LaLiga: Lionel Messi nets 50th career hat-trick in breathtaking fashion to help Barcelona record comeback win over Sevilla
Lionel Messi hit a sumptuous hat-trick, the 50th of his career, to inspire Barcelona to a 4-2 victory over Sevilla on Saturday and take them one step closer to winning La Liga.
FIFA World Cup 2018, Novy Kapadia column: Explosive Round of 16 marks rise of new football superstar Kylian Mbappe
In the four-minute phase, from the 64th to the 68th minute, Mbappe's blistering pace, opportunism and sheer exuberance led to him scoring a brace and establishing himself as the new superstar of World football.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia game is 'vital', Argentina need to win to leapfrog them, says Gabriel Mercado
Argentina defender Gabriel Mercado admitted his team's World Cup hopes will be on the line in Thursday's second group game against Croatia.
Real Madrid sent a warning to Barcelona just two weeks ahead of El Clasico by storming back into form as Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in a 5-0 thrashing of Sevilla on Saturday.
Brazil lost to a Gabriel Mercado goal against Argentina at the MCG, in a match where they lost mercurial forward Gabriel Jesus to an injury.
Tite took over the reins of the Brazilian national team in June 2016 from Dunga and led them to nine consecutive victories which resulted in Brazil being the first team to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia apart from the hosts.
International friendlies: Argentina ride on Gabriel Mercado goal to down Brazil before World Cup qualifiers
Argentina gained a confidence-boosting 1-0 win over Brazil in their Superclasico in Melbourne on Friday ahead of their make-or-break World Cup qualifiers later in the year.
Lionel Messi and Argentina's stars will have to take "risks" to beat Colombia and keep their World Cup hopes alive, coach Edgardo Bauza said ahead of their must-win clash on Tuesday.