Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the  Champions League Group H match against Valencia  at the  Mestalla. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Valencia 2 Chelsea 2 It will be difficult for Chelsea to remember that they remain in control of their destiny in this competition. Frank Lampard’s y(...)

Rodrigo Moreno scores Valencia’s winner against Chelsea. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

Chelsea 0 Valencia 1 It was a night when Frank Lampard’s young players found out that no competition is as unforgiving as the Champions League. It wa(...)

Memphis Depay of the Netherlands makes the most of an error from England defender  John Stones  during the  Nations League semi-final at Estadio D Afonso Henriques  in Guimaraes, Portugal. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Netherlands 3 England 1 It was an ignominious way for England to lose and, ultimately, their collapse in extra time was probably best summed up by th(...)

 Tottenham Hotspur winger Lucas Moura scores his side’s equalising goal in the Champions League  group B match at the Nou Camp. Photograph: Enric Fontcuberta/EPA

Barcelona 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 Tottenham knew what they had to do at one of the cathedrals of European football but, at the same time, they knew tha(...)

France’s Olivier Giroud scores during their Nations League win over Netherlands in Paris. Photo by Anne-Christine Poujoulat/Getty Images

France 2 Netherlands 1 France striker Olivier Giroud ended his 10-match goalless run with the winner as the world champions’ return to Paris for the (...)

Barcelona’s record signing  Ousmane Dembele returned to action in the club’s 1-1 draw away to Celta Vigo in the first leg of their last 16 Copa del Rey game at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo. Photograph: Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images

Celta Vigo 1 Barcelona 1 Barcelona’s record signing Ousmane Dembele made his long-awaited return from injury as the Catalan giants drew the first leg(...)

Paco Alcacer has joined Barcelona. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Barcelona announced on Tuesday the signing of Spain forward Paco Alcacer from Valencia on a five-year contract. He moves to the Nou Camp on his 23rd (...)

Joe Hart is likely to be Pep Guardiola’s third-choice goalkeeper if he stays at Manchester City. Photograph: PA

Joe Hart risks placing his career in limbo by staying at Manchester City as a back-up goalkeeper, despite knowing that doing so will threaten his stat(...)

Dimitri Payet of France is challenged by Daley Blind and Riechedly Bazoer of the Netherlands during the  friendly match  at Amsterdam Arena. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Dimitri Payet received a resounding vote of approval from France coach Didier Deschamps after the midfielder made an impressive return to internationa(...)

Dutch and French players applaud during a tribute to the late Johan Cruyff during the friendly international at the Amsterdam Arena. Photograph: Toussaint Kluiters/Reuters/United Photos

Netherlands 2 France 3 France captain Blaise Matuidi struck late to snatch a 3-2 win over the Netherlands in a thriller as fans and players paid trib(...)

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