Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers defended his team selection for Tuesday`s 1-0 Champions League defeat at Real Madrid, saying his side deserved more from the game after what he called "an excellent performance".
Lazio slumped to their third defeat in four Serie A matches when they lost 1-0 at home to Udinese in a scrappy, unattractive game on Thursday. Cyril Thereau scored the only goal in the 26th minute when he got in between two Lazio defenders to fire in from Silvan Widmer`s cross.
Brazil captain Thiago Silva on Friday spoke out in defence of coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who has come in for a barrage of criticism in the wake of the World Cup hosts` embarrassing semi-final defeat to Germany.
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray admitted that his performance was `patchy` and he played `poor tennis` on Wednesday following his three-set defeat by Canadian Milos Raonic in the fourth round at Indian Wells.
A defiant David Moyes remained hopeful of keeping champions Manchester United in the Premier League title race despite seeing his team lose 1-0 to Newcastle United on Saturday, their second home defeat in four days.