MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan was made to pay for its profligacy as a late goal from substitute Rodrygo saw Real Madrid snatch a 1-0 win in their Champions League opener on Wednesday.
Rodrygo scored in the 89th minute with what was only Madrid's second shot on target.
TIRASPOL, Moldova (AP) — Sheriff Tiraspol had a Champions League group stage debut to remember as the team from a breakaway region of Moldova beat Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 on Wednesday.
Two goals on quick counterattacks off crosses from full-back Cristiano propelled Sheriff to victory.
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — With Cristiano Ronaldo back at Manchester United, missing out on the Champions League knockout rounds for a third straight season is unthinkable.
A look at what’s happening in the Champions League on Wednesday:
Spare a thought for the Club Brugge defense as it must cope with Paris Saint-Germain’s attacking armada of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
MADRID (AP) — Sergio Canales scored an 89th-minute winner with a beautiful run from near the midfield to help Real Betis defeat Granada 2-1 and end its winless streak in the Spanish league on Monday.
MADRID (AP) — Vinícius Júnior is quickly helping the Real Madrid faithful to forget about Kylian Mbappé.
Madrid fans were frustrated with the failed negotiations to bring in Mbappé at the transfer deadline last month, but a few matches into the new season they have found that they can count on Vinícius Júnior.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — The first Women’s Champions League group-stage draw Monday placed defending champion Barcelona with Arsenal, Hoffenheim and Danish club HB Køge.
The revamped 16-team group stage replaces the 32-team knockout tournament.
BERLIN (AP) — The Champions League group stage starts Tuesday with a match between traditional heavyweights Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but big-spending upstarts elsewhere are the title favorites this season after a summer of eye-catching transfers.
MADRID (AP) — Vinícius Júnior sent his low shot into the net and rushed to the sideline, jumping over the barrier and going into the stands to be quickly engulfed by Real Madrid fans.
It was a scene that wouldn't have been possible during the last 18 months.
MADRID (AP) — Spain’s state television on Friday condemned a racist comment made by a guest sports commentator during the presentation of Real Madrid player Eduardo Camavinga.
During Wednesday’s presentation of Camavinga, analyst Lorena González was heard off camera saying “this guy is blacker than his suit.”
MADRID (AP) — More than 18 months later, Real Madrid is returning to Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
Madrid will get to play at its venue when it hosts Celta Vigo in the Spanish league on Sunday, 560 days after it last hosted a match at the stadium.
SPLIT, Croatia (AP) — Croatia proved it can win without Luka Modric as it beat Slovenia 3-0 on Tuesday in its fight for a World Cup qualifying spot.
Real Madrid midfielder Modric missed all three of Croatia's games during the international break with a thigh injury, but the 2018 World Cup runner-up has emerged with two wins and a draw.
The deal that didn’t happen best defines the landscape of European football after a summer transfer window that saw unexpected moves by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
MADRID (AP) — The transfer deadline ended with Atlético Madrid getting Antoine Griezmann back and Real Madrid failing to seal a deal for Kylian Mbappé, settling instead for young midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, a teammate of Mbappé at the French national team.
LONDON (AP) — Mason Greenwood is making sure Manchester United doesn't neglect his scoring abilities when Cristiano Ronaldo returns.
The 19-year-old striker — who is almost half Ronaldo's age — has now scored in all three matches for United at the start of the season.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Amid reports in the Spanish capital that Kylian Mbappé could soon be on his way, Real Madrid won 1-0 at Real Betis in the Spanish league on Saturday.
Right back Dani Carvajal volleyed in a pass from Karim Benzema in the 61st minute on a counterattack led by Vinícius Júnior, who again proved decisive to Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid is sending right back Álvaro Odriozola on loan to Italian club Fiorentina.
The 25-year-old Odriozola joined Madrid on a transfer worth 30 million euros (now $35 million) from Real Sociedad in 2018.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid, engulfed in speculation that it’s attempting to sign Kylian Mbappé from Paris Saint-Germain, also has matters on the field to deal with it.
The team’s final match before the transfer window closes Tuesday for the Spanish and French leagues will be at Real Betis on Saturday.
Paris Saint-Germain fans may never get to see the strike force they have been dreaming of for the past couple of weeks.
While six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi is set for his eagerly awaited debut in Sunday’s French league game at Reims, reuniting with his former Barcelona teammate Neymar, the Champagne has been diluted with news that Kylian Mbappe could join Real Madrid.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid is pursuing a blockbuster deal for forward Kylian Mbappé, although Paris Saint-Germain is seemingly holding out for a better offer.
PSG sporting director Leonardo on Wednesday said the French club has rejected an offer of about $188 million from Madrid but added that it is willing to negotiate.
MADRID (AP) — After defending champion Atlético Madrid edged Elche to add to its winning start in the Spanish league, Real Madrid couldn't overcome a Levante side that was forced to finish the match with a defender as its goalkeeper.
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich set a European scoring record as it beat Cologne 3-2 for its first Bundesliga win under new coach Julian Nagelsmann on Sunday.
Serge Gnabry scored twice and Robert Lewandowski got the other goal to ensure Bayern became the only team among Europe’s top five leagues to have scored in 74 consecutive games in all competitions.
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal completed the signings of midfielder Martin Odegaard and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale on Friday, taking the Premier League club's summer spending to more than $150 million.
Odegaard, a 22-year-old Norway international, was on loan from Real Madrid during the second half of last season and returns on a long-term contract after Arsenal paid a fee reported to be 35 million euros ($41 million).
MADRID (AP) — Karim Benzema has signed a contract extension with Real Madrid through 2023, the Spanish club said Friday.
The 33-year-old France striker has helped Madrid win four Champions League titles and three Spanish league titles since he joined from Lyon in 2009.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of the club re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo, who later addressed rumors about his future by saying his chapter with the Spanish powerhouse “has been written.”
LONDON (AP) — Nine of the teams who were part of the ill-fated launch of a breakaway Super League have been welcomed back into the decision-making organization overseeing the European club game.
Six English clubs — Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham — will be members of European Club Association again along with AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.
MADRID (AP) — Karim Benzema picked up from where he left off last season, playing a decisive role for Real Madrid once again.
Benzema led Madrid in its Spanish league opener on Saturday by scoring twice in the team's comfortable 4-1 win at Alavés.
Finally a Manchester United player, Raphael Varane walked out in front of a full house at Old Trafford, holding up a team jersey.
Stopping in the center circle, Varane took out his phone and took a selfie to huge cheers from the crowd.
MADRID (AP) — The majority of Spanish league clubs on Thursday approved a multibillion-dollar deal with an investment fund after giving Real Madrid and Barcelona the option not to participate.
The league said 38 of the 42 clubs from the first and second divisions in Spain voted in favor of the deal with private equity firm CVC, which is intended to boost the clubs' finances and help the league cut into the Premier League’s global dominance.
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish soccer federation has come out against a proposed multibillion-dollar Spanish league deal with an investment fund, saying Wednesday that it is illegal and could hurt the competition in the long term.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez denied having played a role in Lionel Messi’s departure from Barcelona.
Pérez on Wednesday released a statement denying any connection with Messi’s departure after being linked to it by a former Barcelona official who resigned because of the club’s failure to keep the star player.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos returned from the Tokyo Olympics with a serious ankle injury, the team said Tuesday.
The club said tests showed a “complete tear” of ligaments.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid will take legal action against the president of the Spanish league over a multi billion-dollar deal with an investment fund, the club said on Tuesday.
Madrid said its board of directors unanimously agreed "to initiate both civil and criminal legal action” against Javier Tebas and the head of investment fund CVC Capital Partners, Javier de Jaime Guijarro.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Spanish league starts on Friday. Here is a look at the top contenders expected to fight for the title and top positions in the table.
Atlético Madrid defends the title it won last season with the goals of Luis Suárez and the tireless preparation of coach Diego Simeone.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid and Barcelona expressed their opposition Thursday to the Spanish league's deal with an investment fund that secured $3.2 billion in funding to help its clubs.
The league’s executive committee unanimously approved the “strategic agreement” with international investment fund CVC Capital Partners on Wednesday.
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league took a step toward cutting into the Premier League's global dominance on Wednesday, securing €2.7 billion ($3.2 billion) in funding to boost its clubs' finances and increase revenue growth over the next few years.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid defender David Alaba has tested positive for the coronavirus, the club said Wednesday.
Madrid did not immediately release details about the player's condition.
The announcement came a week after Alaba was officially introduced by the Spanish club after joining from Bayern Munich.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United has announced an agreement to sign center-back Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.
The 28-year-old French international's pending arrival follows United's signing of winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund last week.
MADRID (AP) — Striker Karim Benzema tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of preseason training, Real Madrid said Friday.
The club did not elaborate on the France forward’s condition in a short statement.
TOKYO (AP) — An empty stadium is not how Japanese athletes imagined competing for the first time in Tokyo at their home Olympics.
At least the men's soccer team won on Thursday — a day before the opening ceremony of the pandemic-impacted games.
MADRID (AP) — A new round of leaked audio recordings published by Spanish media on Wednesday revealed Real Madrid's president privately criticizing Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho.
The newspaper El Confidencial released audios in which Florentino Pérez reportedly called former player Ronaldo an “imbecile” and “sick.” He reportedly said Ronaldo and former coach Mourinho “were not normal.” He also called Mourinho an “imbecile.”
MADRID (AP) — Old audio recordings of Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez privately criticizing some of the club’s former players were publicly released as retribution for his involvement in the Super League, he said Tuesday.
PARIS (AP) — Obsessed with winning the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain added precious experience to its squad by recruiting former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos on Thursday.
The 35-year-old Ramos signed a two-year deal with PSG after Madrid preferred not to renew his contract last month.
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain bolstered its defense by signing Morocco right-back Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan on Tuesday.
PSG, which is reportedly set to sign former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, said the 22-year-old defender signed a five-year deal until the end of June 2026.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — After ending a nearly six-year wait for an international goal, Karim Benzema could score again as soon as Monday.
France will face Switzerland in the round of 16 at the European Championship and the striker may relish that contest for a couple of reasons.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Eden Hazard hobbled toward the sideline after the halftime whistle, seemingly with pain in his ankle after an innocuous fall in the penalty area.
The nervousness and trepidation among Belgium fans was natural.
An emotional Sergio Ramos said goodbye to Real Madrid on Thursday, saying he wanted to stay but the club preferred not to renew his contract.
Ramos said he initially wanted a two-year extension instead of the one year offered by the club, but eventually he accepted the one-year deal plus a salary reduction that was already planned.
MADRID (AP) — Sergio Ramos is officially leaving Real Madrid after 16 years and four Champions League titles.
Madrid have called a news conference for Thursday as “an institutional act of tribute and farewell to our captain Sergio Ramos.”
GENEVA (AP) — UEFA put a hold Wednesday on its disciplinary case against Super League rebel clubs Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid, while the six Premier League clubs that tried to join the breakaway accepted a collective fine of 22 million pounds ($31 million).