Abel Xavier protests after he gave away an extra time penalty in Portugal’s Euro 2000 semi-final against France. Photograph: Getty

Euro 2000: France 2 Portugal 1 AET June 28th, 2000 Abel Xavier, and his peroxide blonde hair and beard, first roared into the consciousness of in(...)

 Manuel Amoros  is given a marching orders after headbutting Jesper Olsen durin France’s 1-0 win over Denmark at Euro 2000. Photograph: Getty

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Gareth Bale only flickered sporadically during Real Madrid’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City. Photograph: Epa

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Manchester City’s Joe Hart saves from Real Madrid’s Pepe during the sides’ Champions League semi-final clash. Photo: Carl Recine/Reuters

Manchester City 0 Real Madrid 0 The most important factor for Manchester City, reflecting on a night of surprising torpor, is that they at least pr(...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in training ahead of their Champions League semi-final clash with Manchester City. Photo: peter Powell/PA

Manchester City v Real Madrid Champions League semi-final Kick off: 7.45pm TV3 from 7.30pm, BT Sport Europe from 7pm When it comes to experie(...)

Gareth Bale scores his side’s third goal as Real Madrid came from two goals down to beat Rayo Vallecano. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

in Madrid The plan was for Gareth Bale to be withdrawn early but his team needed him and he eventually emerged victorious having led a rescue mission(...)

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez celebrates a goal against Sporting Gijon. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

La Liga round-up: Red-hot Luis Suarez hit four goals for the second game in a row as Barcelona, helped by three penalties in the second half, stayed t(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo limped off during Real Madrid’s win over Villarreal. Photograph: Getty

Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo needed to take time off and even miss games if he is to see out an arduous season after he limped off before the (...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi looks despondent as Valencia’s players celebrate a goal in tjeir La Liga clash at the Nou Camp. Photo: Albert Gea/Reuters

Gerard Piqué leapt into the air, the ball heading past Keylor Navas and into the net. Fifteen days later, he collapsed to his knees as the ball went (...)

Real Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane ahead of the Champions League second-leg match against VfL Wolfsburg. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Real Madrid must play with patience against VfL Wolfsburg when they try to overturn a 2-0 deficit in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second l(...)