Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Coach Ange Postecoglou has included 16 of the 23 players he took to this year's World Cup in his final 23-man squad for next month's Asian Cup.
John Terry scored his first league goal of the season to help Chelsea beat Stoke 2-0 Monday and restore its three-point lead atop the Premier League.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Adam Johnson played the decisive role in Sunderland's 1-0 win at Newcastle United in the Premier League, but only after persuading manager Gus Poyet to let him stay on the pitch.
Marseille beat Lille 2-1 Sunday to ensure it ended the year at the top of Ligue 1, while Lyon thrashed 10-man Bordeaux 5-0 to leapfrog Paris Saint-Germain into second spot.
France international Antoine Griezmann scored a hat-trick as Atletico Madrid produced a stunning second-half display to hammer Athletic Bilbao 4-1 away on Sunday and move to within four points of La Liga leaders Real Madrid.
Monday, December 22, 2014
David Silva scored twice as defending champion Manchester City continued to fight for its title, beating Crystal Palace 3-0 Saturday to draw level provisionally with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.
Borussia Dortmund's miserable Bundesliga season was extended by a 2-1 loss at last-place Werder Bremen on Saturday in the 10th defeat for the 2011 and 2012 champions.
Luis Suarez's long wait for a goal in the Spanish league finally ended when he added to Lionel Messi's brace to give Barcelona a 5-0 win over Cordoba on Saturday.
Paris Saint-Germain was booed at home in its last match of the year after the defending French league champion was held to a goalless draw by Montpellier on Saturday.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Arjen Robben's last-minute strike gave Bayern Munich a 2-1 win at Mainz to set a Bundesliga record for points at the halfway stage of the season on Friday.