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Russia's winless run continues into World Cup after draw with Turkey

Russia's winless run continues into World Cup after draw with Turkey

World Cup hosts Russia squandered the lead to draw 1-1 with Turkey in Moscow on Tuesday, extending their winless streak to seven matches in their last friendly before the tournament kicks off next week.

Netherlands earn late draw with Italy in battle of non-qualifiers

Netherlands earn late draw with Italy in battle of non-qualifiers

Nathan Ake scored two minutes from time for the Netherlands to grab a 1-1 draw with hosts Italy in a friendly in Turin on Monday between two of the best sides not to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.

Egypt name Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in World Cup squad despite shoulder injury

Egypt name Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in World Cup squad despite shoulder injury

Mohamed Salah has been named in Egypt's World Cup squad, despite a shoulder injury which will keep him out for three weeks.

Leroy Sane dropped from Germany's final World Cup squad, Manuel Neuer in

Leroy Sane dropped from Germany's final World Cup squad, Manuel Neuer in

Manchester City forward Leroy Sane is the shock omission from Germany's 23-man squad for the World Cup, announced by coach Joachim Low at a news conference on Monday.

Vincent Kompany in Belgium World Cup squad but injury could still rule him out

Vincent Kompany in Belgium World Cup squad but injury could still rule him out

Vincent Kompany will be given up to 24 hours before Belgium's World Cup opener against Panama to prove his fitness to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.

David De Gea blunder costs Spain in draw with Switzerland

David De Gea blunder costs Spain in draw with Switzerland

Goalkeeper David De Gea made a rare error which led to Spain drawing 1-1 at home to Switzerland in a pre-World Cup friendly on Sunday after dominating without making their superior possession count.

Neymar scores on Brazil return as Croatia are beaten at Anfield

Neymar scores on Brazil return as Croatia are beaten at Anfield

Neymar scored on his return to action after three months out through injury as Brazil warmed up for the World Cup with a 2-0 friendly win over Croatia at Anfield on Sunday.

Vincent Kompany injured as Belgium draw with Portugal

Vincent Kompany injured as Belgium draw with Portugal

Belgium defender Vincent Kompany left the field hurt as his side and Portugal drew 0-0 in an evenly balanced friendly on Saturday as each side showed attacking intent ahead of this month's World Cup.

Germany stunned by Austria in Manuel Neuer's return to action

Germany stunned by Austria in Manuel Neuer's return to action

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer made his comeback from a nine-month injury break on Saturday but was unable to prevent the world champions suffering a surprise 2-1 friendly defeat to Austria.

Harry Kane strikes as England beat Nigeria at Wembley

Harry Kane strikes as England beat Nigeria at Wembley

England beat Nigeria 2-1 on Saturday in a friendly that provided some clues as to how coach Gareth Southgate will line up his still experimental side when the World Cup gets under way.

Ousmane Dembele's fine strike helps France ease past Italy

Ousmane Dembele's fine strike helps France ease past Italy

France showed the full range of their attacking weapons as they continued their preparations for the World Cup in convincing fashion with a 3-1 win over Italy in a friendly on Friday.

Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid after third Champions League title

Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid after third Champions League title

Zinedine Zidane has shocked the football world by resigning as Real Madrid coach just days after winning a third consecutive Champions League with the La Liga giants.

Frank Lampard named Derby County manager on three-year deal

Frank Lampard named Derby County manager on three-year deal

Frank Lampard has been appointed the new manager of Derby County on a three-year contract, with former Chelsea academy coach Jody Morris as his assistant.

Russia's World Cup warm-up struggles continue in loss to Austria

Russia's World Cup warm-up struggles continue in loss to Austria

World Cup hosts Russia slumped to a 1-0 defeat in a friendly against Austria on Wednesday, extending their winless streak to six matches.

Messi grabs hat-trick as Argentina canter to 4-0 win

Messi grabs hat-trick as Argentina canter to 4-0 win

Lionel Messi has sent an ominous warning out to his World Cup rivals, hitting a hat trick as Argentina cruised to a 4-0 friendly win over Haiti on Tuesday.

Super Mario scores wonder goal but Portugal held by Tunisia

Super Mario scores wonder goal but Portugal held by Tunisia

Portugal blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Tunisia in a World Cup warmup game after a sensational strike from Joao Mario.

France coast to victory over Republic of Ireland

France coast to victory over Republic of Ireland

Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir staked their claims for France's World Cup opener as they struck to condemn the Republic of Ireland to a 2-0 friendly defeat amid a torrential Parisian downpour.

Mario Balotelli scores on international return as Italy hold off Saudi Arabia

Mario Balotelli scores on international return as Italy hold off Saudi Arabia

Mario Balotelli returned to Italy duty with a bang following a four-year absence as his first-half goal set the tone for a 2-1 friendly victory over Saudi Arabia in St Gallen.

Liverpool agree deal to sign midfielder Fabinho from Monaco

Liverpool agree deal to sign midfielder Fabinho from Monaco

Liverpool have announced a deal to sign Brazilian midfielder Fabinho from Monaco.

Jurgen Klopp hints Mohamed Salah likely to miss World Cup

Jurgen Klopp hints Mohamed Salah likely to miss World Cup

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes Mo Salah is likely to miss the World Cup after leaving the Champions League final injured in the first half.

Real Madrid hero Gareth Bale fuels Premier League speculation

Real Madrid hero Gareth Bale fuels Premier League speculation

Gareth Bale said he wants to be playing every week -- which "has not happened this season" -- after leading Real Madrid to the Champions League trophy in Saturday's 3-1 win over Liverpool.

Cristiano Ronaldo hints at Real Madrid exit

Cristiano Ronaldo hints at Real Madrid exit

Cristiano Ronaldo cast doubt over his future with Real Madrid after they won the Champions League for the third consecutive season on Saturday in a 3-1 win over Liverpool.

Bale stunner and Karius howlers give Real historic hat-trick

Bale stunner and Karius howlers give Real historic hat-trick

Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 to win the Champions League for a third successive season thanks to a spectacular two-goal substitute appearance from Gareth Bale and a performance to forget for Loris Karius.

Napoli hire Carlo Ancelotti to replace Maurizio Sarri as manager

Napoli hire Carlo Ancelotti to replace Maurizio Sarri as manager

Carlo Ancelotti has signed a three-year contract to replace Maurizio Sarri as Napoli's head coach.

Arsenal appoint Unai Emery as head coach to replace Arsene Wenger

Arsenal appoint Unai Emery as head coach to replace Arsene Wenger

Arsenal have hired former Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery to take them into a new era following Arsene Wenger's departure, with sources telling that he has signed a three-year contract.

Mauro Icardi, Lautaro Martinez out, Lionel Messi in Argentina's World Cup squad

Mauro Icardi, Lautaro Martinez out, Lionel Messi in Argentina's World Cup squad

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has included Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala to feature in attack alongside Lionel Messi in his 23-man World Cup squad, but has left Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi and Racing Club starlet Lautaro Martinez out.

England name World Cup squad: Joe Hart, Jack Wilshere out; Trent Alexander-Arnold in

England name World Cup squad: Joe Hart, Jack Wilshere out; Trent Alexander-Arnold in

Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere were left out of England's World Cup squad on Wednesday by manager Gareth Southgate, who included uncapped 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold.

World Cup hero Mario Gotze left out of Germany squad, Manuel Neuer included

World Cup hero Mario Gotze left out of Germany squad, Manuel Neuer included

Germany's first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was included in their preliminary World Cup squad on Tuesday despite having been out of action since September but World Cup final scorer Mario Goetze was left out.

Nearly half Portugal's Euro squad to miss World Cup

Nearly half Portugal's Euro squad to miss World Cup

Nearly half of Portugal's triumphant Euro 2016 squad will miss the World Cup after coach Fernando Santos made what he said were difficult choices in naming his final 23 for Russia on Thursday.

Chelsea stars Alvaro Morata, Cesc Fabregas, Marcos Alonso and Pedro snubbed from Spain squad

Chelsea stars Alvaro Morata, Cesc Fabregas, Marcos Alonso and Pedro snubbed from Spain squad

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has left Chelsea's Alvaro Morata, Cesc Fabregas and Marcos Alonso out of his 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia but included Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal.

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Napoli sink Liverpool on Lorenzo Insigne's late strike
Napoli 1 - 0 Liverpool

Napoli sink Liverpool on Lorenzo Insigne's late strike

Lorenzo Insigne's late winner gave Napoli a deserved 1-0 Champions League victory over Liverpool on Wednesday that saw the Italians move to the top of Group C.

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi profits from error to net winner against PSV
PSV 1 - 2 Inter Milan

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi profits from error to net winner against PSV

Mauro Icardi took advantage of an error from PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet to gift Inter Milan a 2-1 victory in their Champions League Group B clash on Wednesday.

Borussia Dortmund heap more misery on hapless Monaco with win
Borussia Dortmund 3 - 0 Monaco

Borussia Dortmund heap more misery on hapless Monaco with win

Borussia Dortmund's blistering start to the season under manager Lucien Favre gathered momentum as the Bundesliga leaders consigned ailing Monaco to a 3-0 defeat in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Antoine Griezmann's brace helps Atletico Madrid sink Club Brugge
Atletico Madrid 3 - 1 Club Brugge

Antoine Griezmann's brace helps Atletico Madrid sink Club Brugge

Antoine Griezmann had a goal in each half -- including the 8,000th Champions League goal -- and Koke also scored in added time to lead Atletico Madrid to a 3-1 win over Club Brugge on Wednesday.

Moussa Marega strikes for Porto after Iker Casillas keeps Galatasaray at bay
Porto 1 - 0 Galatasaray

Moussa Marega strikes for Porto after Iker Casillas keeps Galatasaray at bay

A second-half header by Moussa Marega gave Porto a 1-0 Champions League win over Galatasaray at home on Wednesday.

Barcelona beat Tottenham in Group B on back of Lionel Messi double
Tottenham 2 - 4 Barcelona

Barcelona beat Tottenham in Group B on back of Lionel Messi double

Lionel Messi scored twice and powered Barcelona to a 4-2 win against Tottenham in Champions League Group B at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night.

Weston McKennie's header lifts Schalke past Lokomotiv
Lokomotiv 0 - 1 Schalke

Weston McKennie's header lifts Schalke past Lokomotiv

United States international Weston McKennie's late header gave Schalke a 1-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday as they continued to recover from a poor start to the season.

Neymar's hat trick leads PSG's rout of Red Star Belgrade
PSG 6 - 1 Red Star Belgrade

Neymar's hat trick leads PSG's rout of Red Star Belgrade

Neymar scored his second Champions League hat trick as Paris Saint-Germain rolled to a 6-1 victory over Red Star Belgrade in a Champions League group-stage game at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

Edin Dzeko's triple destroys Viktoria Plzen as Roma cruise to victory
Roma 5 - 0 Viktoria Plzen

Edin Dzeko's triple destroys Viktoria Plzen as Roma cruise to victory

Roma's Edin Dzeko was again the tormentor for Viktoria Plzen as he scored a hat trick in a 5-0 Champions League Group G win for the Italian side on Tuesday.

Valencia hold Manchester United in Old Trafford stalemate
Manchester United 0 - 0 Valencia

Valencia hold Manchester United in Old Trafford stalemate

Manchester United's dismal run of form continued as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Valencia in a drab Champions League clash at Old Trafford.

Lyon rally for draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in match behind closed doors
Lyon 2 - 2 Shakhtar Donetsk

Lyon rally for draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in match behind closed doors

Lyon produced a stirring fightback to claw back two superb goals from Shakhtar Donetsk's Junior Moraes and rescue a 2-2 draw behind closed doors in a thrilling end-to-end contest at their Groupama Stadium on Tuesday.

Depleted Real Madrid stunned by CSKA Moscow in Champions League
CSKA Moscow 1 - 0 Real Madrid

Depleted Real Madrid stunned by CSKA Moscow in Champions League

A depleted Real Madrid suffered a shock 1-0 Champions League defeat at CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, extending a poor run of form for the holders that has left them without a win in three games.

Ten-man Benfica squander two-goal lead, then snatch win at AEK Athens
AEK Athens 2 - 3 Benfica

Ten-man Benfica squander two-goal lead, then snatch win at AEK Athens

Benfica played the entire second half with 10 men and squandered a two-goal lead before claiming a thrilling 3-2 win away to AEK Athens in Champions League Group E action on Tuesday.

Youthful Ajax draw with Bayern Munich for deserved Group E point
Bayern Munich 1 - 1 Ajax

Youthful Ajax draw with Bayern Munich for deserved Group E point

Full-back Noussair Mazraoui earned a youthful Ajax side a 1-1 draw at misfiring Bayern Munich in their Champions League Group E clash at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

Dybala nets hat-trick as Juve maintain perfect start
Juventus 3-0 BSC Young Boys

Dybala nets hat-trick as Juve maintain perfect start

Paulo Dybala hit a hat-trick as Juventus maintained their 100% record in the Champions League courtesy of a 3-0 win against BSC Young Boys.

Late Silva strike rescues City in Germany
Hoffenheim 1 - 2 Manchester City

Late Silva strike rescues City in Germany

David Silva nipped in to secure a late 2-1 victory for Premier League champions Manchester City at Hoffenheim.

Juventus overcome Ronaldo red card to win Champions League debut
Valencia 0 - 2 Juventus

Juventus overcome Ronaldo red card to win Champions League debut

Cristiano Ronaldo's Champions League debut for Juventus lasted only 29 minutes as he was red-carded but the Italians began their Group H campaign impressively with a 2-0 victory at Valencia on Wednesday.

Paul Pogba scores two as Man United open Champions League with win vs. Young Boys
Young Boys 0 - 3 Man United

Paul Pogba scores two as Man United open Champions League with win vs. Young Boys

Paul Pogba scored two first-half goals as Manchester United spoiled Young Boys' first appearance in the group stage of the Champions League by cruising to a comfortable 3-0 victory at the Stade de Suisse on Wednesday.

Nabil Fekir helps fire Lyon to shock win over Manchester City
Manchester City 1 - 2 Lyon

Nabil Fekir helps fire Lyon to shock win over Manchester City

Manchester City looked far from potential Champions League winners as they fell to a surprise 2-1 loss at home to Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday with a flat performance that leaves them with plenty of work to do to progress from Group F.

Nikola Vlasic equalises late in CSKA Moscow draw vs. Viktoria Plzen
Viktoria Plzen 2 - 2 CSKA Moscow

Nikola Vlasic equalises late in CSKA Moscow draw vs. Viktoria Plzen

CSKA Moscow salvaged a 2-2 draw with Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on Wednesday after a penalty deep in stoppage time.

Bayern's Renato Sanches scores, earns applause on return to Benfica
Benfica 0 - 2 Bayern Munich

Bayern's Renato Sanches scores, earns applause on return to Benfica

Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches had a goal and an assist in his return to Benfica in a 2-0 victory on Wednesday.

Gareth Bale, Isco strike as Real Madrid outclass Roma in UCL opener
Real Madrid 3 - 0 Roma

Gareth Bale, Isco strike as Real Madrid outclass Roma in UCL opener

Real Madrid rode goals from Isco and Gareth Bale to a 3-0 win against Roma in their Champions League Group G opener at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk draw as Nagelsmann becomes youngest UCL coach
Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - 2 Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk draw as Nagelsmann becomes youngest UCL coach

The youngest coach in Champions League history drew his debut game Wednesday as Hoffenheim's match at Shakhtar Donetsk finished 2-2.

Nicolas Tagliafico's double guides Ajax to comfortable win over AEK
Ajax 3 - 0 AEK

Nicolas Tagliafico's double guides Ajax to comfortable win over AEK

Nicolas Tagliafico scored two second-half goals as Ajax marked their return to the Champions League group stages with a 3-0 victory over AEK Athens on Wednesday.

Late Roberto Firmino goal seals dramatic Liverpool win over Paris Saint-Germain
Liverpool 3 - 2 Paris Saint-Germain

Late Roberto Firmino goal seals dramatic Liverpool win over Paris Saint-Germain

A stoppage-time goal from Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain on a dramatic Champions League night at Anfield.

Champions League debutants Red Star shock Napoli in 0-0 draw
Red Star 0 - 0 Napoli

Champions League debutants Red Star shock Napoli in 0-0 draw

Red Star Belgrade ground out a 0-0 home draw against Napoli on the Serbian side's Champions League debut as their goalkeeper Milan Borjan made a flurry of telling saves in a pulsating Group C clash on Tuesday.

Christian Pulisic scores birthday goal to give Dortmund win over Brugge
Club Brugge 0 - 1 Borussia Dortmund

Christian Pulisic scores birthday goal to give Dortmund win over Brugge

Borussia Dortmund's United States forward Christian Pulisic came off the bench to grab a late goal for a 1-0 Champions League Group A victory over Club Brugge on Tuesday.

Atletico Madrid shake off domestic woes for comeback win at Monaco
Monaco 1 - 2 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid shake off domestic woes for comeback win at Monaco

Atletico Madrid battled their way back from a goal down to pull off a confidence-boosting 2-1 win at AS Monaco in Champions League Group A on Tuesday, with a defiant response to their troubling start to the domestic season.

Late Inter Milan goals send Tottenham Hotspur crashing to defeat
Inter Milan 2 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur

Late Inter Milan goals send Tottenham Hotspur crashing to defeat

Inter Milan scored two late goals as they came from 1-0 down to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in a dramatic Champions League clash at the San Siro.

Lionel Messi sets Champions League hat-trick record as Barcelona ease past PSV
Barcelona 4 - 0 PSV

Lionel Messi sets Champions League hat-trick record as Barcelona ease past PSV

Lionel Messi scored a record-setting hat trick as Barcelona opened their Champions League campaign in Group B with an impressive 4-0 win against PSV Eindhoven at the Camp Nou.