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South Africa 2 Morocco 2

South Africa 2 Morocco 2: Hosts secure top spot after snatching last-gasp leveller

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

19:29 GMT, 27 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:47 GMT, 27 January 2013

South Africa grabbed a late equaliser to draw 2-2 with Morocco on Sunday and take top spot in the final Group A table at the African Nations Cup.

Morocco, eliminated after drawing all three matches, were four minutes away from beating the hosts before defender Siyabonga Sangweni levelled.

Issam El Adoua opened the scoring for Morocco in the 10th minute at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Top of the group: South Africa's May Mahlangu celebrates his goal against Morocco

Top of the group: South Africa's May Mahlangu celebrates his goal against Morocco

South Africa players celebrate

May Mahlangu pulled South Africa level with a curling shot in the 71st minute only for substitute Abdelilah Hafid to restore Morocco's lead with a breakaway goal 11 minutes later.

South Africa will stay in Durban for their quarter-final against the runners-up in Group B who will be determined on Monday.

Close: Morocco came within minutes of earning their first win of the competition

Close: Morocco came within minutes of earning their first win of the competition

Close: Morocco came within minutes of earning their first win of the competition

Africa Cup of Nations – Zambia 1 Nigeria 1

Zambia 1 Nigeria 1: Defending champions hold Nigeria to a draw thanks to keeper who SCORES a penalty at the death!

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17:57 GMT, 25 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:14 GMT, 25 January 2013

Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene once again proved decisive on penalties Friday as the defending champions held Nigeria to a 1-1 draw in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Mweene first saw Nigeria's John Mikel Obi send a spot kick on to the outside of the post in the first half after diving the right way, and then scored one himself at the other end to equalise in the 85th minute.

Hero: Goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene (pictured) of Zambia scores a penalty - he also saved one in the first half

Hero: Goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene (pictured) of Zambia scores a penalty – he also saved one in the first half

Jubilant: Team-mates rush to surround him after earning his nation a point

Jubilant: Team-mates rush to surround him after earning his nation a point

Mweene's penalty-saving prowess was one of the keys during Zambia's winning campaign in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea last year and Mikel seemed to be wary of the goalkeeper's skills as his missed kick was weak.

Zambia have now given away penalties
in their last four Nations Cup finals matches and, in an incredible run
of fortune, seen their opponents fail to score on each occasion.

Emmanuel Emenike then put Nigeria ahead with a smooth finish in the 57th minute but Mweene stepped up to the spot himself to level with five minutes remaining.

Vital: Mweene saves a spot kick from Chelsea's John Obi Mikel

Vital: Mweene saw Chelsea's John Obi Mikel hit his penalty off the outside of the post

The 1-1 draw at the Mbombela Stadium between the two heavyweights in Group C leaves both teams perilously placed without a win but still with a chance to grab a quarter-final place early next week.

'I'm happy with the result because of the circumstances,' said Zambia coach Herve Renard

'Never forget we had Nigeria ahead of us. We are still alive and we are still in a good way to qualify.'

Mweene slotted home after Emmanuel Mayuka had been tugged down on the edge of the Nigerian area by Ogenyi Onanzi in what looked a harsh decision from Egyptian referee Grisha Ghead.

Battle: Nigeria's Victor Moses (right) fights for the ball with Zambia's Joseph Musonda

Battle: Nigeria's Victor Moses (right) fights for the ball with Zambia's Joseph Musonda

The champions had the better of the first half exchanges as they pinned back Nigeria, who had Victor Moses in the line-up after injury, but laboured in the second period.

Nigeria boss Stephen Keshi said: 'I have no choice but to be happy but my goal was to get three points. Zambia were never going to be easy to play against.'

Trumpets: Nigerian fans try to lift their team

Trumpets: Nigerian fans try to lift their team

Tito Vilanova returns to dugout as Barcelona win 4-0 against Espanyol

Vilanova returns to dugout as Messi gets his first of the year in 4-0 Barca win

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20:22 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:02 GMT, 6 January 2013

Tito Vilanova returned to the Barcelona bench with the minimum of fuss tonight as his side got all of their work done inside the first 30 minutes of the Catalan derby.

Manager Vilanova, back at the helm after a brief spell out for surgery on his parotid gland after contracting cancer for the second time, was given the easiest of nights as his stellar cast of players made life comfortable for him.

They had scored all of their goals by the time the 30th minute ticked by and after that it was procession football, with Pedro twice denied a hat-trick by the offside flag while other chances also passed.

Back with a bang: Pedro Rodriguez scores past Kiko Casilla

Back with a bang: Pedro Rodriguez scores past Kiko Casilla

After Xavi had opened the scoring, Pedro then chimed in with his brace before Lionel Messi set off on his pursuit of 100 goals this year with a penalty.

The Argentinian scored a record-breaking 91 times in 2012 and is expected to go even further this time around. His only regret will be that he did not make the most of the leisurely second-half conditions.

The writing was on the wall for Javier Aguirre's side early on, with Xavi's goal setting the template for how Barca would play all night.

All together now: Barcelona's players celebrate their 4-0 win

All together now: Barcelona's players celebrate their 4-0 win

Messi slid a pass through to Andres
Iniesta on the left, the cut-back arriving for Xavi to tap in from close
range, and he opened his body slightly to make the finish.

Three minutes later Messi and Cesc
Fabregas combined to release Iniesta but he was denied by Francisco
Casilla, but the keeper could do nothing as Pedro got his first in the
15th minute.

Again it was from a cut-back, this
time from Fabregas, and at first it looked as though it was Messi`s
goal, with replays then showing Pedro got the slightest of touches to
his shot.

Good to be back: Tito Vilanova returned to the dug-out to see Barcelona win 4-0

Good to be back: Tito Vilanova returned to the dug-out to see Barcelona win 4-0

It was three with 27 minutes gone,
Pedro racing onto Sergio Busquets' defence-splitting pass and lobbing
Casilla, and the keeper was all at sea again a minute later as he
bundled over Fabregas as he went away from goal.

Messi duly stepped up and converted from the spot, the first goal of what will no doubt be many this year.

The brakes were applied a little after that, with Espanyol defending better and Barca not as incisive. Casilla denied

In the goals: Lionel Messi scored his first goal of 2013

In the goals: Lionel Messi scored his first goal of 2013

Fabregas and a flag denied Pedro a 65th-minute hat-trick when Fabregas, crossing after Messi`s pass, was called offside.

The same thing happened again with 17
minutes left as Pedro chipped wide to Alves and then followed in to
score from the cross, while Espanyol`s only real chance ended with
Victor Valdes saving from a clean-through Juan Albin.

Messi then rattled the bar with a
25-yard free-kick, but after such an early rush, there would be no more
goals as Barca restored their 16-point lead over Real Madrid.

Kevin-Prince Boateng could quit AC Milan after race row

I'm ready to go: Boateng considers quitting Italy for good after racial abuse

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

11:31 GMT, 5 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:31 GMT, 5 January 2013

AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is considering his future in Italian football in the wake of a racial attack which prompted him to walk off the pitch during a friendly this week.

Boateng, a Ghana international, was followed off the pitch by his team-mates at fourth-tier side Pro Patria after several players were racially abused.

The 25-year-old has been publicly back by Milan, with president Silvio Berlusconi insisting his players would always walk off the pitch if they are subjected to further racist abuse.

Quit threat: Kevin Prince Boateng says he is not afraid to leave AC Milan

Quit threat: Kevin Prince Boateng says he is not afraid to leave AC Milan

Boateng has, however, revealed he could be forced to turn his back on the Serie A club after telling Germany's Bild newspaper he is now considering whether to leave Italy during the current transfer window.

'It's not something which you can just shake off,' he said.

'I will sleep on it for the next three nights and then sit down with my agent Roger Wittmann next week.

'We will have to see if it's really worth carrying on playing in Italy.'

The Italian FA responded to the incident by announcing they would conduct an investigation while Boateng, who is contracted at San Siro until 2014, has received widespread support from around the football world.

Kevin Prince Boateng

Kevin Prince Boateng

Final straw: Boateng admitted he had endured enough racist abuse and wanted to make a stand

The midfielder said he was 'proud' that his team-mates had joined him in boycotting the the match. Boateng revealed also that the chants started before the game commenced, but after 26 minutes, he had had enough.

'I could hear the first monkey calls after five minutes when I was on the ball,' he said.
'At first, I didn't think anything of it, but then it happened over and over again. I went to the referee and told him that if I hear it again, then I'd quit.

'He tried to calm me down. When it started again in the 26th minute with the monkey calls, then I thought 'that's it, I'm not carrying on'.'

I'd do it again! Boateng insists he would leave the field in a Champions League clash

I'd do it again! Boateng insists he would leave the field in a Champions League clash

Boateng told CNN yesterday that he would walk off the pitch again should he face further racist chants – despite FIFA and UEFA warning players against that action.

Boateng said he wanted to send out a message that racism would not be tolerated.
'It's easy to just turn a blind eye; taking action is more difficult,' he added.

'I would have done the very same thing had it been a Champions League match against Real Madrid – and I will always do it.

'I was angry, sad, shocked. For things like this still to happen in 2013 is a disgrace, not just for Italy, but for football in the whole world.

'I wanted to send out a signal to the whole world that things cannot go on like this.

'We need to open our eyes. Enough is enough. Racism has no place in football.'

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Wilfried Zaha transfer: Manchester United bid to be rejected

Palace set to reject United's 8m bid for Zaha as race to sign winger hots up

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UPDATED:

09:36 GMT, 31 December 2012

Crystal Palace will reject Manchester United's opening offer of 8million for star winger Wilfried Zaha.

The 20-year-old is keen to move to the Premier League in January with United and Arsenal involved in a straight fight for his signature.

Palace chairman Steve Parish insists Zaha will not leave for less than 20m but it is believed a bid of half that will test the Championship club's stance.

In demand: Wilfried Zaha is wanted by Arsenal and Manchester United

In demand: Wilfried Zaha is wanted by Arsenal and Manchester United

Arsenal-supporting Zaha told Sportsmail that he is ready to make the step up to the top flight.

‘I’m not a teenager any more,’ he said. ‘I’ve played more than 100 first-team games and this year
is crucial to develop my football career. I want to establish myself in
the Premier League and in international football.

‘I’ve
played a lot in the Championship so having that new challenge in the
Premier League, where everyone wants to be, would be great. To be
honest, if I had the chance in January and Palace agreed, it’s something
I’d want to go for.’

Main man: Zaha's form for Crystal Palace earned him an England cap

Main man: Zaha's form for Crystal Palace earned him an England cap

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is desperate to add to his squad in the transfer window, particularly after United ruled out selling Nani to their rivals.

But Palace manager Ian Holloway insists Zaha should concentrate on improving his form for his current club, rather than setting his sights on a move.

'Playing for England. So
what It’s four minutes,' he said. 'I don’t want to sound funny but I’m more
concerned about us working with him and getting him playing how he was a
couple of weeks ago. That’s all I worry about.’

Graham Poll: Samir Nasri deserved to be sent off

Mancini is wrong, Nasri's red card for Bassong butt was a textbook call

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 30 December 2012

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has no case when defending Samir Nasri as referees have clear instructions for such incidents as occurred two minutes before half-time in the game at Norwich.

Following a strong tackle by Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong on Nasri, the City player jumped to his feet and placed his head in his opponent's face.

When two players go head to head this is viewed as adopting an aggressive attitude to one another and if they go no further the advice is a caution for each player.

Head-to-head: Samir Nasri and Sebastian Bassong (left) clashed

Head-to-head: Samir Nasri and Sebastian Bassong (left) clashed

'Incredible': Roberto Mancini raged at the decision to send off Nasri but not Bassong

'Incredible': Roberto Mancini raged at the decision to send off Nasri but not Bassong

However, if, as Nasri did, a player pulls his head away and returns it, this is defined as a headbutt, which has to be seen as violent conduct and the offender sent off.

Mancini, who has already been asked by the FA to explain his criticism of referee Kevin Friend following the defeat at Sunderland on Boxing Day, hit out at referee Mike Jones.

The City boss said: 'Both players went forward with their heads, so if you are to send off one you have to send off both.

'There are two rules for different teams and I hate this in football and cannot accept this.'

However, with Jones cautioning Bassong after consulting with his assistant as well as dismissing Nasri it was textbook refereeing.

Lunge: Bassong was booked for this lunge on Nasri which sparked the incident

Lunge: Bassong was booked for this lunge on Nasri which sparked the incident

Unimpressed: Mancini was upset at what he percieives to be another unfair decision

Unimpressed: Mancini was upset at what he percieives to be another unfair decision

Alex Pearce says clean sheets are breeding confidence at Reading

Pearce says clean sheets are breeding confidence at Reading

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 30 December 2012

Reading defender Alex Pearce believes that clean sheets are helping to grow confidence at the club.

The Royals kept back-to-back clean sheets in their previous two matches picking up a point against Swansea on Boxing Day and three against West Ham on Saturday.

It halted a run of seven defeats in a row, has stopped them slipping nine points from safety and lifted them off the foot of the table.

Optimistic mood: Reading's Alex Pearce (centre) says back-to-back clean sheets over the festive period have helped build confidence in the camp

Optimistic mood: Reading's Alex Pearce (centre) says back-to-back clean sheets over the festive period have helped build confidence in the camp

Pearce claims keeping out the league Champions Manchester City for 92 minutes – before Gareth Barry's controversial winner that looked like a foul on Nicky Shorey – helped Reading turn a corner defensively.

The 24-year-old said: 'I certainly think so. We were very good against Man City defensively, very good against Swansea defensively and very good against West Ham defensively and we had that little bit more going forward.

'But we had to get it right at the back first, build from the back and we are doing that and now we are grinding out the wins.'

Decisive strike: Pavel Pogrebnyak scored the winning goal after five minutes to sink West Ham

Decisive strike: Pavel Pogrebnyak scored the winning goal after five minutes to sink West Ham

He added: 'Players and staff want to keep clean sheets and we are happy with the last three games we played. We deserved a clean sheet at Man City, we then got two clean sheets and we are building on that.

'We got a win and we are building on that. We fully believe we can get out of this, everyone has written us off, everyone is saying we are down but inside that dressing room we have a firm belief we will do it.'

Barnsley 1 Birmingham 2 – Curtis Davies scores twice as Blues avenge 5-0 loss

Barnsley 1 Birmingham 2: Davies at the double as Blues avenge 5-0 loss in September

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UPDATED:

21:42 GMT, 26 December 2012

There was a familiar ring to the name of the man who stole the show in this revenge re-match.

Only this time Birmingham’s Curtis Davies delivered the match-winning heroics to ease the pain of near-namesake Craig’s four-goal salvo in Barnsley’s astonishing 5-0 win at St Andrew’s in September.

But Barnsley striker Craig wasn’t entirely out of the spotlight, much as he would wish to have been on this occasion. For it was the Wales forward’s woeful penalty miss that turned the game and piled more pressure on his manager Keith Hill.

Head first: Curtis Davies scored both goals for Birmingham

Head first: Curtis Davies scored both goals for Birmingham

Match facts

Barnsley: Steele, Stones, Hassell, McNulty, Golbourne, O'Brien, Greening, Perkins (Done 68), Dawson, Tudgay, Dagnall (Davies 68).

Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Wiseman, Harewood, Cywka, Sinclair.

Booked: Tudgay.

Goals: Greening 38.

Birmingham: Butland, Robinson, Caldwell, Davies, Hancox, Hall (Gomis 85), Mullins, Reilly, Elliott, Zigic, Redmond (Burke 53).

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Ibanez, Morrison, Jervis, Delfouneso.

Booked: Elliott.

Goals: Davies 35, 77.

Attendance: 9,191

Referee: Carl Boyeson

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Davies, just on as a substitute in a return from injury, had the chance to put Barnsley in front when Steven Caldwell handled Jim O’Brien’s second-half corner with the score at 1-1.

But the hosts’ top marksman contrived to miss by an extraordinary distance – perhaps 30 yards high and 20 yards wide.

His embarrassment was compounded four
minutes later when Birmingham centre back Davies was allowed a free
header from Robert Hall’s free-kick.

That restored the lead he had given
his side from another set-piece, a near-post header from a corner also
delivered by Hall in the first half.

Jonathan Greening cracked a fine 20-yard equaliser, his first goal for Barnsley since arriving on loan from Nottingham Forest.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark felt his
continued reliance on youngsters – there were seven teenagers in the
side last weekend and five here – could be a ‘watershed’ for the club.

Warning that experienced players
might be frozen out, he said: ‘Those out will have to bide their time.
Age doesn’t matter to me. The young lads are showing great spirit and I
can guarantee passion when we go to Bolton on Saturday.’

Oakwell’s match sponsors delivered
another slap in the face to Hill – whose customary notes were peculiarly
absent from the programme – by naming David Perkins as Barnsley’s man
of the match.

Points in the bag: Davies celebrates his brace

Points in the bag: Davies celebrates his brace

Perkins had been substituted to a storm of boos directed at the bench in the 67th minute.

Hill said: ‘I can understand the
supporters and David was man of the match, no question. But he’s had
recurring injuries and I feel I made the right decision for David and
the club.’

The beleaguered manager, who was also
betrayed by a remarkable miss by Chris Dagnall, accused his players of
switching their marking duties against his wishes for Birmingham’s
second.

Hill appears to be daring his board
to sack him and this was his parting shot last night: ‘If we don’t stick
together we’ll go down.’

Aston Villa 0 Tottenham 4 match report: xxx

Aston Villa 0 Tottenham 4: Bale's triple salvo crushes Villains' resistance

PUBLISHED:

19:22 GMT, 26 December 2012

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UPDATED:

19:22 GMT, 26 December 2012

Gareth Bale scored a second-half hat-trick as Tottenham moved up to fourth place in the Premier League after a dominant display at Villa Park.

The visitors had an amazing 16 efforts on target but they had to wait until the 57th minute to make the breakthrough when Jermain Defoe fired his shot past Guzman

Bale added a second four minutes later with a neat finish and the Welsh wizard added his second with a 73rd minute strike.

Bale completed his hat-trick from close range in the 84th minute.

Gareth Bale celebrates his goal against Villa

Handy: Gareth Bale celebrates his goal against Villa

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Jermain Defoe makes the breakthrough

Jermain Defoe makes the breakthrough

Happy days: Defoe celebrates his strike

Happy days: Defoe celebrates his strike

Swansea flare incident – police appeal for witnesses

Police investigation launched after flare is set off at Swansea v Man United

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UPDATED:

21:44 GMT, 23 December 2012

Police are appealing for witnesses after a flare was set off inside the stadium during Swansea's home game with Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

The flare was let off 15 minutes into the game – which ended 1-1 – after United scored.

Police said it was discharged from the crowd in the away end before hitting the roof and ricocheting back down into the crowd at the Liberty Stadium.

Appeal: The incident occurred during Sunday's 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium

Appeal: The incident occurred during Sunday's 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium

Detectives said it was fortunate that the flare missed any spectators and that no-one was hurt following the incident at about 1.50pm on Sunday.

Detective Inspector Jeff Handley, of South Wales Police, said: 'We are proud of the fact that the Liberty Stadium promotes a family atmosphere and welcomes spectators from all over the UK.

'This was a very foolish act by an irresponsible individual.

'We are fortunate that nobody was seriously hurt today.

'It's important that anybody with information contacts us so that we can identify the individual and let him or her explain their actions to a court.'

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to contact South Wales Police 01656 655555 or 101.