Portugal ousts Poland on penalty kicks to make semis

Jul 1, 2016

Portugal ousts Poland on penalty kicks to make semis

Portugal likes to leave it late at this European Championship, whether Cristiano Ronaldo is having a good game or not. The Portuguese have been level after 90 minutes in every game this tournament, a run that continued on Thursday as Ronaldo and his teammates ...

Trio advance after drab encounters

Jun 26, 2016

Trio advance after drab encounters

The quarterfinal lineup at the European Championship started to take shape on Saturday after three drab matches that will live forever in the record books but not in the memory. The start of the round of 16 saw Poland, Portugal and Wales make it ...

Ronaldo snaps out of slump to help Portugal advance

Jun 23, 2016

Ronaldo snaps out of slump to help Portugal advance

Cristiano Ronaldo came through. Twice. The Portugal winger erupted from his scoring slump on Wednesday, netting his first two goals at the European Championship and putting his team into the round of 16. Ronaldo’s strikes, the first with a spectacular back heel and the ...

Ronaldo misses penalty in Portugal's draw with Austria

Jun 19, 2016

Ronaldo misses penalty in Portugal's draw with Austria

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a late penalty as Portugal stumbled to a 0-0 draw with Austria, while Belgium swept to a 3-0 win over Ireland on a day of contrasts at the European Championship on Saturday. There were mixed fortunes too for Iceland, which looked ...

Iceland neutralizes Ronaldo; Hungary beats Austria

Jun 15, 2016

Iceland neutralizes Ronaldo; Hungary beats Austria

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal was upstaged by a team of Icelanders and Hungary beat Austria on a day of surprises at the European Championship on Tuesday. The smallest country ever to play at a European Championship, with its population of 330,000, Iceland made its major ...

Ronaldo ignites Portugal in rout of Estonia

Jun 9, 2016

Ronaldo ignites Portugal in rout of Estonia

Cristiano Ronaldo’s two first-half goals in 10 minutes helped Portugal to a 7-0 demolition of Estonia on Wednesday in the hosts’ last warm-up game before the European Championship. Ronaldo marked his return to the Portugal squad after a two-game absence by scoring with a ...

Real Madrid tops Atletico in Champions League final

May 29, 2016

Real Madrid tops Atletico in Champions League final

Cristiano Ronaldo did it again for Real Madrid, stepping forward to score a penalty and inflict another devastating loss in a Champions League final on rival Atletico Madrid. For the second time in three finals, the biggest game in club soccer ended with Ronaldo ...

Madrid holds City 0-0 in Champions League semifinal

Apr 27, 2016

Madrid holds City 0-0 in Champions League semifinal

Real Madrid failed to turn late domination into a goal without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo as Manchester City held on for a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Tuesday. City goalkeeper Joe Hart prevented Madrid from taking an ...

Suarez nets four as Barca cruises

Apr 24, 2016

Suarez nets four as Barca cruises

Spain Luis Suarez continued his goal splurge by scoring four times to help Barcelona stay atop the Spanish league on Saturday, while Real Madrid needed a stellar performance from Gareth Bale to remain in the title hunt. Suarez scored his eighth goal in four ...

Madrid, Man City reach Champions League semis

Apr 13, 2016

Madrid, Man City reach Champions League semis

Cristiano Ronaldo came through for Real Madrid again, scoring a hat trick to lead his team back to the semifinals of the Champions League with a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg on Tuesday. In other match, Manchester City reached the semis for the first time ...

Real Madrid marches into Champions League quarterfinals

Mar 9, 2016

Real Madrid marches into Champions League quarterfinals

Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez scored second-half goals to help Real Madrid defeat Roma 2-0 and advance to the Champions League quarterfinals for the sixth consecutive season on Tuesday. Ronaldo scored his 13th goal in the competition this season by turning home a cross ...

Messi player of year for record fifth time

Jan 12, 2016

Messi player of year for record fifth time

Now score it Lionel Messi 5, Cristiano Ronaldo 3. Messi won the Ballon d’Or trophy on Monday as the world’s best player in 2015, ending Cristiano Ronaldo’s two-year hold on soccer’s top individual honor. “It’s incredible that it’s my fifth,” said the 28-year-old Barcelona ...