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Fernando Alonso wins Chinese Grand Prix, Kimi Raikkonen finishes second and Lewis Hamilton third

Alonso wins Chinese GP: Flying Fernando claims Ferrari victory as Hamilton finishes third in Shanghai

PUBLISHED:

08:41 GMT, 14 April 2013

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UPDATED:

08:41 GMT, 14 April 2013

Fernando Alonso stormed home to win the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday as British star Lewis Hamilton finished in third place.

The Spaniard started on the second row but soon passed pole-sitter Hamilton on his way to earning 25 World Championship points in Shanghai.

Mercedes' Hamilton fought bravely with Kimi Raikkonen for second place before eventually succumbing to the Lotus driver.

World champion Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, finished fourth but his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber was forced to retire midway through the race.

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On top: Fernando Alonso earned his first victory of the season as he came home to win the Chinese Grand Prix

On top: Fernando Alonso earned his first victory of the season as he came home to win the Chinese Grand Prix

Podium: Lewis Hamilton, who started on pole, was made to settle for third in his Mercedes

Podium: Lewis Hamilton, who started on pole, was made to settle for third in his Mercedes

All action: Hamilton led into the first corner but was soon reeled in and passed by both Ferraris

All action: Hamilton led into the first corner but was soon reeled in and passed by both Ferraris

Wayward wheel: Red Bull's Mark Webber was forced to retire after losing a rear tyre

Wayward wheel: Red Bull's Mark Webber was forced to retire after losing a rear tyre

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Chinese grand prix qualifying

Hamilton on pole position in China after Webber runs out of fuel in qualifying in another Red Bull farce

By
Ian Parkes, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

07:07 GMT, 13 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:16 GMT, 13 April 2013

Lewis Hamilton lit up the Mercedes garage by grabbing his first pole position for the team since joining them at the start of the year.

For the 27th time in his Formula One career, Hamilton will lead away the field come the start of tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Joining the 27-year-old on the front row will be Kimi Raikkonen in his Lotus ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes.

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Pole position: Hamilton qualified fastest on Saturday

Pole position: Hamilton qualified fastest on Saturday

Australian Grand Prix: Kimi Raikkonen storms to victory

Raikkonen delivers for Lotus as he storms to victory in Melbourne curtain raiser while Hamilton finishes fifth in Mercedes debut

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07:36 GMT, 17 March 2013

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UPDATED:

08:18 GMT, 17 March 2013

Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen stormed to victory in the Australian Grand Prix in his best race on the Melbourne circuit for six years.

Fernando Alonso came in second while Lewis Hamilton finished fifth in his first race for Mercedes.

Jenson Button finished a disappointing ninth for McLaren, while Sebastian Vettel came third for Red Bull.

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Triumphant: Kimi Raikkonen celebrates after winning the first race of the season

Triumphant: Kimi Raikkonen celebrates after winning the first race of the season

1-2-3: Raikkonen (centre) celebrates with second-placed Fernando Alonso (left) and third-placed Sebastian Vettel

1-2-3: Raikkonen (centre) celebrates with second-placed Fernando Alonso (left) and third-placed Sebastian Vettel

Party time: The long wait for F1 fans was over at last as the season kicked off in style

Party time: The long wait for F1 fans was over at last as the season kicked off in style

Cruising: Raikkonen drives through the pit lane after driving the fastest lap of the race and securing victory

Cruising: Raikkonen drives through the pit lane after driving the fastest lap of the race and securing victory

Finnish driver Raikkonen took the lead for good on lap 43 of 58 in a race which had seven different leaders.

Speaking on the podium, he said: ‘I was pretty
confident before the race. I thought it should be easy to do it.

‘I got a good start and it worked well. I had doubts because
it is the first race and I didn't do any long runs in the winter. But you have
to get through the first laps and go from there.

‘Fernando was catching me at some point so I just wanted to
make sure if the rain comes we have a big gap.

On song: Finnish driver Raikkonen of Lotus led the way in the Melbourne Grand Prix

On song: Finnish driver Raikkonen of Lotus led the way in the Melbourne Grand Prix

No cigar: Fernando Alonso ran Raikkonen close but could not beat his rival

No cigar: Fernando Alonso ran Raikkonen close but could not beat his rival

Down the rankings: Lewis Hamilton finished fifth in his first race for Mercedes

Down the rankings: Lewis Hamilton finished fifth in his first race for Mercedes

Hamilton

‘I was still taking it pretty easy. It was a pretty nice
race. Not too difficult.’

Lotus suggested during winter testing they had taken a step forward from last season, and they underlined that around Melbourne's Albert Park as Raikkonen took the chequered flag for the 20th time in his F1 career.

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Holy smokes: Cars lock up their brakes as they approach the first corner of the Albert Park circuit

Holy smokes: Cars lock up their brakes as they approach the first corner of the Albert Park circuit

Frustration: Jenson Button drives in front of Mark Webber but neither driver will be happy with their finish

Frustration: Jenson Button drives in front of Mark Webber but neither driver will be happy with their finish

The gang's all here: The drivers pose for a group shot before the race

The gang's all here: The drivers pose for a group shot before the race

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Lewis Hamilton has played down former team-mate Jenson Button"s title chances

Forget Button, Alonso is the one I really have to beat: Hamilton sets his sights on driving back to the top with Mercedes

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The edge: Damon Hill believes Fernando Alonso will win the title ahead of Sebastian Vettel

WHAT'S NEW THE TYRES

Pirelli have been instructed to supply tyres that will degrade faster. The subtle changes are designed to make them harder to manage by drivers, leading to more pit-stops and greater excitement. During winter testing the paddock was bewildered by the rate of tyre wear and this threatens to be significant in the early races. Speed may have to be sacrificed so tyres last longer.

To witness his victory in atrocious conditions in the final race of last season in Brazil — his 15th victory — was to see the baton being passed from Hamilton to Button inside the team.

‘It’s the right place for me to be for the long term,’ said Button, 33. ‘Some people have left because they feel there is another challenge or something missing from their position.

‘There is still so much to achieve here. When we had the launch of our 2013 car, it was amazing to see cars representing 50 years of McLaren brought out; to look at the team’s history and the championships won. We really are a spectacular team.

‘I want to add to that history; not just this year, but for the coming years.’ Button is at his most dangerous in Melbourne, having won three of the past four Australian Grands Prix, although where McLaren’s performance is in relation to Red Bull, Ferrari, Lotus, or, for that matter, Mercedes is a mystery — 12 days of inconclusive winter testing offered fluctuating evidence of the pecking order we can expect Down Under.

‘It’s been an extremely hard-to-read winter,’ said Button. ‘Varying fuel loads and levels of tyre degradation mean it’s hard to predict accurately who will arrive in Australia with the best-sorted car. But I love the place.’

Danger: Vettel is chasing his fourth World Championship

Danger: Vettel is chasing his fourth World Championship

WHAT'S NEW THE CIRCUITS

Bernie Ecclestone had hoped for a new race in New Jersey this year to replace Valencia in June but that hit money problems. There is a vacant date, which the underwhelming circuit in Turkey had hoped to fill. And if Portugal and Austria don’t get it, Europe’s weakening status in Formula One will be confirmed with just seven races this season — the fewest since 1963.

Hamilton has not taken a backward glance since he took the gamble last autumn of tying his future to Mercedes in exchange for a three-year contract worth 60million, with the freedom for his management company, XIX Entertainment, to broaden his commercial portfolio.

‘It needs to be made clear that it was more lucrative [in salary] to stay with McLaren,’ insisted Hamilton.

His motivation in moving from McLaren, where he could expect to challenge for the championship this season, is governed by an ambition to replicate what Michael Schumacher achieved, year after year, with Ferrari and what Vettel is accomplishing with his dominance at Red Bull. At McLaren, the hall of fame is inhabited by the ghost of Ayrton Senna.

At 28, Hamilton is arriving at his peak years with 21 victories already in a career that has never lacked controversy on the track, or off it. Perhaps he has never driven better than last year. ‘You want to be the one,’ he told a small gathering at the BRDC Clubhouse at Silverstone.

No 4: Max Chilton becomes the fourth British driver in F1

No 4: Max Chilton becomes the fourth British driver in F1

WHAT'S NEW THE DRIVERS

Max Chilton joins Lewis Hamilton (now with Mercedes on a 60million deal), Jenson Button and Paul di Resta as the fourth British driver in the championship after being fast-tracked by Marussia.

Chilton, 21, benefits from having AON insurance vice-chairman Grahame Chilton as his father. He is worth 93m and owns the Carlin Motorsport team, where Chilton raced in GP2.

An F1 seat for this season reportedly costs 1.8m but Chilton denies he is a spoilt rich kid. ‘No team are going to let you behind the wheel if you’re not up to it,’ he says. Even so, Pastor Maldonado contributes 29m to the williams team budget through sponsorship from Venezuela’s state oil company, and Williams’ newest driver, 21-year-old Valtteri Bottas, from Finland, found the budget to secure the seat from Bruno Senna.

Chilton will be joined at Marussia by Frenchman Jules Bianchi after the team’s first choice, Luiz Riaza, failed to deliver promised funding.

Giedo van der Garde (Caterham) and Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber) have also paid for their seats, Which means five of the 22 drivers next week will be making their Formula One debut.
Susie Wolff, wife of McLaren shareholder and Mercedes director Toto Wolff, is McLaren’s development driver, the second woman recently in F1 after Marussia’s Maria de Villota, who lost an eye in a test drive last year.

‘I was the one for a short period of time, as the youngest world champion, then I was toppled by Vettel. Fernando had his success. I expect myself to win.

'I expect myself to excel. Ultimately, I want to achieve greatness. I want to prove my abilities year after year. Michael is seen as an all-time great, Seb is, too. I want to be seen as great as well.’

In winter testing, Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have shown that Mercedes have made a startling improvement in performance after winning just one grand prix in the past three years.

‘I’m 100 per cent confident and happy with the decision that I made — and keeping myself out of trouble!’ said Hamilton.

‘The more time I spend at the factory the more excited I become. It’s just a beautiful place to be and I’m happier with the environment I’m in. I don’t have anything negative to say about McLaren — I was lucky to be given the opportunity by the team to get into Formula One.

‘Had I stayed I was guaranteed to be competitive.

'Yet I’m not looking to get one over McLaren. I know that I have gone to a team who have been unable to compete with the car I had last year — at some races, there was a deficit in qualifying of 1.9sec from Mercedes to McLaren — but we all have a hunger to change. I think Mercedes will impress this year.’

Hamilton will be driven to prove that he was correct to free himself from McLaren, where the management structure made him feel claustrophobic, to fulfil a search for ultimate greatness.

But with a nudge to his growing maturity, Hamilton said: ‘When I look at it sensibly, I realise I have quite a lot of time left.’

Real Madrid team chosen by Jose Mourinho to play Manchester United in Champions League predicted

Is this the Real side to take on United Mourinho tipped to start Ronaldo alongside Ozil and Benzema in Champions League clash

By
Adam Shergold

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10:44 GMT, 11 February 2013

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UPDATED:

11:21 GMT, 11 February 2013

The fervent speculation over which players will take the field for the biggest Champions League match of the season – perhaps the decade – has already begun over in Madrid.

And Spanish newspaper Marca claim they have Jose Mourinho's selection to take on Manchester United at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night.

Of course, the Special One will take no chances and name his strongest eleven for the round of 16, first leg match as Real seek to build a useful lead to take to Old Trafford.

I pick you! Jose Mourinho will have no place for Luka Modric, Michael Essien or Kaka in his starting XI to face Manchester United in the Champions League showdown on Wednesday night

I pick you! Jose Mourinho will have no place for Luka Modric, Michael Essien or Kaka in his starting XI to face Manchester United in the Champions League showdown on Wednesday night

And the paper says the chosen players will be: Diego Lopez, Alvaro Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao, Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Angel di Maria, Mesut Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

Marca claim that Mourinho will restore Pepe, Ozil, Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira and Benzema after leaving them out of the side that beat Sevilla 4-1 at home on Saturday night.

It means Michael Essien, Raul Albiol, Luka Modric, Kaka and Gonzalo Higuain will likely make way.

For the chop: Luka Modric played for Real in their 4-1 win over Sevilla at the weekend, but he's likely to be dropped for the visit of United

For the chop: Luka Modric played for Real in their 4-1 win over Sevilla at the weekend, but he's likely to be dropped for the visit of United

Contender: Mourinho could favour Michael Essien (right) at right-back, as was the case for the recent Copa del Rey match with Barcelona

Contender: Mourinho could favour Michael Essien (right) at right-back, as was the case for the recent Copa del Rey match with Barcelona

Pepe took an important step towards his return from ankle surgery with a 25-minute cameo against Sevilla.

The Portugal international has been back in training for 10 days and his cause is further helped by news that Raphael Varane, the other possible partner for Sergio Ramos, is struggling for fitness.

Old friends: Cristiano Ronaldo, in excellent form after a hat-trick on Saturday, will spearhead Real's attack against his old club Man United

Old friends: Cristiano Ronaldo, in excellent form after a hat-trick on Saturday, will spearhead Real's attack against his old club Man United

Marca believe Mourinho may consider playing Essien at right-back and shifting Arbeloa over to the left-hand side – as in the recent Copa del Rey 'Clasico' with Barcelona.

The rest of the team is set in stone, with Real not short of attacking firepower with Khedira and Alonso in the middle of the park and Ozil, Di Maria, Ronaldo and Benzema beyond.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: WHO WILL REAL MADRID PICK

Real Madrid predicted line-up: Diego
Lopez, Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Coentrao, Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira,
Di Maria, Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema

Real Madrid line-up v Sevilla:
Diego Lopez, Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Albiol, Coentrao, Essien, Modric,
Benzema (Callejon), Kaka (Pepe), Cristiano Ronaldo (Morata), Higuain

Substitutes not used: Carvalho, Ozil, Khedira, Adan

Real Madrid 4 Getafe 0 match report

Real Madrid 4 Getafe 0: Hat-trick hero Ronaldo passes 300 club goals as champions end explosive week on a high

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

13:31 GMT, 27 January 2013

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UPDATED:

13:54 GMT, 27 January 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick and passed the landmark of 300 club goals as Real Madrid put a turbulent week behind them with a 4-0 win at home to Getafe in La Liga on Sunday to close to within four points of second-placed Atletico Madrid.

The build-up to the game at the Bernabeu had been dominated by a report in Marca sports daily that said captains Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos had threatened to leave unless coach Jose Mourinho was dismissed.

Real president Florentino Perez called a news conference to deny the story and accused the newspaper of lying and the Spanish champions let their football do the talking with a comfortable victory against their city rivals.

Big hug: Mesut Ozil celebrates with hat-trick hero Cristiano Ronaldo

Big hug: Mesut Ozil celebrates with hat-trick hero Cristiano Ronaldo

Prolific: Ronaldo scored his 300th club goal as Real Madrid smashed Getafe 4-0 in an early kick-off

Prolific: Ronaldo scored his 300th club goal as Real Madrid smashed Getafe 4-0 in an early kick-off

Mourinho, who turned 50 on Saturday, left several key players out of his starting lineup, including Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira, and Real struggled to break through a determined Getafe defence in the first half.

Once Ramos had scrambled the ball into the net at a corner eight minutes after the break the home side turned the screw and Ronaldo struck three times in 10 minutes, the first his 300th club goal.

The Portuguese, who was substituted with around 15 minutes left after a knock to his right ankle, scored five for Sporting, 118 for Manchester United and now has 179 for Real thanks to his 20th career treble.

Lead: Sergio Ramos scored the opening goal for Real Madrid

Lead: Sergio Ramos scored the opening goal for Real Madrid

Lead: Sergio Ramos scored the opening goal for Real Madrid

Real have 43 points from 21 of 38 matches, with Atletico on 47 ahead of their match at Athletic Bilbao later on Sunday when they will be without injured top scorer Radamel Falcao.

Leaders Barcelona, who play at Real in their Spanish Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday, are looking to get back to winning ways when they host struggling Osasuna.

Tito Vilanova’s side lost their unbeaten
record and dropped points for only the second time this season when
they suffered a 3-2 defeat at Real Sociedad last weekend but still have
an eight-point lead over Atletico.

Chase: Ronaldo's hat-trick helped Real Madrid close the gap to city rivals Atletico to four points

Chase: Ronaldo's hat-trick helped Real Madrid close the gap to city rivals Atletico to four points

Smile, Jose: Reports this week suggested Iker Casillas and Ramos wanted Jose Mourinho dismissed otherwise they would leave

Smile, Jose: Reports this week suggested Iker Casillas and Ramos wanted Jose Mourinho dismissed otherwise they would leave

Getafe, who beat Real 2-1 at their Coliseum stadium earlier in the season but whose form has dipped in recent weeks, are 11th on 26 points.

Luka Modric and Alex Song voted worst signings of the season in Spain

Top of the flops! Modric and Song voted worst signings of the season in Spain

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19:30 GMT, 31 December 2012

Two former Premier League stars have been voted as the worst signings of the season in La Liga, by readers of Spanish newspaper Marca.

Luka Modric, who left Tottenham for Real Madrid after protracted negotiations, and Alex Song, who signed for Barcelona from Arsenal, were the worst rated, with Modric gaining 32.2 per cent of the vote.

Croatian Modric initially impressed on debut for Jose Mourinho's side, but has failed to push on and claim a regular role either as a deep-lying playmaker like Xabi Alonso, or attacking midfielder like Mesut Ozil.

Flop: Both Luka Modric and Alex Song have struggled to adapt to life in Spain

Flop: Both Luka Modric and Alex Song have struggled to adapt to life in Spain

Flop: Both Luka Modric and Alex Song have struggled to adapt to life in Spain

In total, he has scored once in 19 appearances, though they only total 717 minutes, or around eight full matches.

Speaking to Sportske.net, Modric said: 'This is Real Madrid, I know the huge media pressure on transfers.

'I'm not looking for an alibi, I'm not that guy, but it's very demanding to adjust to a huge club like Real Madrid.

'I have had a number of solid performances, I failed in some but overall I proved I can offer something.'

As for Song, the Cameroon international has featured in just seven games, the majority of which have come at centre-back as opposed to his preferred midfield role.

Another former Premier League star did receive acclaim, though, with Obafemi Martins coming second in the poll for best signing of the season.

New lease of life: Obafemi Martins has hit the ground running at Levante

New lease of life: Obafemi Martins has hit the ground running at Levante

The former Newcastle and Birmingham City striker is now at Levante, where he has scored six times in 21 appearances. Barcelona's Jordi Alba won the vote.

In the same survey, Lionel Messi unsurprisingly won the player of the year title with a staggering 60 per cent of the vote, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo (14.4 per cent) and Radamel Falcao (10.6 per cent).

Elsewhere, Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova were all beaten to the coach of the year gong by Atletico Madrid boss, the former Argentina international Diego Simeone.

So, with La Liga passing judgement on their top and flop stars, we asked Sportsmail writers for their signings of the season so far…

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

The midfielder may also rival Gareth Bale for the best dive of the season which earned a penalty against West Brom, but he made an immediate impact when he joined Arsenal and has continued to impress.

England’s Jack Wilshere can only learn from playing with the diminutive Spaniard, whose balance, vision and close ball control is simply a pleasure to watch.

LAURA WILLIAMSON

Santi's come to town: Arsenal's Santi Cazorla has been excellent since joining

Santi's come to town: Arsenal's Santi Cazorla has been excellent since joining

Steven Nzonzi (Stoke City)

I struggled to see the point of Nzonzi at Blackburn but all has become clear since his switch to Stoke. Big and strong, he looks tailor-made for Tony Pulis’ side, but there is far more to him than brawn.

His composure on the ball and distribution are qualities Stoke have been crying out for in central midfield. Nearly everything goes through him.

JOHN EDWARDS

Solid at the back: Sebastien Bassong

Solid at the back: Sebastien Bassong

Sebastien Bassong (Norwich)

The Cameroonian, a snip at under 3m, is the leader of defence and a big factor why they are over-achieving. Calming influence and set-piece threat, scoring three times.

LAURIE WHITWELL

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland)

Martin O’Neill’s No1 summer target has shown fans what all the fuss was about and in the early weeks of the season his goals kept Sunderland afloat.

COLIN YOUNG

Michu (Swansea)

Considering Michael Laudrup’s extensive experience of European football, Michu was hardly a discovery, but in an era when foreign players are given six months to settle, Michu took to life in the Premier League straight away.

Signed from Rayo Vallecano for 2.2million, 13 League goals so far is a remarkable return. Shows desire, application and the right attitude. Good on him.

NEIL ASHTON

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)

When Ledley King's knees finally gave way, Spurs looked short of real class at the back, but Vertonghen has stepped in with ease.

The former Ajax captain is comfortable on the ball and, though not the fastest, makes up for it by reading the game well.

He can provide cover at left back and is a threat going forward as he proved by scoring the opener in Spurs' win at Old Trafford. His 10m price tag has been easily justified.

ANDREW MAGEE

Xabi Alonso could return to Premier League

Alonso's Madrid future in doubt as ex-Liverpool star ponders Premier League return

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UPDATED:

06:41 GMT, 31 December 2012

Xabi Alonso has admitted he could make a stunning return to the Premier League.

The Real Madrid midfielder, 31, has 18 months remaining on his contract with the Spanish giants and talks over extending it are on hold.

Alonso spent five years at Liverpool before returning to his homeland in 2009.

England bound Xabi Alonso (right) could leave Real Madrid

England bound Xabi Alonso (right) could leave Real Madrid

'I've no idea what will happen,' Alonso told reporters in Spain.

'I have not decided on my future. I will only stay at Real Madrid if I can offer the same level on the pitch as I can now and we will see what happens in the next few months.

'There is always a chance I could go back to the Premier League as I always enjoyed good times there.'

Fan's favourite: Alonso enjoyed a successful five-year spell at Liverpool

Fan's favourite: Alonso enjoyed a successful five-year spell at Liverpool

Alonso helped Liverpool win the Champions League, FA Cup and Community Shield before adding to his trophy haul in Madrid.

Last season's La Liga title followed the club's Copa del Rey triumph a year earlier while Alonso was an integral part of the Spain sides which won Euro 2008 and 2012, along with the 2010 World Cup.

He was also named the best midfielder in the Spanish top flight last season.

Bolton 3 Birmingham 1 – match report

Bolton 3 Birmingham 1: Trotters come from behind to record first win in three

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17:25 GMT, 29 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:46 GMT, 29 December 2012

Bolton put the disappointment of back-to-back defeats behind them with a come-from-behind victory over struggling Birmingham.

Dougie Freedman's side suffered losses to lowly Peterborough and Sheffield Wednesday over the festive period and fell behind after just 11 minutes on Saturday.

Nikola Zigic headed his fifth of the season but the hosts hit back to lead by half-time with goals from Marcos Alonso and Chung-Yong Lee.

Comeback: Lee (second left) put Bolton in front

Comeback: Lee (second left) put Bolton in front

Match facts

Bolton: Bogdan; Mears, Ream, Knight, Alonso; Lee, Pratley, Spearing (Butterfield 89), Andrews, Eagles (Afobe 90); K Davies.

Subs not used: Lonergan, Ricketts, Riley, Petrov, Sordell.

Booked: Lee.

Goals: Alonso 27, Lee 33, Andrews (pen) 79.

Birmingham: Butland; Hancox, Caldwell, Davies, Robinson; Burke (Redmond 72), Spector (Elliott 59), Mullins, Reilly (Jervis 79), Hall; Zigic.

Subs not used: Doyle, Pablo, Gordon, Delfouneso.

Booked: Mullins, Caldwell, Zigic. Sent off: Zigic.

Goal: Zigic 11.

Referee: Simon Hooper.

Attendance: 17,068.

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A second-half penalty from Keith Andrews
settled the matter and Zigic saw red as Birmingham's three-match
unbeaten run came to an end.

The hosts started much the brighter, Chris Eagles cutting in from the
right and trying his luck with an early long-range strike but Jack
Butland was equal to the challenge.

The Trotters threatened again moments later as Jay Spearing hit a superb
looping volley from 30 yards which just dropped wide of the post.

But it was Lee Clark's side who seized the advantage. Chris Burke's
right-wing corner hung in the air and Zigic came through a crowded scene
to nod home from six yards.

Bolton's frustration continued to build when Eagles flashed a shot across goal after being played in by Kevin Davies' backheel.

They did not have to wait much longer for the goal their dominance
deserved after Tyrone Mears burst down the right and delivered a teasing
ball for Alonso to provide the headed finish, outmuscling Curtis Davies
to do so, in the 27th minute.

Spot on: Andrews slots home Bolton's third

Spot on: Andrews slots home Bolton's third

It got even better for Freedman's side just past the half-hour mark, Lee
skipping past two defenders, rounding Butland and squeezing the ball in
from a tight angle.

The impressive Spearing linked well with Davies and the veteran striker
forced a smart stop from Butland as Bolton finished the half on top.

Clark turned to his bench for inspiration early in the second half, bringing on Wade Elliott for Jonathan Spector.

The veteran winger was soon involved, feeding Burke down the flank but his cross cleared everyone in a packed penalty area.

Burke tried to atone but his 20-yard strike was well held by Adam Bogdan as the visitors began to grow into the game.

But after Steven Caldwell handled in the box, Andrews stepped up to calmly steer the spot-kick past Butland in the 79th minute.

Zigic was given his marching orders late on after picking up two
bookings in little over a minute as the Serb went from hero to zero.

Bernie Ecclestone blasted by Ferrari chief over Sebastian Vettel title row

Bernie's too old! Ferrari chief blasts Ecclestone with latest barb in Vettel title row

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UPDATED:

11:18 GMT, 3 December 2012

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has launched an astonishing attack on Bernie Ecclestone, questioning whether the 82-year-old is too old run Formula One.

Di Montezemolo’s outspoken remarks come in the wake of Ecclestone’s description of Ferrari’s request for clarification from the FIA over an overtaking move by Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel in the season finale in Brazil as ‘a complete joke’.

Di Montezemolo hit back at Ecclestone’s broadside regarding Ferrari’s concerns over the legality Vettel’s move in the race which saw him beat Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso to the world title by just three points.

Supremo: F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone with actor Owen Wilson in Brazil

Supremo: F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone with actor Owen Wilson in Brazil

Stand by your man: Luca di Montezemolo (centre) with Fernando Alonso (right)

Stand by your man: Luca di Montezemolo (centre) with Fernando Alonso (right)

He said: ‘Ecclestone You have to show respect for your elders, especially when they get to that stage in which they are no longer in control of what they say. Old age is clearly incompatible with certain roles and responsibilities.’

Ecclestone is sure to take an extremely dim view of Di Montezemolo’s comments given, despite mounting legal concerns, the veteran Formula One supremo is adamant he has no intention of stepping aside.