Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko  tries to stop Atlético Madrid’s Stefan Savic from dragging Phil Foden off the pitch during the  Champions League quarter-final, second leg  at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in  Madrid. Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire

Atlético Madrid 0 Manchester City 0 (Man City win 1-0 on agg) It was fraught, it was suffocating, it was full-blooded – entirely as billed. And for M(...)

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne shoots past Atlético Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak  in the Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images

Manchester City 1 Atlético Madrid 0 Kevin De Bruyne, on his 50th Champions League appearance in Manchester City colours, had been muted but made no m(...)

Football fans wearing masks of Cristiano Ronaldo and  Lionel Messi at the World Cup in Russia 2018.  Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP  via Getty Images

In the heady, innocent days of 2016 – before all of the largely dreadful things that have happened since had happened – Nick Serpell was given what wa(...)

Xavi Hernandez, Barcelona’s  coach and legendary former player, poses next to a poster reading “welcome back”, during his presentation ceremony at the Camp Nou last November. Photograph:  Lluis Gene/AFP/via Getty Images

In June 2020, Noelia Romera was fired by Barcelona because she was doing her job. Romera was the club’s compliance officer. Week after week, she wen(...)

 Atlético Madrid’s Renan Lodi scores the winning goal at Old Trafford. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Manchester United 0 Atlético Madrid 1 (1-2 agg) Ralf Rangnick was asked after Manchester United’s victory over Tottenham on Saturday whether he thoug(...)

Manchester United forward Anthony Elanga fires home the equalising goal during the Champions League Round of 16 first leg against  Atletico  Madrid  at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. Photograph:  Oscar del Pozo/AFP via Getty Images

Atletico Madrid 1 Manchester United 1 Where did that come from? Manchester United had laboured sorely, the errors and the looseness coming from a var(...)

Joe Duffy’s comments about Ireland forward Callum Robinson were followed by six goals in four matches. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mr Motivator: “He’s had Covid more times than he’s scored for Ireland!” Joe Duffy being severely mean about Callum Robinson after the player revealed(...)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: ‘We scored an awful lot of goals, but we conceded too many as well.’ Photograph:  Rob Newell/ CameraSport via Getty Images

Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool need to tackle with more aggression amid concern at the number of goals his team have conceded to counterattacks. The(...)

Brazil’s blend of youth and experience makes them favourites to win the World Cup. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty

With just over a year to go until the World Cup kicks off, 12 teams have qualified alongside hosts Qatar. All four semi-finalists from 2018 have seale(...)

France’s forward Kylian Mbappé scores his fourth goal during the World Cup qualifier against  Kazakhstan at the Parc des Princes  in Paris. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

Big guns France and Belgium both confirmed their places in next year’s World Cup finals in Qatar after qualifying victories on Saturday night. Kylian(...)

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