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Inter Milan 1 AC Milan 1: Mario Balotelli misses several chances

Inter Milan 1 AC Milan 1: Balotelli misses raft of chances and his side are made to pay by supersub Schelotto

PUBLISHED:

21:40 GMT, 24 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:51 GMT, 24 February 2013

Mario Balotelli only had himself to blame as AC Milan were pegged back by fierce rivals Inter in Serie clash at the San Siro.

The striker missed several opportunities as Milan dominated the first half, opening the scoring through Stephan El Shaarawy.

Inter fought back in the second period, substitute Ezequiel Schelotto equalising with a powerful header.

Whoops: Mario Balotelli can't make the contact with the ball he desires and Samir Handanovic collects it

Whoops: Mario Balotelli can't make the contact with the ball he desires and Samir Handanovic collects it

Temper temper: Balotelli argues with Inter stalwart Javier Zanetti

Temper temper: Balotelli argues with Inter stalwart Javier Zanetti

How about that Inter came from behind when Ezequiel Schelotto powered in a header

How about that Inter came from behind when Ezequiel Schelotto powered in a header

More to follow.

England 1 Ukraine 1: Watch video highlights

England 1 Ukraine 1: Watch video highlights

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23:52 GMT, 11 September 2012

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UPDATED:

23:53 GMT, 11 September 2012

Frank Lampard rescued a point for England at Wembley with a dramatic late penalty as Roy Hodgson's side drew 1-1 with Ukraine at Wembley.

The visitors took the lead through Ievgeny Konoplianka, with the crashing home a sensational drive after 39 minutes.

England looked like they would be left to rue a raft of chances – Tom Cleverley squandered two regulation chances and Jermain Defoe had a goal chalked off for a foul on Andriy Yarmolenko – but up stepped Lampard to leave England on four points after two games in Group H.

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Brendan Rodgers says he"s close to first Liverpool signing

Rodgers closing in on first Liverpool signing but warns he doesn't have war chest

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UPDATED:

14:30 GMT, 9 July 2012

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits does not have a 'wheelbarrow load' of money to spend in the transfer window but is closing in on his first signing.

However, he has stressed any new arrival will have to have the right character as well as technical ability.

Rodgers, who opted out of the chase for new Spurs midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson as he refused to pay over the odds for the player, said an 'exciting' deal could be completed in the next few days.

Doing some DIY: Brendan Rodgers with the original 'This Is Anfield' sign after it was remounted at Anfield

Doing some DIY: Brendan Rodgers with the original 'This Is Anfield' sign after it was remounted at Anfield

'We don't have a wheelbarrow load of money, there is not the money flying about people think there is,' said the Northern Irishman.

'There certainly won't be as many [signings] as is being labelled out there.

'There have been a whole raft of players being linked and only a few are real targets for us.

'The reality is we have only made three or four enquiries about players and hopefully can close out one deal this week which will be a real exciting one for the club, one the supporters will absolutely love.

'We want to work with the great players we have here and make three or four tweaks in relation to the squad that can help the group.

In the hotseat: Rodgers overseeing one of his first training sessions

In the hotseat: Rodgers overseeing one of his first training sessions

'We want to be competitive in every game and challenging at the top end.”

Rodgers stamped his authority on the job early on when he refused to meet the wage demands of Sigurdsson.

A deal had been agreed with former club Swansea, where Rodgers had worked with the player for the second half of last season, but when Anfield became an option for the Iceland midfielder the financial side changed.

The Reds boss said he was only willing to may the market value and as a result the 22-year-old moved to Tottenham.

That has put down a marker for any new potential signings as Rodgers knows exactly what type of player he wants.

'This is a club which is a way of life, it is not just a club where you turn up for two hours' training and then go away,' added the 39-year-old at a press conference to publicise the club's pre-season tour to the United States for matches against FC Toronto, Roma and – coincidentally – Sigurdsson's new club Tottenham.

Time to get fit: The Liverpool players are put through their paces

Time to get fit: The Liverpool players are put through their paces

'You have to be prepared to come into the culture and philosophy of the club and if you don't then it's not a problem but this is not the right fit for you.

'I want players that are hungry to succeed and want to match the ambitions of how we want to move forward and the reality of that is there are very few players who can match that.

'I don't just want to identify a player and then let them come in at whatever cost.

'One of the things which distorts the reality of football is money.
'I don't see the sense of a player coming in if we have to pay over the odds for him.

'There are many good players out there but not many who have the courage and bravery to play the way we want to.'

Ball work: Lucas Laver trains at Mellwood

Ball work: Lucas Laver trains at Mellwood

Rodgers is still assessing the strength of his squad, made more difficult as some players involved in the European Championships have yet to return, before deciding who stays and who goes.

Striker Andy Carroll has been linked with AC Milan but the Liverpool manager insists there has been no approach.

'He is a very good young player and he will be linked with clubs with them because he is such a good player,' said Rodgers.

'It is something I have spoken to him about [while he is still] on his holidays so he knows exactly where he stands.

'I haven't had anything from AC Milan at all.'

Familiar face: Joe Cole is back training with the Liverpool team

Familiar face: Joe Cole is back training with the Liverpool team

Midfielder Alberto Aquilani, who was on loan at Milan last season having had a temporary spell at Juventus the campaign before, has returned to Merseyside with his future also unclear.

'I've had a good chat with Alberto the other day,' said Rodgers.

'It hasn't really worked out for him as of yet but he has the qualities in terms of technical and tactical ability to play.

'But what's going to be important for every player is that they have the steel and mindset to play.

'It will be very important and that's something I'll find out over the course of pre-season about all the players.'

Salomon Rondon wanted by Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs

Liverpool and Spurs join Chelsea in race for Malaga's 20m-rated Rondon

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12:14 GMT, 23 June 2012

A wanted man: Rondon is being eyed by a raft of European clubs

A wanted man: Rondon is being eyed by a raft of European clubs

Liverpool and Tottenham have joined Chelsea in the race for Malaga's 20m-rated striker Salomon Rondon, according to the player's agent.

The 22-year-old Venezuelan international fired 11 goals last season as the La Laiga outfit secured qualification for the Champions League.

And Pablo Martinez confirmed several approaches from the Premier League for his client,according to Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo.

However, with strong interest from Germany, Rondon will not leave southern Spain on the cheap, with mega-rich Malaga playing hardball over the transfer fee of a player they bought for 2.8m from Las Palmas in 2012.

Jenson Button: McLaren need to improve speed

Button prioritises McLaren's need for speed to resolve error-strewn season opening

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UPDATED:

13:00 GMT, 17 May 2012

Jenson Button has admitted to being more concerned about his lack of pace at present than the raft of errors being made by McLaren.

Button could only finish ninth in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix, a place and seven seconds behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who had started 14 positions back at the rear of the grid.

Hamilton was punished for a fuel irregularity in qualifying after the 27-year-old had thought he was again starting on pole at the Circuit de Catalunya, only for his times to be discounted.

Speed it up: Button believes he has identified what is hindering his team

Speed it up: Button believes he has identified what is hindering his team

It was the latest mistake from McLaren to undermine one of their drivers during a grand prix weekend as a considerable amount of points have been lost from strong positions.

In Button's case in Barcelona, however, he simply could not find any speed in his car, and that is now a major worry.

Button said: 'It was a tough weekend, especially on Sunday.

'The most important thing is to understand why I didn't have any pace over the weekend on low and high fuel.

'Even if qualifying doesn't go well, normally we can get some good points in the race, but I couldn't look after my tyres and I didn't have any pace. It's something that's a concern.

'Yes, Lewis did a fantastic job in qualifying, and the team did well to produce a car like that.

Stop-start: McLaren's faltering season is yet to ignite

Stop-start: McLaren's faltering season is yet to ignite

'In the race you can say Lewis again did a good job by finishing eighth, which he should be happy with, but still the pace isn't there.

'It was a worse weekend for me, but if you look at Lewis' pace in the race, I still don't think it's where you would expect us to be.

'My fastest lap of the race was 2.6secs slower than the quickest overall, which is just strange, and I don't understand why that is.

'And it wasn't one end of the car I struggled with, it was both. I've never been in a position like that. It was very extreme.'

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With Williams' Pastor Maldonado claiming victory, for only the second time in Formula One history five different drivers and five different constructors have won the first five races.

Button is scratching his head at that one, adding: 'It's not just us.

'The Red Bulls did a better job at the weekend than us in terms of points, but still they weren't quick when you compare them to Williams, Sauber, Lotus and Ferrari.

'Five different teams winning five different races, we really don't know what's going on, and I think that's the same up and down the pit lane.'