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UEFA Champions League full-time snapshot: Chelsea’s first Mourinho-esque night, Barça keeps 82 percent possession

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It’s been a while since fans of English soccer were able to read this: It was a big day in Champions League for the Premier League. The circuit that’s seen their clubs struggle in recent tournaments posted a combined 6-0 in their two Tuesday matches, with Chelsea rebounding from opening round embarrassment while Arsenal posted one of the most impressive results of the young tournament.

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We talked about Arsenal in a previous post, but for Chelsea, this was the first truly Mourinho-esque performance since their former boss returned this summer. On the road against an inferior opponent, Chelsea dominating from the beginning, the benefits of which truly emerged near the half-hour mark, after Ramires had already put them up one. Spending much of the half ripping apart Steaua’s right side, Chelsea doubled their lead just before intermission through a Daniel Georgievski own goal. Ramires and a Frank Lampard special in the second half gave the Blues a 4-0 win.

Borussia Dortmund were also on the right side of a route, downing Marseille 3-0, with Atlético Madrid putting up the day’s other impressive result, coming back from an early Jackson Martínez goal to post the first Champions League road win at Porto since 2009.  Diego Godín and Arda Turan goals kept the Colchoneros unbeaten on the year, earning Diego Simeone’s side a 2-1 win at the Dragão.

In the day’s other games, Barcelona and Schalke got road wins while Austria Wien and AC Milan earned valuable road draws. Barcelona’s result was noteworthy not only for its close nature, a Cesc Fabregas second half goal against 10 men the game’s only score, but also for the lopsided possession number: 82-18 in Barça’s favor.

Here are all the numbers, courtesy Opta and WhoScored.com:

Group Home-Road Score Shots Shots
on Goal
Possession
E Steaua Bucharest-Chelsea 0-4
10-21 3-9
43-57
E Basel-Schalke 0-1 9-8 1-1 56-44
F Arsenal-Napoli 2-0 9-13 4-1 63-37
F Borussia Dortmund-Marseille 3-0 19-7 11-2 43-57
G Zenit St. Petersburg-Austria Wein [FINAL] 0-0 19-18 4-5 57-43
G Porto-Atlético Madrid 1-2 14-11 4-4 59-41
H Celtic-Barcelona 0-1 5-13 2-5 18-82
H Ajax-Milan 1-1 10-7 6-5 59-41

Sassuolo’s victory over Pescara reversed to 3-0 loss

REGGIO NELL'EMILIA, ITALY - AUGUST 28:  (L-R)  Alessandro Matri of US Sassuolo competes for the ball with Cristiano Biraghi of Pescara Calcio during the Serie A match between US Sassuolo and Pescara Calcio at Mapei Stadium - Citta' del Tricolore on August 28, 2016 in Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy.  (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)
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MILAN (AP) Sassuolo’s victory over Pescara has been reversed to a 3-0 loss.

Sassuolo won Sunday’s Serie A match 2-1 but the league now says it fielded an ineligible player.

The league says the paperwork for the signing of Antonino Ragusa, who played the final 25 minutes, had not been filed by noon the day before the match – as its rules demand.

Sassuolo says it followed the rules and will appeal.

The club was one of four teams to win both its opening matches, along with Genoa, Juventus and Sampdoria.

Report: Wilshere being chased by at least 22 clubs

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Jack Wilshere won’t be with Arsenal following Wednesday’s transfer deadline, however, where the Gunners midfielder lands is yet to be seen.

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According to Daily Mail, as many as 22 clubs are in the mix to acquire Wilshere on loan, including various Premier League sides.

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While Daily Mail suggests that Crystal Palace is among the leaders to bring in the 24-year-old center midfielder this season, Bournemouth and Watford are also said to be in the mix to sign the playmaker.

Manager Arsene Wenger reportedly won’t allow the Englishman to go to any of the top four sides in England and also hopes that Wilshere lands outside of the UK .

Wilshere is also being chased by foreign clubs including Serie A sides Juventus and Roma.

The Gunners have been active as the deadline heads down its final hours, with Lucas Perez of Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi both joining the club on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, young defender Calum Chambers has joined Middlesbrough on loan and Serge Gnarby is reportedly close to joining Werder Bremen after drawing significant interest from Bundesliga sides.

US women will host Switzerland twice in October

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12:  Alex Morgan #13 of United States celebrates her goal to tie the game with teammates Mallory Pugh #2, Crystal Dunn #16 and Carli Lloyd #10 in the second half against Sweden during the Women's Football Quarterfinal match at Mane Garrincha Stadium on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 12, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Celso Junior/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO (AP) The U.S. women’s national team will host Switzerland for two matches this October in Minneapolis and Utah.

The matches for the defending World Cup champions are set for Oct. 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Oct. 23.

The U.S. team has played Switzerland just twice before, with the Americans winning both matches.

The United States is also facing Thailand on Sept. 15 in Columbus, Ohio, before playing the Netherlands in Atlanta on Sept. 18.

The team will be without goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was suspended from the team for six months following comments she made at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The United States was ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals for the team’s earliest-ever exit at the Olympics.

Report: Florentin Pogba could join brother in Premier League

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Just incase you were unaware, there’s another Pogba. And he too could be playing in the Premier League very soon.

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While it was Paul Pogba that stole the spotlight when he returned to Manchester United for a world-record transfer fee, Florentin — his 26-year-old brother — is drawing interest from England’s top flight.

According to the Sun, David Moyes and Sunderland are launching an $8.5 million bid for the St Etienne defender as a potential replacement for Lamine Kone. The Black Cats still anticipate that Kone will exit the Stadium of Light this season after handing in a transfer request earlier this month.

Pogba has played with the Ligue 1 club since 2012 after joining from lower-division club Sedan. Additionally, the centerback has made 13 appearances for Guinea at the international level.