Barcelona’s player Luis Suarez  scores his first La Liga goal as he slots the ball past  Cordoba goalkeeper Juan Carlos during the Spanish first division game at Camp Nou. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Lionel Messi scored twice and Luis Suarez struck his first La Liga goal as Barcelona crushed struggling Cordoba 5-0 on Saturday to finish the year a p(...)

After 16 games last season Luis Suárez and Daniel Sturridge had scored 28 league goals between them; without them, Liverpool have scored only 19 goals in the same number of games. Photograph: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

There are certain managerial cliches that we really do not like, phrases which we view with suspicion, sayings that seem to come too easily. One is: ‘(...)

  Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini will have to plan for a Champions League meeting with Barcelona.  Photograph:  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Manchester City’s reward for securing progress from their Champions League group is another meeting with Barcelona, who beat them last season, also i(...)

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 (...)

Lionel Messi (left) of FC Barcelona scores his team’s first goal past Salvatore Sirigu (centre) and David Luiz of Paris Saint-Germain FC  at Camp Nou Stadium. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

Neymar scored a spectacular goal as Barcelona came from behind to beat Paris St Germain 3-1 in their Champions League showdown for top spot in Group (...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi collects the ball after scoring his hat trick against Espanyol during their Spanish first division soccer match at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Lionel Messi scored yet another hat-trick and surpassed 400 club goals as Barcelona came from behind to win the Catalan derby 5-1 against Espanyol in (...)

FC Barcelona’s Argentinian striker Leo Messi grabing a plastic bottle that hit his head during the Primera Division soccer match against Valencia FC. Photogaph: Juan Carlos Cardenas/Epa

Barcelona’s appeal against Lionel Messi’s yellow card for time wasting after he was hit on the head by a plastic bottle in Sunday’s La Liga game at(...)

Stephanie Roche has made it to a shortlist of three for the Fifa Puskás Award for the best goal of the year with Robin van persie and James Rodriguez. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ireland’s Stephanie Roche has been shortlisted for Fifa’s Goal of the Year award alongside Colombia’s James Rodriguez and Robin van Persie of the N(...)

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez celebrates his goal against APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday night. Photograph: Andreas Manolis/Reuters

Luis Suarez’s debut goal for Barcelona was inevitably overshadowed by Lionel Messi’s Champions League scoring record but the Uruguayan’s opener in (...)

Sergio Aguero celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s third and matchwinning goal last night. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Sport
  • November 26, 2014, 08:32

The Champions League returned last night and it certainly didn’t disappoint, a smash and grab Manchester City victory over Bayern Munich keeping their(...)