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Sao Paulo win Copa Sudamericana after "security guards attack Tigre players"

Brazil nuts! Copa Sudamericana ends in chaos as final is abandoned after 'security guards pull guns and beat up players'

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UPDATED:

09:54 GMT, 13 December 2012

The image of Brazilian football in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup was seriously tarnished when the final of the Copa Sudamericana was abandoned as visiting club Tigre accused security officials of pulling guns on them and beating the players.

After a goalless first leg in Argentina, Sao Paulo took a 2-0 lead on home turf with goals from Lucas Moura and Osvaldo.

But things took a sour turn at half-time as fighting broke out between the players as they made their way off the pitch.

All over: The referee abandoned the match between Tigre and Sao Paulo

All over: The referee abandoned the match between Tigre and Sao Paulo

Scrap: Sao Paulo (in white) and Tigre ended up fighting before the referee called time on the clash

Scrap: Sao Paulo (in white) and Tigre ended up fighting before the referee called time on the clash

Tigre then refused to return for the second half, claiming their players had been attacked by security guards in the dressing rooms.

Chilean referee Enrique Osses abandoned the match after a 30-minute delay, awarding the victory to Sao Paulo, who were then presented with the trophy in a formal ceremony.

Tigre coach Nestor Gorosito claimed armed security officers had beaten his players and pointed guns at them during half-time. He said goalkeeper Damian Albil had a gun pointed at his chest.

'During the break, a big guy came in
with a gun,' he said on Fox Sports. 'Some policeman started to hit some
of my players. We tried to defend ourselves. They pulled two revolvers.
We’re not going to play anymore.

'My players fought with the security
people for 15 minutes. Then the police arrived and the incidents
continued. What happened is disgraceful. There are several players hurt, but none serious.'

Crossbar challenge: Fans managed to get on to the pitch after Sao Paulo won the Copa Sudamericana

Crossbar challenge: Fans managed to get on to the pitch after Sao Paulo won the Copa Sudamericana

Gorosito also complained about the treatment his team had received throughout their preparations for the match.

'We
trained two hours away from our hotel, and it took us more than an hour
to get to the stadium,' he said. 'We were unable to warm up on the
pitch.'

Tigre president Sergio Massa said
Wednesday was one of the most shameful days in Brazilian football
history and urged the Argentinian Football Federation (AFA) to take
strong action.

Massa told the AFA official website: 'We need to show the people everything that happened, the assaults and injuries.

'When we went into the dressing room after the first half, there were 15 security people that were hitting the players. They struck us.

'For Tigre today was an historic day. The referee told us he was going to suspend the game and ended up doing that. It was all a mess, football should be a celebration.'

Tigre security chief Ruben Pasquini said in La Nacion newspaper: 'It was an ambush. They were waiting for us. (Midfielder Ruben) Botta has an injured eye. They put a gun in the chest of Albil. (Midfielder) Gaston Diaz was also hurt.'

Solid back four: Police stand outside the dressing rooms after the Copa Sudamericana final was abandoned

Solid back four: Police stand outside the dressing rooms after the Copa Sudamericana final was abandoned

You're not coming on: Security guards line the pitch as the officials make their way off

You're not coming on: Security guards line the pitch as the officials make their way off

Referee Osses said: 'We did not see anything, but we have heard some things about what happened.

'We saw there were some injuries to the Tigre players but I don't know what caused them.'

CONMEBOL official Romer Osuna said: 'The referee abandoned the game because it was not right to play on.

'This decision is final. It is a shame that a continental final finished in this fashion.'

The city of Sao Paulo is one of the
host venues for the 2014 World Cup, although matches will be played at
Corinthians' Arena de Sao Paulo and not the Morumbi.

Massa felt the incidents had cast a shadow over Brazilian football.

Explosive: Sao Paulo supporters celebrated as fireworks lit up the sky

Explosive: Sao Paulo supporters celebrated as fireworks lit up the sky

'It's one of the most shameful pages in Brazilian football. We came to play a game of football, not a war,' he said. 'All this makes us very sad.

'We don't want to win or lose a game in the offices but the AFA are going to have to make a strong protest.'

Sao Paulo had dominated the first half with Lucas, playing his final match before joining Paris St Germain, at the heart of everything.

He scored the opener in the 23rd minute, pouncing on the ball to fire home after Willian Jose's progress towards goal had been blocked.

Lucas turned provider for the second, playing a fine ball for Osvaldo to run through and lift the ball over Damian Albil.

Cop that: Police officers patrol the pitch after Tigre players refused to be play on and the match was called off

Cop that: Police officers patrol the pitch after Tigre players refused to be play on and the match was called off

However, Lucas had also been on the receiving end of several tough challenges, with one elbow to the face drawing blood.

Sao Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni, who had handed Lucas the captain's armband at the end to allow the departing star to lift the trophy, was shocked by the way the match ended, but claimed the Tigre players had been overly aggressive on the pitch.

'We don't know what happened, but the Tigre players came to Brazil to fight, not to play,' he said. 'I really don't know what happened in the dressing rooms.'

Capture the moment: The Sao Paulo players pose for pictures after their controversial triumph

Capture the moment: The Sao Paulo players pose for pictures after their controversial triumph

Bobby Moore? I"d rather be Daniel Passarella, says Fabricio Coloccini

Play like Bobby Moore Thanks but I'd rather be Passarella, admits Newcastle defender Coloccini

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UPDATED:

09:34 GMT, 27 October 2012

Fabricio Coloccini has thanked Alan Pardew for his Bobby Moore tribute – but wishes it had been Daniel Passarella.

Newcastle boss Pardew hailed his captain after his heroics in last Sunday's Wear Tyne derby draw.

Top man: Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini

Top man: Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini

The Argentina international was forced off with cramp in the latter stages at the Stadium of Light last week but before his withdrawal, he led from the rear as ten-men Newcastle defended their early lead.

Pardew compared Coloccini's heroics to former West Ham and England captain Moore and the tribute was not lost on the central defender who is back to lead Newcastle out against West Bromwich Albion.

Coloccini said: 'I'm very proud that the manager compared me to Bobby Moore. Bobby Moore is an important man in England so for me it is very good to hear the manager say that.

Anderson of Manchester United holds off a challenge from Fabricio Coloccini of Newcastle United

'I have to say thank you to the
manager for that compliment. He was one of the best players ever to play
for the national team in England. But of course, it would have been
nice for him to say Daniel Passarella!

'Of course I knew all about Bobby Moore. He is very famous in
Argentina, he is famous all over the world because he is one of the best
footballers of all time. For anyone to say I am like him makes me very
proud.

'I didn't have
just one hero when I was young. My biggest hero was my father Osvaldo,
because he played for 16 years in the first division in Argentina. In my
career, my aim has always been to get to the level that he was at.

'It is maybe easy for a player to get
to the first division, but it is not so easy to stay there for many
years like he did. I can say I'm better when I have played 16 years in
the top division like he did.'

Pardew will be without midfielder
Cheick Tiote following his red card at Sunderland and he has a number of
options to replace the Ivory Coast midfielder. He is also certain to
make changes after the latest Europa Cup triumph over Bruges on Thursday
night.

The Newcastle boss said his squad is coping well with the additional pressure of European competition and making his life easier.

He added: 'I have been picking sides which I think suit the game. Would we have won against Bruges with the team we played at Sunderland The energy we put out that day, I don't think we would have, if I am honest.

'You could argue I left nine players out from that team but if they had all played, I think we could have got beaten, I really do. The energy levels we had to produce were phenomenal and now we have got a quick turnaround so that on Sunday, we go again.

'It is pleasing for the club. We keep saying we have some good young players but they have to deliver. It is no good just doing it in training but lads like Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi have produced it in games.'

Play like Bobby Moore… I"d rather be Daniel Passarella, says Newcastle stopper Fabricio Coloccini

Play like Moore… I'd rather be Passarella, says Newcastle defender Coloccini

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UPDATED:

23:02 GMT, 26 October 2012

Fabricio Coloccini has thanked Alan Pardew for his Bobby Moore tribute – but wishes it had been Daniel Passarella.

Newcastle boss Pardew hailed his captain after his heroics in last Sunday's Wear Tyne derby draw.

Top man: Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini

Top man: Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini

The Argentina international was forced off with cramp in the latter stages at the Stadium of Light last week but before his withdrawal, he led from the rear as ten-men Newcastle defended their early lead.

Pardew compared Coloccini's heroics to former West Ham and England captain Moore and the tribute was not lost on the central defender who is back to lead Newcastle out against West Bromwich Albion.

Coloccini said: 'I'm very proud that the manager compared me to Bobby Moore. Bobby Moore is an important man in England so for me it is very good to hear the manager say that.

Anderson of Manchester United holds off a challenge from Fabricio Coloccini of Newcastle United

'I have to say thank you to the
manager for that compliment. He was one of the best players ever to play
for the national team in England. But of course, it would have been
nice for him to say Daniel Passarella!

'Of course I knew all about Bobby Moore. He is very famous in
Argentina, he is famous all over the world because he is one of the best
footballers of all time. For anyone to say I am like him makes me very
proud.

'I didn't have
just one hero when I was young. My biggest hero was my father Osvaldo,
because he played for 16 years in the first division in Argentina. In my
career, my aim has always been to get to the level that he was at.

'It is maybe easy for a player to get
to the first division, but it is not so easy to stay there for many
years like he did. I can say I'm better when I have played 16 years in
the top division like he did.'

Pardew will be without midfielder
Cheick Tiote following his red card at Sunderland and he has a number of
options to replace the Ivory Coast midfielder. He is also certain to
make changes after the latest Europa Cup triumph over Bruges on Thursday
night.

The Newcastle boss said his squad is coping well with the additional pressure of European competition and making his life easier.

He added: 'I have been picking sides which I think suit the game. Would we have won against Bruges with the team we played at Sunderland The energy we put out that day, I don't think we would have, if I am honest.

'You could argue I left nine players out from that team but if they had all played, I think we could have got beaten, I really do. The energy levels we had to produce were phenomenal and now we have got a quick turnaround so that on Sunday, we go again.

'It is pleasing for the club. We keep saying we have some good young players but they have to deliver. It is no good just doing it in training but lads like Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi have produced it in games.'

Cristiano Ronaldo and Helder Postiga rescue Portugal

International review: Ronaldo and Postiga rescue Portugal from humiliating defeat to Luxembourg

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UPDATED:

23:50 GMT, 7 September 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo was on song but Portugal only edged past minnows Luxembourg 2-1 in Group F.

The
Portugal striker drew his side level just before the half-hour mark
after Daniel Da Mota Alves gave Luxembourg the lead, before he made a
nuisance of himself in a top-class performance which saw Helder
Postiga's strike earn the visitors a well deserved win.

Still sad Cristiano Ronaldo bagged the equaliser for Portugal to prevent them from losing to Luxembourg

Still sad Cristiano Ronaldo bagged the equaliser for Portugal to prevent them from losing to Luxembourg

Northern
Ireland's qualifying campaign got off to a losing start as goals from
Viktor Fayzulin and Roman Shirokov gave Fabio Capello's Russia three
points in Moscow, while Israel were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at
Azerbaijan.

Granit Xhaka and Gokhan Inler gave
Switzerland, who had captain Tranquillo Barnetta sent off, a 2-0 win at
Slovenia, while goals in either half from Kari Arnason and Alfred
Finnbogason gave Iceland a 2-0 win over Norway, and Albania beat Cyprus
3-1.

Georgi Milanov's second-half strike
rescued a point for Bulgaria, who held Euro 2012 finalists Italy to a
2-2 draw in both sides' opening World Cup qualifying match.

Just about: Abou Diaby scored the only goal as France beat Finland

Just about: Abou Diaby scored the only goal as France beat Finland

The hosts took a shock lead on the
half-hour when Stanislav Manolev's 35-yard strike rocketed past
Gianluigi Buffon but Pablo Osvaldo's scored twice in three minutes, both
from close range, to put the Azzurri ahead at the interval.

But
Italy were pegged back as Milanov fired high into the net from Iliyan
Mitsanski's cross to ensure a share of the spoils in encounter in Group
B, where Armenia went top after Artur Sarkisov's 70th-minute strike gave
them a 1-0 win over Malta.

Robin van Persie scored the opener as Holland began their campaign with a 2-0 victory over Turkey in Group D.

The
Manchester United striker opened the scoring in the 16th minute and
Luciano Narsingh added a second in stoppage time as the Dutch registered
a morale-boosting victory following their poor Euro 2012 showing.

Hungary showed they will be tough challengers for the Dutch after they breezed past Andorra 5-0.

Quit it: Daniele De Rossi was unable to secure a win for Italy

Quit it: Daniele De Rossi was unable to secure a win for Italy

Quit it: Daniele De Rossi was unable to secure a win for Italy

Strikes
from Roland Juhasz, Zoltan Gera's penalty, Adam Szalai, Tamas Priskin
and Vladimir Koman sealed a comfortable victory, while goals from
Gabriel Torje and Ciprian Marica gave Romania a 2-0 win over Estonia.

England launched their World Cup
qualifying campaign with a 5-0 Group H win in Moldova, to record their
biggest away win since 1993.

Frank Lampard scored twice to provided
the perfect answer to questions about his age, with Jermain Defoe,
James Milner and a deflected Leighton Baines free-kick underlining
England's overwhelming superiority.

Elsewhere in the group, Montenegro and Poland drew 2-2 in a fiery encounter that saw both teams reduced to 10 men.

Of course he did: Robin van Persie (left) scored as Holland beat Turkey 2-0

Of course he did: Robin van Persie (left) scored as Holland beat Turkey 2-0

Abou
Diaby scored the only goal as France edged past Finland in Group I,
while Georgia got their campaign off to a winning start as a fine
second-half goal from Tornike Okriashvili saw off the challenge of
Belarus.

Germany began their qualifiers with a routine 3-0 Group C win over the Faroe Islands.

Mario
Gotze broke the deadlock in the 28th minute before Mesut Ozil's
second-half brace sealed a comfortable, if unspectacular, victory.

Last-gasp
goals from Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle ensured the Republic of Ireland
avoided embarrassment after they came from behind to beat Kazakhstan
2-1.

At the double: Mesut Ozil scored a second half brace for Germany

At the double: Mesut Ozil scored a second half brace for Germany

Giovanni Trapattoni's
men looked set for an embarrassing defeat when Kairat Nurdauletov
glanced home after an insipid first-half performance from the visitors
until Keane's penalty and Doyle's strike gave the visitors a hard-fought
win.

In Group A, defensive
duo Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen gave Belgium a 2-0 win over
Wales, whose early good work was undone when James Collins was sent off
in the 25th minute.

Nikica Jelavic's opportunist
68th-minute header got Igor Stimac's reign as Croatia coach off to a
winning start against Macedonia.

In Group G, Greece came from behind to beat Latvia 2-1, Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic scored a hat-trick apiece as Bosnia-Herzegovina thrashed Liechtenstein 8-1 and Lithuania and Slovakia played out a 1-1 draw.