he was gay. Owens is one of 12 officials taking charge at the tournament.

Starc received injections to manage chronic ankle condition during Ashes

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13:  Mitchell Starc of Australia successfully appeals for the wicket Jason Roy of England during the 5th Royal London One-Day International match between England and Australia at Old Trafford on September 13, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Cricket Australia has revealed fast bowler Mitchell Starc struggled with a chronic right ankle condition throughout the tour of England after missing only the fourth one day international.

Trainer Dascombe overwhelmed by public affection for Brown Panther

Owner Michael Owen with his King George V stakes winning horse Brown Panther during Day Three of the 2011 Royal Ascot Meeting.

Trainer Tom Dascombe has expressed how touched he has been by the public response to the fatal injury suffered by Michael Owen-owned Brown Panther in Sunday's Irish Leger.

SAM TURNER'S RACING TIPS: All the best bets for Tuesday, September 15

Paul Hanagan on Muhaarar (L) on his way to winning the 3:45 Darley July Cup Horse Racing - Newmarket July Festival - Newmarket Racecourse in Suffolk, England

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Daily Mail racing expert Robin Goodfellow (Sam Turner) brings his hottest selections for Tuesday's meetings at Chepstow, Catterick, Carlisle and Yarmouth..

STEVEN GERRARD: 'I can pick up the phone and speak to all of my previous Liverpool managers. Apart from one of them. Rafa is the exception'... Read latest EXCLUSIVE extract from Kop idol's book

'I can pick up the phone and speak to all of my previous Liverpool managers. Apart from

STEVEN GERRARD - MY STORY: I don't think Rafa Benitez liked me as a person. I'm not sure why, but that's the feeling I got from him. It probably started even before he spoke to me, when he met my mum. Rafa was appointed as Liverpool's manager in June 2004 - and I was playing for England in the Euros in Portugal that summer. Even though he was being replaced by Rafa, Gerard Houllier still loved Liverpool and he remained very close to me. He and my mum flew out to Portugal to watch me play for England against Croatia - and they bumped into Rafa.

'I felt my studs sink into his flesh': Liverpool hero on THAT Herrera tackle and why it was always personal against Man United

'I felt my studs sink into his flesh just above the ankle' Steven Gerrard on THAT tackle

STEVEN GERRARD - MY STORY: On the morning of the game, I felt like a caged animal. As I warmed up on the afternoon last March, the United fans opened their throats. They pelted me with abuse.

STEVEN GERRARD Q&A;: The one question I would ask Ferguson? ... Do you really think I am average?

CARSON CA - AUGUST 9: Steven Gerrard #8 of the Los Angeles Galaxy drives the ball against Brad Evans #3 of the Seattle Sounders during the first half at StubHub Center August 9, 2015, in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Here, the former Liverpool captain reveals his dream dinner party, his favourite super hero and more...

GERRARD: It was hard to manage mad Mario, but he made me smile. That was not true with Diouf

Steven Gerrard reveals how he ran the rule over every new Liverpool signing in their first

STEVEN GERRARD - MY STORY: I reminded myself that I had always allowed every new player to come into the club with a clean slate. Mario Balotelli's reputation tested that resolve but I tried my best to be open-minded.

GERRARD ON... How he tried to lure Kroos and Willian to Anfield with texts

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 17:  (SPAIN OUT) Toni Kroos poses for photographers in his new Real Madrid shirt during his official unveiling at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on July 17, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. Toni Kroos who won the World Cup with Germany in Brazil is Real Madrid's first signing in the new season.  (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

STEVEN GERRARD - MY STORY: I had an unofficial role at the club, trying to persuade some great players to join Liverpool. It was the same ritual every summer.

GERRARD: The day Pearce dumped me as England captain in the toilet... and gave the job to Parker 

England Caretaker Manager Stuart Pearce and and injured Steven  Gerrard

STEVEN GERRARD - MY STORY: There are moments behind the public face of English football, when players are not always handled in the best way. Stuart Pearce taught me that in 2012.

GERRARD: Some England players came to me to complain that they had to walk 50 yards for a massage

STEVEN GERRARD - MY STORY: I avoided all the bitching among England players. As captain for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, I couldn't quite believe it when I heard some of the complaints.

GERRARD ON... How Coutinho could go (and Suarez's parting demand)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04:  (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool celebrate the fourth goal of Luis Suarez during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Norwich City at Anfield on December 4, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

STEVEN GERRARD - MY STORY: Before Luis Suarez left Liverpool's training ground for the last time he spoke to me about Philippe Coutinho. 'Make sure you look after him,' Luis said of Philippe.

There was plenty of blood. I needed four stitches... Gerrard on the moment he REALLY got hurt in the 'tackle'


STEVEN GERRARD - MY STORY: The magic of the FA Cup was bloodied on the day my penis was cut and then stitched shut on an unromantic afternoon in Bournemouth last year. There was plenty of blood.

GERRARD: For me, the ideal situation would obviously have been for Mourinho to have managed Liverpool


STEVEN GERRARD - MY STORY: Chelsea fans are not my people. We've all worked that out over the years. I belong to Liverpool. Jose Mourinho understood my reasons despite being persuasive.

No helmet. No chest or arm guard. Just grit and raw courage as Close faced down a barrage of 95mph fast bowling... age 45

Brian Close was the bravest cricketer who ever lived! He faced down a barrage of 95mph

MICHAEL HENDERSON: In the long, proud history of English cricket, from WG Grace, the Gloucestershire doctor who invented the game as we know it, to Joe Root, its latest star, there was never a man quite like Brian Close, who died on Sunday at the age of 84. He was never a great batsman. His highest score in 22 Test matches, spread over 27 summers, was 70. Nor was he a great bowler. As a 'cricketer of the heart', however, to use John Arlott's evocative phrase, he knew few equals. And when it came to demonstrations of physical courage, he knew none at all.

ADRIAN DURHAM: Rodgers is running out of time at Liverpool... his failures have set British coaches back years and he needs a miracle to win fans

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12:  Brendan Rodgers the head coach / manager of Liverpool after the 3-1 defeat at the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool on September 12, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

Rodgers owes Raheem Sterling a drink or two. The focus on the England star this summer kept the spotlight off the Liverpool manager and possibly even kept him in a job.

Chelsea's players seem to have given up on Mourinho... they weren't happy with treatment of Carneiro and Terry

ADRIAN DURHAM: As Everton strode forward to score their third and seal victory, I wondered why the Chelsea players were walking back. Why had they stopped running for their club, their manager?

MARTIN JOHNSON: Sacrifice? Shut up and get on with it... there are worse things you could be doing! 

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 22:   Martin Johnson the captain of England hold aloft the William Webb Ellis trophy after England's victory in the Rugby World Cup Final match between Australia and England at Telstra Stadium November 22, 2003 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Dave Rogers/Getty Images)

OLIVER HOLT: It is 10 years now since he retired as a player but Johnson has not changed. Not one jot. England's World Cup-winning captain is, and always has been, happy in his own skin.