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Key talking points from Champions League MD4



It was another mixed bag for English sides in the Champions League on Matchday 4.

Manchester City and Arsenal secured dominant home victories, while Manchester United and Newcastle each slipped to defeat on their travels.

We take a look at the key talking points from a potentially crucial round of European action.

United on the brink

United’s chances of qualification for the knockout phase suffered a significant blow in Copenhagen as they were beaten 4-3 to leave them bottom of Group A.

Erik ten Hag’s outfit looked well on the way to a morale-boosting victory after Rasmus Hojlund’s early brace against his old side.

But Marcus Rashford’s 42nd-minute red card changed the course of the game, with Copenhagen going in at half-time level thanks to efforts from Mohamed Elyounoussi and Diogo Goncalves.

Bruno Fernandes put 10-man United back ahead from the penalty spot, only for the Red Devils to be left brokenhearted by Lukas Lerger and Roony Bardghji’s late strikes.

Newcastle nightmare

Newcastle’s Champions League hopes are hanging in the balance after being defeated 2-0 by Borussia Dortmund.

The German outfit made it back-to-back victories over the Magpies, with Niclas Fullkrug and Julian Brandt grabbing the goals at Signal Iduna Park.

Eddie Howe’s side enjoyed 55% of the possession and mustered five shots on target but could not find a way past Gregor Kobel in the Dortmund goal.

Newcastle sit bottom of Group F on four points and will have to avoid defeat at Paris Saint-Germain in their next match to stand a chance of qualifying.


Harry at it again
Harry Kane continued his superb start to life at Bayern Munich by netting both goals in the 2-1 win over Galatasaray.

The England captain opened the scoring in the 80th minute and followed that up with another strike six minutes later — his 19th in all competitions this season.

Cedric Bakambu’s stoppage-time effort was merely a consolation as Bayern stretched their unbeaten run in the Champions League group stage to 38 games.

Kane sits joint-second in the competition’s Golden Boot race with four goals — Hojlund and Alvaro Morata lead the way on five apiece.

Read more: Kane enjoying Bayern success but knows bigger tests await
All Guns blazing
Arsenal are on the brink of reaching the Champions League knockout stage after a dominant 2-0 win over Sevilla.

Goals from Leandro Trossard and Bukayo Saka secured a deserved victory at the Emirates.

Saka unfortunately hobbled off the pitch late in the second half due to an awkward landing, although Mikel Arteta did not seem too concerned by the injury after the game.

The Arsenal boss said: “He [Saka] will have some discomfort but hopefully, I want to assume that he will be OK.”

Bukayo Saka and Leandro Trossard were Arsenal’s match winners vs Sevilla
Bukayo Saka and Leandro Trossard were Arsenal’s match winners vs Sevilla
Read more: Arteta allays Saka injury fears after Sevilla victory
City cruising
Champions City made it four victories in a row as they defeated Young Boys 3-0 at the Etihad.

A brace from Erling Haaland steered Pep Guardiola’s side to three more points, the Norwegian taking his Champions League goal tally to 39 in just 34 appearances.

Haaland’s second strike was a superb long-range effort, one which surprised his manager.

Guardiola said: “Yes [Haaland still surprises me] because normally he scores goals in the six-yard, eight-yard box and by the penalty spot.

“But he has this talent, it’s not the first time he has done it.”

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Harry Maguire Accepts Issac Adongo’s Apology: Anticipating a Reunion at Old Trafford




Harry Maguire



In a surprising turn of events, Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has publicly acknowledged and accepted the apology extended by Member of Parliament Issac Adongo. The footballer, known for his composed demeanor on and off the field, responded gracefully to Adongo’s apology, hinting at a potential meeting at the iconic Old Trafford.


The apology stems from a previous incident where Adongo made comments that raised eyebrows among football enthusiasts and drew Maguire’s attention. Maguire, true to his reputation as a leader, chose not to escalate the situation but instead welcomed the MP’s apology with open arms.


The conciliatory message was shared by Maguire on his social media platforms, where he stated, “Apology accepted, Issac Adongo. See you at Old Trafford soon.” The use of the word “soon” has sparked excitement and speculation among fans, who are now eagerly awaiting the prospect of Adongo’s presence at a Manchester United match.

Harry Maguire

This unexpected reconciliation serves as a testament to Maguire’s professionalism and ability to handle criticism with maturity. Rather than engaging in a public feud, the England international chose the high road, fostering an atmosphere of understanding and respect.


The incident has also ignited discussions about the intersection of sports and politics. Maguire’s acceptance of the apology sends a positive message about the power of dialogue and reconciliation, even in situations where public figures may hold differing views.


Harry Maguire

Hon. Isaac Adongo


As the anticipation builds for the promised meeting at Old Trafford, it raises questions about the potential impact of such encounters on the broader relationship between the sports and political spheres. Will this event prompt more conversations between athletes and politicians? Only time will tell.

For now, fans of Manchester United and followers of the saga are left to eagerly await the day when Harry Maguire and Issac Adongo share a moment at Old Trafford. The power of sports to bring people together, even those with differing opinions, continues to be a driving force for unity and understanding in our society.

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‘We conceded a poor goal’ – Ghana coach Chirs Hughton laments defensive lapse in defeat to Comoros




Ghana coach Chris Hughton, did not mince words in his critique of his team’s performance following a 1-0 defeat to Comoros on Tuesday in the 2026 World Cup African qualifiers.

The Black Stars missed a chance to go top of Group I as they were beaten in Moroni.

The pivotal moment in the match came in the 43rd minute when Myziane Maolida capitalised on a solo opportunity, receiving the ball from the midfield and scoring.

Hughton, speaking in the post-match analysis, expressed his displeasure at the defensive lapse that led to the decisive goal.

“I thought Ghana were the better team,” Hughton stated, emphasising his belief in the team’s overall performance. However, his frustration was palpable as he criticized the conceded goal, considering it a missed opportunity to maintain control of the game.

“We conceded what we regarded as a poor goal to concede, and we were not able to capitalize on the chances that we had,” Hughton remarked, underscoring the team’s inability to convert scoring opportunities.

As a result of the defeat, the Black Stars remain at three points after two rounds of games, while Comoros ascends to the top of the group with four points from two matches.

Looking forward, Ghana’s focus will shift to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, scheduled for January 2024 in Ivory Coast. The team, under Hughton’s leadership, will aim to regroup and make a strong showing in the continental competition after the setback in the World Cup qualifiers.

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Chris Hughton bemoans missed opportunities as Ghana fall to Comoros in World Cup qualifiers




Ghana coach Chris Hughton attributed the team’s defeat to Comoros in the 2026 World Cup African qualifiers to a lack of sharpness in front of the goal.

The Black Stars suffered a setback on matchday two in Moroni on Tuesday, November 21.

Despite Hughton’s belief that Ghana was the superior team for a significant portion of the match, the inability to convert chances proved costly. In his post-match analysis, the Irish manager acknowledged Comoros for their victory but emphasized his team’s dominance throughout the 90 minutes.

“Congratulations to Comoros for the victory. In my opinion over the 90 minutes, we were the better team. I thought Ghana was the better team,” Hughton stated, highlighting his team’s overall performance. However, he expressed frustration over a conceded goal that he deemed avoidable and the team’s failure to capitalize on scoring opportunities.

“So this was not a game where Comoros won this game comfortably. Over the 90 minutes, we were the better team, but unfortunately, we were not able to put away the chances that we created,” Hughton lamented, emphasizing the significance of missed opportunities.

The defeat prevented the Black Stars from ascending to the top of Group I, leaving them with three points after two rounds of games played. With their focus now shifting to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for January 2024 in Ivory Coast, Hughton, and his team will aim to regroup and hone their finishing prowess to make a strong impact in the continental competition.

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