Kevin De Bruyne during Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Napoli. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty

“He just held on to one of the posts and refused to let go. He was in a rage. Three of us tried to pull him away from it but we didn’t manage.” Kevin(...)

Argentina’s Lionel Messi  scores his third goal against Ecuador. Argentina’s victory sealed their place in the World Cup in Russia.  Photograph: Rodrigo Buendia/AFP/Getty Images

1 Fear Germany They finished with 10 wins from ten games and scored 43 – more than anyone else in European or South American qualification. They con(...)

 Tottenham’s Harry Kane  scores his side’s second goal in the  Champions League  match against  Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Tottenham Hotspur 3 Borussia Dortmund 1 The Wembley hoodoo struck again. Borussia Dortmund simply cannot get things to go their way at the home of En(...)

Mario Gotze holds the World Cup trophy after Germany beat Argentina in the final in 2014. Photo: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Some goals are replayed so often it can blind us to their brilliance. Germany’s winner in the 2014 World Cup final is a case in point. To meet André (...)

Germany celebrate Julian Draxler’s first half goal in their qualifying win over Northern Ireland. Photograph: Inpho/William Cherry

Germany 2 Northern Ireland 0 Germany claimed their third successive victory to crown a highly impressive start to life in Group C. This display in (...)

Thomas Müller scores his second and Germany’s  third goal in the  World Cup qualifier against the  Czech Republic at Volksparkstadion  in Hamburg. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images

World Cup qualifiers round-up: Thomas Müller scored twice for the second World Cup qualifier in a row to lead dominant Germany to a comprehensive 3-0 (...)

Mario Götze is is talks over a return to Borussia Dortmund. Photograph: Getty

Bayern Munich’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that the Germany forward Mario Götze has held talks with Borussia Dortmund over a(...)

England goalkeeper Joe Hart didn’t quite make it to the quarter-final. Photograph: PA

“I hope Puma does not produce condoms.” Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri’s not unreasonable concern after his team’s Puma shirts disintegrated during th(...)

Antoine Griezmann celebrates after he scored the fourth goal for France during the Euro 2016 quarter-final against Iceland. Photo: Getty Images

Tonight’s second semi-final promises to be a classic clash between two historic rivals, one of them reigning World Champions and the other the tou(...)

Germany’s Joshua Kimmich battles with Slovakia midfielder Marek Hamsik in the side’s last-16 clash, which the world champions won 3-0. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

A decade after that remarkable tussle in the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup and four years after the game at the same stage of Euro 2012 in Warsaw,(...)