Gareth Bale  celebrates after scoring Real Madrid’s third goal during their 4-0 Club World Cup victory over Mexico’s Cruz Azul in Marrakech

European champions Real Madrid turned on the party tricks as they sailed into the Club World Cup final by crushing Cruz Azul 4-0 on Tuesday.The Mexic(...)

The match fixtures are shown on a panel following the draw of the round of 16 soccer matches of the UEFA Champions League 2014/15 in Nyon, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The final is scheduled for June 6 at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. (AP Photo/Keystone,Jean-Christophe Bott)

This year’s draw for the knockout stage has thrown up some tantalising games, including Manchester City’s clash with Barcelona and a tough encounter (...)

Wales are three points clear of Belgium in Group B after hanging on to draw 0-0 in the Euro 2016 qualifier in Brussels

Wales survived a late onslaught to force a goalless draw against Belgium in their Euro 2016 qualifying match in Brussels on Sunday, with their key man(...)

 Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema celebrates his goal against Liverpool during their Champions League   match  at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Photograph: Javier Lizon / EPA

Real Madrid 1 Liverpool 0By the end, at least Brendan Rodgers could make a credible argument that he could have started with his best men and there wa(...)

Steven Gerrard looks at the rainfall as he exercises with team-mates during training ahead of tonight’s clash against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. Photo: Gonzalo Arroyo/Getty

Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool must overcome the finest player and team in world football in Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid tonight but insist(...)

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge may return to action against Real Madrid. Photograph: Peter Powell / EPA

Brendan Rodgers is “highly unlikely” to gamble on Daniel Sturridge’s fitness for Liverpool’s Champions League clash against Real Madrid despite the En(...)

 Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti  jokes with  Luka Modric  as   Gareth Bale  looks on during the team’s training session at Valdebebas Sport City in Madrid on Monday. Ancelotti confirmed that Bale is fit to play against Liverpool in Tuesday’s game at the Bernabeu . Photograph: Juan Carlos Hidalgo/EPA

Real Madrid’s Wales winger Gareth Bale has recovered from a muscle injury and should be available for Tuesday’s Champions League Group B match at home(...)

  Luis Suárez of Barcelona did not make hte 23-man Ballon d’Or list. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Barcelona striker Luis Suárez has been omitted from Fifa’s 23-man list of contenders for the Ballon d’Or award.The list, which will be whittled down t(...)

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema tries to nick the ball past Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. Photograph:
EPA/Juan Hidalgo

Madrid City was in jubilant mood on Saturday night, as Real Madrid swept aside Barcelona 3-1 in an absorbing La Liga contest. As the front cover of Ma(...)

The two playmakers of El Clasico, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi of Barcelona, will be the focus of fans at the Bernabeu. Photograph: Getty Images.

One of the cliches first: a country will come to a standstill tonight. Real Madrid versus Barcelona stops Spain. According to legend, and a fair am(...)