Real Betis on an emotional night at the Nou Camp

The Spanish giants were playing for the first time since the terror attack in the city on Thursday and both teams paid their respects to the victims with a minute’s silence before kick off.

Barcelona took the lead in the game when Alin Tosca deflected Gerard Deulofeu’s cross into his own net.

Sergi Roberto then swept in a second.

It was a much-needed result for Barcelona after a difficult start to their season. Forward Neymar left the club to join Paris St-Germain in the summer before they were beaten 5-1 on aggregate by rivals Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.

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Lionel Messi, the focal point of the Barcelona forward line in the absence of Neymar and the injured Luis Suarez, hit the woodwork three times as he pursued his 350th La Liga goal.

But it was former Everton forward Deulofeu who made the difference, providing the assist for Roberto’s goal after his cross had led to the opener.

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There was a defiant attitude among the 56,480 supporters inside the 99,000-capacity stadium after Thursday’s events.

Chants of “we are not afraid” rang out around the Nou Camp after the minute’s silence, while there was a banner in the stands that read “No-one can ever break us”.

Both teams also wore black armbands, while Barcelona’s shirts had the city’s name on the back, rather than the players’ surnames, in tribute to the victims.

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Marcelo Bielsa: Why Lille boss could be most influential coach in world

Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino will be big rivals in the Premier League this season, but they have one thing in common; they both call Marcelo Bielsa the “best coach in the world”.

This is the era of the “super manager” in the English top flight: Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp, Arsene Wenger, Antonio Conte, Pochettino and Guardiola.

And although Bielsa’s trophy cabinet might be on the light side, arguably none of them can claim to be more influential in football than the 62-year-old former Chile and Argentina boss, who is now head coach of Lille in France.

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Women’s Euro 2017

Women’s Euro 2017: Jodie Taylor goes from England outcast to Golden Boot contender England striker Jodie Taylor is three goals clear at the top of the Women’s Euro 2017 scoring chartsWomen’s Euro 2017 semi-final: Netherlands v EnglandVenue: Enschede, the Netherlands Date: Thursday, 3 August Kick-off: 19:45 BSTCoverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live and online; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website; live on Channel Four

After being overlooked by England for almost a decade, the chances of Jodie Taylor proving herself a "world-class" striker at a major tournament seemed remote.

But at 31, the top scorer at Women’s Euro 2017 has joined Sir Geoff Hurst and Gary Lineker in becoming the only England players to score hat-tricks at major tournaments.

After a nomadic career which has taken her to 12 clubs in five countries and tested her self-belief to the limit, Taylor is now sleeping with the match ball after her treble in the famous 6-0 win over Scotland.

She also scored the winner as England finally beat France after a 43-year wait to move into the last four.

So why did it take so long for the Arsenal striker to belong in such elite company, and how did she get here?

From out in the cold to red hot

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While Taylor has looked a natural so far in the Netherlands – scoring five goals in three starts – it is only four years since she was in the international wilderness.

Consistently overlooked by then England manager Hope Powell, an uncapped Taylor watched Euro 2013 from the stands.

The tournament was a low point for the Lionesses – they finished bottom of their group and had the worst record of any side in the competition – but it proved a defining moment for Taylor.

"I was playing in Sweden at the time for Goteborg FC and a lot of my team-mates were representing Sweden. I remember sitting and watching in one of the stadiums and thinking, ‘I know I should be at the Euros’," Taylor said.

"In the past I maybe didn’t feel quite so valued by certain people but it was probably the first time where I thought, regardless of what anyone else says, I know I deserve to be here."

Fast forward four years and that judgement has proved right.

So why was she overlooked for so long?

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Arsene Wenger says Alexis Sanchez to miss Arsenal opener against Leicester

Arsene Wenger has confirmed Alexis Sanchez will miss Arsenal’s opening Premier League match of the season against Leicester after suffering an abdominal strain in training.

The Gunners will be without the Chilean when Craig Shakespeare’s side travel to the Emirates on Friday night, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

Sanchez sustained the injury during a training session ahead of the Community Shield on Sunday and Wenger admits he is unsure how long the 28-year-old will be out of action, although he believes Sanchez is likely to miss the club’s first away game of the campaign against Stoke on August 19.

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before Roarie Deacon missed the crucial last kick to hand the visitors victory.

Harry Lewis saved Roarie Deacon’s penalty to secure a bonus point for United

Dundee United beat Dundee on penalties to win Group C in the Scottish League Cup first round.

And they will meet again after being paired together in the second round.

Billy King hit the post for the visitors and, just before half-time, Paul McMullan finished a neat move involving Scott Fraser and Sam Stanton.

Mark O’Hara drew Dundee level when Scott Allan’s low cross picked him out, and Jack Hendry almost won it at the death with a header off the post.

The game was settled by spot-kicks to determine who got the bonus point to secure top spot.

Dundee’s Faissal El Bakhtaoui and United’s Logan Chalmers saw their efforts saved, before Roarie Deacon missed the crucial last kick to hand the visitors victory.

But Dundee reached the last 16 as one of the four best group runners-up and will host their city rivals again on 8 or 9 August.

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It was a derby that took its time to get going, not helped by some torrential rain that made it a mistake-fest for periods. Dundee had their new striker, Sofien Moussa, up front and with five goals in his first three games there was much expected of the big Tunisian.

Dundee had the majority of possession in the opening half but could do precious little with it. Out on the right they had Deacon, a livewire who had the beating of Tam Scobbie all day. What Deacon did not have was a modicum of composure and accuracy when delivering the ball into the box. That was a recurring theme of the day.

Time and time again he failed to beat the first United defender. Moussa’s tongue was practically hanging out of his head in anticipation of a ball he could attack.

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Nemanja Matic: Chelsea might have given Man Utd ‘last piece of jigsaw’ From the section Football

Chelsea may have handed Manchester United “the last part of the jigsaw” by selling them midfielder Nemanja Matic, says former England striker Ian Wright.

The 29-year-old Serb, who joined for £40m, was United’s third summer buy after Benfica defender Victor Lindelof and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.

Chelsea won the Premier League title last season, finishing 24 points clear of sixth-placed United.

“Right now Chelsea are in a worse position than last year,” added Wright.

As well as selling Matic, Chelsea have told Spain striker Diego Costa he is free to leave, decided not to offer a new contract to veteran skipper John Terry and sold back-up keeper Asmir Begovic to Bournemouth.

The Blues have signed Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, Roma defender Antonio Rudiger and former Manchester City keeper Willy Caballero.

“They have signed Bakayoko from Monaco to replace Matic, but he has to come in and hit the ground running because Chelsea want to go far in the Champions League and defend the Premier League trophy,” Wright told BBC Radio 5 live’s Monday Night Club.

“They are getting rid of players who are experienced and from who you know exactly what you’re going to get.”

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Coutinho on his way out of Anfield?

Unsurprisingly for Liverpool fans the transfer gossip at Anfield this morning focuses on the future of Philippe Coutinho.

The Daily Star claim Barcelona will offer Liverpool £120m to sign the Brazilian following the sale of his international compatriot to Paris St-Germain last week.

But the Daily Express have cited overnight reports from ESPN Brazil which claim the Reds have accepted a £90m from Barcelona for Coutinho.

The Daily Mirror reckon Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is ready to accept the club’s refusal to sell him and will see out the final year of his contract before leaving on a free transfer next year.

The same story in the Mirror also states that Arsenal remain “in talks” with Monaco over a deal for Thomas Lemar.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, is quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph that players will be leaving before the end of the transfer window because the squad is too big.

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored within 11 minutes of coming on as Everton reached the Europa League play-off round with a 2-0 aggregate win over MFK Ruzomberok.

Calvert-Lewin, who scored the winner in England’s Under-20 World Cup final win, broke the deadlock in the 80th minute with a low angled strike from 12 yards.

Everton had barely threatened prior to the goal with Morgan Schneiderlin going closest with a header.

Maybe Dominic feels a bit more comfortable as one of two strikers

Everton manager Ronald Koeman
Dominik Kruzliak headed over for Ruzomberok early in the match.

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That and a strike from Czech winger Erik Daniel, which whistled past the Everton post, were the only efforts to trouble keeper Jordan Pickford, who was making his debut following his £30m summer move from Sunderland.

At the other end, keeper Matus Macik also had a quiet evening, with Everton – who won the first leg 1-0 – rarely troubling the Slovak defence.

Tom Davies was the only player to stand out in the Toffees attack.

He twice picked out team-mates with good passes, however both Wayne Rooney and Michael Keane wasted their chances when in good positions.

Everton’s best effort prior to the goal fell to French midfielder Schneiderlin, who should have done better with a header from Sandro Ramirez’s corner.

The breakthrough finally came with 10 minutes of normal time remaining. Another summer signing, Davy Klaassen, played in substitute Calvert-Lewin on the right who struck a low first-time effort past the reach of Macik.

The draw for the play-off round takes place on Friday at 12:00 BST. The ties will be played on 17 and 24 August, with the 22 winners going into the Europa League group stage.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman praised Calvert-Lewin, suggesting which role might suit the 20-year-old in the team.

“Maybe Dominic feels a bit more comfortable as one of two strikers. He’s strong, he’s fast and he scored a great goal,” said the Dutchman.

“It was a physical game and 90 minutes that the players needed. We are through to the next round and I’m really happy.”

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