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March 24, 2018 2:49 PM Coutinho scores as Brazil thrash World Cup hosts Russia in friendly

Brazil scored three goals in 13 minutes to ease past World Cup hosts Russia in a friendly in Moscow. After a goalless first half, Miranda opened the scoring at the Luzhniki Stadium, which will host seven matches at this summer’s tournament including the final. Philippe Coutinho scored a penalty for Brazil’s second before Paulinho headed in a third from close 141

March 23, 2018 1:24 PM ‘Two dead’ in French hostage-taking

A gunman has killed at least two people during a hostage-taking at a supermarket in Trèbes, southern France, authorities say. An operation involving elite police is continuing at the Super U shop, where others were wounded. Reports say the gunman, who remains in the supermarket, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. Earlier, a policeman was shot and wounded 124

March 18, 2018 3:59 PM PSG win at Nice to make it nine in row in Ligue 1

Paris St-Germain moved closer to the Ligue 1 title as Dani Alves’ late winner gave them victory at Nice. Mario Balotelli hit the post for Nice, who took a 17th-minute lead when Allan Saint-Maximin finished off after good work from Alassane Plea. But PSG equalised four minutes later with a goal from ex-Manchester United midfielder Angel di Maria 104

February 26, 2018 9:36 AM Neymar stretchered off as PSG beat Marseille 3-0

Paris St-Germain striker Neymar was taken off on a stretcher during their win over Marseille, nine days before their Champions League last-16 second-leg tie against Real Madrid. The £200m striker appeared to twist his ankle while chasing Bouna Sarr. PSG beat Marseille in Le Classique with ease, as Kylian Mbappe smashed home the opener and Rolando turned 79

February 19, 2018 8:58 AM Asensio hits brace as Real Madrid edge Betis in thriller

Marco Asensio scored twice as Real Madrid beat Real Betis to secure a third successive victory. Zinedine Zidane’s side took the lead when Asensio nodded in, but Betis equalised through Aissa Mandi. Nacho’s own goal put Betis ahead at the break but Sergio Ramos, Asensio and Cristiano Ronaldo scored to put the defending champions in control. Sergio Leon’s 83

February 5, 2018 11:25 AM Paris attacks suspect in Belgian trial

The sole surviving suspect from the 2015 Paris terror attacks has gone on trial at a Belgian court over the gun fight that led to his arrest. Salah Abdeslam was escorted by two masked police officers, and refused to stand when requested to. “I do not wish to answer any questions,” he said when asked to confirm his identity. Abdeslam has refused to speak 68

December 18, 2017 8:45 AM Belgian trial of Paris attack suspect postponed to February 5

The Belgian trial of one of the suspects in the 2015 Islamic State attacks in Paris has been postponed until Feb. 5, Belgian news agency Belga said on Monday. A French national but raised and resident in Brussels, Salah Abdeslam fled back to Belgium after the attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015 that killed 130 people, hiding from police for months before 59

December 7, 2017 7:28 PM Cristiano Ronaldo beats Messi to win fifth Ballon d’Or

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the fifth Ballon d’Or of his career, equalling Lionel Messi’s record after a season that saw him lead Real Madrid to their 12th Champions League title. The 32-year-old, who moved level with Messi at the top of the all-time Champions League group stage goalscorers leaderboard on Wednesday after helping Madrid to beat Borussia 93

November 30, 2017 9:53 AM Neymar, Cavani send PSG 10 points clear in Ligue 1

Brazil striker Neymar broke Troyes’ resistance as Paris St-Germain took a 10-point lead in Ligue 1 while Monaco lost ground by losing to Nantes. PSG wore down Troyes to win 2-0 thanks to second-half goals from their world-record signing and Edinson Cavani. Lucas Lima’s goal in the 92nd minute gave Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes a dramatic victory that pushed 82

November 18, 2017 1:50 PM Ligue 1: Champions Monaco held at Amiens

Monaco could lose ground on Ligue 1 leaders Paris St-Germain this weekend after drawing at struggling Amiens. The Unicorns led when Serge Gakpe capped off a quick counter-attack by finishing Gael Kakuta’s excellent through ball. But champions Monaco, four points behind leaders PSG before the game, levelled when Stevan Jovetic converted Fabinho’s pass. PSG can go six points 78