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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Atletico Madrid beat Celtic 2-0 on the opening night of group-stage play in soccer’s Europa League, as all three English Premier League teams tied.
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.