Benzema's Scandal and Real Madrid in Champions in the Best of the Week

  • Real Madrid’s Bittersweet Week
    1/13 Although Madrid celebrated their qualification for the last-16 of the Champions League, one of their stars and of the French team, Karim Benzema, it’s in trouble with justice.
  • Karim Benzema Charged in Sex-Tape Case
    2/13 Karim Benzema Charged in Sex-Tape Case: Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been charged with complicity in an attempt to blackmail and participating in a criminal conspiracy as part of an investigation into a sex-tape plot involving France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.
  • Sevilla 3-2 Real Madrid
    3/13 Sevilla 3-2 Real Madrid: Benitez's men lose ground on Barcelona: Sevilla inflicted a surprise 3-2 defeat on Real Madrid to leave Barcelona three points clear at the top of La Liga. Sergio Ramos opened the scoring for Rafa Benitez's men but was later forced off with an injury, and four minutes after his withdrawal Ciro Immobile grabbed an equaliser. Second-half goals from Ever Banega and Fernando Llorente sealed an important victory for Unai Emery's team, who have endured a mixed start to the campaign, and ensured James Rodriguez's late strike was a mere consolation.
  • Real Madrid 1-0 Paris Saint-Germain
    4/13 Real Madrid 1-0 Paris Saint-Germain: Nacho sends Blancos into last-16: Substitute Nacho grabbed the only goal as Real Madrid qualified for the Champions League last-16 with a hard-fought victory over Paris Saint-Germain. The 10-time European champions initially struggled to get going at the Santiago Bernabeu and the French visitors looked the stronger side throughout the first half of the Group A clash. However, an opportune finish from defender Nacho, helped by some awful positioning from PSG shot-stopper Kevin Trapp, proved decisive.
  • Sevilla 1-3 Manchester City
    5/13 Sevilla 1-3 Manchester City: First half masterclass sends Pellegrini's men through to last-16: Manchester City booked their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a fine 3-1 win over Sevilla. The travelling supporters continued their frosty relationship with UEFA by again booing the Champions League anthem before kick-off, but they were roaring with delight soon afterwards as Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho put City 2-0 up inside 11 minutes. Sevilla battled their way back into the contest as Benoit Tremoulinas headed home before Wilfried Bony added City's third nine minutes before half-time.
  • Barcelona 3-0 BATE
    6/13 Barcelona 3-0 BATE: Neymar and Suarez take Catalans to victory: Luis Suarez scored either side of a Neymar double as Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 Champions League victory over BATE at Camp Nou. The introduction of Munir El Haddadi - replacing the injured Ivan Rakitic - proved the difference as he won a penalty that Neymar converted on the half-hour mark. Suarez added the second - his ninth in his last eight Barça appearances in all competition - in the 60th minute with a low strike from the edge of the box. Suarez then hit the upright before Neymar rounded off the scoring with seven minutes remaining in a comfortable win for Luis Enrique's side.
  • Lyon 0-2 Zenit
    7/13 Lyon 0-2 Zenit: Dzyuba double sends visitors through: Artyom Dzyuba stole the show as Zenit moved into the last 16 of the Champions League with a 2-0 win at Lyon. Dzyuba, who also scored in the reverse fixture, hit both goals at Stade Gerland to ensure the Russians maintained their 100 per cent record in Group H.
  • Roma 2-0 Lazio
    8/13 Roma 2-0 Lazio: Dzeko and Gervinho seal derby win for Giallorossi: Roma ran out 2-0 winners over fierce city rivals Lazio thanks to goals from Edin Dzeko and Gervinho either side of half-time, taking the Giallorossi to second in the scudetto race, behind Inter. Dzeko was awarded a penalty in controversial circumstances after 10 minutes after a foul from Santiago Gentiletti. A brilliant individual goal from Gervinho decided the game, leaving Lazio right-back Dusan Batsa in his wake and finding the net.
  • Falcao ruled out for 'a few weeks'
    9/13 Falcao ruled out for 'a few weeks': Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao is to miss "a few weeks" of action with an unspecified muscle injury, Jose Mourinho has confirmed. "Falcao had an important injury," Mourinho told reporters. "Not so important as the ones he had previously. "But he had an important muscular injury and will be out for a few weeks so there is no point speaking about him." The striker will not be ready for the World Cup Qualifiers games that Colombia have against Chile and Argentina.
  • Jorge Lorenzo wins MotoGP world championship
    10/13 Jorge Lorenzo wins MotoGP world championship: Italian great Valentino Rossi blasted a Spanish 'stitch-up' after Yamaha team mate Jorge Lorenzo won the final round of the season in Valencia to take his third MotoGP world championship. In the end outgoing champion Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa finished second and third, and Rossi ended in the fourth place.
  • Novak Djokovic wins his fourth Paris Masters 1000
    11/13 Novak Djokovic wins his fourth Paris Masters 1000: Serbia's Novak Djokovic beat Britain's Andy Murray in the final of the BNP Paribas Masters at Paris-Percy, securing his tenth title of a year over which he has held a total stranglehold. The world number one put Murray to the sword 6-2 6-4 in just over an hour and a half, and thus became the first player to win six titles in the Masters 1000 category in a single season, on top of lifting three Grand Slam crowns (all bar Roland Garros, where he lost in the final) and triumphing in Beijing.
  • Former IAAF president Lamine Diack investigated in doping bribery probe
    12/13 Former IAAF president Lamine Diack investigated in doping bribery probe: Former IAAF president Lamine Diack has been placed under criminal investigation on corruption and money-laundering charges. Diack is being investigated over an alleged payment of more than 200,000 euros to cover up doping offences by Russian athletes. A prosecutor from the Parquet National Financier (PNF) - the office that handles financial prosecutions in France - confirmed that Diack is being investigated. Officers visited the headquarters of international athletics in Monaco and took documents, a statement from the IAAF confirmed.
  • Panthers move to 8-0 with convincing win over Packers
    13/13 Panthers move to 8-0 with convincing win over Packers: Finally, Carolina Panther jumped out to a 27-7 halftime lead on the Green Bay Packers and held on for a 37-29 victory at Bank of America Stadium to remain undefeated. The Panthers won their 12th straight regular-season game while the Packers lost consecutive games started by Rodgers for the first time since 2010.