Steven Gerrard's last game against Manchester United ended with an ignominious red card as Juan Mata's superb double condemned Liverpool to a 2-1 defeat at Anfield on Sunday.
Real Madrid need Cristiano Ronaldo to channel his frustration into producing his top form as they face Barcelona in a top-of-the-table 'Clasico' showdown at Camp Nou on Sunday that could decide the title race.
Manchester City benefited from a case of mistaken identity as they trimmed Chelsea's lead in the Premier League to three points by beating West Bromwich Albion 3-0 on Saturday.
Having inadvertently sparked Liverpool's mid-season revival with a 3-0 victory at Old Trafford in December, Manchester United visit Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday determined to suppress it.
Football's governing body Fifa on Thursday approved holding the final of the controversial 2022 World Cup in Qatar on December 18 at the end of the first tournament held in the northern winter, a top official said.
A first-half goal by Ivan Rakitic was enough to see Barcelona end English interest in the Champions League on Wednesday as they beat Manchester City 1-0 in their last 16 second leg clash for a 3-1 aggregate win and a place in the quarter-finals.
Arsenal exited the Champions League on Tuesday despite winning their Champions League last 16 second leg clash 2-0 in Monaco but losing on the away goals rule after the tie finished 3-3 on aggregate.
India advanced to the qualifiers of the 2018 Fifa World Cup and the 2019 Asian Cup with a goalless draw against Nepal in the second leg of the pre-qualifiers in Kathmandu on Tuesday. India had won the first leg in Guwahati 2-0 on March 12.
Manchester City wasted a chance to put pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea as the champions crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat at struggling Burnley on Saturday.
The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, the lowest-ranked team in international football, enjoyed a dream debut in the World Cup qualifiers on Thursday by recording a shock 1-0 away victory over Sri Lanka.
Star striker Sunil Chhetri struck twice in the second half as India notched up a 2-0 win over Nepal in a dominating display in the first leg of their 2018 Fifa World Cup football qualifying Round 1 in Guwahati on Thursday.
Uruguay's most-capped player Diego Forlan, so often his country's talisman, announced his retirement from international football on Thursday.
Paris Saint-Germain overcame the early dismissal of star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to sensationally knock Chelsea out of the Champions League on away goals on Wednesday as Bayern Munich also qualified with a 7-0 rout of 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk.
European footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo helped himself to one goal-scoring record and equalled another as holders Real Madrid booked their place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Players are often reluctant to celebrate goals they score against a former club but Danny Welbeck clearly enjoyed netting Arsenal's winner at Manchester United on Monday.