Declan Rice  in action against Turkey’s Yusuf Yazici  during the friendly international  at the  Antalya Stadyumu. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Turkey 1 Republic of Ireland 0 There was a time when the Turks were seen as something of a soft touch for an Irish team but it is a while since one h(...)

Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck appealing for a penalty at the Emirates Stadium, London. Photograph: PA

Danny Welbeck was widely accused of diving to win a penalty as he scored a brace in Arsenal’s Europa League win over AC Milan — but manager Arsene Wen(...)

Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck is fouled and wins a penalty during the  Europa League round of 16 second-leg match against AC Milan at the Emirates Stadium. Photograph:  Nigel French/PA Wire

Arsenal 3 AC Milan 1 (Arsenal win 5-1 on agg) Danny Welbeck thought about it. He had felt the slightest touch from the Milan left back, Ricardo Rodrí(...)

Aaron Ramsey scores Arsenal’s  second goal in the Europa League round of 16 first  leg against AC Milan  at the San Siro stadium. Photograph:   Alberto Lingria/Reuters

AC Milan 0 Arsenal 2 After all the weeks of swimming against the tide, the games when their heads dipped, their bodies felt heavier, Arsenal grasped (...)

Leonardo Bonucci is set to make a surprise move from Serie A champions Juventus to AC Milan. Photo: Getty Images

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci appears poised to complete a shock switch to the champions’ ambitious Serie A rivals AC Milan. The 30-year-old, pr(...)

Spain celebrate Alvaro Morata’s second during their comfortable 3-0 win over Turkey, a result which secured their passage into the last-16. Photograph: Epa

Spain 3 Turkey 0 There was nothing false about Spain’s forward line on a night when they cruised into the knockout stage of the championships. The (...)

Luka Modric is mobbed after scoring the winner for Croatia against Turkey in Paris. Photograph: Afp

Turkey 0 Croatia 1 Croatia and Turkey are two of the sides sometimes tipped as dark horses, but on the evidence of yesterday’s game at the Parc des(...)

Roma’s  Alessandro Florenzi  celebrates after scoring from just inside the Barcelona half during the Champions League match at the  Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Champions League round-up: Alessandro Florenzi scored an extraordinary goal from a seemingly impossible position on the right touchline, around 40 met(...)

FC Astana’s players celebrate after advancing to the UEFA Champions League group stage after the Qualifying Round Play Off Second Leg match between APOEL Nicosia and FC Astana at GSP stadium  in Nicosia, Cyprus. Photo: Getty Images

A late Nemanja Maksimovic equaliser was enough to see FC Astana into the Champions League group stages - becoming the first ever team from Kazakhstan (...)

Cavcav says that Besiktas’s Croatian coach Slaven Bilic(above), Galatasaray midfielder Selcuk Inan and Fenerbahce goalkeeper Volkan Demirel are among the ’bad examples’. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

A leading Turkish soccer club have banned their players from growing beards after their chairman said they looked like students of Islamic vocational (...)