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Paris Saint-Germain players celebrate their 2-0 win over Man City in the French capital. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty/AFP

There was a gargantuan photo of an illuminated Eiffel Tower over Jake Humphrey’s left shoulder when he introduced us to BT Sport 2’s Champions League (...)

Neymar and Kylian Mbappé are not only the most talented forwards in the world but also the most expensive. Photograph: Getty Images

On the banks of the Seine in Paris, five minutes from the Louvre, stands the Samaritaine department store. The building was last renovated at a cost o(...)

England’s Paul Gascoigne celebrates scoring against Scotland during an 1996 European championships group stage match  at Wembley. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Allsport/Getty Images

David Beckham has assumed the role as the people’s prince of England, gliding through his middle years as a pleasantly handsome and immaculately turne(...)

Italy’s manager Roberto Mancini  during the  Euros  quarter-final against Belgium in Munich on July 2nd.   Photograph: Andreas Gebert/AFP via Getty Images

The article in Gazzetta dello Sport was only laying out the facts but it read like an audible groan. “Spain again,” ran the opening line in Italy’s pi(...)

Wales’ Gareth Bale misses a big chance during his team’s Euro 2020 defeat to Italy at the Stadio Olimpico stadium. Photograph: Alberto Lingria/AP

Italy 1 Wales 0 Half an hour before kick-off, when the team sheets were read aloud for the first time, the loudest Roman roar was reserved for the It(...)

Italy have improved under manager Roberto Mancini. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Turkey Odds: 50-1 Previous best: Semi-finalists 2008 Prospects: Traditionally cavalier, Turkey’s recent resurgence has been built on their defence. P(...)

 Ruben Dias in action against  Paris Saint-Germain’s   Neymar.  The signing of  Dias last summer has been as transformative as that of Virgil van Dijk was for Liverpool. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Everywhere you looked, people were losing their heads. There was Ángel Di María stamping on Fernandinho. There was Leandro Paredes hurling the ball(...)

 Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick goes through the Paris Saint-Germain wall for Manchester City’s second goal during the Champions League semi-final, first leg at Parc des Princes. Photograph:  Alex Grimm/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain 1 Manchester City 2 Pep Guardiola had called for calm, for his Manchester City players to be themselves, for them to enjoy the oc(...)

Kylian Mbappe  scores the opening goal for  Paris Saint-Germain against Bayern Munich during the Champions League quarter-final, first leg at Allianz Arena. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Bayern Munich 2 Paris Saint-Germain 3 Kylian Mbappé produced a performance of stunning high-end incision to drive Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-2 Champi(...)

Gerard Pique can’t keep up with Kylian Mbappe. Photograph: Lluis Gene/Getty/AFP

Presnel Kimpembe slipped. 29 minutes had been played at the Camp Nou. Two minutes earlier Lionel Messi had put Barcelona ahead. Now, as the Paris Sain(...)

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