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Picture jokes about Luis Suarez biting Branslav Ivanovic already on Twitter

Fancy a bit of All-Branislav Photoshop pranksters take to Twitter after Suarez bites Chelsea defender Ivanovic

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Charlie Skillen

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01:21 GMT, 22 April 2013

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UPDATED:

01:23 GMT, 22 April 2013

You've got to feel dorry for Branislav Ivanovic. No sooner have you calmed down from being bitten by Luis Suarez, now pictures making fun of your pain have been posted all over Twitter.

Chelsea defender Ivanovic was subject to a shocking attack by Suarez, who sunk his teeth into his opponent in the second half of the 2-2 draw at Anfield.

Collar: Perhaps this would stop Suarez biting, while (below) there's a cereal and a new film for the incident

Collar: Perhaps this would stop Suarez biting, while (below) there's a cereal and a new film for the incident

Bran

Gnaws

Chez Suarez: Which other footballers could be on the menu

Chez Suarez: Which other footballers could be on the menu

Not only did Suarez stay on the pitch, he scored an equaliser in the dying seconds of the match to snatch Liverpool a point.

To rub salt in the wound, Photoshop pranksters have taken to Twitter to make light of the incident with different mock-ups.

One shows the Chelsea defender on a packet of cereal – All-Branislav, of course – while another has the controversial Liverpool striker on the cover of shark flick 'Gnaws.'

That's not likely to be popular viewing in the Ivanovic household…

Spot the difference: Luis Suarez sinks his teeth into Branislav Ivanovic

Spot the difference: Luis Suarez sinks his teeth into Branislav Ivanovic

Luis Suarez appears to bite Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic

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LA Galaxy v Houston Dynamo live – David Beckham farewell

LIVE: LA Galaxy v Houston Dynamo – follow David Beckham's US farewell in the MLS Cup final

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UPDATED:

22:18 GMT, 1 December 2012

Tonight David Beckham plays his final match for Los Angeles Galaxy before leaving for one last challenge in football. Sportsmail will bring you all the latest news from the Home Depot Center as Beckham aims to leave on a high by defending the MLS Cup against Houston Dynamo.

18min Great chance! Beckham with a peach of a free-kick from the right and Mike Magee, five yards out, really should have found the net with a diving header.

Seconds later, Wilhelmsson appealing vocally for a penalty after racing clear. No chance, replied the referee.

16min Chance up the other end for Calen Carr who audaciously tries to flick the ball in from a left-wing cross. But he's a long way out and it sails comfortably over the bar.

14min A little delay while Houston's Brad Davis received attention from the physio. Becks really finding his range now, locating Wilhelmsson with a lovely ball out wide.

Update from our man in LA:

'Almost 15 minutes gone and Galaxy should be ahead. Beckham’s raking pass from his own half set Robbie Keane clear down the left. Keane did the right thing and squared the ball to Landon Donovan, who only had to slide it in to the net from ten yards. He didn’t. He side-footed it wide. I would have scored. Really, I would.'

12min What a chance missed by the Galaxy! Beckham, glorious 60-yard diagonal ball to Keane who sprints forward and puts it on a plate for Donovan. But, with the whole stadium ready to erupt, he slips it wide of the post. Very out of character for the former Everton man to miss that.

10min The Galaxy are enjoying the majority of possession now and feeling their way into the game. The Home Depot Center has a weird grassy area above one of the stands which is sparsely populated compared to the sold-out stands elsewhere.

7min First involvement for Robbie Keane, whose persistence created a half-chance for Landon Donovan, whose shot dribbles harmlessly to the goalkeeper.

Landon going for his fifth MLS title today.

5min Quick thinking from Beckham, who lofts a free-kick into the path of Christian Wilhelmsson. The ball skips away off the turf and into the hands of Hall.

4min it's been a nervy start for Saunders in net for the Galaxy, flapping at a couple of crosses. Ian Ladyman writes:

'We are underway at the Home Depot Center and Beckham is
sporting the most wonderful pair of pink boots. Just in case he is hard to pick
out. His first touch saw him dumped on his backside while it’s Houston who had
the first chance, midfielder Ricardo Clark – yes, the Ricardo Clark – seeing
his angles shot beaten away by Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders. The Houston
goalie, by the way, is called Tally Hall. I don’t know why I find that amusing,
I just do.'

1min First involvement for Beckham and he's brought down just inside the Houston half – nothing given.

Strong start from the Dynamo, with Ricardo Clark stinging the palms of LA Galaxy keeper Josh Saunders.

21.57 HOUSTON GET THE 2012 MLS CUP FINAL UNDERWAY

21.54 The commentators are discussing how this could also be Landon Donovan's farewell. But he's only 30, seven years younger than Beckham. If it is to be the case, his departure is likely to be part of a massive Galaxy post-season shake-up. There is speculation that Kaka is on his way over from Real Madrid and maybe even Frank Lampard from Chelsea.

21.52 Understandably given how they outnumber their visitors, the Galaxy fans can be heard loudest. They'll want to see one of these tonight:

21.49 There seems to be a whole legion of young mascots – each of the Galaxy players seems to have three each! No sightings of Victoria and the kids yet…

21.47 Here we go! The two teams are walking out, passing in front of the Galaxy fans behind one of the goals. Dramatic music sets the tone. Fireworks fizz into the sky from colourful flags.

Houston looking very Blackpool-like in their tangerine kits, while the Galaxy are in their traditional all-white.

21.46 Ian Ladyman updates us as we move closer to kick-off:

'It’s almost time for the teams to emerge here. The rain has stopped and the sun has come out. Maybe it is to be a golden farewell for Beckham, after all. Home advantage looks like being significant for Galaxy. The Houston fans are located in one tiny corner of the stadium and there only looks to be about 1500 or so of them. Welcome to a cup final the American way.'

Abide With Me, anyone

21.44 Here's a couple more homemade Beckham tribute efforts..

Nice one Dav... A tribute banner at the Home Depot, while the makers of this England flag (below) have made an early claim for his shirt

Nice one Dav… A tribute banner at the Home Depot, while the makers of this England flag (below) have made an early claim for his shirt

Fans with banners for LA Galaxy's David Beckham ahead of the MLS Cup Final at the Home Depot Center,

21.40 Twenty minutes until the big kick-off and the stadium is almost full. Even the sun has come out, which will please Ian Ladyman. The home Ultras can be heard getting the atmosphere started.

21.37 This is Tinseltown, so there's bound to be a bit of celebrity interest. Here's actor Gerard Butler being shown to his seat (look how happy he looks):

Actor Gerard Butler arrives before the MLS Cup Final at the Home Depot Center, Los Angeles, USA

21.33 And here, ladies and gentlemen, are your team line-ups:

LA Galaxy: (4-4-2) Saunders; Dunivant, Gonzalez, Meyer, Franklin, Magee, Juninho, Beckham, Wilhelmsson, Keane, Donovan

Subs: DeLagarza, Gaul, Noonan, Stephens, Sarvas, Perk, Buddle

Houston Dynamo: (4-4-2) Hall; Ashe, Taylor, Boswell, Sarkodie, Moffat, Clark, Davis, Garcia, Bruin, Carr

Subs: Weaver, Ching, Hainault, Kandji, Camargo, Deric, Barnes

21.32 Here's your stat pack for the match:

– This final sees two of the most successful MLS teams against each other – The Galaxy are competing in their eighth final and chasing a fourth win, which could match DC United for the most wins. The Dynamo are playing in the final for the fourth time in the seven year history of their franchise, having won it in 2006 and 2007.
– In the team's single meeting this season, on May 26, Houston won 2-1 at the BBVA Compass Stadium – Edson Buddle gave the Galaxy a tenth minute lead but an own goal from Mike Magee levelled the scores and Andre Hainault grabbed the winner after 57 minutes.
– This final is the meeting of the lowest combined seeds ever to reach the championship match – Galaxy finished fourth in the Western division, Houston were fifth in the Eastern.
– Their regular season head-to-head record is very close – Each has six wins apiece with four draws. The goals have been scored 19-18 in Houston's favour
– Houston will be looking to end a Western dominance in the competition, with nine of the last eleven finals going West.

21.23 But, of course, there are 21 other players on the field tonight, including Team USA's greatest ever forward Landon Donovan and another familiar name Robbie Keane, who has been in outstanding form.

Houston, meanwhile, have Glaswegian Adam Moffat in midfield, formerly of Ross County and Elgin City, and Ricardo Clark, whom you might recall from the 2010 World Cup.

Familiar faces: Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan (below) will feature up front for the LA Galaxy tonight

Familiar faces: Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan (below) will feature up front for the LA Galaxy tonight

Landon Donovan of the LA Galaxy

21.15 It may be all banners and tributes tonight, but remember that it wasn't so long ago that Beckham was being criticised by fans and teammates alike for being over-papped, over-paid and over here.

But he's slowly won them over, scoring 20 goals in his 116 LA Galaxy appearances over the last six years and helping them to three MLS Cup finals.

21.13 There's some history here… In fact, tonight's match is a rerun of last year's MLS Cup final, also played at the Home Depot. Here's a reminder of how that went:

21.09 But while most of us are hoping for a fantasy farewell for Beckham as he packs he bags for the south of France or wherever else he's wanted, this game isn't going to be easy.

The Galaxy have certainly struck form at the right time – after scraping into the play-offs following a fourth place finish in the Western Conference, they have overcome the Vancouver Whitecaps, San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders to make the final.

Meanwhile, Houston finished fifth in the Eastern Conference, meaning they had to overcome Chicago Fire, New York Red Bulls and DC United to get this far.

21.05 The man of the moment has arrived, looking debonair as usual in his LA Galaxy suit. Meanwhile, all around the Home Depot, which is of course the home of the Galaxy, the supporters have prepared their own tributes.

Commeth the hour: David Beckham arrives at the Home Depot Center for the MLS Cup final and his farewell appearance for LA Galaxy

Commeth the hour: David Beckham arrives at the Home Depot Center for the MLS Cup final and his farewell appearance for LA Galaxy

Tributes: These Galaxy fans prepared a banner to pay tribute to their hero

Tributes: These Galaxy fans prepared a banner to pay tribute to their hero

Fans of LA Galaxy's David Beckham display banners before the MLS Cup Final at the Home Depot Center

21.02 Manchester to Madrid to Los Angeles (via short stop-offs in Preston and Milan)… That has been the career path of David Beckham over the past two decades.

Who knows what the future may hold – the man himself doesn't, as Ian Ladyman found out when he caught up with Becks at Galaxy training this week.

And our man in California has this to start setting the scene:

'It’s all rather ‘Manchester’ here in Los Angeles as kick-off approaches. The sun did show its face over Venice Beach this morning but it’s raining here in Carson as the supporters start to gather inside Home Depot. They are expecting a full-house of just over 30,000 and have even erected some temporary seating to squeeze a few more in. We hope it’s going to be worth it.'

21.00 The latest chapter in the tale of David Beckham has almost been written – but just one blank page remains.

Will it be the fairytale finale to his American adventure or a crushing disappointment that forces him to eek another few years out of those golden legs

A warm welcome to our coverage of the 2012 MLS Cup final between the LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo – Beckham's farewell appearance.

Kick-off is fast approaching and you won't miss a moment here with us.

Farewell: David Beckham will line up alongside Robbie Keane for a final time

Farewell: David Beckham will line up alongside Robbie Keane for a final time

England v New Zealand preview with Ben Kay

England must not be conned by All Black rope-a-dope tactics

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UPDATED:

23:35 GMT, 30 November 2012

There are a lot of myths about the way the All Blacks play. People have this perception they’re an all-singing, all-dancing team who always have the ball and are always attacking, always expansive.

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Dan stays in the picture: The All Blacks most potent weapon, Dan Carter, checks out the news in Sportsmail, including pictures of his day out in London

Steve Hansen’s side conceded the second-highest number of penalties and, when it came to time-in-possession stats, they were third of the four teams. The message is clear; it’s not about how much ball they have, it’s about what they do with it.

But there were several areas where the All Blacks were well ahead of the rest – passes completed, number of off-loads, defenders beaten, clean breaks, metres gained and tackle completion, highlighting their clinical work.

For a long time, New Zealand have been the finest counter-attacking side in the world. When they win a turnover, it’s as if they flick a mental switch. They all go up a gear, they raise their intensity levels. More often than not, they will score.

What the All Blacks do well is control and vary their pace. A lot of other nations play at the same high intensity, but they are one-paced, they lack that variety. New Zealand are able to operate and succeed with less possession. Their tackle-completion rates are really good, then when they get the ball, they immediately go up three gears.

Masters of the art: New Zealand are the best counter-attacking side in the world

Masters of the art: New Zealand are the best counter-attacking side in the world

Last weekend, Manu Tuilagi intercepted the ball and broke upfield against South Africa, but England were unable to take the scoring chance. In the same circumstances, the All Blacks would have flicked that switch and scored a try. The initial reaction is crucial. As soon as they see a turnover, the players all quickly get into position and flood through on the right support lines. In contrast, some of the England players might have seen Chris Ashton receive the ball from Tuilagi and subconsciously thought ‘he’s quick’ so they just watched him run.

New Zealand always ensure that as many players as possible work themselves into attacking positions. They would have had someone up in close support of a player in Ashton’s position, ready to take an off-load when he ran hard at the last defender.

Opta stats reveal that, of all the All Blacks tries since the World Cup, 44 per cent start when they regain possession in their own half. With England, that figure drops to about 20 per cent. New Zealand are always alert to potential try-scoring opportunities, even from deep.

It is like rope-a-dope – their ability to soak up pressure and pounce when chances come along. Their belief that they will always find a way to win borders on arrogance.

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They will look at the opposition and
think, ‘Whatever you do, we will surpass you’, which is the mindset we
had with England in the run-up to the 2003 World Cup. The All Blacks
believe they are bullet proof.

Another advantage they have over England and other sides is an innate willingness to take risks. They have so many supreme physical specimens who can dominate collisions, but they also have the mind-set to play positively – always looking to offload.

In England, if you throw an offload that ‘wasn’t on’, it can lead to heavy criticism and that can make players go into their shells. Perhaps we have to change our national psyche when it comes to risk-taking.

England captain Chris Robshaw has been slated for his decision to go for goal with a late penalty last weekend, but he made the right call. Stats show that from 40 attacking line-outs within 10 metres of the opposition line since the start of 2010, England have scored just four times.

Under pressure: Robshaw will come in for intense scrutiny on Saturday

Under pressure: Robshaw will come in for intense scrutiny on Saturday

If time is almost up, the defending side can keep infringing, knowing that the attacking team need more than a penalty to win the game. They basically have a licence to cheat.

My hope is that Robshaw can block out all the criticism the next time that he faces a similar scenario, but my fear is that all the stick he’s had will affect him.

On this occasion, there are no areas where England have a clear advantage. Rugby is a strange game, so all hope is not lost, but I think the All Blacks will win, say 29-13.

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Italian coach attempts to trip up winger – video

VIDEO: Italian coach attempts to trip winger but ends up being sent to stand behind a fence

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14:46 GMT, 14 November 2012

Working out how to defend against a tricky, pacy winger is the stuff of managers' nightmares.

Man marking him out of the game is one option while doubling up and risking leaving space elsewhere on the pitch is another.

But if all else fails, the boss could always take matters into his own hands and attempt to remove him from the game… just like the Italian youth coach below.

Cheeky: The coach attempts to trip up the winger as he launches an attack

Cheeky: The coach attempts to trip up the winger as he launches an attack

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The attempted trip happened during an Italian youth league game between Corpolo and Rivazzurra.

A Corpolo winger set off down the touchline but was stopped in his tracks by a cheeky flick from the coach.

Although he missed both the ball and man, the winger stumbled to the ground before both sets of players are involved in a brawl.

The offending coach was then sent to stand sheepishly behind a fence to ensure he could interfere no more.

Locked out: The coach was sent to stand behind the fence

Locked out: The coach was sent to stand behind the fence

Euro 2012: Germany"s Per Mertesacker fit to face Portugal

Germany injury scare over after Mertesacker is passed fit to face Portugal

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UPDATED:

09:33 GMT, 8 June 2012

Germany central defender Per Mertesacker is fit for their Euro 2012 Group B opener against Portugal on Saturday after a brief injury scare.

Mertesacker, who had been out since February after ankle surgery and returned to action only a few weeks ago, collided with Jerome Boateng in training on Thursday.

'There was a bit a of a doubt about him yesterday after he collided with Jerome Boateng during a corner. He was lying on the ground but it turned out to be less dramatic,' assistant coach Hansi Flick told reporters just before the team's flight to Lviv, Ukraine.

Pillar of the defence: Per Mertesacker (centre) in training in Gdansk

Pillar of the defence: Per Mertesacker (centre) in training in Gdansk

'We now have all players fit and ready to play in our match tomorrow,' he added.

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Mertesacker is likely to feature in a central defensive partnership with Holger Badstuber, while captain Philipp Lahm has been switched from right back to left back.

It is not yet clear who will play in Lahm's usual position with Boateng and Lars Bender battling for that starting spot.

'The final decision on that will be taken after this evening's final training in Lviv,' said Flick.

Coach Joachim Low won't announce the starting team to the players until a few hours before the game to keep them on edge.

'We have our lineup in our heads. There is some uncertainty (among the players) whether they will play or not. That is good because it keeps the concentration high right until the end,' said Flick.

Good luck: Striker Mario Gomez (left) is hoping to win a starting place

Good luck: Striker Mario Gomez (left) is hoping to win a starting place

Among those waiting to find out if they will start are forwards Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez, with the former looking to have the edge despite the Bayern Munich forward's prolific season as second-top scorer in the Bundesliga with 26 goals.

'Both are top quality strikers and each has their own personal strengths,” said Flick. 'The last two years Mario has had an impressive goal quota.”

'It is a tight race and Miro has not had a lot of matches (due to a five-week injury break) but he has shown us here that he is ready,' Flick said.

Mark Hughes dossier: verdict on new QPR manager

Mark Hughes dossier: Sportsmail's verdict on the new QPR boss' first game in charge

BEST FOOT FORWARD

With his three most creative midfielders absent — Barton suspended, Faurlin injured, Taarabt in Africa — selection options were limited for Mark Hughes. But at least he went for an attacking 4-4-2 formation with much more ambition than his Fulham sides showed in the past.

TIME TO BUY

On this showing, Hughes needs a keeper, an experienced centre back, a midfield enforcer to back up the intelligent play of Barton and a proven centre forward. His mobile will be red hot today.

Out: Joey Barton was suspended

Out: Joey Barton was suspended

RUNNING ON EMPTY

Rangers started well and energetically, as instructed to by their new boss, but after going behind and as the game wore on, the team’s limitations were exposed. Too many of the players in their retro red and white kit looked off the pace. Senior forwards like Wright- Phillips and Helguson were disappointing.

THE STYLE COUNCIL

While tracksuits were de rigueur for Neil Warnock and his coaching staff on the bench, Team Hughes are a much more stylish bunch. The manager himself was the model of sartorial elegance in his designer overcoat; his coaching staff wore smart body-warmers over their training kit.

Sharp: Mark Hughes looking snappy in his overcoat

Sharp: Mark Hughes looking snappy in his overcoat

FOREVER SPARKY

Hughes was unhappy, of course, with ref Chris Foy (right) and his assistants, suggesting they were being swayed by the crowd. Shame his players couldn’t match his desire, which saw him berating the officials.

SUPPORT WANTED

With just 1,300 Rangers fans making the trip north, there was little chance of any chants to welcome the new boss echoing round the stadium. But one lovely Hughes flick, when the ball flew out of play nearby, brought the loudest cheer from the away support. He’s still got it.

Stick: Referee Chris Foy came in for some criticism from Hughes

Stick: Referee Chris Foy came in for some criticism from Hughes

Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting batter India at SCG

Clarke hits double ton and Ponting weighs in with century as Aussies dominate India

A career-high double century from skipper Michael Clarke and a drought-breaking ton for Ricky Ponting left Australia in complete control against India at stumps on day two of the second Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

It was a day of total dominance for the hosts who piled on 366 runs for the loss of just one wicket to reach 482 for four, leading by 291 runs with three days still to play.

Clarke (251 not out) and Ponting (134) set the tone with a breathtaking 288-run stand before Michael Hussey (55 not out) joined his captain in an unbeaten century partnership to complete a miserable day for the tourists.

Double trouble: Michael Clarke celebrates reaching 200 against India

Double trouble: Michael Clarke celebrates reaching 200 against India

While former skipper Ponting's first Test century in 721 days kept the 30,077 crowd on the edge of their seats, the day belonged to his successor who pummelled a listless Indian attack to all parts of the ground.

The captain smashed 31 boundaries and a six in his unbeaten 438-minute, 342-ball knock to post the highest ever Test score by an Australian at the SCG.

He surpassed Doug Walters' 242 against the West Indies in 1968/69 with a blistering cover drive off Zaheer Kahn to cap a memorable day on his home ground.

Kyly Boldy

Proud: Michael Clarke's girlfriend Kyly Boldy

That's my boy: Clarke's girlfriend Kyly Boldy enjoyed watching his Sydney heroics

Clarke's only false stroke came on 182 when Ishant Sharma dropped a tough chance off his own bowling.

Having reached his 18th Test century with a cracking cover drive for four off Sharma (one for 106) on the first ball of the final over before lunch, Clarke continued to feast on some lacklustre bowling in ideal batting conditions.

The 30-year-old brought up his double ton with a leg-side flick off Umesh Yadav midway through the evening session.

On fire: Clarke hits a shot on his way to 251 not out as MS Dhoni looks on

On fire: Clarke hits a shot on his way to 251 not out as MS Dhoni looks on

The captain raised his right arm in triumph as he turned for a second run before high-fiving Hussey mid-pitch and saluting the boisterous SCG faithful.

Hussey got in on the act with some lusty late hitting including a straight six off Ravi Ashwin before reaching his half-century.

Earlier, an edgy Ponting survived a near run out to notch up his first century in nearly two years. Ponting, who was forced to endure a nervous wait after heading to lunch on 97, pushed Sharma to Zaheer at mid-on and took off for a suicidal single.

Dream team: Clarke applauds Ricky Ponting as the ex-skipper finds his form

Dream team: Clarke applauds Ricky Ponting as the ex-skipper finds his form

Zaheer's throw missed by centimetres as a desperate Ponting dived for the crease. Replays showed a direct hit would have had the former Australian captain out by at least half a metre.

A relieved Ponting, his shirt covered in dirt, got to his feet and raised his arms in triumph.

It was his first ton since making 209 against Pakistan in Hobart on January 14, 2010 and his first at the SCG in six years.

He went 34 innings between centuries, passing 50 on 10 occasions in that time.

The former captain's chanceless innings ended late in the middle session when he steered a delivery from Sharma straight to Sachin Tendulkar. But it was the only piece of joy on a dark day for the visitors.

What a day: Ponting and Clarke were all smiles after their superb displays

What a day: Ponting and Clarke were all smiles after their superb displays