Sport The Portugal forward picked up a pass from Angel Di Maria on the left, cut inside and unleashed a powerful shot past home goalkeeper Stephan Andersen for his 21st league goal of the campaign

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema took Real Betis apart to give Real Madrid a resounding 5-0 win yesterday that put them level on 50 points with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Chelsea open to further arrivals at Stamford Bridge

Andre Villas-Boas has revealed there could still be comings and goings at Chelsea before the transfer window closes.

Luka Modric 'still waiting' over Tottenham future

Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric is still waiting to find out whether the club will accept an offer from Chelsea and allow him to make his desired move across London.

Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes speaks of fear of London riots

Tottenham Hotspur’s Heurelho Gomes has spoken of his fear in the face of the ongoing London riots.

Tottenham hit by Steven Pienaar injury

Tottenham midfielder Steven Pienaar was today ruled out for up to six weeks after undergoing groin surgery.

Rafael van der Vaart expects Luka Modric to stay at Tottenham

Rafael van der Vaart is convinced Tottenham team-mate Luka Modric will still be at White Hart Lane at the start of next month.

Graham and Swansea warm to the challenge

Swansea wrapped up their preparations for their first season in the Premier League with a superb strike from one of their new signings and lined up another new goalkeeper.

Bond backtracks on Modric sale

Assistant manager Kevin Bond last night attempted to allay worries Tottenham may sell Luka Modric, after admitting earlier in the day he feared the playmaker was set to leave White Hart Lane.

'Luka Modric has his price'

Tottenham could sell Luka Modric if the club's valuation of him is met, assistant manager Kevin Bond admitted today.

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas calm over lack of transfer activity

New manager Andre Villas-Boas feels Chelsea do not need to flex their financial muscle in this summer's transfer market, insisting a sensible approach is the way to recapture the Barclays Premier League trophy.

Football in Brief: Russian team is after Neymar too; Celtic win earns early advantage; Redknapp lauds 'first-class' Modric

Chelsea and Real Madrid may have an unexpected competitor in the race to sign Neymar from Santos, in the form of the cash-rich Russian top-flight side Anzhi Makhachkala. The team made waves last year by signing the legendary Brazilian full-back Roberto Carlos, and the 38-year-old told The Independent exclusively that he is trying to persuade Neymar to join him at Anzhi.

Chelsea given third bite at Modric

Tottenham release reins on Croat but it will take at least £35m for creative midfielder to be prised away.

Luka Modric worth more than £35m says Harry Redknapp

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp insists a bid of £35m would not meet his valuation of wantaway midfielder Luka Modric.

John Terry would welcome Luka Modric to Chelsea

Chelsea captain John Terry has lauded Luka Modric as a "world-class player" and said he would be welcomed at Stamford Bridge with open arms.

Summer sales get going with barely a bargain in sight

With the new Premier League season a month away, there still promises to be several major transfer moves before kick-off on 13 August. Here we look at some of the biggest possible deals.

Villas-Boas faces familiar problems

Portsmouth 0 Chelsea 1: Chelsea's first outing under Portuguese coach gives little insight into the new regime's thinking but while Terry impresses, Torres does not
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