Denis Cheryshev scores Valencia’s opener against Celtic. Photograph: Robert Perry/EPA

Celtic 0 Valencia 2 Valencia’s passage to the last 16 of the Europa League already seems secure. On a bruising night for Brendan Rodgers and Celtic, (...)

Phil Jones of Manchester United reacts after he scores an own goal during the  Champions League Group H match against  Valencia at Estadio Mestalla. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Valencia 2 Manchester United 1 Manchester United are through to the next round of the Champions League, but then everyone knew that already. They are(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has been left off the shortlist for the Fifa Player of the Year for the first time since 2006. Photo: Lluis Gene/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo could claim a record sixth Fifa men’s player of the year prize after Lionel Messi was omitted from the shortlist for the first time (...)

Harry Kane leads England’s celebrations after their win over Sweden. Photograph: Getty Images

England are in the World Cup semi-finals and the question remains: how did they get there? Gareth Southgate’s men have undoubtedly benefited from good(...)

Croatia’s defender Domagoj Vida after scoring in extra time. Photograph: Getty Images

Russia 2 Croatia 2 AET (Croatia win 4-3 on penalties) Croatia ended Russia’s unlikely World Cup dream when they won 4-3 on penalties to eliminate th(...)

Japan’s  Gaku Shibasaki  challenges Belgium’s  Eden Hazard during the  World Cup round of 16 football match  at the Rostov Arena. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

THE MATCHES QUARTER-FINALS Uruguay v France, 3.0 (Nizhny Novgorod, RTÉ2/ITV). Betting: Uruguay 18-5, France Evs, Draw 11-5 Brazil v Belgium, 7.0 (Ka(...)

England captain Harry Kane plays darts as his side prepare for their lat-16 clash with Colombia. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

THE MATCHES Last-16: Sweden v Switzerland (St Petersburg, 3.0, RTÉ2/BBC) Betting: Sweden 21-10, Switzerland 17-10, Draw 2-1 Colombia v England (Spa(...)

Brazil’s forward Neymar takes part to a training session at the Samara Arena stadium on the eve of the World Cup round of 16  match against Mexico. Photograph: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

THE MATCHES LAST 16 Brazil v Mexico (Samara, 3.0, RTÉ2/ITV). Betting: Brazil 1-2, Mexico 7-1, Draw 16-5. Belgium v Japan (Rostov-on-Don,7.0, RTÉ2/B(...)

Paul Pogba’s France take on Argentina on Saturday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

THE MATCHES Saturday June 30th France v Argentina (Kazan, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/BBC). Betting: France 29-20, Argentina 5-2, Draw 2-1 Uruguay v Portugal (Sochi,(...)

England players during a training session at the Spartak Zelenogorsk Stadium ahead of their Group G encounter with Belgium. Photo: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

THE MATCHES GROUP H Japan v Poland (Volgograd, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/BBC). Betting: Japan 6-4, Poland 15-8, Draw 21-10 Senegal v Colombia (Samara, 3.0pm, RTÉ2(...)

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