Orchestrating everything is Messi, an all-round genius who could run past four players or pick out a runner on the far side with a no-look pass. There’s no way to tell.

Rio Ferdinand tells a story in his autobiography about the time he asked Thierry Henry to pick a favourite between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Mes(...)

FC Barcelona’s Argentinian striker Leo Messi jubilates his first goal against Bayern Munich during the Uefa Champions League semifinal first leg match. Photo: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Perhaps the most striking thing about Lionel Messi’s second goal against Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night was its gentleness. There(...)

 Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller scores his side’s goal in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final against FC Porto at the Allianz Arena in Munich. Photo: Andreas Gebert/EPA

Bayern Munich 6 FC Porto 1 (Bayern win 7-4 on agg) As you were, then, Pep. This was an extraordinary Champions League quarter-final second leg (...)

Jackson Martinez got Porto’s third in their 3-1 win against Bayern Munich. Photograph: Reuters

Porto 3 Bayern Munich 1Porto capitalised on a string of defensive mistakes to beat Bayern Munich 3-1 in the first leg of their Champions League quarte(...)

Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer leave their news conference in Porto ahead of their Champions League quarter-final first leg. Photo: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

Bayern Munich will not repeat the mistakes they made last season when they face Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday night, according to Thomas (...)

Oleksandr Kucher of Shakhtar Donetsk challenges Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern Munich during the Champions League round of 16 first leg match at the Donbass Arena. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Shakhtar Donetsk 0 Bayern Munich 0Xabi Alonso saw his 100th Champions League appearance ended prematurely, although his red card did not cost Bayern M(...)

Jose Mourinho has seen his Chelsea side undefeated for 23 matches in all competitions. Photograph: Reuters.

The pursuit of perfection can feel like a hopeless dream in football. Last week a hush descended upon the Etihad Stadium as Bayern Munich produced (...)

 Sergio Agüero of Manchester City scored three against Bayern Munich. Photograph:  Michael Regan/Getty Images

Manchester City 3 Bayern Munich 2The astonishing thing about this night is that it, once again, it exposed all Manchester City’s shortcomings in Europ(...)

German  coach Joachim Löw during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Ireland in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Ina Fassbender / Reuters
German player ratings

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) 6/10 Until the last kick, only had one moment where his heart rate would have crept up at all – stretching time to(...)

John O’Shea (centre) of Ireland celebrates after scoring  the late equaliser against world champions Germany in   at Arena Auf Schalke in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Fredrik Von Erichsen / EPA

Germany 1 Republic of Ireland 1It seemed too much to ask for that Ireland might come to Germany’s old mining capital and somehow dig out a result but (...)