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David Luiz pictured in his youth

Can you work out which Premier League star this is from his childhood snaps

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Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

12:09 GMT, 3 April 2013

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01:05 GMT, 4 April 2013

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Who is this

Clue: Look at the hair in the first picture

Improvement: David Luiz has impressed this season after making several mistakes last term

Improvement: David Luiz has impressed this season after making several mistakes last term

Yes, it's Chelsea defender David Luiz!

The
Brazilian centre back posted this picture on his Instagram account on
Wednesday morning, a digital collage of images from his youth in
Diadema, Sao Paulo.

He was released by Sao Paulo FC at the age of 14 and signed for Vitoria, helping them achieve promotion to the second division.

In January 2007 he moved to Benfica and, four years later, signed for Chelsea.

Joker in the pack: David Luiz (left) larks around with Eden Hazard during Chelsea training on Wednesday

Joker in the pack: David Luiz (left) larks around with Eden Hazard during Chelsea training on Wednesday

His time in England has been tumultuous to say the least, but this season he has cut the glaring errors of last season out and impressed both in defence and in a midfield role.

Barcelona have been linked with a summer move for him, although at 25 years old, Chelsea would be loathe to sell him.

Luiz captained Brazil during their recent friendly against Italy and has been touted as a potential successor to John Terry as Chelsea skipper.

Spring cheer: 'I met some inspirational friends at the hospital today @GreatOrmondSt support these kids if you can they touched my heart #life #perspective.' Luiz said on Instagram

Spring cheer: 'I met some inspirational friends at the hospital today @GreatOrmondSt support these kids if you can they touched my heart #life #perspective.' Luiz said on Instagram

Carlos Tevez wants to regain cult status with Manchester City fans

I will win fans over! Fallen idol Tevez wants to regain cult status among City faithful

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

10:59 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:04 GMT, 3 March 2013

Carlos Tevez claims he is a different man to the one that walked out on Manchester City to return home to Argentina last season, but admits he still has work to do in winning back the club's fans.

Tevez has re-established himself as a regular in Roberto Mancini's side this season, something that was almost unthinkable last year as he went on unauthorised leave in his homeland for several months, apparently ready to quit the game.

'I knew it wasn't going to be easy to come back,' Tevez told the Sunday Times. 'I'd left City and you could almost say I'd left through the back door. But it is almost like there are two Tevezes. There's the Tevez before, who had a problem, and there's the Tevez now, who no longer has problems.'

Back on form: Tevez has netted 11 times for City this season in his 33 appearances

Back on form: Tevez has netted 11 times for City this season in his 33 appearances

Tevez said the key has been getting his family back together. Tevez had requested a transfer from City prior to his walkout when his wife and children returned to Argentina, but now they are all back in England Tevez said he has a different perspective on his football.

'It totally changes everything, your disposition, your humour, just having them close,' he said.

'If I wasn't selected in the past I'd be in a terrible mood. Now I'm still gutted but I go home, see my daughters, it takes my mind off it and I feel better.'

The 29-year-old has 11 goals this season, not quite matching the outstanding return of his pre-walkout days but still a highly valuable part of Roberto Mancini's strikeforce.

Letting fly: Argentine Carlos Tevez smashed home Manchester City's second against Chelsea

Letting fly: Argentine Tevez smashed home Manchester City's second against Chelsea

Despite that, a sizeable number of City fans still bear a grudge after last season, with Tevez's goals often met with a more muted celebration than those of his team-mates.

Tevez can understand that, but is still working to win them over with his new attitude.
'I knew it would be difficult for the fans to accept me again,' he said. 'But I hope, little by little, match by match…you give everything for the shirt and win them over through hambre de gloria (hunger for glory). I was once a real idol for these fans, they were so supportive of me. I hope I'm able to win them back.'

While his standing with the supporters still needs work, Tevez is adamant he and Mancini are now “fine”, their once fiery relationship 'a lot calmer now'.

Vital: Tevez's return proved pivotal in bringing the Premier League title to the Etihad Stadium last season

Vital: Tevez's return proved pivotal in bringing the Premier League title to the Etihad Stadium last season

'It might be down to maturity,' he added. 'Maybe, before, I was under a lot more pressure. I was a leader of the team. People would often say, 'If Carlos has a bad day, City have a bad day'. Maybe you just reach a point where there's worse things in life than disappointment in football.

'If I come off the bench and score but I'm not in the next starting line-up I'm a lot more accepting.'

Graham Poll: Celtic were beaten by referee against Juventus

Celtic were beaten by Juve – but they were let down by the referee. Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks and Mick McManus were all that was missing from this wrestling extravaganza

By
Graham Poll

PUBLISHED:

09:46 GMT, 13 February 2013

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UPDATED:

14:02 GMT, 13 February 2013

Celtic's Champions League dream lies in ruins after a 3-0 defeat by Juventus in the first leg of their last-16 tie but they were not helped by the referee.

Celtic should have had a penalty for the blatant holding at corners which, had they converted, could have put a completely different perspective on the game.

Spanish referee Alberto Undiano Mallenca chose to discipline Hoops striker Gary Hooper and Juve defender Stephan Lichtsteiner when clashes occurred and did so before the corner was taken, meaning a penalty could not be awarded.

Corner chaos: Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon got to grips with Celtic striker Gary Hooper

Corner chaos: Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon got to grips with Celtic striker Gary Hooper

Too close: The tussle between Buffon, Hooper and Stephan Lichtsteiner was like a wrestling match

Too close: The tussle between Buffon, Hooper and Stephan Lichtsteiner was like a wrestling match

Now for the headlock: Hooper is held in the box by Lichsteiner

Now for the headlock: Hooper is held in the box by Lichsteiner

Hands off: Hooper and Lichsteiner carry on their struggles

Hands off: Hooper and Lichsteiner carry on their struggles

Up in arms: Scott Brown gets the treatment too, from Simone Padoin

Up in arms: Scott Brown gets the treatment too, from Simone Padoin

Pushing their luck: Brown has words with Andrea Pirlo after another round of shoving

Pushing their luck: Brown has words with Andrea Pirlo after another round of shoving

That is a good way of letting players know you have seen the holding and blocking and will not tolerate it.

However, when it continues unabated, despite those yellow cards, you have a duty to increase the punishment. Some of it reminded me of the old ITV wrestling days.

King of the ring: Wrestler Mick McManus tries to slam Tommy Cooper in the first show of ABC TV's new series Life with Cooper. Did Juventus watch this

King of the ring: Wrestler Mick McManus tries to slam Tommy Cooper in the first show of ABC TV's new series Life with Cooper. Did Juventus watch this

Two falls, one submission, or a knockout: Big Daddy in typical ITV wrestling pose

Two falls, one submission, or a knockout: Big Daddy in typical ITV wrestling pose

Choker: In tactics Juve might have liked, Giant Haystacks defeats South African champion Danny Voges

Choker: In tactics Juve might have liked, Giant Haystacks defeats South African champion Danny Voges

So either red cards should have been shown or preferably at least one penalty awarded for the blatant holding.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon had every right to feel hard done by.

Appeal: Hooper got nothing out of Spanish referee Alberto Undiano Mallenca - apart from a booking

Appeal: Hooper got nothing out of Spanish referee Alberto Undiano Mallenca – apart from a booking

Fuming: Celtic manager Neil Lennon (right) was raging with referee Mallenca as the Hoops went down to Juve

Fuming: Celtic manager Neil Lennon (right) was raging with referee Mallenca as the Hoops went down to Juve

Sir Dave Brailsford wants to make Team Sky into an admired sports team

We'll be the next Barca! Boss Brailsford wants Team Sky to be 'admired' like Messi and co

By
Richard Moore

PUBLISHED:

01:04 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

01:04 GMT, 29 January 2013

Sir Dave Brailsford has revealed that he is part of a group of elite coaches who hold regular meetings to share information and trade secrets.

Among those involved are Stuart Lancaster, head coach to the English rugby team, Mike Forde, director of football operations at Chelsea, Geoff McGrath of the McLaren F1 team, and Damien Comolli, former director of football strategy at Liverpool.

‘We meet regularly, and it’s expanding,’ said Brailsford, the British Cycling performance director and Team Sky principal.

‘It’s about getting some leading guys together and thinking about things from a high performance perspective. Damien is the numbers guy, and Stuart’s an interesting guy who’s doing very well.’

Ambitious: Sir Dave Brailsford wants to make Team Sky into an 'admired sports team'

Ambitious: Sir Dave Brailsford wants to make Team Sky into an 'admired sports team'

The group – sport’s equivalent of a ‘brain trust’ – will hold their next meeting in April, said Brailsford, who added that he is keen to involve coaches from American sport, perhaps including Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s coach whose story was immortalised in the book and film, Moneyball. Brailsford has met Beane and declares himself an admirer.

‘It’s becoming a bit more formal, and we’ re moving towards having a name, but we’re in the nice position of having other people wanting to join,’ said Brailsford.

Brailsford also said that one of his ambitions is for Team Sky to become ‘the most admired sports team in the world.’

Stars: Barcelona are one of the top sports teams in the world

Stars: Barcelona are one of the top sports teams in the world

Citing Barcelona and McLaren as teams towards which he aspires, he explained that achieving their ultimate ambition of winning the Tour de France, which they did with Bradley Wiggins last year, led him to another question: ‘One of the issues with having a goal based only on results is you think, “what’s next” And we wanted to be as ambitious as we could be, so we asked: “what would the most admired sports team look like”

‘There are four elements,’ Brailsford continued. ‘Having the best performances, the most engaged fans, the most satisfied partners, and, most importantly, that we’re recognised as being clean.’

On this fourth point Team Sky endured a difficult off-season when, in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal, they re-stated their zero tolerance doping policy and insisted that all members of staff sign a document promising no previous transgressions.

Hero: Sir Bradley Wiggins has become a national treasure following his Tour de France win and Olympic time trial gold

Hero: Sir Bradley Wiggins has become a national treasure following his Tour de France win and Olympic time trial gold

This saw Bobby Julich, a coach, and Steven de Jongh, a sports director, both leave after admitting to using EPO as riders, while Geert Leinders, the Belgian doctor now implicated in a doping case involving the former Rabobank team, was dismissed in October when it became clear that he represented, as Brailsford put it, ‘a reputational risk.’

Brailsford admitted that the team’s performance could suffer this season as a result of the departures, which also included Sean Yates, who has retired, and Michael Rogers, who has joined Alberto Contador at Saxo-Tinkoff. ‘It was a clear decision: do we compromise our 9zero tolerance9 policy or change the policy and be willing to take a step back in performance’ said Brailsford.

‘We decided that, yes, we will potentiallly compromise performance and stick to our policy. If managed correctly we shouldn’t see a drop in performance, but we’ll wait and see.’

Ian Bell to ring changes in third Test against India

I'll be ringing the changes, insists returning Bell ahead of third Test against India

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22:30 GMT, 2 December 2012

Back to business for England at the iconic Eden Gardens on Sunday, with a pitch row still raging and a new dad vowing to put cricket into its proper perspective.

As England enjoyed a few days off in the aftermath of their historic win in Mumbai, India have found themselves caught up in an unseemly squabble over the surface for the third Test which starts here on Wednesday.

Prabir Mukherjee, the octogenarian Eden Gardens groundsman who called MS Dhoni’s demand for a turning pitch ‘immoral’, was enjoying his time in the spotlight, happily waving and chatting to all and sundry, while England quietly practised with the series level and the pressure off them.

Captain's orders: India's MS Dhoni has demanded a pitch to suit his side

Captain's orders: India's MS Dhoni has demanded a pitch to suit his side

The sprightly Mukherjee has vowed to ignore Dhoni and do things his way, but the bad news for England is that the pitch he wants to prepare is more likely to resemble the low, slow turner of Ahmedabad than the bouncy, jagging Mumbai surface that was such to Monty Panesar’s liking.

‘It will be a true pitch — and it will be up to the players to play well on it,’ said a defiant Mukherjee.

One man who will be happy to play on anything provided is Ian Bell, who flew back to Kolkata two days ahead of the England team’s arrival here after missing the second Test in theory to return home for the birth of his first child.

As it turned out, Joseph William Bell was impatient to appear, and his father, having rushed away from the Test in Ahmedabad, had not left India when he was born.

Back: Ian Bell returns to the England squad for the third Test against India

Back: Ian Bell returns to the England squad for the third Test against India

‘I managed to get as far as Mumbai when the baby arrived,’ said Bell, who looks sure to regain his place at the expense of Jonny Bairstow. ‘I would have been there had he been on time but he couldn’t wait! It worked out well, though, in that they came home early so I could spend more time with them.’

Bell had looked distracted in the early weeks of this tour, and the hope now is that his paternity leave will clear his mind and help him improve the poor record in India that, at the moment, is a stain on his international record. His lamentable shot first ball in Ahmedabad summed up his fortunes here.

‘Maybe, sometimes, I’ve tried a bit too hard,’ said Bell. ‘And that shot in Ahmedabad was a sign of me saying, “Right, I’m coming at you”. But after what has happened in the last week or so, my whole attitude has changed.

Raring to go: Steven Finn will be fit for England's next Test against India

Raring to go: Steven Finn will be fit for England's next Test against India

‘Maybe I’ve put a bit too much on myself in the past and beat myself up, but now I just want to go out and trust my ability. I have no regrets about going home — parenthood is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It has given me more of a balance and I can enjoy every day I’m with the England team. That’s what I want to do — go out, not worry about things and enjoy my cricket.’

Steven Finn did not bowl at Eden Gardens on Sunday, but England insisted that was more to do with the fact that he delivered 23 hostile overs for the England Performance Squad last week rather than any worries about his fitness.

Finn, who damaged his thigh in England’s first warm-up game, was due to return to action on Monday with the out-of-sorts Stuart Broad, who bowled for 40 minutes on Sunday, sitting out practice.

The odds remain on Finn playing in place of his vice-captain in a second change to England’s winning team.

Mark Clattenburg career is over if he made racist remarks – Graham Poll

Clattenburg knows if he made racist remarks in heat of Stamford Bridge battle his career is already over

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13:41 GMT, 29 October 2012

Mark Clattenburg will be feeling mixed emotions. He'll feel incredibly low and after such a high-adrenaline match full of incidents it is impossible not to come down… hard.

Especially when the game finished as unsatisfactorily from the officials' perspective as this one did. And faced with the very serious allegations he will also feel angry and worried.

Angry that he is subject to such allegations given all the abuse that he, along with so many other officials, allow themselves to be subjected to week in week out; and worried in case, in the heat of the moment he forgot himself and made inappropriate comments.

Worrying times: Clattenburg's career hangs in the balance after allegations made by Chelsea

Worrying times: Clattenburg's career hangs in the balance after allegations made by Chelsea

Not racist ones, he'll know if he made those and will know his career is over if he did; but comments including foul or inappropriate words that he cannot recall making. When the pressure is at its greatest things are said and done which do not bear scrutiny.

In November 2006 I was accused of making inappropriate remarks to three Chelsea players during their defeat at White Hart Lane.

Nothing as serious as the allegations that Clattenburg faces but serious enough to worry me as to what would happen to me. I was livid at even being asked if I had made the comments attributed to me by three players.

I was 99 per cent certain I had said nothing wrong and yet I was still worried until my colleagues confirmed that I had not said anything untoward. The point is the job means so much to a referee, if there is any possibility of it being taken away it brings out irrational thoughts. You know you are innocent but what if…

Centre of attention: All eyes are on Clattenburg as authorities attempt to piece together events at Stamford Bridge

Centre of attention: All eyes are on Clattenburg as authorities attempt to piece together events at Stamford Bridge

Centre of attention: All eyes are on Clattenburg as authorities attempt to piece together events at Stamford Bridge

I don't know if Clattenburg feels that
way, whether he knows he is completely innocent. He has said that he
will co-operate fully, of course he has to.

He will have got on the phone to Mick McDonagh and Simon Long, his two assistants and his select group referee colleague, Mike Jones, who was acting as fourth official.

All three will have been on the referee communication system and heard every word that Clattenburg said during play. He will have wanted to speak to them, not to 'get their stories straight' but to re-confirm that he said nothing inappropriate.

In such a high pressure environment Clattenburg may well have used an expletive or two. It's hard not to if you are in that atmosphere where foul language prevails.

Clattenburg will be contacted by the FA compliance department and asked for a written statement in response to the complaint made by Chelsea Football Club. So will the other three match officials.

Red alert: Clattenburg will have to make a full report on events in west London

Red alert: Clattenburg will have to make a full report on events in west London

Red alert: Clattenburg will have to make a full report on events in west London

Then the FA disciplinary department will look at the statements and any evidence that they have gathered from video footage and decide if Clattenburg has a case to answer.

If he does then he will probably be suspended until such a hearing, which should not take the months and months to prepare that other cases have done.

The question everyone is asking is, if all comments made by and to the referee were recorded this case could be settled very quickly.

Red alert: Clattenburg dismissed two Blues players

Red alert: Clattenburg dismissed two Blues players

Edinburgh reject Saracens offer to play Heineken Cup game in South Africa

Edinburgh reject Saracens offer to play Heineken Cup game in South Africa

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UPDATED:

10:51 GMT, 11 October 2012

Edinburgh have rejected an approach by Saracens to play a Heineken Cup pool game between the teams in South Africa.

Edinburgh Rugby managing director Craig Docherty said the proposal was not 'commercially compelling'.

Saracens tackle Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Saturday in the opening Pool One fixture of this season's tournament.

No go: Edinburgh have rejected an offer from Saracens to play their Heineken Cup clash in South Africa

No go: Edinburgh have rejected an offer from Saracens to play their Heineken Cup clash in South Africa

But the Aviva Premiership club were keen to play the return fixture – scheduled for January 20 – in Cape Town.

Saracens have already taken one 'home' Heineken Cup fixture abroad this season, opting to tackle French club Racing Metro at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on Saturday week.

Moves to play a Heineken game against Biarritz in Cape Town, meanwhile, did not come to fruition last term.

Edinburgh reached last season's Heineken semi-finals, beating four-time tournament winners Toulouse on the way in a thrilling quarter-final at Murrayfield that attracted a crowd close to 40,000.

Docherty said: 'As a club, our commitment is to our fans and other key stakeholders, such as sponsors, and fundamentally our goal is to qualify from what is a very challenging Heineken Cup pool.

'Following Edinburgh Rugby to South Africa is simply not an option for the vast majority whose support was so crucial to our journey to last season's semi-final.

Away day: Saracens will host French club Racing Metro at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels

Away day: Saracens will host French club Racing Metro at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels

Luke Benedict

'I am sure they will be desperate to support us in what could be a critical pool game.

'The case made by Saracens was not commercially compelling and, from a performance perspective, would have had a detrimental effect on our preparation for – and recovery from – this match.

'Edinburgh Rugby are open to new and innovative ideas, but the prospect of playing our final pool game in the southern hemisphere was simply not an option that we could seriously consider from a number of different perspectives.

'We consulted with tournament organisers ERC (European Rugby Cup) and Scottish Rugby throughout this process, and both are happy with our decision.'

Saracens' official fixture list currently has the Edinburgh game down to be played at Vicarage Road in Watford.

It would be Saracens' last game there before moving to a new home – Allianz Park in Hendon.

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Maria de Villota relives horror smash before British Grand Prix

'I had 140 stitches in my face and they looked like boat rope. I was terrified.' Female F1 driver De Villota relives horror smash in which she lost an eye

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11:25 GMT, 10 October 2012

Formula One test driver Maria de Villota has spoken for the first time about the horror smash in which she lost her right eye.

The 32-year-old spent a month in
hospital after suffering serious head injuries when she crashed into the back of a team transporter during a
straight-line test for Marussia on July 3.

Maria De Villota before the crash

Speed queen: Maria De Villota before the crash

De Villota has now returned home but she continues to suffer from headaches and has lost her sense of smell and taste.

'I remember everything – even the moment of the impact,' di Villota told
the Spanish Hola magazine.

'When I woke up everybody was around me and they didn't even know if I
was going to speak, or how I was going to speak. I started speaking in
English because I thought I was on an FIA check-up and that the nurse
was a trainer.

'Then my dad said 'Please, Maria, speak Spanish, because your mother is
missing half the things', and then I became aware of everything: of what
had happened, where I was and why.'

The smash, which happened at Duxford Airfield in the run-up to the British Grand Prix, had had a profound effect of De Villota.

'The accident has given me a new perspective about life, about the
things that matter,' she said.

'It has taught me that to achieve what
you want you have to educate yourself in sacrifice through effort.

Crash: De Villota suffered serious head injuries

Crash: De Villota suffered serious head injuries

'Now I have just one eye maybe I perceive more things than before.
Before this, my life was a race against the clock, and now I see you
have to stop and measure things in a different way.'

De Villota admitted she was shocked the first time she saw her injuries, but she is sure that the worst is now behind her.

'In the beginning they were covering it [the eye] so I couldn't see it,'
she added.

'The first day I looked at myself in the mirror I had 140
black stitches on my face, and they looked like they had been stitched
with a boat rope, and I had lost my right eye. I was terrified.

'I have to undergo more surgery soon, but the worst is now behind.'

She added: 'I have headaches that they don't know how long will last – maybe years.

'I have to control my efforts a lot because of the cranial pressure. I
have also lost smell, and taste, which is linked to smell. Now I like
things with a very strong taste.'

John Terry retirement is massive blow for England – Andre Villas-Boas

Terry retirement is a massive blow for England, claims AVB

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16:07 GMT, 27 September 2012

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas insists John Terry will be sorely missed by England following his international retirement.

Terry has ben banned from domestic club football for four matches and fined 220,000 after being found guilty of racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand by a Football Association independent regulatory commission.

Retired: Terry has played his last game for England

Retired: Terry has played his last game for England

The 31-year-old Chelsea captain, who can lodge an appeal, had already announced earlier this week that his England career is over.

'It's a massive, massive loss for England,' said Villas-Boas, Terry's former manager at Chelsea.

'John Terry is a player with unbelievable talent and helped this country so much, and the same for Chelsea too.

Blow: Andre Villas-Boas reckons England will miss Terry

Blow: Andre Villas-Boas reckons England will miss Terry

'In the end they are his decisions, personal decisions.

'It's difficult for a player to take a position like this but on the perspective of England and qualification it leaves (England manager) Roy Hodgson in a difficult position bearing in mind the centre-backs he has at his disposal.

'I'm not putting into question the quality of the other players, but he is certainly missing one player of great, great talent.'

Crawley 2 Swansea 3: Garry Monk completes comeback

Crawley 2 Swansea 3: Monk completes late comeback as Laudrup's men survive scare

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21:23 GMT, 25 September 2012

Swansea have made a habit of embarrassing bigger clubs in the past year or so, but on Tuesday night they had a fresh perspective of just how annoying underdogs can be.

They came dangerously close to becoming the first Barclays Premier League club to fall to the rapidly emerging side from Crawley, a League One outfit that has already accounted for Millwall and Bolton in this year's Capital One Cup.

Relief: Monk salvaged victory for the away side after his injury-time strike

Relief: Monk salvaged victory for the away side after his injury-time strike

Match facts

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On target: Miguel Michu opened the scoring with 27 minutes gone at Crawley