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Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa argues with referee Gil Manzano at the Camp Nou stadium in Catalonia. Photograph: EPA

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa has been given an eight-match ban and fined for abusing a referee. The striker was dismissed during the first half of A(...)

Barcelona’s  Luis Suarez celebrates opening the scoring in the La Liga game against Atletico Madrid at the Nou Camp. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona 2 Atletico Madrid 0 Barcelona closed in on the La Liga title after beating 10-man Atletico Madrid 2-0 in Saturday’s top-of-the-table showdo(...)

  Chelsea   manager Maurizio Sarri looks on during his side’s 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

The clamour around Chelsea is for change. If not, within the club at least, in terms of the management. There are no first-team delegations primed wi(...)

Chelsea’s Italian head coach Maurizio Sarri gestures on the touchline during  his side’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal  at the Emirates Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

The story is so familiar that it tells itself automatically: a manager stung by defeat turns on his players and accuses them of lacking the human qual(...)

Spain manager  Luis Enrique signals to his players during the  during the friendly against Wales at the Principality stadium in Cardiff. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Spain’s players were at the movies last week. On Tuesday afternoon, across the pitch from the residency and into the main hall at the federation’s Las(...)

Atletico Madrid celebrate their Super Cup victory over Real in Estonia. Photograph:  Alexander Hassenstein/Getty

Real Madrid 2 Atlético Madrid 4 (AET) Real Madrid began life without Cristiano Ronaldo with an extra-time defeat to bitter rivals Atletico Madrid in (...)

 Thibaut Courtois: his agent says Chelsea’s Belgian international goalkeeper wants a move to  Madrid to be near his family. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP

Thibaut Courtois has made clear his desire to leave Chelsea before the closure of the transfer window this month by spurning talks with Maurizio Sarri(...)

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(...)

Spain’s midfielder Koke reacts after missing a penalty kick during the penalty shoot-out ag-ainst Russia  at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Photograph: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty

Vladimir Putin was meant to be at the Luzhniki to see Russia versus Spain, but when Fifa released the VIP guest-list it turned out that the ranking Ru(...)

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