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Besiktas manager Senol Gunes holds his head after being hit by a missile during a Turkish Cup semi-final against Fenerbahçe. Photograph: Stringer/AFP

An Istanbul derby is like no other experience in sport. Outside the stadium before kick-off there’s the smoke and smell of kofte meat burgers wafting (...)

Neymar scores for Barcelona’s fifth goal, this one   from the penalty spot, during the remarkable 6-1 comeback victory over PSG at the Camp Nou.  Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty

After Liverpool routed Manchester City 3-0 at Anfield, Pep Guardiola’s men need to turn the tables in dramatic fashion on home turf and without the ai(...)

Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane scores against Southampton at Wembley. Photograph: Getty Images

Tottenham striker Harry Kane broke the record for the most Premier League goals in a calendar year by heading his 37th of 2017 against Southampton. H(...)

Alexis Sánchez: Chile’s 1-0 loss to Bolivia on Tuesday leaves their World Cup hopes hanging by a thread. Photograph: Martin Alipaz/EPA

In a little under a week Alexis Sánchez’s life has been turned upside down. When the Arsenal forward woke up last Thursday, on transfer-deadline day, (...)

 Alexis Sánchez   celebrates Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Manchester City in the  FA Cup semi-final  last Sunday.   Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Arsène Wenger says there is no chance Alexis Sánchez will leave Arsenal this summer and said he is prepared to run the risk of losing the forward on a(...)

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez warms up during the English Premier League match at Liverpool on Saturday. Photograph: EPA.

Last November, Chile played Colombia and Uruguay in a World Cup qualifying double-header. A couple of days before the Colombia game, Alexis Sanchez pu(...)

Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring their second goal against Blackburn in the FA Cup. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

If all the friends of Wayne Rooney quoted anonymously in the media are to be believed, the striker has not been making much of a secret of the fact th(...)

 Olivier Giroud produces a spectacular sole-of-the boot volley to open the scoring against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

On a sodden, cold and otherwise underpowered afternoon at the Emirates Stadium Olivier Giroud provided an unforgettable moment of illumination. The(...)

Paul Pogba scored twice as Manchester United routed Fenerbahçe 4-1 at Old Trafford. Photograph: Reuters

Manchester United 4 Fenerbahçe 1 For Manchester United, this was precisely the kind of night they wanted before Sunday’s assignment at Chelsea and (...)

Fenerbahce coach Dick Advocaat and Robin van Persie ahead of Thursday night’s match. Photograph: Reuters

In 2012 “the little boy inside” told Robin van Persie to leave north London and head north. Van Persie listened and swapped Arsenal for Manchester Uni(...)

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