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Category: European club football

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‘Monumental’ Iago Aspas shows World Cup credentials against Barcelona | Sid Lowe

The Celta striker is incredibly popular at his boyhood club and, as he showed against the league leaders, he’s incredibly good at football tooEvery day when the tide goes out on the beach of Moaña where the Atlantic reaches deep into Galicia, María joi…

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Simy’s overhead spectacular keeps Napoli in Scudetto race | Paolo Bandini

For the second time this season, Juventus were on the receiving end of a stunning bicycle kick. The latest, though, came from an unexpected sourceIt’s not over until it’s over. Or should that be: “it’s not over until the overhead kick”? The Scudetto wa…

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European roundup: Napoli win cuts Juve’s Serie A lead to four points

• Two sent off in first 15 minutes in Lazio’s 4-3 win at Fiorentina• Niko Kovac’s Eintracht Frankfurt reach German Cup finalNapoli twice came from behind to beat Udinese 4-2 and cut Juventus’s lead at the top of Serie A to four points after the Turin s…

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La Liga picks up pace in race to overtake Premier League in Asia | John Duerden

Spanish football has always appealed more in the Americas than in Asia but La Liga is desperate to change that and is looking at playing games outside SpainSpanish teams may have been knocking English teams out of Europe this season but challenging the…

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Ryan Sessegnon is not the only gifted young player in the Championship

The 17-year-old was voted best player, best young player and best apprentice at the EFL awards but he’s just one of many talents excelling in the Championship this seasonBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkRyan Sessegnon won’t fo…

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Barcelona held at Celta Vigo and extend their undefeated run to 40 games

Barcelona’s charge towards the title was held up after a much-changed side was held to a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo, where Sergi Roberto was sent off. They held out to extend their unbeaten run to 40 matches, however, and move 12 points ahead of second-pla…

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Thomas Tuchel in pole position to take over as PSG manager

• French champions set to offer post to 44-year-old • Tuchel expected to succeed Unai Emery at end of seasonThomas Tuchel is in pole position to become Paris Saint-Germain’s new manager next season after further meetings between his representatives and…

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Players called back to pitch for penalty during half-time amid Mainz VAR chaos

• Mainz v Freiburg referee called half-time after rejecting penalty• VAR official spotted handball and players recalled for spot-kickMainz’s Bundesliga match against Freiburg could be set for a place in the record books after the home side scored just …

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Fun, ‘finta’ and why it is impossible not to love Joaquín at Real Betis | Sid Lowe

Ask the Spanish about Joaquín and they’ll remember the jokes, the dances, the stories. But there’s more to him than thatYou must be Joaquín, they said, and he was: unique, no one quite like him, a cheeky scamp with a glint in his eye, a grin on his fac…

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PSG are champions but their ‘project’ is under more pressure than ever

PSG smashed their closest challengers 7-1 to win the Ligue 1 title but they need some new ideas to progress in EuropeBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsFew clubs could canter to a treble and end the season disappointed, but Paris …

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Domenico Tedesco’s bravery returns joy and European football to Schalke

The 32-year-old coach has transformed Schalke with a defender three years his senior and victory over Dortmund in the Revierderby left them on the verge of the Champions LeagueIt began with a 31-year-old rookie boss, with just months of head coaching e…

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Serie A’s goalless draws leave one predictable outcome: joy for Juventus

Chances were created, woodwork struck and forwards denied by extraordinary saves. And Juve were left celebratingWhat a weekend it promised to be. A Rome derby on Sunday night, with the capital clubs joint-third and fighting desperately to cling to thei…

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European roundup: Donnarumma dents Napoli title hopes with wonder save

• Last-gasp save earns Milan 0-0 draw at San Siro• Schalke see off Dortmund in Bundesliga derbyGianluigi Donnarumma produced a stunning save from Arkadiusz Milik in stoppage time as Milan held Napoli at the San Siro to further damage their opponents’ f…

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Luis Suárez helps sink Valencia as Barcelona set 39-game unbeaten record

Barcelona responded to their shock Champions League elimination to Roma by beating Valencia 2-1 on Saturday in a subdued atmosphere at the Camp Nou, setting a La Liga record of 39 games unbeaten and taking themselves a step closer to another title.Luis…

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Roman revival ups ante in derby at end of crazy week for Roma and Lazio | Paolo Bandini

Lazio are in pieces after a shattering Europa League exit a day after Roma’s miracle comeback against Barcelona but a Champions League spot is at stake on SundayThe biggest Rome derby in at least half a decade has been overshadowed by events preceding …

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Roman revival ups ante in derby at end of crazy week for Roma and Lazio | Paolo Bandini

Lazio are in pieces after a shattering Europa League exit a day after Roma’s miracle comeback against Barcelona but a Champions League spot is at stake on SundayThe biggest Rome derby in at least half a decade has been overshadowed by events preceding …

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Champions League semi-final draw: Liverpool land Roma – live!

It’s Bayern Munich v Real Madrid in other semiFootball Weekly looks back at the Champions League dramaAnd email Ben or tweet @benfisherj to get in touch 12.26pm BST First legs, Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 AprilBayern Munich v Real MadridLiverpool v Rom…

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The season six British clubs made it to semi-finals in Europe (and four lost)

The semi-finals of the European Cup, Uefa Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup all featured a British team in 1983-84By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog of the Sport NetworkWhen the semi-finals for the European Cup, European Cup, Uefa Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup…

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Danny Welbeck adds fizz to Arsenal’s singular Europa concoction | Nick Ames

Players and fans of Gunners and CSKA Moscow produced a life-affirming football occasion, despite concerns about securityMidway through the second half of a match whose tension levels had amped up beyond recognition, Danny Welbeck conjured up a moment t…

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Marseille into semi-finals after five-star comeback against Leipzig

• Salzburg also overturn first-leg deficit to knock out Lazio• Favourites Atletico Madrid through despite defeat in LisbonMarseille advanced to the Europa League semi-finals after overturning a first-leg deficit to defeat RB Leipzig 5-3 on aggregate.Le…