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NextGen series: Arsenal through to last 16

Arsenal progress through to NextGen last 16 after winning six goal thriller against Bilbao

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00:30 GMT, 7 December 2012

Arsenal's youngsters put on a sublime display to win 4-2 against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday evening and advance through to the last 16 of the NextGen series.

In a must-win game for the hosts, the Gunners got off to the perfect start with Jon Toral heading home from close range to make it 1-0 after seven minutes. Athletic struck back almost immediately from the penalty spot through Ager Aqueche, who calmly slotted into the bottom corner.

Opener: Jon Toral (left) celebrates his first-half strike

Opener: Jon Toral (left) celebrates his first-half strike

NEXTGEN SERIES

Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham are also taking part in the competition. For a full review of the groups click here

Quickfire second-half goals from Zak
Ansah, Isaac Hayden and John Toral put Arsenal into a commanding lead
before Athletic grabbed a consolation goal late on.

Bilbao remain in second place in Group
6 with a game left to play against Olympiacos next week. Should they
avoid defeat against the Greeks they will advance through to the last 16
of the tournament as group winners.

Amla and De Villiers put South Africa in commanding position in final Aussie Test

Amla and De Villiers put South Africa in commanding position in final Aussie Test

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11:04 GMT, 2 December 2012

Australia need a daunting 592 runs to win the third Test against South Africa after the tourists dominated the third day at Perth.

Hashim Amla and and AB De Villiers both made big hundreds as the Proteas looked well set to win the three-match series 1-0.

Amla fell just short a double-century and De Villiers made 169 as Graeme Smith`s men closed their second innings on 569 to set the home side a victory target of 632. They closed on 40 without loss.

In form: South Africa's Hashim Amla helped his side to a commanding lead

In form: South Africa's Hashim Amla helped his side to a commanding lead

South Africa had taken control of the series decider on day two and closed at 230 for two, 292 runs in front.

with another boundary.

Helping hand: AB de Villiers was also in impressive form for South Africa

Helping hand: AB de Villiers was also in impressive form for South Africa

Kallis eventually departed for 37 in 65 balls, top-edging a Mitchell Starc bouncer to Johnson at fine leg.

Amla's innings was unaffected and De Villiers offered solid support to accompany him to lunch, grinding out 18 runs in the process. /12/02/article-2241766-165040DB000005DC-808_468x307.jpg” width=”468″ height=”307″ alt=”Fighting back: Australia's David Warner made a steady start” class=”blkBorder” />

Fighting back: Australia's David Warner made a steady start

Robin Peterson had failed to trouble the scorers when he was caught by Johnson off Starc with the total on 539 for seven.

Starc went on to claim his fourth wicket when De Villiers fell for 169, caught behind by Matthew Wade after an innings that included 21 fours and three sixes and coming off just 184 balls, with the total on 557 and the lead at over 600.

Starc made it a five-wicket haul when Dale Steyn clipped a rising ball behind to Wade and departed for eight.

Starc finished with six for 154 as he bowled Morne Morkel for a duck to end the South Africa innings 569 on and a lead of 631.

Australia's reply had reached 40 without loss, with David Warner on 29 and Ed Cowan nine not out from 13 overs when the third day's play came to a close.

That left the home side still needing 592 runs to win or two days to bat out and save the Test and deny the Proteas what would be a series-winning victory in a match which carries the extra bounty of the world No 1 spot.

David Beckham"s boys gorge on hotdogs, pizza and goals as Daddy delivers LA Galaxy win… with a little help from Robbie Keane

Beckham boys gorge on hotdogs, pizza and goals as Daddy David delivers Galaxy win… with a little help from two-goal Keane

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11:36 GMT, 12 November 2012

Daddy didn't become England captain on a diet of hotdogs and pizza… but that didn't stop the three Beckham boys chomping through a snack list of junk food as they watched their father cruise to victory in the MLS play-offs last night.

Robbie Keane scored two and set up another as Beckham's LA Galaxy beat the Seattle Sounders 3-0 to take a commanding lead in the first leg of the Major League Soccer Western Conference finals.

Relishing the match: Cruz (left) and Romeo Beckham chomp on hotdogs as dad David stars in LA Galaxy's 3-0 win over Seattle Sounders last night

Relishing the match: Cruz (left) and Romeo Beckham chomp on hotdogs as dad David stars in LA Galaxy's 3-0 win over Seattle Sounders last night

David Beckham plays in a MLS play-off home game between LA Galaxy and Seattle

Beckham in action at The Home Depot Cente

Woah boys: David Beckham feels the pressure during LA Galaxy's 3-0 MLS play-off victory at the Home Depot Center last night, as he three sons snacked on junk food in the stands

We're here, Dad: Cruz tries to catch his father's attention while big brother Brooklyn (right) tackles a slice of pizza

We're here, Dad: Cruz tries to catch his father's attention while big brother Brooklyn (right) tackles a slice of pizza

Play me in: Becks was still visibly frustrated, despite his side's comfortable win

Play me in: Becks was still visibly frustrated, despite his side's comfortable win

Mike Magee added the other goal for
defending champions who will head to Seattle next Sunday in prime
position to earn their third MLS Cup appearance in four years.

The Beckham brothers Brooklyn, Romeo
and Cruz clearly enjoyed themselves in the stands at The Home Depot
Center, waving to their dad and smiling throughout the 90-minute rout.

Mum Victoria was not present and the boys took advantage by tucking into their favourite treats.

Brace yourself: Keane scored twice as Galaxy eased to victory over Seattle

Brace yourself: Keane scored twice as Galaxy eased to victory over Seattle

Brace yourself: Keane scored twice as Galaxy eased to victory over Seattle

If LA survive and Houston Dynamo wrap-up the Eastern Conference finals after beating DC United 3-1 in the first leg earlier Sunday, the MLS Cup would be a rematch of last season's game, which David Beckham and the Galaxy won at Home Depot Center.

Andre Hainault, Will Bruin and Kofi Sarkodie each scored second-half goals at Houston to give the Dynamo the win over United.

Nick DeLeon scored for United in the 27th minute.

Double delight: The former Premier League heroes inspired Galaxy to victory

Double delight: The former Premier League heroes inspired Galaxy to victory

Double delight: The former Premier League heroes inspired Galaxy to victory

The win gives Houston a two-goal aggregate lead heading into next Sunday's decisive match at RFK Stadium in Washington. United will have to win that match by three goals to advance.

The Dynamo extended their home unbeaten streak to 30 games, dating to June 18, 2011. Houston are four wins or draws away from matching Real Salt Lake's league-record 34-game home unbeaten run.

Over he goes: Keane performed his famous celebration after scoring for Galaxy

Over he goes: Keane performed his famous celebration after scoring for Galaxy

Over he goes: Keane performed his famous celebration after scoring for Galaxy

Keane on you: Robbie Keane's wife Claudine and son Robert Ronan Jnr cheer on Galaxy last night

Keane on you: Robbie Keane's wife Claudine and son Robert Ronan Jnr cheer on Galaxy last night

David Beckham and Robbie Keane inspire LA Galaxy to victory over Seattle

Beckham and Keane inspire LA Galaxy to victory over Seattle in step towards MLS Cup glory

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06:27 GMT, 12 November 2012

Robbie Keane scored two and set up another as LA Galaxy beat the Seattle Sounders 3-0 on Sunday to take a commanding lead in the first leg of the Major League Soccer Western Conference finals.

Mike Magee added the other goal for defending champions who will head to Seattle next Sunday in prime position to earn their third MLS Cup appearance in four years.

Brace yourself: Keane scored twice as Galaxy eased to victory over Seattle

Brace yourself: Keane scored twice as Galaxy eased to victory over Seattle

Brace yourself: Keane scored twice as Galaxy eased to victory over Seattle

If LA survive and Houston Dynamo wrap-up the Eastern Conference finals after beating DC United 3-1 in the first leg earlier Sunday, the MLS Cup would be a rematch of last season's game, which David Beckham and the Galaxy won at Home Depot Center.

Andre Hainault, Will Bruin and Kofi Sarkodie each scored second-half goals at Houston to give the Dynamo the win over United.

Nick DeLeon scored for United in the 27th minute.

Double delight: The former Premier League heroes inspired Galaxy to victory

Double delight: The former Premier League heroes inspired Galaxy to victory

Double delight: The former Premier League heroes inspired Galaxy to victory

The win gives Houston a two-goal aggregate lead heading into next Sunday's decisive match at RFK Stadium in Washington. United will have to win that match by three goals to advance.

The Dynamo extended their home unbeaten streak to 30 games, dating to June 18, 2011. Houston are four wins or draws away from matching Real Salt Lake's league-record 34-game home unbeaten run.

Over he goes: Keane performed his famous celebration after scoring for Galaxy

Over he goes: Keane performed his famous celebration after scoring for Galaxy

Over he goes: Keane performed his famous celebration after scoring for Galaxy

London 2012 Olympics: Ryan Lochte threatened by Sun Yang

Move over Phelps, there's a new All-American hero but Rising Sun is greatest threat for rapid Ryan

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Matt Lawton

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22:24 GMT, 29 July 2012

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Ryan Lochte might well have sparked a revolution in swimming training, proving that flipping giant tyres and dragging chains does work when it comes to winning gold medals and beating Michael Phelps.

But the desire to emulate Phelps and dominate men’s swimming at this Olympics in the manner his fellow American did four years ago could be difficult.

The first setback actually came on Sunday night, when he was caught and passed by France’s Yannick Agnel in the final leg of the 4x100m freestyle relay.

His three American colleagues, among them Phelps, had handed him a commanding lead. But Lochte was unable to hold off Agnel, France taking gold with the American multi-medal collectors forced to settle for silver.

Second best: Adrian Nathan, Ryan Lochte, Cullen Jones and Michael Phelps with the silver medals won on day two

Second best: Adrian Nathan, Ryan Lochte, Cullen Jones and Michael Phelps with the silver medals won on day two

A further challenge will now follow for Lochte, this time in the form of China’s Sun Yang.

As well as winning the women’s 400m individual medley on the first night of finals at the London Aquatics centre, China celebrated their first male swimming gold.

Sun was immense in the 400m freestyle, crushing the reigning Olympic and world champion, Tae-Hwan Park, with a time that was only 0.07sec down on a world record set with the now-banned bodysuits.

Swimming experts consider Sun the perfect freestyler. The stroke is immaculate, the 6ft 6in frame ideal.

But it remained a stunning performance when it represented more than a three second improvement on his silver medal swim in Shanghai last year.

It was there, in the same meet, that he also destroyed the one swimming record to have survived the tech-suit era; the 1500m mark set by Australian giant Grant Hackett 10 years earlier.

In touching in 14min 34.14sec, Sun shaved almost half a second off Hackett’s best while also finishing 10 seconds clear of the silver medal swim. It no doubt helps that Sun now trains in Australia under the guidance of Hackett’s former coach, Denis Cotterell.

Whether Sun can be as successful at the shorter distances remains to be seen, but he kicked off yesterday by going head-to-head with Lochte in the heats of the 200m freestyle and beating the world champion.

Swimming anatomy

On Sunday they progressed through different semi-finals — with Sun raising a single finger in the air to mark qualifying as the fastest of the eight finalists — and this evening they will meet again in what promises to be another fascinating encounter. Lochte insisted there was no cause for alarm after his morning swim, complaining he remained tired from his efforts the previous evening and a late night. ‘I did not get to bed until 2am,’ he said.

Whatever happens this evening, Lochte will win more golds. He is unstoppable in the 200m backstroke and a clear favourite to beat Phelps and the rest of the field again in the 200m individual medley.

‘This is my year,’ he said with a smile that revealed the diamond-studded mouth jewellery he likes to wear. ‘I know it and I feel it, because I’ve put in hard work. I’ve trained my butt off for four years and there’s no better way to start this Olympics off than getting gold.’

For Phelps, what happens now is less certain. He arrived in London as favourite in the 100m and 200m butterfly, but in the medley he did not look his usual imperious self.

Threat: Sun Yang celebrates winning his men's 200m freestyle semi-final

Threat: Sun Yang celebrates winning his men's 200m freestyle semi-final

It was a poor imitation of a once great champion who had slipped to fourth by the end, but the signs it was going to happen may have been there when he gave that press conference at the Main Press Centre last week.

After amassing 14 gold medals already — and 17 medals in total — Phelps might just be lacking in hunger at the grand old age of 27.

When he spoke of ‘being here to have fun’ he did not sound like a man determined to see off the challenge of Lochte. When he spoke of it being his ‘last ever’ 400IM — a killer of a race he openly admits he has never enjoyed — it sounded like he was even struggling to drag himself on to the starting block.

It was horrible,’ Phelps told his coach, Bob Bowman, when he climbed out of the water. ‘It was,’ came the reply.

The duel in the pool it most certainly was not, with Phelps complaining afterwards of tired legs he only hopes recover enough to allow him to retire in some style at the end of these Games.

By last night there were some more encouraging signs, not least the time Phelps recorded on his relay leg. He was second only to Agnel, touching in a blistering 47.15 that was more than half a second quicker than Lochte.

The silver medal, however, was have been less welcome.

West Ham ready for play-off final

Hammers hope old heads and fresh legs can propel them to back to the big time

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14:06 GMT, 4 May 2012

West Ham have the perfect blend of youth and experience to secure an instant return to the Barclays Premier League through the npower Championship play-offs, according to assistant manager Neil McDonald.

The Hammers enjoyed the perfect start to their play-off campaign, winning 2-0 at Cardiff in the first leg of the semi-final on Thursday.

Two Jack Collison goals gave the London outfit a huge advantage going into the return fixture at Upton Park on Monday, as West Ham bossed the majority of the clash at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Young guns: Jack Collison (right) helped West Ham to a win over Cardiff

Young guns: Jack Collison (right) helped West Ham to a win over Cardiff

Collison is a product of the Hammers' youth system and shone on an otherwise scrappy night in south Wales.

And McDonald believes having the Welsh midfielder and Mark Noble, who have been part of the club since they were youngsters, playing alongside experienced professionals such as Kevin Nolan and Robert Green gives his team the edge as they bid for elevation to the top flight.

'It's good to have that balance,' he said.

'We've got a lot of experience in the team, we've got a lot of players who have come through the ranks as well so it's just trying to find that mixture in the dynamics between the squad.

'I think we've got that perfect mixture at the moment. We've got two players (Collison and Noble) who identify with the club the whole way through and that's fantastic.'

Bullet: Collison scores as West Ham take another step towards Wembley

Bullet: Collison scores as West Ham take another step towards Wembley

Despite taking such a commanding lead into the second meeting between the teams, McDonald is wary that the job is not yet done.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay stressed after the game on Thursday that West Ham's 2-0 lead could be “dangerous” for his opponents, hinting that the Hammers may rest on their laurels at Upton Park in three days' time.

But McDonald insisted complacency will not be allowed anywhere near the West Ham dressing room prior to the second leg.

'We've kept a clean sheet, which is an extra bonus, and we've scored two really, really good goals,' he said.

'We're happy with the first game but we've still got a game or two to come and it will still be very, very difficult.

'We'll have to be on our guard, just like we were (last night), to finish the job off.'

Old head: Kevin Nolan hopes to win promotion for the third time

Old head: Kevin Nolan hopes to win promotion for the third time

Mackay hopes his young and ambitious squad have it in them to overturn the deficit at Upton Park, but he accepted it will be a tough challenge against a Hammers side brimming with talent and experience.

'You're playing against a team and a squad of 35-odd professionals who have a wealth and depth of experience,' he said.

'That's why we knew we had a big task ahead of us with the team we were going to play.

'They've played 10 games less than us this season and they've got a huge squad so we knew the experience was against us.'

Meanwhile, the Bluebirds boss revealed that a hamstring problem kept Kevin McNaughton out of the first leg, and the right-back remains a doubt for the rematch.

He felt a tightness in his hamstring and we couldn't risk him,' said Mackay.

'It was touch and go but we couldn't risk him.'

London 2012 Olympics: Ian Thorpe impresses in trials

Thorpe shows signs of old form with impressive showing in Olympic trials

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06:36 GMT, 16 March 2012

Ian Thorpe advanced to the Men's 200m freestyle semi-final through an impressive heat performance at Australia's National Swimming Championship in Adelaide, which also act as the Olympic trials.

Racing in the seventh of nine heats in the event, the 29-year-old was equal second to finish alongside David McKeon in a time of one minute 49.16 seconds, the pair behind Ryan Napoleon who finished with 1min 48.27secs.

Progress: Ian Thorpe showed signs of his previous form at the trials

Progress: Ian Thorpe showed signs of his previous form at the trials

Thorpe enjoyed a commanding lead heading into the final lap but appeared to slow down considerably as he was overtaken by a fast-finishing Napoleon in the final 25 metres.

'[I'm] very happy with this morning's swim,' Thorpe said on Channel 10 after the race. 'I was happy past the first 150 and to get through in a good position to the semi final.'

Comeback: Thorpe is aiming to make an Olympics return in London

Comeback: Thorpe is aiming to make an Olympics return in London

Thorpe, a five-time Olympic gold medallist, came out of retirement last year with the intention of swimming at London 2012.

Hibernian 0 Celtic 5: Hooper bags double as SPL leaders run riot

Hibernian 0 Celtic 5: Hooper bags double as SPL leaders run riot

Gary Hooper's double helped Celtic go 17 points clear of administration-hit Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League as Neil Lennon's men hammered Hibernian at Easter Road.

Goals from Anthony Stokes and the former Scunthorpe striker gave the impressive visitors a commanding interval lead and there was no let-up from Celtic in the second half.

Hoops defender Charlie Mulgrew fired in a free-kick just after the break and Hooper grabbed his second before substitute Ki Sung-yueng added a fifth to extend the Parkhead side's winning domestic run to 18 games.

Five of the best: Celtic moved even further clear at the top of the table at Hibs

Five of the best: Celtic moved even further clear at the top of the table at Hibs

Match facts

Hibernian: Stack, Doherty (Francomb 46), McPake, Hanlon, Kujabi, Claros, Osbourne, Stevenson, Wotherspoon, Griffiths (O'Donovan 73), Doyle (O'Connor 51).

Subs not used: Brown, O'Hanlon, Scott, Sproule.

Booked: Griffiths, Stevenson.

Celtic: Forster, Matthews, Kelvin Wilson, Rogne (Izaguirre 71), Mulgrew, Forrest, Wanyama (Ki 55), Brown, Ledley, Hooper (Commons 61), Stokes.

Subs not used: Zaluska, Majstorovic, Samaras, Brozek.

Booked: Brown.

Goals: Stokes 14, Hooper 20, Mulgrew 47, Hooper 52, Ki 77.

Attendance: 12,161

Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)

With such a commanding lead over
their Old Firm rivals, who look likely to get weaker by getting rid of
players in cost-cutting measures, the title is almost certainly in the
bag for Celtic.

Sorry Hibs, though, who were simply swept away, look set to continue their battle with Dunfermline to avoid the drop.

Lennon's growing reluctance to tinker too much with his side in recent weeks saw only two changes.

Defender Thomas Rogne returned from a
calf injury at the expense of Daniel Majstorovic while striker Stokes
came in for Georgios Samaras to partner Hooper, a move which was to
provide rich dividends.

Striker Leigh Griffiths and defenders
Paul Hanlon and James McPake returned from suspension for the Leithers
as Sean O'Hanlon, George Francomb and Garry O'Connor dropped to the
bench.

Hibs had kept a clean sheet in their
previous two home matches which gave them some confidence but the
travelling fans behind the goal were in party mood and anticipating a
Hoops win.

There was less than a minute played
when Hibs keeper Graham Stack had to save from Hooper's close-range
flick after he had been set up by Stokes, with the home side forced to
defended a couple of early corners.

Loud and clear: Celtic fans make no secret of their joy at Rangers' plight

Loud and clear: Celtic fans make no secret of their joy at Rangers' plight

Hibs rallied but there was an
inevitability about the opener in the 14th minute which saw Stokes head
in Mulgrew's corner from the right without much interference from the
home defence.

The second goal six minutes later
came from a quick Celtic break, Hooper playing the ball out to Stokes on
the left and then racing into the Hibs box to take the return pass and
shoot low past Stack from 10 yards.

Already it looked all too easy for the league leaders.

Hibees midfielder Lewis Stevenson,
though, had a good chance to bring the Easter Road men back into the
game when he dispossessed Celtic right-back Adam Matthews just outside
the box but he volleyed weakly straight at Hoops keeper Fraser Forster.

The home side kept at their task and
on the half-hour mark David Wotherspoon failed to connect with Isaiah
Osbourne's cross right in front of goal before Griffiths crossed from
the other side for Osbourne to head wide of the far post.

Proper Charlie: Mulgrew's shot hits the back of the net while Hooper bags his second (below)

Proper Charlie: Mulgrew's shot hits the back of the net while Hooper bags his side's second (below)

Proper Charlie: Mulgrew's shot hits the back of the net while Hooper bags his second (below)

Moments later, in another swift
Celtic break, Stokes went down after turning inside McPake, but referee
Craig Thomson ignored claims for a penalty.

Celtic threatened every time they
went forward and in the 37th minute midfielder Joe Ledley drove towards
the Hibs goal before driving over the bar, before Stack had to make a
save from Parkhead skipper Scott Brown who had been set up by Stokes.

Francomb replaced Matthew Doherty for
the start of the second half but Fenlon's switch was rendered almost
immediately pointless.

There was barely a minute played when
Hanlon fouled Hooper 20 yards from goal and Mulgrew curled in a
delightful left-footed free-kick to make it 3-0, although questions may
be asked about Stack's positioning.

Celtic were rampant and Stack had to
make a good block from Stokes after he had been played in by Hooper but
the fourth was on its way.

Net result: Stoke's makes it three for Celtic who edged even further clear at the top of the table

Net result: Stoke's makes it three for Celtic who edged even further clear at the top of the table

Net result: Stoke's makes it three for Celtic who edged even further clear at the top of the table

In the 52nd minute, when Hooper
flashed in a drive from the left-hand side of the box, Stack looked
favourite to save but the Hibs keeper watched in dismay as the ball
escaped his grasp and ended up in the corner of the net.

O'Connor had replaced Eoin Doyle before midfielders Ki and Kris Commons came on for Victor Wanyama and Hooper respectively.

As Celtic dropped down a gear
momentarily, Emilio Izaguirre replaced Rogne as Lennon took the
opportunity to give the left-back some much-needed match practice.

In the 77th minute Commons' wayward
shot from the left cannoned off Ki and behind Stack for number five
before Ledley saw a header come back off the bar following a Ki corner
as Celtic hunted more goals.

Celtic fans wanted six but will have
been satisfied with the result and a storming performance by a Parkhead
side who now look almost unstoppable in their quest to wrest the title
back from Ibrox.

Getting shirty: Celtic fans unfurl a replica shirt showing support for HMRC whose dispute with Rangers cost the club 10 points

Getting shirty: Celtic fans unfurl a replica shirt showing support for HMRC whose dispute with Rangers cost the club 10 points

Gary Cahill felt sick after Chelsea debut

Chelsea debut made me feel sick, admits Cahill after Blues throw away lead

Gary Cahill admitted he was left with a sickening feeling after Chelsea threw away a 3-0 lead against Manchester United on his debut for the club.

The England international centre-back had waited over a month to make his Blues bow after signing from Bolton for 7million, and he looked on course for a dream debut after Andre Villas-Boas' side raced into a commanding lead.

Debut: Cahill waited over a month to make his Chelsea bow

Debut: Cahill waited over a month to make his Chelsea bow

But United staged a dramatic centre-back
comeback to earn a 3-3 draw, and Cahill admitted the Chelsea
dressing-room was completely deflated after the match.

'It felt like I was thrown in at the deep end and I’ve come away from the game with a sickening feeling,' Cahill said.

'The mood in the dressing-room after the game was really flat. We were all disappointed because when you’re 3-0 up you should see the game through.

Equaliser: Javier Hernandez rises to head home

Equaliser: Javier Hernandez rises to head home

'It was fantastic to be involved in such a high-profile game but, even though we drew, it feels like a loss and it has put a dampener on my debut.

'We started the second half fantastically but then United were awarded two penalties. I didn’t think the second one was a foul.

'That was the crucial decision and it was really disappointing. The first one was probably a penalty but the second one was right in front of me and I didn’t think it was a foul at the time and I haven’t changed my mind after watching the replay.'

Sickener: Cahill reacts as Hernandez celebrates

Sickener: Cahill reacts as Hernandez celebrates

Many felt Cahill was lucky not be be sent off for scything down Danny Welbeck in the first-half, and Cahill admitted he was fortunate.

He said: 'I was fortunate to get away with that one because those decisions are sometimes given against you when you go through and across an opponent to get the ball.'