Raheem Sterling sparkled with a brace and Nicolas Jackson bagged his first goal for the club as Chelsea swept aside Luton 3-0 to give Mauricio Pochettino his first Premier League win as Blues boss on Friday.
Tottenham showed there is life after Harry Kane with a 2-0 win over Manchester United on Saturday as Manchester City beat potential Premier League title challengers Newcastle 1-0.
New arrival Jude Bellingham struck twice for Real Madrid to help them come from behind to beat Almeria 3-1 in La Liga on Saturday and said he was “ten times better” than last season.
Alexander Isak scored twice in Newcastle’s 5-1 thrashing of Aston Villa.
The ‘big three’ South African clubs had mixed results as the league season began this weekend with title-holders Mamelodi Sundowns winning, Kaizer Chiefs drawing and Orlando Pirates losing.
Japan all but sealed their place in the Women’s World Cup last 16 on Wednesday with Spain poised to fire a title warning and join them in the knockout rounds.
Coach Jorge Vilda says Spain will try to eke the best out of Alexia Putellas at the Women’s World Cup after she made a cameo off the bench in Friday’s ominous 3-0 win over Costa Rica.
Sophia Smith scored twice and set up another as a new-look United States launched their bid to win a third Women’s World Cup in a row with a 3-0 victory over Vietnam on Saturday.
New Zealand beat Norway 1-0 for a first Women’s World Cup win ever and Australia battled past Ireland by the same scoreline on a triumphant opening day for the co-hosts on Thursday.
Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie was the hero for Nigeria to earn them a point against Canada at the Women’s World Cup on Friday but there was to be no fairytale debut for the Philippines.