Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning last season saw him win the 2017 Best FIFA men’s player of the year trophy as Real Madrid dominated a star-studded awards ceremony in London on Monday.
The Portuguese ace, who has scored 44 goals in just 48 games for club and country so far this calendar year, played a major role in Real winning both La Liga and the Champions League.
He scored twice in a 4-1 win over Juventus in the continental final at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on June 3.
Ronaldo saw off competition from longstanding Barcelona rival Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, the world’s most expensive player.
Real boss Zinedine Zidane took the corresponding manager of the year award, with the Spanish giants providing five players in the FIFPro team of the year.
Ronaldo won the inaugural Best FIFA men’s player of the year award last year following the end of a six-year merger between the FIFA honour and the Ballon D’Or.
The 32-year-old previously won the FIFA World Player of the Year award, the precursor to the Best FIFA award, in 2008.
“Thanks a lot for voting for me,” said the former Manchester United favourite after receiving his trophy from Argentina great Diego Maradona and Brazil’s Ronaldo at the London Palladium theatre.
“I mention Leo and Neymar, great to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my team-mates, my coach, they all support me all year.
“We are in England for the first time and I win consecutive awards,” he added. “This is a great moment for me. I have fans all over the world.”
Zidane won out ahead of Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and Juventus’s Massimiliano Allegri to be crowned men’s coach of the year after becoming the first man to oversee a successful defence of the European Cup in the Champions League era.
“I’d like to thank all of the players for making this possible,” said Zidane. “This is a very special prize.”
Real’s superb campaign was recognised in a FIFPro team that featured Ronaldo and club-mates Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos.
The XI also included FIFA’s goalkeeper of the year, Gianluigi Buffon.
AC Milan’s Leonardo Bonucci and PSG’s Dani Alves were in the defence, with Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta in a side also featuring Messi and Neymar.
Giroud wins best goal
Juventus and Italy shot-stopper Buffon topped a three-strong shortlist for the goalkeeper award ahead of Real’s Keylor Navas and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer.
“It is a great honour to receive this award at my age,” said the 39-year-old Buffon.
“I would like to finish with a fantastic victory for Italy next summer (at the 2018 World Cup in Russia).”
Monday also saw the Puskas Award for the best goal of 2017 go to Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.
The France striker received the award named in honour of Hungary great Ferenc Puskas for a spectacular ‘scorpion-kick’ against Crystal Palace in January.
“I’m delighted to receive this trophy today in front of legends of football,” said Giroud.
The Frenchman’s flicked volley with his left foot that went in off the crossbar won ahead of goals from Venezuela’s Deyna Castellanos, 18, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke.
Meanwhile tournament hosts the Netherlands’ achievement in winning their first major female football title, the 2017 Women’s European Championship, was recognised with Women’s Coach of the Year and Player of the Year awards for Sarina Wiegman and Lieke Martens respectively.
Supporters of Celtic won the Fan Award for the way they marked the 50th anniversary of the ‘Lisbon Lions’ European Cup triumph that saw the Glasgow side become the first British club to lift the trophy after they beat Inter Milan in the Portuguese capital.
The Fair Play award went to Francis Kone for saving the life of goalkeeper Martin Berkovec, who nearly suffocated as a result of swallowing his tongue during a Czech league match in February.
Voting for the bulk of the awards was equally weighted between national team captains and coaches, media and fans.
A Harry Kane double inspired Tottenham as they punished a poor defensive performance by Liverpool at Wembley to move level on points with second-placed Manchester United in the Premier League.
Kane scored the opener after four minutes as Kieran Trippier's chipped pass went over Dejan Lovren's head and the England striker took the ball around Simon Mignolet, who had rushed from his goal, to score from 12 yards.
Eight minutes later Spurs doubled their lead as Hugo Lloris' long throw was not dealt with by Lovren, who missed a header on the halfway line and Kane was able to square to Son Heung-min to slot home.
Liverpool got a goal back as Jordan Henderson's wonderful cross-field pass found Mohamed Salah, who outpaced the Tottenham defence and finished off the inside of the post with a scuffed shot.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp responded by taking off Lovren for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after 31 minutes, but Dele Alli added a third for Spurs just before half-time as he lashed in a volley from 18 yards.
Kane got his second in the 56th minute as he followed up a rebound from Jan Vertonghen's shot after Mignolet failed to clear a free-kick.
Liverpool's best chance in the second half fell to Philippe Coutinho but his shot from the edge of the area was pushed on to the crossbar by Lloris with a one-handed save.
They dropped to ninth in the table - 12 points behind leaders Manchester City - while Spurs prepare for a meeting with United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The game also saw a Premier League record attendance of 80,827.
Kane breaks Wembley duck
Despite Kane's 15 goals for club and country this season, one question mark over the 24-year-old had been his lack of league goals at Spurs' temporary home.
Those demons can now be put to bed as Kane finally scored under the Wembley arch, with his 29th shot at the stadium.
Ballon d'Or nominee Kane worked tirelessly in attack and caused the Liverpool defence nightmares with his movement, hold-up play and composure in front of goal.
It was his fourth double in the league this season and he has now scored 45 goals in 2017 for Spurs and England.
One slight worry for Tottenham was when manager Mauricio Pochettino brought the striker off in the 88th minute with what looked like a hamstring problem.
Liverpool defensive woes continue
This fixture was Klopp's first Premier League game as a manager on 17 October, 2015.
Liverpool have conceded 16 goals in the league this season, their worst defensive record after nine top-flight games since 1964-65.
They have struggled most on the road, conceding 15 goals, the most in the league this season.
Defensive performances like Sunday will make the failed pursuit of Southampton and Netherlands Virgil van Dijk in the summer hurt even more.
Lovren will be singled out for his errors, but even after his substitution and Joe Gomez moved to centre-back alongside Joel Matip, Liverpool still looked a shambles.
Mignolet is another who will have nightmares about the game, at fault for both of Kane's goals.
The Belgium international has made 13 errors leading to goals in the league since making his Liverpool debut in 2013, three more than anyone else.
Jupp Heynckes made a perfect start to his fourth spell as Bayern Munich coach with a 5-0 thrashing of Freiburg at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
An own goal from Julian Schuster put Bayern in front on seven minutes, and a flying header from Kingsley Coman doubled the lead shortly before half-time.
A fine strike from Thiago Alcantara put the reigning champions 3-0 up on 63 minutes, just moments after they had been denied a penalty by VAR. Further goals from Robert Lewandowski and Joshua Kimmich completed a perfect start to Heynckes’ fourth reign.
The win saw Bayern move within two points of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga table, before the league leaders’ match against RB Leipzig later on Saturday.
Heynckes’ men are two points clear of third-placed Hoffenheim, who twice threw away the lead in a 2-2 draw at home to Augsburg.
After Michael Gregoritsch had cancelled out Benjamin Huebner’s opener 15 minutes from time, Mark Uth restored the lead with a curling strike into the top corner for Hoffenheim.
Augsburg, though, equalised once again in the 89th minute, with Kevin Vogt deflecting a Jeffrey Gouweleeuw cross into his own net.
At the other end of the table, Hamburg could celebrate scoring their first goal since August despite losing 3-2 to Mainz.
Alexandru Maxim’s second-minute opener for Mainz was quickly cancelled out by Walace, the Brazilian’s equaliser ending a five-game goal drought for Hamburg.
Stefan Bell restored the lead shortly after half-time, however, before a Christian Mathenia error allowed Danny Latza to add a third. A late penalty from Sejad Salihovic was not enough for Hamburg to avoid defeat.
Elsewhere, disciplinary mistakes saw Hertha Berlin suffer a 2-0 defeat by Schalke 04.
Genki Haraguchi was sent off before half-time, while Vladimir Darida conceded a penalty after the break. Leon Goretzka scored from the spot, before Guido Burgstaller added a second on 78 minutes.
Schalke moved up to fifth, after Hanover 96 were defeated 2-1 by a late Ante Rebic winner against Eintracht Frankfurt.
A Salif Sane header had cancelled out Sebastien Haller’s early goal in the first half, but Rebic struck on 90 minutes to inflict a first home defeat on Hanover this season.
David Moyes says he did not want Marouane Fellaini to be his first Manchester United signing and tried to buy Nemanja Matic first.
Fellaini moved to Old Trafford on deadline day in 2013 at the end of a summer that had seen Moyes replace Sir Alex Ferguson as manager.
A calamitous transfer window got Moyes' reign off to a rocky start and he was sacked before the end of the season.
He told the BBC: "I never wanted Marouane Fellaini to be my first Manchester United signing, that is the last thing me and my staff wanted.
"We looked at Nemanja Matic first. He did not do well at Chelsea and had gone back to Benfica.
"He was a consideration and we did need a more defensive type who could make passes from the middle of the park. We did not get a lot of the things we hoped for and got Fellaini on deadline day."
Fellaini was the only signing Moyes managed to make in his first summer at United.
But the former Everton manager also said he tried to hijack Gareth Bale's move from Tottenham to Real Madrid and almost convinced Cesc Fabregas to leave Barcelona.
He added: "I spoke to Gareth Bale a couple of times and tried to convince him to join us, we even offered Tottenham more money but he had his heart set on joining Real Madrid.
"I spoke to Cesc Fabregas on the phone too and he was not sure of his place in the Barcelona team. He said: 'I will join you if I do not start my first game of the season at Barca' ... and he did start.
"They were the only two who looked like Manchester United players.
"If Sir Alex Ferguson took over from Sir Alex Ferguson he would have found it tough."
Manchester United have received an injury boost after a scan on Romelu Lukaku's ankle revealed no fracture or ligament damage.
Lukaku was checked over at hospital in Brussels on Monday while on international duty with Belgium after picking up the problem in training with United on Friday.
After being given pain-killing injections, the striker passed a fitness test on Saturday morning before being allowed to play against Crystal Palace. He was able to complete 90 minutes and scored in the 4-0 win -- his 11th goal in 10 games since moving to Old Trafford.
A scan on his ankle revealed no significant damage and the 24-year-old is set to stay with the Belgium squad ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo on Saturday and Cyprus in Brussels on Tuesday.
Belgium officials are confident Lukaku will be fit to face Bosnia and Herzegovina but he will follow an individual training programme this week.
Belgium are top of Group H and have already qualified for next summer's World Cup in Russia.
United manager Jose Mourinho will hope Lukaku comes through the international break unscathed with a crucial run of fixtures to come in October and November.
Three of United's next four Premier League games are against Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea. The run starts with a trip to Anfield on Oct. 14.
Provided he is fit, it will be a first opportunity for Lukaku to prove he is capable of scoring United's goals in big games.
But after a blistering start with his new club following his £75 million move from Everton, Juan Mata insists Lukaku has already surpassed expectations.
"It's a lot of goals, especially when you come to a new environment," said Mata, after scoring his first goal of the season against Palace. "I knew he would score a lot but I didn't know he would do it so quick, that's true.
"He gives a lot more to the team too but for a striker it's important to score. He has started really well and he has been a key part to our good start to the season.
"I don't know how many goals he has been scoring during his career but when he was at Anderlecht he was already scoring 20 per season. He just needed confidence and I think he got it in Everton and became a more experienced and better player.
"It's not easy to come to United and reach expectations but he is doing more than people expected and that is great for us."
Argentina's team doctor says he believes Sergio Aguero will be out of action for six weeks after breaking a rib in a car crash.
The Manchester City striker was a passenger in a taxi last week when the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit a column on the side of the road.
After he was examined by City doctors on Friday, a source told ESPN FC the club believes he could be back within two to four weeks, but Argentina's Donato Villani was not nearly as optimistic.
"Kun [Aguero] can't leave his house, he can't get in or out of his car," Villani told TYC Sports after visiting the player in England. "To be honest, to me he didn't look good because he really wanted to be [with the national team]."
"He is not in very good spirits because he was determined to come here and play. This incident, which is totally not his fault, leaves him out for the two [Argentina] qualifying matches because he will be a month and a half without playing."
Such a timeline would rule Aguero -- goal away from equalling Manchester City's all-time scoring record -- out for Man City's Champions League match at Napoli on Nov. 1 and the Premier League clash against Arsenal four days later.
It could also prevent him from joining up with Argentina for at least the first leg of the final World Cup playoff against New Zealand, should the Albiceleste fail to improve on their current fifth-placed standing in the CONMEBOL table this week.
Jose Mourinho says he has ample options in his Manchester United squad to cope without injured midfielder Paul Pogba as Wayne Rooney prepares to return to Old Trafford.
Pogba is widely expected to be out of action for between a month and six weeks after damaging his hamstring just 18 minutes into Tuesday’s 3-0 Champions League victory over Basel.
That would force him to miss France’s World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Belarus in early October, which they need to win to guarantee a place at the finals in Russia.
But Mourinho’s refusal to put a timescale on the midfielder’s absence may yet give national team coach Didier Deschamps reason for hope.
Marouane Fellaini, who replaced Pogba as a substitute against Basel, is likely to step into the starting line-up for Sunday’s Premier League home match against Everton, with Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick also in contention.
Mourinho would not elaborate on suggestions that Pogba had aggravated a long-term hamstring problem, or claims that the midfielder has been working with a personal trainer against club advice.
The United manager would only say he expects Pogba, the club’s £89 million ($121 million, 101 million euros) record signing, to be out for “a few matches”.
“I just know that it’s a muscular injury and he’s out for the weekend match,” said Mourinho. “That’s the only one I’m thinking about. I don’t think further than that. So for me, it’s simple and objective that he’s not playing this weekend.
“I don’t know if it’s the same one. I just know it’s a hamstring.”
Rooney return Pogba was out for three weeks in March with a hamstring issue and it is understood he was given instructions by United’s medical staff on how to strengthen the muscle to ward off further problems.
But the midfielder is believed to have been getting treatment from a personal trainer, leading to fears that it might have made him more vulnerable to injury.
Pogba is set to miss United’s league games against Everton, Southampton and Crystal Palace, plus next Wednesday’s third-round League Cup tie against Burton and the Champions League trip to CSKA Moscow on September 27.
He also faces a fight to be back in time for his side’s Premier League trip to Liverpool on October 14 — but Mourinho is certain that United will manage.
The manager said: “We have players waiting for an opportunity because we started the season really well and we had one match per week so there was no need to rest players and no need for changes.
“Honestly, we miss Pogba and we need him but we have good players. Herrera, Fellaini, Carrick, they are waiting for a real chance to start matches. And they are ready. This is also our way of things.
“We lost important players last season at crucial moments and we were not crying or getting excuse. That’s just football.”
Sunday’s match will see Wayne Rooney return to Old Trafford for the first time since leaving Manchester United for Everton in July.
Mourinho described the former England captain as a “legend” but urged United fans not to make him feel too comfortable.
“I think he will get the welcome that he deserves,” he said. “Sometimes in this country the word legend comes too easily, but that’s not the case here. He is a legend of this club.
“He is one of the most important players in the history of Manchester United. The stadium will show him the respect he deserves before and after the match, not during the match.”
Chelsea lifted Antonio Conte’s spirits ahead of the crucial final days of the transfer window as goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata sealed a comfortable 2-0 victory over woeful Everton on Sunday.
Conte has spent the last few weeks grumbling about Chelsea’s failure to land his top transfer targets, and with the window closing next week, the Blues boss is hoping to bolster his depleted squad with several signings.
Against that troubled backdrop, it was essential Chelsea signed off before the international break with three points to keep in touch with Premier League pace setters Manchester United.
The champions achieved that aim with ease as Fabregas opened the scoring in the first half at Stamford Bridge before Morata bagged his second goal since his club record £58 million ($74 million) move from Real Madrid.
Conte’s men have now won two in a row following their shock opening-day defeat against Burnley, but they won’t have many less demanding victories than this one against a lethargic Everton side who barely broke sweat.
Although Morata scored again, the Spain striker was a diffident figure for long periods and Conte knows Chelsea’s hopes of more silverware rest on him being given extra options to juggle the demands of a gruelling season.
Everton’s first league defeat of the season was a frustrating end to what had been a positive week for Ronald Koeman’s men after they drew at Manchester City and qualified for the Europa League group stages.
Back from suspension, Fabregas came in for Tiemoue Bakayoko and was immediately in the thick of the action when Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye escaped with a yellow card after catching the Spaniard with a crude studs-up lunge.
Quickly monopolising possession, Chelsea threatened an early goal as William’s penetrating run teed up Morata in the penalty area.
But Morata opted to pass and the chance was gone when Pedro lifted an ambitious bicycle kick over the crossbar.
David Luiz took a direct approach moments later, bringing Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford into action for the first time with a low strike from just outside the area.
Pedro followed suit with another long-range effort that had Pickford sprawling to his right to save.
Killer blow Chelsea’s relentless pressure was rewarded in the 27th minute.
Fabregas flicked a pass to Morata and timed his run perfectly to receive the Spaniard’s headed return ball in stride, nudging in front of Leighton Baines to guide a deft finish past Pickford for his first goal of the season.
Although Everton had a draining Europa League assignment at Hajduk Split on Thursday, even that couldn’t completely excuse a desperately uninspired display.
It was only a matter of time before Chelsea made them pay again and it was Morata who delivered the killer blow in the 40th minute.
After referee Jon Moss played the advantage following a foul on Victor Moses, Cesar Azpilicueta had time and space to whip over a pin-point cross and Morata punished the flat-footed Everton defence with a header beyond Pickford from 10 yards.
Pedro almost made it three just after half-time with a curling effort that whistled wide before Everton finally carved out a chance.
Sandro Ramirez had only Thibaut Courtois to beat when he raced onto Wayne Rooney’s pass, but the striker’s miscued shot was in keeping with his side’s limp performance.
Normal service was soon resumed as Chelsea peppered Pickford’s goal, with Pedro shooting wide and Moses firing too close to the keeper.
Despite Chelsea’s commanding position, Conte remained typically hyperactive on the touchline.
A calmer head will be required when he returns to the transfer maelstrom.
Paris Saint-Germain have agreed a deal to sign teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, French media reported on Sunday.
Radio stations France Info and RMC reported that PSG had agreed to pay 180 million euros ($215 million) including bonuses for the French international striker.
That would make him the second most expensive transfer in football history behind Neymar, who joined PSG from Barcelona for 222 million euros earlier this month.
Despite the reports, Mbappe was named on the Monaco bench for Sunday night’s Ligue 1 meeting with Marseille.
According to sports daily L’Equipe, Paris will initially sign Mbappe, 18, on loan before making the move permanent.
“Monaco and PSG on Sunday reached an agreement for a loan deal for Kylian Mbappe to the Parisian club with an option to buy for 180 million euros,” said L’Equipe, adding that Mbappe would undergo a medical by Monday morning.
A loan deal would help PSG get around UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, with many wondering how the Qatar-owned club can avoid sanctions from European football’s governing body considering the investment already made on Neymar.
FFP rules currently stipulate that clubs cannot post losses of more than 30 million euros over the three-year period to 2018.
Among the sanctions risked by PSG if they are found to have broken those rules is a ban from the Champions League.
Mbappe burst onto the scene in the second half of last season and scored 15 goals in 29 appearances in Monaco’s run to the French title.
While Jose Mourinho is pleased with Manchester United's impressive start to the Premier League season, he wants to see how his side react to going behind.
United have enjoyed an excellent start to the campaign, picking up maximum points from their opening two games after repeat 4-0 wins over West Ham and Swansea.
United currently sit top of the table as a result, but Mourinho would like his side to fall behind in the upcoming weeks to discover if they can handle adversity.
"The thing I want to happen is for the team to be losing," Mourinho is quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "So I can see the way we react emotionally.
"At this moment, everything is going in our favour, but it is not always going to be a motorway. You can always find difficult journeys and road blocks, and we have to be ready for that.
"It has not happened so far but going a goal behind will be a different challenge and I want to see how these players try to change a result.
"Let's see how we are when we are in difficulties, when we need the last minutes to win matches."
Mourinho also said that he is not getting carried away by United's start, given they also picked up two wins from their opening two league games last season yet ended up finishing sixth.
"Of course I am happy with the way we have started the season," he added. "And the quality of our performances has given me even more confidence.
"But I don't forget that we started last season with six points from our first two matches and still finished sixth. That is not a lesson, it's the reality of football. Two wins are not paradise, just as two defeats are not the end of the world."
Manchester United maintained their 100 percent start to the new season with a 4-0 win at Swansea to remain top of the Premier League.
Eric Bailly opened the scoring and his United account on the stroke of half-time, nudging the ball over the line after Lukasz Fabianski had diverted it onto the underside of the crossbar from Paul Pogba's powerful header.
United then burst into life as the game entered the 80th minute, doubling their advantage when Henrikh Mkhitaryan played in Romelu Lukaku, who made it three goals in two Premier League appearances following his summer move from Everton.
Mkhitaryan produced another fine assist moments later, racing down the right before slipping in Pogba, who flicked the ball over Fabianski, before substitute Anthony Martial then rounded off the scoring in the 84th minute with an excellent solo effort, doubling his tally for the season.
Jese Rodriguez scored on his debut as Stoke beat Arsenal 1-0 at the bet365 Stadium to claim their first Premier League points of the season.
Stoke took the lead two minutes into the second half, with Paris Saint-Germain loanee Jese netting on his debut, slotting past Petr Cech after being played in by Saido Berahino.
Arsenal piled on the pressure as they went in search of an equaliser, with Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil all going close.
They thought they had found it in the 73rd minute when Alexandre Lacazette fired into the top corner of the net following substitute Olivier Giroud's flick, but the goal was disallowed for offside, with Stoke holding on for victory.
Sadio Mane was on target for Liverpool with his second-half winnersecuring a 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace at Anfield and his side's first league victory of the season.
After a tight first half, Liverpool almost went ahead nine minutes into the second when Daniel Sturridge volleyed at goal from 25 yards out, only for Wayne Hennessey to deny him with the save.
The home side had another chance to open the scoring just a few minutes later as Roberto Firmino curled one from the edge of the box, but his strike went inches wide.
Jurgen Klopp brought on Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke as time wore on, and Liverpool eventually found a breakthrough in the 72nd minute with Mane stabbing the ball past Hennessey after Palace's defence had failed to clear the danger.
Charlie Austin netted a last-minute penalty to secure Southampton a dramatic 3-2 win against 10-man West Ham at St Mary's.
Southampton went ahead in the 11th minute through Manolo Gabbiadini, who fired past Joe Hart after being played in by Nathan Redmond to net the club's first league goal at home since April 5.
West Ham United
West Ham were then dealt a further blow in the 33rd minute when Marko Arnautovic picked up a straight red card after catching Jack Stephens with his elbow, and things got even worse five minutes later when Jose Fonte conceded a penalty and Dusan Tadic stepped up to convert from the spot.
West Ham pulled one back on the stroke of half-time when Javier Hernandez slotted home after Fraser Forster had saved Michail Antonio's effort, and the Mexico international was on the scene once again in the 73rd minute to convert after Diafra Sakho had headed against the bar.
But Southampton had the final say after winning a penalty deep into stoppage time, with Austin firing home to secure the three points for the Saints.
Leicester recorded their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Brighton at the King Power Stadium.
Shinji Okazaki opened the scoring for Brighton inside the first minute, converting the rebound after Riyad Mahrez's shot had been parried into his path by Maty Ryan.
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Brighton had the ball in the back of the net through Glenn Murray, but the goal was disallowed due to offside, and Leicester then doubled their lead 10 minutes after the restart through Harry Maguire, who arrived at the far post to head home Mahrez's corner.
Watford sawoff Bournemouth 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium with Richarlison and Etienne Capoue getting the goals.
Watford had a chance to open the scoring just before half-time when Richarlison cut the ball back to Andre Gray, but the striker sent his effort over the bar.
They made no mistake in the 72nd minute, however, with Richarlison touching the ball over the line after Gray had done well down the right, before Capoue doubled their lead with a strike from 25 yards out four minutes from the end.
West Brom made it two wins out of two with a 1-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor, though match-winner Hal Robson-Kanu also received a red card.
West Brom thought they had found the breakthrough shortly after the restart when Jake Livermore had the ball in the back of the net but the flag went up for offside on Jay Rodriguez.
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They did manage to move ahead 20 minutes from time, with Robson-Kanu shrugging off a defender and striking a low hit past Tom Heaton.
West Brom were reduced to 10 men seven minutes from time when Robson-Kanu was sent off for an apparent elbow on Matthew Lowton, but the visitors manged to hold on for the victory.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for five matches after pushing referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea during Real Madrid's 3-1 Spanish Super Cup first-leg win at Barcelona on Sunday.
Ronaldo's 24 minutes as a substitute at the Camp Nou saw him score a superb goal, pick up a booking for removing his shirt during the celebration, and then quickly receive a second yellow after De Burgos Bengoetxea ruled the Portugal captain had dived to try to win a penalty.
Ronaldo reacted to being sent off by pushing De Burgos Bengoetxea. The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) banned Ronaldo for one match for drawing the red card and the other four for pushing the official.
That was just one major talking point on a night that also saw Gerard Pique's own goal put Madrid ahead, Lionel Messi equalise with a controversial penalty won by Luis Suarez and Marco Asensio score a screamer to put his side fully in control ahead of Wednesday's second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ronaldo has also been fined €3,805 for his actions, while Madrid were fined €1,750.
Ronaldo is set to miss the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona as well as Madrid's four opening La Liga games against Deportivo La Coruna, Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad.
His next domestic appearance will come at home to Real Betis in La Liga in the midweek round of fixtures of Sept. 20, although he will be eligible to play in Real Madrid's Champions League group stage opener a week before and the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy friendly against Fiorentina on Aug. 23.
The RFEF says Madrid have 10 days to lodge an appeal with its appeals committee, while adding in its report that the club attempted to get the offence downgraded from a push to a minor "disregard" for the referee.
The official match report sent to the RFEF from the Camp Nou included Ronaldo's push in the "other incidents" section.
"Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro -- having been shown the red card, the player pushed me slightly in a sign of his disagreement," the Basque official wrote.
The RFEF's disciplinary code appears clear that the punishment for such behaviour, even if only "slightly violent," is an extra suspension of four to 12 games.
"Pulling, pushing or shaking, or a general attitude towards the match officials which, even if only slightly violent, without confirming an aggressive attitude on their part, will be punished with a suspension of four to 12 games," says the code's article 96.
Madrid captain Sergio Ramos told Telecinco after the final whistle that he believed Ronaldo had not dived, and therefore the club would be able to appeal the decision.
"I was far away," Ramos said. "But I believe Cristiano lost his balance and did not fake anything. We can appeal, as it leaves us without a very important player, with 10 minutes left. [The referee] should have thought about it a bit more."
Ramos also said that De Burgos Bengoetxea had erred in earlier awarding a penalty when Suarez fell to the ground dramatically, having been challenged inside the box by Madrid keeper Keylor Navas.
"There is a lot of tension in these type of games," he said. "For me it was not a penalty. I don't believe the referee blew the whistle if he did not see anything; he must have seen it clearly. But for me there was nothing."
Madrid left-back Marcelo told the club's official website that the red card was "bizarre" while acknowledging that referees make mistakes.
"Cristiano being sent off was bizarre, but sometimes that can happen," the Brazil international said. "Referees can make mistakes, along with the things they get right."
Ex-Madrid full-back Alvaro Arbeloa, now popular among fans and pundits for his regular defence of his former club, tweeted after Ronaldo's sending off: "They are laughing in our face. Lamentable."
MANCHESTER -- Jose Mourinho says he is "keeping his feet on the ground" despite watching his Manchester United team thrash West Ham on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
Two goals from new £75 million striker Romelu Lukaku helped United to a 4-0 win at Old Trafford which left Mourinho's side top of the table.
It was United's biggest opening-day win since beating Fulham 5-1 at Old Trafford in 2006 and Mourinho's biggest league win as Red Devils manager. United went on to win the title in the 2006-07 season, ending a four-year drought under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Mourinho, though, insists he is not getting carried away.
"We finished the [last] season winning the Europa League and qualifying for Champions League," he told a news conference. "We start the second season with a very good performance at home. We had many players on the pitch with a very good game. We have reasons to be optimistic.
"For me, years and years of experience and experience in the Premier League, my feet are on the ground and I am calm. Last season we were also top of the league in the first match and we finished sixth so this means nothing. It just means we played well and confidence levels will be high and now our challenge is to keep this confidence level."
There were plenty of positives for the United manager. Lukaku scored twice on his league debut for the club following his move from Everton, while Nemanja Matic, a £35m buy from Chelsea, ran the midfield in a manner that made it hard to believe he spent most of the summer training alone at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea's 3-2 defeat at home to Burnley 24 hours earlier made Matic's performance even more noteworthy.
Mourinho said afterwards he had wanted Matic, who was named Man of the Match, at Old Trafford last season.
He added: "It depends on what is happening or what was happening behind doors and we don't know.
"The only thing I know is that of course with Chelsea money I brought him to Stamford Bridge because I thought he was a player with special qualities, and since I left I always thought he could be a perfect player for us, but I didn't disturb him, I didn't disturb Chelsea.
"I never thought it was possible unless something special was happening and his agent told me we could have him and we were very happy with that. We have him and we are very happy. He was a player this team needs."
West Ham were one of the 10 teams who got a point at Old Trafford last season, a statistic that cost United any chance of challenging Chelsea for the title.
In the 1-1 draw in November, United had eight shots on target but only scored once, while six on target this time produced four goals.
Lukaku has scored more goals against West Ham than any other team and took his tally to 11 in 13 games with a double.
Mourinho said: "Romelu scored in the Super Cup, scored twice today, he's playing well and he's working hard. He likes the team and the team likes him. Strikers can play phenomenally well, but if they don't score goals, the pressure's on them.
"So I think it was good for him to score and for all the guys arriving at new clubs who scored goals on their first games. It's always oxygen, it's happiness and confidence for them.
"Romelu knows we well. He knows sometimes strikers can play well but not score, but from me there will be no pressure. But today was very good and he was very effective, with the first goal especially."
Neymar scored a goal and provided an assist as Paris Saint-Germain defeated Guingamp 3-0 in the former Barcelona star's club debut on Sunday.
Neymar, who sensationally moved to PSG from Barcelona for a world record fee of €222 million last week, started alongside fellow South Americans Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria up front.
The Brazil No. 10's debut created an electric atmosphere in the Stade municipal de Roudourou, but expectant fans were forced to wait until the second half to see goals. And it was the home side who provided the opener, albeit for the visitors.
Neymar's through ball for Cavani was initially cut out by a lunging defender, only to see the ball fall to Jordan Ikoko, who inexplicably back-passed past goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson and into his own net in the 52nd minute.
Ten minutes later, PSG worked a goal of their own -- Neymar, working on the left, sliding a perfect through ball behind the defence for Cavani, who shaped his right-footed shot around the keeper and inside the far post.
And Neymar collected his debut goal eight minutes from time. This time, Cavani turned provider. After dancing around a defender, the Uruguay international found a free Neymar at the goalmouth, where he side-footed into the roof of the net.
The win gives Unai Emery's men two wins from two matches in the young Ligue 1 campaign.
Radamel Falcao netted a hat trick while Kylian Mbappe watched from the bench as champions Monaco made it two wins out of two Ligue 1 games so far with a comfortable 4-1 triumph at Dijon.
Nine days on from Mbappe limping off in the 3-2 victory over Toulouse, and amid considerable speculation linking him with a move to Paris St Germain, the 18-year-old was named as a substitute for this contest by boss Leonardo Jardim.
And he remained unused as fellow forward Falcao took centre stage at the Stade Gaston Gerard.
The Colombian opened the scoring in the third minute, producing a close-range finish after Kamil Glik headed goalwards.
The visitors' advantage was subsequently doubled 22 minutes later by a wonderful Jemerson overhead kick, before Falcao added his second in the 37th minute via a curling effort from the edge of the box that may or may not have taken a slight deflection off Cedric Yambere.
Dijon pulled a goal back a minute prior to the break when Wesley Said controlled a long ball over the top and prodded neatly through Danijel Subasic's legs.
Falcao then wrapped up his treble with a powerful header six minutes after the break.
Earlier, Strasbourg secured their first top-flight win following promotion as they beat 10-man Lille 3-0 at home in a game that saw two outfield players spend time in goal for the away side.
Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan was shown a straight red card in the 63rd minute for violent conduct having clashed with Strasbourg midfielder Benjamin Corgnet.
And with the visitors having made all three substitutions at that point, it was striker Nicolas de Preville who initially replaced Maignan in goal.
But after De Preville was beaten by Jonas Martin's low shot into the bottom corner that gave Strasbourg a 74th-minute lead, defender and captain Ibrahim Amadou then took over between the posts.
He was then unable to keep out a penalty from Dimitri Lienard in the 82nd minute and an 88th-minute strike from Jeremy Grimm.