Daily Digest: Lionel Messi earns Barcelona draw at Valencia

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The Sport360 team are here bringing you our top stories on Monday.

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Barcelona missed the chance to return to the top of La Liga after being held to a 1-1 draw at Valencia.

Lionel Messi’s classy goal cancelled out Ezequiel Garay opener, which came after just 79 seconds.

After winning their first six games in all competitions this season, Barca’s only win in their last five has come at Tottenham in the Champions League.

Barca are now second, a point behind new leaders Sevilla who beat Celta Vigo 2-1 earlier on Sunday.

Read our ratings and talking points from the game.

FOOTBALL

Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty as Manchester City blew the chance of ending their Anfield hoodoo.

The Algerian winger stepped up in the 86th minute after Leroy Sane had been caught by Virgil van Dijk.

But he blasted his spot-kick over the bar as honours between the Premier League’s top two ended even. Check out our things learned, ratings and player focus from the match.

In other news, Arsenal were 5-1 winners over Fulham and Chelsea romped to a 3-0 victory over Southampton.

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Pakistan put their nightmare Asia Cup campaign firmly behind them as they reached 255-3 on the opening day of the first Test against Australia on Sunday.

Batting first in pristine batting conditions, returning batsman Mohammad Hafeez hit his 10th Test century, finishing on 126, while fellow opener Imam-ul-Haq made his best score of 76 as Sarfraz Ahmed’s openers added 205.

Australia went in with three debutants in their first Test series since the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March. However, while the ball did all sorts in South Africa, in the UAE it did nothing for them in the first two sessions.

The Aussies went in with just two seam bowling options in Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle and had to soon resort to the part-time leg spin of debutant Marnus Labuschagne. They gained some reverse swing towards the end of the day’s play to lift their morale on a tough Day One in Dubai.

Read our report card and player in focus from day one.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

A sporting weekend of incredible comebacks in South Africa, Argentina and England – but what do the late revivals mean for the three teams?

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Daily Digest: Mourinho reaction; pressure mounts on Lopetegui

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The Sport360 Team is in place bringing you our top stories on Sunday morning.

As ever, get in touch with us throughout the day on Twitter and Facebook.

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A much-needed win for the Red Devils.

A much-needed win for the Red Devils.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho claimed after the 3-2 home victory over Newcastle that he was the subject of a “manhunt.”

FOOTBALL

Dejected: Real Madrid failed to score again.

Dejected: Real Madrid failed to score again.

Julen Lopetegui refused to be drawn on continued speculation over his future after Alaves turned up the heat yet further on the Real Madrid coach with a dramatic 1-0 stoppage-time victory at Mendizorrotza.

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Australian Test captain Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer

Australian Test captain Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer.

Australian Test captain Tim Paine will lead the Baggy Green into a new era when his team face Pakistan in the first Test of the two-match series, starting in Dubai today.

Read full build-up, here.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

Ahead of the series between Pakistan and Australia, our cricket writer Ajit Vijaykumar says the hosts have it all to do to lift themselves after a poor performance in the Asia Cup.

Read his article, here.

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Cricket: Pakistan v Australia first Test, day one (10am)

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Brighton steel impresses Chris Hughton after tense 1-0 West Ham win in Premier League

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Chris Hughton hailed his Brighton team for finally securing their first clean sheet of the season in their 1-0 victory over West Ham.

Glenn Murray’s 99th goal for the club gave Brighton the lead at half-time, but it was their organised and resilient defending – on the same day centre-backs Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy signed new five-year contracts – that gave Hughton the most satisfaction as they climbed to 12th in the Premier League.

Heading into the international break, Hughton’s team have a total of eight points from eight fixtures in which Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham have been among their opposition, and the Brighton manager said: “The clean sheet’s really important for us.

“We spoke a lot about the start of the season we’ve had – we’ve had to play four of the big teams – but it’s no good speaking that way if you’re not able to capitalise on some of the games that are against very, very good opposition, but not top-six opposition. That showed.

“We were up against a really good West Ham side and you can see them scoring a lot of goals this season. We did the defensive things well and had to ride our luck a bit but the clean sheet was very pleasing.

“(Duffy and Dunk) deserve (their contracts) for what they’ve given this football club and will continue to give.”

Asked if 35-year-old Murray should be in contention for an England call-up, Hughton said: “All I can speak about is what Glenn gives us. For somebody at this stage of the season to have scored five goals in the Premier League for this club is a big achievement.

“Gareth’s done a wonderful job with the England team and he’ll make any decisions on the way that he wants to go.

“Glenn has always had the knack of being in the right place at the right time – he’s a player who has looked after himself really well and that enables him not only to get the goals but to have an impact on the overall game.”

The defeat was 15th-placed West Ham’s fifth from eight games, and ends the encouraging run that included last week’s 3-1 victory over Manchester United and leaves them at risk at falling to 17th by the weekend’s conclusion.

They were also perhaps fortunate that Jurgen Locadia’s late finish was ruled offside, but their manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “We made important mistakes in their goal, but we had chances.

“Maybe in the first 45 minutes they played with more intensity in the way they recovered the ball. But the last 45 minutes we had the pace, we had the football; they didn’t have one chance.

“We must continue working the same way because the way we played the last 45 minutes was encouraging.

“I’m more frustrated that we finished the game but lost 1-0 after creating three very clear chances, at least, to score. That’s why I cannot be happy.”

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