Paris Saint-Germain’s Blaise Matuidi  and  Zlatan Ibrahimovic talk before a training session at  the Nou Camp  ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Barcelona. Photo: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc accepts his side face an almost impossible mission trying to turn around their Champions League quarter-final ag(...)

Neymar gave Barcelona the lead in their 3-1 win away at PSG in the Champions League quarter-finals. Photograph: Reuters

Paris Saint-Germain 1 Barcelona 3Barcelona’s claim on this competition can feel irresistible on nights such as this. The Catalans prospered here where(...)

Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian defender David Luiz (scores his team’s first goal at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Getty Images

Chelsea 3 PSG 3 (Agg 3-3, PSG go through on away goals rule) It was a long, draining night and for a long time before that dramatic finale, (...)

Matic is the shield on whom this team rely, neither a ferocious tackler nor an outstanding distributor but an imposing presence nevertheless, both in terms of physique and the manner in which he reads the game around him.

Chelsea (1) v PSG (1) Stamford Bridge, Wednesday, 7.45pmNemanja Matic slipped out to training at Cobham almost unnoticed on the eve of his return, a l(...)

Paris St Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal against Caen  at Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer / Reuters

PSG v Chelsea, Tuesday 7.45pm, On TV: 7.30pm (TV3, UTV)Paris St Germain manager Laurent Blanc has warned his players Jose Mourinho will seek to “raise(...)

 Republic of Ireland International Stephanie Roche walks past Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the Fifa Ballon d’Or awards in Zurich. Photograph: Valeriano Di Domenico / Inpho 1:47

As Stephanie Roche turns her attention to making something like a living from the game she plays so well, Real Madrid star Ronaldo has signalled hi(...)

Dubliner Conor McGregor (left) has entralled the Irish public when he beat Diego Brandao of Brazil at the O2 Arena, Dublin, in a UFC fight in July. Photograph: Inpho.

On New Year’s Day 2011, Dustin Poirier made his UFC debut and began the journey towards his showdown with Conor McGregor at the MGM Grand Arena in Las(...)

Brazil captain Thiago Silva (left) and  coach Luiz Felipe Scolari (right)  during a press conference at Estadio National in Brasilia. Photograph: Robert Ghement / EPA

Luiz Felipe Scolari looks set to keep his job despite Brazil’s humiliating World Cup defeat to Germany. Brazil’s 200-million strong population was hop(...)

 Germany’s Toni Kroos  celebrates with Miroslav Klose  and Sami Khedira at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

On a shuttle bus in Fortaleza a couple of weeks ago I saw a famous former player who works in international football. He was chatting idly to a jou(...)

A Brazilian fan during the 7-1 semi final defeat to Germany  in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: EPA

In the end, for Brazil, there was only humiliation. This 7-1 hammering at the hands of Germany on an incredible, surreal evening in Belo Horizo(...)