Trending: Ronaldo scores 500th club goal, Mourinho defends Rojo

Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal against Club America was reinstated after it was incorrectly ruled out in the Club World Cup.

Here are the latest stories for Thursday.

REAL MADRID: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 500th club goal against America in the Club World Cup on Thursday.

– Real Madrid forwards Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo scored as Mexican side Club America were beaten 2-0 in Thursday’s Club World Cup semifinal at the International Stadium Yokohama.

– Luka Modric has criticised FIFA’s introduction of a touchline video assistant referee (VAR) technology for the Club World Cup — saying that he does not like the system and hopes it is not rolled out any further.

MAN UNITED: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said that Marcos Rojo is a “clean player” despite the defender receiving criticism for a two-footed challenge against Crystal Palace on Wednesday. Alan Pardew was upset that Rojo was not sent off.

– Paul Pogba has told SFR Sport that Manchester United‘s ambition remains to claim top spot in the Premier League, rather than a top-four finish.

– Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not face a charge for violent conduct in relation to an incident involving Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye during Manchester United’s 2-1 victory at Selhurst Park on Wednesday, sources close to the Football Association have told ESPN FC.

– Eric Bailly is confident of a swift return to action for Manchester United, sources have told ESPN FC, despite limping out of Wednesday’s 2-1 victory against Crystal Palace.

ARSENAL: Arsenal are in advanced talks with Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin over new contracts at the Emirates Stadium, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC.

CHELSEA: Gary Cahill has said Chelsea’s surge clear at the top of the Premier League is down to team spirit and a miserly defence.

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed there is no timescale on under-fire goalkeeper Loris Karius’ return to the starting lineup.

– Adam Lallana was pleased with Liverpool’s response to their recent disappointing results in the 3-0 win away at Middlesbrough on Wednesday.

– Liverpool’s principal owner John W. Henry has used his personal Twitter account to hit back at reports that the club will soon be sold.

TOTTENHAM: Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has rubbished speculation linking Eric Dier with a move away from the club.

– Pochettino nearly paid the price for drinking too much water during Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Hull City, but the manager was delighted with the fluidity of his side’s changed formation.

MAN CITY: Ilkay Gundogan is set to be out for a “long, long time” with suspected knee ligament damage after hobbling off in Manchester City’s 2-0 victory over Watford, manager Pep Guardiola said.

PREMIER LEAGUE: West Bromwich Albion and Watford have both been fined £45,000 by the Football Association for failing to control their players during a Premier League clash earlier this month.

BARCELONA: Lionel Messi and long-time partner Antonella Roccuzzo are to be married next year, according to multiple reports in Argentina.

BAYERN MUNICH: Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has said that everyone else will have to wait to win a Ballon d’Or, as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have another “two or three years” of sharing the prize between them.

– Ancelotti has said that Bayern Munich beat off competition from Real Madrid in persuading Robert Lewandowski to extend his stay at the club.

– Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has said Arjen Robben will agree new terms to stay at the club when his current deal expires next summer.

ATLETICO MADRID: Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak underwent a successful operation on his shoulder and reportedly could spend three or four months on the sidelines.

– Yannick Carrasco has played down talk of a crisis at Atletico Madrid. A poor recent run has seen Atleti fall 12 points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid, with Monday’s 3-0 defeat at Villarreal a fourth in six league games.

PSG: Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery was delighted some of his younger and lesser-used players were able to lead the defending champions in the quarterfinals of the Coupe de la Ligue with a 3-1 win over Lille OSC on Wednesday.

FIFA: The European Club Association (ECA) has called on FIFA president Gianni Infantino to reconsider plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams.

– History was made during Wednesday’s Club World Cup semifinal between Atletico Nacional and Kashima Antlers when referee Viktor Kassai used touchline video replay technology to award a penalty to the Japanese side.

– Kashima Antlers became the first Asian team to reach the Club World Cup final after beating Atletico Nacional 3-0.

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