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Soccer - Sunday 17 September, 2017

Bale strikes in vital Madrid win at Sociedad

The Welsh star responded to his critics in style.

'I was actually offered a new contract but that was taken away when Souness left'

Gavin Peers looks back on a decorated career that saw him win ever major honour in Irish football.

One day Rooney will be back home, says Mourinho

The former Man United captain received a warm reception on his return to Old Trafford.

Arsenal can cope without luxury players and more Premier League talking points

Plus David Luiz’s sending off and pressure mounting on Ronald Koeman’s shoulders.

It's Sunday so here are 10 of our favourite images from the sporting week

Here’s how the last seven days looked through the lens.

Antonio Conte hopeful that Pedro injury is 'not serious'

Pedro was withdrawn at half-time during their draw against Arsenal with an ankle injury.

Emphatic United score four as Rooney endures tough return to Manchester

Three goals in the final ten minutes saw United hammer an Everton side who had more than enough chances to earn a point.

Watch: Stunning Paulo Dybala hat-trick helps Juventus maintain perfect Serie A record Top Class This post contains videos

Watch: Stunning Paulo Dybala hat-trick helps Juventus maintain perfect Serie A record

The Argentine international has now scored eight goals in four games.

David Luiz sent off, as disciplined Arsenal hold Chelsea

Both sides missed decent opportunities, but a draw was a fair reflection of an evenly fought contest.

As it happened: Man United vs Everton, Premier League

Manchester United welcome Wayne Rooney back to Old Trafford as Jose Mourinho’s side take on Everton.

Massive blow for Barcelona as €105 million signing Dembele set for extended layoff

French international Ousmane Dembele was just 20 minutes into his first La Liga start when he pulled his hamstring on Saturday.

As it happened: Chelsea v Arsenal, Premier League

Chelsea took on Arsenal in a big game for both sides.

Tevez's battered Shanghai Shenhua 'just like Man United'

The 33-year-old climbed off the bench for the second half to score just his third Chinese Super League goal.

Harry Redknapp accepts managerial career all but over

The 70-year-old Englishman left his post at Birmingham after just 13 games in charge.

Baby Schmeichel v baby Ince, Rena is Wonderwoman and more in tweets of the week

Here’s the best of what the world of sport had to offer on Twitter over the past seven days.

'It was affecting everything, my happiness. In the end I said, 'I'm going to stand up for myself here''

Ireland’s Denise O’Sullivan moved to the US last year but she was forced to press the reset button on her career just a few months ago.

‘I genuinely treat every final like it could be our last’ - Kenny hungry for more success

With Saturday’s EA Sports Cup triumph over Shamrock Rovers Stephen Kenny secured his eighth trophy in his last four seasons at Dundalk.

Soccer - Saturday 16 September, 2017

Are Southampton better with Shane Long and more Premier League talking points

Plus, Liverpool’s struggles against the weaker teams continue.

Waterford confirmed as First Division champions after Cabinteely win in Cobh

Alan Reynolds’ side have made it to the top flight with two games to spare.

Late drama as Sligo Rovers triumph in relegation six-pointer

It seemed as though Paddy McCourt’s goal eight minutes from time would’ve salvaged a draw for Finn Harps.

'I was delighted for my 20th to come in a cup final — I'm 28 and can still get better' Man Of The Match This post contains videos

'I was delighted for my 20th to come in a cup final — I'm 28 and can still get better'

David McMillan scored his 20th goal of the season in Saturday’s EA Sports Cup final during a man of the match performance.

Klopp: Liverpool could have won every game

The Reds’ boss says his team is showing “good shape” despite winning only two of their first five Premier League matches.

There were a number of Irish players on target in the Championship today

Former Ireland U21 international Aiden O’Brien hit the winner, as Millwall beat table toppers Leeds.

'He was tougher than I thought... The players didn't all like him that much'

Author and journalist Ian Herbert chats to The42 about legendary Liverpool manager Bob Paisley.

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Stuttgart captain swallows tongue, saved by doctor

Christian Gentner was left bloodied after Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels’ knee caught the midfielder.

Harry Redknapp sacked by Birmingham 8 games into the season

The 70-year-old lost his job after seeing his side suffer a sixth successive defeat.

More Wembley woe for Tottenham as Swansea hold firm

Spurs have still yet to register a home league win since moving to their new stadium.

Celtic back on track after Champions League woe

French forward Moussa Dembele marked his return from a two-month injury lay-off with a superb curling strike.

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Watch: Paulinho rescues Barca, €105 million summer signing lasts just 29 minutes on full league debut

Ousmane Dembele has endured a frustrating start to life in La Liga, after picking up a hamstring injury.

Jamie Vardy maintains remarkable form, Lascelles the hero for Newcastle

Meanwhile, West Brom had to settle for a draw against struggling West Ham.

Aguero and Jesus star as Man City hit Watford for 6

Pep Guardiola’s side secured an impressive win at Vicarage Road.

Dundalk claim eighth trophy in four seasons as Lilywhites down sorry Hoops in Tallaght

David McMillan set the Lilywhites on their way before late goals from Patrick McEleney and Tommy Stewart sealed the win in Dublin.

More frustration for Liverpool as they drop points at home to Burnley

Jurgen Klopp’s side were left to rue a series of missed chances against Sean Dyche’s men.

Gareth Barry equals Premier League appearance record set by Ryan Giggs

Barry has also set a record of his own as he becomes the first player to start 600 Premier League games.

Zinedine Zidane tells under-fire Gareth Bale to 'do more'

The Wales international has been under-par so far this season but his coach believes he will soon be back to his best

Crystal Palace make unwanted history as Davis ruins Hodgson's debut Woe

Crystal Palace make unwanted history as Davis ruins Hodgson's debut

Virgil van Dijk made his first appearance of the season from the bench, while Shane Long was given a rare start for Southampton.

As it happened: Liverpool v Burnley, Premier League

Liverpool took on Burnley, as the Reds attempted to bounce back from their loss at Man City last week.

Coutinho's first start of the season one of 7 changes for Liverpool

James Milner captains the side with Jordan Henderson on the bench and there are four defensive alterations.

Klopp watched Van Dijk alternatives '500 million times' but none could improve Liverpool

The Reds did not strengthen their centre-back position despite links with the Southampton star in the summer.

Mourinho explains why allowing 'legend' Rooney to leave was an easy decision

“When they’re a legend they deserve that freedom of choice,” said the Manchester United manager.