Croatia midfielder Luka Modric challenges  Finland forward Simon Skrabb during the qualifier in Rijeka at the start of October. Photograph: Antonio Bat/EPA

Croatia: Vedran Buble of Index.hr “After the win in Ukraine, everyone believes that Croatia will qualify for the World Cup, although the emotions are(...)

Lazio’s Ciro Immobile celebrates scoring his second  second goal as Juventus’ Sami Khedira looks on during the  Serie A match at Juventus Stadium. Photograph: Massimo Pinca/Reuters

Juventus 1 Lazio 2 Lazio ended Juventus’s two-year unbeaten home record in all competitions with a 2-1 win after Paulo Dybala missed a stoppage-time (...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi scores against Juventus in the Champions League match at the Nou Camp. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

A mesmeric Lionel Messi scored twice as he inspired Barcelona to a 3-0 win over Juventus to get off to a flying start in Champions League Group D on T(...)

Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo  and Netherlands’ midfielder Lieke Martens after winning their Uefa Player of the Year awards at the conclusion of the  Champions League group stage draw ceremony in Monaco. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo was again named as Uefa’s Player of the Year in Monaco. The 32 year-old Portuguese picked up the title for the third time after a se(...)

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has completed a £30million move to Everton from Sunderland on a five-year deal, both clubs have announced. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire

Everton have broken their transfer record to sign Jordan Pickford from Sunderland for an initial £25m on a five-year contract. The deal makes the 23-y(...)

Brazil’s Formiga has been playing football for the last 22 years, making her World Cup debut in 1995 at the age of 17. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty

The past weekend we have seen how cruel sport can be. Gianluigi Buffon, at the third attempt, did not get the right to lift the one title that has elu(...)

 Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with his teammates after the final whistle in Cardiff. Photograph: PA

Just when you thought it might be all about the man it’s never about, it was about the man it’s always about. In the buildup to this final, Casemiro (...)

Juventus captain  Gianluigi Buffon  walks past the Champions League trophy after the defeat to Real Madrid in Cardiff. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon was crestfallen after seeing his Champions League dream snatched away. Defeated at the final hurdle in 2003 and 201(...)

Juventus celebrate reaching the Champions League final after their 4-1 aggregate win over AS Monaco. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty

Juventus 2 AS Monaco 1 (Juventus win 4-1 on aggregate) The great black and white blockade rolls on, although not without a minor scratch. Juventus we(...)

 Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Kylian Mbappe at Stade Louis II in Monaco. Photograph: PA

Gianluigi Buffon celebrated his 100th Champions League game for Juventus in typical fashion on Wednesday, making a string of brilliant saves in a 2-0 (...)