Juventus’ captain Gianluigi Buffon celebrates with his team mates at the end of the match against Atletico Madrid in their Champions League Group A soccer match at the Juventus stadium in Turin. Photograph: Giorgio Perottino/Reuters

Group AJuventus had veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to thank as they scraped into the Champions League knockout stage with a goalless draw at home(...)

Thomas Müller scored scored five goals for Germany at the 2014 World Cup prior to the final against Argentina. Photograph: EPA.

On my first day at the 2014 World Cup I walk into the media centre under the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo. It’s early on the morning of Tuesday J(...)

Costa Rica’s  Bryan Ruiz heads home past Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during the Group D game  at Arena Pernambuco  in Recife, Brazil. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Costa Rica 1 Italy 0Costa Rica have qualified from the Group of Death that was supposed to eat them alive, and nobody can say that they do not deserve(...)

 With  Arsenal player Joel Campbell 
spearheading their frontline, 
Costa Rica 
 have a player capable of providing the cutting edge their smash-and-grab approach demands.
 Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

Costa Rica and their collection of nimble attacking talents face Italy ready to produce another World Cup shock.The Central American nation were meant(...)

 Gianluigi Buffon claims the ball during an Italian  training session  with fellow  goalkeepers Salvatore Sirigu (centre) and Mattia Perin. Sirigu will start instead of the injured Buffon for the game against England. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will miss their opening World Cup Group D match against England in Manaus on Saturday with Paris St Germain stopper(...)

Galatasaray players celebrate with goalscorer Wesley Sneijder   after he sent his side into the second round of the Champions League with a late winner in the delayed game against Juventus in Istanbul. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Galatasaray 1 Juventus 0A late Wesley Sneijder goal helped Galatasaray reach the Champions League knockout stages on Wednesday afternoon as they beat (...)

Brazil’s Neymar celebrates a wonder free kick against Italy.

Last Saturday night we saw a goal that was truly state-of-the-art. First Neymar deceived the referee by craftily engineering a collision with Christia(...)

Japan’s goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima (L) reacts after Italy’s Sebastian Giovinco scored the winning goal during their Confederations Cup Group A soccer match at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters.

Italy 4 Japan 3: Substitute Sebastian Giovinco tapped in a late goal to secure Italy a thrilling win a semi-final berth in the Confederations Cup.(...)