BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid's players and fans took a moment before Sunday's 3-2 Spanish league win over Villarreal to send messages of support to former star goalkeeper Iker Casillas as...
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Brazil was held by Panama to 1-1 in a friendly played in Portugal on Saturday.
Lucas Paqueta opened the scoring for Brazil in the 32nd minute from a pass by Casemiro,...
Brazil to play Panama in friendly at Porto
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's national team will play its first friendly of the year against Panama on March 23 in Portugal.
The Brazilian football confederation said Friday the match will be at FC Porto's Dragao stadium.
Brazil will then play the Czech Republic in Prague three days later.
Porto wins 3-2 at Galatasaray to finish CL group unbeaten
ISTANBUL (AP) — FC Porto finished the Champions League group phase with an unbeaten record after earning a 3-2 victory at Galatasaray on Tuesday.
Porto entered the match in Istanbul having already clinched first place in Group D, and will advance to the round-of-16 on a run of five consecutive victories.
The Portuguese leaders got goals from Felipe and Moussa Marega before halftime, with Sergio Oliveira adding another goal in the second half.
Seferovic goal gives Benfica 1-0 win over Porto
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Swiss striker Haris Seferovic scored in the second half to give Benfica a 1-0 win over FC Porto on Sunday.
Seferovic struck a headed pass from Luis "Pizzi" Fernandes past goalkeeper Iker Casillas in the 62nd minute.
Host Benfica held on in the final minutes after defender Cristian Lema was sent off with a second yellow card in the 83rd.
Benfica coach Rui Vitoria said it was a "hard win, but entirely deserved."
Porto stunned by Guimaraes, Benfica draws 1-1 with Sporting
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — FC Porto squandered a two-goal lead in a 3-2 home loss to Guimaraes on Saturday, while Benfica needed a late goal by 18-year-old Joao Felix to draw 1-1 with Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese capital derby.
Defending champion Porto appeared to have the game well in hand after Yacine Brahimi and Andre Pereira both scored before halftime.
But Andre Andre converted a penalty in the 63rd minute and substitute Antonio Carvalho leveled in the 76th.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — FC Porto won its first Portuguese league title in five seasons after a draw by rivals Benfica and Sporting Lisbon left both out of contention on Saturday.
Porto claimed its 28th league title with a four-point lead over Benfica and Sporting with one round remaining.
Benfica won the competition the previous four seasons. It holds a record 36 titles.
Ambitious Wolves dreaming big after sealing EPL return
It was a promotion push funded in China, masterminded in Portugal, and realized in an industrial city in central England.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are back in the English Premier League after a six-year absence and the club has taken a very global route to get there.
Porto beats Benfica with late goal to go top in Portugal
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Midfielder Hector Herrera scored in the 90th minute to snatch a 1-0 win for FC Porto over Benfica on Sunday as it replaced its title rival at the top of the Portuguese league.
Benfica was heading toward a draw that would have kept it top until Herrera's long-range strike stunned the hosts.
"We were convinced that we could win at this stadium," Herrera said.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Raul Jimenez scored his second goal in stoppage time to snatch a 2-1 comeback win at Setubal and ensure Benfica maintained the Portuguese league lead on Saturday.
Jimenez got the winner by converting a penalty after Eduardo Salvio was fouled by Setubal's Luis Felipe.
The Mexican forward leveled for Benfica in the 28th minute, after Costinha put Setubal in front three minutes into the match.
Portugal midfielder Danilo to miss World Cup
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal defensive midfielder Danilo Pereira is set to miss this summer's World Cup after injuring his left leg.
Club FC Porto says Danilo has partially torn his Achilles tendon and will need to undergo surgery.
The 26-year-old Danilo helped Fernando Santos' side win the 2016 European Championship.
Bizarre penalty in Porto win, Benfica triumph too
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — FC Porto stayed two points ahead of Benfica at the top of the Portuguese league after both teams won on Saturday.
Sergio Oliveira had a late goal disallowed in bizarre fashion after he made two touches of the ball before scoring a penalty as Porto beat visiting Boavista 2-0. Title rival Benfica also won 2-0 at nine-man Feirense.
Porto got off to a good start when Felipe netted after two minutes by heading home Oliveira's cross. Hector Herrera doubled the lead in the 62nd.
Jonas nets 2 late goals to keep Benfica in title hunt
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Jonas scored two late goals to lead Benfica's 3-1 comeback win at Pacos Ferreira on Saturday, keeping it close to Portuguese league leader FC Porto.
Jonas equalized in the 72nd minute and gave the defending champion the lead in the 88th.
Rafa Silva added a third goal after the host was reduced to 10 men in stoppage time when Gian dos Santos was shown a direct red card.
Benfica routs Boavista 4-0 to take lead in Portugal
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Benfica routed Boavista 4-0 to move ahead of FC Porto at the top of the Portuguese league on Saturday.
Benfica is one point in front of Porto, which has two games to play.
Ruben Dias opened the scoring for Benfica in the 18th minute when he headed in a pass from Jardel.
Benfica beats Portimonense 3-1 to go atop Portuguese table
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Franco Cervi scored twice to lead Benfica past Portimonense 3-1 to move to the top of the Portuguese league on Saturday.
Benfica went one point clear of FC Porto, which has two games in hand. Sporting Lisbon is three points behind with one game to play.
Cervi put Benfica in front with a goal in the sixth minute, and the Argentine midfielder restored the defending champion's lead after Felipe Macedo equalized with a header in the 65th.
Porto beats Braga 3-1 to remain undefeated in Portugal
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — FC Porto beat Braga 3-1 to move back in front in the Portuguese league race on Saturday.
Porto remained unbeaten in all 20 rounds as it took a two-point lead over Sporting Lisbon and Benfica, which won 5-1 over Rio Ave.
Porto left back Alex Telles assisted on all three of his team's goals.
Porto striker Aboubakar gets hat trick in 5-0 win at Setubal
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar scored a hat trick in FC Porto's 5-0 victory at Setubal on Sunday, restoring its lead of the Portuguese league.
Aboubakar opened the scoring around the half-hour mark before Moussa Marega got his first of two goals for Porto.
Aboubakar then struck twice for his hat trick, which included a penalty kick that he earned when fouled by Vasco Fernandes.
Sporting takes lead of Portuguese league ahead of Porto game
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Sporting Lisbon took the lead of the Portuguese league on Saturday, while Benfica stayed close to the pacesetters.
Sporting won at Boavista 3-1 led by a pair of goals by striker Bas Dost.
The win left Sporting three points clear of FC Porto before it plays its 14th-round match at Setubal on Sunday.
Sporting defender Fabio Coentrao opened the scoring at halftime and Dost added his pair. Substitute Mateus Galiano scored in the second half for Boavista.
Porto stumbles to draw at Aves before Benfica clash
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese leader FC Porto stumbled to a 1-1 draw at Desportivo Aves on Saturday.
It was just the second time Porto has dropped points this season. Porto has 10 wins and two draws in league play.
Porto hosts defending champion Benfica in the next round.
Porto stays top in Portugal but no longer perfect
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — FC Porto maintained its lead of the Portuguese league after drawing at second-place Sporting Lisbon 0-0 on Sunday.
The result kept Porto two points in front of Sporting, and five points ahead of third-place Benfica.
Porto was the only team with a perfect record after having won its first seven league games.
Ronaldo brace keeps Real Madrid level with Tottenham
MADRID (AP) — A two-goal performance by Cristiano Ronaldo gave Real Madrid a 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday, keeping the defending champions at the top of Group H along with Tottenham, which defeated APOEL 3-0 in Cyprus for its second consecutive victory.
Liverpool was held to a 1-1 draw at Spartak Moscow to remain winless after two matches, while Manchester City made it two wins in a row with a 2-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in England.
Sporting Lisbon drops first points in draw at Moreirense
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Sporting Lisbon dropped its first points of the Portuguese league after drawing at Moreirense 1-1 on Saturday.
The result left FC Porto alone atop the standings after seven rounds.
Rafael Costa put Moreirense ahead near the end of the first half, and Sporting managed only a draw thanks to Mohamed Aberhoune's own goal.
Besiktas defeats Porto 3-1 in Champions League opener
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Besiktas managed to break through FC Porto's defense to open its Champions League campaign with a 3-1 win on Wednesday.
Porto was yet to concede this season, but Talisca, Cenk Tosun, and Ryan Babel all scored for the visitors at Estadio do Dragao.
After Talisca opened the scoring, Porto equalized thanks to an own goal by Besiktas defender Dusko Tosic.
Tosun gave the Turkish side the lead again before halftime, and Babel sealed the victory in the second half.
Porto beats Chaves 3-0 for 5th win in as many rounds
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — FC Porto beat Chaves 3-0 on Saturday for a fifth straight victory since the start of the Portuguese league.
Porto, which has yet to allow a goal and outscored opponents 15-0, was left in first place. Sporting Lisbon is second on goal difference, followed by defending champion Benfica which trails both rivals by two points.
Vincent Aboubakar, Tinquinho Soares, and Moussa Marega all scored in the second half.
Sporting wins late, stays perfect in Portuguese league
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Dutch striker Bas Dost converted a 90th-minute penalty and Sporting Lisbon defeated Feirense 3-2 on Friday for its fifth straight victory to start the Portuguese league.
Sporting took a 2-0 lead with goals by Sebastian Coates in the 62nd and Bruno Fernandes in the 64th, but the hosts equalized with Joao Silva in the 69th and Etebo in the 80th.
FC Porto wins 4th in a row to start Portuguese league
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Forward Jesus Corona scored in the 7th minute to help FC Porto beat Braga 1-0 and remain perfect in the Portuguese league.
Porto has won all four matches to start the league.
The only other team to have won all matches this season is Sporting Lisbon, which beat visiting Estoril 2-1 earlier Sunday.
ROME (AP) — It's the type of freewheeling spending spree that has been the domain of Middle East sheikhs and Russian oligarchs in recent years.
Only this time it's the new Chinese owners of AC Milan who have been dominating football's transfer market.
The signing of prized Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci from six-time defending Serie A champion Juventus on Friday boosted Milan's offseason spending to 211 million euros (nearly $250 million) — easily the most in Europe.
KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is finally getting an attacking partner he can count on.
Andre Silva, the 21-year-old forward who is about to make his debut in a major tournament with Portugal, has been successfully teaming up with Ronaldo to give the European champions an impressive attacking force entering the Confederations Cup.
Together, the young Silva and the veteran Ronaldo have scored 18 goals since they started playing alongside each other following Euros 2016.
Nantes receives permission to hire Claudio Ranieri
NANTES, France (AP) — Claudio Ranieri will try to revive his career in France after the French soccer league gave permission to Nantes to hire the former Leicester manager on Tuesday.
According to several media reports in France, the Italian coach will sign a two-year deal and will be assisted by four deputy coaches.
Nantes had asked for a special dispensation because Ranieri has reached the coach's age limit of 65.
MILAN (AP) — Striker Andre Silva has joined AC Milan in a deal worth 38 million euros ($42.5 million).
Milan says Silva signed a five-year contract with the club.
Silva says "this opportunity has been a pleasant surprise. ... Being here is a real achievement."
Juventus’ campaign in the Champions League
A look at Juventus' Champions League campaign ahead of Saturday's final against Real Madrid in Cardiff:
Juventus didn't lose a match in a group with Sevilla, Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb.
The Bianconeri had a disappointing start, drawing 0-0 at home against Sevilla, but they advanced to the knockout stage with a 3-1 win in Spain, courtesy of two late goals.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — FC Porto and coach Nuno Espirito Santo have mutually agreed to part ways after rival Benfica won a fourth consecutive Portuguese league.
Porto said in a statement to the Lisbon stock exchange late Monday that it reached agreement with Espirito Santo to end his contract. It gave no further details, and the club has not said who will replace him.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Benfica routed Vitoria Guimaraes 5-0 to win a club-record fourth straight Portuguese league title on Saturday.
Benfica lifted the trophy with one round to go by opening an eight-point lead over FC Porto, which hosts Pacos Ferreira on Sunday and can only get within two points of the rival if it wins both of its remaining matches.
It is the 36th league title for Benfica, which led the league since the fifth round.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — FC Porto's president has apologized for his club's fans chanting that they wished rivals Benfica had been on board the plane that crashed with Brazilian team Chapecoense.
Some Porto fans chanted "I wish Benfica had been on Chapecoense's plane" during a handball match between Porto and Benfica on Wednesday.
In a letter provided by the club to The Associated Press, Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa wrote to Chapecoense to apologize for "the insulting chants."
Mitroglou keeps Benfica ahead of Porto in Portugal
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Konstantinos Mitroglou kept Benfica on track for an unprecedented fourth consecutive Portuguese league title with the winning goal in a 1-0 victory at Moreirense on Sunday.
The Greece striker headed in Luis "Pizzi" Afonso' free kick three minutes before halftime.
The victory restored the defending champion's one-point lead over FC Porto, which had moved to the top on Saturday after beating Belenenses 3-0.
Brazilian sensation Soares turning into Porto’s new Hulk
MADRID (AP) — Soares, the Brazilian striker who earned the diminutive nickname "Tiquinho" for being too skinny as a kid, is about to become the new Hulk for FC Porto.
The new sensation in Portuguese soccer has already prompted comparisons to the club's former Brazilian idol, who was nicknamed after the Marvel superhero.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Paulo Dybala has been scoring for Juventus and he wants to stay at Juventus.
Any way you look at it, that's good news for the Italian champions.
Dybala scored his fourth penalty in four matches to help Juventus beat FC Porto 1-0 and advance to the Champions League quarterfinals. It was his third goal in the European competition and 10th since the start of the year.
After Tuesday's match, he said extending his contract with Juventus was just a formality.
Juventus focused on winning the Champions League
MILAN (AP) — With a sixth straight Serie A title looking likely and another Italian Cup final on the horizon, Juventus has become almost obsessively focused on the Champions League.
There is a feeling in Turin that victory in Europe would crown its resurrection from relegation to Serie B in 2006 following a match-fixing scandal. But first, Juventus needs to get past FC Porto on Tuesday in the last 16, already holding 2-0 lead from the first leg.
Sudden impact: Subs give Juventus 2-0 CL win at 10-man Porto
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Two substitutes, two goals, one clever coach.
Struggling to break through 10-man FC Porto in the Champions League Round-of-16 match, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri resorted to two second-half substitutes who quickly scored as the Italian champions won 2-0 Wednesday.
Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves broke through with goals in the 72nd and 74th minutes of the first leg to give Juventus a commanding advantage.
‘We are the best’: Buffon and Casillas to resume rivalry
It will be a meeting of goalkeeping greats when Gianluigi Buffon faces old rival Iker Casillas on Wednesday in the Champions League.
And while both players may be reaching the end of their careers, Buffon and Casillas each still have something to prove in their 17th career meeting — this time in a match between Juventus and FC Porto.
The 39-year-old Buffon has won virtually everything except for the Champions League — finishing runner-up twice, in 2003 and 2015, with Juventus.
Spotlight shifts to teams with less Champs League pedigree
LONDON (AP) — After the Champions League knockout phase was opened by teams with a combined 24 European titles, the spotlight shifts to those with far less of a continental pedigree.
Just one of this week's four Round of 16 matches features former European champions, with FC Porto and Juventus — both two-time winners — meeting in Portugal on Wednesday.
Mitroglou’s late goal keeps Benfica top in Portugal
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Striker Konstantinos Mitroglou scored a late goal to give Benfica a 1-0 win at Braga on Sunday, taking the defending champions back to the top of the Portuguese standings.
Having scored in Benfica's 1-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champion League's Round of 16 earlier in the week, Mitroglou struck again in the 80th minute against Braga to restore his team's one point advantage over FC Porto.
Porto one point behind Portuguese leader Benfica
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — FC Porto scored two late goals to win at Estoril 2-1 and move closer to leader Benfica in the Portuguese league on Saturday.
Andre Silva scored in the 83rd and Jesus Corona added in stoppage time to move Porto within a point of Benfica, which plays at Setubal on Monday.
Estoril, which has lost seven straight in the league, scored its lone goal through defender Dankler just before the final whistle.
Draw list for the round of 16 in the Champions League
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Draw Monday for the round of 16 in the Champions League:
Tuesday, Feb. 14=
Benfica (Portugal) vs. Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Paris Saint-Germain (France) vs. Barcelona (Spain)
Wednesday, Feb. 15=
Bayern Munich (Germany) vs. Arsenal (England)
Real Madrid (Spain) vs. Napoli (Italy)
Sevilla and FC Porto take last Champions League slots
ROME (AP) — Sevilla and FC Porto grabbed the final two spots in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday, while Juventus and Borussia Dortmund finished up with the debatable advantage of being group winners.
A team that finishes top of its group will be drawn against a runner-up when the knockout stage begins — which usually offers a clear advantage.
FC Copenhagen beats Brugge 2-0, but fails to reach last 16
BRUGES, Belgium (AP) — FC Copenhagen beat Club Brugge 2-0 on Wednesday but failed to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League because its Group G rival FC Porto also won.
The Danish champions went ahead after eight minutes when Brugge defender Brandon Mechele shouldered a swerving free kick past his own goalkeeper. Further highlighting Danish dominance in the air, Mathias Jorgensen added a second with a header seven minutes later.
Porto routs Leicester 5-0, joins English champs in last 16
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — FC Porto breezed into the Champions League knockout phase Wednesday with a 5-0 rout of Leicester, which had already secured top spot in Group G on its debut in European soccer's elite competition.
Porto's emphatic victory over the much-changed English champions ensured it was not overtaken by FC Copenhagen, which beat Club Brugge 2-0.
Porto wastes chance to advance in 0-0 draw with Copenhagen
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — FC Porto missed a chance to guarantee its place in the knockout stages of the Champions League after being held to a 0-0 draw in Group G by FC Copenhagen on Tuesday.
The Danes can advance in the second spot if Porto only draws against Leicester in the last round and Copenhagen beats last-placed Brugge. Both teams would be on nine points with Copenhagen having a better head-to-head record.
Leicester beats Brugge 2-1, advances in Champions League
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Champions League newcomer Leicester clinched its place in the knockout stages as guaranteed group winner by beating Club Brugge 2-1, with early goals by Shinji Okazaki and Riyad Mahrez doing the damage on Tuesday.
Okazaki steered the English champions ahead in the fifth minute before Mahrez converted a 30th-minute penalty after fellow winger Marc Albrighton was upended.
Porto edges Club Brugge 1-0 to end winless run at home
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — FC Porto needed another decisive performance by Andre Silva to end a winless drought at home in Europe with a 1-0 victory over Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Portugal forward scored his 11th goal in his last nine appearances between club and country, helping Porto to snap a four-game winless run at home in European competition.