Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd right) scores the opening goal against Liverpool   at Anfield. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters

Liverpool 0 Real Madrid 3 Sometimes, in football, there is nothing for it but to accept that the other team are vastly superior. Liverpool have(...)

Chelsea’s manager Jose Mourinho attends a media conference at their training ground in Cobham. Chelsea  play Maribor in a Champions League Group G soccer match on Tuesday. Photograph: Eddie Keogh / Reuters

Chelsea v NK Maribor Stamford Bridge, 7.45pm, UTV and Setanta Ireland Eventually José Mourinho could take no more, his patience worn thin by q(...)

Graziano Pelle of Italy celebrates after scoring against Malta at Ta’ Qali Stadium  in Valletta. Photograph:   Claudio Villa/Getty Images

The Netherlands’ poor start to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign continued on Monday evening as a Gylfi Sigurdsson brace earned Iceland a 2-0 victory (...)

Bayern Munich’s players celebrate after their win over  FC Cologne. Bayern won the match 2-0. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

European round-up: Cristiano Ronaldo kept up his rich La Liga scoring form as Real Madrid beat Villarreal 2-0 to move up to fourth in the table. (...)

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale scores the second in  their Uefa Champions League Group B game against  FC Basel at Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph: Georgios Kefalas / EPA

Real Madrid 5 FC Basel 1Real Madrid escaped to Europe for a little therapy. It is 114 days and only six games since they won the trophy that defines t(...)

 Gareth Bale celebrates scoring Wales’s   first goal against Andorra. The Real madrid forward scored the winner in  a nervy win over the minnows at the the Camp d’Esports del M.I. Consell General. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire

The Netherlands began their bid to qualify for Euro 2016 by slipping to a last-gasp 2-1 defeat away to Czech Republic on Tuesday night. The Wor(...)

 Luka Modric in action against Koke of Atletico de Madrid  during the Supercopa first leg match between Real Madrid and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has signed a new four-year contract with European champions Real Madrid. The 28-year-old former Dinamo Zagreb and Tott(...)

An aerial view of Michigan Stadium during the Guinness International Champions Cup match between Real Madrid and Manchester United. Photograph: Leon Halip/Getty Images

Manchester United 3 Real Madrid 1: Louis van Gaal claimed his biggest scalp of pre-season as Manchester United beat European champions Real Madrid to (...)

Mexico captain  Rafael Marquez  celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the World Cup Group A match against Croatia  at Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Mexico 3 Croatia 1In a bad-tempered Group A battle for second place Mexico won through to claim the dubious privilege of playing the Netherlands in Fo(...)

Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic celebrates with  team-mate Vedran Corluka after scoring against 
goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between
 Cameroon.

Mario Mandzukic has been advertising a chocolate bar back home, and there is a certain melt-in-your-mouth goodness to Croatia’s attacking play in B(...)