Jack Wilshere and Mark Noble of West Ham  argue with referee Stuart Attwell during their Premier League match against  Bournemouth at London Stadium last Saturday. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Almost a week since West Ham’s defeat by Bournemouth at the London Stadium, it remains no easier to understand Manuel Pellegrini’s decision to play Ma(...)

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(...)

 Antonio Conte celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium yesterday. Photograph:  Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

When Chelsea began the defence of their Premier League title by losing 3-2 at home to Burnley, a week after losing the Community Shield on penalties t(...)

 Gianluigi Buffon and Leonardo Bonucci during the semi-final gainst Monaco at the Stade Louis II stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Scoring goals is not something Real Madrid usually have a problem with. They have scored in every game this season and have not failed to score since (...)

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(...)

Italy boss Antonio Conte is wary of the threat posed by Ireland. Photograph: Epa

You might imagine that Italian coach Antonio Conte could easily make the mistake of underestimating Ireland when the two sides meet next month in thei(...)

Juventus’ midfielder Claudio Marchisio leaves the pitch on a stretcher during the Italian Serie A football match between Juventus and Palermo. Photo: Marco Bertorello/Getty Images

Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio will miss this year’s European Championship after tearing knee ligaments during Juventus’ 4-0 Serie A victory over (...)

 Barcelona players celebrate with the Champions League trophy after their victory over Juventus in Berlin. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

In the last minute of the first half in Berlin, Lionel Messi got the ball on the right and bore down on the Juventus defence. He beat two men on an(...)

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez  scores  to put his side 2-1 up against Juventus in the Champions League final  at Olympiastadion in Berlin. Photo: Marcus Brandt/EPA

Barcelona 3 Juventus 1 Luis Suarez made it a perfect ending to Barcelona’s astonishing season with the Champions League final winner against Ju(...)

The Olympic Stadium in Berlin, where Barcelona will seek their fifth European Cup and Juventus their third. Photograph: Michael Sohn/AP

Is there a word for an anti-climax that happens before the actual event? Whatever that word is, it might in future make a snappier title for the so(...)

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