Liverpool set for clash with Atlético; Connacht justified in feeling hard done by

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Liverpool take on Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid in tonight’s Champions League group B clash. Kick-off is at 8pm. Photograph: Getty Images

Liverpool take on Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid in tonight’s Champions League group B clash. Kick-off is at 8pm. Photograph: Getty Images

Premier League clubs have voted through legislation designed to prevent Newcastle United’s Saudi owners from striking lucrative sponsorship deals following their hugely controversial takeover. In Premier League action last night, Alexandre Lacazette struck with the last kick of the game to give Arsenal a rollercoaster 2-2 home draw with Crystal Palace and deny Patrick Vieira a winning return to his former club. Richie Towell’s late equaliser saw Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians share the spoils after a feisty encounter at Tallaght Stadium. Ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash with La Liga champions Atlético Madrid, Liverpool centre back Virgil van Dijk reminds fans, ‘I am not a robot’, as he explains the road back from an ACL injury is a long one. Liverpool have made an impressive unbeaten start to the season since his return.

In his column this morning, Gerry Thornley explains why history tells us Connacht are justified in feeling hard done by. From refereeing decisions - Chris Cloete’s try in last weekend’s defeat to Munster the latest - to blatant gerrymandering the province has suffered: “maybe Connacht supporters, and management and players alike, can have a tendency to be a little paranoid. But then again, they’re probably entitled to be.”

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