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Schalke 2 Galatasaray 2 (agg 3-3) match report: Didier Drogba"s Champions League dream still on

Schalke 2 Galatasaray 3 (agg 3-4): Drogba's Champions League adventure goes on

PUBLISHED:

21:42 GMT, 12 March 2013

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UPDATED:

21:49 GMT, 12 March 2013

Galatasaray held off a gallant Schalke comeback to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after battling to a 3-2 victory in Gelsenkirchen.

With the tie evenly poised after a 1-1 draw in Istanbul, Schalke took 17 minutes to take the lead on the night. Roman Neustadter kept his head in the area after a corner prompted a goalmouth scramble, sidefooting home through a raft of bodies.

Hamit Altintop then cracked home an unstoppable drive into the top corner from 30 yards against his former club to level the scores.

And the Turkish champions doubled their lead through Burak Yilmaz, who lead a breakaway for the visitors before lifting a shot over Timo Hildebrand, scoring his eighth goal in the competition in the process.

But Schalke were not done, and after Marco Hoger smashed the crossbar with a 20-yard effort, Galatasaray failed to clear their lines and Atsuto Uchida squared across the box for Michel Bastos to slot home.

And with Schalke pressing for a winner, Umut Bulut added the winner on the counter-attack.

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Follow me: Galatasaray players run to congratulate Altintop

Follow me: Galatasaray players run to congratulate Altintop

Match facts

Schalke: Hildebrand, Uchida, Howedes, Matip, Kolasinac, Hoger (Meyer 86), Neustadter (Fuchs 46), Farfan, Draxler, Michel Bastos, Pukki (Obasi Ogbuke 85). Subs not used: Fahrmann, Metzelder, Barnetta, Moritz.

Booked: Hoger, Kolasinac.

Goals: Neustadter 17, Michel Bastos 63.

Galatasaray: Muslera, Eboue, Kaya (Zan 78), Nounkeu, Riera, Felipe Melo, Altintop, Sneijder (Amrabat 70), Inan, Drogba, Burak Yilmaz (Bulut 86). Subs not used: Iscan, Balta, Kurtulus, Sarioglu.

Booked: Drogba.

Goals: Altintop 37, Yilmaz 42, Bulut 90+4.

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden).

Attendance: 52,000.

No mistake: Roman Neustaedter keeps his head in a crowded Galatasaray penalty box to give Schalke the lead

No mistake: Roman Neustaedter keeps his head in a crowded Galatasaray penalty box to give Schalke the lead

On target: Roman Neustaedter

On target: Roman Neustaedter

Unstoppable: Hamit Altintop

Remember me Hamit Altintop lets fly from 30 yards to level matters on the night against his former club

Remember me Hamit Altintop lets fly from 30 yards to level matters on the night against his former club

Nifty finish: Burak Yilmaz hits his eighth strike of this season's Champions League, tapping the ball past Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand

Nifty finish: Burak Yilmaz hits his eighth strike of this season's Champions League, tapping the ball past Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand

Nifty finish: Burak Yilmaz hits his eighth strike of this season's Champions League, tapping the ball past Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand

Nifty finish: Burak Yilmaz hits his eighth strike of this season's Champions League, tapping the ball past Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand

Going down: Didier Drogba turns his ankle while celebrating with Yilmaz, prompting Felipe Melo to check up on his team-mate (below)

Going down: Didier Drogba turns his ankle while celebrating with Yilmaz, prompting Felipe Melo to check up on his team-mate (below)

Cause for concern: Felipe Melo checks up on Didier Drogba

Back in the hunt: Michel Bastos sidefoots home to give Schalke hope of progression

Back in the hunt: Michel Bastos sidefoots home to give Schalke hope of progression

Late hope: Michel Bastos (left) made it 2-2

League Two round-up: Port Vale top after 3-2 win at Dagenham and Redbridge

League Two round-up: Port Vale hit summit after 3-2 win over the Daggers

PUBLISHED:

20:16 GMT, 29 December 2012

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UPDATED:

20:16 GMT, 29 December 2012

Port Vale won 3-2 at Dagenham & Redbridge to move to the top of npower League Two.

With Gillingham's fixture against Northampton falling foul of the weather, Vale took full advantage thanks to goals from Tom Pope, Jennison Myrie-Williams and Louis Dodds. A Sam Williams penalty and Scott Doe found the net for the hosts.

Southend missed out on the chance to move into the top three as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Burton.

Top dogs: Tom Pope celebrates scoring the opening goal for Port Vale

Top dogs: Tom Pope celebrates scoring the opening goal for Port Vale

Goals from Calvin Zola and Lee Bell gave Albion, who had Nathan Stanton sent off, a win which moves them into the play-off spots.

Oxford United claimed a comfortable 3-0 win over bottom side Wimbledon thanks to goals from Sean Rigg, Alfie Potter and Tom Craddock, although they also had James Constable sent off late on.

Rochdale claimed a 4-2 win at Bradford with all the goals coming in the first half.

Terry Gornell put Dale ahead but Alan Connell struck from the spot to equalise.

Missed out: Southend could've moved into the top three but they lost at Burton

Missed out: Southend could've moved into the top three but they lost at Burton

Andrew Tutte put the visitors back ahead and Ashley Grimes extended their advantage, before Connell's second penalty made it 3-2. But Gornell netted his second to complete the scoring.

Conor Townsend scored his first goal for Chesterfield but was later sent off in their 1-1 draw with Morecambe.

Christopher McCready put Morecambe ahead but Townsend levelled before being dismissed for using his elbow.

Andy Iro struck in the eighth minute of stoppage time to rescue a point for Barnet as they drew 2-2 at Exeter in Edgar Davids' first game in sole charge.

Gaffer: Barnet drew 2-2 in Edgar Davids's first game in sole charge

Gaffer: Barnet drew 2-2 in Edgar Davids's first game in sole charge

Danny Coles and Scot Bennett looked to have set Exeter on their way to the three points, but Jonathan Nurse pulled one back before Iro's dramatic leveller.

Matt McClure got the only goal as Wycombe won 1-0 at Plymouth, while Fleetwood and York played out a goalless draw.

Rotherham beat Accrington 4-1 thanks to a brace from substitute Daniel Nardiello.

Tom Eckersley's own goal put the Millers a goal to the good, only for Craig Lindfield to level.

But Nardiello's double and a Michael O'Connor strike sealed Rotherham's victory,

The fixtures between Cheltenham and Bristol Rovers and Aldershot and Torquay were also postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

Javier Hernandez sends Manchester United seven points clear after another Sir Alex Ferguson ref rant

Hernandez sends United seven points clear after another Fergie ref rant… and Mancini lets rip after City crash

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01:16 GMT, 27 December 2012

Manchester United opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League on a day of controversy and drama.

United came from behind to win – for the eighth time in the league this season – as a last-minute goal by Javier Hernandez, the Little Pea, gave Sir Alex Ferguson's team a 4-3 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford.

It's there: Javier Hernandez pounces to hit the winner for Manchester United against Newcastle

It's there: Javier Hernandez pounces to hit the winner for Manchester United against Newcastle

Ref rant: Sir Alex Ferguson had plenty to say to official Mike Dean

Ref rant: Sir Alex Ferguson had plenty to say to official Mike Dean

With Manchester City losing 1-0 at Sunderland – as Roberto Mancini claimed that referee Kevin Friend's decision making was affected by him 'eating too much' at Christmas – United are in a great position, though they must do without Wayne Rooney for three weeks because of a knee injury.

'That was a championship performance,' said an ecstatic Ferguson.

However, this was a day that will also be remembered for a rant by Ferguson at referee Mike Dean at the start of the second half that could see him report the United boss to the FA.

Ferguson was furious that Dean awarded a first-half goal for Newcastle even though visiting forward Papiss Cisse was in an offside position directly behind Jonny Evans as the United defender put through his own net.

Helpless: Jonny Evans (left) can only watch as he turns the ball into his own net

Helpless: Jonny Evans (left) can only watch as he turns the ball into his own net

Ferguson said: 'Cisse was interfering with play. Mike Dean didn't have a TV replay to look at but if that wasn't interfering with play, I don't know what is.'

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was angry at losing Vurnon Anita after a bad tackle by Antonio Valencia.

'I am upset with that tackle,' said Pardew. 'It will get lost. Maybe it wasn't malicious but we have lost a player.

'The own goal was fine. He wasn't interfering. It doesn't matter if he was 20 yards offside, he didn't touch the ball.'

Not you: Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart was beaten by Adam Johnson - his former team-mate

Not you: Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart was beaten by Adam Johnson – his former team-mate

Mancini was unhappy with his side's defeat, secured thanks to a goal from former City winger Adam Johnson.

And the Italian launched an extraordinary attack on referee Kevin Friend.

Mancini, who dismissed Sunderland as 'lucky', said: 'We deserved to win, we had a lot of chances, we played well but we didn't score and this is our problem. Last year we scored one, two or three goals every game, but now when we have chances we are too soft. We are too soft in attack.

'We know United is a fantastic team and probably they can win every game, but the season is long and it's not important . . . six or seven points.

Unhappy chappy: Roberto Mancini did not have an enjoyable afternoon at the Stadium of Light

Unhappy chappy: Roberto Mancini (right) did not have an enjoyable afternoon at the Stadium of Light

'Sunderland are really lucky against us at home. We created 15 to 20 chances, this year, last year and the year before and then we lose the game.'

Mancini refused to blame Joe Hart for the winner from Johnson – whom he sold to Sunderland for 10million – which appeared to deceive the England keeper.

But he was less charitable with his assessment of Friend, who he believed missed a foul by Craig Gardner on Pablo Zabaleta in the build-up to the goal.

Remember me Johnson (2nd right) is congratulated after coming back to haunt his old employers

Remember me Johnson (2nd right) is congratulated after coming back to haunt his old employers

'The referee, he ate too much for Christmas,' he said. 'I do not know how he could miss this. He was not in good form. Him and the linesman, I think after Christmas it can happen, they can do a bad performance like today.'

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill said: 'We were terrific and I am not bothered what Mancini had to say. He said it when we won last season, and when we drew 3-3 at their place.

'Considering the opposition, I think that is the best we have played this season.'

Arsenal fans protest at Reading game with Arsene Wenger banner

Wenger and Walcott hug and make up after Arsenal's win at Reading (…but the fans still need some convincing)

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UPDATED:

13:55 GMT, 18 December 2012

The wrangling over a new contract goes on, but is seems all is forgiven between Arsenal's Theo Walcott and his manager Arsene Wenger.

The fans, however, may take a little more convincing.

The 23-year-old was outstanding on Monday night as the Gunners bounced back in style from last week's Capital One Cup exit to Bradford with a 5-2 win at Reading.

Friends again: Arsene Wenger warmly thanks Theo Walcott after his excellent performance in the 5-2 win at Reading as he is subbed off with five minutes to play

Friends again: Arsene Wenger warmly thanks Theo Walcott after his excellent performance in the 5-2 win at Reading as he is subbed off with five minutes to play

Discontent: This banner calling for Wenger to leave was unfurled in the Arsenal end at the final whistle

Discontent: This banner calling for Wenger to leave was unfurled in the Arsenal end at the final whistle

Arsene Wenger banner

Walcott capped the performance with the fifth goal and then had an embrace with his manager as he left the field with five minutes to play.

His excellent display was a timely reminder to the negotiators that increasing his present 75,000-a-week wages in a new deal may be a price worth paying.

But at the final whistle, and despite the result, a section of Arsenal fans made clear that it's time for a change in the dugout.

A red banner was unfurled reading: 'Arsene. Thanks for the memories, but it's time to say goodbye.'

It reflects the growing feeling in recent months that Wenger's 16-year tenure at Arsenal should be brought to an end as the club look at an eighth season without silverware.

Wenger has been targeted by disgruntled fans during home matches at The Emirates this season when Arsenal have failed to win.

Embrace: Both Wenger and Walcott expressed a desire to resolve wrangling over a new contract after the Reading win

Embrace: Both Wenger and Walcott expressed a desire to resolve wrangling over a new contract after the Reading win

After the match, Wenger was full of praise for Walcott's performance and said he still hopes to thrash out a deal before the winger's contract expires in the summer.

Chelsea, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs have been linked with the England international.

Wenger said: 'I believe he has been educated at Southampton and Arsenal and he has become a top player. I hope that when he considers his future he will consider Arsenal is the best place for him and sign for us.

'I do not want to come out on details of Walcott's contract but simply say our desire and will is clear and he knows that. Hopefully we can get to a happy ending.

Celebration time: Walcott celebrates scoring Arsenal fifth and final goal at Reading, capping a fine individual performance

Celebration time: Walcott celebrates scoring Arsenal fifth and final goal at Reading, capping a fine individual performance

'I believe we have a good core of young English players. We couldn't keep the good core of young foreign players.

'We hope we will be capable of building a team around the young English players and achieve something together.

'It is not my decision – it is Theo's decision as well. If it is my decision it is quickly done.'

Walcott was coy on the status of his contract negotiations: 'Talks are ongoing and it's going to be a slow process. It's taking a long time but hopefully something will happen soon.'

Arsene Wenger and Theo Walcott hug and make up after Arsenal win at Reading

Wenger and Walcott hug and make up after Arsenal's win at Reading (…but the fans still need some convincing)

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UPDATED:

11:20 GMT, 18 December 2012

The wrangling over a new contract goes on, but is seems all is forgiven between Arsenal's Theo Walcott and his manager Arsene Wenger.

The fans, however, may take a little more convincing.

The 23-year-old was outstanding on Monday night as the Gunners bounced back in style from last week's Capital One Cup exit to Bradford with a 5-2 win at Reading.

Friends again: Arsene Wenger warmly thanks Theo Walcott after his excellent performance in the 5-2 win at Reading as he is subbed off with five minutes to play

Friends again: Arsene Wenger warmly thanks Theo Walcott after his excellent performance in the 5-2 win at Reading as he is subbed off with five minutes to play

Discontent: This banner calling for Wenger to leave was unfurled in the Arsenal end at the final whistle

Discontent: This banner calling for Wenger to leave was unfurled in the Arsenal end at the final whistle

Arsene Wenger banner

Walcott capped the performance with the fifth goal and then had an embrace with his manager as he left the field with five minutes to play.

His excellent display was a timely reminder to the negotiators that increasing his present 75,000-a-week wages in a new deal may be a price worth paying.

But at the final whistle, and despite the result, a section of Arsenal fans made clear that it's time for a change in the dugout.

A red banner was unfurled reading: 'Arsene. Thanks for the memories, but it's time to say goodbye.'

It reflects the growing feeling in recent months that Wenger's 16-year tenure at Arsenal should be brought to an end as the club look at an eighth season without silverware.

Wenger has been targeted by disgruntled fans during home matches at The Emirates this season when Arsenal have failed to win.

Embrace: Both Wenger and Walcott expressed a desire to resolve wrangling over a new contract after the Reading win

Embrace: Both Wenger and Walcott expressed a desire to resolve wrangling over a new contract after the Reading win

After the match, Wenger was full of praise for Walcott's performance and said he still hopes to thrash out a deal before the winger's contract expires in the summer.

Chelsea, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs have been linked with the England international.

Wenger said: 'I believe he has been educated at Southampton and Arsenal and he has become a top player. I hope that when he considers his future he will consider Arsenal is the best place for him and sign for us.

'I do not want to come out on details of Walcott's contract but simply say our desire and will is clear and he knows that. Hopefully we can get to a happy ending.

Celebration time: Walcott celebrates scoring Arsenal fifth and final goal at Reading, capping a fine individual performance

Celebration time: Walcott celebrates scoring Arsenal fifth and final goal at Reading, capping a fine individual performance

'I believe we have a good core of young English players. We couldn't keep the good core of young foreign players.

'We hope we will be capable of building a team around the young English players and achieve something together.

'It is not my decision – it is Theo's decision as well. If it is my decision it is quickly done.'

Walcott was coy on the status of his contract negotiations: 'Talks are ongoing and it's going to be a slow process. It's taking a long time but hopefully something will happen soon.'

Robin van Persie sings Glory Glory Man United at Christmas party – with Shinji Kagawa Gangnam performance

Van Persie shows his true colours with rendition of Glory Glory Man United at Christmas party… but Kagawa steals show with Gangnam performance

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UPDATED:

16:30 GMT, 16 December 2012

He may have only joined Manchester United in the summer, but Robin van Persie seems to have settled in pretty well.

And he's not missing Arsenal much either.

Because he displayed his loyalty to the Red Devils with a festive rendition of 'Glory Glory Man United' during their Christmas party at Rio Ferdinand's Rosso restaurant in Manchester.

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Robin Van Persie, Rio Ferdinand and Alexander Buttner celebrate at the Manchester United Christmas party

Robin Van Persie, Rio Ferdinand and Alexander Buttner all celebrated their success in the Premier League at Saturday's Christmas party

Alex Ferguson paid 24million for the striker and is unlikely to be regretting the move.

Since
his transfer from Arsenal, the 29-year-old has scored 15 goals in 21
games for his new club, taking them six points clear at the top of the
Premier League.

His former club, meanwhile, are currently floundering in eighth place, and recently suffered an embarrassing defeat to a League Two Bradford side.

Shinji Kagawa wasn't going to let Van Persie be the only one to show off his vocal skills, however.

He leapt up to entertain his team-mates with his own version of PSY's 'Gangnam Style.'

Shinji Kagawa attends the Manchester United Christmas party

Robin Van Persie attends the Manchester United Christmas Party

Party time: Shinji Kagawa (left) and Robin van Persie head to Ferdinand's restaurant on Saturday

Rio Ferdinand seemed to enjoy the night, tweeting: 'Kagawa is one funny guy! Made my night last night with the song he sang for the lads! Classic!'

Kagawa also joined United in the summer, moving from Borussia Dortmund. The Japan midfielder has been absent in recent matches after having sustained a knee injury in October.

However, Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that the 23-year-old is set to resume full-time training next week.

It's no wonder that the team were in high spirits at yesterday's Christmas bash.

Captain Nemanja Vidic rejoined the squad in their Saturday clash with Sunderland, in which Ferguson's side eased to a 3-1 victory. They face Swansea on December 23.

Robin Van Persie sings Glory Glory Man United

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Glory Glory Man United Lyrics

Glory glory Man united,
Glory glory Man united,
Glory glory Man united,
As the reds go marching on on on!

Just like the busby babes in days gone by,
We'll keep the red flags flying high,
Your gonna see us all from far and wide,
Your gonna hear the masses sing with pride.

United, Man united,
We're the boys in red and we're on our way to Wembley!

Wembley, Wembley,
We're the famous Man united and we're going to Wembley,
Wembley, Wembley,
We're the famous Man united and we're going to Wembley

In Seventy-Seven it was Docherty
Atkinson will make it Eighty-Three
And everyone will no just who we are,
They'll be singing que sera sera

United, Man united,
We're the boys in red and we're on our way to Wembley!

Wembley, Wembley,
We're the famous Man united and we're going to Wembley,
Wembley, Wembley,
We're the famous Man united and we're going to Wembley

Glory glory Man united,
Glory glory Man united,
Glory glory Man united,
As the reds go marching on on on!

Sebastian Vettel could lose title to Fernando Alonso after "illegal" overtake – video

Vettel could be stripped of world title as footage emerges of alleged illegal overtake

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UPDATED:

08:03 GMT, 29 November 2012

Sebastian Vettel's world title could be in serious jeopardy over an illegal overtaking manoeuvre by the Red Bull driver during Sunday's chaotic season ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

Footage circulating on YouTube appears to show triple drivers' champion Vettel overtaking Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne under yellow flag conditions in the early laps of the rain affected race at Interlagos.

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Champion: Sebastian Vettel won the title in Brazil last weekend

Champion: Sebastian Vettel won the title in Brazil last weekend

Why Ferrari can't lodge appeal

Article 174 (d) of the International Sporting Code states:

Protests against any error or irregularity occurring during a competition, referring to the non-compliance of vehicles with the regulations and concerning the classification established at the end of the event shall, except in circumstances which the stewards of the meeting consider as physically impossible, be made within thirty minutes of the official publication of the results.

Overtaking is outlawed under such a
caution by race stewards and usually results in the guilty party being
handed a drive-through penalty during the race. However, in cases where
the infringement is not spotted prior to the chequered flag, the
customary punishment is 20 second penalty handed out retrospectively.

Vettel finished sixth in the race while Ferrari's Fernando Alonso came home in second meaning he was beaten to the drivers' title by just three points by his Red Bull rival.

Although Ferrari cannot lodge an appeal at this point, the FIA may choose to investigate the manouvere.

The motorsport's world governing body have until Friday to do so, then Vettel could be demoted to eighth place if a time penalty is applied.

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Such a dramatic outcome would see
Alonso crowned champion for a third time by a solitary point. Vettel
staged a remarkable recovery to take the crown in the spectacular season
finale after a first lap collision with Bruno Senna left him dead last.

Suspicions of illegality in passing moves on an HRT backmarker and Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber proved unfounded but it is the footage of Vettel's move on Vergne, who drives for Red Bull's sister team, which is being forensically examined by Ferrari's top brass who spent Wednesday afternoon locked in talks at their Maranello headquarters.

A Ferrari spokesman would only confirm that: 'Anything that threatens the credibility of the championship has to be examined.'

Speaking
after clinching the drivers' championship for third time in successive
years, Vettel spoke out about the 'dirty tricks' Red Bull's competitors
had used to derail his title charge.

Gutted: Fernando Alonso (left) missed out on the title to Vettel

Gutted: Fernando Alonso (left) missed out on the title to Vettel

The remark was taken by most observers to be in reference to Ferrari's decision to sabotage Felipe Massa's gearbox at the penultimate race in Austin in order to boost teammate Alonso's grid position.

In addition, Red Bull have had to alter their car on numerous occasions this season after complaints by rival teams regarding the legality of their 2012 challenger's design.

Meanwhile, Alonso tweeted after the race seemingly questioning the manner of Vettel's comeback in Brazil, posting: 'I have no miracles, I make the correct laws my miracles.'

Sebastian Vettel could lose title

Vettel could be stripped of title as Ferrari consider appeal over alleged illegal move

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UPDATED:

22:58 GMT, 28 November 2012

Sebastian Vettel's world title could be in serious jeopardy after it emerged Ferrari are considering lodging an appeal with the FIA over an illegal overtaking manoeuvre by the Red Bull driver during Sunday's chaotic season ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

Footage circulating on YouTube appears to show triple drivers' champion Vettel overtaking Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne under yellow flag conditions in the early laps of the rain affected race at Interlagos.

Scroll down to watch the video

Champion: Sebastian Vettel won the title in Brazil last weekend

Champion: Sebastian Vettel won the title in Brazil last weekend

Overtaking is outlawed under such a
caution by race stewards and usually results in the guilty party being
handed a drive-through penalty during the race. However, in cases where
the infringement is not spotted prior to the chequered flag, the
customary punishment is 20 second penalty handed out retrospectively.

Vettel finished sixth in the race while Ferrari's Fernando Alonso came home in second meaning he was beaten to the drivers' title by just three points by his Red Bull rival.

However, should Ferrari choose to lodge an appeal against the result with motorsport's world governing body, they have until Friday to do so, then Vettel could be demoted to eighth place if a time penalty is applied.

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Such a dramatic outcome would see
Alonso crowned champion for a third time by a solitary point. Vettel
staged a remarkable recovery to take the crown in the spectacular season
finale after a first lap collision with Bruno Senna left him dead last.

Suspicions of illegality in passing moves on an HRT backmarker and Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber proved unfounded but it is the footage of Vettel's move on Vergne, who drives for Red Bull's sister team, which is being forensically examined by Ferrari's top brass who spent Wednesday afternoon lock in talks at their Maranello headquarters.

A Ferrari spokesman would only confirm that: 'Anything that threatens the credibility of the championship has to be examined.'

Speaking
after clinching the drivers' championship for third time in successive
years, Vettel spoke out about the 'dirty tricks' Red Bull's competitors
had used to derail his title charge.

Gutted: Fernando Alonso (left) missed out on the title to Vettel

Gutted: Fernando Alonso (left) missed out on the title to Vettel

The remark was taken by most observers to be in reference to Ferrari's decision to sabotage Felipe Massa's gearbox at the penultimate race in Austin in order to boost teammate Alonso's grid position.

In addition, Red Bull have had to alter their car on numerous occasions this season after complaints by rival teams regarding the legality of their 2012 challenger's design.

Meanwhile, Alonso tweeted after the race seemingly questioning the manner of Vettel's comeback in Brazil, posting: 'I have no miracles, I make the correct laws my miracles.'

Alan Pardew hoping to stop rot at Newcastle

Pardew hoping to stop rot at Newcastle after second home defeat in a row

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UPDATED:

18:51 GMT, 17 November 2012

Alan Pardew was digging in for a scrap after seeing Newcastle slip to a second successive Barclays Premier League defeat at St James' Park.

Six days after succumbing tamely to West Ham, the Magpies were largely outplayed by Swansea before slipping to a 2-1 defeat which left them in the bottom half of the table, a far cry from last season's high-flying heroics.

With striker Papiss Cisse missing because of a wrangle with the Senegal Football Federation, Fabricio Coloccini suspended and Jonas Gutierrez and Yohan Cabaye injured, Newcastle were once again woefully short of inspiration as they failed to break down the well-organised victors until the death.

Oh dear: Demba Ba and Newcastle lost for a second time in a row at home

Oh dear: Demba Ba and Newcastle lost for a second time in a row at home

A philosophical Pardew said: 'You have to understand that in a managerial career at any football club, you are going to have some times when things don't go for you.

'Now we have had a week where it really has conspired against us in a lot of ways.

'Jonas was so close. We were deciding on whether to play him yesterday and we felt with the injury he had, it was too risky, so he was very, very close.

'Then we had Papiss taken away from us, we had Shola [Ameobi] only arriving yesterday afternoon [from international duty with Nigeria], so we had a lot of things that didn't work for us this week.'

Newcastle were undone by two second-half strikes, but they could have few complaints about the result as the visitors more than made a game of it.

Michu's well-placed 58th-minute header – his eighth goal of the season – from Pablo Hernandez's cross set the ball rolling, and they secured the points with three minutes remaining when keeper Tim Krul could only parry substitute Danny Graham's shot and Jonathan de Guzman rifled the rebound home from a tight angle.

Demba Ba, who had squandered a series of earlier opportunities, headed home from close range – also his eighth of the campaign – after substitute Sylvain Marveaux's shot had come back off the bar, but there was to be no late salvation.

Pardew said: 'Of course it's a concern, you don't want to lose a home game and we have lost two on the trot.

'But when you have a difficult period like we are having, you need your senior players in and around you and we haven't got them.'

Not quite: Ba's scissor kick went just wide of the post

Not quite: Ba's scissor kick went just wide of the post

Killer touch: Jonathan De Guzman (left) pounced to bag a goal for Swansea

Killer touch: Jonathan De Guzman (left) pounced to bag a goal for Swansea

Cisse's absence was particularly galling with the Magpies issuing a withering attack on both the Senegal federation and FIFA after it became apparent that Cisse would not play.

Pardew said: 'We kept getting promised that the decision was going to be overturned and that Senegal were going to let Papiss play, but we kept waiting and waiting and it was at about 1.40pm that we finally found out that wasn't going to happen.

'It did affect our preparation. Him missing today was a blow to us. We didn't feel we did anything wrong and he should have played.'

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup was understandably delighted by his team's performance, which saw them leapfrog their hosts into 10th place.

He said: 'It was the best away performance this season, including QPR and Liverpool.

Me too: Michu (left) also scored a well-placed header

Me too: Michu (left) also scored a well-placed header

'To come here and play Newcastle at a moment when we knew Newcastle really needed a win because they think they belong much higher than they are now after a home loss to West Ham a week ago, we knew it would be really difficult for us.

'But we put on a great performance. We can always discuss what is a big goal chance, but without my Swansea glasses, I think I can say we created at least eight or nine quite big chances, and that's very difficult to do as an away team against a team like Newcastle's.'

The Magpies will attempt to book their place in the knockout stage of the Europa League on Thursday night when Maritimo head for St James', but domestic matters are becoming a major concern amid a run of seven Barclays Premier League games and just one win.

Carlos Tevez shows "Hammers" sign to West Ham fans

Tevez still a fans' favourite at West Ham after 'Irons' sign as City rue missed chances

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13:00 GMT, 4 November 2012

The love affair between Carlos Tevez and the West Ham supporters is still going strong following the striker's latest return to Upton Park with Manchester City.

Tevez's goals kept the Hammers in the Premier League in 2007 and he has always been a fans' favourite in east London despite joining Manchester United and then City.

The Argentine striker delighted the home support by crossing his arms in a 'Hammers' sign on Saturday night and they responded by singing 'there's only one Carlos Tevez' and 'Carlos Tevez, he wants to come home.'

A place in his heart: Carlos Tevez held his crossed arms aloft showing a Hammers sign to the fans of his former club

A place in his heart: Carlos Tevez held his crossed arms aloft showing a Hammers sign to the fans of his former club

Tevez played 84 minutes against his old employers but could not add to his tally of four Premier League goals for the campaign.

His old club, sitting in eighth position in the table, will have been happier with the goalless draw than Roberto Mancini's men.

Mancini started
with a powerful strikeforce of Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko as well as
Tevez, but City were still unable to breach the Hammers defence.

Appreciated: West ham fans responded by singing songs praising Tevez, whose goals saved them from relegation in 2007

Appreciated: West ham fans responded by singing songs praising Tevez, whose goals saved them from relegation in 2007

Class act: Tevez shone for Manchester City at Upton Park, despite being unable to make the crucial breakthrough for his team

Class act: Tevez shone for Manchester City at Upton Park, despite being unable to make the crucial breakthrough for his team

In fact, it was West Ham who had the better chances early on.

Kevin Nolan slotted a
well-taken volley past Joe Hart that was wrongly
disallowed for offside before Yossi Benayoun sent a side-footed volley
crashing onto the crossbar.

But Mancini was also left to rue a number of missed chances later in the match.

On the stroke of half-time, Mancini’s
talented, but unpredictable, striker Balotelli scuppered a gilt-edged
chance by missing a gaping goal with a close-range volley.

Gareth Barry was next to fluff his
lines when he latched onto a Tevez ball, controlled the it before somehow
steering his shot wide from six yards out. The former Aston Villa midfielder was perhaps relieved to realise the referee had penalised him for taking the ball down with his arm.

Mancini said he was happy with his
side’s performance, but concerned by the missed chances – in particular
by his compatriot Balotelli.

Tevez and Co now turn their attention
to Tuesday’s clash with Ajax at the Etihad, where defeat would likely
confirm their exit from the Champions League in the group stages for the
second year running.

All smiles: Tevez shared a joke with George McCartney (left) before kick-off at Upton Park

All smiles: Tevez shared a joke with George McCartney (left) before kick-off at Upton Park