Five thoughts from the weekend's action in La Liga as the top four all win -- but under very different circumstances for leaders Real Madrid and second-placed Barcelona.
1. Bale back with a bang
Eighty-eight days after he injured an ankle against Sporting Lisbon in late November, Gareth Bale returned midway through the second half of Saturday's home clash with Espanyol. Just 12 minutes later he sprinted onto Isco's through ball, easily outpacing the entire opposition defence, before calmly and confidently...
After a weekend of FA Cup shocks and scares for many Premier League teams, is there room for one more at Gander Green Lane?
We all know that Arsenal should beat Sutton United, their non-League opponents on Monday evening, whatever team Arsene Wenger chooses to play. But as non-League club Lincoln City and League One side Millwall showed against Premier League Burnley and Leicester City on Saturday it is not always quite that simple.
Having played in the Championship down to the National League --...
Leicester City look as though they have it all to do when they head to Spain on Wednesday for the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 clash with Sevilla.
The Foxes, who have endured a dismal run of form, were dumped out of the FA Cup on Saturday by League One side Millwall. Boss Claudio Ranieri questioned the desire of his players after that defeat, just as he had done following their capitulation at the hands of Swansea the previous weekend.
Another wild weekend in the FA Cup shows that English football's oldest cup competition is doing just fine. Iain Macintosh looks back at the best and worst performances.
They are the first nonleague team to reach the FA Cup sixth round since 1914, and they might just be responsible for the greatest shock in the history of the competition. On Saturday afternoon, Lincoln City of the National League went to the home of Premier League Burnley and beat them with a dramatic goal in the dying...
Less than six months ago, when he prepared for his first game as Brazil coach, Tite had a big decision to make.
He was taking over a team under pressure. Brazil were down in sixth place in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualification table, outside the slots that guaranteed a spot at Russia 2018.
The fixtures ahead looked tricky, starting with a visit to the altitude of Quito to take on Ecuador, who were level on points with leaders Uruguay. In such daunting circumstances, who should take the role of centre-forward,...