Jonathan Walters blasted the Republic of Ireland into the finals of Euro 2016 as his double ended Bosnia-Herzegovina’s hopes of a trip to France next summer.
Six years to the week after Irish hearts were broken by the unseen Thierry Henry handball which cost them a place at the 2010 World Cup finals, the Republic benefited from an equally suspect decision against unfortunate defender Ervin Zukanovic which allowed Walters to open the scoring from the spot.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi officially returned to full training on Monday five days before the La Liga leaders play at Real Madrid in the first Clasico of the season, the club said on Monday.
Messi is open to leaving Barca for a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal his preferred destination. But the 28-year-old forward wants £600,000-a-week.
Neymar has made people forget about Messi, says former Barca and Real Madrid striker Alfonso Perez.
LFP president Javier Tebas has revealed it’s his dream to see Premier League superstars Wayne Rooney and David De Gea plying their trade in Spain, as well as Bayern Munich and France winger Franck Ribery.
Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, could be playing in his final home El Clasico against Barcelona on Saturday, according to sources close to the Bernabeu club.
Ronaldo has told Florentino Perez in a private meeting that Real Madrid “will not win anything” with Rafa Benitez.
Juventus striker Alvaro Morata has been linked with a move back to Real Madrid but the 23-year-old insists he has no intention of moving from the Serie A side.
Euro 2016 will remain in France, UEFA has announced.
France players wanted Tuesday’s friendly against England called off following the attacks in Paris.
As a result of the attacks, senior British officers are to step up their fan-safety strategy.
Manchester United are ready to fork out £53 million to try and land Alexis Sanchez, according to reports. Arsenal will do everything possible to hold onto the Chilean, but his list of suitors is rapidly growing with Real Madrid also interested.
Chelsea are ready to move for PSG striker Edinson Cavani and will rival the likes of Manchester United and Juventus in the race to sign the unsettled Uruguayan.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will rejoin AC Milan in the summer with the Sweden international striker reluctant to sign a new deal with PSG.
Arsenal are confident of agreeing a new deal with midfield star Mesut Ozil after opening contract talks
Manchester City have reportedly opened talks over a two-year contract extension for Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, who has 18 months left on current City deal.
Dimitri Payet does not require surgery on his ankle injury but the West Ham star will still be missing for three months,
Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic, 19, says he has been told by Serbian compatriot and Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, 27, that the Blues want to sign him.
Aston Villa are considering a bid for QPR striker Charlie Austin in the January transfer window.
Everton are mulling over whether to make a move for Ron Vlaar, who is currently a free agent after leaving Aston Villa in the summer.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says newly-discovered entrepreneur Mathieu Flamini is “taking over the world” and joked he could be a future President of the United States.
Flamini revealed over the weekend that he has co-founded a company that has revolutionised the green energy industry, and is making waves in a market worth ‘potentially £20billion’.
Former Tottenham and Fulham boss Martin Jol is the frame for the vacant Queens Park Rangers manager’s job
Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush was no stranger to raising the odd trophy in his Reds career and he was at it again after Liverpool beat Manchester United 2-0 in a legends match in Singapore, with Luis Garcia and Dietmar Hamann getting the goals.
Everton left-back Leighton Baines, 30, does not seem to be too worried by his current situation at the club. “I am older. I have had two surgeries. I have one more year left [on my contract]. It’s quite exciting to be honest,” he said.
Liverpool will make a huge push to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka in the January window. The Swiss star is likely to cost around €28 million (£19.7m), but the Reds could be pulled into a bidding war by Arsenal.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 22, says he was “small for my age” when he was released by Arsenal at the age of nine before joining Spurs.
Arsenal keeper Petr Cech says it is “hard to believe” the plight his former club Chelsea are in as they lie 16th in the Premier League in defence of their title.
LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard, 35, is frustrated that he still gets compared to 37-year-old former England team-mate Frank Lampard, who plays for New York City.
Partick Thistle last night said they will support their 25-year-old striker Mathias Pogba, brother of France and Juventus player Paul, after he was caught up in the Paris terror attacks.