Robert Lewandowski returns to the Bayern Munich side for their Champions League clash with Real Madrid. Photo: Getty Images

Real Madrid know the return of Robert Lewandowski to the Bayern Munich side would make what looks on paper a straightforward Champions League task a w(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his second goal with Real Madrid  team-mate Marco Asensio  during the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. Photograph:  Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

Bayern Munich 1 Real Madrid 2 This was Real Madrid serving notice that their grip on this trophy is not ready to be loosened quite yet. Bayern Munich(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi skips past Espanyol’s Diego Reyes, David Lopez and Gerard Moreno. Photo: Albert Gea/Reuters

One of the most remarkable things about Christmas is its basic reach, the layers of ritual and habit, the way this very special time of year manages t(...)

Dortmund’s goalscorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after the victory over Bayern Munich. Photograph: EPA

Borussia Dortmund 1 Bayern Munich 0 Borussia Dortmund had to sweat it out against champions Bayern Munich after taking an early lead but hung on fo(...)

England striker Jamie Vardy heads home their second goal in the friendly international against Spain at Wembley. Photograph:  Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

England 2 Spain 2 Isco scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time as Spain launched an improbable fightback to snatch a 2-2 draw against England wit(...)

Germany celebrate Julian Draxler’s first half goal in their qualifying win over Northern Ireland. Photograph: Inpho/William Cherry

Germany 2 Northern Ireland 0 Germany claimed their third successive victory to crown a highly impressive start to life in Group C. This display in (...)

 Antoine Griezmann arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday morning. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Getty Images

Euro 2016 came to an end on Sunday night with Portugal springing a surprise with victory over hosts France in Sunday’s final. On Monday Uefa’s 13-str(...)

 France striker Antoine Griezmann scores his second goal in the Euro 2016 semi-final against Germany at   Stade Velodrome  in Marseille. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Germany 0 France 2 Marchons, Marchons, les citoyens. France won their way through to Sunday’s Euro 2016 final against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal wi(...)

Germany’s forward Mario Gomez scores against Slovakia’s goalkeeper Matus Kozacik during the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Germany and Slovakia at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Lille. Photo: Denis Charlet/Getty Images

Germany 3 Slovakia 0 Germany claimed their place in the last eight of Euro 2016 with all the smoothness that might be expected of world champions i(...)

Northern Ireland’s goalkeeper Michael McGovern dives for the ball at the Parc des Princes. Photo: Getty Images

Germany 1 Northern Ireland 0 On one hot sticky summer’s eve in Paris, when toil and perspiration were more in evidence than local chic, Northern Irel(...)