Monday, December 22, 2014
Two goals from Gonzalo Higuain helped to drag the tie to penalties, cancelling out the finishes from his compatriot Carlos Tevez, before Simone Padoin missed the crucial effort.
After a dismal showing in Brazil, where they picked up just one point, the Three Lions have won all six of their games since and top their Euro 2016 qualification group.
The German giants have added the former Bayer Leverkusen to their ranks, with the Slovenia international joining on a five-year deal.
The Belgian, who has impressed at Stamford Bridge again this season, is reveling in the competitive and unpredictable nature of the English game.
The Reds again struggled in front of goal despite dominating against Arsenal while Manchester City maintained its fine form with a clinical display of finishing.
The midfielder would like to be reunited with his former teammate at Stamford Bridge but adds that Messi "deserves" to retire at Camp Nou.
The defender, who scored in the Club World Cup final Saturday, isn't concerned about his future at the club.
The 25-year-old has impressed in the Premier League but his manager is adamant he won't leave the club ahead of the transfer window in January.
After the Club World Cup victory, the midfielder is happy with his decision to leave the Allianz Arena and move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 23-year-old midfielder will return to his parent club after his loan with Borussia Monchengladbach ends.
The Chelsea manager, who has seen a number of his players face criticism for simulation in recent weeks, feels retrospective punishment would fail.
The Premier League champion has won eight straight matches across all competitions and the Chilean puts his team's results down to a lot of hard work on the training pitch.
The Real Madrid attacker was the guest of honor at the unveiling of a bronze bust of him in the Madeira capital of Funchal.
With the help of Opta stats, Goal has put together a line-up of the worst players in the Primera Division so far in 2014-15
With the help of Opta statistics, Goal has put together a line-up featuring the best players on show in the Primera Division up until now in 2014-15
Sunday, December 21, 2014
The Inter boss is already looking to the January transfer window after admitting there is still "a little fear" within his squad following its draw with Lazio.
The BVB skipper is astonished by his side's poor form as it sits joint-bottom of the table and says the players are concerned that they could be relegated.
The former Real Sociedad forward hit a brilliant hat trick at San Mames on Sunday and is emerging as a new star for the Spanish champion.
The Liga champion enters a break on a high thanks to a hat trick from the French forward.
Antoine Griezmann's hat trick led the champion to a second-half comeback to keep it within touching distance of first place and rival Real Madrid.