Mehdi Benatia

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored Portugal’s early opener against Morocco. Photograph: Antonin Thuillier/AFP

Portugal 1 Morocco 0 Fernando Santos had wanted to see more from his supporting cast but, well, while the Portugal manager has Cristiano Ronaldo, it (...)

Morocco manage Herve Renard. Photograph: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty

Morocco (500-1) Who are they? The Atlas Lions are back at the World Cup for the first time since 1998, when Norway’s late, late win over Brazil saw (...)

 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(...)

 Pep Guardiola: let’s not pretend what happened at Bayern was anything other than a bitter disappointment for everyone involved. Photo:  Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

‘I’ve done my best here,” said Pep Guardiola after losing his third and last Champions League semi-final with FC Bayern. “But if you say that I had to(...)

 Arturo Vidal watches on as Saul Niguez scores Atlético Madrid’s winner against Bayern Munich. Photograph: Getty

Now that we are all living in a Leicester City world, it is hard to watch the Champions League without wondering how its snazziest participants will c(...)

Atletico’s Saul Niguez celebrates his side’s opening goal of the Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich. Photo: Francisco Seco/AP

Atlético Madrid 1 Bayern Munich 0 The road to Milan must go via Munich yet, but it was Atlético who emerged from Madrid in the lead, the scarves st(...)

Paris Saint-Germain’s Blaise Matuidi  and  Zlatan Ibrahimovic talk before a training session at  the Nou Camp  ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Barcelona. Photo: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc accepts his side face an almost impossible mission trying to turn around their Champions League quarter-final ag(...)

Jose Mourinho has seen his Chelsea side undefeated for 23 matches in all competitions. Photograph: Reuters.

The pursuit of perfection can feel like a hopeless dream in football. Last week a hush descended upon the Etihad Stadium as Bayern Munich produced (...)

 Xabi Alonso arrives for medical check at FC Bayern Muenchen’s team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt office. Photograph:   Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

German champions Bayern Munich have completed the transfer of former World Cup winner Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid on a two-year deal as they seek to(...)

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