Real Madrid’s Portuguese defender Pepe clears his nose during their 2-0 defeat in Germany.  Photo: Getty Images

Wolfsburg stunned Real Madrid with two goals in eight first-half minutes to take control of their Champions League quarter-final tie. The 10-time wi(...)

 Ciaran Clark  celebrates his early goal for the Republic of Ireland in the friendly international against Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:    Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland 1 Switzerland 0 After all the talk about the possibility of Euro2016 games having to be played behind closed doors, perhaps it mi(...)

Seamus Coleman scores Everton’s second goal during the  Europa League Group H match against VFL Wolfsburg. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images.

Everton 4 Wolfsburg 1 Everton made a successful return to European football with a 4-1 victory over Wolfsburg at Goodison Park last night.Manager Ro(...)

 Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates his second goal against  Honduras  at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus. Photograph: EPA

Honduras 0 Switzerland 3Four years ago to the day, Honduras held Switzerland to a scoreless draw in South Africa, denying Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side a pla(...)

France’s Karim Benzema scores against Honduras during the opening game in Group E.

The history of France in the World Cup is a story of dramatic oscillation. In 1982 and 1986, they reached the semi-finals, then in 1990 and 1994 th(...)

 Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring in the 2-0  victory over  Peru at the Swissporarena stadium in Lucerne. Photograph: Peter Klaunzer

Switzerland left it late as they struggled to a 2-0 win over a defensive, experimental Peru in their final friendly before the World Cup in Brazil.Ri(...)