Luka Modric will be at the heart of Croatia’s midfield in Russia. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty

Croatia (33-1) Who are they? In a tournament which doesn’t seem to have a real standout team, Croatia could be the side most likely to spring a few (...)

Gonzalo Higuain celebrates his late winner against Inter. Photograph: Alberto Lingria/Reuters

Juventus produced a stunning late show to beat 10-man Inter Milan 3-2 and get their Serie A title push back on track. Juve saw their gap at the top o(...)

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

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 Dele Alii at a Spurs   training session in  north London on the eve of their  Champions League round-of-16  second leg match against Juventus.  Photograph: EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

Tottenham Hotspur were first written off after the Champions League group-stage draw. Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund? Too difficult, particularly a(...)

Harry Kane rounds Gianluigi Buffon to score Tottenham’s first against Juve. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty

Juventus 2 Tottenham Hotspur 2 When Christian Eriksen stood over the free-kick Juventus hearts fluttered, and for good reason. The Tottenham playmake(...)

 Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa celebrates after scoring against Lleida during the first leg of the Copa del Rey last 16 match at  Camp d’Esports stadium in Lleida. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Lleida 0 Atletico Madrid 4 Diego Costa had only been back for five minutes when he scored his first Atletico Madrid goal in three and a half years, b(...)

Croatia’s Andrej Kramaric celebrates scoring their fourth goal in the first leg of the World Cup playoff against Greece at  Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb, Croatia. Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Reuters

Croatia 4 Greece 1 Croatia set one foot back in the World Cup finals after cruising to an emphatic 4-1 win over Greece in the first leg of their qual(...)

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric challenges  Finland forward Simon Skrabb during the qualifier in Rijeka at the start of October. Photograph: Antonio Bat/EPA

Croatia: Vedran Buble of Index.hr “After the win in Ukraine, everyone believes that Croatia will qualify for the World Cup, although the emotions are(...)

Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani reacts after scoring in the  Champions League  match against  Bayern Munich  at the Parc des Princes. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Paris St Germain tore apart Bayern Munich to win 3-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday as the French club’s expensively-assembled attack made anoth(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi scores against Juventus in the Champions League match at the Nou Camp. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

A mesmeric Lionel Messi scored twice as he inspired Barcelona to a 3-0 win over Juventus to get off to a flying start in Champions League Group D on T(...)

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