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Ronaldo hits brace as Real surge into last 16

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Nicosia (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema both scored twice as holders Real Madrid crushed APOEL 6-0 in Nicosia on Tuesday to seal a place in the Champions League last 16.

Luka Modric volleyed Zinedine Zidane’s team into the lead on 23 minutes before Real floored Cypriot champions APOEL with five goals in a 15-minute blitz either side of half-time.

Real Madrid cruise into last 16, Liverpool blow three-goal lead

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Paris (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as holders Real Madrid thrashed APOEL 6-0 in Cyprus to reach the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, while Liverpool blew a three-goal lead in a thriller at Sevilla.

Zinedine Zidane’s Real bounced back from their 3-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur last time out by crushing APOEL, with four of the goals coming before half-time.

Real Madrid cruise into last 16, Liverpool blow three-goal lead

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Paris (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as holders Real Madrid thrashed APOEL 6-0 in Cyprus to reach the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, while Liverpool blew a three-goal lead in a thriller at Sevilla.

Zinedine Zidane’s Real bounced back from their 3-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur last time out by crushing APOEL, with four of the goals coming before half-time.

Derby stalemate leaves Real 10 points behind Barca

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid slipped 10 points behind Barcelona at the top of La Liga as a Madrid derby short on chances finished 0-0 at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

Earlier, Barca also weren’t at their best but Luis Suarez’s double ended a five-game goal drought for the Uruguayan and Paulinho’s late strike helped see off a determined Leganes 3-0.

Croatia see off Greece to close on World Cup

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Zagreb (AFP) – Croatia cruised to a 4-1 victory over Greece in their World Cup play-off first leg on Thursday to move to the brink of a spot at next year’s finals in Russia.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric opened the scoring in Zagreb from the penalty spot in the 13th minute, after Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis brought down striker Nikola Kalinic.

Croatia see off Greece to close on World Cup

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Zagreb (AFP) – Croatia cruised to a 4-1 victory over Greece in their World Cup play-off first leg on Thursday to move to the brink of a spot at next year’s finals in Russia.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric opened the scoring in Zagreb from the penalty spot in the 13th minute, after Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis brought down striker Nikola Kalinic.

Real’s reserves make Fuenlabrada pay penalty in Cup win

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid needed two second-half penalties converted by Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez to open their Copa del Rey campaign with a 2-0 last 32, first leg win at third-tier Fuenlabrada on Thursday.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane gave most of his star names the night off with Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco and Sergio Ramos among those not even included in the squad.

Real Madrid’s Luka Modric questioned over alleged false testimony

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Zagreb (AFP) – Croatian prosecutors on Wednesday questioned Real Madrid’s Luka Modric over his alleged false testimony at the trial of Dinamo Zagreb’s powerful former boss, Zdravko Mamic.

“I came here to present my defence and tell the truth as every time so far,” Modric told reporters after the questioning in the eastern town of Osijek, where the trial is being held, the state-run HINA news agency reported.

Star midfielder Modric appears as star witness in Croatia graft trial

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Zagreb (AFP) – Luka Modric will swap his football kit for a suit on Tuesday as he appears in the witness box to testify in a multi-million-euro corruption trial against Dinamo Zagreb’s ex chairman.

The 31-year-old star midfielder is to give evidence at the trial of controversial Zdravko Mamic, considered the most powerful man in Croatian football.

Star midfielder Modric appears as star witness in Croatia graft trial

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Zagreb (AFP) – Luka Modric will swap his football kit for a suit on Tuesday as he appears in the witness box to testify in a multi-million-euro corruption trial against Dinamo Zagreb’s ex chairman.

The 31-year-old star midfielder is to give evidence at the trial of controversial Zdravko Mamic, considered the most powerful man in Croatian football.

‘Mentally tough’ Modric aims to retire at Real Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric wants to play out the rest of his career with the Spanish giants after signing a new contract until 2020.

Modric, 31, has become a fundamental part of the Real side, winning two Champions League titles, since his arrival from Tottenham Hotspur in 2012.

‘Mentally tough’ Modric aims to retire at Real Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric wants to play out the rest of his career with the Spanish giants after signing a new contract until 2020.

Modric, 31, has become a fundamental part of the Real side, winning two Champions League titles, since his arrival from Tottenham Hotspur in 2012.

Italy draw “not ideal” for Spain – Del Bosque

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Bordeaux (AFP) Spain boss Vicente del Bosque admitted he would rather have avoided a Euro 2016 last 16 clash with old foes Italy after a 2-1 defeat to Croatia on Tuesday.

Ivan Perisic's goal three minutes from time condemned the two-time defending champions to second place in Group D and repeat of the 2012 final with Italy in Paris on Monday.

Italy draw “not ideal” for Spain – Del Bosque

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Bordeaux (AFP) Spain boss Vicente del Bosque admitted he would rather have avoided a Euro 2016 last 16 clash with old foes Italy after a 2-1 defeat to Croatia on Tuesday.

Ivan Perisic's goal three minutes from time condemned the two-time defending champions to second place in Group D and repeat of the 2012 final with Italy in Paris on Monday.

Croatia crowd fears overshadow Spain Euro 2016 clash

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Bordeaux (AFP) Fears over their fans and the fitness of Luka Modric have overshadowed Croatia's preparations for their bid to secure a last 16 place at Euro 2016 against two-time defending European champions Spain on Tuesday.

The Croatian football federation were fined 100,000 euros ($113,000) on Monday after flares were lobbed onto the Saint-Etienne pitch during the 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic on Friday.

Croatia crowd fears overshadow Spain Euro 2016 clash

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Bordeaux (AFP) Fears over their fans and the fitness of Luka Modric have overshadowed Croatia's preparations for their bid to secure a last 16 place at Euro 2016 against two-time defending European champions Spain on Tuesday.

The Croatian football federation were fined 100,000 euros ($113,000) on Monday after flares were lobbed onto the Saint-Etienne pitch during the 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic on Friday.

Spain aim to roll into Euro 2016 knockout phase

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Paris (AFP) Andres Iniesta's Spain will look to ease into the knockout stages of Euro 2016 and keep up their pursuit of a third consecutive title on Friday when they face out-of-sorts Turkey.

And losing 2012 finalists Italy, who impressed in their opening match, can also move into the last 16 if they overcome Sweden and their superstar captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Toulouse.

Spain aim to roll into Euro 2016 knockout phase

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Paris (AFP) Andres Iniesta's Spain will look to ease into the knockout stages of Euro 2016 and keep up their pursuit of a third consecutive title on Friday when they face out-of-sorts Turkey.

And losing 2012 finalists Italy, who impressed in their opening match, can also move into the last 16 if they overcome Sweden and their superstar captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Toulouse.

Five top fashion trends at Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) With star footballers now doubling as fashion icons led by Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo who has his own underwear label we pick out the top five trends at the Euro 2016 championships.

Mohawk haircuts

Nothing gets you noticed more than a wacky haircut.

The hairdresser responsible for French star Paul Pogba's spiral cockerel hairdo has been hired by the Portuguese squad to shave patterns on its stars' heads.

Five top fashion trends at Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) With star footballers now doubling as fashion icons led by Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo who has his own underwear label we pick out the top five trends at the Euro 2016 championships.

Mohawk haircuts

Nothing gets you noticed more than a wacky haircut.

The hairdresser responsible for French star Paul Pogba's spiral cockerel hairdo has been hired by the Portuguese squad to shave patterns on its stars' heads.

Turkey’s Tufan mocked over ill-timed male grooming

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Istanbul (AFP) Turkey's young midfielder Ozan Tufan was Tuesday targeted by mockery at home and abroad after pictures showed him smoothly adjusting his hair at the very moment Croatia's Luka Modric scored a stunning match-winning volley in Euro 2016.

Tufan, 21, was scapegoated by many fans for Turkey's disappointing 1-0 defeat by Croatia over the weekend, which left the team with a mountain to climb to make it out of the group stages at the tournament in France.

Turkey’s Tufan mocked over ill-timed male grooming

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Istanbul (AFP) Turkey's young midfielder Ozan Tufan was Tuesday targeted by mockery at home and abroad after pictures showed him smoothly adjusting his hair at the very moment Croatia's Luka Modric scored a stunning match-winning volley in Euro 2016.

Tufan, 21, was scapegoated by many fans for Turkey's disappointing 1-0 defeat by Croatia over the weekend, which left the team with a mountain to climb to make it out of the group stages at the tournament in France.

Croatia’s Modric shrugs off brush with fan

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Paris (AFP) Croatia's Luka Modric said he was so thrilled by his match-winning goal against Turkey in Euro 2016 on Sunday that he did not realise a supporter had gatecrashed his celebrations.

The Real Madrid playmaker gave his side a 1-0 win in the Group D match at Parc des Princes with a sweetly struck 41st-minute volley from outside the box that flashed past Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Babacan.

Croatia’s Modric shrugs off brush with fan

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Paris (AFP) Croatia's Luka Modric said he was so thrilled by his match-winning goal against Turkey in Euro 2016 on Sunday that he did not realise a supporter had gatecrashed his celebrations.

The Real Madrid playmaker gave his side a 1-0 win in the Group D match at Parc des Princes with a sweetly struck 41st-minute volley from outside the box that flashed past Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Babacan.

‘Magical’ Modric leaves Croatia coach purring

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Paris (AFP) Croatia coach Ante Cacic hailed Luka Modric's "magical" goal after the Real Madrid playmaker's strike secured a 1-0 win over Turkey in his side's Euro 2016 opener on Sunday.

Modric was voted man of the match after settling the Group D opener in Paris with a sweetly struck 41st-minute volley from outside the box that flashed past Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Babacan.

Real Madrid

Spurs 3-1 Real Madrid: Seven Lilywhite Observations

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1. Bright Moments From Dele

Young Dele has been smothered in fuss for around two years without a pause for breath, so naturally the young fish is today being feted as the second coming, after one scrappy poke, a heavily deflected second and an open goal miss.

A curious specimen this chap, because his performances frequently feature errors strewn about the place like confetti, alongside the glimpses of match-winning élan.

Cristiano Ronaldo Crowned Best Male Player In The World, Women’s Football Pitifully Underrepresented At Latest FIFA Award Thing (Photos)

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It's no Ballon d'Or, but Cristiano Ronaldo was ordained as the best male player in the world at the 2017 Best FIFA Football Awards back-slapping buffet in London last night.

By virtue of winning the double with Real Madrid last season, Ronaldo pipped Lionel Messi and Neymar into second and third place, while Zinedine Zidane took first prize in the male coaching stakes.

Bale, Modric, Kroos in; Ronaldo out of Real Madrid roster for MLS All-Star Game

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Cristiano Ronaldo will not be involved in this summer's MLS All-Star Game, but several of Real Madrid's heavy-hitters will be making the trip.

Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos headline the Spanish giant's roster for their trip to the U.S. Real is set to play matches in the International Champions Cup before taking on the MLS All-Stars on August 2 in Chicago.

Top class Real Madrid star could face up to five years in jail for doing this

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Real Madrid’s talismanic midfielder Luka Modric is being investigated on suspicion of providing false testimony in a criminal trial, according to Croatia’s state attorney office.

Modric was asked to testify last week at the trial of a tax official and three former executives from Croatian football club Dinamo Zagreb, including its former chief executive, the infamous Zdravko Mamic.

Champions League: Crucial Isco Goal Sees Real Madrid Stride Into Final At Atletico’s Expense Despite Second-Leg Defeat (Photos & Video)

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A single goal from Isco was enough to put Real Madrid beyond the reach of Atletico and, ultimately, into yet another Champions League final.

Atleti made a typically aggressive start and duly ignited hopes of a comeback as early as the 12th minute, when Saul Niguez connected with a corner to send the home side 1-0 up on the night.

Cup revenge on agenda for Real Madrid, Barca

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid hope to have Luka Modric and Marcelo back fit as they seek to exact revenge for their recent Copa del Rey elimination at the hands of Celta Vigo when they return to Balaidos on Sunday.

Celta weathered a second-leg storm at home after pulling off a surprise 2-1 first-leg win at the Santiago Bernabeu to progress to the last four 4-3 on aggregate just over a week ago.

Cup revenge on agenda for Real Madrid, Barca

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid hope to have Luka Modric and Marcelo back fit as they seek to exact revenge for their recent Copa del Rey elimination at the hands of Celta Vigo when they return to Balaidos on Sunday.

Celta weathered a second-leg storm at home after pulling off a surprise 2-1 first-leg win at the Santiago Bernabeu to progress to the last four 4-3 on aggregate just over a week ago.

Euro 2016: Toni Kroos and Andres Iniesta lead midfield maestros taking centre stage

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by Adam Boufkir Europe may have its much-publicised differences politically but it seems there are clear similaritiesamong the nationsat this year's European Championshipswhen it comes to...

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Andres Iniesta and majestic Luka Modric among top 5 players in Euro 2016 Group D

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Our assessment of the top five performers from all six Euro 2016 groups continues on Just Football, as Adam Boufkir ranksthe top five star players from Group D in which Spain and Croatia...

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Euro 2016: Most Valuable Players in Group Stages

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As FanaticData, we described a new point system we would be utilizing to determine the Most Valuable Players of Euro 2016 in our first article for Soccerlens. With the group stages having ended, it is time to release our first Top 15 ranking of the tournament’s Most Valuable Players up to this point.

Euro 2016 best players: From Eric Dier to Dimitri Payet – Every teams’ star performer of round one

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The opening round of Euro 2016 games is done and dusted and it's been a thrilling tournament so far. While in England the off-field crowd disturbances and clashes between England fans, Russian...

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Euro 2016: Turkish Pundits Livid With Ozan Turfan For Sorting Hair Out Instead Of Blocking Luka Modric Volley (Video)

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An absolute peach of a volley from Luka Modric was enough to snaffle a victory for Croatia in their Euro 2016 opener against Turkey.

However, at least one Turkish television pundit worked himself up into something of a lather after spotting Ozan Tufan's half-arsed attempt at closing Modric down on the edge of the area.

The Rest

Around The Forest: Sporting Kansas City’s Tim Melia wins goalkeeper of the year

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Matt Doyle talks Caleb Porter, Luka Modric outcast to all-world midfielder, USMNT legend Landon Donovan, NWSL lands in Utah and more!

Portland

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It was unexpected. Caleb Porter had guided a dinged and damaged Portland Timbers team to the top of the Western Conference during the regular season, and then – as they proceeded to pick up a few more dings, and sustain yet more damage – they battled gamely in the Western Conference semifinals before falling, 2-1 to Houston.

Real Madrid 1-1 Spurs: Five Lilywhite Observations

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1. The Eriksen-Modric Fantasy Clash

I don't mind admitting that the heart skipped a lovestruck beat when I saw Messrs Modric and Eriksen line up in opposition in the centre of the Bernabeu. It was like one of those classic films in which an inspired casting director has called in a few favours and pulled a few strings, with the result that he has managed to obtain the services of two absolute giants of the silver screen, to peddle their muck alongside one another for the first time.

Midday Ticker: Lozano completes PSV move, Modric under perjury investigation, and more

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Hirving Lozano is taking a temporary leave of absence from the Mexican National Team in order to complete his move to PSV Eindhoven. He plans to return to the team in time for their next match against New Zealand on Tuesday in Sochi. (REPORT)

Croatia captain Luka Modric is the target of a perjury investigation.