Benzema rescues a 1-1 draw for Madrid at Leganes
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid needed Karim Benzema to salvage a 1-1 draw at Spanish league minnow Leganes on Monday.
Benzema again proved a bright spot in a disappointing season for...
Belgium recovers from Courtois error to beat Russia 3-1
BRUSSELS (AP) — Eden Hazard scored twice as Belgium recovered from a blunder by Thibaut Courtois to beat Russia 3-1 Thursday and start its European Championship qualifying campaign on a...
Smaller Lopes is standing tall among Europe’s best goalies
PARIS (AP) — Anthony Lopes is standing tall in an era designed for much bigger goalkeepers.
At 1.84 meters (6 feet), the Lyon goalie is smallest of those who played in the last 16 of the...
Madrid striker Karim Benzema injures right hand
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema had to be substituted at halftime of Sunday's Spanish league match at Real Betis after hurting his right hand.
Madrid coach Santiago Solari said Benzema had fractured his hand.
10-man Real Madrid loses 2-0 to Sociedad
MADRID (AP) — Ten-man Real Madrid lost 2-0 at home to Real Sociedad on Sunday to concede further ground in the Spanish league title race.
The pressure is mounting on coach Santiago Solari with Madrid in fifth place behind Alaves, which moved ahead of the 33-time champion on Saturday.
Madrid fell behind in the third minute when Willian Jose converted a penalty following a foul by Casemiro on Mikel Merino.
Madrid went a man down in the 61st when Lucas Vazquez received his second yellow card.
Real Madrid takes 1st in group courtesy of Roma’s mistakes
ROME (AP) — A series of colossal errors by Roma handed Real Madrid a 2-0 victory Tuesday and first place in Group G of the Champions League.
Roma winger Cengiz Under sent the ball over the bar from point-blank range with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois already down on the ground in first-half added time and two defensive blunders led to Gareth Bale's goal immediately after the break.
Lucas Vazquez then added another for Madrid against a demoralized Roma.
Swiss stun Belgium 5-2 to make Final 4 in Nations League
LUCERNE, Switzerland (AP) — Top-ranked Belgium fell to a stunning 5-2 loss against Switzerland on Sunday, with Haris Seferovic's hat trick lifting his team into the UEFA Nations League finals.
Belgium led 2-0 after 17 minutes thanks to Thorgan Hazard's two goals and was cruising toward the inaugural Final Four mini-tournament to be hosted by Portugal in June.
Madrid wins 4-2 at Celta for 4th straight win under Solari
VIGO, Spain (AP) — Karim Benzema scored a superb opening goal in Real Madrid's 4-2 win at Celta Vigo in the Spanish league on Sunday, boosting interim coach Santiago Solari's chances of staying in charge of the European champions.
Benzema displayed exquisite control to get Madrid rolling in the 23rd minute. Spinning away from the goal, the French striker used his right foot to cushion a forward lob by Luka Modric. He then continued his turn and coolly slotted the ball in.
Real Madrid leads La Liga thanks to goal on video review
MADRID (AP) — It took some help from video review to put Real Madrid on top in the Spanish league.
Marco Asensio's first-half winner to beat Espanyol 1-0 on Saturday was initially waived off for offside but eventually stood after assistance from the VAR, which is making its La Liga debut this season.
"In the end there was justice. I'm glad the VAR worked," Asensio said. "I had already told (the referee) I didn't think I was offside."
Real Madrid sends goalkeeper Lunin on loan to Leganes
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid is loaning 19-year-old goalkeeper Andriy Lunin to Leganes until the end of the season.
Madrid signed the Ukrainian earlier this year but did not plan to use him in the main squad.
Keylor Navas has been the team's starter in goal even after the club signed Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois following the World Cup.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Belgium's golden generation has come up short at a major tournament. Again.
With Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard in fantastic form creating chances for themselves and Romelu Lukaku up front, Vincent Kompany fit again at the heart of the defense and Thibaut Courtois standing tall in goal, these Red Devils racked up more goals than any other team in the World Cup. Through five matches, it looked as if they could finally deliver on their promise.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium has all the ingredients for success at the World Cup.
Romelu Lukaku leads the attack, supported by the creative genius of Eden Hazard and with Kevin De Bruyne pulling the strings in midfield. Thibaut Courtois is in goal.
But for all the exceptional talent, Belgium keeps underwhelming at major tournaments, only reaching the quarterfinals at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championship.
PARIS (AP) — Although Paris Saint-Germain has easily won the French title, Alphonse Areola still has plenty to play for.
The next four games could be crucial in deciding whether PSG keeps the goalkeeper or tries to sign a big name in the transfer window, possibly Thibaut Courtois. The 25-year-old Areola is the same age as Courtois, but has nowhere near the international standing of the Chelsea keeper.
Messi reaches 100 CL goals, Barcelona beats Chelsea 3-0
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi joined Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League's 100-goal club after scoring twice to lead Barcelona past Chelsea and into the Champions League quarterfinals for an 11th straight season on Wednesday.
Messi also set up Ousmane Dembele in a 3-0 win at Camp Nou after he had scored Barcelona's goal in the opening-leg 1-1 draw in London.
Hazard reaches goal milestone as Chelsea gets back on track
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Eden Hazard scored his 100th and 101st league goals to help defending champion Chelsea collect its first Premier League win of the year with a 4-0 victory at Brighton on Saturday.
The Belgium winger put Chelsea in front after three minutes when Brighton failed to clear a cross from Victor Moses and Hazard slammed the ball home from eight meters (yards).
Hazard lights up Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Newcastle in EPL
LONDON (AP) — Eden Hazard scored twice in a virtuoso performance to inspire Chelsea's 3-1 win over Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday.
His second goal — a "panenka" penalty in the 74th minute — exemplified a display in which he tormented Newcastle's defense and had Stamford Bridge in raptures at times.
2018 WORLD CUP: Guide to the teams in Group G
MOSCOW (AP) — Guide to the teams in Group G at the World Cup:
It's time to deliver for a team that has featured exceptional talent over the past half dozen years but has yet to reach the semifinals of a major tournament.
It is widely acknowledged they have been held back by mediocre management. Now it is up to Roberto Martinez, a Spanish coach, to get the best out of this plethora of stars.
At 3rd big tourney in a row, Belgium should start to shine
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium is going to a major tournament for the third straight time, and this once-in-a-lifetime team could thrive all the way to the World Cup final.
With two games to spare, Belgium became the first European nation to qualify for next year's tournament in Russia. And it did so on Sunday by the measure that has marked so many great teams: winning ugly.
Chelsea signs veteran goalkeeper Willy Caballero
LONDON (AP) — Premier League champion Chelsea has made Argentine goalkeeper Willy Caballero its first off-season signing to provide backup to Thibaut Courtois.
The 35-year-old Caballero was a free agent after a three-year spell at Manchester City ended.
Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo says Caballero "knows the Premier League and is tried and tested at the top of the game."
Chelsea beats Sunderland 1-0, moves 6 points clear in EPL
SUNDERLAND, England (AP) — Chelsea moved six points clear at the top of the English Premier League by beating last-place Sunderland 1-0 on Wednesday, with Cesc Fabregas' first-half goal earning the team its 10th straight win.
The Spain midfielder picked up the ball 35 meters out, exchanged passes with Willian and stroked home a low finish into the corner from the edge of the area in the 40th minute.
The Chelsea roster for this weeks exhibition match against AC Milan at U.S. Bank Stadium is filled with recognizable names for soccer fans. You might not know much about Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, though, or about his roots on the North American side of the Atlantic. Here are a few things to know:
andensp;He was born in Bosnia, but his family fled the war there and went to Germany when he was 4, then moved to Edmonton when he was 10. This means that Begovic, a huge...