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Thurs­day Au­gust 31

BEL­GIUM: Play­ing at right-back, Thomas Me­u­nier scores a hat-trick and sets up three more as Bel­gium beat Gi­bral­tar 9-0 to equal their big­gest-ever mar­gin of vic­tory.

ENG­LAND: Premier League clubs’ trans­fer dead­line-day spend­ing reaches a new high of £210m, tak­ing their total sum­mer out­lay to a record £1.4bil­lion.

FRANCE: Paris Saint-Ger­main sign Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe on loan, with an op­tion to buy the 18-yearold for € 180m next sum­mer. In the evening, he be­comes Les Bleus’ youngest goalscorer for al­most 54 years as France beat Hol­land 4-0.

IRAN: A 0-0 draw away to South Korea sees Iran set a World Cup qual­i­fy­ing record with a 12th clean sheet in a row.

JA­PAN: Goals from Takuma Asano and Yo­suke Ideguchi se­cure a 2-0 win over Aus­tralia that seals Ja­pan’s sixth suc­ces­sive qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the World Cup fi­nals.

Fri­day Septem­ber 1

FRANCE: UEFA opens a for­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Paris Sain­tGer­main as part of its “on­go­ing mon­i­tor­ing” of clubs and Fi­nan­cial Fair­play rules.

MEX­ICO: Hirv­ing Lozano scores as Mex­ico beat Panama 1-0 to book their place at Rus­sia 2018.

Satur­day Septem­ber 2

ITALY: A 3-0 loss in Spain is Italy’s first de­feat in a World Cup or Euro qual­i­fier for al­most 11 years – a run of 56 games.

WALES: Seven­teen-year-old Ben Wood­burn comes off the bench and scores the only goal of the game against Aus­tria on his de­but. Sun­day Septem­ber 3 BEL­GIUM: A 2-1 vic­tory away to Greece seals Bel­gium’s place at next year’s World Cup. COSTA RICA: With five min­utes to play and hosts Saprissa lead­ing Gre­cia 6-1, the Es­ta­dio Ri­cardo Saprissa Ayma is evac­u­ated and the game aban­doned fol­low­ing a bomb threat – which is later con­firmed as a hoax.

LUX­EM­BOURG: De­spite fac­ing 34 shots, goal­keeper Jonathan Jou­bert keeps a clean sheet as Lux­em­bourg earn a shock 0-0 draw in France.

Mon­day Septem­ber 4

ENG­LAND: Chelsea omit striker Diego Costa from their squad for the Cham­pi­ons League group stage.

Tues­day Septem­ber 5

MEX­ICO: Gio­vani Dos San­tos plays his 100th game for Mex­ico and scores in a 1-1 draw with Costa Rica.

SPAIN: La Liga’s long­est-serv­ing coach Diego Sime­one signs a two-year con­tract ex­ten­sion with Atletico Madrid.

WORLD CUP: Saudi Ara­bia and South Korea book their places at the 2018 World Cup, with a 1-0 win over Ja­pan and a 0-0 draw in Uzbek­istan re­spec­tively, and Syria’s 2-2 draw in Iran takes them into a play-off game against Aus­tralia.

Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 6

SOUTH AFRICA: The World Cup qual­i­fier on Novem­ber 12 last year, in which South Africa beat Sene­gal 2-1, will be re­played in Novem­ber fol­low­ing ref­eree Joseph Lamptey’s ban for match ma­nip­u­la­tion.

Thurs­day Septem­ber 7

ENG­LAND: Premier League clubs vote to close next sum­mer’s trans­fer win­dow be­fore the sea­son starts. Clubs will still be able to sell play­ers un­til the end of the win­dow in Europe. NIGE­RIA: Ifeanyi Ubah have nine play­ers banned for 12 games each af­ter they at­tacked match of­fi­cials dur­ing their top-flight game against Niger Tor­na­does in Au­gust.

Fri­day Septem­ber 8

FRANCE: Kylian Mbappe scores on his de­but for Paris Saint-Ger­main as they thrash Metz 5-1.

POR­TU­GAL: Bas Dost’s 97th-minute penalty gives Sport­ing a 3-2 win at Feirense to main­tain their 100 per cent league record this sea­son.

Satur­day Septem­ber 9 ENG­LAND: Manch­ester City beat Liver­pool 5-0 to equal the heav­i­est de­feat of Jur­gen Klopp’s ca­reer as a man­ager.

GER­MANY: Thomas Muller makes his 400th ap­pear­ance for Bay­ern Mu­nich but they lose in the Bun­desliga for the first time since

April, go­ing down 2-0 away to Hof­fen­heim.

NIGE­RIA: Plateau United beat Rangers 2-0 and are crowned Nige­rian Pro­fes­sional Foot­ball League cham­pi­ons for the first time, with MFM fin­ish­ing sec­ond and Eny­imba in third. Shoot­ing Stars, ABS, Gombe United and Remo Stars are rel­e­gated.

SPAIN: Lionel Messi scores his 38th hat-trick for Barcelona as they beat Es­panyol 5-0 in the Cata­lan derby.

Sun­day Septem­ber 10

GER­MANY: Bib­iana Stein­haus be­comes the Bun­desliga’s first fe­male ref­eree as she takes charge of Hertha Ber­lin’s 1-1 draw against Werder Bre­men.

ITALY: Ciro Im­mo­bile scores a hat­trick as Lazio beat Mi­lan 4-1 in a game that is de­layed by an hour af­ter flash floods in Rome.

USA: At­lanta United chris­ten their new Mercedes-Benz Sta­dium

with a 3-0 vic­tory over Dal­las in front of a sell-out crowd of 45,314.

Mon­day Septem­ber 11

CHINA: Uruguayan coach Gus Poyet quits Shang­hai Shen­hua with the team sit­ting 12th in the 16-team Chi­nese Super League.

ENG­LAND: Crys­tal Palace sack man­ager Frank De Boer the day af­ter a 1-0 de­feat at Burn­ley sees them be­come the first English topflight team since 1924 to lose their open­ing four league games with­out scor­ing a goal.

SAUDI ARA­BIA: Af­ter a goal­less first leg, Car­los Ed­uardo scores a hat-trick in the re­turn as Al Hi­lal beat Al Ain of the UAE 3-0 to reach the AFC Cham­pi­ons League semi-fi­nals.

Tues­day Septem­ber 12

CHINA: Lead­ing 4-0 from the home leg of their AFC Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-fi­nal, Shang­hai SIPG lose 4-0 at Guangzhou Ever­grande, have two play­ers sent off in ex­tra-time and then draw 5-5 on ag­gre­gate be­fore win­ning on penal­ties.

ENG­LAND: Roy Hodgson is named Crys­tal Palace’s new man­ager on a two-year deal and, at 70, be­comes the Premier League’s old­est boss.

SCOT­LAND: Celtic suf­fer their big­gest home de­feat in Europe, los­ing 5-0 to Paris Saint-Ger­main in the Cham­pi­ons League.

UKRAINE: Mar­i­upol are awarded the points af­ter Dy­namo Kiev re­fused to travel to the east­ern port city to ful­fil their away fix­ture on Au­gust 25 due to safety fears.

Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 13

JA­PAN: Urawa Red Di­a­monds come back from a 3-1 first-leg de­feat to beat Kawasaki Frontale 5-4 on ag­gre­gate in the AFC Cham­pi­ons League.

POR­TU­GAL: Porto goal­keeper Iker Casil­las equals for­mer Manch­ester United winger Ryan Giggs’ record of play­ing in 19 dif­fer­ent Cham­pi­ons League cam­paigns as his side lose 3-1 at home to Be­sik­tas.

SPAIN: Real Madrid set a new record for a home win in the UEFA Youth League with a 10-0 vic­tory over APOEL of Cyprus.

USA: At­lanta United equal the MLS record for the largest mar­gin of vic­tory with a 7-0 thrash­ing of New Eng­land Rev­o­lu­tion.

Thurs­day Septem­ber 14

SAUDI ARA­BIA: Nine days af­ter seal­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion for next sum­mer’s World Cup in Rus­sia,

Saudi Ara­bia re­place coach Bert Van Mar­wijk with Edgardo Bauza.

Fri­day Septem­ber 15

GER­MANY: Hanover top the ta­ble for the first time in 48 years with a 2-0 vic­tory over Ham­burg.

Satur­day Septem­ber 16

CHINA: Shang­hai SIPG thrash city ri­vals Shang­hai Shen­hua 6-1.

GER­MANY: Robert Le­wandowski scores twice in his 100th league game for Bay­ern Mu­nich, in a 4-0 vic­tory over Mainz, which takes him to a total of 82 top-flight goals for the team – a Bun­desliga record for a player reach­ing a cen­tury of league ap­pear­ances for one club.

SPAIN: Record sign­ing Ous­mane Dem­bele suf­fers a ham­string in­jury on his Liga de­but as Barcelona beat Getafe 2-1 and is ex­pected to be side­lined for four months. An­toine Griez­mann scores as Atletico Madrid beat Malaga 1-0 in their first game at the Wanda Metropoli­tano.

USA: A new MLS record crowd of 70,425 watches At­lanta United draw 3-3 with Or­lando City.

Sun­day Septem­ber 17

CZECH REPUB­LIC: Slavia Prague beat Sparta Prague 2-0 to win the 288th derby.

ENG­LAND: Wayne Rooney suf­fers a 4-0 loss on his re­turn to Manch­ester United with Ever­ton.

GER­MANY: Beaten 5-0 at Borus­sia Dortmund, Cologne have now lost their first four league games, scor­ing just one goal and con­ced­ing 12, which is the worst start to a Bun­desliga cam­paign since the 1962-63 sea­son.

HOL­LAND: Feyeno­ord’s 100 per cent start to the Ere­di­visie sea­son ends with a 1-0 de­feat at PSV.

ITALY: Play­ing his 100th game for Ju­ven­tus, Paulo Dybala gets a hat­trick in a 3-1 win at Sas­suolo. Dries Mertens also scores three as Napoli beat Ben­evento 6-0. Genoa’s 16year-old striker Pi­etro Pellegri be­comes the youngest player to score twice in a Serie A game as his side lose 3-2 to Lazio.

PARAGUAY: Club Atletico 3 de Fe­bru­ary and De­portivo San­tani are pro­moted to the Primera Divi­sion.

Mon­day Septem­ber 18

BEL­GIUM: An­der­lecht sack coach Rene Weiler af­ter just two wins in seven league games leaves the de­fend­ing Bel­gian cham­pi­ons ninth in the ta­ble.

GER­MANY: Wolfs­burg dis­miss An­dries Jonker af­ter Satur­day’s 1-0 Bun­desliga de­feat to Stuttgart and

ap­point Martin Schmidt as coach. TAJIKISTAN: Istik­lol beat Pan­jshir 5-0 to claim a fourth suc­ces­sive Ta­jik league ti­tle.

Tues­day Septem­ber 19

JOR­DAN: Al We­hdat win the Jor­dan FA Shield for a recordex­tend­ing ninth time with a 2-0 vic­tory over Al Jazeera in the Fi­nal.

SPAIN: Lionel Messi scores four times as Barcelona thrash Eibar 6-1, while Si­mone Zaza grabs a nine­minute hat-trick as Va­len­cia beat Malaga 5-0.

Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 20

ITALY: Napoli come from be­hind to win 4-1 at Lazio, while Ju­ven­tus beat Fiorentina 1-0. Roma’s 4-0 vic­tory at Ben­evento is their ninth in a row on the road in Serie A.

RUS­SIA: With­out a rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the FIFA Coun­cil since Vi­taly Mutko was barred from stand­ing for re-elec­tion in May, Rus­sia’s Alexei Sorokin is elected as one of the panel’s Euro­pean mem­bers at an ex­tra­or­di­nary UEFA Congress.

SAN MARINO: Tre Penne beat La Fiorita 4-0 in the Super Cup.

SPAIN: Real Madrid lose 1-0 at home to Real Betis and fail to break the record for scor­ing in con­sec­u­tive games, a mark of 73 which they now share with San­tos.

USA: Sport­ing Kansas City win their third US Open Cup in six years, beat­ing New York Red Bulls 2-1.

Thurs­day Septem­ber 21

SPAIN: Atletico Madrid an­nounce they have agreed a deal for Chelsea striker Diego Costa, even though he is not el­i­gi­ble to play un­til Jan­uary.

Fri­day Septem­ber 22

FRANCE: Radamel Fal­cao scores twice to make it 11 goals in seven Ligue 1 games for the Colom­bian as Monaco win 4-0 away to Lille.

GER­MANY: Bay­ern Mu­nich blow a two-goal lead and are held 2-2 at home by Wolfs­burg.

Satur­day Septem­ber 23

ENG­LAND: Premier League lead­ers Manch­ester City beat Crys­tal Palace 5-0 to stay ahead of arch-ri­vals Manch­ester United, 1-0 win­ners at Southamp­ton, on goal dif­fer­ence. Third-placed Chelsea win 4-0 at Stoke.

FRANCE: With­out the in­jured Ney­mar, Paris Saint-Ger­main drop league points for the first time this sea­son in a goal­less draw at Mont­pel­lier.

GER­MANY: Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang grabs a hat-trick

as Borus­sia Dortmund crush Borus­sia Monchenglad­bach 6-1 to stay top of the Bun­desliga.

ITALY: Ju­ven­tus thrash Torino 4-0 in the Turin derby and re­main joint­top in Serie A with Napoli, who win 3-2 at SPAL.

SCOT­LAND: Celtic win 2-0 at Rangers in the Old Firm derby to take their run of un­beaten do­mes­tic games to 57.

SPAIN: Real Madrid win 2-1 at Alaves to equal the Span­ish topflight record of 12 con­sec­u­tive wins on the road. Barcelona’s 3-0 vic­tory away to Cata­lan neigh­bours Girona makes it six wins out of six for them in La Liga as they re­main top of the ta­ble.

TURKEY: Five play­ers are sent off as Fener­bahce beat Be­sik­tas 2-1 in an Istanbul derby that fea­tures two goals and three red cards in the fi­nal five min­utes.

Sun­day Septem­ber 24

BEL­GIUM: Club Brugge win 2-1 at Sport­ing Charleroi and go four points clear as the top two meet.

EGYPT: Two peo­ple are jailed for life over the vi­o­lence that led to a stam­pede be­fore a game be­tween Za­malek and ENPPI in Cairo, in 2015, in which 19 peo­ple died.

GREECE: League lead­ers AEK come from two goals down to win 3-2 at home to Olympiakos.

HOL­LAND: PSV win 7-1 at Utrecht and re­turn to the top of the league. Ajax lose 2-1 at home to Vitesse.

ITALY: Genoa have two play­ers sent off in in­jury time as they lose 1-0 at In­ter­nazionale to Danilo D’Am­bro­sio’s 87th-minute goal.

KENYA: CAF strips Kenya of the right to host next year’s African Na­tions Cham­pi­onship af­ter an in­spec­tion team re­ports that only one of the four venues is ready.

SOUTH AFRICA: African Cham­pi­ons League hold­ers Mamelodi Sun­downs go out in this year’s quar­ter-fi­nals, los­ing to Wy­dad of Morocco on penal­ties.

URUGUAY: All the day’s fix­tures are called off as the coun­try’s ref­er­ees go on strike fol­low­ing at­tacks on two of­fi­cials dur­ing an un­der-19 game be­tween Platense and Basanez the pre­vi­ous day.

Mon­day Septem­ber 25

ENG­LAND: West Bromwich Al­bion lose 2-0 at Ar­se­nal.

ITALY: Ju­ven­tus say they will lodge an ap­peal af­ter pres­i­dent An­drea Agnelli is banned for one year for his role in the club sell­ing tick­ets to sup­port­ers al­legedly linked with or­gan­ised crime.

Treble...Ciro Im­mo­bile

Go­ing through...Bel­gium’s Kevin De Bruyne takes on Greece

Feat...Syria cel­e­brate mak­ing the play-off

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