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Lionel Messi breaks his duck against Chelsea to earn draw for Barcelona

In the end, it turned out to be a harsh reminder for Chelsea about the realities of the Champions League and, unfortunately for Andreas Christensen, a personal ordeal for the player who has been trusted by Antonio Conte to assume a…

Paul Pogba primed and ready for Manchester United’s Sevilla test

The cameras were out late at Carrington on Tuesday morning and so was Paul Pogba, which was one way of announcing that the Frenchman should be fit to play in Seville. But José Mourinho said it was “unfair” to load him with the…

Thomas Müller at the double as Bayern Munich thrash 10-man Besiktas

Bayern Munich look assured of a Champions League quarter-final spot for a seventh straight season after thrashing 10-man Besiktas 5-0 in Germany.

Wigan’s Will Grigg plays catch-up until 4am after the night of his life


Striker knew the Manchester City tie would be one of few chances and feared he had missed his best one until he got half a yard on Kyle Walker

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Lionel Messi breaks the shackles and his non-existent Chelsea hoodoo | Barney Ronay

The little genius changed the gravity of this tie with a piece of classic unforgiving skill to score his first goal against Chelsea, but until then the hosts had been a match for Barcelona

Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona: player ratings from Stamford Bridge


Willian caught the eye for Chelsea while Umtiti and Paulinho were weak links for Barcelona

Chelsea’s Antonio Conte: we were close to the perfect game against Barcelona

Antonio Conte believes Chelsea can still achieve “something incredible” at the Camp Nou after emerging disappointed only to draw with Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Championship roundup: Sunderland go bottom after Bolton defeat


Burton condemned José Morais to defeat in his first game in charge of Barnsley with a 2-1 victory which moved Albion off the bottom of the Championship.


Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona: Champions League – as it happened

Updates from the first leg of the last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge; Live scores: the goals from the games in the UK and Europe; Send your thoughts to Scott.Murray@theguardian.com

Bayern Munich v Besiktas: Champions League – as it happened

Bayern Munich made the most of Domagoj Vida’s red card to thrash Besiktas 5-0 and all but seal their place in the Champions League last eight


West Ham charged by FA over breach of anti-doping rules

West Ham have been charged with a breach of anti-doping rules after allegedly failing to abide by Football Association “club whereabouts” regulations.


Steven Gerrard says Liverpool Under-19s need no motivation for United clash


Steven Gerrard has said Liverpool’s Under-19s “are in the wrong place” if they need motivating to beat Manchester United when the fierce rivals meet in the Uefa Youth League on Wednesday.


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Phil Neville opens England door with surprise selection of Anita Asante


Phil Neville has made a clear political statement by unexpectedly naming Anita Asante in his first England squad. “I hope this squad shows the door is not closed to anyone,” said the Women’s coach, who will be assisted by Mo Marley, his…


Sergio Agüero considering pressing charges over Wigan crowd trouble

Sergio Agüero believes he was told to “suck my dick” and was spat at in his ear by the Wigan supporter who confronted him at the DW Stadium on Monday, with the striker considering pressing charges for common assault.


Antonio Conte says Barcelona are more than just Lionel Messi – video


Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says his team will have more to worry about than just keeping Lionel Messi quiet during their last-16 tie with Barcelona on Tuesday. Chelsea beat Barcelona in the semi-finals on their way to Champions League…

Bridging the gap: four things Chelsea can do to beat Barcelona

Containing Jordi Alba, getting physical, parking the bus or going for broke: what can Antonio Conte’s men do to give themselves a sporting chance against the La Liga leaders?


David Squires on … West Brom's mini-break in Barcelona

Our cartoonist on Alan Pardew’s team-building exercise in Catalonia


London Leopards project to put 100 female coaches into girls’ football | Suzanne Wrack


New coaches backed by seven professional clubs, including Arsenal, to deliver introductory football sessions for 1,000 girls aged seven to 11 in the city


Wigan shock win over Manchester City sparks angry scenes at DW Stadium

Wigan put in the doughtiest of defensive performances to pull off the shock of the season against Manchester City and once again breathe life into the FA Cup, though this eventful evening was old-fashioned in an unsavoury sense too, with…

Monday, Feb 19

Wigan’s Will Grigg stuns Manchester City and ends quadruple dream

There is a famous song about the man who has just scorched Manchester City’s hopes of a quadruple. And in the closing moments here it is doubtful if “Will Grigg’s on fire” has ever reverberated around this stadium with greater noise and…

Wigan Athletic v Manchester City: FA Cup fifth round – as it happened

Will Grigg’s late winner earned Wigan yet another famous FA Cup win over Manchester City, who were furious to lose Fabian Delph to a red card

Barry Bennell branded ‘sheer evil’ as he is sentenced to 30 years

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Judge describes former youth football coach as ‘devil incarnate’ for child sexual abuse

Why won’t TV rights company pouring millions into English football reveal its owners?

Pitch International, which has bought and sold on overseas rights from the FA and EFL, has an anonymous controlling shareholder

Sunday, Feb 18

Real Betis 3-5 Real Madrid: La Liga – as it happened

Asensio scores twice as Real Madrid edge thriller; Valverde’s Barcelona balancing act turns crisis talk to treble talk

Late equaliser was ‘reward not relief’, says Rochdale manager Keith Hill

The Rochdale manager, Keith Hill, said a Wembley replay against Tottenham Hotspur was the least the League One side deserved and will support the club financially for up to three years.

Steve Davies stuns Spurs with late goal to secure replay for Rochdale

One last cross, one last chance for Rochdale to rescue the Wembley dream that had cruelly disappeared when Harry Kane scored an 88th-minute penalty for Tottenham. In it came, Spotland held its breath as it fell at the feet of Steve Davies…

FA Cup fifth round: Rochdale 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur – as it happened

Steve Davies scores a stunning injury-time leveller for Rochdale after Lucas Moura and Harry Kane seemed to have given Tottenham a comeback win

Saturday, Feb 17

José Mourinho: VAR ‘went against original protocol’ to rule out Mata goal

José Mourinho said that the use of VAR to disallow a Juan Mata goal in Manchester United’s 2-0 FA Cup fifth round win over Hudderfield Town “went against the original protocol” of the system and that football is “ too beautiful to be…

Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku sinks Huddersfield despite VAR chaos

Paul Pogba missed this game through illness, leaving Manchester United to book their place in the last eight of the FA Cup without him. Thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s 20th and 21st goals of the season they managed it comfortably enough, the…

Huddersfield Town v Manchester United: FA Cup – as it happened

Romelu Lukaku scored twice for Manchester United as they beat Huddersfield, despite a Juan Mata goal being disallowed in a confusing VAR moment

West Brom 1-2 Southampton, Brighton 3-1 Coventry - as it happened

FA Cup fifth-round updates and plenty more besides; Pardew ‘let down’ after players allegedly steal taxi in Spain; And feel free to email Will or tweet @Will_Unwin

Friday, Feb 16

Willian takes centre stage as Chelsea turn on style to destroy Hull

Quite what the scouts dispatched from Barcelona to this corner of south-west London, charged with casting their eyes over next week’s opponents, could hope to glean from this mismatch is anyone’s guess.

Alan Pardew ‘let down’ after West Brom players allegedly steal taxi in Spain

Alan Pardew said he felt “let down” after four of his West Bromwich Albion players allegedly stole a taxi following a night out on this week’s trip to Barcelona.

‘It isn’t easy admitting you were one of Barry Bennell’s boys’

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Micky Fallon, one of the former players Bennell has been convicted of abusing, reveals the horrors he endured and asks how Crewe did not realise the coach was a risk when opponents called them ‘The paedophile lads’

Did this special football talent kill himself because of Barry Bennell?

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Mark Hazeldine was a star of the Manchester City youth set-up but his behaviour changed dramatically after he went on a trip to Spain alone with Bennell. In 2006 he took his own life