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Extinction Rebellion: Celebrity backers admit ‘hypocrisy’

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Hundreds defied the protest ban to gather in Trafalgar Square

Celebrity Extinction Rebellion supporters have admitted in an open letter being “hypocrites” over their high-carbon lifestyles.

But stars including Benedict Cumberbatch, who last week joined London protests, called for “systemic change” to the “fossil-fuel economy”.

It comes as Extinction Rebellion was granted permission to challenge a London-wide protest ban in court.

Several demonstrators have been arrested as hundreds defied the ban.

More than 100 celebrity supporters of Extinction Rebellion signed the letter to the media, which urges the media to focus on “the real story” of the climate and ecological emergency.

Spice Girl Mel B, comedian Steve Coogan, musician Bob Geldof, actor Sir Mark Rylance, model Lily Cole and Glastonbury’s Emily Eavis, among others, all confessed their culpability in the climate crisis.

The letter says: “Dear journalists who have called us hypocrites. You’re right.

“We live high carbon lives and the industries that we are part of have huge carbon footprints.

“Like you, and everyone else, we are stuck in this fossil-fuel economy and without systemic change, our lifestyles will keep on causing climate and ecological harm.”

But they called on the media to focus on the “more urgent story” of life on earth dying in a sixth mass extinction.

They said they cannot ignore the call of young people such as Greta Thunberg to “fight for their already devastated future”, even if it means putting themselves “in your firing line”.

Protest ban

Meanwhile, the prime minister is to chair a new cabinet committee on climate change to drive action to cut emissions across the government. Green groups have been calling for such top-level co-ordination – although they remain critical of other policy details.

It comes as police have begun making arrests after Extinction Rebellion activists defied an order banning them from demonstrating anywhere in London.

About 500 protesters gathered in Trafalgar Square, some of whom covered their mouths with black tape to symbolise the silencing of their protest.

Within a couple of hours, the protest broke up and large numbers dispersed. Police arrested a small group who were blocking Whitehall, BBC correspondent Andy Moore said.

Among those arrested were Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley and George Monbiot, the author and Guardian journalist.

As he was arrested, Mr Monbiot said: “We have to make a stand against the destruction of our life support systems.”

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Author George Monbiot was arrested after refusing to move from the road at Whitehall

An application for a judicial review of the ban was accepted by the High Court, according to an Extinction Rebellion spokesman.

It means the case can go ahead, with an initial hearing scheduled for Thursday.

The claimants include the Green Party’s Caroline Lucas and Baroness Jenny Jones, Labour MPs Clive Lewis and David Drew, and Mr Monbiot.

Extinction Rebellion argues the ban is disproportionate and an unprecedented curtailment of the right to free speech and free assembly.

The group hopes the High Court will quash the decision to implement the blanket ban.

It follows the Metropolitan Police announcing new restrictions under Section 14 of the Public Order Act, which required protesters to disperse by 21:00 BST or risk arrest.

Any assembly of more than two people linked to the Extinction Rebellion action is now illegal in London.

The force said it decided to impose the rules after “continued breaches” of conditions which limited the demonstrations to Trafalgar Square.

More than 1,600 people have been arrested since the protests, dubbed the Autumn Uprising, began on October 7.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor, who is leading the policing of the demonstrations, said he was confident the Met’s decision was “entirely lawful” and “entirely proportionate”.

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Dozens of mothers and babies defied the ban to protest outside Google’s London HQ

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The mothers wore sashes saying “their future” as they cradled their children

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A large group of protesters gathered outside YouTube’s offices in London’s King’s Cross

Also on Wednesday, a group of mothers and babies defied the restriction, staging a “feed-in” outside Google’s offices in London’s King’s Cross, while other activists targeted the nearby offices of YouTube – a Google subsidiary.

They said they wanted to highlight the company’s political donations to organisations that have campaigned against action on climate change.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said concerns had been raised about the police’s decision to ban the protests, adding that shadow home secretary Diane Abbott was discussing it with the police.

“I think it’s important to protect the right of free speech, and the right to demonstrate in our society – obviously in a non-violent way,” he said.

He added that Labour’s London Mayor Sadiq Khan had no involvement in the “operational decision” by police to remove the protesters.

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The Mayor of Woodbridge, Green Party member Eamonn O’Nolan, was part of the protest

On Tuesday, Mr Khan said he was “seeking further information” about why the ban was necessary, saying he believed “the right to peaceful and lawful protest must always be upheld”.

A government spokesman said the UK was already taking “world-leading action to combat climate change as the first major economy to legislate to end our contribution to global warming entirely by 2050”.

“While we share people’s concerns about global warming, and respect the right to peaceful protest, it should not disrupt people’s day-to-day lives,” he added.

What are the rules around protests?

Police have the powers to ban a protest under the Public Order Act 1986, if a senior officer has reasonable belief that it may cause “serious disruption to the life of the community”.

Police are also under a duty to balance the task of keeping the streets open with the right freedom of assembly under Article 11 of the Human Rights Act 1998 and freedom of expression, under Article 10. These rights are not absolute – the state can curtail them.

However, the BBC’s home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani said: “The test, if and when it gets to a human rights court battle, is whether police action was proportionate to the threat and only what was strictly necessary.”

By law, the organiser of a public march must tell the police certain information in writing six days in advance.

Police have the power to limit or change the route of the march or set other conditions.

A Section 14 notice issued under the Public Order Act allows police to impose conditions on a static protest and individuals who fail to comply with these can be arrested.

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Soho murder: Drug addict guilty of stabbing friend to death

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Joe Gynane was found guilty of stabbing a man to death before using the blood-stained blade to attack a teenage boy in Soho.

A “dangerous” drug addict has been found guilty of murdering his friend in a pub doorway in London.

Joe Gynane fatally injured Mohamed Elmi, 37, with a large kitchen knife in the doorway of the Coach and Horses pub in Soho, at about 06.00 GMT on 3 March.

Hours later he used the “blood-stained blade” to seriously injure a 16-year-old boy near Tottenham Court Road.

The 34-year-old, of no fixed abode, was found guilty of Mr Elmi’s murder at the Old Bailey, on Wednesday.

Gynane was also found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to the unnamed teenager.

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Mohamed Elmi was stabbed in the doorway of the Coach and Horses pub on Romily Street in Soho

Gynane and Mr Elmi had spent parts of the early morning together walking around Soho, smoking and taking drugs with a group of people, the court heard.

The defendant admitted he had taken heroin, crack cocaine and spice.

Prosecutor Gareth Patterson QC told jurors: “In his first knife attack he fatally stabbed a man called Mohamed Elmi in Soho.

“In a short but deadly assault in the doorway of a pub he stabbed him repeatedly using a large kitchen knife.”

The court heard Gynane was a “dangerous” man with previous convictions for robbery and several assaults.

Gynane, of Wimbledon, south-west London, denied murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He claimed diminished responsibility on the basis he was suffering from “misuse syndrome” – the effects of the misuse of drugs – and a personality disorder.

Judge Richard Foster remanded the defendant into custody to be sentenced on Thursday afternoon.

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Lille 1-2 Chelsea: Willian volley earns Champions League win in France

Chelsea named four players in the starting line-up aged 22 or younger

Willian’s excellent second-half volley gave Chelsea victory over Lille in their second Champions League group stage match in France.

The Brazilian put away substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross in the 77th minute after Victor Osimhen had cancelled out Tammy Abraham’s opener.

Chelsea sit third in Group H following Ajax’s 3-0 win over Valencia.

However, they have kept just one clean sheet in 11 games under manager Frank Lampard, and none away from home.

The Blues lined up in a 3-4-2-1 formation as Lampard handed starts to 19-year-old Reece James and Fikayo Tomori, 21.

Both impressed but Lille were a threat throughout, and came close on several occasions in the second half.

Goalscorer Osimhen, bought as a summer replacement for Arsenal-bound Nicolas Pepe, caused problems in the air and it was his header which brought Lille level only 11 minutes after Abraham had given Chelsea the lead.

Benjamin Andre’s header was tipped past the post by Kepa Arrizabalaga, and the Chelsea keeper had a couple of nervous moments when he was forced to come out to the edge of the box to stop quick counter-attacks.

But Chelsea were the better side and deserved victory – Jorginho smacked the outside of the right post with a curling effort in the first half and Mason Mount was denied from close range after the break.

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Abraham has scored eight goals in 10 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea this season

It was another test for Chelsea’s young squad, with four players in the starting XI who had played in the Championship last season.

Abraham, who turned 22 on Wednesday, was one of those, having spent 2018-19 on loan at Aston Villa.

He has impressed hugely since his return to Stamford Bridge, netting seven goals in as many Premier League games and picking up an assist in the Uefa Super Cup defeat by Liverpool.

And he was on the scoresheet again in France, bringing down Tomori’s diagonal cross with an exquisite touch before sorting out his feet and coolly slotting into the bottom right corner.

It was the first time since March 2012 that two Englishmen combined to score in the Champions League for Chelsea – the last when current boss Lampard set up John Terry – and Abraham will be hoping for a call-up to his country’s senior side when the squad is named on Thursday.

James became the first teenager to start for Chelsea in the Champions League since Ruben Loftus-Cheek in 2015 and was a threat from right wing-back – delivering dangerous crosses and using his pace to exploit the space in behind.

And Tomori was excellent at the back, while also recording his assist.

Willian’s experience proves decisive

In a season where Chelsea’s youngsters have impressed, it was 31-year-old Willian who provided the quality needed to win in Europe.

The technique in his volley was exquisite as he watched 18-year-old Hudson-Odoi’s cross fly onto his boot before he fired it into the ground and over the keeper.

The goal was his first in Europe since March, and his second in the space of five days after he netted against Brighton at Stamford Bridge.

It had taken him eight months to score in the Premier League, but he finished with a game-high six shots against the Seagulls.

Willian was a threat all evening in France too, whipping in dangerous crosses for Mount and Abraham before eventually scoring the winner.

“It’s never an easy place to play and Willian scores a worldie – no surprise there,” Abraham told BT Sport.

Man of the match – Willian

Willian’s goal was his 18th in the Champions League. He is the ninth Brazilian to reach this landmark

‘Tomori was outstanding’

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard on BT Sport: “It feels really good. This was a really hard place to come, added to the pressure of not beating Valencia. And it was the first time for a few travelling in Europe.

“Tomori was outstanding again. He has to keep on with that. Now Ajax have set their stall out in the group. This gives us confidence and points. Now the hard work begins.”

Abraham is a man in form – best of the stats

  • Chelsea ended a run of four games without a Champions League win (D2 L2), picking up their first victory in the competition since November 2017 (4-0 v Qarabag).
  • Lille are winless in their last nine home Champions League games (D3 L6), losing each of their last four.
  • In the 68 games that Frank Lampard has managed Derby and Chelsea in all competitions, his teams have only kept a clean sheet in 22% of their matches (15 out of 68).
  • Across all competitions, only Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling (nine) has scored more goals for an English club than Chelsea’s Abraham (eight) in 2019-20.
  • Since making his Champions League debut for Chelsea in September 2013, Willian has been directly involved in more goals than any other player for the club (15 – 10 goals and five assists).



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Chelsea 7-1 Grimsby Town: Reece James impresses on debut

Reece James scored three goals on loan at Wigan last season

Teenager Reece James scored and set up two goals on his full debut as Chelsea thrashed League Two side Grimsby Town in the Carabao Cup third round.

James, 19, set up Michy Batshuayi in the seventh minute before his superb cross was tapped in by Kurt Zouma.

He added Chelsea’s fifth late in the second half before Batshuayi slotted home his second goal.

Chelsea’s Ross Barkley and Callum Hudson-Odoi also scored, while Grimsby’s Matt Green netted a volley.

The Blues take on Premier League rivals Manchester United in the next round after they scraped past League One side Rochdale in a penalty shootout.

It is the fourth successive season in which they face United in a cup competition.

Manager Frank Lampard changed the entire starting XI following Chelsea’s defeat by Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday, but there were several big names included.

Batshuayi has played just 32 minutes in the league this season and was on the scoresheet for the first time since January 2018.

He was joined in the starting line-up by £58m signing Christian Pulisic and 18-year-old England international Hudson-Odoi – the latter returning from an Achilles injury suffered in April.

But it was James who impressed the most – linking up with Batshuayi in the build-up to the second goal and setting up Zouma with a superb cross from the outside of his boot after the break.

Grimsby’s 32-year-old striker Green gave more than 5,000 travelling fans a glimpse of hope at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea were caught out by a long ball in the 19th minute, but from then on the hosts dominated.

Aside from an early volley from Elliott Whitehouse, Chelsea keeper Willy Caballero was barely troubled and the Blues recorded their 12th successive victory against a team from outside the Premier League in this competition.



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West Ham v Tottenham in WSL: About 20,000 fans expected for London Stadium game

West Ham Women usually play their home games at Rush Green Stadium

About 20,000 fans are expected at Sunday’s Women’s Super League game between West Ham and Tottenham at the London Stadium, Jack Sullivan has said.

The Hammers’ women’s side will be playing at the 60,000-seater stadium for the first time.

Both sides have won once and lost once in the WSL this term.

“We have either sold, or given away to local community groups and schools, just under 20,000 tickets,” said West Ham women’s managing director Sullivan.

“I think we’ll get maybe just over 20,000 there, and considering we only had five weeks to sell it, we’re pretty happy with that number.”

Such a turnout would be the third-largest in the WSL era, which began in 2011, and comfortably a club record for West Ham’s women.

They usually play at Rush Green Stadium, on the site of West Ham’s Rush Green training ground near Romford.

A crowd of 1,297 saw their first home league game of this season – the 1-0 win over Birmingham on 15 September.

Sullivan added: “It’ll be a really amazing occasion for us but they are the sort of numbers we’re hoping for, which will fill the lower bowl and just a bit above that as well.

“It’s an exciting week off the back of the men’s team beating Manchester United as well, so hopefully there’s a feel good factor around the club and we can kick on with those numbers.”

Manchester City, Chelsea and Bristol City all hosted matches at the home of their male team’s ground during the opening weekend of the WSL season, with attendances of 31,213, 24,564 and 3,041 respectively.

The turnout at the Etihad Stadium smashed – by almost a factor of six – the previous league record, which had been the 5,265 that saw Arsenal clinch last season’s title at Brighton’s Amex Stadium.

Spurs, who were promoted to the WSL from the Championship at the end of last term, will host the Gunners at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 17 November, during the Football Association’s first annual Women’s Football Weekend.

BBC Sport has launched #ChangeTheGame to showcase female athletes in a way they never have been before. Through more live women’s sport available to watch across the BBC in 2019, complemented by our journalism, we are aiming to turn up the volume on women’s sport and alter perceptions. Find out more here.

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Leicester 2-1 Tottenham: James Maddison fires Foxes past Spurs

James Maddison’s long-range finish helped Leicester come from behind and extend Spurs’ miserable record away from home

James Maddison’s first league goal of the season helped Leicester come from behind to beat Tottenham in an absorbing encounter at the King Power Stadium.

Maddison drilled a superb low effort into the far corner from distance to lift Brendan Rodgers’ side back into the top four of the Premier League at the visitors’ expense.

Ricardo Pereira had put the Foxes back on level terms, moments after Spurs had been denied a second goal when Serge Aurier’s low drive was disallowed for a marginal offside call against Son Heung-min.

Harry Kane’s fourth league goal of the campaign had given Spurs the lead in the first half, the England striker slotting Son’s clever flick beyond Kasper Schmeichel despite being knocked off balance by Foxes defender Caglar Soyuncu.

Leicester thought they had opened the scoring themselves when Wilfred Ndidi scored on the rebound after Paulo Gazzaniga spilled Youri Tielemans’ effort, but the goal was ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee.

Tightest of VAR calls denies Spurs

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino accused his players of “lacking fight” after they surrendered a two-goal lead to draw with Olympiakos in the Champions League midweek.

The result mirrored their 2-2 draw with north London rivals Arsenal in their previous away league game, with Kane admitting after Wednesday’s Group B opener that Spurs had failed to learn from recent mistakes.

Pochettino made six changes to the team that started in Greece, with Hugo Lloris unavailable due to his wife giving birth and Dele Alli left out of the squad altogether. Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura and Eric Dier all had to settle for places on the bench.

Perhaps as a result, the visitors looked disjointed in the early stages and were fortunate not to fall behind when Ndidi’s effort was chalked off.

There was nothing fortunate about Kane’s opener 13 minutes later, however.

The England striker managed to latch on to Son’s back-heel and despite losing his balance under Soyuncu’s challenge, he somehow managed to knock the ball past Jonny Evans before lifting it over Schmeichel into the far corner.

Spurs thought they had doubled their lead when Aurier drilled a powerful drive into the far corner, but Son was adjudged to have been marginally offside in the build-up and the goal was chalked off.

Buoyed by that narrow decision, Leicester threw bodies forward and restored parity through Pereira, before Maddison struck with five minutes remaining to extend Spurs’ winless league run away from home to nine games.

Leicester prove top-six credentials

After watching the Foxes slip to their first defeat of the campaign at Old Trafford last weekend, Leicester fans were hopeful that their team could continue their impressive home form against a Spurs side who have looked vulnerable on their travels of late.

They had lost their last three meetings with Tottenham in the Premier League prior to today’s game, but this latest performance provided further compelling evidence that Rodgers’ team can mount a serious challenge for a top-six finish this season.

Maddison was heavily involved early on, the 22-year-old curling an effort narrowly off target from the edge of the box before firing straight at Gazzaniga from a tight angle after twisting and turning to find room for the shot.

Rodgers’ side did not let their heads drop after falling behind, with Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy both going close to equalising before Pereira’s strike midway through the second half.

Just as the game appeared destined to end in a draw, Maddison collected Hamza Choudhury’s pass before firing low into the bottom corner from a central position – all in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate.

The result was no less than Maddison and his team-mates deserve and lifts the Foxes – temporarily at least – to second in the Premier League.

Man of the match – James Maddison (Leicester)

As well as his goal, Maddison also attempted more shots (four) and played more key passes (two) than any of his Leicester team-mates

VAR takes centre stage – the stats

  • There were two goals disallowed by VAR in this match, while no other game in the Premier League in 2019-20 has had more than one chalked off.
  • Tottenham have failed to win three consecutive away Premier League games when they were leading at half-time for the first time since March 2008.
  • Leicester have suffered just one defeat in their last nine Premier League home games (W6 D2), after losing four in a row directly before that.
  • Tottenham are without a win in their last nine away games in the Premier League (W0 D2 L7) – they last had a longer winless away run between April and December 2006 (10).
  • Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira scored his third goal in 41 Premier League appearances – all three have come at the King Power Stadium.
  • Tottenham striker Harry Kane has scored 14 goals in 13 games in all competitions against Leicester, four more than he has versus any other side in his professional career.
  • Since the start of last season, Kane has scored 13 Premier League away goals, more than any other player in this period.
  • Leicester’s James Maddison ended a run of 31 shots in the Premier League without a goal, since netting versus Huddersfield in April.
  • Spurs’ Son Heung-min has been directly involved in seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances versus Leicester (4 goals, 3 assists).

‘A wonderful performance’ – what the managers said

Leicester 2-1 Tottenham: Brendan Rodgers praises ‘outstanding’ Foxes

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers on BBC Sport: “It was a wonderful performance. I thought the players were outstanding. We started the game with a great tempo, which sets the emotion in the stadium.

“It was just a case of preparing the players mentally for the second half. We had to adapt the system at half-time. The players deserve huge credit. The quality we showed was top-class against an outstanding team.”

“Some of the offside decisions – it’s fine margins. Whatever the decision, you have to adapt and keep your focus on the game. The players did that very well.”

Leicester 2-1 Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino refuses to criticise VAR after defeat

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on BBC Sport: “We dominated the game and we deserved more but that’s football. It can change quickly. We need to keep working. We have a lot of games coming and we need to be ready.

“I’m always saying that sometimes it (VAR) benefits you and sometimes it goes against you. You can’t complain afterwards. You have to accept it.

“Today, we were the better side but I hope they (Leicester) have a very good season. I admire Brendan Rodgers and wish them the best.”

What’s next?

Leicester travel to Luton Town in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, 24 September (19:45 BST), while Spurs visit Colchester United at the same time.



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Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3 Arsenal: Gunners begin Europa League with win in Germany

Arsenal lost against Chelsea in last year’s Europa League final

Goals from academy gradates Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka helped Arsenal overcome a difficult test against Eintracht Frankfurt and begin their Europa League campaign with a victory.

Willock put the Gunners in front with a deflected shot in the first half before Saka smashed in his first senior goal for the club in the 85th minute.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added a third two minutes later as Arsenal ended their three-game winless run.

The Gunners had created further chances but also relied on goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to come to the aid of their fragile defence.

The Argentine produced excellent low saves to deny Filip Kostic and Andre Silva in the first half.

The second period was frantic in front of a vociferous home crowd with Arsenal’s late goals only coming after Dominik Kohr was shown a second yellow card for a cynical foul.

The Gunners, beaten finalists in last year’s Europa League, are top of the early Group F table on goal difference after Standard Liege beat Vitoria in the night’s other game.

Youngsters star in attack

Bukayo Saka (right) was one of three Arsenal academy products in the starting line-up, along with Joe Willock and Emile Smith Rowe

Manager Unai Emery opted for a mix of youth and experience for the game in Germany, despite it arguably being Arsenal’s toughest test in Group F, and it was their young players who stood out.

Eighteen-year-old Saka, playing for the first team for the first time this season and fifth time in total, was excellent on the left flank, scoring once and setting up the other two goals.

He created Willock’s goal by beating his marker with fine skill in midfield and was the main threat for the Gunners in the first half.

The only criticism was he spurned a number of chances to increase Arsenal’s lead but he silenced those doubts with an emphatic finish from the edge of the area late on.

Willock played as the Gunners most advanced central midfielder and offered a goal threat but also linked play well, notably with a fine driving run in the second half which ended with Martin Hinteregger excellently blocking an Aubameyang shot.

The scoreline flattered Arsenal in the end but the game will be most memorable for the performance of their youngsters.

Defensive issues remain

The Gunners came into the game on the back of their disappointing 2-2 draw against Watford, after which their defensive display was heavily criticised as they spurned a two-goal lead.

Although Arsenal kept a second clean sheet of the season, they still looked uncertain at the back and allowed Eintracht 24 shots on goal – seven fewer than the Hornets’ 31 on Sunday.

Arsenal’s deeper midfielders Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira failed to control proceedings with the second half end-to-end until Kohr was dismissed.

Eintracht, who reached the semi-finals of the Europa League last season before losing on penalties to Chelsea, lost strikers Sebastien Haller and Luka Jovic to West Ham and Real Madrid respectively in the summer and had either been in their line-up on Thursday, Arsenal’s slack defence may have been punished.

Kostic caused right-back Calum Chambers significant problems but was wasteful, as was AC Milan loanee Silva, who shot well wide in the second half when given another good opportunity.

That said, Martinez, brought in for first-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno, impressed with key saves in the first half and assured handling when called upon.

Man of the match – Bukayo Saka

Saka’s goal was his first in senior football

‘A dream come true’ – reaction

Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka: “I’m so happy to score for Arsenal, it’s a dream come true – I have been dreaming of this moment since I was a kid.

“I just want to keep working hard to make sure I can feel this feeling again.”

Arsenal manager Unai Emery: “We knew tonight was going to be difficult, they fell back very deep and caused us problems early on.

“We recovered the ball well and the young players showed the confidence to take their chances.

“Everybody can be happy and continuing in this competition is important, so it was good to get a good win, especially away from home.”

Eintracht coach Adi Hutter: “It’s a bitter defeat for us, because the performance does not reflect that result.

“When it was still 1-0 for Arsenal, we tried to score the equaliser but then conceded another one.

“The important thing is for us to create chances, I have seen enough of those. A goal can help open some doors, give you a boost, that did not happen today.”

Aubameyang’s goal-scoring run – the best stats

  • Arsenal have only lost one of their 13 group stage games in the Europa League (W10 D2), while this was their sixth consecutive clean sheet in the group stage of the competition.
  • Arsenal picked up their first European away win against German opposition since November 2013 (1-0 v Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League), having failed to win on any of their previous five trips (D1 L4).
  • Eintracht Frankfurt suffered their heaviest home defeat across European competitions – in what was their 74th such game on home soil.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has netted seven goals in his last seven Europa League appearances for Arsenal, with four of those coming away from home.
  • Bukayo Saka is the youngest player to score for Arsenal in the Europa League/Champions League since October 2008, when Aaron Ramsey (17y 300d) netted against Fenerbahce.



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Chelsea 0-1 Valencia: Ross Barkley misses penalty after Rodrigo winner

Willian wanted to take the Chelsea penalty but Ross Barkley insisted on taking it himself

Chelsea’s return to the Champions League ended in disappointment as Ross Barkley missed a late penalty that ensured Valencia claimed victory at Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard’s first game as a manager in the tournament he won as a player with Chelsea in 2012 turned into a night of frustration as Valencia took advantage of slack marking at a free-kick for Rodrigo to score the winner on 74 minutes.

Chelsea, who lost in-form youngster Mason Mount to injury early on, had the chance to rescue a point when referee Cuneyt Cakir awarded a penalty for handball after consulting VAR when Daniel Wass blocked Fikayo Tomori’s header.

Barkley wanted to take the spot-kick instead of the Blues’ regular taker Jorginho, who give the substitute his blessing by shaking his hand, but Willian continued to argue his own case before allowing Barkley to take it.

It was a tight and tense encounter with chances at a premium and a tricky Group H, which also includes last year’s semi-finalists Ajax and Lille, has got even tougher for Chelsea after starting their campaign with a damaging home loss.

More to follow.



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Lewisham chicken shop fight victim named as Omar Smith

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The fight happened in Downham Way in the Grove Park area of Lewisham

A man who died after a knife fight at a chicken shop in south-east London has been named as Omar Smith.

Two men were found with head and stab wounds in Downham Way, Lewisham, at about 23:55 BST on Friday.

A murder investigation was launched after Mr Smith, 34, died in hospital on Saturday.

Police said a second man, 51, was arrested on suspicion of GBH on his release from hospital but has since been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Two other men, aged 40 and 46, who were detained at the chicken shop on suspicion of GBH have also been further arrested on suspicion of murder.

All three were taken to south London police stations before one was released under investigation and another two released on bail until mid-October, Scotland Yard said.

Police said the victim’s next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem examination is due to take place.

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Super League: Wakefield Trinity win 19-10 to relegate London Broncos

Ryan Hampshire scored Wakefield’s opening try before adding a killer second four minutes after the break
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Wakefield Trinity (8) 19
Tries: Hampshire 2, Lyne Goals: Brough 3 Drop goal: Brough
London Broncos (0) 10
Tries: Walker, Lamb Goals: Dixon

London Broncos suffered relegation from Super League for the second time in five years as they were beaten by rivals Wakefield Trinity at Belle Vue.

Danny Brough’s early penalty followed by two converted tries from Ryan Hampshire either side of the break gave Trinity a 14-0 lead.

Reece Lyne then added another try, followed by Brough’s drop goal.

Alex Walker pulled a try back late on before Brock Lamb scored with the final play but Broncos still go down.

With all four relegation-threatened teams on 20 points at the start of the evening, it was always likely to be a dramatic night, and Broncos were full of hope having twice beaten Wakefield this season.

They marked their return to Super League back in February with a 42-24 victory over Wakefield in Ealing, then then won again 42-34 at home in May, when winger Jordan Abdull ran in a joint Super League season’s best four tries on the night.

But Wakefield kept their heads and simply proved too solid.

Following Brough’s early penalty, Broncos wasted two good chances to get on the scoreboard,

Kieran Dixon pulled his attempt wide with a very kickable penalty, before the winger then failed to grab hold of an awkward lofted pass in the right corner – and the chance was gone

Trinity winger Ben Jones-Bishop, up against his old club, then knocked on trying to get on the end of Brough’s kick to the right corner

But the first try of the night came for Hampshire on 24 minutes, Brough kicking the goal for an 8-0 half-time lead.

Then four minutes into the second half Hampshire got in again at the left corner, Brough again added the extras – and it was 14-0.

On 53 minutes, Trinity added a try out wide on the right from Lyne and, although Brough this time missed the kick, the hosts still went into the final quarter with an an 18-point cushion.

Brough’s one-pointer with 13 minutes left made it safe, but Broncos typically had the final say.

Walker scored on the right and, although Dixon missed the kick, he then got it right when he improved Lamb’s last-gasp try.

More to follow.

Wakefield: Escare; Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Atkins, Hampshire; Miller, Brough; Kopczak, Randell, Tangata, Kirmond, Tanginoa, Crowther.

Interchanges: Wood, Green, King, Arundel.

London Broncos: Walker; Dixon, Morgan, Kear, Williams; Abdull, Lamb; Battye, Cunningham, Butler, Gee, Pitts, Yates.

Interchanges: Fozard, Mason, Hindmarsh, Lovell.

Referee: Robert Hicks (RFL).

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