Belgium recovers from Courtois error to beat Russia 3-1
BRUSSELS (AP) — Eden Hazard scored twice as Belgium recovered from a blunder by Thibaut Courtois to beat Russia 3-1 Thursday and start its European Championship qualifying campaign on a...
Zaha stars as Crystal Palace defeats Burnley 3-1
BURNLEY, England (AP) — Crystal Palace moved eight points clear of the Premier League relegation zone with a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.
Zaha scores twice as Crystal Palace beats Leicester
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Wilfried Zaha scored twice to help give Crystal Palace a 4-1 win at Leicester on Saturday, as Roy Hodgson became the oldest manager to take charge of a Premier League...
The Latest: Fulham signs winger Markovic from Liverpool
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on transfer deadline day in European soccer (all times local):
Fulham signed winger Lazar Markovic from Liverpool in a late move as the January transfer window closed.
The 24-year-old Serbian signed on a short-term deal until the end of the season after being released by the Premier League leaders.
Mourinho selection backfires, United misses out on top spot
VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Manchester United missed the chance to finish top of its Champions League group as an understrength team lost 2-1 at Valencia on Wednesday, with an embarrassing own-goal by Phil Jones proving decisive.
With first-place Juventus losing 2-1 at Young Boys, United could have jumped above the Italian team in Group H with a win at the Mestalla but manager Jose Mourinho's decision to play a virtual reserve lineup backfired.
Batshuayi double helps Belgium beat Iceland 2-0
BRUSSELS (AP) — Michy Batshuayi proved a more than capable replacement for the injured Romelu Lukaku on Thursday when he scored twice as Belgium beat Iceland 2-0 to maintain its 100 percent record in the inaugural UEFA Nations League.
After 65 minutes of pounding the Iceland defense, captain Eden Hazard found Thomas Meunier on the right and the Paris Saint-Germain winger crossed for Batshuayi to slot the ball home.
Valencia’s struggles continue in draw with Young Boys
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Valencia's poor form continued as it clung on to a 1-1 draw against Champions League underdog Young Boys on Tuesday, as the Swiss team celebrated its first point in the competition.
Valencia has won just one of its last nine games, has just two points in the Champions League and hasn't scored more than once in a game since Sept. 2.
Valencia took the lead in the 26th minute when Michy Batshuayi picked up a flicked pass from Carlos Soler, rounded the goalkeeper and scored.
Batshuayi double helps Belgium beat Scotland 4-0 in friendly
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Substitute Michy Batshuayi scored twice in eight minutes as Belgium eased to a 4-0 victory over Scotland on Friday in its first game since finishing third at the World Cup.
Seven minutes after coming on at halftime in the friendly, Batshuayi took a pass from Eden Hazard in a swift Belgium break and guided the ball low into the net.
Dortmund looking for Alcacer’s goals to put it in contention
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund is looking for goals, and hoping Paco Alcacer provides them.
Despite an array of attack-minded players, Dortmund has struggled to score since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang departed last season for Arsenal. The Gabon striker scored 98 goals and set up 25 more in 144 league appearances. Replacement Michy Batshuayi managed seven in 10 games before his loan spell from Chelsea was ended by injury.
Dortmund finds its striker: Barcelona’s Paco Alcacer
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund has agreed to sign Spanish forward Paco Alcacer on loan from Barcelona with an option to buy.
The Bundesliga side says the 24-year-old Alcacer completed a medical on Tuesday and will wear the No. 9 for the club.
Should Dortmund take up the option to keep the player, he will be tied to the club for a further four years after the one-year loan spell.
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Striker Michy Batshuayi's World Cup participation for Belgium is still possible despite suffering a left ankle injury in Borussia Dortmund's Ruhr derby defeat to Schalke.
Batshuayi was hurt in injury time on Sunday, left the stadium in Gelsenkirchen on crutches, and was taken to hospital for treatment.
Batshuayi doubts UEFA cares about racism after case dropped
Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi questioned if UEFA cared about tackling racism on Thursday after European soccer's governing body rejected his complaint that Atalanta fans subjected him to abuse during a Europa League game in Italy.
"LOL. Must be my imagination," Batshuayi wrote on Twitter after The Associated Press broke the news of the UEFA verdict.
Batshuayi strikes late for Dortmund to beat Frankfurt 3-2
BERLIN (AP) — Michy Batshuayi scored deep in injury time for Borussia Dortmund to beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2 and return to third place in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
The visitors were expecting a share of the points after Danny Blum's injury-time equalizer, but there was still time for Batshuayi - who was dropped from the starting lineup - to score his second goal of the game.
Dortmund striker Batshuayi racially abused at game in Italy
Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi says he was subject to racist chants from Atalanta fans during a Europa League game in Italy.
The Belgium international, on loan from Chelsea, tweeted: "2018 and still racists monkey noises in the stands ... really ?!"
Dortmund advanced to the round of 16 by drawing 1-1 to beat Atalanta 4-3 on aggregate on Thursday.
Batshuayi double delights Dortmund in Europa League
LONDON (AP) — Michy Batshuayi scored twice, the second goal arriving in stoppage time, to earn Borussia Dortmund a 3-2 comeback win over Atalanta in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday.
Elsewhere, Arsenal powered past Ostersund 3-0, Atletico Madrid thrashed Copenhagen 4-1 and Italian league leader Napoli slipped to a surprise 3-1 home defeat against Leipzig.
Reus returns as Dortmund claims 500th Bundesliga win at home
BERLIN (AP) — Marco Reus made his first appearance of the season and Michy Batshuayi scored again as Borussia Dortmund defeated Hamburger SV 2-0 on Saturday for its 500th Bundesliga win at home.
Dortmund moved to third as it stretched its unbeaten run to seven games under Peter Stoeger, who gave defender Manuel Akanji his first start and Reus the captain's armband 259 days after the Germany forward sustained a cruciate ligament injury in the German Cup final.
West Ham’s turmoil continues with 3-1 loss to Brighton
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — West Ham's week of turmoil ended with a 3-1 loss at Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.
Goals from Glenn Murray, Jose Izquierdo and Pascal Gross secured a second win in 14 matches for Brighton to boost its chances of avoiding the drop.
Aubameyang move to Arsenal caps record January spend in EPL
LONDON (AP) — A transfer window that produced record spending by Premier League teams closed with a shuffle of strikers.
A logjam was broken on deadline day in European soccer when the path was cleared for Arsenal to pay a club-record 63.75 million euros ($80 million) for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Aubameyang joins Arsenal for club-record $80 million
Arsenal paid a club-record fee of 63.75 million euros ($80 million) to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, completing the overhaul of the team's attack that was triggered by Alexis Sanchez's departure to Manchester United.
Batshuayi in, Auba out; Dortmund dominates deadline day
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund dominated the end of the transfer window in Germany with a flurry of activity that saw star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave and Michy Batshuayi take his place on Wednesday.
The Bundesliga club also made what it called a "big concession" on the transfer fee to allow defender Marc Bartra to go to Real Betis after a tumultuous Bundesliga spell, while it signed promising winger Sergio Gomez from Barcelona.
Chelsea comes from behind to beat Watford 4-2
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea left it late but came from behind to beat Watford 4-2 and avoid a third straight defeat in the Premier League on Saturday.
Pedro had given Chelsea the lead in the 12th minute with a superb curling strike but Abdoulaye Doucoure leveled on the stroke of halftime and Roberto Pereyra put Watford in front four minutes after the break.
Watford wasted a number of chances to extend its advantage before substitute Michy Batshuayi headed in the equalizer.
Batshuayi scores late winner as Chelsea beats Atletico 2-1
MADRID (AP) — Substitute Michy Batshuayi scored with the last kick of the game to give Chelsea a well-deserved 2-1 comeback win against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish club's Champions League debut at its new stadium Wednesday.
Batshuayi scored from close range in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time after a cross from the right by Marcos Alonso, stunning the Atletico crowd at the new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Goals flow for England’s top clubs in League Cup
England's top clubs showcased their strength in depth in the League Cup on Wednesday, with Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Everton all advancing to the last 16 despite fielding virtual second-string lineups.
Back-up forwards had a particularly fruitful time on an evening when the yawning gap between the Premier League and the lower leagues was highlighted.
Chelsea celebrates title with 5-1 win over Sunderland
LONDON (AP) — Premier League champion Chelsea celebrated its title in style with a 5-1 victory over relegated Sunderland on Sunday.
For once the football took a back seat at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea fans bid farewell to John Terry as the club's long-serving captain made his final home appearance.
Sunderland took a shock lead through Javier Manquillo but goals from Willian, Eden Hazard, Pedro and Michy Batshuayi's late brace ensured Chelsea's party wasn't spoilt.
Back on top: Chelsea wins the English Premier League
WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has had the golden touch in his first season in the English Premier League, all the way through to the title-clinching game.
With Chelsea scoreless at West Bromwich Albion on Friday and looking like squandering the first of three opportunities to regain the trophy, Conte took the bold decision to remove star winger Eden Hazard and introduce substitute Michy Batshuayi, a player with just one goal to his name all season.
As rivals struggle in FA Cup, Chelsea flaunts squad strength
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea's display of its squad strength bodes well for the pursuit of a double.
A 4-0 victory over Brentford in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday appeared routine, with Willian, Pedro Rodriguez, Branislav Ivanovic, and Michy Batshuayi scoring.
But with nine changes made to the side that beat Hull in the English Premier League last weekend, this was an exhibition of strength in depth. And more significantly, youth from the league leader.