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 Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema after scoring a penalty  and his team’s  third goal during the Champions League semi-final first-leg  match against  Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium,  Manchester, on Tuesday. Photograph:  Paul Ellis/AFP

There are penalty kicks and then there are Statement Penalty Kicks. Even the best players approach this trial from 12 yards with a binary sense of dre(...)

Barcelona’s new head coach Xavi Hernández waves to fans during his presentation at Camp Nou on Monday. Photograph: Alejandro García/EPA

At last, the time was right and the place was too. Xavi Hernández returned to Barcelona as manager and revealed that not only had he twice turned the (...)

My bread came in a recycled flour bag

The most important thing I learned during a brief visit to Italy recently is the difference between a masculine table and a feminine one. “Il tavolo”(...)

Former Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri says he found Cristiano Ronaldo difficult to manage. File photograph: Getty Images

Maurizio Sarri says he found Cristiano Ronaldo difficult to manage during his time in charge of Juventus, as he had to consider the “personal interest(...)

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero see his panenka penalty attempt saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Mendy  at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/PA

Football has lately been awash with apologies: from the billionaire club owners who threatened the Super League breakaway; from Pierre-Emerick Aubamey(...)

Jordan Henderson celebrates after Divock Origi scored the opening goal at Anfield against Barclona in the 2019 Champions League semi-final. Photograph: Getty Images

Liverpool need another famous comeback to progress in the Champions League on Wednesday after their 3-1 quarter-final first leg defeat to Real Madrid.(...)

Gianluigi Buffon has impressed when called upon this season. File photograph: Getty Images

It has become a little hard to trust Gianluigi Buffon when he talks about retirement. In 2017, he told me he had reached a decision to hang up his glo(...)

Erling Braut Haaland scored twice at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville. Photograph: Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland continued his prolific run in the Champions League by scoring twice as his side came from behind to earn a 3-2 win (...)

Paul Pogba celebrates scoring Manchester United’s winner against Fulham. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty/AFP

When Paul Pogba was about nine or 10, a man called Sambou Tati - his youth coach at US Roissy - decided to convert him from a striker into a midfielde(...)

Ousmane Dembele celebrates his opening goal with Barcelona team-mates  during the Champions League Group G match against Juventus in Turin. Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP via Getty Images

Ousmane Dembele’s early goal and Lionel Messi’s late penalty saw Barcelona overcome Juventus 2-0 in the Champions League in Turin. The Italian champi(...)

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