TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0-1 BAYER LEVERKUSEN - MATT BARLOW AT WEMBLEY: After the grid-iron, the gridlock and another example of Wembley’s imposing presence stifling the flow of the round-ball game. It often seems to happen. England can be turgid when underneath the arch and 85,000 pairs of eyes, and Tottenham again found it heavy going on a pitch still bearing evidence of the logos from Sunday’s NFL extravaganza. In fairness to the national stadium, Spurs have not been much more fluent at White Hart Lane recently. Or anywhere else, for that matter. They are not at the level they were last season and Bayer Leverkusen deserved their win.
Vardy doesn't strike me as a natural finisher... his goalscoring feats rely a lot on luck, says Owen as drought goes on
Former England striker Michael Owen has doubted Jamie Vardy's goalscoring ability after claiming Leicester's struggling forward doesn't strike him 'as a natural finisher'. Vardy was a shining light in the Foxes' Premier League title triumph last term, netting an incredible 24 goals as they clinched an historic crown. But the goals have dried up for the 29-year-old this season and he has now gone 11 games without scoring after firing a blank in their goalless draw at Copenhagen.
Real Madrid snatch a point at Legia Warsaw having thrown away two-goal lead after Bale's first-minute wonderstrike
LEGIA WARSAW 3-3 REAL MADRID - PETE JENSON AT THE POLISH ARMY STADIUM: Real Madrid threw away a two-goal lead against Legia Warsaw but needed a late Mateo Kovacic equaliser to avoid defeat. Gareth Bale scored the 11-time champions' fastest ever goal in the competition with a first-time piledriver into the top corner after only 57 seconds, before Karim Benzema doubled their advantage after 35 minutes.
MONACO 3-0 CSKA MOSCOW: Radamel Falcao scored twice to take his tally to 42 goals from 46 games in Europe as Monaco boosted their hopes of reaching the last-16 in the Champions League. Valere Germain put Monaco ahead in the 13th minute when a defensive mix up allowed the forward to bundle the ball past the goalkeeper. Former Manchester United and Chelsea striker Falcao doubled his side's advantage in the 29th minute when he was left unmarked at the far post to fire home after a cross from Mendy. Germain then combined with Falcao for the third goal in the 41st minute
No Aubameyang, no problem: Ramos strike sinks Sporting Lisbon to move Dortmund two points clear of Real Madrid
BORUSSIA DORTMUND 1-0 SPORTING LISBON: Thomas Tuchel's side managed to get the better of Jorge Jesus' as Borussia Dortmund beat Sporting Lisbon 1-0 in a Champions League Group F tie on Wednesday night. Adrian Ramos scored in the 12th minute to give the home side the lead at Signal Iduna Park and Dortmund never looked back.
JUVENTUS 1-1 LYON: Juventus failed to secure qualification for the Champions League last-16 after Corentin Tolisso took advantage of a rare lapse of concentration at the back in the closing minutes in Turin. The home side had taken the lead after Adama Diakhaby brought down Stefano Sturaro inside the box to give away a penalty in the 13th minute. Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain fired the resultant spot-kick into the bottom-left corner, sending Anthony Lopes the wrong way. The Old Lady had looked impregnable until the 84th minute when Rachid Ghezzal's free-kick made its way to Tolisso who converted from close range.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan's bid to play for Manchester United for the first time in over a month took a step closer on Wednesday evening. The 27-year-old was present as United trained at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Turkey ahead of their Europa League clash there against Fenerbahce 24 hours later. The Armenian playmaker looked in a relaxed mood as he was put through his paces alongside team-mates Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Co.
Mourinho says Schweinsteiger is making up the numbers in training... but doesn't close the door on Manchester United return
CHRIS WHEELER IN ISTANBUL: Jose Mourinho has not ruled out Bastian Schweinsteiger playing for Manchester United again after restoring the German to first-team training. Schweinsteiger had been frozen out by Mourinho since the Portuguese took over at Old Trafford in the summer but was handed back his peg in the first-team dressing room at the club's Carrington training ground recently.
Arsenal might not shift too many replicas of this particular strip in the club superstore, but at least the squad are helping a good cause while losing their dignity! The Gunners — including manager Arsene Wenger — pulled on the festive sweaters to publicise Save the Children’s annual Christmas Jumper Day, which takes place on December 16.
Inter won the Champions League under Mourinho just six years ago... but now they're in chaos with boardroom turmoil, mediocre players and dwindling crowds
SAM CUNNINGHAM: If winning the treble six years ago under Jose Mourinho was reaching the summit for Inter Milan, right now they are buried beneath an avalanche close to the base.
Anthony Joshua has almost single-handedly resurrected the heavyweight division from its ten-year slumber - and he has now set his sights on cementing his position at the top level of world boxing. Since claiming Olympic gold at London 2012, Joshua has seen his career accelerate forward at a rate more commonly associated with the latest young football prospect, rather than a boxer working his way up the professional ranks.
Formula One drivers live life on the edge by racing around tracks at over 200mph but Lewis Hamilton has gone one further by celebrating his recent triumph in an unfamiliar way.
Messi 'stood outside City changing room demanding player who was taunting him to come outside' - forcing Aguero to play peacemaker in aftermath of defeat
Lionel Messi shouted 'stupid, stupid, come here!' outside the City dressing room as someone inside mocked him, prior to Aguero's intervention. Aguero, however, suggested it was a heat-of-the-moment incident after Barcelona's defeat in the Champions League and played down its significance. 'Whenever you lose you're not very happy,' the City forward said.
Pacquiao reveals how chance glimpse of Brook vs Golovkin fight on TV inspired his return to the ring
JEFF POWELL IN LAS VEGAS: This will be of scant consolation to Kell Brook but boxing owes the return of the great Manny Pacquiao to the beating inflicted on Sheffield’s Special K by Gennady Golovkin. The Pacman’s decision to come out of retirement was clinched as he watched the fearsome Golovkin batter Brook into fifth round submission.
Now that's a clubhouse! Golfers including 'Beef' Johnston tee off from the ROOF of a home... because course is too short
The 16th hole Regnum Carya Golf Course in Antalya, Turkey has an unusual twist. The back tee at the 16th hole this week has been positioned on the roof of one of the villas at the resort. The likes of Andrew 'Beef Johnston', Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington have been enjoying the unusual addition to the course during their practice rounds. The hole sees them scale a flight of stairs up to the roof and drive over a swimming pool on to the fairway.
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Usually at this time of the season the Blues would be knee deep in their Champions League campaign but their 10th place finish last season means they missed out on European football this time around. The Blues form in recent weeks suggests the extra time on the training pitch is paying off but it also seems to have its benefits away from Cobham too.
Sevilla cruised through to the last-16 of the Champions League with an emphatic 4-0 victory over ten-man Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday night.
Schmeichel is fantastic and a big champion - he's had two perfect seasons, hails Ranieri after another clean sheet
LAURIE WHITWELL AT THE PARKEN STADIUM: Claudio Ranieri lauded Kasper Schmeichel for making a 'very important save' that earned Leicester a Champions League point on a 'horrible' pitch in Copenhagen. Danish No 1 Schmeichel, who has a house two minutes from the Parken Stadium, sprung to stop a close-range header from Andreas Cornelius in the 90th minute and maintain Leicester's unbeaten record in the competition.
Yeovil 'sign' inspirational leukaemia survivor Daryl Allinson as teenager recovers from life-saving treatment
Diagnosed with Leukaemia Atypical CML Monomonasomie 7 and GATA 2 in April 2015, the youngster underwent a bone marrow transplant from his brother Brad, but later suffered a relapse. After funding for a second procedure on the NHS was turned down, Allinson's family sought to raise up to £100,000 for a private operation and on-going treatment.
Gundogan is becoming City's key man… and at £4m less than the AGENT'S FEE for Pogba's deal he's this season's bargain
CRAIG HOPE: He arrived on crutches but is now the crutch around which Pep Guardiola is building his Manchester City side. Ilkay Gundogan was the difference as City beat Barcelona at the sixth time of asking on Tuesday night. Yaya who?
The England star showed off his plush new games room and love for Arsenal by posting a picture of the luxurious set-up on Instagram. The sportsman chose not to adorn the wall of his games room with memorabilia from his own sport, opting instead for shirts of Arsenal legends Dennis Bergkamp and Ian Wright.
INTERVIEW BY KIERAN GILL: Sam Billings has told England he is prepared to board a plane if they want him to help deal with India's spin doctors in their daunting five-Test series. There have been calls for the uncapped right-hander to be brought in and for Gary Ballance to be dropped after his display in the disappointing 1-1 draw with Bangladesh last month. Ballance scored only 24 runs in four innings in Chittagong and Dhaka and former England captain Michael Vaughan warned a 5-0 whitewash could occur in India if changes are not made.
Willett admits his game has been 'average for a couple of months' as he targets top spot in Race to Dubai ahead of Turkish Open
RIATH AL-SAMARRAI: There is a certain irony to Danny Willett arriving at a tournament sponsored by an airline in the kind of tailspin that threatens to round off a ground-breaking season with a dreadful anti-climax.
England stars cool off as preparations for South Africa heat up... but why is Sinckler the only one wearing budgie smugglers?
With temperatures topping 23C in Vilamoura on Wednesday, and Eddie Jones known to be a ruthless task-master on the training pitch, it was little surprise that the England squad opted to cool off in the sea at the first opportunity during a recovery session. As you would expect from a top international sports team, the players were decked out in matching, branded swim shorts. With one exception.
As Klose retires from football, a look at the 'quiet superstar' who became the World Cup's top scorer and a legend in Germany
KIT HOLDEN: There are plenty of footballers who have made the somersault their trademark celebration. Miroslav Klose must be the only one who managed to somersault with humility. The 38-year-old German striker has announced the end of his active playing career. He did so to thunderous applause. His countrymen love him. They love him for his goals, for his contributions to a fine era for German football. But perhaps most of all, they love him for his humility.