Spain’s six-year dominance of world soccer ended with a historic jolt.
Robin van Persie’s headed goal just before halftime tied the World Cup opening-round match between the Netherlands and Spain in Salvador, Brazil.
Wayne Rooney will still be at Manchester United next season despite his benching for a Champions League match this week, manager Alex Ferguson said.
Spain took a 1-0 lead over France in their quarterfinal at soccer’s European Championship when Xabi Alonso scored in the first half.
Spain has a 1-0 lead over France in the second half of their quarterfinal at soccer’s European Championship on a headed goal from Xabi Alonso.
Andres Iniesta, who scored the winning goal in Spain’s World Cup final victory in July, is among seven members of the team shortlisted for FIFA’s world player of the year award.
Andres Iniesta emerged from under the bodies of his jubilant teammates as the scorer of the latest-ever World Cup winning goal. The Barcelona midfielder says he didn’t do anything special.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored in his first game against former club Manchester United to give Real Madrid a 1-1 draw in their Champions League round of 16 opener.
Real Madrid beat Tottenham 1-0 to set up a Champions League semifinal with archrival Barcelona, while defending champ Inter Milan was eliminated by Schalke, which will face Manchester United for a place in the final.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says his team must not allow Spain to settle into the passing rhythm that has it on the verge of making soccer history.