French striker Kylian Mbappé scores his side’s  second goal past Spanish goalkeeper Unai Simon  during the Uefa Nations League  Final at San Siro Stadium in Milan. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Spain 1 France 2 There in the madness was Kylian Mbappé, blood running cold. A game of control had gone crazy and that was where France won it, claim(...)

Manchester City’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Getty Images

Chelsea 0 Manchester City 1 Gabriel Jesus fired an early Premier League warning shot as defending champions Manchester City toppled title rivals Chel(...)

 Thomas Tuchel changed Chelsea from back-foot to front-foot at Tottenham and they went on to win 3-0. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Belfast’s contribution to Germany’s Euro 96 victory is often overlooked. It’s unforgivable. It was at the Danny Blanchflower playing fields and on oth(...)

Brazilian defender Thiago Silva has been excellent since joining Chelsea. Photograph: Getty Images

A couple of weeks ago the Netherlands coach, Louis van Gaal, got into an argument with a scornful Dutch journalist about Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea. “The(...)

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku  heads home the opening goal during the  Champions League Group H  match against  Zenit St Petersburg at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

Chelsea 1 Zenit St Petersburg 0 Romelu Lukaku had been the subject of suffocating attention from a well-organised and physical Zenit St Petersburg ce(...)

Romelu Lukaku celebrates after opening the scoring for Chelsea against Arsenal. Photograph: Justin Tallis/Getty/AFP

Arsenal 0 Chelsea 2 There were three minutes left when Arsenal’s fans finally started to head for the exits. They knew that they were watching a lost(...)

Jules Koundé of Sevilla  during the Europa League final between Seville and  Internazionale at RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, Germany, on August 21st, 2020. Photograph:   Friedemann Vogel/Pool via Getty Images

Chelsea have opened talks with Sevilla over the signing of Jules Koundé, having made the French centre-back their top defensive target this summer. K(...)

 Spain’s players celebrate after winning the shootout against Switzerland. Photograph: Getty Images

Switzerland 1 Spain 1 (Spain win 3-1 on penalties) This time, penalties were a bridge too far for Switzerland. They took Spain all the way, riding th(...)

Spain’s head coach Luis Enrique congratulates  Sergio Busquets after he came off in the Euro 2020 Group E game against Slovakia in Seville. Photograph: Thanassis Stavrakis/EPA

“Did you get emotional? I can see it in your eyes.” Spain’s players had been around the pitch applauding their fans and now Sergio Busquets stood at t(...)

 Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka scores an own goal against Spain at La Cartuja Stadium in Seville. Photograph: Getty Images

Spain 5 Slovakia 0 They needed a little help but at last the cork came out and the cava flowed, carrying Spain through to the next round and maybe b(...)

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