England trips are being co-opted by the right but football has resisted before | Barney Ronay

Tommy Robinson was up for the fight in Guimares on Thursday night and there are reports of England fans chanting his name in bars but together we can fight this influence Back in the mid-1980s, when English football was a wild, rust-caked, occasionally frightening place, a group of Leeds United supporters noticed that the National Front had gained a small but significant foothold around Elland Road. Football was seen as a fertile seeding ground for far-right politics. On matchdays the NF had begun to sell its magazine, Bulldog, outside the ground. They became a visible presence, gained a little traction, took a share of the day. Eventually there was a reaction. Rob Conlon Sign up to The Recap, our weekly …

Portugal win Nations League as Gonalo Guedes does for the Netherlands

Portugal provide local cheer in the Nations League final by beating the Netherlands 1-0 with a goal by Gonalo Guedes At the final whistle the celebrations from Cristiano Ronaldo were joyous but relatively restrained compared to the other occasions when he has added a trophy to his collection. He hugged his teammates. He even embraced the referee. Two arms raised to the skies, but nothing too elaborate. Ronaldo did not even mark the occasion by peeling off his top to remind us of the contours of his six-pack. Which was highly unlike him but a reflection, perhaps, that the Nations League is not quite up there with some of his other achievements. At the same time, Ronaldo and his team …

Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick lets Portugal survive bizarre VAR penalty for Swiss

Cristiano Ronaldos two late goals, added to a first-half effort, gave Portugal a 3-1 win in the Nations League semi-final after Switzerland What more can be said about the man? He is 35 on his next birthday and, in football, even the greats reach a point when the one opponent they cannot beat is age. Not Cristiano Ronaldo, though or not yet anyway, judging by this latest demonstration of his uncommon ability to bend football matches to his will. One certainty if England can make it past the Netherlands to reach the final on Sunday, a recording of this match will provide Gareth Southgate with the hard evidence of what he probably knew already: that to stop Portugal, first you …