Liverpool complete Milan comeback; Pauw’s Ireland must produce on the pitch

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Erling Haaland celebrates scoring Borussia Dortmund’s second against Besiktas with Jude Bellingham. Photograph: Alex Grimm/Getty

Erling Haaland celebrates scoring Borussia Dortmund’s second against Besiktas with Jude Bellingham. Photograph: Alex Grimm/Getty

Liverpool survived a scare to get their Champions League campaign off to a winning start as they came from behind to beat Milan 3-2 at Anfield last night. The hosts took an early lead through Trent Alexander-Arnold before quickfire goals from Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz gave the Rossoneri a 2-1 lead at half-time. Liverpool rallied after the break however, with Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson sealing all three points. Manchester City are also up and running after they beat RB Leipzig 6-3 at the Etihad. Christopher Nkunku scored a hat-trick for the visitors to keep them in a lively tie but last year’s beaten finalists kept their noses in front throughout, with Jack Grealish scoring on his Champions League debut. Elsewhere a late Rodrygo strike gave Real Madrid a 1-0 win away to Inter, PSG were held 1-1 away by Club Brugge, Ajax thrashed Sporting 5-1 in Lisbon while Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland gave Borussia Dortmund a 2-1 win at Besiktas. Tonight the Europa Legue begins with Celtic in action away to Real Betis and West Ham taking on Dinamo Zagreb (5.45pm). Later in the evening, Leicester host Napoli (8pm). In the Europa Conference League, Tottenham take on Rennes (5.45pm).

It has been a positive few weeks off the pitch for the Ireland women’s football team, with Sky announced as a standalone sponsor and the news both they and the men’s team will receive the same amount in match fees going forward. However this morning Mary Hannigan has suggested it is now time to see some progress on the pitch. She writes: “It’s debatable how useful Fifa rankings are in assessing progress, but for what it’s worth, Ireland have fallen a place to 33 since Pauw took over from Colin Bell two years ago this month. And even though the FAI gave her a new two-year deal in February of last year, that’s not the trajectory they would have anticipated when they appointed someone with a chunky international CV.”

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