Daily Digest: Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale star as Real Madrid beat Girona

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Hello, it’s Niall here giving you a bitesize look at our top stories on Monday.

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Real Madrid came from behind to see off Girona and continue their winning start to the season, Karim Benzema grabbing a second-half brace in a 4-1 scoreline.

Girona had been surprise winners in the same fixture last term but despite threatening a repeat when Borja Garcia opened the scoring, they could not contain Julen Lopetegui’s side at the Montilivi.

Penalties either side of half-time – a Panenka-style effort from Sergio Ramos and a clinical strike from Benzema – shifted the momentum before Gareth Bale made it two in two La Liga games since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.

Benzema popped up again late on to add the gloss and ensure Real matched Barcelona’s six-point haul.

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All eyes will be on Jose Mourinho, Paul Pogba and Manchester United tonight as they face the first true test of their season, a home date with Tottenham.

Read our talking points ahead of the match at Old Trafford.

In other news, Man City boss Pep Guardiola insists results mean nothing yet as they lost their Premier League lead.

The champions were held to a 1-1 draw by battling Wolves to drop their first points of the campaign.

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Pakistan opening batsman Fakhar Zaman said his team are favourites to win next year’s World Cup in England.

The 28-year-old said Pakistan’s recent record and their win in the Champions Trophy make them favourites for the World Cup.

Elsewhere, Sri Lanka cricket authorities rejected claims of discrimination against England fans in the pricing of tickets for an upcoming tour, saying both foreign and local supporters would be charged the same.

England will play five ODIs, a one-off Twenty20 and three Tests between October 10 and November 27 at four venues – Colombo, Dambulla, Galle and Pallekele.

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Daily Digest: Dembele on target as Barcelona seal hard-fought win at Real Valladolid

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Hello, it’s David Cooper here giving you a bitesize look at our top stories on Sunday.

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It wasn’t plain sailing for Barcelona.

Coach Ernesto Valverde has criticised the pitch at Real Valladolid after Barcelona scraped to a 1-0 victory on Sunday night.

The players were seen struggling as the newly laid turf began cutting up during the match at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla, with Valverde saying he had not seen anything like it “for a long time”.

Read more, here.

FOOTBALL

Three wins from three for Liverpool.

After Manchester City and Bournemouth were both held earlier on Saturday, Liverpool took their chance to take top spot on the Premier League table – at least until Watford, Spurs and Chelsea are in action later in the weekend – by defeating Brighton 1-0 at Anfield.

Here, Alex Broun rates Jurgen Klopp’s men.

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Mayank Agarwal (l) and Fawad Alam.

Mayank Agarwal (l) and Fawad Alam.

Our cricket writer Ajit Vijaykumar ponders the curious case of selection and why some players miss the boat. Read more, here.

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Live football

Premier League: Watford v Crystal Palace (4.30pm); Fulham v Burnley (7pm); Newcastle v Chelsea (7pm)

La Liga: Girona v Real Madrid (12.15am); Sevilla v Villarreal (12.15am)

Formula One: Belgian Grand Prix (17.10pm)

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Daily Digest: Aaron Ramsey Arsenal contract saga no closer to resolution

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Hello, it’s David Cooper here giving you a bitesize look at our top stories on Saturday.

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Aaron Ramsey is out of contract in the summer of 2019.

Unai Emery has told Aaron Ramsey to focus on his football and not on his future as his contract impasse at Arsenal continues.

Read more, here.

FOOTBALL

David Silva is yet to decide if he will play on beyond the end of his current contract at Manchester City.

In fine form: David Silva.

Read more, here.

CRICKET

A key role: Rashid Khan

In the wickets: Rashid Khan.

Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan is simply unstoppable when it comes to T20 cricket. Still a teenager, Rashid has emerged as the best all-condition spinner in the format.

Check out the landmark the teenager is closing in on via our article.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is set to run out at the Allianz Arena.

Live football

Premier League: Wolves v Man City (3.30pm); Southampton v Leicester (6pm); Arsenal v West Ham (6pm); Bournemouth v Everton (6pm); Huddersfield v Cardiff (6pm); Liverpool v Brighton (8.30pm)

La Liga: Atletico Madrid v Rayo Vallecano (10.15pm); Valladolid v Barcelona (12.15am)

Serie A: Juventus v Lazio (8pm)

Formula One: Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying (5pm)

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