Spain defeated Portugal 4-2 in a penalty shootout to reach the European soccer championship final and continue its bid to become the first team to successfully defend the title.
A late header from Cristiano Ronaldo lifted Portugal past the Czech Republic 1-0 and into the semifinals of the European soccer championship.
Turkish soccer club Besiktas began talks to transfer the financial rights for its Portuguese striker Hugo Almeida from third-party funding company Quality Football Ireland Ltd. (ISC).
European champion Spain beat Portugal 1-0 to advance to a World Cup quarterfinal against Paraguay, which ousted Japan 5-3 in the tournament’s first penalty shootout.
Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz lamented the bounce of the ball after his team was eliminated 1- 0 by Spain last night in the World Cup round of 16.
Portugal beat world champion Spain 4-0 in a soccer exhibition, while France won 2-1 in England and Lionel Messi scored the only goal in Argentina’s win over archrival Brazil.
Inter Milan opened its Champions League title defense with a 2-2 tie at FC Twente, while Barcelona came from behind to rout Panathinaikos 5-1.
Lazio and Besiktas were among five teams advancing to the round of 32 in soccer’s Europa League as Paris Saint-Germain was eliminated and Fulham got knocked out by a last-play goal.
North Korea coach Kim Jong Hun accepted responsibility for a 7-0 World Cup drubbing by Portugal that eliminated his team with one group game still to play.
Defending champion Inter Milan ended a run of four winless league games with a 5-2 victory against Parma in Italian soccer’s Serie A.