Brazil soccer star Neymar

World-class soccer player Neymar leads the Brazil team at the Olympics.

Barcelona, Man United, PSG Remain Perfect as UCL Group Stage Hits Halfway Point

Three sides–Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United–won a third Champions League game out of three to take charge of their respective groups, but Chelsea missed the opportunity to do likewise by throwing away a 2-0 lead before fighting back to draw 3-3 against Roma.

Barcelona had Gerard Pique sent off before halftime, collecting a second yellow card for deliberately flicking the ball over the line with his hand, but still beat Olympiakos 3-1. An own-goal from Dimitrios Nikolaou after a Gerard Deulofeu cross deflected in off him was enough send Barcelona on its way. Lionel Messi added a second with a wonderful free kick and then Lucas Digne drove in a third off Messi's assist. Nikolaou scored a last-minute goal at the right end to complete the scoring.

In the other game in the group, a late Mario Mandzukic goal gave Juventus the winner as it came from behind to beat Sporting Lisbon 2-1.

PSG stayed perfect a straightforward 4-0 victory over Anderlecht with goals from Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani, Neymar and Angel Di Maria. After its defeat in Paris and the replacement of Carlo Ancelotti with Jupp Heynckes, Bayern Munich got back on track with a 3-0 win over Celtic.

Benfica fielded the youngest goalkeeper in Champions League history in Mile Svilar, and he was at fault in conceding the only goal of the game, with the 18-year-old carrying 19-year-old Marcus Rashford's free kick over the line 20 minutes into the second half.

Basel is three points behind United for second in the group after Taulant Xhaka’s long-range strike set it on the way to a 2-0 win over CSKA Moscow. Dmitri Oberlin added a late second, off Xhaka's assist, to account for the other goal.

Chelsea looked as though it would maintain a perfect record as it raced into a 2-0 lead against Roma, but then conceded three before an Eden Hazard header, his second goal of the game, made it 3-3.

Atletico was held 0-0 away to Qarabag, despite the Azerbaijani champions having Dino Ndlovu sent off after collecting a second yellow card for diving with 15 minutes remaining.

Here are three thoughts on the day in the Champions League, which has had its group stage reach the halfway point:

Chelsea, Roma don't disappoint, but both left disappointed

Chelsea had been superb in winning 2-1 away to Atletico Madrid in its last Champions League game, but since then it has lost twice in the Premier League and it was badly exposed defensively here. Antonio Conte, perhaps alarmed by recent laxity and reacting to the injuries to N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater, moved David Luiz into midfield, and was rewarded with the opening goal from the Brazilian, who swept a first-time shot just inside the post from 25 yards.

Conte had his team sit off and look to strike on the break, but defensively it was never entirely convincing. Roma had its chances before Eden Hazard, having begun a break, finished it off as Alvaro Morata’s shot was deflected into his path. Within two minutes, though, Roma had one back, with Aleksandar Kolarov tearing past Cesar Azpilicueta before lashing a deflected shot into the roof of the net.

Edin Dezko smashed in a brilliant volley to level, before the two former Manchester City players combined to give Roma the lead, Kolarov crossing for Dzeko to head in his second. Conte had removed David Luiz for Pedro by then, looking to take the stem the flow in Roma’s favor, and it was the substitute who set up the equalizer, crossing for Hazard to guide in a deft header. Chelsea still leads the group, two points clear of Roma and five ahead of Atletico, but there were worrying signs here, and both sides will rue dropping points they could have had.

Bayern continues picking up pieces under Heynckes

Bayern Munich's recovery under Jupp Heynckes continues apace. It wasn’t just results that brought the end for Carlo Ancelotti but a general sense of lack of desire about the club, culminating in the 3-0 defeat to PSG in their last Champions League game. Heynckes, now 72 and in his fourth spell in charge of the club, has a remarkable record in the Champions League having won it twice, and he reached the final in his three previous seasons with Bayern.

Heynckes has begun the process of re-instilling discipline and results have already picked up. The 5-0 win over Freiburg on Saturday was followed by a comfortable demolition of Celtic Wednesday. Thiago Alcantara was perhaps a little unlucky to have goal ruled out after it was, probably wrongly, deemed to have gone out of play before Robert Lewandowski cut it back to him, but the goals soon flowed.

Thomas Muller followed in after Craig Gordon had saved a Lewandowski header to become the first German to reach 40 Champions League goals, and then Joshua Kimmich guided a header from a Kingsley Coman cross over the goalkeeper. Another cross brought the third goal, with Mats Hummels nodding in an Arjen Robben corner to secure the points in a match the cemented Bayern's place in second behind PSG.

Nervous Juventus recovers, remains on course for knockout stage

With Barcelona likely to top the group, this game and the return fixture in two weeks, always looked like being vital in determining who goes through in second. As it was Juve that took the advantage with a narrow win, but it was far from convincing.

The club's run of 57 games unbeaten at home came to an end on Saturday when it lost to Lazio, and it began nervously here, falling behind after 12 minutes to an Alex Sandro own-goal. He was unfortunate that the ball struck him having bounced off Gianluigi Buffon, but it had been his error, failing to cut out a Bruno Fernandes ball to Gelson Martins, that led to the initial save. Miralem Pjanic leveled before halftime with a precise free kick and with six minutes to go the substitute Douglas Costa crossed for Mario Mandzukic to head in for the eventual winner. Another such result would keep Juventus, twice a finalist in the last three seasons, on course to go through.

Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani (R) celebrates after scoring a goal with teammates Kylian Mbappe (C) and Neymar during their UEFA Champions League match against RSC Anderlecht in Brussels on October 18, 2017

Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani (R) celebrates after scoring a goal with teammates Kylian Mbappe (C) and Neymar during their UEFA Champions League match against RSC Anderlecht in Brussels on October 18, 2017 (AFP Photo/JOHN THYS )

Anderlecht 0 Paris Saint-Germain 4: Mbappe takes one record as Cavani closes on another

Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe were all on target in another big Champions League win for Paris Saint-Germain at Anderlecht.

Champions League live score updates - follow all the goals from tonight's games

Hello and welcome to our roboblogger liveblog, where we will bring you all of the latest score updates and action from tonight's Champions League matches. You can follow live updates by our real-life human writers for games featuring teams from England: Benfica vs Manchester United Chelsea vs Roma Meanwhile, those of you interested in score updates from the following games should stick around: Bayern Munich v Celtic Qarabag vs Atletico Madrid CSKA Moscow vs Basel Anderlecht vs Paris Saint-Germain Barcelona vs Olympiakos Juventus vs Sporting Scottish champions Celtic face a tough task if they are to come away with anything from Munich, while PSG are favourites to extend their lead at the top of Group B. Atletico Madrid have taken just one point from their opening two Champions League fixtures, but a trip to Azerbaijani side Qarabag could be the pill to kickstart their campaign. Barcelona currently top Group D and a positive result at home to Olympiakos will keep them in pole position to advance, with Sporting and Juventus battling it out for second place. 9:41PM Full time: Benfica 0-1 Man Utd The referee has seen enough at Estádio da Luz and blows the final whistle. 9:41PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 9:39PM Full time: Juventus 2-1 Sporting The final whistle blows at Allianz Stadium. 9:39PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 9:38PM Full time: Chelsea 3-3 Roma The final whistle blows at Stamford Bridge. 9:38PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 9:38PM Full time: FC Bayern 3-0 Celtic It's all over at Allianz Arena. 9:38PM Full time: Barcelona 3-1 Olympiakos The referee has seen enough at Camp Nou and blows the final whistle. 9:38PM Full time: Anderlecht 0-4 Paris SG The final whistle blows at Constant Vanden Stockstadion. 9:37PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 9:37PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 9:37PM Red card! Luisão sent off for Benfica Felix Zwayer shows Luisão a second yellow card - he's off. 9:37PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 9:36PM Full time: CSKA Moscow 0-2 Basel The referee has seen enough at VEB Arena and blows the final whistle. 9:36PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 9:33PM GOAL! Dimitris Nikolaou scores a consolation for Olympiakos to make it 3-1. Barcelona 3 - 1 Olympiakos (Dimitris Nikolaou, 89 min) 9:32PM GOAL! Dimitri Oberlin adds a second for Basel - it's now 0-2! CSKA Moscow 0 - 2 Basel (Dimitri Oberlin, 90 min) 9:32PM GOAL! A goal from Ángel Di María for Paris SG makes the score 0-4. Anderlecht 0 - 4 Paris SG (Ángel Di María, 88 min) 9:29PM GOAL! Juventus take the lead right at the death - Mario Mandzukic with the goal to make it 2-1. Juventus 2 - 1 Sporting (Mario Mandzukic, 84 min) 9:26PM It's been a mismatch at Allianz Stadium so far Juventus are dominating this game, firing in a total of 15 shots compared to five from Sporting so far. Juventus vs Sporting shots on goal 9:21PM FC Bayern piling on the pressure The hosts have attempted 20 shots so far, with 11 of them hitting the target. FC Bayern vs Celtic shots on goal 9:18PM GOAL! An equaliser from Eden Hazard for Chelsea makes it 3-3. Chelsea 3 - 3 Roma (Eden Hazard, 75 min) 9:15PM Barcelona need no invitation to shoot so far The hosts have fired in 21 shots with nine of them on target Barcelona vs Olympiakos shots on goal 9:13PM GOAL! A goal from Edin Dzeko for Roma makes the score 2-3. Chelsea 2 - 3 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 70 min) 9:09PM GOAL! 0-1. Marcus Rashford has opened the scoring for Man Utd. Benfica 0 - 1 Man Utd (Marcus Rashford, 64 min) 9:09PM GOAL! Neymar has put Paris SG into a commanding 0-3 lead. Anderlecht 0 - 3 Paris SG (Neymar, 66 min) 9:08PM GOAL! Barcelona are cruising now. Lucas Digne adds another to make it 3-0. Barcelona 3 - 0 Olympiakos (Lucas Digne, 64 min) 9:07PM GOAL! 2-2: Edin Dzeko scores the leveller for Roma. Chelsea 2 - 2 Roma (Edin Dzeko, 64 min) 9:07PM The shot count is similar Chelsea and Roma are evenly matched in attack so far - the vistors have fired in 12 shots to the hosts' 11. Chelsea vs Roma shots on goal 9:04PM GOAL! Olympiakos up against it now - Lionel Messi makes it 2-0 to Barcelona. Barcelona 2 - 0 Olympiakos (Lionel Messi, 61 min) 8:58PM One-way traffic at Allianz Arena It's been all FC Bayern, with the hosts racking up 15 shots so far - Celtic have managed just three in reply. FC Bayern vs Celtic shots on goal 8:54PM GOAL! Mats Hummels makes it 3-0 and puts FC Bayern firmly in the driving seat now. FC Bayern 3 - 0 Celtic (Mats Hummels, 51 min) 8:51PM One-way traffic at Camp Nou It's been all Barcelona, with the hosts racking up 15 shots so far - Olympiakos have managed just one in reply. Barcelona vs Olympiakos shots on goal 8:49PM Second half: Benfica 0-0 Man Utd The action restarts at Estádio da Luz. 8:49PM Second half: Juventus 1-1 Sporting The second 45 has begun at Allianz Stadium. 8:48PM Second half: Anderlecht 0-2 Paris SG We're back under way at Constant Vanden Stockstadion. 8:48PM Second half: Barcelona 1-0 Olympiakos The action restarts at Camp Nou. 8:48PM Second half: Chelsea 2-1 Roma We're back under way at Stamford Bridge. 8:48PM Second half: FC Bayern 2-0 Celtic The second 45 has begun at Allianz Arena. 8:46PM Second half: CSKA Moscow 0-1 Basel The second 45 has begun at VEB Arena. 8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:34PM Half time: Barcelona 1-0 Olympiakos The first 45 minutes is up at Camp Nou. 8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:34PM Half time: Benfica 0-0 Man Utd The half-time whistle blows at Estádio da Luz. 8:34PM Half time: Chelsea 2-1 Roma The half-time whistle blows at Stamford Bridge. 8:34PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:33PM Half time: Anderlecht 0-2 Paris SG The half-time whistle blows at Constant Vanden Stockstadion. 8:33PM Olympiakos were unadventurous in the first 45 Olympiakos managed just a solitary, off-target shot in the first half. Barcelona vs Olympiakos shots on goal 8:33PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:33PM Half time: Juventus 1-1 Sporting The half-time whistle blows at Allianz Stadium. 8:33PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:32PM Celtic were unadventurous in the first 45 Celtic managed just a solitary, off-target shot in the first half. FC Bayern vs Celtic shots on goal 8:31PM Half time: FC Bayern 2-0 Celtic The first 45 minutes is up at Allianz Arena. 8:31PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:31PM Half time: CSKA Moscow 0-1 Basel The first 45 minutes is up at VEB Arena. 8:31PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM GOAL! Edinson Cavani adds a second for Paris SG - it's now 0-2! Anderlecht 0 - 2 Paris SG (Edinson Cavani, 44 min) 8:29PM The home side needing no invitation to shoot so far Barcelona have frequently threatened the Olympiakos goal - 13 shots have been attempted, with five of them on target. Barcelona vs Olympiakos shots on goal 8:28PM Red card! Gerard Piqué sent off for Barcelona William Collum shows Gerard Piqué a second yellow card - he's off. 8:27PM The shot count is similar Benfica and Man Utd are evenly matched in attack so far - the vistors have fired in three shots to the hosts' two. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:26PM GOAL! Aleksandar Kolarov has halved the deficit for Roma and it's now 2-1. Chelsea 2 - 1 Roma (Aleksandar Kolarov, 40 min) 8:24PM GOAL! Roma up against it now - Eden Hazard makes it 2-0 to Chelsea. Chelsea 2 - 0 Roma (Eden Hazard, 37 min) 8:23PM Barcelona making inroads into the visitors' territory The home side are starting to get hold of the ball in the final third against Olympiakos. Barcelona vs Olympiakos 8:23PM Olympiakos finally have a shot of their own Olympiakos finally register their first shot, but Barcelona have already fired in 11 so far. Barcelona vs Olympiakos shots on goal 8:22PM FC Bayern making inroads into the visitors' territory The home side are starting to get hold of the ball in the final third against Celtic. FC Bayern vs Celtic 8:21PM Man Utd hit back Man Utd register their first shot, in response to two so far from Benfica. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:17PM Neither side able to dictate the game so far Juventus having more of the ball so far, with 223 touches to 195 from Sporting. Juventus vs Sporting 8:16PM The home side needing no invitation to shoot so far FC Bayern have frequently threatened the Celtic goal - ten shots have been attempted, with five of them on target. FC Bayern vs Celtic shots on goal 8:15PM GOAL! Celtic up against it now - Joshua Kimmich makes it 2-0 to FC Bayern. FC Bayern 2 - 0 Celtic (Joshua Kimmich, 29 min) 8:15PM GOAL! 1-1: Miralem Pjanic scores the leveller for Juventus. Juventus 1 - 1 Sporting (Miralem Pjanic, 29 min) 8:14PM GOAL! Taulant Xhaka scores for Basel to make it 0-1! CSKA Moscow 0 - 1 Basel (Taulant Xhaka, 29 min) 8:14PM Basel have their first sight of goal Basel respond to the earlier CSKA Moscow effort with their first shot of the game. CSKA Moscow vs Basel shots on goal 8:08PM Roma can't make their domination of the ball count The visitors have had the majority of the ball - but Chelsea have the lead. Chelsea vs Roma 8:05PM OWN GOAL! Calamity for Dimitris Nikolaou, who puts the ball past his own goalkeeper to make it 1-0. Barcelona 1 - 0 Olympiakos (Dimitris Nikolaou, 18 min) 8:04PM Juventus have their first strike at goal Juventus respond to the earlier Sporting effort with their first shot of the game. Juventus vs Sporting shots on goal 8:03PM GOAL! Thomas Müller scores for FC Bayern to make it 1-0! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Celtic (Thomas Müller, 17 min) 8:02PM Benfica and Man Utd yet to find a way through Not much to do for either keeper at Estádio da Luz - Benfica and Man Utd keeping each other at bay. Benfica vs Man Utd shots on goal 8:02PM Celtic hit back Celtic register their first shot, in response to two so far from FC Bayern. FC Bayern vs Celtic shots on goal 8:01PM FC Bayern and Celtic yet to find a way through Tense opening quarter of an hour at Allianz Arena, as FC Bayern and Celtic struggle to get shots on goal FC Bayern vs Celtic shots on goal 8:01PM CSKA Moscow and Basel yet to find a way through Not much to do for either keeper at VEB Arena - CSKA Moscow and Basel keeping each other at bay. CSKA Moscow vs Basel shots on goal 7:58PM OWN GOAL! Alex Sandro scores at the wrong end to make it 0-1 Juventus 0 - 1 Sporting (Alex Sandro, 12 min) 7:57PM GOAL! Chelsea take an early lead and they have David Luiz to thank for it: 1-0. Chelsea 1 - 0 Roma (David Luiz, 11 min) 7:56PM Barcelona enjoying plenty of touches of the ball so far. Barcelona have had 122 touches of the ball compared to 32 by Olympiakos. Barcelona vs Olympiakos 7:53PM Anderlecht threaten for the first time Following the earlier Paris SG effort, Anderlecht register their first attempt at goal. Anderlecht vs Paris SG shots on goal 7:52PM Chelsea have their first strike at goal Chelsea respond to the earlier Roma effort with their first shot of the game. Chelsea vs Roma shots on goal 7:49PM GOAL! Paris SG take an early lead and they have Kylian Mbappe to thank for it: 0-1. Anderlecht 0 - 1 Paris SG (Kylian Mbappe, 3 min) 7:47PM Kick off: Benfica vs Man Utd We're under way at Estádio da Luz. 7:46PM Kick off: Barcelona vs Olympiakos They're off and running at Camp Nou. 7:46PM Kick off: Juventus vs Sporting The action gets started at Allianz Stadium. 7:46PM Kick off: Chelsea vs Roma They're off and running at Stamford Bridge. 7:46PM Kick off: FC Bayern vs Celtic The action gets started at Allianz Arena. 7:45PM Kick off: Anderlecht vs Paris SG They're off and running at Constant Vanden Stockstadion. 7:45PM Kick off: CSKA Moscow vs Basel We're under way at VEB Arena. 6:54PM Full time: FK Qarabag 0-0 Atlético The final whistle blows at Baku Olympic Stadium. 6:54PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 6:34PM Red card! Dino Ndlovu sent off for FK Qarabag Dino Ndlovu is sent off by referee Ruddy Buquet for his second bookable offence. 6:03PM Second half: FK Qarabag 0-0 Atlético The action restarts at Baku Olympic Stadium. 5:48PM Half time: FK Qarabag 0-0 Atlético The teams head in at the break at Baku Olympic Stadium. 5:48PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 5:46PM The shot count is similar FK Qarabag and Atlético are evenly matched in attack so far - the vistors have fired in six shots to the hosts' three. FK Qarabag vs Atlético shots on goal 5:39PM The Atlético backline looking comfortable so far The FK Qarabag attack haven't been able to threaten the visitors in the final third. FK Qarabag vs Atlético 5:33PM Neither side able to dictate the game so far FK Qarabag having more of the ball so far, with 249 touches to 244 from Atlético. FK Qarabag vs Atlético 5:28PM Atlético threaten for the first time Following the earlier FK Qarabag effort, Atlético register their first attempt at goal. FK Qarabag vs Atlético shots on goal 5:27PM FK Qarabag and Atlético yet to find a way through Tense opening quarter of an hour at Baku Olympic Stadium, as FK Qarabag and Atlético struggle to get shots on goal FK Qarabag vs Atlético shots on goal 5:02PM Kick off: FK Qarabag vs Atlético The action gets started at Baku Olympic Stadium.

Champions League Matchday 3: Chelsea, Roma Draw in Thriller; Messi Hits Milestone

Chelsea and Roma did not disappoint, playing to a 3-3 thriller in the Champions League headliner on Tuesday. While those teams split the points, a number of powers collected all three, with Manchester United, Bayern Munich, PSG, Barcelona and Juventus all securing victories to wrap up Matchday 3 and get the group stage to the halfway point.

Lionel Messi's free kick gave Barcelona some breathing room in its win over Olympiakos and was the 100th goal he's scored in UEFA club competitions. His former teammate, Neymar, scored on a free kick as well as part of PSG's romp at Anderlecht. Here's how the day's action played out:

CSKA Moscow 0, FC Basel 2

Benfica 0, Manchester United 1

Anderlecht 0, PSG 4

Bayern Munich 3, Celtic 0

Chelsea 3, Roma 3

Qarabag 0, Atletico Madrid 0

Juventus 2, Sporting CP 1

Barcelona 3, Olympiakos 1

Here are full highlights from throughout the day's action:

OLYMPIAKOS SCORES CONSOLATION GOAL

Dimitrios Nikolaou made up for his earlier own goal with a nice header of his own to get Olympiakos on the board, but it was nothing more than late consolation in a 3-1 Barcelona victory.

MANDZUKIC NETS GO-AHEAD GOAL FOR JUVE

Juventus was facing potential dropped points at home, but Mario Mandzukic's 84th-minute strike put the Old Lady in position for the win, with the Croatian scoring on a six-yard header to do the honors.

DI MARIA FINISHES OFF ANDERLECHT

Angel Di Maria capped a 4-0 rout for PSG with a deft chip over the keeper while on the breakaway, ending another dominant Champions League showing for the French powerhouse.

BASEL CAPS ITS ROAD WIN

Taulant Xhaka turned provider after scoring earlier, setting up Dimitri Oberlin for Basel's late second goal in a 2-0 win at CSKA Moscow.

HAZARD BRINGS CHELSEA BACK

After watching Roma score three straight to seize the lead, Chelsea pulled back level, with Eden Hazard scoring his second of the day. His glancing header tucked inside the far post to make it 3-3 in the 75th minute.

RASHFORD PUTS MAN UNITED UP

Manchester United got its breakthrough at Benfica, and it came from teenage sensation Marcus Rashford, though this one was of a unique variety. His long-range free kick was caught by Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar, who then proceeded to back into his own goal in possession of the ball in the 64th minute.

NEYMAR TUCKS FREE KICK UNDER WALL

With Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani having already scored, you figured it was only a matter of time before Neymar got in the mix, and he did just that by tucking a free kick under the wall to make it 3-0 PSG at Anderlecht.

SUPERB DZEKO GIVES ROMA LEAD

Roma battled back from a two-goal deficit in London to pull even with Chelsea, with former Premier League striker Edin Dzeko doing the honors on a phenomenal volley from a left-sided angle in the 65th minute.

Roma went better five minutes after, with Dzeko heading home off Aleksandar Kolarov's free kick to take a stunning lead

MESSI FREE-KICK MAGIC FOR BARCELONA

With Barcelona down to 10 men and nursing a one-goal lead, you'll never guess who stepped up and created some breathing room.

Lionel Messi's sensational free kick extended Barcelona's lead to 2-0, with him scoring the 100th goal of his career in UEFA club competitions in his typical, magical fashion.

Lucas Digne followed soon after with another insurance strike, created by Messi, ensuring Barcelona won't be shocked in its home park.

HUMMELS PUTS CELTIC AWAY

It didn't take long into the second half for Bayern Munich to stake its claim to all three points. Mats Hummels extended Bayern's lead to 3-0 over the Scottish power, all but sealing the result with his header off Arjen Robben's corner kick.

CAVANI MAKES IT TWO FOR PSG

PSG scored early in the first half, and it managed to score late as well. Edinson Cavani followed Kylian Mbappe's opener with a header to double the club's advantage at Anderlecht.

PIQUE SENT OFF

Gerard Pique thought he'd scored Barcelona's second goal. Instead, he saw his second yellow card and was sent off just before halftime for trying to redirect a cross in deliberately with his arm.

HAZARD EXTENDS CHELSEA'S ADVANTAGE, KOLAROV CANCELS IT OUT

Eden Hazard started and finished Chelsea's second goal, volleying home at the far post with a clinical finish in the 37th minute.

It didn't take long for Roma to answer, though, with Aleksandar Kolarov breaking through on the left side and blasting one by Thibaut Courtois, with the help of a deflection, to make it 2-1.

KIMMICH HEADER DOUBLES BAYERN'S LEAD

The latest Jupp Heynckes era is off and running at Bayern Munich, with Joshua Kimmich heading across goal toward the upper left-hand corner to give Bayern a 2-0 lead over Celtic in the 29th minute.

PJANIC FREE KICK BRINGS JUVE LEVEL

Miralem Pjanic did what he does best–bury free kicks–to bring Juventus even with Sporting CP after Alex Sandro's early own goal:

XHAKA PUTS BASEL ON TOP OF CSKA

Taulant Xhaka–brother of Arsenal midfielder Granit–gave FC Basel the lead at CSKA Moscow with a wonderful hit from long distance.

OWN GOAL BENEFITS BARCELONA

Gerard Deulofeu's cross was turned into Olympiakos's net by defender Dimitrios Nikolaou, giving Barcelona the advantage at Camp Nou. Typically, Barcelona doesn't need much help scoring at home, but it'll certainly accept the gift.

MULLER GETS BAYERN ON THE BOARD

Thomas Muller pounced on a rebound off a saved header from Robert Lewandowski to give Bayern Munich the early edge over Celtic. With the two sides level on three points after two games, it's a big result in determining who will be in the top two with PSG heading into the final half of group play.

DAVID LUIZ STUNNING CURLER PUTS CHELSEA UP ON ROMA

David Luiz may be largely a defender, but his attacking chops were on display early at Stamford Bridge. His curling blast from over 20 yards out defied physics and put Chelsea up 1-0 on Roma.

JUVENTUS GOES DOWN ON EARLY OWN GOAL

Alex Sandro scored into the wrong net for Juventus, putting the Italian champions into an early hole against Sporting Lisbon in Turin. There wasn't much he could do, with Gianluigi Buffon's sliding save had the ball ricochet off the Brazilian's leg while in stride trying to defend the play.

MBAPPE TALLIES EARLY FOR PSG

PSG has coasted in the Champions League (and Ligue 1) with its new cavalcade of stars, and Kylian Mbappe has fit right in. He's scored three minutes in vs. Anderlecht to give PSG a 1-0 lead.

Here are the lineups for all of the day's matches:

CSKA Moscow vs. FC Basel

Benfica vs. Manchester United

Anderlecht vs. PSG

Bayern Munich vs. Celtic

Chelsea vs. Roma

Juventus vs. Sporting CP

Barcelona vs. Olympiakos

The Champions League resumes later this month, with Matchday 4 kicking off on October 31 and continuing November 1 with the reverse fixtures from Matchday 3.

Cavani on Neymar: “We do not need to be friends”

Cavani says he does not believe the locker room needs to be united as long as they are a team.

Cavani on Neymar: “We do not need to be friends”

Cavani says he does not believe the locker room needs to be united as long as they are a team.

Cavani on Neymar: “We do not need to be friends”

Cavani says he does not believe the locker room needs to be united as long as they are a team.

Kevin De Bruyne in no rush to sign new Manchester City deal as agent hints he should be paid the same as Neymar

Kevin De Bruyne in no rush to sign new Manchester City deal as agent hints he should be paid the same as Neymar

Kevin De Bruyne in no rush to sign new Manchester City deal as agent hints he should be paid the same as Neymar

Cavani doesn't need to be friends with Neymar

Part of a competitive side but not friends appears to be Edinson Cavani's desired relationship with Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar.

Cavani: I don't need to be friends with Neymar

The Uruguayan striker insists any rift between the duo is in the past and suggests that manager Unai Emery had not yet decided who will take penalties

Gossip: PSG 'will target Mourinho this summer', De Bruyne 'demands Neymar-level pay rise', Leicester 'want Dyche'

Gossip: PSG 'will target Mourinho this summer', De Bruyne 'demands Neymar-level pay rise', Leicester 'want Dyche'

Bend it like Neymar

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar controls the ball during a training session in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Paris, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League football match against Anderlecht (AFP Photo/FRANCK FIFE)

Can Raheem Sterling really become the saviour of English football?

There was a time when he was being pictured in the early hours of the morning, inhaling nitrous oxide and clumsily engineering his departure from Liverpool, that you would never have believed Raheem Sterling would be a good example for all young men - not just footballers - to follow if they are failing to realise their potential. But at the age of 22, Sterling is starting to mature into the winger we always wanted him to be and it is down to more than just manager Pep Guardiola’s influence. There is no doubt Guardiola’s tutelage has helped. There is greater awareness, more intelligence on the pitch, a deeper understanding of how the game flows, what his role in the team is and how best to utilise his talent, but Sterling has also learnt from his life experiences. Asked why he is playing with such confidence, the former Liverpool winger, in advice more of us might need to take onboard, revealed it is down to spending less time on social media. Not only is he more diligent and focused, he is also no longer listening to the critics who once threatened to shatter his self-belief. Guardiola has overseen the rebuilding process, but Sterling carried out the repairs himself. He has never had a better start to a season than this. With six Premier League goals – now eight in all competitions – Sterling has been prolific, but he has also helped ignite City’s attacking game alongside Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane, hugging the touchline one minute, drifting inside the next to surprise opposition defences. Kevin De Bruyne watches his shot hit the crossbar Credit: AFP He is a wide player who, on his current trajectory and in a team as brilliant as City are going forward, could score 20 goals this season. Only the very best players in his position have managed that before. The last player to do that in this country was a certain Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United. It was Sterling who opened the scoring against Napoli and although this was one of his more quiet games he still shaped its outome. He may still have a strange-looking running style, he may occasionally run up a blind alley – what winger does not – and he still loses the ball sometimes, but he is becoming one of City’s go-to guys. His goal was one any of the great poachers would have been proud of, pouncing on a loose ball inside the area after Gabriel Jesus’ initial effort had been blocked. Raheem Sterling attacks the Napoli defence Credit: EPA He is playing with guile and pace, he has got the tricks, but he also knows when to keep things simple. He also works for the team. All we need now is for him to transfer this sort of form on to the international stage, and we need to help him do that with encouragement rather than criticism. Sterling is good enough to be a star for England next summer, he just needs to stop fearing the England crest. The again, there are far too many young players who seem to struggle with that. The Verdict Moment which changed the match City were cruising and looked capable of scoring every time they attacked, but when Kyle Walker put his arms around Raul Albiol and conceded a soft penalty 10 minutes before half time, Napoli had a wonderful chance to get back into a contest they had been so comprehensively out-classed in. Dries Mertens, though, hit a poor penalty which was saved by the legs of Ederson. City, however, were never quite as confident or as fluid after that. Ederson saves a penalty from Napoli's Dries Mertens Credit: EPA Most influential player It is always difficult to look beyond Kevin De Bruyne at the moment and as hard as I tried, there was nobody on the pitch able to match his vision, work rate or technique. Whatever he wants to sign a new contract – and his agent has suggested they could be looking for as much as £600,000-a-week to bring him into line with the likes of Neymar at PSG - it will be worth it. Crowd rating  There were a smattering of empty seats inside the Etihad Stadium once again for a Champions League game and although there was a buoyant atmosphere, largely thanks to a typically enthusiastic away following from Naples, it was not the occasion for anything more as City were not given the sort of test many people envisaged from the Italian league leaders. 6/10 Referee rating Antonio Mateu Lahoz Awarded a soft-looking penalty when Albiol trod on the toes of Kyle Walker who responded by wrapping his arms around the Napoli player at a corner, but referees have been urged to clamp down on holding inside the area. The problem is, there is still no consistency. Gave the visitors another one in the second half but both were probably the correct decisions despite City’s protests. Match rating 7/10

Can Raheem Sterling really become the saviour of English football?

There was a time when he was being pictured in the early hours of the morning, inhaling nitrous oxide and clumsily engineering his departure from Liverpool, that you would never have believed Raheem Sterling would be a good example for all young men - not just footballers - to follow if they are failing to realise their potential. But at the age of 22, Sterling is starting to mature into the winger we always wanted him to be and it is down to more than just manager Pep Guardiola’s influence. There is no doubt Guardiola’s tutelage has helped. There is greater awareness, more intelligence on the pitch, a deeper understanding of how the game flows, what his role in the team is and how best to utilise his talent, but Sterling has also learnt from his life experiences. Asked why he is playing with such confidence, the former Liverpool winger, in advice more of us might need to take onboard, revealed it is down to spending less time on social media. Not only is he more diligent and focused, he is also no longer listening to the critics who once threatened to shatter his self-belief. Guardiola has overseen the rebuilding process, but Sterling carried out the repairs himself. He has never had a better start to a season than this. With six Premier League goals – now eight in all competitions – Sterling has been prolific, but he has also helped ignite City’s attacking game alongside Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane, hugging the touchline one minute, drifting inside the next to surprise opposition defences. Kevin De Bruyne watches his shot hit the crossbar Credit: AFP He is a wide player who, on his current trajectory and in a team as brilliant as City are going forward, could score 20 goals this season. Only the very best players in his position have managed that before. The last player to do that in this country was a certain Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United. It was Sterling who opened the scoring against Napoli and although this was one of his more quiet games he still shaped its outome. He may still have a strange-looking running style, he may occasionally run up a blind alley – what winger does not – and he still loses the ball sometimes, but he is becoming one of City’s go-to guys. His goal was one any of the great poachers would have been proud of, pouncing on a loose ball inside the area after Gabriel Jesus’ initial effort had been blocked. Raheem Sterling attacks the Napoli defence Credit: EPA He is playing with guile and pace, he has got the tricks, but he also knows when to keep things simple. He also works for the team. All we need now is for him to transfer this sort of form on to the international stage, and we need to help him do that with encouragement rather than criticism. Sterling is good enough to be a star for England next summer, he just needs to stop fearing the England crest. The again, there are far too many young players who seem to struggle with that. The Verdict Moment which changed the match City were cruising and looked capable of scoring every time they attacked, but when Kyle Walker put his arms around Raul Albiol and conceded a soft penalty 10 minutes before half time, Napoli had a wonderful chance to get back into a contest they had been so comprehensively out-classed in. Dries Mertens, though, hit a poor penalty which was saved by the legs of Ederson. City, however, were never quite as confident or as fluid after that. Ederson saves a penalty from Napoli's Dries Mertens Credit: EPA Most influential player It is always difficult to look beyond Kevin De Bruyne at the moment and as hard as I tried, there was nobody on the pitch able to match his vision, work rate or technique. Whatever he wants to sign a new contract – and his agent has suggested they could be looking for as much as £600,000-a-week to bring him into line with the likes of Neymar at PSG - it will be worth it. Crowd rating  There were a smattering of empty seats inside the Etihad Stadium once again for a Champions League game and although there was a buoyant atmosphere, largely thanks to a typically enthusiastic away following from Naples, it was not the occasion for anything more as City were not given the sort of test many people envisaged from the Italian league leaders. 6/10 Referee rating Antonio Mateu Lahoz Awarded a soft-looking penalty when Albiol trod on the toes of Kyle Walker who responded by wrapping his arms around the Napoli player at a corner, but referees have been urged to clamp down on holding inside the area. The problem is, there is still no consistency. Gave the visitors another one in the second half but both were probably the correct decisions despite City’s protests. Match rating 7/10

Can Raheem Sterling really become the saviour of English football?

There was a time when he was being pictured in the early hours of the morning, inhaling nitrous oxide and clumsily engineering his departure from Liverpool, that you would never have believed Raheem Sterling would be a good example for all young men - not just footballers - to follow if they are failing to realise their potential. But at the age of 22, Sterling is starting to mature into the winger we always wanted him to be and it is down to more than just manager Pep Guardiola’s influence. There is no doubt Guardiola’s tutelage has helped. There is greater awareness, more intelligence on the pitch, a deeper understanding of how the game flows, what his role in the team is and how best to utilise his talent, but Sterling has also learnt from his life experiences. Asked why he is playing with such confidence, the former Liverpool winger, in advice more of us might need to take onboard, revealed it is down to spending less time on social media. Not only is he more diligent and focused, he is also no longer listening to the critics who once threatened to shatter his self-belief. Guardiola has overseen the rebuilding process, but Sterling carried out the repairs himself. He has never had a better start to a season than this. With six Premier League goals – now eight in all competitions – Sterling has been prolific, but he has also helped ignite City’s attacking game alongside Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane, hugging the touchline one minute, drifting inside the next to surprise opposition defences. Kevin De Bruyne watches his shot hit the crossbar Credit: AFP He is a wide player who, on his current trajectory and in a team as brilliant as City are going forward, could score 20 goals this season. Only the very best players in his position have managed that before. The last player to do that in this country was a certain Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United. It was Sterling who opened the scoring against Napoli and although this was one of his more quiet games he still shaped its outome. He may still have a strange-looking running style, he may occasionally run up a blind alley – what winger does not – and he still loses the ball sometimes, but he is becoming one of City’s go-to guys. His goal was one any of the great poachers would have been proud of, pouncing on a loose ball inside the area after Gabriel Jesus’ initial effort had been blocked. Raheem Sterling attacks the Napoli defence Credit: EPA He is playing with guile and pace, he has got the tricks, but he also knows when to keep things simple. He also works for the team. All we need now is for him to transfer this sort of form on to the international stage, and we need to help him do that with encouragement rather than criticism. Sterling is good enough to be a star for England next summer, he just needs to stop fearing the England crest. The again, there are far too many young players who seem to struggle with that. The Verdict Moment which changed the match City were cruising and looked capable of scoring every time they attacked, but when Kyle Walker put his arms around Raul Albiol and conceded a soft penalty 10 minutes before half time, Napoli had a wonderful chance to get back into a contest they had been so comprehensively out-classed in. Dries Mertens, though, hit a poor penalty which was saved by the legs of Ederson. City, however, were never quite as confident or as fluid after that. Ederson saves a penalty from Napoli's Dries Mertens Credit: EPA Most influential player It is always difficult to look beyond Kevin De Bruyne at the moment and as hard as I tried, there was nobody on the pitch able to match his vision, work rate or technique. Whatever he wants to sign a new contract – and his agent has suggested they could be looking for as much as £600,000-a-week to bring him into line with the likes of Neymar at PSG - it will be worth it. Crowd rating  There were a smattering of empty seats inside the Etihad Stadium once again for a Champions League game and although there was a buoyant atmosphere, largely thanks to a typically enthusiastic away following from Naples, it was not the occasion for anything more as City were not given the sort of test many people envisaged from the Italian league leaders. 6/10 Referee rating Antonio Mateu Lahoz Awarded a soft-looking penalty when Albiol trod on the toes of Kyle Walker who responded by wrapping his arms around the Napoli player at a corner, but referees have been urged to clamp down on holding inside the area. The problem is, there is still no consistency. Gave the visitors another one in the second half but both were probably the correct decisions despite City’s protests. Match rating 7/10

Can Raheem Sterling really become the saviour of English football?

There was a time when he was being pictured in the early hours of the morning, inhaling nitrous oxide and clumsily engineering his departure from Liverpool, that you would never have believed Raheem Sterling would be a good example for all young men - not just footballers - to follow if they are failing to realise their potential. But at the age of 22, Sterling is starting to mature into the winger we always wanted him to be and it is down to more than just manager Pep Guardiola’s influence. There is no doubt Guardiola’s tutelage has helped. There is greater awareness, more intelligence on the pitch, a deeper understanding of how the game flows, what his role in the team is and how best to utilise his talent, but Sterling has also learnt from his life experiences. Asked why he is playing with such confidence, the former Liverpool winger, in advice more of us might need to take onboard, revealed it is down to spending less time on social media. Not only is he more diligent and focused, he is also no longer listening to the critics who once threatened to shatter his self-belief. Guardiola has overseen the rebuilding process, but Sterling carried out the repairs himself. He has never had a better start to a season than this. With six Premier League goals – now eight in all competitions – Sterling has been prolific, but he has also helped ignite City’s attacking game alongside Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane, hugging the touchline one minute, drifting inside the next to surprise opposition defences. Kevin De Bruyne watches his shot hit the crossbar Credit: AFP He is a wide player who, on his current trajectory and in a team as brilliant as City are going forward, could score 20 goals this season. Only the very best players in his position have managed that before. The last player to do that in this country was a certain Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United. It was Sterling who opened the scoring against Napoli and although this was one of his more quiet games he still shaped its outome. He may still have a strange-looking running style, he may occasionally run up a blind alley – what winger does not – and he still loses the ball sometimes, but he is becoming one of City’s go-to guys. His goal was one any of the great poachers would have been proud of, pouncing on a loose ball inside the area after Gabriel Jesus’ initial effort had been blocked. Raheem Sterling attacks the Napoli defence Credit: EPA He is playing with guile and pace, he has got the tricks, but he also knows when to keep things simple. He also works for the team. All we need now is for him to transfer this sort of form on to the international stage, and we need to help him do that with encouragement rather than criticism. Sterling is good enough to be a star for England next summer, he just needs to stop fearing the England crest. The again, there are far too many young players who seem to struggle with that. The Verdict Moment which changed the match City were cruising and looked capable of scoring every time they attacked, but when Kyle Walker put his arms around Raul Albiol and conceded a soft penalty 10 minutes before half time, Napoli had a wonderful chance to get back into a contest they had been so comprehensively out-classed in. Dries Mertens, though, hit a poor penalty which was saved by the legs of Ederson. City, however, were never quite as confident or as fluid after that. Ederson saves a penalty from Napoli's Dries Mertens Credit: EPA Most influential player It is always difficult to look beyond Kevin De Bruyne at the moment and as hard as I tried, there was nobody on the pitch able to match his vision, work rate or technique. Whatever he wants to sign a new contract – and his agent has suggested they could be looking for as much as £600,000-a-week to bring him into line with the likes of Neymar at PSG - it will be worth it. Crowd rating  There were a smattering of empty seats inside the Etihad Stadium once again for a Champions League game and although there was a buoyant atmosphere, largely thanks to a typically enthusiastic away following from Naples, it was not the occasion for anything more as City were not given the sort of test many people envisaged from the Italian league leaders. 6/10 Referee rating Antonio Mateu Lahoz Awarded a soft-looking penalty when Albiol trod on the toes of Kyle Walker who responded by wrapping his arms around the Napoli player at a corner, but referees have been urged to clamp down on holding inside the area. The problem is, there is still no consistency. Gave the visitors another one in the second half but both were probably the correct decisions despite City’s protests. Match rating 7/10

Jose Mourinho: Ending my career at Manchester United is 'mission impossible'

Jose Mourinho has insisted he has no plans to leave Manchester United but admitted there had been no talks over a new contract. The United manager also sidestepped questions about his long-term future at Old Trafford and claimed it would be “mission impossible” to see out his career at the club ahead of their Champions League tie against Benfica in his ­native Portugal on Wednesday evening. Mourinho flirted publicly with Paris St-Germain in an interview in France at the weekend, around the same time reports emerged that he could walk out of United amid claims he was frustrated with ­executive vice-chairman Ed ­Woodward’s handling of the club. The Daily Telegraph reported in September Mourinho was expected to be approached over extending his contract next month, the mid-point of his existing deal, which would explain why there have been no talks yet. There is also the option in the contract to extend by a ­further 12 months to June 2020. Some fans will wonder whether the timing and nature of Mourinho’s interview with Telefoot, in which he admitted his son had recently chosen to watch PSG over United because it was a club that has a “magic about the place, youth and quality” and “something special right now”, as well as his reported discontent with Woodward, are merely an attempt to strengthen his hand when it comes to contract negotiations. Neymar left speechless by PSG move 00:35 But the only clarity Mourinho was prepared to offer over his future on Tuesday when pressed was his insistence he would manage elsewhere after United because the days of a person staying at the club for decades were over. “The only thing that I said, and is true, and there was not misinterpretation of my words, is I am not going to end my career at Manchester United,” Mourinho said. “I ask how is it possible in modern football that any manager is going to last 15 or 20 years in the same club? I think [Arsene] Wenger [at Arsenal] is the last one to do that. “I think it is impossible for us, with everything that surrounds the job, with all the pressure that surrounds every job, to last for so long. “If in this moment I want to finish my career in two, three, four or five years, I would say, ‘Yes, my ambition is to end my career at Man United’. I think I’m going to be here 15 more years minimum in football [management]. I think it’s impossible to stay 17 years in the same club, it’s an impossible mission. “So, I don’t think I’m going to end my career at Manchester United. After that, some people try to be clever, malicious, and they say many different things. But the reality is simple – didn’t sign a new contract, but I am not thinking about leaving too.” Jose Mourinho during Tuesday's press conference Credit: GETTY IMAGES When asked about the option of extending his contract, though, Mourinho was evasive. “I don’t think there is an answer for that,” he said. “I’m not in conditions to answer that because I don’t think there is anything to answer. I have a contract and that’s it. “I have my contract that ends in May, June 2019? We are in October 2017, so I don’t know what to say and I think you don’t know what to say, too, because one day you say I am going to sign a five-year contract and the next day you say I’m leaving and going to Paris St-Germain. “The answer … is that nothing is happening, I’m not signing a new five-year contract, and I am not leaving for Paris St-Germain. The future in football is tomorrow.” Of much more immediate concern to Mourinho is the game against a struggling Benfica, when victory would give United nine points from nine and leave them in pole position to qualify early. Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick are all unavailable due to injury but Luke Shaw travelled to Lisbon on Monday, with United flying out a day early so Mourinho could see family, and is available for selection. Another defender, Marcos Rojo, was also a surprise inclusion in the travelling party, although Mourinho said he will not be able to play for another fortnight after six months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury. Jose Mourinho oversees Man Utd training Credit: ACTION IMAGES This will be United’s first run out since Mourinho attracted widespread criticism for his defensive approach during the goalless draw against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday. A withering look crossed Mourinho’s face when asked if the criticism was fair before he shut down any discussion of the matter. “I have just one comment – that’s none,” he said. “Actually, no comment.” Mourinho was forthcoming on the subject of Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren’s claims that he had been deliberately stamped on the head by United striker Romelu Lukaku. “You know, I read something but there is a big contradiction there because he [Lovren] says, ‘Let’s move on and forget what happened’ but then he spends 10 minutes speaking about what he thinks happened and didn’t happen, so for me, they are words without any meaning and the FA committee is there to analyse and make decisions. I have no comments,” Mourinho said. Benfica have won just two of their past seven matches and were thrashed 5-0 by Basel in their last Champions League outing after an opening 2-1 defeat at home to CSKA Moscow, but Ashley Young is convinced they will raise their game for the visit of United. “Obviously they haven’t got off to such a good start in the Champions League but when United turn up, it’s going to be a different story,” Young said.

Jose Mourinho: Ending my career at Manchester United is 'mission impossible'

Jose Mourinho has insisted he has no plans to leave Manchester United but admitted there had been no talks over a new contract. The United manager also sidestepped questions about his long-term future at Old Trafford and claimed it would be “mission impossible” to see out his career at the club ahead of their Champions League tie against Benfica in his ­native Portugal on Wednesday evening. Mourinho flirted publicly with Paris St-Germain in an interview in France at the weekend, around the same time reports emerged that he could walk out of United amid claims he was frustrated with ­executive vice-chairman Ed ­Woodward’s handling of the club. The Daily Telegraph reported in September Mourinho was expected to be approached over extending his contract next month, the mid-point of his existing deal, which would explain why there have been no talks yet. There is also the option in the contract to extend by a ­further 12 months to June 2020. Some fans will wonder whether the timing and nature of Mourinho’s interview with Telefoot, in which he admitted his son had recently chosen to watch PSG over United because it was a club that has a “magic about the place, youth and quality” and “something special right now”, as well as his reported discontent with Woodward, are merely an attempt to strengthen his hand when it comes to contract negotiations. Neymar left speechless by PSG move 00:35 But the only clarity Mourinho was prepared to offer over his future on Tuesday when pressed was his insistence he would manage elsewhere after United because the days of a person staying at the club for decades were over. “The only thing that I said, and is true, and there was not misinterpretation of my words, is I am not going to end my career at Manchester United,” Mourinho said. “I ask how is it possible in modern football that any manager is going to last 15 or 20 years in the same club? I think [Arsene] Wenger [at Arsenal] is the last one to do that. “I think it is impossible for us, with everything that surrounds the job, with all the pressure that surrounds every job, to last for so long. “If in this moment I want to finish my career in two, three, four or five years, I would say, ‘Yes, my ambition is to end my career at Man United’. I think I’m going to be here 15 more years minimum in football [management]. I think it’s impossible to stay 17 years in the same club, it’s an impossible mission. “So, I don’t think I’m going to end my career at Manchester United. After that, some people try to be clever, malicious, and they say many different things. But the reality is simple – didn’t sign a new contract, but I am not thinking about leaving too.” Jose Mourinho during Tuesday's press conference Credit: GETTY IMAGES When asked about the option of extending his contract, though, Mourinho was evasive. “I don’t think there is an answer for that,” he said. “I’m not in conditions to answer that because I don’t think there is anything to answer. I have a contract and that’s it. “I have my contract that ends in May, June 2019? We are in October 2017, so I don’t know what to say and I think you don’t know what to say, too, because one day you say I am going to sign a five-year contract and the next day you say I’m leaving and going to Paris St-Germain. “The answer … is that nothing is happening, I’m not signing a new five-year contract, and I am not leaving for Paris St-Germain. The future in football is tomorrow.” Of much more immediate concern to Mourinho is the game against a struggling Benfica, when victory would give United nine points from nine and leave them in pole position to qualify early. Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick are all unavailable due to injury but Luke Shaw travelled to Lisbon on Monday, with United flying out a day early so Mourinho could see family, and is available for selection. Another defender, Marcos Rojo, was also a surprise inclusion in the travelling party, although Mourinho said he will not be able to play for another fortnight after six months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury. Jose Mourinho oversees Man Utd training Credit: ACTION IMAGES This will be United’s first run out since Mourinho attracted widespread criticism for his defensive approach during the goalless draw against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday. A withering look crossed Mourinho’s face when asked if the criticism was fair before he shut down any discussion of the matter. “I have just one comment – that’s none,” he said. “Actually, no comment.” Mourinho was forthcoming on the subject of Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren’s claims that he had been deliberately stamped on the head by United striker Romelu Lukaku. “You know, I read something but there is a big contradiction there because he [Lovren] says, ‘Let’s move on and forget what happened’ but then he spends 10 minutes speaking about what he thinks happened and didn’t happen, so for me, they are words without any meaning and the FA committee is there to analyse and make decisions. I have no comments,” Mourinho said. Benfica have won just two of their past seven matches and were thrashed 5-0 by Basel in their last Champions League outing after an opening 2-1 defeat at home to CSKA Moscow, but Ashley Young is convinced they will raise their game for the visit of United. “Obviously they haven’t got off to such a good start in the Champions League but when United turn up, it’s going to be a different story,” Young said.

Jose Mourinho: Ending my career at Manchester United is 'mission impossible'

Jose Mourinho has insisted he has no plans to leave Manchester United but admitted there had been no talks over a new contract. The United manager also sidestepped questions about his long-term future at Old Trafford and claimed it would be “mission impossible” to see out his career at the club ahead of their Champions League tie against Benfica in his ­native Portugal on Wednesday evening. Mourinho flirted publicly with Paris St-Germain in an interview in France at the weekend, around the same time reports emerged that he could walk out of United amid claims he was frustrated with ­executive vice-chairman Ed ­Woodward’s handling of the club. The Daily Telegraph reported in September Mourinho was expected to be approached over extending his contract next month, the mid-point of his existing deal, which would explain why there have been no talks yet. There is also the option in the contract to extend by a ­further 12 months to June 2020. Some fans will wonder whether the timing and nature of Mourinho’s interview with Telefoot, in which he admitted his son had recently chosen to watch PSG over United because it was a club that has a “magic about the place, youth and quality” and “something special right now”, as well as his reported discontent with Woodward, are merely an attempt to strengthen his hand when it comes to contract negotiations. Neymar left speechless by PSG move 00:35 But the only clarity Mourinho was prepared to offer over his future on Tuesday when pressed was his insistence he would manage elsewhere after United because the days of a person staying at the club for decades were over. “The only thing that I said, and is true, and there was not misinterpretation of my words, is I am not going to end my career at Manchester United,” Mourinho said. “I ask how is it possible in modern football that any manager is going to last 15 or 20 years in the same club? I think [Arsene] Wenger [at Arsenal] is the last one to do that. “I think it is impossible for us, with everything that surrounds the job, with all the pressure that surrounds every job, to last for so long. “If in this moment I want to finish my career in two, three, four or five years, I would say, ‘Yes, my ambition is to end my career at Man United’. I think I’m going to be here 15 more years minimum in football [management]. I think it’s impossible to stay 17 years in the same club, it’s an impossible mission. “So, I don’t think I’m going to end my career at Manchester United. After that, some people try to be clever, malicious, and they say many different things. But the reality is simple – didn’t sign a new contract, but I am not thinking about leaving too.” Jose Mourinho during Tuesday's press conference Credit: GETTY IMAGES When asked about the option of extending his contract, though, Mourinho was evasive. “I don’t think there is an answer for that,” he said. “I’m not in conditions to answer that because I don’t think there is anything to answer. I have a contract and that’s it. “I have my contract that ends in May, June 2019? We are in October 2017, so I don’t know what to say and I think you don’t know what to say, too, because one day you say I am going to sign a five-year contract and the next day you say I’m leaving and going to Paris St-Germain. “The answer … is that nothing is happening, I’m not signing a new five-year contract, and I am not leaving for Paris St-Germain. The future in football is tomorrow.” Of much more immediate concern to Mourinho is the game against a struggling Benfica, when victory would give United nine points from nine and leave them in pole position to qualify early. Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick are all unavailable due to injury but Luke Shaw travelled to Lisbon on Monday, with United flying out a day early so Mourinho could see family, and is available for selection. Another defender, Marcos Rojo, was also a surprise inclusion in the travelling party, although Mourinho said he will not be able to play for another fortnight after six months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury. Jose Mourinho oversees Man Utd training Credit: ACTION IMAGES This will be United’s first run out since Mourinho attracted widespread criticism for his defensive approach during the goalless draw against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday. A withering look crossed Mourinho’s face when asked if the criticism was fair before he shut down any discussion of the matter. “I have just one comment – that’s none,” he said. “Actually, no comment.” Mourinho was forthcoming on the subject of Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren’s claims that he had been deliberately stamped on the head by United striker Romelu Lukaku. “You know, I read something but there is a big contradiction there because he [Lovren] says, ‘Let’s move on and forget what happened’ but then he spends 10 minutes speaking about what he thinks happened and didn’t happen, so for me, they are words without any meaning and the FA committee is there to analyse and make decisions. I have no comments,” Mourinho said. Benfica have won just two of their past seven matches and were thrashed 5-0 by Basel in their last Champions League outing after an opening 2-1 defeat at home to CSKA Moscow, but Ashley Young is convinced they will raise their game for the visit of United. “Obviously they haven’t got off to such a good start in the Champions League but when United turn up, it’s going to be a different story,” Young said.

Kevin De Bruyne agent plans to use Neymar salary at PSG as negotiating tool to get Man City star huge pay rise

Kevin De Bruyne’s representatives plan to use Neymar’s eye-watering £32 million-a-year deal with Paris St-Germain as a negotiating platform when they sit down with Manchester City for talks over a new contract for the Belgium midfielder. De Bruyne has been in outstanding form for City this season and the club and player are keen to thrash out a new deal more reflective of his standing as one of the world’s best midfielders. The 26-year-old has just under four years left to run on the six-year contract he signed with City when he arrived from Wolfsburg for £55 million in 2015. De Bruyne’s existing deal is worth a basic £6 million a year but it is thought to be worth up to £15.6 million annually once a lucrative bonus scheme is factored in. Yet there is the prospect of De Bruyne standing to double his money at City and securing a deal closer to the £600,000 a week, including bonuses, that Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, earns at PSG. Kevin De Bruyne is arguably Man City's best player Credit: GETTY IMAGES Patrick De Koster, De Bruyne’s agent, admitted Neymar’s salary could be used as a negotiating tool. “In the coming months, I’ll meet with City to figure out how to improve and extend his contract,” De Koster told Radio CRC in Italy. “His salary? I cannot say. But if you think what Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe are being paid [at PSG], you can picture it...” De Bruyne, who was involved in all but two of the City goals in last Saturday’s 7-2 defeat of Stoke, is already being touted as a candidate for the leading individual awards this season but De Koster does not believe that is realistic while Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, of Real Madrid, remain on the scene. “He can’t expect to win the Ballon d’Or at the moment, he’s still far from footballers like Messi and CR7,” De Koster said. “Everything will depend on how much he can achieve with City, there’s still a big difference now.”

Kevin De Bruyne agent plans to use Neymar salary at PSG as negotiating tool to get Man City star huge pay rise

Kevin De Bruyne’s representatives plan to use Neymar’s eye-watering £32 million-a-year deal with Paris St-Germain as a negotiating platform when they sit down with Manchester City for talks over a new contract for the Belgium midfielder. De Bruyne has been in outstanding form for City this season and the club and player are keen to thrash out a new deal more reflective of his standing as one of the world’s best midfielders. The 26-year-old has just under four years left to run on the six-year contract he signed with City when he arrived from Wolfsburg for £55 million in 2015. De Bruyne’s existing deal is worth a basic £6 million a year but it is thought to be worth up to £15.6 million annually once a lucrative bonus scheme is factored in. Yet there is the prospect of De Bruyne standing to double his money at City and securing a deal closer to the £600,000 a week, including bonuses, that Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, earns at PSG. Kevin De Bruyne is arguably Man City's best player Credit: GETTY IMAGES Patrick De Koster, De Bruyne’s agent, admitted Neymar’s salary could be used as a negotiating tool. “In the coming months, I’ll meet with City to figure out how to improve and extend his contract,” De Koster told Radio CRC in Italy. “His salary? I cannot say. But if you think what Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe are being paid [at PSG], you can picture it...” De Bruyne, who was involved in all but two of the City goals in last Saturday’s 7-2 defeat of Stoke, is already being touted as a candidate for the leading individual awards this season but De Koster does not believe that is realistic while Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, of Real Madrid, remain on the scene. “He can’t expect to win the Ballon d’Or at the moment, he’s still far from footballers like Messi and CR7,” De Koster said. “Everything will depend on how much he can achieve with City, there’s still a big difference now.”

De Bruyne agent eyes Neymar, Mbappe-style wages for Manchester City star

The Belgium international midfielder's representative has suggested that his client is worth as much in wages as star turns at Paris Saint-Germain

De Bruyne agent eyes Neymar, Mbappe-style wages for Manchester City star

The Belgium international midfielder's representative has suggested that his client is worth as much in wages as star turns at Paris Saint-Germain

De Bruyne agent eyes Neymar, Mbappe-style wages for Manchester City star

The Belgium international midfielder's representative has suggested that his client is worth as much in wages as star turns at Paris Saint-Germain

De Bruyne agent eyes Neymar, Mbappe-style wages for Manchester City star

The Belgium international midfielder's representative has suggested that his client is worth as much in wages as star turns at Paris Saint-Germain

De Bruyne agent eyes Neymar, Mbappe-style wages for Manchester City star

The Belgium international midfielder's representative has suggested that his client is worth as much in wages as star turns at Paris Saint-Germain

De Bruyne agent eyes Neymar, Mbappe-style wages for Manchester City star

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne's agent has suggested his client is worth as much in wages as Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

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'Messi is the best in the world' - Paulinho hails Barca star, while tipping Neymar to inherit crown

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