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 Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the decisive penalty in an epic clash against Juventus. Photograph: Oscar Del Pozo/AFP/Getty

“My heart rate went up a bit but I tried to calm myself down, because I knew it would be decisive,” said Cristiano Ronaldo. All that and it came down(...)

Gianluigi Buffon argues with the referee after a late penalty is awarded. Photograph: Getty Images

“Not like this.” Those words recurred over and over throughout the Italian media’s coverage of Juventus’s Champions League elimination, with Tuttospor(...)

 Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon and team mates remonstrate with referee Michael Oliver after he awarded a penalty to Real Madrid. Photograph: Reuters

The Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon criticised the English referee Michael Oliver, saying he has a “rubbish bin” where his heart should be and accusin(...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a last minute penalty against Juventus in their Champions League quarter-final.  Photo: Paul Hanna/Reuters

Real Madrid 1 Juventus 3 (aggregate: 4-3, Real Madrid go through) Real Madrid are in the semi-final of the Champions League for the eighth year in a (...)

 Fiorentina fans put up scarves, flowers and banners in memory of their captain Davide Astori. Photograph: PA

Serie A stopped for Davide Astori on Sunday. This was supposed to be the biggest weekend of the season, the biggest for many seasons, perhaps, all of (...)

Italy legend Andrea Pirlo called time on an illustrious career during which he won the 2006 World Cup, two Champions League titles and six Serie A trophies.Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images

Andrea Pirlo loved to pull pranks on Gennaro Gattuso. The two midfielders played together for more than a decade with Milan and Italy, winning everyth(...)

 Chelsea goalkeeper impressed against Bournemouth in the Premier League on St Stephen’s Day. Photograph: Reuters.

Thibaut Courtois will open talks over a renewed contract at Chelsea after his head coach, Antonio Conte, described the Belgium international as “one o(...)

Éder scored Italy’s late winner against Sweden. Photograph: Epa

Italy 1 Sweden 0 In the end, there was something fitting somehow that the breakthrough came from a throw in. This was no classic clash but this tourn(...)

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(...)

Mario Balotelli and Alessio Cerci  during an Italy training session at Coverciano on in Florence. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

If Mario Balotelli had ever suspected that his recall to the Italy squad for Sunday’s vital Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia in Milan was a case of(...)

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