Spain lost 2-0 to Chile yesterday to become the first World Cup title holder to be eliminated before its final group game. The Netherlands won to stay top of Group B and Croatia ousted 10-man Cameroon with a 4-0 rout.
Arsenal midfielder Alex Song completed his move to Barcelona after passing a medical exam, the Spanish club said. He’s joined on a five-year contract.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Chelsea and Arsenal scored late goals to win and keep their places at the top of English soccer’s Premier League.
Queens Park Rangers signed Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton to a four-year contract, the Premier League club said on its website.
West Bromwich beat Liverpool 3-0 and Swansea and Fulham both won 5-0 on the opening day of English soccer’s new Premier League season.
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli won’t face further punishment for his foot-first challenge on Arsenal’s Alex Song two days ago.
Thierry Henry marked his return to Arsenal, where he scored a club-record 226 goals before leaving for Barcelona in 2007, by grabbing the winner in an F.A. Cup match against Leeds.
Arsenal and Bayer Leverkusen won to advance in soccer’s Champions League, while APOEL Nicosia became the first Cypriot club to reach the round of 16.