The new Europa Conference League had a sprinkling of stardust Thursday as Harry Kane played in Tottenham's 2-2 draw with Rennes and Jose Mourinho's Roma beat CSKA Sofia in the opening games of the group stage.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Thursday:
EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE
UEFA will be delighted to see its latest competition having a couple of high-profile figures for its inaugural campaign.
As Manchester City launched its ultimately unsuccessful attempts to sign a marquee striker during the transfer window, one player was regularly touted as a makeweight in negotiations.
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Bernardo Silva earned Manchester City its third straight victory in the English Premier League with a second-half goal to see off Leicester 1-0 on Saturday.
Getting City some revenge for last month’s loss to Leicester in the Community Shield, the Portugal midfielder lifted a finish over goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in the 62nd minute after the ball fell to him when Joao Cancelo's shot from the edge of the box hit Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — England conceded in the second minute of stoppage time to draw 1-1 at Poland on Wednesday and drop points for the first time in qualifying for next year’s World Cup.
Harry Kane’s goal from a powerful 30-meter shot in the 72nd minute looked like it would give England a sixth straight win in Group I but, in a rare sight of goal for Poland, Damian Szymanski headed home from a cross by Robert Lewandowski.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City didn't need Harry Kane or Cristiano Ronaldo to destroy Arsenal.
With four different scorers in the 5-0 win on Saturday, maybe the attacking options currently available to Pep Guardiola are enough to defend the Premier League title.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — As the transfer talk heated up, the prospect of seeing Cristiano Ronaldo in a Manchester City jersey increasingly dismayed greats from the red half of town — particularly Rio Ferdinand.
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Manchester City returns to Premier League action with a home match against Arsenal, having failed to add a striker to its squad heading into the final days of the transfer window.
LONDON (AP) — Harry Kane has been pursuing a route out of Tottenham for months.
There was the interview when he floated his transfer value being 100 million pounds ($137 million) and the desire to play for a title-winning club.
Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane, two of the world's best strikers, were back in action in the Premier League on Sunday after some time away.
Lukaku made the better impression.
Making the first appearance of his second spell at Chelsea, the Belgium international marked his return to England's top division after a two-year absence by scoring one goal and playing a part in the other in a 2-0 win at Arsenal.
LONDON (AP) — If this was a first taste of life without Harry Kane for Tottenham, maybe that prospect isn't so terrifying after all.
At least not while Son Heung-min is still at the club.
Son netted a second-half winner Sunday as Tottenham opened the Premier League season with an impressive 1-0 home victory over defending champion Manchester City — the team that has spent the summer trying to buy its talisman striker.
LONDON (AP) — Son Heung-min made up for the absence of Harry Kane by scoring a second-half winner to give Tottenham a 1-0 win over defending champion Manchester City on Sunday in their opening game of the Premier League season.
LONDON (AP) — Striker Harry Kane has been left out of Tottenham's squad to play Manchester City on Sunday amid continued speculation that he could be close to joining Pep Guardiola's team.
Kane only returned to full training with Tottenham on Friday following his holiday and was not deemed fit enough to even be on the bench for the Premier League opener against the defending champion.
LONDON (AP) — Harry Kane was back training with the Tottenham squad on Friday and could feature in its opening Premier League game against Manchester City, the team with which the England captain has been heavily linked during the off-season.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is "very interested” in signing striker Harry Kane but he needs Tottenham to come to the negotiation table.
The England captain wants out of Tottenham and has indicated City is his preferred destination.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola poured cold water on the idea of a reunion with Lionel Messi.
“Right now, (it’s) not in our thoughts, absolutely not,” Guardiola said at a news conference when asked about signing Messi.
LONDON (AP) — At least one star forward wants to stay at Tottenham.
Son Heung-min signed a four-year contract extension Friday to keep him at the Premier League club through June 2025.
LONDON (AP) — Harry Kane may want out of Tottenham but new manager Nuno Espirito Santo sent a bold message Friday: “Harry is our player.”
The England captain has indicated he wants a change of scenery after Tottenham's seventh-place finish in the Premier League left it out of the Champions League, but Nuno said he expects the striker to return.
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Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand says he cannot understand how a decisive penalty was awarded against his team in the 2-1 loss to England in the European Championship semifinals.
LONDON (AP) — England has broken through its semifinal ceiling at major soccer tournaments. A title match awaits for the first time in 55 years.
Harry Kane converted the rebound after his initial penalty was saved in the 104th minute to give England a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Denmark in extra time in the European Championship semifinals on Wednesday at Wembley Stadium.
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Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko says it’s too early to say whether he will stay in his job after his team’s quarterfinal loss to England at the European Championship.
ROME (AP) — England is going back home — with something to play for.
Harry Kane scored twice and England overwhelmed Ukraine 4-0 Saturday to reach the European Championship semifinals.
It was the only match of Euro 2020 that England had to play away from Wembley Stadium and it was the team’s most dominant performance of the tournament.
LONDON (AP) — Few countries have elevated sports' role in society quite as much as Britain, so the absence of crowds during the pandemic has been a constant reminder, if any were needed, of the far-reaching toll of the coronavirus.
LONDON (AP) — Years of despair. Decades of distress. Eons of agony.
It’s nothing but history now, because England has finally beaten Germany again in a knockout match at a major soccer tournament.
LONDON (AP) — No goals from Harry Kane at Euro 2020. No plans for England coach Gareth Southgate to drop his star striker.
The captain has yet to even get a shot on target as England opened its European Championship campaign with a 1-0 win over Croatia and a 0-0 draw with Scotland.
LONDON (AP) — Not even with the Premier League’s top scorer could England find a way past Scotland.
Maybe Harry Kane was as much as the problem as the solution.
On his good days, Kane is one of the game’s ultimate goal threats for both Tottenham and England.
Pushing the European Championship back a year because of the coronavirus pandemic has given some teams a chance to rebuild or integrate new players. Others have had their squads hit by injuries and retirements.
MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has a chance to become the all-time top scorer with a national team. Kylian Mbappé will attempt to lead France to a second consecutive major title. Robert Lewandowski hopes to keep thriving after winning the player of the year award.
LEICESTER, England (AP) — It happened again to Leicester.
For the second straight season, Leicester missed out on a top-four finish and qualification for the Champions League after a loss on the final day of the Premier League season.
LONDON (AP) — Tottenham’s players were jeered by their own returning fans during and after a 2-1 loss to Aston Villa in the Premier League on Wednesday, which could prove to be Harry Kane’s final home match for the club.
LONDON (AP) — Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has told fans that the club made mistakes during a disappointing season in which it tried to join a “Super League” and fired manager Jose Mourinho after falling out of contention for the Champions League.
LONDON (AP) — If Harry Kane does want to leave Tottenham, he hasn’t told his manager.
Sky Sports, one of the Premier League’s major rights holders, reported Monday that Kane has asked to be sold after becoming unhappy with the lack of progress at the club.
LONDON (AP) — Harry Kane endured a frustrating match in his bid to win the Premier League’s Golden Boot for the third time despite scoring in Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Wolverhampton on Sunday.
Kane’s 45th-minute goal moved him to 22 for the season — tied with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah for the most in the league — but the England captain also struck the post twice and had an effort cleared off the line.
LONDON (AP) — Gareth Bale scored a hat trick as Tottenham stayed in the Champions League qualification race with a 4-0 win over relegated Sheffield United on Sunday...
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Harry Kane scored twice, including a second-half equalizer, before limping off with an ankle injury in Tottenham's 2-2 draw at Everton in the Premier League on Friday as both teams stayed on the fringe of the race for Champions League qualification...
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Friday:
Everton and Tottenham are on the fringes of the race for Champions League qualification ahead of their meeting at Goodison Park in the Premier League...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — If captain Harry Kane is the first name on England’s team sheet, then blossoming midfielder Mason Mount isn’t too far behind...
LONDON (AP) — England began its path to the 2022 World Cup with the easiest of wins against the planet’s lowest-ranked national team in an empty stadium...
SHEFFIELD, England (AP) — Tanguy Ndombele's audacious hooked shot completed Tottenham's 3-1 victory at Sheffield United on Sunday, giving Jose Mourinho's side a first away success in the Premier League in two months...
Harry Kane scored his 200th goal for Tottenham in a 3-1 away victory over Ludogorets in the Europa League on Thursday, while AC Milan's 24-game unbeaten streak ended with a 3-0 loss to Lille at at the San Siro...
LONDON (AP) — Son Heung-min ran from one penalty area to the other, brushing past most of the opposition to score a dazzling solo goal as Tottenham beat Burnley 5-0 in the Premier League on Saturday...
LONDON (AP) — England coach Gareth Southgate and his captain Harry Kane have been rewarded in Queen Elizabeth II's New Year honors list on the back of the team's surprise run to the World Cup semifinals.
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Croatia defender Dejan Lovren says people should show him more respect now he's going to play in a World Cup final.
SAMARA, Russia (AP) — England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup...
LONDON (AP) — Final score: North London 9, Merseyside 3.
Liverpool and Everton endured a miserable Sunday in the Premier League as they were torn apart by Tottenham and Arsenal...
LONDON (AP) — Harry Kane scored his first Premier League hat trick as Tottenham held off Leicester to win 4-3 at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Tottenham substituted goalkeeper Hugo Lloris after only four minutes with injury before taking the lead through Kane's close range strike in the sixth minute.