Cristiano Ronaldo: “We know it is mathematically doable, but the task is almost impossible.” Photograph: Andres Stapff/Reuters

The World Cup is getting ready to bid an early farewell to one of its biggest stars, if this morning’s headlines are to be believed.‘Cristiano Coming (...)

Clint Dempsey of the United States celebrates scoring his team’s second goal past Portugal goalkeeper Beto during the World Cup Group G game  at Arena Amazonia  in Manaus. Photograph: Elsa/Getty Images

Portugal 2 USA 2 Silvestre Varela broke American hearts with a goal in the dying seconds, just as Jürgen Klinsmann’s team were preparing to celebrate(...)

 Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal warms up during a training session at  Campinas yesterday. Photograph: Jose Sena Goulao.

A wounded Portugal, still smarting from a 4-0 defeat by Germany, are fervently hoping that talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo is fit when they take (...)

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal could not prevent the Germans from earning a humiliating 4-0 win in their first World Cup match. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

First Spain and now Portugal - the city of Salvador clearly has it in for Iberian football at this World Cup. As did, if one was to believe the Portug(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo during their 2014 World Cup Group G defeat to  Germany at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador. Photograph: Jorge Silva / Reuters

The first round of matches at this World Cup has been a huge success, not least because this time, so many of the headline acts have delivered. Neymar(...)

Germany coach Joachim Löw praised defender Jerome Boateng for his man-marking job on Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo during the Group G match in Salvador. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Germany coach Joachim Löw was just as pleased with his team’s defensive effort in shutting down world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo as he was (...)

Pepe clashes with Germany’s Thomas Müller in the incident which led to the Portugal defender’s sending off in the opening Group G World Cup clash in Salvador. Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA. 1:25

Germany 4 Portugal 0 More than 500 years after the Portuguese first came ashore here in Salvador, their latest assault on Brazil is in danger o(...)

Germany’s Lukas Podolski could well start against Portugal later today.

Joachim Löw was in upbeat form yesterday as he looked forward to Germany’s seventh attempt to win a fourth world title but it was no surprise when he (...)

 Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to missing an opportunity during the match at the MetLife Stadium. Photograph: EPA

Cristiano Ronaldo provided Portugal with a major confidence boost ahead of the World Cup when he made a successful return from injury in last night’s(...)

James McClean of the Republic of Ireland challenges Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal during the friendly international at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Portugal 5 Republic of Ireland 1: Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed his return to fitness as Portugal completed their World Cup preparations with a comforta(...)