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Cristiano Ronaldo will not face criminal charges over rape allegations

Juventus star had been accused of 2009 assault in Las VegasProsecutor says there is not enough evidence to bring chargesProsecutors in Las Vegas say that Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo will not face criminal charges over allegations he raped a woman a…

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International men’s football: talking points from the week’s action

Nations League positives for Portugal and even England, dismay for David de Gea and Kosovo’s Euro 2020 qualifying joyThe numbed anticlimax of Sunday’s third-place play-off ensured the lingering impression of England’s Nations League campaign was one of…

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Cold, hungry and home late – not quite how I envisaged Nations League stint | Max Rushden

Two long nights in Portugal gave me a new-found respect for pitchside reporters and an extra-time craving for a bananaIt’s the 90th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo, on a hat?trick, cuts inside his man and whacks it in the corner of the net to seal Portgual’s…

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Nations League final fitting end to new show on the tournament scene | Barney Ronay

Portugal’s triumph in a fun and frisky final in Porto crowned what had been thought of as an unnecessary, bolted-on addition to the international calendarOh new day! The Nations League! There was an air of bafflement when Uefa unveiled its operatic Nat…

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Portugal provide local cheer as Gonçalo Guedes does for the Netherlands

At the final whistle the celebrations from Cristiano Ronaldo were quite restrained compared to the other occasions when he has added another trophy to his personal collection. Two arms raised, but nothing too elaborate. Ronaldo did not even mark the mo…

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Portugal v Netherlands: Nations League final – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the final in PortoBarney Ronay: Ronaldo’s final glory? Home triumph glimmersSend your thoughts and questions to Rob here 7.27pm BST “Ronaldo will score and Portugal will win 2-1,” says Mayokun Mesole. “He’s been doing this…

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Ronaldo’s final glory? Home triumph glimmers for an icon fighting off the dusk | Barney Ronay

Portugal captain enters Nations League showdown knowing an undying drive cannot sustain his career for ever‘How dull it is to pause, to make an end, to rust unburnish’d, not to shine in use!” Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of many things across his…

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Nations League final: Ryan Babel impressed by mature Dutch youngsters

• ‘These players already take so much responsibility’• Davy Pröpper and Babel praise effect of Ronald KoemanDutch football has a tendency to lurch from boom to bust and back again. But as Holland prepare for the Nations League final against Portugal on…

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England trips are being co-opted by the right but football has resisted before | Barney Ronay

Tommy Robinson made an appearance in Guimarães on Thursday night and there are reports of England fans chanting his name in bars but together we can fight this influenceBack in the mid-1980s, when English football was a wild, rust-caked, occasionally f…

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Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick lets Portugal survive bizarre VAR penalty for Swiss

What more can be said about the man? He is 35 on his next birthday and even the greats reach a point when the only opponent they cannot beat is their age. Not Cristiano Ronaldo, though – or not yet, anyway, judging by the latest demonstration of his ra…

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Cristiano Ronaldo rape allegation: state lawsuit against footballer dropped

Woman has alleged star assaulted her in Las Vegas hotel roomLas Vegas police say their investigation are still openState case has been dropped so it can be refiled, says reportA lawsuit filed last September in a Nevada court accusing Cristiano Ronaldo …

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Portugal v Switzerland: Nations League semi-final – live!

Nations League semi-final updates from the 7.45pm BST gameAnd feel free to email Barry or tweet him @bglendenning 5.09pm BST Porto’s Estadio Do Drago is the venue, where European Champions Portugal are hosting Switzerland for a place in the final of th…

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Nations League: four exciting young players to watch in Portugal

Expect to see João Félix, Declan Rice, Kevin Mbabu and Donny van de Beek tearing it up this weekBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredCristiano Ronaldo was only 19 when Portugal hosted Euro 2004 and reached the final. Ronaldo scored his first international g…

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Nations League: Portugal’s Bernardo Silva aims to end season on a high

• Silva’s side face Switzerland in first semi-final on Wednesday• ‘It would be brilliant to finish season with a title with Portugal’Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva wants to end a memorable season with a bang by helping Portugal win the Nations League…

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Der Spiegel’s Rafael Buschmann: ‘In Portugal this is a big political scandal’

Journalist who has worked with Football Leaks to expose wrongdoing doubts justice awaits for the website’s founder“He’s more afraid about what will happen on the political stage because football is completely involved in the mechanisms of the Portugues…

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Euro 2020 qualifiers: France turn on the style but Portugal held to draw

• Pogba and Griezmann show class in 4-1 win defeat of Moldova• Ronaldo unable to inspire Portugal to win against UkraineFrance turned on the style in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier, winning 4-1 in Moldova. Goals from Antoine Griezmann, Raphaël Varan…

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British surfer Tom Butler conquers potential world record ‘100ft tall wave’ – video

Briton Tom Butler believes he may have broken the world record for surfing the biggest ever wave after successfully riding a huge swell at Nazaré in Portugal on 14 December.The 29-year-old says the wave was estimated to be more than 100ft tall. The&nbs…

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Nations League: Italy v Portugal, Albania v Scotland and more – live!

Live updates from the 7.45pm GMT gamesAnd you can email Nick or tweet @NickMiller79 4.23pm GMT As it turns out, this Nations League business has been pretty good. Sport tends to be a fairly conservative business, broadly speaking happy with how things …

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José Mourinho criticises national teams over Manchester United injuries

• Fellaini, Dalot, Sánchez and McTominay not sent back home• Manager says injuries to blame for Sánchez’s strugglesJosé Mourinho has criticised Belgium, Portugal, Chile and Scotland for their treatment of Manchester United players over the recent inter…

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Bruma fires rocket to seal routine win for Portugal against Scotland

Scotland ended a difficult week in no better shape following a 3-1 defeat to Portugal in their low-key friendly at Hampden Park.Alex McLeish made six changes to the side which performed abysmally in the 2-1 Nations League defeat to Israel on Thursday n…