Evening Report: October 1

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Juan Mata has refuted claims Fernando Torres is a dirty player after the Spaniard was sent off in Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Saturday.

The FA confirmed earlier today that Torres will face no further punishment after he seemingly scratched Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen in the face.

Meanwhile Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has defended Vertonghen for his part in the incident.

AVB says Vertonghen's record speaks for itself and that no blame could be laid at the Belgian's door.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he is confident that his team can overcome reigning champions Bayern Munich in their Champions League tie tomorrow.

The Chilean also laughed off suggestions that the tactical battle between him and Pep Guardiola would decide the outcome of the game.

Shakhtar Donetsk head coach Mircea Lucescu has called on the Ukrainian club's supporters to create an atmosphere that will intimidate Manchester United during their Champions League showdown tomorrow.

United go into the game on the back of a shock 2-1 defeat against West Brom.

Cristiano Ronaldo will make his 100th appearance in European competitions when he lines up for Real Madrid against Copenhagen tomorrow.

The Portuguese ace has scored 54 goals in his 99 appearances so far.

And finally, League 1 leaders Leyton Orient were given a shock when Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud turned up at the club asking for a trial for his friend.

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