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Barcelona’s  Lionel Messi scores their first goal from a free-kick  against PSV Eindhoven’s goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet  during the  Champions League Group B  match  at the Nou Camp. Photograph: Enric Fontcuberta/EPA

Barcelona 4 PSV Eindhoven 0 Lionel Messi scored a sensational hat-trick as Barcelona kick-started their Champions League campaign with a 4-0 win at h(...)

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 (...)

 Kylian Mbappé against  Belgium  at Saint Petersburg Stadium. His quick feet buy him and his teammates extra space inside congested penalty areas. Photograph: Getty Images

Solid foundations begin in defence France’s tactics in the 1-0 semi-final win against Belgium did not draw universal approval. “They have played ant(...)

 Belgium’s Eden Hazard: “We can be proud of what we have achieved. As a captain, I am happy to be part of this team.” Photograph:  Anton Vaganov/Reuters

Thibaut Courtois has accused France of being an “anti-football team” following Belgium’s 1-0 World Cup semi-final loss to Les Bleus in Saint Petersbur(...)

French fans in Dtwo nightclub watch their World Cup semi-final  against Belgium. Photograph: Jack Power

Hundreds of French and Belgian soccer fans crowded into Dtwo nightclub on Harcourt Street, in Dublin city centre, to watch their teams face off in the(...)

Samuel Umtiti of France scores during their 2018 World Cup semi-final clash with Belgium in St Petersburg. Photo: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

France 1 Belgium 0 Two decades after he captained one great French side to a world title on home soil, Didier Deschamps is on the brink of engineerin(...)

Antonie Griezmann is tackled by Australia’s Josh Risdon - the video referee later concluded it was a foul. Photograph: Benjamin Cremel/AFP/Getty

France 2 Australia 1 France benefited from a controversial first use of video assistant referee technology at a World Cup as they laboured to a 2-1 w(...)

 Paolo Guerrero earned a reprieve on the eve of this World Cup. Photograph: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

The Matches Group C France v Australia (Kazan Arena, 11am, RTE/BBC) Betting: France 1/4, Australia 9/1, Draw 11/2. Group D Argentina v Iceland (Spar(...)

Didier Deschamps: France’s head coach  has been able to make  big calls because of the remarkable array of individual talent available to him.  Photograph: Franck FireAFP/Getty

The wider country may be locked in a battle just now over the attempt by its president to impose what is politely described as reform but as Didier De(...)

Andres Iniesta leaves the pitch after his final El Clásico appearance. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP

Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 2 Rarely has a draw felt so good to this stadium. Barcelona are three games away from completing an unbeaten season after thi(...)

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