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Mumbai: The English Premier League on Tuesday announced the launch of its official Instagram and Twitter accounts in India. The channels will feature content designed exclusively for Premier League fans in India and will be produced primarily in English and Hindi.

The plan is to also feature selected content in other Indian dialects, a statement said.

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Red Star Belgrade players applaud their fans after the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between FC Bayern Munich and Red Star Belgrade (Crvena Zvezda) in Munich, southern Germany, on September 18, 2019

Berlin: Bayern Munich registered their 16th straight win in their opening game after beating Red Star Belgrade 3-0, while Lokomotiv Moscow defeated Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 with two first-half goals to take all three points at the first round in the Champions League's group stage.

On Wednesday, the German record-holding champions Bayern assumed control from the starting whistle while the visitors kept all their men behind the ball to make the hosts' life difficult, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Paris Saint-Germain's Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria (R) eyes the ball as he vies for it with Real Madrid's Spanish defender Dani Carvajal (L) and Real Madrid's Brazilian defender Eder Militao (C) during the UEFA Champions league Group A football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, on September 18, 2019

Paris: Angel Di Maria was hailed as "exceptional" after scoring twice against his former club as Paris Saint-Germain shrugged off the absences of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and thrashed Real Madrid 3-0 on Wednesday to get off to the perfect start in the Champions League.

Di Maria beat Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois at his near post to put PSG ahead in the 14th minute at the Parc des Princes, but it was his second goal just after the half-hour that really lit up this encounter.

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Inter Milan's Belgian forward Romelu Lukakuchest controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group F football match Inter Milan vs Slavia Prague on September 17, 2019 at the San Siro stadium in Milan

Milan: Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte insisted he was to blame for misjudging opponents Slavia Prague after the Chinese-owned club rescued a disappointing 1-1 draw in their Champions League opener against the Czech outsiders on Tuesday.

Substitute Nicolo Barella scored eight minutes into stoppage time in the San Siro after Nigerian forward Peter Olayinka put the Czech club ahead in the 63rd minute.

"Slavia Prague attacked us with intensity and showed a ruthless streak," said Conte.

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Sahal Abdul Samad

New Delhi:  Just seven matches old, but mid-fielder Sahal Abdul Samad has already brought some fresh air in the Indian football team with his dribbling, feints and turns.

Not surprisingly, the youngster wants to mould himself like Argentine maestro, Lionel Messi.

The 22-year-old Kerala player made an immediate impact in his debut match against Curacao in the King's Cup in June and within four months, he has become the mid-field pivot of the Indian football team.

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Players shake hands after the UEFA Champions League Group F football match Borussia Dortmund v FC Barcelona in Dortmund, western Germany, on September 17, 2019

Berlin: Marc-Andre ter Stegen's stellar performance secured Barcelona one point against Borussia Dortmund in the first game of the Champions League group stage.

On Tuesday, the German international back-up goalkeeper denied Marco Reus a penalty and defused a number of chances, helping Barcelona to take one point back home, reports Xinhua news agency.

Dortmund took the reins on home soil from the kick off but as the match progressed they handed over control to the visitors.

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Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) gives instructions during the UEFA Champions League Group E football match Napoli vs Liverpool on September 17, 2019 at the San Paolo stadium in Naples.

Paris: Holders Liverpool began their defence of the Champions League trophy with a defeat against Napoli on Tuesday, while one missed spot-kick condemned Chelsea to defeat against Valencia and another came to Barcelona's rescue.

Liverpool survived a 1-0 defeat in Naples in the group stage last season to go on and win their sixth European Cup, and this time a 2-0 reverse at the San Paolo made them the first reigning champions to lose their opening game in the competition since 1994.

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Indian foorball team poses for a photo with coach Igor Stimac day after a match with Qatar

New Delhi: In his first press conference in New Delhi after being announced as the head coach of the Indian men's football team, Croatian Igor Stimac said that apart from seeing better tactical awareness from his players, he wants to see "tigers and lions out there."

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Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp speaks during a press conference at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, on September 16, 2019, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Group E football match beteween Napoli and Liverpool

Naples: Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said his side had not 'gone nuts' after winning the Champions League and were ready for their title defence starting with a Group E opener in Napoli on Tuesday.

"To win is nice, but it doesn't change anything," Klopp told reporters in Naples.

"It's so easy to carry on as normal.

"If you go nuts and start taking drugs and buying different cars or whatever and leave you missus at home, than it gets hard.

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New Delhi: The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, to be hosted by India, will be held from November 2 to 21 next year.

The age group showpiece event of the FIFA will be held in four cities across the country.

Last month, the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar has been provisionally confirmed as a venue, pending FIFA approval.

Kolkata, Navi Mumbai, Goa and Ahmedabad are in the running for the other three host cities.

India was announced as the host country in March this year.

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