Holders Real Madrid came from a goal down to snatch a precious 2-1 victory at wasteful Bayern Munich and carry a considerable advantage into their Champions League semifinal second leg in Spain.
Holders Real Madrid came from a goal down to snatch a precious 2-1 victory at wasteful Bayern Munich and carry a considerable advantage into their Champions League semifinal second leg in Spain.
Two late Roma goals, however, will give the Italians, who came back from 4-1 down to beat Barcelona in the previous round, some hope of an upset in the return game next Wednesday.
Theo Walcott struck just after half-time to secure a 1-0 home win over Newcastle United.
Salah fought off competition from Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne to scoop the prestigious individual prize.
Diego Simeone's Atletico moved 11 points behind Barcelona with four games remaining and the unbeaten leaders need one more point to win the title.
The clash will have added spice because of the tension between former Chelsea boss Mourinho and current coach Antonio Conte.
Luis Suarez struck twice in the first half for the Catalans as they won the competition for a record 30th time. However, it was Iniesta and Messi who pulled all the strings as the La Liga leaders blew away Montella's stunned side.
Standing between United and a record-equalling 13th FA Cup triumph will be Chelsea or Southampton, who play on Sunday.
The trophy was recovered on Friday, two days after it was stolen from Mexico's Guanajuato state.
Wenger is to leave at the end of the season after a reign of almost 22 years that made him the most successful boss in the Premier League club's history.
For Busacca, the VAR which will be used at this year’s World Cup in Russia to help referees, is a much-needed safety net that could end their purgatory.
Skipper Sunil Chhetri led from the front with a brace as they thrashed 10-man East Bengal 4-1.
The Frenchman is to leave at the end of the season after almost 22 years in charge at Arsenal.
The club said a successor would be appointed as soon as possible with German Thomas Tuchel, out of work since leaving Borussia Dortmund almost a year ago, installed as the early bookmakers' favourite.
Chelsea trail Spurs by five points with just four games remaining but the win kept alive their slim hopes of a late push for the final Champions League slot.
BFC have been clinical all through the tournament, always finding the answers to come away with a win.
England player Rhian Brewster recounted in a newspaper interview an insult made by Spanish player towards teammate Morgan Gibbs-White during the final in Kolkata, which England won 5-2.
Real were set for defeat until Ronaldo, who also hit the bar with a header early on, struck with his 24th league goal of the season to snatch the draw that left them third on 68 points after 33 games.
Aleksander Ceferin said technology still needed more testing before it can be considered for use in the Champions League.
Celta Vigo came within a whisker of inflicting the Catalans' first league defeat of the season.
Neymar has been receiving treatment in Brazil and said he expects to be training exactly a month before the five-time champions play their World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17.
Miku struck thrice late in the second half before BFC skipper Sunil Chhetri scored in the last minute of regulation time.
A Reuters photographer at pitch level for France's 3-1 win over Russia in St Petersburg heard monkey chants directed at French players on several occasions.
Dudu Omagbemi scored the only goal of the match in the 79th minute to seal a memorable win for the Red and Golds.
Paris St Germain claimed their seventh Ligue 1 title in emphatic style with a 7-1 home win against defending champion AS Monaco.
AS Monaco fans who made the trip to the Parc des Princes to watch their side thrashed 7-1 by Paris St Germain will get their money back, the club said.
It is their first league title since 2014 and their first under former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola.
Atletico Madrid moved back to within 11 points of runaway leaders Barcelona by comfortably beating Levante 3-0 at home.
Newcastle's fourth successive win ended Arsenal's unbeaten run of seven games in all competitions.
Manchester City emerged from a trough of despair to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 and move to within three points of the Premier League title.
Barcelona responded to their shock Champions League elimination to AS Roma by beating Valencia 2-1 in a subdued atmosphere at the Nou Camp.
Bengaluru will face Mohun Bagan in the semifinal of the inaugural Super Cup, on April 17th, with the winner set to play one of FC Goa or East Bengal.
The other semifinal will be between European heavyweights Bayern Munich and holders Real Madrid.
Arsenal reached the semi-finals after recovering from a wobble to draw 2-2 at CSKA Moscow and progress 6-3 on aggregate.
The Goan outfit will now face East Bengal in the semis on April 16.
English referee Michael Oliver awarded Real a penalty in the 93rd minute. Buffon was then sent off for his protests and Ronaldo scored the resulting spot-kick to drag Real through to the semifinals with a dramatic 4-3 aggregate win.
Bayern, playing in their seventh straight Champions League quarter-final, never needed to hit top form but were in control throughout with the largely toothless Spaniards only rarely venturing into their opponents' box
Cristiano Ronaldo showed nerves of steel to score an injury-time penalty and send holders Real Madrid into the semi-finals of the Champions League
UEFA charged Liverpool after their fans set off fireworks and threw objects inside the Etihad Stadium.
Goals from S K Faiaz, Nikhil Kadam and an own goal by Shillong's Liberian defender Laurence Doe, ensured Mohun Bagan a place in the semifinal.
Liverpool reached the Champions League semifinals for the first time in 10 years as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino struck decisive blows to secure a 2-1 win over Manchester City that completed a 5-1 aggregate victory.
Roma's Kostas Manolas headed the decisive third goal in the 82nd minute, putting the Italians in the semi-finals for the first time since they reached the European Cup final in 1984 .
Responding to the report that a die-hard fan of English football club Arsenal FC in Kerala has named his newborn after him, Mesut Ozil said that it was 'great honour to be the inspiration for the name of the child'.
An injury time goal by Laldanmawia Ralte helped East Bengal to notch up a thrilling 1-0 win over Aizawl FC and seal the first semifinal spot of the Hero Super Cup.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored for the 10th game in a row in Sunday's 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madrid.
Barca have not lost in the league since going down 2-0 at Malaga on April 8 last year and the win saw them match Real Sociedad's unbeaten run between 1979 and 1980.
United produced a remarkable comeback from two goals down to win their derby clash 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium.
With this win, NEROCA confirmed their place in the last eight stage where they face Bengaluru FC.
Both the teams started commendably but in the end it was Al Amna's goal in the second half which made the difference.
Blasters' head coach David James gave full marks to the pitch and applauded the groundsmen of Kalinga Stadium.
Liverpool are the only team to have beaten City in the Premier League this season, with a thrilling 4-3 victory in January, and they repeated the formula of that success by attacking City’s defence from the outset.
Five-time European champions Barca are still unbeaten in La Liga and the Champions League and were overwhelming favourites against Eusebio Di Francesco's side, who are third in Serie A.
The cabinet meet also decided to provide government jobs for 11 players in the team who now unemployed.
Ronaldo produced a strike in Real's 3-0 Champions League quarterfinal first-leg win at Juve on Tuesday that was astonishing even by the standards of his remarkable career.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored with a bicycle kick which was outrageous even by his standards to lead Real Madrid to an emphatic 3-0 win away to Juventus in their Champions League quarterfinal.
Bayern Munich fought back with a deflected own goal and a late header from Thiago to claim a 2-1 win at Sevilla in an exciting Champions League quarterfinal.
In the last eight, Goa will take on Jamshedpur FC who had beaten I-League champions Minerva Punjab 5-4 in sudden death.
The 30-year-old Indonesian is wowing crowds at home and abroad with his 'cat-like' reflexes, and sending a powerful message about people with disabilities.
The full squad comprising 20 players, coach, assistant coach, physio and manager were presented one sovereign gold medal each at a function held at the Manorama office in Kochi.
Goalkeeper Sanjiban Ghosh turned out to be the hero for Jamshedpur FC as they prevailed over Minerva Punjab 5-4 in sudden death.
The team which bagged the Santosh Trophy after 14 years, was welcomed by Kerala minister K T Jaleel at the Cochin International Airport Limited.
Head coach Satheevan Balan could assess the strengths and weaknesses of each of his players and come up with the most workable formula for the Santosh Trophy.
Kerala held their nerves to beat Bengal via penalty shootout as they clinched their sixth national football championships for the Santosh Trophy at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Sunday.
Each member of the squad will be awarded one sovereign of gold.
The Santosh Trophy triumph could spur Kerala's resurgence on the national football scene.
Not since Gary Lineker scored the winning goal in 1990 had Tottenham taken three points home from Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Bengal coach Ranjan Chowdhury blamed their heartbreaking loss to Kerala on injuries to key players.
Udanta Singh scored a stoppage time goal to seal their quarterfinal spot
Kerala beat defending champions West Bengal 4-2 on penalties.
Champions Real Madrid eased to a 3-0 win over lowly Las Palmas with goals from Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema despite missing six regular starters, including top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo and captain Sergio Ramos.
City took just four minutes to get in front with a superb volley from Leroy Sane after a fine cross from David Silva.
The teams were locked 2-2 at the end of the 120 minutes of slugfest that saw Romanian Andrei Ionescu strike twice for the I-League outfit while Chennaiyin came back twice during the dying moments.
Indian Super League finalist Bengaluru FC is all set to face Gokulam Kerala FC in the Round-of-16 match of the Super Cup football championship to be played at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
Both the outfits, traditional powerhouses in the country, are two of the most successful teams in the history of the competition.
Coming on as a substitute, V K Afdal scored the winning goal for Kerala in the 54th minute. Kerala will meet West Bengal in the final on Sunday.
Kerala, coached by Satheevan Balan, have been in red-hot form so far. They topped Group A with an all-win record.
Karnataka registered a 1-0 win over Mizoram in the national football championship for the 72nd Santosh Trophy in Kolkata.
The result in Madrid represented Argentina's worst defeat since 2009, when an Albiceleste team coached by Maradona fell 6-1 to Bolivia in La Paz.
The Germans were hoping to match their record of 23 games without defeat but they lacked spark and precision, with several key players injured or rested, including Manuel Neuer and Thomas Mueller.
Spain sent out a warning to their World Cup rivals as Isco grabbed a hat-trick in a 6-1 thrashing of Argentina, who were missing the injured Lionel Messi, in a friendly.
India, who have already secured qualification, felt the absence of their key players, especially Sunil Chhetri.
K P Rahul scored in the 88th minute as Kerala completed their group fixtures with an all-win record.
An autopsy showed that Croatian third division football player Bruno Boban died of a heart attack after he was struck by the ball in the chest from close range.
Leaders Mizoram have virtually sealed a last-four spot with nine points from three matches.
Defending champions West Bengal edged Chandigarh 1-0 to book their place in the semifinals.
Mizoram virtually sealed a semi-final berth with a 2-1 win against Punjab.
Colombia sealed the win five minutes from time when Quintero converted a penalty after a Samuel Umtiti foul in the box.
Messi reportedly suffered an groin strain in training on Thursday, so the Barcelona forward was an unused substitute as Argentina kicked off their preparations for the World Cup in June.
Ronaldo fired two free kicks into the Egyptian wall in the first half, the first from inside the penalty area after the Egyptian defence naively passed the ball back to goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy.
After several missed chances in the first half, Brazil's Miranda finally broke the deadlock by tapping in a rebounded shot past goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev in the 53rd minute.
The Germans, who at times struggled with their opponents' quick passing, managed to draw level with an unstoppable 20-metre strike from Mueller 10 minutes before the break.
Their second big win propelled Kerala to the top of the Group A standings.
Multiple Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt had the chance to show off his football skills on Friday, nutmegging an opponent and scoring with a header.
The veteran goalkeeper said Italy was a strange country as he replied to criticism of the decision to pick him for this month's friendlies against Argentina and England.
Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi has led Barcelona to 30 domestic and European trophies during a stellar career but is yet to win a major trophy with the national team, apart from a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics.
The Premier League club agreed to terminate the Swedish striker's contract ahead of an expected move to Los Angeles Galaxy.
Mizoram walloped Odisha 5-0 for their second successive win, while Karnataka began their campaign with a spirited 4-1 victory over Goa.
Chandigarh rallied to hold Manipur 1-1 in another Group A game.
Lasmar, who operated on Neymar on March 3, added that he planned to reassess the injury in mid-April.
The Old Trafford giants, who topped Deloitte's Money League in January for the world's richest clubs, also came out top of the Social Network Rankings for the Premier League in 2017.
Former champions Punjab rallied from a goal down to beat Odisha 2-1 with the help of an own goal by Rudrapradhan.
The Argentine superstar says he now eats fish, meat, and salads instead of chocolates and fizzy drinks.
Kerala will next lock horns against Manipur on March 23.
Despite his glut of titles with FC Barcelona, Messi has still not won any major silverware with his national team.
Lionel Messi scored for the sixth game in a row in all competitions when he doubled Barca's lead in the 30th minute with a deadly strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
Hosts West Bengal begin their title defence against Manipur in the inaugural match of the Santosh Trophy final round.
Salah, who scored four against Watford, has 36 goals in all competitions, a new record for a Liverpool player in a debut season.
Football means big money and the economics of the major leagues make for a fascinating study.
Mumbai will now go on to play Kingfisher East Bengal on April 5, in the main draw of the tournament which beings on March 31.
Gokulam will now take on ISL finalists Bengaluru FC on April 1 in the final round.
India gained six points from their February rating points (333) to make the three-spot leap.
Messi scored twice and set up Ousmane Dembele for the other as the hosts won 3-0 and progressed to the quarterfinals 4-1 on aggregate.
The qualifiers of the tournament will be played between teams who finished between 7th and 10th in the ISL and I-League respectively.
It was a record 11th straight victory in the competition for coach Jupp Heynckes, who had led Bayern to the title in 2013 before retiring and returning this season.
Messi scored two brilliant goals and created another for Dembele as Barcelona thrashed Chelsea 3-0 to reach the Champions League quarterfinals 4-1 on aggregate.
AS Roma edged out Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 to enter the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time since 2008.
The Spaniards, who had never won a Champions League match in England, moved into the quarter-finals of Europe's elite club competition for the first time since 1958.
Minerva Punjab's financial plight was earlier highlighted in their refusal to take part in the upcoming tournament.
The exact contract details are yet to be finalized. Valera will be joining the team ahead of the Super Cup qualifier against NorthEast United FC in Bhubaneswar.
Messi missed a league game for the first time this season to attend the birth of his third son Ciro, but Barca barely needed their talisman against free-falling Malaga, who had striker Samu Garcia sent off after half an hour for a studs-up challenge on Jordi Alba.
United stifled Liverpool's exhilarating attack early on at Old Trafford and raced into a two-goal lead with 24 minutes on the clock after a double from Rashford.
Manchester United won the 200th North West derby with a 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford to open up a five point gap on their third-placed rivals.
The winners of the four qualifiers will join the top six ISL and I-League clubs in the final phase of the tournament.
Coach Satheevan Balan has retained the 20-member team which took part in the South Zone qualifiers in Bengaluru.
Arsenal turned the form book upside down and gave manager Arsene Wenger much-needed respite with a shock 2-0 win away to AC Milan in the Europa League.
Debutants Gokulam missed out on a direct qualifying spot for the inaugural Indian Super Cup and will have to fight it out in the qualifiers.
The Italians were outplayed by Spurs in a 2-2 first-leg draw in Turin and were on the ropes at Wembley but goals by Argentine strike duo Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala in three minutes sent them through 4-3 on aggregate.
William Opeku Asiedu netted the all-important goal in the 16th minute as the Punjab side won its maiden I-League title.
After a string of poor performances in the initial phase of the league, in which they failed to win a single home match, Gokulam regrouped and bounced back in the latter half.
City had won the first leg 4-0 at Basel and unsurprisingly their manager Pep Guardiola chose to leave key players on the bench.
In a predictably low-key game, Liverpool striker Sadio Mane, whose hat-trick in Porto helped ensure there was little at stake at Anfield, came closest to breaking the deadlock.
Zidane's side, who are 15 points adrift of Barcelona in La Liga but aiming for their third straight Champions League crown, were solid throughout as the home side rarely threatened and fully deserved their win.
United fought back from two goals down to beat Crystal Palace 3-2.
Gokulam Kerala FC, the sole club from I-League to have fielded a team in the IWL, will be in action on the first day itself when they take on Rising Student Club of Odisha.
Overall, 539 of his 600 strikes have come in Barcelona colours, while he's netted 61 for Argentina.
The qualifiers for the inaugural edition will be played between March 12 and March 31 while the final round will be held between March 31 to April 22.
Chelsea have now lost four of their last five Premier League games and are in fifth place, five points behind Tottenham Hotspur who occupy the fourth Champions League spot.
In the 26th minute, Lionel Messi scored his 600th career goal from a direct free kick.
He made 14 appearances for Italy between 2012 and 2017.
La Liga champions Real Madrid beat Getafe 3-1 with a goal from Gareth Bale and two strikes from Cristiano Ronaldo to go 12 points behind leaders Barcelona.
Liverpool moved into second place in the Premier League as Egyptian international Mohamed Salah continued his remarkable scoring run in a 2-0 victory at home to Newcastle United.
The PSG player was operated on by the Brazil national team doctor in Belo Horizonte to repair the fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle he suffered in last weekend's French league match.
According to IFAB protocols, VAR should only be used in four key cases: goals, penalties, direct red cards and mistaken identity.
Aizawl, who were trailing 0-1 at the half-time break, fought back in the second period to garner three points and end their campaign on a high.
Infantino said he was aware of criticism of his visit to the Islamic Republic but felt it was better to engage in dialogue with Iranian leaders.
The world's most expensive footballer arrived in Brazil on Thursday and will undergo surgery on a fractured metatarsal and a sprained ankle in Belo Horizonte on Saturday.
Manchester City tore Arsenal apart for the second time in five days, beating them 3-0 on a freezing night at The Emirates to restore their 16-point lead.
The Catalans had little fortune with refereeing decisions and they were furious when Las Palmas goalkeeper was not punished for appearing to handle the ball outside of the area.
The Video Assistant Referee system, which could be rolled out at the World Cup this year, left players, managers and fans cold during Tottenham Hotspur's FA Cup replay against Rochdale.
The sport's law-making body IFAB is due to decide on Saturday whether to approve VAR on a permanent basis and FIFA has already said it intends to use the system at the World Cup in Russia.
The operation will be performed by the Brazil national team doctor and means the 26-year-old will miss next week's Champions League match against Real Madrid.
The world's most expensive footballer suffered the injury during Sunday's 3-1 Ligue 1 win over Paris Saint Germain's arch-rivals Olympique de Marseille.
Real stay third on 51 points from 26 games, seven behind second-placed Atletico Madrid, who host Leganes on Wednesday, and 14 adrift of pacesetters Barcelona who play on Thursday.
The friendly match will he held just four days before the FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia.
The world's most expensive player is set to miss the Champions League last 16 second-leg tie at home to Real Madrid on March 6 with PSG trailing 3-1.
The first ever domestic final clash between the sides was a largely disappointing affair at a freezing Wembley Stadium.
Chelsea were the brighter team early on and Alvaro Morata, brought back into the side, volleyed against the bar after only four minutes.
Real Madrid remain off the pace in third, despite a comfortable 4-0 victory over Alaves that saw Cristiano Ronaldo score a brace and Gareth Bale back on the scoresheet.
Churchill, who failed to trouble Gokulam defense for most part of the match, restored parity in the stoppage time through Frincis.
Napoli came agonizingly close to pulling off a dramatic Europa League comeback when they won 2-0 at RB Leipzig but went out on away goals at the last 32 stage on Thursday.
Sevilla fired 25 shots at De Gea's goal while United only had six attempts, only one of which was on target.
Shakhtar, the first team to beat English Premier League leaders Manchester City this season, began with six South American-born players in their lineup, though one of them, Marlos, now plays for Ukraine.
Kerala have been drawn in Group A alongside West Bengal, Chandigarh, Manipur and Maharashtra.
The biopic of former Indian football team captain V P Sathyan has garnered positive reviews.
Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida was given a straight red card for tripping Lewandowski outside the penalty area in the 16th minute, the defining moment in the round of 16, first leg tie.
Chelsea's outstanding performer Willian could hardly believe his bad luck as twice before halftime he rattled the woodwork.
With this win, Gokulam Kerala have now astonishingly beaten Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Minerva Punjab in back to back games.
Atletico Madrid earlier won 2-0 at home to Athletic Bilbao as they cut the gap behind leaders Barcelona back to 7 points after Diego Costa scored his first league goal in 6 weeks to finish off the resilient visitors.
The Belgian has scored in each of the three rounds United have played of this year's competition and now has 11 goals from his past 10 FA Cup appearances and 21 in all competitions this season.
The hard-fought win takes Barca on to 62 points for the season, 10 above nearest challengers Atletico Madrid.
Gokulam withstood the late pressure to bag all three points as they claimed a second scalp off a Kolkata giant within the space of a week.
Villagra, who plays for Atletico Tucuman in Argentina's top division, said he didn't think twice about the operation after learning he was compatible with his 24-year-old sibling.
Willian bagged two and Olivier Giroud scored his first goal for the club since joining from London rivals Arsenal, while Pedro was also on target for Antonio Conte's dominant side.
Neymar was widely criticized as being ineffective during Real Madrid's 3-1 win over PSG in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie in Spain.
Italian league leaders Napoli went ahead against Leipzig but slumped to a 3-1 defeat after a Timo Werner brace.
The Portuguese league leaders slumped to their heaviest-ever home defeat in European competition.
Adrien Rabiot smashed runaway Ligue 1 leaders PSG ahead in the 33rd minute but Ronaldo leveled from the penalty spot on the stroke of halftime, scoring his 100th Champions League goal for Real.
Basel did their best to make a game of it and created several openings but looked vulnerable every time City attacked.
On the ropes after Higuain struck twice for Juventus in the opening 9 minutes, Tottenham launched a Kane-led fightback to draw 2-2 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
Argentina Football Association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia said he would be pleased to see Messi in top condition ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
Barca and Chelsea renew their rivalry in the Champions League on February 20, with the La Liga leaders visiting Stamford Bridge in the first leg of their last-16 tie.
The 3-0 home win over struggling West Bromwich Albion eased pressure on coach Antonio Conte following two defeats for the champions.
The result saw Gokulam stay at fourth position in the points table having 21 points from 14 matches.
With this win, Liverpool closed to within two points of second-placed Manchester United.
After second-placed Atletico Madrid won at Malaga, Barca's draw means Diego Simeone's side have eaten into their lead by two points.
Newcastle's first win over United for five years lifted them from 18th to 13th spot in the points table.
Atletico Madrid saw off Malaga 1-0 in a tight game to provisionally close the gap on leaders Barcelona to six points.
After a sluggish first half in the early kickoff at Wembley, Kane jumped highest to head home his seventh derby goal in seven games and 23rd in the league this season.
None the less, the hosts hung on for the victory that enables them to leapfrog both Liverpool and Chelsea into third place.
Barcelona have won the trophy for the last three years and face Sevilla in the final on April 21, a re-run of the 2016 showpiece which the Catalans won 2-0 after extra time.
The defender joins the Hammers on a contract until the end of June, 2018, and will reunite with his former boss David Moyes.
The 54-year-old former international defender is the seventh coach in eight years for the Dutch team.
Conte's future with the troubled Premier League champions was cast into doubt on Monday after a dismal 4-1 defeat against Watford.
Chelsea lost 4-1 at Watford after conceding three late goals to go down to their second straight Premier League defeat.
Harry Kane scored his 100th Premier League goal from the penalty spot in stoppage time to snatch a point for Tottenham Hotspur in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.
The defender headed home a late equaliser against Catalan rivals Espanyol to earn his side a 1-1 draw and maintain their unbeaten La Liga record.
After City had been held 1-1 at Burnley, their daunting lead over United was reduced to 13 points when Jose Mourinho's side eventually overcame a defensive Huddersfield side.
Madrid stay fourth in La Liga after the veteran Italian forward broke through on goal and fired past Keylor Navas, who got a hand to it but could not keep the ball out.
City failed to press home their advantage after taking the lead with a beautiful strike from Brazilian Danilo in the 22nd minute.
Tony Chapron was handed a six-month ban, three of them suspended, for kicking out at Nantes player Diego Carlos in a Ligue 1 game against Paris St Germain last month.
Suarez broke Valencia's resolve in the King's Cup semifinal first leg by leaping to meet a cross from Lionel Messi in the 67th minute.
The 31-year-old was suspended for nine international matches and barred from all football-related activity for four months after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini in the last World Cup.
Manchester City tightened their stranglehold at the top of the Premier League by trouncing bottom club West Bromwich Albion 3-0 as nearest rivals Manchester United suffered a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal suffered another painful Premier League defeat as Swansea City capitalised on some glaring errors to win 3-1, boosting their survival hopes and denting the visitors' top four chances.
Beckham first announced his plan for a team in the South Florida city four years ago but he has faced a series of problems in finding a suitable venue and has adjusted the consortium backing his plan.
The only sour note for the Sky Blues was an ankle injury to winger Leroy Sane, which is expected to keep him out for a few weeks.
Barca top the La Liga standings with 57 points, 11 ahead of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid and 19 ahead of champions Real Madrid.
The Belgian's goals could not have been better timed with reports suggesting that Chelsea are close to signing a striker ahead of Wednesday's transfer deadline.
Following the win, Gokulam have 10 points from 11 games, while Lajong remained at the fifth spot with 17 points from 11 matches.
Real Madrid suffered a humiliating 2-1 home defeat by Leganes to exit the King's Cup at the quarter-final stage on away goals.
Arsenal fought back from a goal down against old foes Chelsea to reach the League Cup final as Granit Xhaka poked home to complete a 2-1 second-leg win that set up a Wembley showdown with Manchester City.
British media reported that Sanchez, who will wear United's iconic No. 7 shirt, has joined the club on a four-and-a-half-year deal, while Arsenal announced that Armenia captain Mkhitaryan had signed a long-term contract.
Liverpool had not lost in 18 games, having just ended the unbeaten league record of runaway leaders Manchester City, but they fluffed their lines in the face of some stout defending.
Kerala sealed their spot in the finals after drawing with Tamil Nadu in the South Zone qualifiers for Group B.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez combined to devastating effect to score twice each and complete the rout.
Real Madrid eased their domestic crisis by hammering Liga strugglers Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 at home on Sunday to reclaim fourth place in the standings.
Sergio Aguero's 11th City hat-trick steered his side to victory over Newcastle United.
Santu Singh scored in the 60th minute to give the Kerala side their second win of the season.
The Football Writers Association was due to host a dinner in his honor at the Savoy hotel Sao Paulo on Sunday but said the 77-year-old would not make it.
Remy is the leading scorer for Las Palmas this season with five league goals, but has not featured since December 20 and has been excluded from every matchday squad since Jemez took charge on December 27.
K P Rahul and Afdal scored a brace each.
He was voted FIFA World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005, and was a member of Brazil's triumphant 2002 World Cup team.
With this win, Churchill Brothers FC recorded their first win of the season.
Referee Tony Chapron kicked out at Nantes player Diego Carlos in a Ligue 1 game against Paris St Germain.
Arsenal lost further ground on the Premier League's top four after struggling Bournemouth came from behind to beat them 2-1.
After producing a sensational comeback from two goals down to beat Real Sociedad 4-2, Barcelona sit nine points clear at the top of La Liga and everything in their garden looks rosy again.
Liverpool scored three times in nine minutes on the way to a dramatic 4-3 win over Manchester City which ended the Premier League leaders' unbeaten start to the season.
Zidane's side dominated the game but succumbed to an 87th minute strike from Pablo Fornals, giving Villarreal their first ever win at the Bernabeu in 19 visits in all competitions.
The defending champions struggled for much of the game against the team that won the title a year before them.
Abhijit Sarkar struck in the 77th minute as the Arrows climbed to the seventh position while Gokulam remained second from bottom.
Holders Barcelona moved comfortably into the quarterfinals by thrashing Celta Vigo 5-0 at the Camp Nou in their last 16 second leg game.
The hosts struggled to break down Wenger's side despite enjoying the majority of possession and will feel hard done by after crafting the best of the game's few openings in a lively game at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero's last-gasp header secured a 2-1 victory over Bristol City in their League Cup semifinal first leg.
The squad consists of 13 new faces, including five under-21 players.
Real looked to be heading for a second successive league defeat after their 3-0 loss to Barca in their last outing when Daniel Wass lobbed over Keylor Navas to put Celta ahead in the 33rd minute.
British media reported that the Spanish club will pay about 142 million pounds for Coutinho, making it the third most expensive transfer in soccer history.
Bali Ganadeep's solitary strike in the first half helped Minerva Punjab FC notch up a 1-0 win over hosts Gokulam Kerala FC .
Wenger, who was aggrieved after West Brom were handed a late penalty to level the match, was charged by the FA for using inappropriate language and behavior towards the match officials.
The barrier at the Jaber International Stadium in Kuwait City broke as fans from Oman pressed against the glass during celebrations following the win over the UAE.
The Dutchman, signed last week from Southampton for a reported fee of 75 million pounds, rose inside the area to head home an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the 84th minute.
Gareth Bale made his first start in over three months and opened the scoring for Real against Numancia from the penalty spot in the 35th minute.
Chelsea remained in third place with 46 points, 16 behind leaders Manchester City, who have a 15-point lead over second-placed Manchester United, while Arsenal stayed sixth.
Manikandan’s exploits at the grassroots talent development championship attracted the attention of the foreign coaches and they recommended him for a one-month training stint at Santiago Bernabeu.
Manchester United climbed back up to second in the table after second-half goals by Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard earned a 2-0 victory at Everton.
Gokulam slipped a spot to the ninth position, just above bottom placed Churchill Brothers.
Chelsea had no such struggles at home to Stoke City, with Mark Hughes' men thrashed 5-0 at Stamford Bridge, as the league's most porous defense couldn’t cope with their rampant hosts.
The Chilean, who has been widely accused of not pulling his weight for Arsenal in the final year of a contract which expires next June, produced one of his best performances of the season with intriguing timing against Crystal Palace.
Liverpool will sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton after agreeing a fee of £75m for the Holland international.
East Bengal and Minerva FC are both on 13 points after six matches but the red and gold brigade are on top by virtue of a better goal difference.
A video circulating on social media showed Sampaoli arguing with police after the car in which he was traveling was stopped for having exceeded the legal maximum of four passengers.
The board of directors of the newly floated coaches body comprises former India captain I M Vijayan, former international player Derrick Pereira, Dinesh Nair, Sanjoy Sen and Thangboi Singto.
Kane will end 2017 on 56 goals for club and country, the first player outside of Ronaldo and Messi to finish the year top scorer in Europe since 2009.
Manchester United fell further behind Manchester City at the top of the Premier League when defender Harry Maguire scored in the final minute of added time to earn Leicester City a 2-2 draw.
Pep Guardiola's City slickers began their unprecedented run of domestic league triumphs away to Bournemouth in August when a 97th-minute winner from Raheem Sterling sealed the points.
Marek Hamsik became the top scorer in Napoli's history, breaking Diego Maradona's long-standing club record with the winner in a 3-2 victory over Sampdoria.
Barcelona are now nine points above second-placed Atletico Madrid and 14 points above fourth-placed Real.
Firmino made sure Liverpool returned north with a point with a 71st minute equalizer but Juergen Klopp was left scratching his head at how his side squandered two points.
Gokulam move from ninth to the seventh position on the points table with this win while the Arrows slipped to ninth place.
The La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona will be telecast in English, Hindi, Malayalam and Bengali with live coverage of the match starting at 5.30 pm.
Coach Zinedine Zidane has overseen Real's worst run of results in the league in nine seasons and his side go into Saturday's encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu sitting fourth in the standings.
Cristiano Ronaldo replicated Messi's celebration four months later when he scored for Real against Barca in the Nou Camp in the Spanish Super Cup, but his actions had unintended consequences.
Romario, 51, now a senator who has led congressional investigations into corruption in Brazilian football, announced his intentions four days after CBF president Marco Polo del Nero was suspended for 90 days by soccer world body FIFA.
Everton's revival under Sam Allardyce continued with a 3-1 victory over bottom club Swansea City helped by a stunning Gylfi Sigurdsson goal at a foggy Goodison Park.
Kaka, who was in Brazil's World Cup-winning squad in 2002 was the last Brazilian to be voted world player of the year in 2007.
United's former West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku scored his 15th goal of the season in the 27th minute by heading home Marcus Rashford’s left-wing cross.
Barca lead the standings on 42 points, six ahead of Atletico Madrid and eight in front of third-placed Valencia.
Ronaldo's 53rd-minute free kick goal gave Real their second world title in a row, the third in the last four seasons.
City's successive win took them to 52 points, one game short of the halfway point of the season.
The result lifted Arsenal to fourth place on 33 points from 18 games, one ahead of surprise package Burnley and five behind third-placed Chelsea, with Newcastle, on 15 points, plunging into a relegation scrap.
The Spanish government's involvement in the election for the football federation's new president could lead to them being expelled from 2018 Russia World Cup.
Pep Guardiola's side, fresh from defeating their closest chasers Manchester United on Sunday, were at their dazzling best against the league's bottom club, easing to victory with David Silva's double and goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero.
Goals from Tiemoue Bakayoko, Willian and Pedro put Chelsea 3-0 ahead after 50 minutes before Huddersfield got a late consolation through substitute Laurent Depoitre.
Five-time champions Barcelona will face English champions Chelsea, one of five Premier league clubs in the draw.
Barca lead the standings on 39 points, five clear of second-placed Valencia and six ahead of Atletico in third, while champions Real Madrid are fourth on 31.
Pep Guardiola's side took the lead in the 43rd minute through David Silva but poor defending allowed United to hit back.
Real overcame a selection crisis in defence to crush Sevilla with a lethal attacking display, scoring all their goals before halftime.
Tottenham Hotspur returned to form with a first win in five league games, thrashing Stoke City 5-1 with Harry Kane scoring twice as Spurs moved back into fifth place.
This was the Manipur side's maiden win and they have three points from two games. Gokulam remain on one point from three matches, having suffered their second defeat.
Ronaldo collected the trophy in a glitzy ceremony at the Eiffel Tower in the French capital, presented by former France player David Ginola.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo set a record for scoring in every Champions League group game as his side won an entertaining encounter 3-2 at home to Borussia Dortmund.
Liverpool crushed Spartak Moscow 7-0 to move into the knockout stages of the Champions League as Group E winners.
Chelsea, who had already secured their place in the knockout phase, finished second in the group behind Italy's AS Roma, while Atletico will drop into the Europa League after finishing third.
The top-of-the-table clash proved far from a 'dead rubber' with both sides determined to demonstrate the qualities that make them among the favorites to lift the title this season.
Since being installed in June, 2016, the Barcelona forward's statue in Buenos Aires has been a regular target for vandals.
Bayi Kamo Stephane put Gokulam Kerala FC in the lead in the 22nd minute before Jean Michael Joachim equalized for Chennai City FC six minutes later.
Manchester City won their 13th successive Premier League game and restored their eight-point lead with a 2-1 victory against West Ham United.
With Pep Guardiola's pacesetters not in action until Sunday, United's 3-1 victory took them to within five points of the Premier League summit.
Antoine Griezmann's 88th minute strike saw Atletico complete a comeback after falling behind in the first half to cut their deficit with Barca to six points, while Real stay eight behind Ernesto Valverde's side.
The Catalans dropped points for the second game in a row for the first time this campaign.
European champions Portugal and former World Cup winners Spain open their campaign with a high-voltage clash in Sochi.
The 2014 World Cup winner is in Group F consisting of Mexico, Sweden and Korea Republic.
Allardyce replaces Dutchman Ronald Koeman, who was sacked last month after the Merseyside club dropped into the relegation zone.
Rooney scored a hat-trick against West Ham United, including an incredible strike from inside his own half.
He was posted as an assistant in the general administration department of the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram under the sports quota.
England or Spain are lurking in pot two as potential group-stage opponents for the world champions in Friday's draw at Moscow.
The draw for the 2018 finals in Russia will be held in a glitzy ceremony within the Kremlin in Moscow on Friday. It will be telecast live on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 1 HD from 8.30 pm (IST).
With Man United having cut the gap to five points and Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool winning, any City stutter would have been cause for celebration. But Pep Guardiola's side thundered on with a club record 12th successive league victory.
The plane crashed as it approached Medellin, killing 71 of the 77 people on board, including all bar three of the Chapecoense squad.
United's win moves them to 32 points and they are within five points of leaders City.
The poster shows Yashin, wearing a knee brace and his signature cap, leaping across to get a hand on an oversized ball featuring Russia's landmass seen from space.
Assam-born player Alen Deory scored the only goal to give the north-eastern side all three points at the JL Nehru Stadium.
La Liga is the only one of Europe's top five leagues not to have goal-line technology, although it will implement the video assistant referee (VAR) system from the start of next season.
The result leaves Chelsea in third place on 26 points, eight behind leaders Manchester City who play on Sunday, while Liverpool are fifth on 23 points.
The Barcelona forward signed the new contract with a buyout clause worth 700m euros.
Antoine Griezmann’s spectacular scissors-kick helped earn Atletico Madrid a 2-0 win over Roma.
Barcelona, who brought on Messi early in the second half, enjoyed long spells of possession but used it as a defensive tactic to stop Juventus attacking rather than creating chances themselves.
Tottenham had spurned several golden chances, with Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier failing to score in the first half as Dortmund keeper Roman Buerki denied them with two superb saves.
The Brazilian goalkeeper was one of the six survivors of last November's accident in Colombia, which killed 71 people.
Gokulam’s arrival in the I-League means Kerala will have a presence in the country’s top division league after a gap of six years.
Juve dropped four points behind leaders Napoli who beat AC Milan 2-1 on Saturday.
The first goalless league Madrid derby since May 2005 leaves Real third in the standings, locked on 24 points with Atletico as both sides slipped 10 points behind leaders Barcelona, who beat Leganes 3-0.
The result lifted Arsenal to fifth place in the table on 22 points, one behind Spurs.
Unusually in Italy, the federation did not thank Ventura for his services, nor wish him well for the future.
Panama and Iceland will be making their debut at the World Cup finals. The draw will take place in Moscow on December 1.
Peru became the last side to clinch their place at next year's World Cup finals when goals from Jefferson Farfan and Christian Ramos gave them a 2-0 win over New Zealand in the second leg of their inter-confederation play-off .
Honduras, who had been held to a 0-0 draw in the home leg last week, had been bidding for a third successive World Cup appearance but offered little in attack .
The 39-year-old, who quit following Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup finals, is considered the greatest goalkeeper of his generation. Onmanorama decodes the shot-stopper.
Denmark's Christian Eriksen scored a hat-trick in a 5-1 thrashing of a disjointed Ireland in their play-off second leg to secure the final European berth at next year's World Cup.
The Swedes, whose starting lineup included only four players based with teams in Europe's so-called big five leagues, will take their place after qualifying for the first time since 2006.
The Italians clearly lacked firepower up front and creativity in midfield as they missed out on a place in the FIFA World Cup finals for the first time since 1958.
The veteran goalkeeper ended his international career after Italy failed to qualify for next year's World Cup.
Ventura apologized to his countrymen after his team's astonishing failure to qualify for the World Cup on Monday.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has announced that he had become a father for the fourth time after girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez gave birth to a baby girl, Alana Martina.
Having done the hard work four days ago by triumphing in the first leg in Zagreb, Zlatko Dalic's team finished the job comfortably against a much-improved Greek team.
The Swiss qualified 1-0 on aggregate, the tie ultimately being decided by the hugely controversial penalty converted by Ricardo Rodriguez in the first leg in Belfast.
Goals from defenders Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia handed Morocco a 2-0 away win over the Ivory Coast.
Tunisia finished on 14 points in Group A of the African preliminaries, one ahead of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who fell short despite a 3-1 win over Guinea.
In an interview to a Portuguese publication, former US women's team goalkeeper Hope Solo alleged that Blatter had touched her inappropriately during the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in January, 2013.
Postecoglou took exception to a local newspaper that dismissed his team as '11 kangaroos' in a headline and used the post-match news conference to berate the home media.
The South Americans, ranked 10th in the world and heavily favored to advance to next year's finals in Russia, had only two real chances to score a crucial away goal.
The win put Senegal on 11 points in the standings, out of the reach of the rest of the teams and ensures a second appearance at the World Cup finals after they reached the quarterfinals in Japan and South Korea in 2002.
Italy are now in danger of missing the World Cup finals for the first time since 1958 in Sweden.
Adidas released the 'Telstar 18', which will be the exclusive ball used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Northern Ireland were stunned when Corry Evans turned his back to block Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri's acrobatic volley at point-blank range and Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan pointed to the spot.
The result left the Greeks with a difficult task to overhaul the deficit in Athens if they are to reach their third successive finals.
Champions in 2010, Spain will be in the second pot of seeds, alongside England, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay, when the draw is made in Moscow on December 1.
Patel, a former minister of civil aviation and heavy industries, was elected for a four-year term in December last year.
The tickets will be available on www.bookmyshow.com and on Book My Show app.
Koscielny has collected 49 caps since his debut in 2011, playing in the 2014 World Cup and two European Championships including the 2016 edition when the hosts finished runners-up.
Keogh has a groin problem while McCarthy and Maguire are suffering with hamstring strains.
Croatian Bilic was sacked on Monday following a meeting with club officials as West Ham dropped into the relegation zone after a 4-1 home defeat by Liverpool left them with two wins in 11 league games.
Former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland manager David Moyes, who is currently out of work, has been strongly linked with the position.
Music buffs and fans will get an opportunity to compose soundtrack for the 30-second video.
The song ‘Kalippadakkanam, Kappadikkanam’ (loosely translated as ‘fulfill the emotions, clinch the cup’), is produced by the organizers of the Indian Super League.
The victory took Real above neighbors Atletico, who also have 23 points, on goal difference into third spot, four off Valencia and eight adrift of Barcelona.
Chelsea stay fourth on 22 points, the win breathing life into their hopes of retaining the title.
City opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the table before second-placed Manchester United.
The ISL, in its fourth edition, will witness an expanded five-month module with the number of participating teams increasing from eight to 10.
Bournemouth grabbed a last-gasp winner at Newcastle United to move out of the bottom three.
Second-placed Valencia strolled to a 3-0 win over Leganes and third-placed Atletico Madrid downed Deportivo La Coruna 1-0.
There was a loud cheer and whistles from the crowd that filled the Lulu Mall at Edappally when Hume ettan (brother Hume) made his way onto the podium.
The warning came after a Delhi High Court ruling on Tuesday annulled the AIFF's most recent presidential election and ordered a re-run.
The incident happened as Marseille players clashed with their own fans behind one of the goals at the Afonso Henriques stadium in Guimaraes during the warm-up for the Europa League game.
The decision to shift the final has been taken post the grand success of Kolkata in hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup final recently.
Tendulkar, who co-owns Kerala Blasters, found it tough to make his way to his vehicle as he was mobbed by media and onlookers in the Kerala capital.
Manchester City's all-conquering season reached new peaks as Sergio Aguero became the club's all-time top scorer with a decisive goal in a thrilling 4-2 victory at Napoli .
Dele Alli condemned Champions League holders Real Madrid to a horrendous Wembley debut with two goals as Tottenham Hotspur reached the last 16 with a stunning 3-1 victory.
A downbeat Conte said he and his players all had to take responsibility for the 3-0 capitulation in Group C, which equaled the biggest he has suffered in his Chelsea reign.
Olympiakos goalkeeper Silvio Proto was a prominent figure in a frenetic and surprisingly open match at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, coming to the rescue to deny Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez on several occasions.
The order came two days after India successfully hosted the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the first time.
New Zealand youth international Max Crocombe later apologised for his actions after being given his marching orders in bizarre circumstances.
Real are third in the standings on 20 points, four behind second-placed Valencia while unbeaten leaders Barca have 28.
Valencia posted a record start to a season as they battled to a 2-1 win at lowly Alaves for a sixth consecutive win, while Atletico Madrid's inconsistent run continued as they drew 1-1 at home to Villarreal.
United move on to 23 points, two behind leaders Manchester City, while third-placed Spurs are on 20.
Portugal’s football mania can only be matched by Brazil, where they talk Portuguese with a football accent.
Former Southampton boss Puel replaced Craig Shakespeare who was sacked last week with Leicester.
Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club's success.
The 18-year-old Frenchman clinched the award, defeating Barcelona's France forward Ousmane Dembele and Manchester United's England forward Marcus Rashford.
Koeman arrived from Southampton in 2016 amid huge expectations and was granted the resources to revamp the squad in the last transfer window with a net spend of 54 million pounds.
Though they lack big-game experience, Indian referees can officiate in top level FIFA events, feels head of refereeing Massimo Busacca.
A Marco Asensio-inspired Real Madrid crushed Eibar 3-0 to close the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona to five points, with Karim Benzema starting on the bench.
In front of 80,000 fans, the biggest ever Premier League attendance, Kane took his league tally to eight for the season.
Arsenal move up to fifth with the win and they will be hugely encouraged by the impressive return to fitness and form of Ozil and the way he combined with Sanchez and Lacazette.
A controversial Gerard Deulofeu strike sent Barcelona on their way to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Malaga.
Securing his services for the remainder of his career would be the best investment the Camp Nou club could make.
Huddersfield's victory in driving wind and rain was their first over United since 1952 and all the more expected after a run of one goal in six league games.
Arsenal beat 10-man Red Star Belgrade 1-0 thanks to an acrobatic late goal by Olivier Giroud.
Messi struck his landmark goal in Europe from a free kick in the 61st minute to double Barca's lead. It was his 97th goal in the Champions League.
Chelsea and AS Roma served up a rip-roaring 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge as both clubs stayed firmly on course for a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Bengaluru FC's bid to reach the AFC Cup final for the second consecutive year ended in heart- break as they were held to a 2-2 draw by FC Istiklol of Tajikistan in the second leg of the Inter-Zone final.
City started as they left off in their 7-2 crushing of Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday, attacking with a speed and fluency which the Serie A leaders struggled to cope with.
Pochettino hugged all 11 of his players after the final whistle, which Spurs' 4,000 visiting supporters greeted with an ecstatic roar as if they had won the game.
Each side's last Premier League win came in August and so both were looking to kick start their season after the international break.
Inter's win kept them second and unbeaten in Serie A with 22 points from eight games, two behind leaders Napoli who have a 100 percent record following their win at AS Roma.
Barca top the standings with 22 points while Real climbed above Atletico into second on 17.
Pep Guardiola's men became the first team to net 29 goals in their first eight league games of a top-flight campaign in England since Everton 1894-95.
India made the cut with two matches still to go in the qualifying round.
The Dutch have now missed out on a second major tournament after also failing in their bid to qualify for last year’s European Championship in France.
A late goal from Roman Torres punched Panama's ticket to their first World Cup finals on Tuesday with a 2-1 win over Costa Rica, while the United States will miss out for the first time since 1986.
Switzerland will now enter a playoff over two legs with another European group runner-up in November for a place in Russia.
Argentina went behind Ecuador in the first minute but an inspired Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to guarantee his side one of the three automatic qualifying spots still up for grabs.
The result left the Balkan nation top of Group D with 21 points from 10 games, two more than second-placed Ireland who booked a play-off spot with a 1-0 win at Wales.
It was a remarkable achievement for a country which has a population of about 3,50,000. The previous smallest country to have reached the finals was Trinidad & Tobago, in 2006.
Should the Portugal forward triumph, he will equal the record of his great rival and five-times winner Lionel Messi of Barcelona, who is also nominated.
The 4-2 win over Montenegro left Poland top of Group E with 25 points from 10 games, five ahead of second-placed Denmark who sealed a play-off berth.
The home side won a 95th minute penalty against Congo, which Salah converted to secure the trip to Russia -- Egypt's first appearance at the finals since 1990 in Italy.
The only downside for Spain was a shaky performance from Pique, who was booed by large sections of the crowd following his support for last Sunday's referendum on Catalan independence.
The fifth-placed side, currently Peru, qualify for a playoff against Oceania champions New Zealand.
A draw would have sufficed thanks to Slovakia's 1-0 defeat away to Scotland but Kane's effort at least prevented the inevitable boos that would have greeted a goalless stalemate.
Northern Ireland have 19 points from nine games and had already made sure of a two-top finish before the match.
Blasters take on defending champions ATK in the opening match of ISL season 4 at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on November 17.
The Argentine legend who was supposed to visit the city on October 8, wrote on his Facebook page that he was looking forward to visiting Kolkata only in November.
The defender had suggested that he would be open to walking away from international football if coach Julen Lopetegui or his teammates felt uncomfortable with his presence.
Argentina desperately need to beat Peru at home on Thursday (Friday 5.30 am kick-off IST) and go to Ecuador for their final South American qualifier five days later.
Many of the remaining venues, however, are still under construction and have yet to be tested.
In the case of independence, Catalan teams in La Liga will have to decide where they want to play: in the Spanish league or a neighbouring country like Italy, France or the English Premier League.
La Liga sides Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona have decided to join the general strike in Catalonia.
Lionel Messi scored twice in a match played without fans following clashes between police and voters in Catalonia over a disputed independence referendum.
After Alexandre Lacazette hit the post in the second minute, they took the lead on 16 when Nacho Monreal struck the ball firmly through a sea of bodies in the Brighton area.
The result left Palace rooted to the bottom of the table after a record seventh successive defeat without a goal to start the season.
Neymar opened the scoring after five minutes as he curled a 30-metre free kick under the bar.
Chelsea, starting the day 3 points behind the Manchester pair in third place, dropped to fourth after two more goals from Kane helped Tottenham Hotspur to a comfortable 4-0 win away to Huddersfield Town.
Media reports said the 29-year-old, who has scored six goals in six league appearances this season, was in Amsterdam for a concert and was the passenger in a taxi that crashed into a street pole.
AC Milan, Braga, Dynamo Kiev, Lazio, Nice, Ostersund, Steaua Bucharest and Zenit St Petersburg also won again to add to their success from the opening matchday on Sept 14.
Italian Ancelotti joined last season, succeeding Pep Guardiola, and enjoyed immediate success, winning the Bundesliga title in his debut campaign.
Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar found the net, with Kylian Mbappe also making his mark with two assists, to put PSG top of Group B with a maximum six points.
Michy Batshuayi replaced Morata with seven minutes remaining and inflicted a first home defeat on Atletico since September, 2015.
With the Premier League side missing the creative spark of both Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, it was down to Kane to pick up the slack.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored in his 150th European appearance to give Real Madrid a 3-1 victory at Borussia Dortmund, their first against them in Germany.
His goals meant that he became the first Arsenal player to score in his opening three home fixtures in the league since 1988.
Having seen Atletico defeat Sevilla 2-0 to move into second place, Barca made light work of their opponents, even if two of their goals were fortunate.
Atletico Madrid warmed up for next week’s Champions League clash with Chelsea by brushing aside Sevilla 2-0 at home.
The result ensured United equaled their best start to a Premier League campaign but left them second on 16 points from five games, behind leaders Manchester City on goal difference.
VfL Wolfsburg battled back from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw against Bayern, that ended their 19-match losing run at the Allianz Arena.
The Sachin Tendulkar co-owned side meets Jamshedpur FC, coached by former Blasters boss Steve Coppell, in its first home game in Kochi on November 24.
The defeat leaves Real Madrid without a win in their three home La Liga games this season and in seventh place in the table, seven points behind leaders Barcelona.
Entry to the official reception has been restricted to official invitees and media. From 11.30 am onwards, the public can visit the venue to see the World Cup.
The AIFF's Bid Evaluation Committee decided to award Sree Gokulam Group the right to field their team, Gokulam FC, in I-League season 2017-18 onwards.
At the end of a heated contest, some 'Matildas' players were ignored as they approached their opponents to shake hands, triggering a storm of criticism on social media.
The Argentine was at his brilliant best as he lethally picked off the demoralized Basques, opening the scoring with a penalty in the 21st minute after Nelson Semedo was brought down by Alex Galvez.
The players unanimously voted for Amarjit as their captain, while Jitendra Singh, who was second, will be his deputy.
The court also ordered the Greater Cochin Development Authority, that owns the stadium, to deposit Rs 25 lakh.
Rooney apologized for his 'unforgivable lack of judgment' in a statement issued after he entered his guilty plea at Stockport Magistrates' Court.
Real Madrid put their title defence back on track with a comfortable 3-1 win over Real Sociedad at Anoeta, despite missing several key players.
Defenders Marcelo and Morel turned strikes by Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe into their own net in the 75th and 86th minutes respectively, as PSG maintained their perfect record after six league games.
Arsenal's draw snapped a five-match losing streak away to Chelsea in the league and left them in 12th place with seven points.
Sergio Aguero scored his 10th City hat-trick, with strike partner Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi and Raheem Sterling also netting against previously unbeaten Watford.
Regarding the heavy financial liabilities that the business establishments are likely to suffer, the HC said that it can be settled through a civil court.
The ISL franchise also announced the termination of contract of assistant coach Miguel Martinez Gonzalez with immediate effect.
Under-fire Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has moved to appease fans by claiming Lionel Messi is already playing under a five-year contract.
The FIFA was assured of an appropriate solution to the problem by the state government, but it has so far failed to deal with issue of shops that was raised two-and-a-half years ago.
Fellow Serie A sides Atalanta and Lazio also won while Portugal's Vitoria Guimaraes began their match against Salzburg with not a single European player in the team.
The state government has also decided to accord a grand reception to the 'trophy' on its arrival at the Jawaharalal International Stadium on September 22.
Sports minister Moideen said as part of the promotion of football in the state, numerous programs will be held to popularize the mega event.
Argentina are fourth in the rankings despite struggling to qualify for the World Cup after drawing their last two games - away to Uruguay and at home to Venezuela.
Ronaldo has been banned from domestic football since August for pushing a referee and only needed 12 minutes to get back among the goals in the competition where he is the all-time top scorer.
Harry Kane struck twice as Tottenham Hotspur made a flying start to their Champions League campaign with a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund.
Despite Liverpool dominating much of the second period, their defending again let them down and it was Sevilla who scored through Joaquin Correa.
Paris St Germain's forward line of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani tore Celtic apart to a 5-0 rout in their Champions League Group B opener.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, where eight matches are to be held in Kochi, has been fully decked up.
A virtuoso display by Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker helped Roma hold Atletico Madrid to a 0-0 draw in their Champions League group-stage opener.
The opening Group D display against last season's Champions League finalists showed that Barca are still in safe hands as long as the guard of Messi and Iniesta remain at the club and are fit and firing.
The winners trophy will make its way to the land of beaches next, and will be on display in Goa across different locations from September 15 to 17.
Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles saved a certain goal at one end before scoring his side's winner in a 1-0 victory at Swansea City in the Premier League.
There is a huge uncertainty over the match taking place in the near future.
The Argentine was handed a slice of luck with his first goal, which should have been ruled out for offside, and then showed no mercy to Espanyol, moving on to five goals in three league games.
Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City hammered Liverpool 5-0 in the Premier League.
The former adult film star enjoys tremendous popularity in Kerala and thousands had flocked to Kochi to catch a glimpse of the star during one of her recent promotional visits.
The introductory camp ahead of their Spain sojourn will be in Kerala, said Nimmagadda Prasad, co-owner of the Kochi-based franchise.
World football's governing body on Wednesday ordered the African qualifier, which South Africa won 2-1 in Polokwane, to be played again this November after referee Joseph Lamptey lost his last bid to overturn a life ban.
The 20-minute-match, in which the five legends Morientes, Carlos Valderrama, Marcel Desailly, Mexican Jorge Campos and Nigerian Emmanuel Amuneke, took part, was held to begin the 30-day countdown of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
The winners of the nine European groups go directly to Russia next year while the best eight of the nine runners-up play off over two legs for a further four spots.
Saudi substitute Fahad Al Muwallad scored a spectacular winner for Bert van Marwijk's side, who qualified for the first time since 2006 with victory over a Japan team that had already reached the finals.
Argentina's failure to take all three points left them fifth in the standings with two matches remaining, out of the top four spots which bring with them direct qualification for the finals.
In a one-sided contest, substitute Balwant Singh scored a brace with a header in the 57th minute and poacher's goal in the 81st minute after a mix-up by the Macau back-line.
Germany have now won 26 of their last 31 World Cup qualifiers, having drawn the other five.
Belgium became the first European team to qualify for next year's World Cup.
Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny and star striker Olivier Giroud greeted the fans in a video message.
Spain top Group G on 19 points, three ahead of Italy and seven clear of Albania, who beat basement side Liechtenstein 2-0.
Defender Mats Hummels scored with an 88th-minute header to give Germany a 2-1 win away to a battling Czech Republic side.
Three goals in the last six minutes disguised an uninspired England performance as they beat Malta 4-0.
Rooney, 31, has been released on bail and is due to appear at Stockport Magistrates' Court on September 18.
The Bayern Munich star dived to head out a Paraguay free-kick midway through the first half, but his header soared into the corner of his own net.
The draw means Argentina lie in fifth place in the South American qualifying table with 23 points, behind Chile on goal difference. Uruguay are a point above them in third.
Japan are now assured of finishing top of Group B in Asian qualifying before their final match away to second-placed Saudi Arabia.
India currently stay on top of Group A with six points, courtesy back-to-back victories over Myanmar and Kyrgyz Republic.
The Guinean said that he would be committed to the German club until he officially joins Liverpool in July, 2018.
The logo represents and reflects Kochi's identity and will be a valuable tool in linking the local community in a global World Cup.
Athletic Bilbao earned a first win under coach Jose Angel Ziganda by beating fellow Basque side Eibar 1-0 away and Leganes won 1-0 at Espanyol.
Liverpool served up a thrilling display of attacking football to rip apart a woeful Arsenal side 4-0 in the Premier League at Anfield.
Zinedine Zidane's son Enzo Fernandez made his Liga debut by coming on for Alaves late in the second half but was unable to help the Basque side get back into the game.
Seconds after Bournemouth had a chance to snatch victory the ball went back down the other end and Sterling's deflected shot looped past helpless Bournemouth keeper Asmir Begovic.
Dembele becomes the second most expensive transfer of all-time as the deal's add-ons will take him past the 105 million euros Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba.
The credit for this stunning makeover should go to D.Y. Patil Sports Academy president Vijay Patil as all the preparations are done under his direct supervision.
The 45-million-pound signing Sigurdsson has repaid the faith of the EPL side's thin tank with a a screamer against Croatian outfit Hajduk Split.
The Kerala government also decided to give nod to the SAI proposal to set up a 400 meter synthetic track at a cost of Rs 8.12 crore at the Brennen College, Thalassery.
India, ranked 97th in the FIFA chart, largely dominated their second and final round-robin match and wasted several chances.
The Real Madrid player has now won the award three times, one more than Messi.
Sparks are bound to fly when the two sides clash in the upcoming ISL season, especially in Kochi.
Due to the poor response to online ticket sales, the organizers have been forced to open ticket counters at the venues.
There could be at least one upset as England, regulars at FIFA championships, dark horses Chile, two-time champions Mexico and Asian heavyweights Iraq battle it out in Group F.
The 4.28 seconds long music video depicting the journey of a Gunners fan caught the attention football lovers and music aficionados alike after it was shared on Arsenal’s official Facebook account.
The announcement comes ahead of England's World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia next month.
The 36-year-old, who has signed a one-year contract, was a free agent after leaving the Greek side PAOK Salonika in June, 2016.
Unless the civic authorities swing into action and complete the renovation of main roads, walkways and public places, it is definitely going to hurt Kochi’s reputation at the global level.
France made the cut for India by quelling the challenge of some of the top teams in Europe, and they will be looking to carry forward the momentum.
The ISL's new entrants Jamshedpur FC are the latest to face the ire of Blasters fans, who term themselves as 'Manjapada' aka Yellow Army.
Barcelona have passed the complaint to the Spanish football federation after first filing the lawsuit in court.
The feeling is that the winners of the Brazil vs Spain tie in Kochi on October 7 would top the group. However, it would not be surprising if newbies Niger upset the above-mentioned heavyweights’ apple cart.
Rooney was set to be the hero after his second goal in as many games this season. The strike was his 200th in the Premier League, making him just the second player after Alan Shearer to reach that milestone.
Barcelona got off to a winning start in La Liga on Sunday, beating Real Betis 2-0 in a subdued atmosphere at the Nou Camp after the deadly attacks in the Catalan capital and the town of Cambrils.
Germany have strong age-group teams and most of these players have come through various talent development programs launched with the aim of identifying promising youngsters at an early age.
Two goals from Marcos Alonso gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the first-ever Premier League game at Wembley Stadium.
Doha's Al Thumama stadium, designed by a Qatari architect in the shape of a traditional knitted 'gahfiya' Arabian cap, will host 40,000 fans at a World Cup quarterfinal match.
The live wire Spaniard, signed on loan from Paris St Germain in midweek, started and finished the decisive move 90 seconds after half-time, slotting home expertly after a sharp link up with substitute Saido Berahino.
Group B features Mali, Paraguay, New Zealand and Turkey. Nobody can write off these four teams as they can upset any team on their day.
The tournament is being seen as a preparatory one for upcoming Asian Cup Qualifiers against Macau.
Lukaku began the late rout with a neat finish on 80 minutes for his third goal in two games before Pogba surged forward to dink the ball past Lukasz Fabianski and Martial completed the destruction.
The club added that the players will also wear black armbands during Barcelona's opening league game of the season.
Blasters are understood to be in advanced talks with Brazilian attacking midfielder Julio Cesar Baptista who has played for to clubs such as Real Madrid, Arsenal and AS Roma.
What to look for and what to expect from each participant in Group A, which features hosts India, USA, Ghana and Colombia.
Costa has not played for Chelsea since the FA Cup final in May, following which he claims manager Antonio Conte sent him a text telling him he was not in his plans for the new season.
Real Madrid could still take the case to the Spanish government’s sports court to try to reduce the ban.
The Jamaican will take the field in a charity match at Old Trafford on September 2 if he regains fitness.
Thanking for the love and affection the Malayalees showered on him in the past three years, Hume said his heart was brimming with joy to be back in Kerala Blasters colors.
Real, last season's Spanish and European champions, dominated throughout, showing no sign they were missing suspended forward Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale who was on the bench.
The 37-year-old, who spent 13 years at Manchester United and made 362 appearances for the club between 1996 and 2011, will be reunited at Blasters with his former Man United coach Rene Meulensteen.
Juve, who beat Lazio 2-0 in the Italian Cup final at the same venue in May after they had also won the league title, came back from a 2-goal deficit in a frantic five-minute spell before Murgia netted the winner.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a sensational goal and was then sent off for a combination of his provocative celebration and for diving as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 in an explosive Spanish Super Cup first leg.
In another match, Tottenham Hotspur got their Premier League campaign on track with a clinical 2-0 win at 10-man Newcastle United.
City's Gabriel Jesus had two goals ruled out - for handball and offside - and Pep Guardiola's team struggled to break Brighton down until Aguero fired home a pass from David Silva to open the scoring in the 70th minute.
Chelsea looked down and out in the first half, going into the break 3-0 adrift but rallied in the second despite finishing with only nine players.
The official announcement is expected to be made in a day or two. The 36-year-old has been a free agent after his contract was terminated by mutual consent by Greek club Panthessalonikios.
Arsenal had to come from behind twice to beat Leicester City 4-3 in a thriller as the Premier League season got off to a flying start with Arsene Wenger's substitutions turning the match around at The Emirates.
Neymar, whose 222 million euros signing from Barcelona doubled the world-record transfer fee, was prevented from making his debut against Amiens last weekend as his registration had not gone through then.
Masoud Shojaie and Ehsan Hajsafi played for Greek side Panionios against Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv on August 3. Iran's Football Federation had strongly condemned their participation.
Pekuson joins Iain Hume as the second foreign player to be signed by Blasters for the fourth edition of the ISL.
Barcelona officials are waiting for the club's bank to certify the availability of the funds, sources in the Spanish club said, reports EFE news agency.
The I-League will run simultaneously with the Indian Super League from November.
The Bayern Munich CEO, who also heads the Europe's clubs association, said more 'rationality' was required as transfer costs spiraled out of control.
Mourinho had said on the eve of the contest between the Champions League and Europa League holders that he would 'fight with other clubs' to sign Bale if he did not start the game in Skopje and appeared not to be in coach Zinedine Zidane's plans.
Real Madrid become the first team to retain the trophy since AC Milan in 1990.
Bale was once the world's most expensive player when he joined Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur for 85.5 million pounds, although his status in Madrid has fallen due to an injury-ravaged last campaign.
Vivianne Miedema scored twice as hosts Netherlands beat Denmark 4-2 to become only the fourth nation to win the women's European Championship since its inception in 1984.
Olivier Giroud scored the decisive spot kick as Arsenal beat Chelsea 4-1 in a penalty shootout to win the Community Shield at Wembley.
Keane scored 126 goals in England's top flight with Coventry City, Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool, in addition to Tottenham.
'Money was never my motivation... I want to be happy, and I want my family to be happy. I’m really sad to hear that people think this way,' says the Brazilian forward.
Neymar did not expand on the exact nature of their disagreement, but in an Instagram post and video said, for the second time in his life, that he was contradicting his father.
The transfer doubles the previous world record fee paid when Paul Pogba moved last August from Juventus to Manchester United for a 105 million euros.
It was not immediately clear whether La Liga's refusal to accept payment would put the brakes on the transfer.
Neymar's record-breaking 222 million euros transfer from Barcelona to Paris St Germain is set to be completed this week with the French club poised to pay his release clause.
The Brazilian striker arrived at the team's training ground on Wednesday to tell teammates he was moving to Paris, Catalan radio RAC1 reported. He left the training area minutes later, it said.
The Brazilian superstar landed back in Barcelona on Tuesday evening and avoiding making any comment on the ongoing speculation about a possible world record transfer to PSG.
Kroenke, who is the majority shareholder of Arsenal, has been criticized for his involvement in My Outdoor TV by fans and animal rights groups.
While Barcelona beat Juventus and Manchester United, Madrid's defeat means they end their pre-season tour of the United States without a victory.
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will miss the game, robbing the clash of one of its headline players.
A personal appearance in China next week was canceled because the Brazilian forward was said to be 'busy with transfer business'.
The Brazilian striker, reportedly pondering a 222-million euro ($256.8 million) move to PSG, showed why the French club would be willing to pay a world-record price to get him.
The Asian Football Confederation said as a short-term 'bridging solution', its competitions committee has given 'special dispensation' for the ISL winners.
The AFC said the decision was made at a meeting of its competition committee and that, pending FIFA approval, Qatar would also be allowed to play in the final phase of 2022 qualifying should they advance.
The new Blasters coach said the fan base and their excitement that he witnessed for the team in Kerala was almost similar to what he had seen in Manchester.
Ronaldo's declaration of intent to remain at the Bernabeu for the upcoming season comes despite rumors of his departure which surfaced last month in Portuguese newspaper O Globo.
The new Kerala Blasters head coach says the team would have some good foreign players, hopefully even better than those who created ripples in previous seasons, in the fourth edition of the ISL.
The management of the Kochi-based franchise has officially confirmed the return of the Canadian striker for the fourth edition of the league.
Defender Anas Edathodika and midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh emerged as costliest picks for an identical Rs 1.1 crore.
'Neymar is with us and we absolutely want him to stay here. The rest is just rumors,'said Valverde ahead of his first game in charge of Barcelona.
The deal does not extend the Italian's commitment to the club because he signed a three-year deal when he joined in 2016, but British media reported he has been given improved terms.
The deal does not extend the Italian's commitment to the club because he signed a three-year deal when he joined in 2016, but British media reported he has been given improved terms.
Monday's news from the club that he will start work as a director means Totti has hung up his boots for good.
The Swiss website The Local reported that Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Mauritania, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt had collectively written to FIFA asking it to remove Qatar as hosts under Article 85 of the FIFA Code.
The 53-year-old Dutchman reportedly signed a Rs 3.5-crore deal late on Friday, just hours before Saturday’s deadline for the appointment of head coaches for ISL clubs in the fourth edition of the league.
Vineeth, who services from the Accountant General's Office were terminated owing to lack of attendance, met the minister personally and sought employment.
Rooney, who has moved on a free transfer, spoke of his excitement at returning to his boyhood club.
My dream of winning the World Cup could be just around the corner, said the Brazilian talisman looking forward to the showpiece event in Russia next year.
British media reported that the fee for the 24-year-old would be around 75 million pounds, making him the club's second most expensive signing after last year's world record deal for Paul Pogba.
Latin American giants Brazil in addition to European heavyweights Spain and Germany will be in action at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium during the event in October.
India will kick off their campaign against the USA on October 6 before taking on Colombia on October 9.
'I hope we can do our best for the country and we can create history in football,' says the Manipuri midfielder at the media interaction, ahead of the U-17 World Cup draw.
It is believed that the defender has agreed to a three-year term worth Rs 3.8 crore. This means Jhingan becomes India's highest paid defender.
De Matos was appointed head coach in March and in a short span of time, he has tried to build a team ready to fight the best.
The move, which is not connected to any talks of a Wayne Rooney deal in the opposite direction, is expected to be formally announced within the next 36 hours.
'We always want that the country to host as many international tournaments as possible,' said sports minister Vijay Goel.
Tickets are available for Rs 400 and Rs 800 on Thursday and Friday for all the eight games in Kochi.
British striker Antonio German will play for Blasters in the fourth season.
Indian coach Stephen Constantine retweeted it with a note: 'It's nice to remember paths that one has trekked, and the hardships that were experienced to arrive at the present status.'
Vineeth, whose five goals went a long way in Blasters making it to the final of last edition, has been a huge hit with the Kerala fans.
The format of the U-20 World Cup is the same as the U-17 World Cup with 24 teams playing out of six venues.
While tickets priced below Rs 250 will be exempt from GST., those few that fall in the higher bracket would not cost the buyer much due to the pan-India indirect taxation reform.
Germany won the title for the first time after Lars Stindl scored the only goal in the 20th minute when Chile midfielder Marcelo Diaz gave the ball away on the edge of his own area.
The All India Football Federation initially wanted Mumbai to host India's matches, but later asked FIFA to shift them to New Delhi under pressure from the sports ministry.
Germany will take on Chile in Sunday's Confederations Cup final feeling like they have already won the tournament after a fine run with a second-string team.
Media reports in Italy and England have linked Alves with a move to Premier League side City for a reunion with manager Pep Guardiola, who he worked under at Barca.
Mexico had more chances and more possession but their defense left wide open spaces which were ruthlessly exploited by Germany's young, experimental team.
Bravo stopped Portugal's first three spot kicks from Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani while Chile converted their first three to win the clash of South American and European champions.
The 52 matches will be played in Mumbai, New Delhi, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati and Kolkata.
The report, which also investigated the bidding process for the 2018 World Cup, made no suggestion that either Russia or Qatar should lose the right to stage the tournament.
The drama came on a landmark day for Joachim Loew, who was able to celebrate his 100th win as Germany's head coach in his 150th game in charge.
Chile capitalized on a defensive mistake to equalize through substitute Martin Rodriguez in the 67th minute of the Group B game after Australia took the lead with a James Troisi goal in the 42nd.
Mexico winger Hirving Lozano took advantage of an awful mix-up in the Russian defense to score an extraordinary goal which gave his side a 2-1 win and knocked the Confederations Cup hosts out of the tournament.
Portugal topped Group A with seven points from three games, ahead of Mexico on goal difference after the CONCACAF champions beat hosts Russia 2-1.
During an interview on Brazilian television, Alves praised his former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, who is now in charge of the English Premier League club.
Messi and his father Jorge were found guilty by a Catalan court last July on three counts of tax fraud between 2007 and 2009 to the tune of 4.1 million euros on image rights.
Lars Stindl equalized for the world champions just before half-time although the game petered out in the second half as the high-octane Chileans appeared to run out of gas.
Mexico ended the day as Group A leaders with four points, ahead of Portugal on goal average.
Portugal showed their offensive prowess in the eighth minute when Ronaldo headed a precise cross by Raphael Guerreiro over Akinfeev's gloves.
FC Barcelona face competition for the 19-year-old Fluminense midfielder's signature from a host of other European clubs including Sporting Lisbon.
Florentino Perez said all he know is that Cristiano Ronaldo is unhappy with Spanish press calling him a tax cheat.
The Germans were in control from the start and out-sprinted their opponents, with Lars Stindl converting a perfectly timed cutback from Julian Brandt to put them ahead in the fifth minute.
Alexis Sanchez came on as second half substitute to inspire Chile to a 2-0 victory over Cameroon in their opening Confederations Cup outing.
Russia, a record low 63rd in FIFA's world rankings, face Portugal on Wednesday and New Zealand play Mexico the same day.
World Cup holders Germany and the six winners of FIFA confederations descend on Russia for the two-week tournament that will allow the hosts to assess the readiness of four of its World Cup venue.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave the club and Spain after being accused of committing tax fraud in the country, a report in Portuguese sports daily A Bola said.
A day after Manorama reported the cattle menace on one of the practice grounds in Kochi, the authorities have started fencing the Fort Kochi Parade Ground, but tournament director Javier Ceppi said he smelled a rat in the intrusion.
Soriano, who worked in Barcelona between 2003 and 2008, did not exclude the star's possibility of leaving Nou Camp when his contract expires next year.
Manorama had earlier reported the animal intrusion, but the authorities are yet to take it seriously.
It was the country's biggest football achievement since winning the World Cup in 1966.
The players prepared for the crucial game against South Korea wearing white shirts emblazoned with a profile portrait of emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
India now have six points from two outings in AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers and a clean slate to show for.
The plan was proposed after the Sky reported that TV viewership for league matches fell 14 percent last season while subscriptions to their mobile video service and online live video provider rose by 31 pc.
Young men and women poured into the streets in Tehran and other cities immediately after Iran secured its place in next year's World Cup finals with a 2-0 win against Uzbekistan.
The Indian Super League (ISL) has been expanded to 10 teams next season from the current eight.
Asked if he believed that Qatar's hosting was in danger, Infantino replied: 'No. In any case, I am not in the habit of speculating and I'm not going to this time either.'
The winning bidders will be enrolled and awarded the right to participate in the ISL starting from the upcoming season.
Kane's cool finish at the death earned England a 2-2 draw after two superb free-kicks from Leigh Griffiths in the final three minutes of normal time had given Scotland a shock 2-1 lead in the World Cup qualifier.
Mercado scored the lone goal of the match in the first half as Jorge Sampaoli marked his debut as Argentina coach with a win.
Qatar now faces the challenge of convincing FIFA and the world that preparations will not be hindered ahead of the tournament to be held in 2022.
The Australia team lined up in the center circle ahead of the match at Adelaide Oval late on Thursday, but all bar one of the Saudi players, although silent, dispersed around the pitch and continued to jog and stretch.
Sources in the know have confirmed that after a series of meetings with existing teams, the organizers of the league have come to a decision to pay heed to national coach Stephen Constantine's wish of having more Indians in the starting line-up.
Portugal forward Ronaldo hit Real's first and third goals to become only the second man to score in three European Cup finals and take his career goal tally to 600 for club and country.
Spanish football giants Real Madrid will hope to become the first team in history to win the Champions League in successive seasons while Juventus will expect their watertight defense to stand tall against their vaunted rivals.
Sampaoli said his greatest challenge was to get the best out of Lionel Messi and reach next year's World Cup finals in Russia.
With eight goals in his last four knockout stage appearances, Ronaldo has almost single-handedly fired Zidane's side into Saturday's Champions League final with Juve.
Wenger has been Arsenal manager for 21 years, winning three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cup trophies.
A first reunion with Real Madrid in the Champions League final is Gonzalo Higuain's chance to get his own back at his former club for never truly appreciating him and an opportunity to shake his reputation as a big game bottler.
Francesco Totti, a hugely gifted player who (many believed) could have won much more had he moved elsewhere but remained loyal to Roma throughout.
In stark contrast to Barca's glorious run of six finals in seven years, Alaves were appearing in Spanish football's showpiece for the first time.
Arsenal have now won the FA Cup a record 13 times while Wenger is now the most successful manager in the competition's history.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored a goal in each half as their team comfortably outclassed Ajax Amsterdam to win an emotional Europa League final 2-0.
In light of these tragic events, we feel it is inappropriate to go ahead with the victory parade in London on Sunday, Chelsea said in a statement.
Stephen Constantine asserted that his side is capable of competing against anyone on its day, exuding confidence after a spate of positive results in recent times.
Russia's preparations for hosting the soccer World Cup next year are on track, Russian president Vladimir Putin told the head of world soccer's governing body.
Terry was given a guard of honor as he left the pitch in the 26th minute of his final Premier League game.
Before Zinedine Zidane's Real team triumphed, the Catalans had lifted six of the previous eight championships. Here's how Madrid broke Barca's stranglehold on the Spanish top flight.
Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid lifted their first La Liga title since 2012 as they finished on top of the table, beating Barcelona by three points.
After 22 years with the club, John Terry lifted the Premier League trophy one last time as player with the Blues as fans sang his name unfurling banners describing him as 'captain, leader, legend'.
Call it irony, Vineeth produced a magical performance just days after Kerala's state audit department decided to terminate his services for low attendance percentage despite knowing that he is a professional footballer.
They lead double champions Barcelona by three points and will seal their expected triumph on Sunday if they avoid defeat to Malaga.
Kerala sports minister A.C. Moideen has said that the state government will request the central government to reinstate footballer CK Vineeth in his job with the accountant general's office.
Vijay Goel said he will speak to the Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on the matter.
Regulars Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo and Dani Alves were also spared the trip Down Under.
Bibiana Steinhaus has been a German FA referee since 1999 and taken charge of 80 second division matches since 2007.
The Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi was declared fit for hosting the prestigious FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Vineeth, who hails from Kannur, however, said that he cannot stop playing football for a desk job.
Real top the standings on 90 points meaning they need just one point from their remaining league game at Malaga to finish ahead of Barcelona and lift a first title since Mourinho's 2012 success.
Arsenal's 2-0 win meant that Manchester City, 3-1 winners at home against West Bromwich Albion, will still need a point to be absolutely certain of finishing in the top four.
Chelsea had won the title with a 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion on Friday, so Monday's game was more about enjoying the moment with the fans.
However, Barca remain on top thanks to their better head-to-head record with Neymar scoring a hat-trick as they also won 4-1 at Las Palmas.
According to Manorama News, the AG's office is set to dismiss the professional footballer, citing shortage of attendance.
A freakish penalty 'miss' by Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez at the Etihad Stadium allowed Manchester City to squeeze out a 2-1 victory that lifted them to third place, above Liverpool.
The victory, Chelsea's 28th of the season, put the long-time league leaders 10 points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have only three games left to play.
United will play in their first Europa League final and their first European showpiece match since losing in the 2011 Champions League.
'Under and subject to the 'Invitation To Bid', one to three new winning bidders shall be enrolled and awarded the right to participate in the ISL,' say the organizers.
Real Madrid’s French coach played for The Old Lady between 1996 and 2001 .
Atletico Nacional lifted the South American Supercup after two goals each from Andres Ibarguen and Dayro Moreno gave them a 4-1 victory on the night and 5-3 aggregate win over Brazilian side Chapecoense.
Real, who won the first leg at home 3-0, have now eliminated Atletico from the competition in four consecutive seasons, including the 2014 and 2016 finals.
A delegation from the club, including three players who survived the accident, visited the hospital in Medellin where they received emergency treatment after being pulled from the wreckage of a chartered plane that crashed into a mountainside.
They will face either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid, who meet in the other semi at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday with Real leading 3-0.
Gascoigne's appeal comes after Everton winger Aaron Lennon was detained under Britain's Mental Health Act last week because of concerns for his welfare.
Brazil have won eight World Cup qualifiers in a row and became the first team to qualify for football's showpiece tournament - other than the hosts Russia - after a 3-0 defeat of Paraguay in March.
Reza Parastesh, 25, is being mobbed by people because of his striking resemblance to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
A win at West Bromwich Albion on Friday will secure the title in coach Antonio Conte's first season at Chelsea.
The win also takes Arsenal within two points of fifth-placed United, who stay four points behind City having played the same number of games as their local rivals.
Barca remain top of La Liga thanks to their superior head-to-head record with the two locked on 84 points, but Real have three games remaining to the Catalans' two.
Tottenham Hotspur's exhilarating Premier League title surge came to a shuddering halt as they lost 1-0 at West Ham United to leave Chelsea needing six points from four games to be crowned champions.
Messi was banned for insulting an assistant referee during a qualifier against Chile in March, a decision based on television images as the incident was missed by match officials.
Goel had earlier gone to Kochi where he was disappointed with the progress of work, but the minister said on Friday that they would also finish work by May 30.
The victory puts United on course for this month's final with Ajax Amsterdam the most likely opponents after they beat visitors Olympique Lyonnais 4-1 in their first leg.
As per the updated rankings, released on Thursday, the Stephen Constantine-coached side has climbed a rung and is now placed at the 100th spot along with Nicaragua, Lithuania and Estonia.
Bertrand Traore led the way with two goals in an enthralling, end-to-end Europa League semifinal first leg in which the Dutch side fielded a starting line-up with an average age of under 22 years old.
Monaco had their chances but kept bumping into the tightest defense in Europe's top club competition with just two goals conceded in this campaign.
Aizawl pulled off a massive surprise when they upstaged century-old powerhouses Mohun Bagan and East Bengal to win their first I-League title in only their second season in the top flight.
It was another demoralizing European defeat for Atletico at the hands of Real, who had beaten Diego Simeone's side in two of the competition's last three finals.
It is only Tottenham who can prevent Chelsea's Italian coach Conte from taking the title in his first season of English football.
The FIFA Council member, who also runs the Olympic Council of Asia, said he was resigning all his posts after being drawn into the latest bribery scandal to hit the game's governing body.
Ten-man Mohun Bagan brilliantly bounced back through a Darryl Duffy goal to down Chennai City FC 2-1 but the result was not enough as they had to settle for a runners-up finish for the second successive time in I-League football.
The Bavarians, who have now won 27 German championships, are on 73 points with Leipzig on 63 after they were held to a goalless draw by Ingolstadt earlier in the day.
Barca top the standings on 81 points due to their superior head-to-head record over Real, who also have 81 and have a game in hand.
Sunderland's fate looked set when Bournemouth's Josh King side-footed in the winner at the Stadium of Light in the 88th minute after a swift counter-attack.
The assurance comes in the wake of union sports minister Vijay Goel expressing disappointment over the delay in completion of works at the main stadium and training grounds for the event.
Sports minister Vijay Goel said May 15 is the deadline for completing works at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium and all the training centers.
Manchester United held on for a goalless draw in a feisty derby with Manchester City after midfielder Marouane Fellaini was sent off for a headbutt in the Premier League clash.
Remembering the Santosh Trophy final of 1973 which made T.K. Subramanian of Kannur Kerala's ever-beloved Captain Mani.
With five games remaining Chelsea lead Tottenham by four points.
Real Madrid thrashed Deportivo La Coruna 6-2 to stay level with Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Wednesday after the Catalans crushed Osasuna 7-1, condemning the minnows to relegation.
Former Manchester United manager Moyes, who had apologized for his comments, has until May 3 to reply to the charge.
Goals from Eden Hazard, captain Gary Cahill and two from a buzzing Diego Costa ensured Chelsea stayed on course for the double.
Real released a statement on Tuesday saying Bale had a grade two muscle tear in his left calf, without specifying how long the Welsh international would spend on the sidelines.
The 30-year-old has vowed to prove his innocence by going for the confirmatory 'B' sample test.
Argentina face an uphill battle to qualify for next year's World Cup without their suspended talisman Lionel Messi, according to Albiceleste legend Diego Maradona.
Arsenal will play London rivals Chelsea in the FA Cup final on May 27 after beating Manchester City 2-1 following extra time in the semi-final at Wembley.
Barcelona struggled on the night but Messi led them through the game and was the decisive figure on a dramatic occasion that leaves the Spanish title race wide open.
According to the AS newspaper, Sampaoli will be officially announced as Argentina's coach when the European season ends in late May.
It was a huge win for Chelsea who have wobbled lately with two league defeats and they will face either Arsenal or Manchester City in the final when a 'double' could be on offer.
The 35-year-old Swede sustained damage to his right knee late in the game against Anderlecht on Thursday.
The other semifinal will feature Monaco and Juventus. Monaco and Real will play the first leg at home, on May 2 and 3 respectively, with the return fixtures being played on May 9 and 10.
Barca, who trail Real by three points having played a game more, are under even more pressure than usual after Champions League elimination by Juventus.
Ehiogu, who worked as Tottenham's under-23 coach, was rushed to hospital after collapsing at the club's training ground on Thursday, where he passed away in the early hours of Friday.
In the build-up to Sunday's Clasico, Pique made reference to poor officiating in Madrid's win over Bayern. Ramos hit back, telling Pique he can 'rewind and say the same thing about the PSG game'.
Manchester United needed an extra-time winner from Marcus Rashford to defeat Anderlecht 2-1 at Old Trafford on Thursday.
Ajax Amsterdam, trailing 3-0 and down to 10 men, scored two late goals to overcome Schalke 04 in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday.
French prodigy Mbappe and Colombia striker Falcao scored in the third and 17th minutes before Marco Reus gave the visitors hope with a 48th-minute goal, only for substitute Valere Germain to wrap up the win for the French side nine minutes from time.
Barcelona's hopes of staging another sensational Champions League comeback fell flat against a hardened Juventus side who held the Catalans to a 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to send Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals with a 4-2 extra-time win and 6-3 aggregate success against 10-man Bayern Munich.
Bayern Munich left the Santiago Bernabeu furious with referee Viktor Kassai and his team of assistants after being knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid.
Atletico Madrid proved too streetwise to entertain another Leicester City fairytale as they quelled a stirring home display to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the third time in four seasons.
The 36-year-old former England international has played more than 700 games for Chelsea and is their most successful captain.
German midfielder Mesut Ozil grabbed a close-range winner for Arsenal in the 71st minute.
Goals by Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera sank Chelsea and, with six games left for the top two, there is little room for any more slip-ups by Antonio Conte's side.
Tottenham Hotspur remained a worrying presence in Chelsea's rearview mirror after a second successive 4-0 victory cut the gap in the Premier League title race to four points.
The win kept the Catalans within touching distance of Los Blancos, having played one match more, ahead of next Sunday’s Clasico.
Madrid twice came from behind before Isco's low drive in the 90th minute handed Los Blancos victory against their exhausted hosts, who had faced waves of attacks.
Alves departed on a free transfer to Juventus after eight seasons at Barcelona in which he won three UEFA Champions League trophies and six La Liga titles.
The deal, the biggest Chinese investment in a European club, follows retail giant Suning Commerce Group's purchase of local rivals Inter last year.
European football was given good and bad reminders of its past with an impressive 2-0 win for once-mighty Ajax Amsterdam over Schalke 04 in one Europa League game but ugly scenes in the crowd at Lyon delaying another.
Borussia Dortmund's frustration at losing 2-3 to AS Monaco in their postponed Champions League clash was eclipsed by their players' relief at being alive.
Antoine Griezmann's disputed first-half penalty gave Atletico Madrid a slender 1-0 victory over Leicester City.
The Spanish side, who overcame a 4-0 first-leg deficit in the previous round to beat Paris St Germain, will have to pull a similar trick out of the hat after being comprehensively outplayed in the quarterfinal first leg.
Malayala Manorama editor Philip Mathew handed over the award to Vineeth. The prize carried 10 sovereigns of gold and a statuette.
Arsene Wenger faced a barrage of criticism from former players, supporters and the media after his team's 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace on Monday night.
Twice World Cup winners Argentina sacked coach Edgardo Bauza after a string of poor results in South American qualifying left them struggling to reach the 2018 finals.
Arsenal's hopes of finishing in the Premier League's top four suffered a potentially fatal blow as they suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat at relegation-threatened Crystal Palace.
Once again it was veteran Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic who provided the inspiration for Jose Mourinho's side, scoring the opener and setting up a late goal for Marcus Rashford.
A FIFA team had expressed deep concern over the pace of work at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi and set May 15 as deadline for completing the work.
After the Madrid derby ended in a draw a victory at La Rosaleda would have sent Barcelona level with Madrid on 72 points.
Chelsea had the look of champions again as they maintained their comfortable seven-point advantage at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 victory at Bournemouth.
Antoine Griezmann grabbed an 85th-minute equalizer for city rivals Atletico in a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu.
The former Juventus boss, who admitted last month he has struggled adjust to life in England without his family, has been linked with a return to Italy with Inter Milan.
India have jumped 31 places from its last rank of 132nd in the previous month. Following a couple of wins in recent times, India are now ranked 11th in Asia.
Chelsea ticked off 3 more points in their EPL title quest with a 2-1 victory over Manchester City, but Tottenham Hotspur's Houdini-like 3-1 win at Swansea means the race is far from over.
Real Madrid beat Leganes 4-2 despite resting key players including Ronaldo and Bale as goals from Morata and Rodriguez helped them stay top of La Liga after Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 win over Sevilla.
SAT Tirur will take on FC Thrissur in the opening game in Tirur.
The result left United in fifth place on 54 points, four points behind rivals Manchester City, who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualifying spot.
Bauza, who replaced Gerardo Martino as coach in August, has come under mounting pressure to hold his position as Argentina face the possibility of missing out on a direct qualification berth at next year's World Cup.
Arsenal twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Manchester City in a tense Premier League encounter and stay seven points behind the fourth-placed visitors.
Suarez rose to the challenge that Messi's absence provided by powering second-placed Barcelona to a hard-fought 4-1 win at struggling Granada after La Liga leaders Real Madrid labored to a 3-0 victory over Alaves.
Real Sociedad's hopes of finishing fourth faded further after they drew 1-1 at home to Leganes, extending their winless run to three games.
The unlikely reverse, which Conte admitted made the title race 'more interesting' for everyone, left Chelsea on 69 points with Spurs having moved on to 62 and Liverpool on to 59.
South American football governing body CONMEBOL is considering a plan to invite Spain, Portugal, France and Italy to participate in the competition.
Emanuel Santos told his thousands of online detractors he had followed the football star's instructions down to the last wrinkle.
Brazil lead the standings on 33 points with four matches to play, 11 points ahead of arch-rivals Argentina, who slipped back into fifth after a 2-0 defeat away to Bolivia.
The defeat coupled with Colombia's 2-0 win away in Ecuador and Chile's 3-1 defeat of Venezuela means the twice World Cup winners fall from third to fifth in the 10-team South American qualifying group.
Messi had directed insulting words at an assistant referee during the 1-0 win over Chile on Friday, says FIFA statement.
A last-minute strike by Sunil Chhetri helped India break a 64-year-old jinx as they pipped Myanmar by a solitary goal to begin their AFC Asian Cup qualifiers campaign on a promising note.
Kochi will host eight matches, including one pre-quarter and one quarterfinal matches.
At Wembley, Jermain Defoe marked his international comeback with a goal as England toiled to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania.
After playing out a goalless 90 minutes, Bengal's Manvir Singh finally came good in the dying moments of extra time to leave the home crowd shocked at the GMC Stadium.
The loss left the Dutch six points behind Group A leaders France, who beat Luxembourg 3-1, and down in fourth spot, three back from Sweden and two off Bulgaria.
Spain have extended their unbeaten streak in World Cup qualifiers to 58 matches with a 4-1 home victory over Israel.
The FIFA team has given May 15 as deadline to complete all the works.
While Bengal prevailed over Mizoram 6-5 via sudden death in the first semifinal, Goa warded off a stiff second half challenge from Kerala to emerge winners.
Argentina move into third place in the 10-nation South American group on 22 points, eight behind leaders Brazil.
The victory gave Tite his eighth win in eight games as coach and lifted leaders Brazil to 30 points in the South American qualifying group.
The teams were tied goalless in regulation time and extra time.
Seventy-one people, including 19 Chapecoense players and all of the coaching staff, died when the LaMia charter plane in which they were traveling slammed into a hillside near the Colombian city of Medellin last November.
Podolski captained the world champions to their first win over old rivals England on home soil since 1987.
Playing in their first international friendly this year, India -- currently at 132nd in the FIFA rankings -- were given a tough fight by the Cambodians, who are 41 places below them.
'It is a false rumor. That is what you call fake news,' says Wenger about the reported offer from PSG.
Kerala will take on Goa in Thursday's second semifinal, while Mizoram clash with Group A toppers West Bengal in the day's first semifinal.
In the second match of the day played at Bambolim, Goa rallied from behind to beat a spirited Services 2-1 to enter the semi-finals.
Before the match, Mourinho had deliberately played down his team's chances at struggling Middlesbrough because of injuries, suspensions and fixture congestion.
Asharudeen struck twice to guide Kerala to a dominating 4-1 win over Mizoram.
Arsenal's defeat comes amid more protests from some of the more vociferous of the Gunners' faithful about Wenger, who acknowledged that his side were in the middle of 'a unique bad patch'.
Real lead La Liga on 65 points, five clear of second-placed Barcelona.
With Goa splitting points against Chandigarh, West Bengal, who have seven points, are through to the semi-finals from Group A.
Rank outsiders Leicester City will take on Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid, runners-up in two of the last three seasons.
Kerala snatch a point from the jaws of defeat as substitute Muhammed Parakkottil bangs in two goals in the last 10 minutes to earn a thrilling 2-2 draw against Punjab.
Hosts Goa and Bengal played out a goalless draw, while Francis Zountlunga converted a spot kick as Services edged Chandigarh 1-0.