The Netherlands rallied from a goal down to hand defending champion Spain a 5-1 mauling as Chile and Mexico also won at the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil.
Spain captain Iker Casillas had a message for his compatriots after the world champions started their World Cup defense with a 5-1 loss: Sorry.
Chelsea agreed to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona a week after fellow midfielder Frank Lampard said he was leaving the west London club after 13 years.
Bayern Munich routed Barcelona 7-0 over two matches to set up the first all-German Champions League soccer final.
Barcelona said Francesc “Tito” Vilanova, who resigned as coach last year to fight cancer, died today.
Manchester United beat Chelsea 1-0 in the opening game of their Champions League soccer quarterfinal, while bookmakers’ favorite Barcelona routed Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1.
Inter Milan, playing most of the game with 10 men, advanced to the final of soccer’s Champions League and eliminated defending champion Barcelona.
Inter Milan’s 3-1 victory over Barcelona cemented its transformation from Champions League underachiever to title contender, coach Jose Mourinho said.
Spain kept its record unbeaten run intact as it overcame Italy 7-6 in a penalty shootout to reach the Confederations Cup soccer final against host nation Brazil.
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid won to reach the Champions League round of 16 with two games to spare, as Arsenal and Chelsea defeated German clubs.
"The fact that Lionel Messi, the best player in the world, did not play was a factor, but I do not think his participation tonight would have changed things all that much."
- Gerard Pique on May 01, 2013