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Philippe Coutinho scores Barcelona’s  third goal during the  Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester United at the Nou Camp. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

By the 20th minute Manchester United were in need of a comeback of Tiger-ish proportions after the Messi Man thrust a stake in to their Champions Leag(...)

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp gestures on the touchline during the  Champions League round of 16 first leg at Anfield stadium. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Granted, there’s been a blip or three of late, but still, Liverpool fans would surely have had a reasonable helping of hope in their hearts as they to(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo congratulates Paulo Dybala after he scored for Juventus in the Champions League match at Old Trafford. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

There’d been much talk of late of Jose Mourinho losing the dressing room, so it didn’t augur well when he appeared to have literally done so ahead of (...)

Carlos Queiroz before his side’s World Cup 2018 Group B match against Spain. Roy Keane reveals his trues feelings for the Iran’s coach. Photograph:EPA

Polished and pathetic scenes. Roy Keane being neither on the subject of Iran manager Carlos Queiroz’s second coming at Manchester United. “For some (...)

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah with Sadio Mane and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo as he is substituted after sustaining an injury. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Well, that was stupendous, in a completely bonkers kind of way. From the highly ridiculous to the utterly sublime back to the outright absurd all over(...)

The ‘Miracle of Istanbul’:  Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and manager Rafael Benitez hold the trophy aloft after the dramatic victory over  AC Milan.   Photograph: Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty

Rafael Benítez has already selected the shirt he intends wearing on Saturday evening. “It’s grey,” says Newcastle United’s manager, deadpan. Conside(...)

Fans show their appreciation before Pablo Zabaleta’s last home game at the Etihad. Photograph: Getty Images

One of the endearing things about Manchester City, even in their present incarnation as global-scale wealth squanderers, is that every few years a pla(...)

Barcelona fans celebrate after their incredible comeback saw them advance to the Champions League quarter-finals. Photo: Pau Barrena/Getty Images

There is a kind of music to the daft, impossible lark of football punditry and usually, the RTE crew manages to hit the right notes. But on a night of(...)

Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the second Brazilian goal against Germany in the 2002  World Cup final. Brazil won its fifth title beating Germany 2-0. Photograph:  Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images

It is remarkable that having been at 17 previous World Cups together today will be only the second meeting between Germany and Brazil at one. A little(...)

Eamon Dunphy left  Bill O’Herlihy pale-faced after a four-letter word slip.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Day Six and Richard Sadlier’s cheeks were sizzling when Tony O’Donoghue introduced him as “the thinking woman’s Eamon Dunphy”, the implication being, (...)

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