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Liverpool 3 Zenit 1 (agg 3-3): match report

Liverpool 3 Zenit 1 (agg 3-3): Reds bow out on away goals at Anfield despite Suarez's free-kick brace

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21:56 GMT, 21 February 2013

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Liverpool's Europa League campaign ended on Thursday night despite a spirited effort in their attempt to score the four goals needed against Zenit to progress.

Jamie Carragher's error allowed Hulk to score a priceless away goal for the Russians in the 19th minute and give Liverpool a mountain to climb.

A free-kick from Luis Suarez followed by a goal from Joe Allen gave Liverpool a 2-1 lead at half-time, but they still needed two goals without response in the second half to progress.

But, despite Suarez scoring a second free-kick early in the second half, Liverpool couldn't force a fourth goal.

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Beauty: Luis Suarez curled in a free-kick in front of the Kop to put Liverpool 3-1 ahead on the night

Beauty: Luis Suarez curled in a free-kick in front of the Kop to put Liverpool 3-1 ahead on the night

Beauty: Luis Suarez curled in a free-kick in front of the Kop to put Liverpool 3-1 ahead on the night

MATCH FACTS

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Jose Enrique, Lucas, Allen (Shelvey 59), Downing (Sterling 84), Gerrard, Henderson (Assaidi 59), Suarez.

Subs not used: Gulacsi, Coates, Suso, Wisdom.

Booked: Shelvey.

Goals: Suarez 28, 59, Allen 43.

Zenit St Petersburg: Malafeev, Aniukov, Luis Neto, Lombaerts (Criscito 46), Hubocan, Witsel, Denisov, Shirokov, Danny (Faitzulin 46), Hulk, Semak (Rodic 84).

Subs not used: Zhevnov, Bruno Alves, Bukharov, Kerzhakov.

Booked: Denisov.

Goals: Hulk 19.

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)

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Chelsea, Spurs and Man City miss out as Willian heads for Anzhi

Chelsea, Spurs and Man City miss out as Willian heads for Anzhi in 29m move from Shakhtar

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Andy James

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17:14 GMT, 30 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:40 GMT, 30 January 2013

Big-spending Russians Anzhi Makhachkala are set to sign Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willian for 29million.

Willian was close to joining Chelsea last summer and the Londoners have been keeping a close eye on the Brazilian's situation ever since.

Manchester City and Tottenham are also known admirers but Anzhi look to have won the race for his signature.

Big-money move: Willian is set to join Anzhi in a 29m move from Shakhtar

Big-money move: Willian is set to join Anzhi in a 29m move from Shakhtar

The capture of Willian should soften the blow delivered by the loss of Christopher Samba.

The big defender has travelled to London to seal a 12.5m move to Queens Park Rangers after the Premier League strugglers met the release clause in his contract.

Anzhi boss Guus Hiddink hit out at Samba over the way he left.

The former Chelsea boss said: 'It's a shame to talk about this but he didn't even say goodbye, he didn't explain anything to us.

'Whatever happens to you, you should take into account the people with whom you work.'

Nelson called into Portugal squad to replace injured Fabio Coentrao

Bento calls up Nelson to Portugal squad for Northern Ireland game as Coentrao is ruled out

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17:31 GMT, 13 October 2012

Portugal coach Paulo Bento has called up Real Betis full-back Nelson for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland following an injury to Fabio Coentrao.

Real Madrid left-back Coentrao limped out of Friday night's match in Russia after 20 minutes and will miss the visit of Northern Ireland to the Estadio do Dragao, Portugal have confirmed in a statement on their website, www.fpf.pt.

Missing: Fabio Coentrao will be out of Portugal's game with Northern Ireland

Missing: Fabio Coentrao will be out of Portugal's game with Northern Ireland

Midfielder Raul Meireles also picked up an injury during training on Thursday but Bento has decided not to call up a replacement for him, instead making do with the remaining 22 players at his disposal.

Portugal lost their 100 per cent start to their World Cup qualifying campaign after going down 1-0 to Russia and are now second in Group F, three points behind the Russians after three games.

Northern Ireland are fourth with one point from two games.

Russia 2 Northern Ireland 0: Fabio Capello"s side earn win

Russia 2 Northern Ireland 0: Fab for Capello as dubious Shirokov penalty seals win

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16:54 GMT, 7 September 2012

Fabio Capello's Russia eased to victory over Northern Ireland with a goal from Viktor Fayzulin and then a dubious penalty in their World Cup 2014 qualifier.

Craig Cathcart was adjudged to have committed a foul and Roman Shirokov fired home from the spot to double the lead.

Gareth McAuley had a late penalty claim for handball but the referee thought otherwise.

More to follow.

Opener: Russia's Viktor Fayzulin (right) broke the deadlock

Opener: Russia's Viktor Fayzulin (right) broke the deadlock

Hemmed in: Jamie Ward tries to escape the attention of three Russians

Hemmed in: Jamie Ward tries to escape the attention of three Russians

England old boy: Fabio Capello, manager of Russia

England old boy: Fabio Capello, manager of Russia

In action: Gareth McAuley on the move

In action: Gareth McAuley on the move

Respect: Players observed a minute of silence to commemorate members of the ice hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, who died in a plane crash a year ago

Respect: Players observed a minute of silence to commemorate members of the ice hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, who died in a plane crash a year ago

Guidance: Capello orders his team around

Guidance: Capello orders his team around

Bluster: Igor Denisov piles in on Corry Evans

Bluster: Igor Denisov piles in on Corry Evans

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill

Russia's victory was comfortable

No answers: Michael O'Neill could do nothing as Northern Ireland lost to Russia

London 2012 Olympics: Jesper Holmris disappointed with women"s handball loss

Holmris disappointed as GB's women fall to former champions Russia in handball

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17:43 GMT, 30 July 2012

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Great Britain's women coach Jesper Holmris expressed his disappointment after a 37-16 defeat to European powerhouses Russia in the Copper Box.

While a loss to the former world champions, who are contenders for a podium finish in the tournament, was always on the cards, the manner and scoreline of it was perhaps worse than Team GB had accounted for.

Having played so well against another strong side in Montenegro on their Olympic Games debut on Saturday, Holmris' women were unable to match that level of performance and a 21-goal deficit represents a heavy loss.

Thanks for the support: Britain's centreback Lynn Mccafferty applauds at the end of the match against Russia

Thanks for the support: Britain's centreback Lynn Mccafferty applauds at the end of the match against Russia

It was a particularly disappointing defeat as they have come up against the Russians twice in the last 10 months and were beaten by considerably fewer goals on each occasion, with Holmris left to rue not having the element of surprise.

'Russia gave 100% for 60 minutes and it's great to play against the very best,' he said.

'But we had a few players who had an off day and weren't quite up to speed and we can't handle teams like Russia if we are not at 100 per cent.

'It's an advantage for Russia to have played us twice before because they knew what to expect, they weren't surprised and had prepared well.

Fight for the ball: Russia's centre back Tatiana Khmyrova vies for the ball

Fight for the ball: Russia's centre back Tatiana Khmyrova vies for the ball

'They knew our moves in attack so it was hard for us. We knew we couldn't win but we just wanted to give them a hard time and we did in short spells but I was a little bit disappointed.

'But the Russians are just a super power and they can definitely get a medal.'

One of the major problems Team GB faced was the sheer size and brute force of the Russian side, who towered over their hosts, with their biggest player standing a foot taller than GB's smallest and the heaviest weighing more than 20kg more.

And Holmris is hoping the surge of interest in the game in Britain due to the Games will help them find players with better physical attributes.

Battle: Russia's pivot Natalia Shipilova fights for the ball with Mccafferty

Battle: Russia's pivot Natalia Shipilova fights for the ball with Mccafferty

'Two days ago after the game against Montenegro there was a handball club in Leeds that got 7,000 requests on how to join and 1.3million viewers on the BBC and we have 60 million people living in this country so we will find girls like the Russians,' Holmris added.

'We need people to invest in our sport and be given time to prepare the players, it won't be done in a couple of years it will be done in eight or 10 years.'

Pivot Louise Jukes was on the end of some rough stuff by the Russia defenders and she admits that playing against such physically superior opponents takes it out of her.

'Unfortunately we didn't have the best of it today, Russia are a phenomenal team and they just stepped it up, so we are disappointed,' she said.

'We have played against them before and had better results, but we have to work so hard to defend against them that we run out of energy when we attack so we give the ball away too easily.

'It's much harder game against a team like Russia, so it is hard work, but we are disappointed.'

Russia coach Evgeny Trefilov, who told some of his side to retire after they scraped past Angola in their opening game, knows there is more to come from his side.

'We didn't treat this game any different to any other in the competition,' he said.

'We wanted to show we have potential and we put a lot of effort in so if anyone regarded this as a training exercise, it wasn't us.

'We have got plenty of problems in our team at the moment. It's not a clockwork mechanism, but what is

'Even a Bentley car could stall every now and then. I wouldn't say we are a Bentley yet, but we probably will be in the future.'

London 2012 Olympics: Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier lose first badminton match

Adcock and Bankier face uphill task after losing opening clash to Russians

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11:19 GMT, 28 July 2012

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Great Britain's Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier failed to capitalise on a fine start as they were beaten in their London 2012 opener at Wembley Arena.

Adcock and Bankier raced ahead in the opening game of their Group A match against Russia's Alexandr Nikolaenko and Valeria Sorokina, but their opponents hit back to win 14-21 21-9 21-18.

The Anglo-Scottish pair, silver medallists at the World Championships at the same venue last year, must now bounce back quickly against Germans Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels on Sunday.

Bad start: Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier lost out to Valeria Sorokina and Alexandr Nikolaenko

Bad start: Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier lost out to Valeria Sorokina and Alexandr Nikolaenko

Having entered the arena to a huge roar from the near sell-out crowd, the world number 10s made a superb start against opponents ranked five places below them.

The Britons dominated the opening game, with Adcock continually punishing Nikolaenko for lifting too often by smashing down at Sorokina while Bankier took charge at the net.

Their fast-paced attacking style was well rewarded as they took the opening game in 17 minutes, but the Russians changed the tempo to control the second.

Sorokina came to the fore as Bankier faltered and the loss of six successive points early in the game put the Britons on the back foot.

With the momentum lost, the Russians
eased away to level the match but Adcock and Bankier recovered their
poise in a tight final game.

There
was little to separate the two pairs but Adcock and Bankier had the
edge until the loss of four straight points turned a 14-12 lead into a
16-14 deficit.

Solemn: Adcock and Bankier will have to bounce back in their next group match

Solemn: Adcock and Bankier will have to bounce back in their next group match

Nikolaenko and Sorokina did not relinquish their lead and went on to wrap up the match in 61 minutes.

With a match against top seeds Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei also still to come, Adcock and Bankier, who had realistic medal hopes, face a battle to reach the knock-out stages.

Adcock, 23, said: 'Obviously we're very disappointed. We came here for a win and we didn't get it.

'But it is a group stage and know that two wins can still get us to the next stage. That is the positive of the day.

'We started really well and the crowd were brilliant but they adjusted their tactics and we were unable to combat that.

'The third game got a bit scrappy and they came out on top.

'Ideally we wanted to win every game and get off to a good start but now we have to go back, recuperate and prepare for the next two games.'

Stretch: Bankier returns a shot against Alexandr Nikolaenko and Valeria Sorokina of Russia

Stretch: Bankier returns a shot against Alexandr Nikolaenko and Valeria Sorokina of Russia

Adcock and Bankier had been expecting to open their campaign against the Chinese duo Zhang and Zhao on Sunday morning but the Badminton World Federation announced wholesale changes to the schedule on the eve of competition.

Because of an oversight, the initial programme did not comply to the governing body's own regulations for round-robin competitions.

The arena was also very warm for most of the morning session as the air conditioning had been turned off by organisers because of concerns it might affect the flights of shuttlecocks. It was turned on towards the end of the session.

Adcock did not cite either factor as an excuse for defeat.

The Nottingham player said: 'We found out quite early about the changes.

'A lot was made of it, after the draw was done the wrong way at the start, but that is the way it is.

Better luck next time: Adcock and Bankier acknowledge the crowd after their opening defeat

Better luck next time: Adcock and Bankier acknowledge the crowd after their opening defeat

'As soon as we were told the schedule had changed it was okay, we just prepared for the first match.

'It was quite warm, all events under TV lights are like that, but it felt okay. Unfortunately we just couldn't come through.'

Glaswegian Bankier, 24, said: 'We had a great start. I think we were playing well and the reaction we got when we went into the arena helped us.

'We felt very positive going into the first set and won that quite comfortably.

'But, like us, they had a gameplan as well and they managed to combat ours.

'I found my job quite difficult at the net.

'The third set was back and forwards but we just couldn't get that run we needed.

'We're extremely disappointed but we've got to get over it and move on, get ready for the next game.'

London 2012 Olympics: Russia shock China in beach volleyball

Red-hot Russia shock Chinese big guns in beach volleyball opener

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13:02 GMT, 28 July 2012

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The beach volleyball competition at Horse Guards Parade threw up an immediate upset as Chinese second seeds Xue Chen and Zhang Xi slipped to defeat in their opening Pool B match against Russia.

Xue and Zhang, bronze medallists in Beijing four years ago, began among the favourites for gold this time but could not have got off to a worst start to their Olympic quest as they fell to a 18-21, 21-14, 16-14 loss to Anastasia Vasina and Anna Vozakova.

The 9am start to the match did not prevent a sizeable turnout at the venue's 15,000-seater centre court, located just yards from Downing Street and Whitehall's Cabinet War Rooms.

Smashing: Anastasia Vasina sends one down as Xue Chen tries to block

Smashing: Anastasia Vasina sends one down as Xue Chen tries to block

Full stretch: Anna Vozakova reaches for the ball during Russia's victory over the Chinese team

Full stretch: Anna Vozakova reaches for the ball during Russia's victory over the Chinese team

And with dancers, music and even early-morning sunshine to help the session along, the crowd were soon into the spirit of the occasion.

China never looked at their best throughout the contest, and only just got across the line in a 20-minute opening set that could have gone either way.

The 21st-ranked Russians responded well in the next, taking the set comfortably, before the third – when deciding sets are first-to-15 with a two-point cushion, rather than first-to-21 – went to the wire.

Come on then, show us what you've got: China's Zhang Xi waits for the Russians to serve

Come on then, show us what you've got: China's Zhang Xi waits for the Russians to serve

China looked home and dry when they ran up two match points at 14-12, but some great defensive play saw the Russians pull back level, before they forced match point for themselves at 15-14, which was converted when Vasina's spike cannoned out of bounds off the helpless Zhang.

Next up for the Chinese pair is a meeting with Switzerland on Monday, and Zhang admitted improvements were required.

'I did not feel right before the game and maybe our preparation was not right,' she said. 'We must focus next time. The Russians played really great and there's been lots of pressure on us and we made lots of mistakes.'

Crowd pleasers: Cheerleaders perform during Saturday's beach volleyball at Horse Guards Parade

Crowd pleasers: Cheerleaders perform during Saturday's beach volleyball at Horse Guards Parade

Elsewhere in the women's competition, German 10th seeds Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler posted a 21-16 21-18 win over the Czech Republic's Lenka Hajeckova and Hana Klapalova in Pool A.

The men's tournament began with an impressive win for Latvia's Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Ruslans Sorokins in Pool D.

The 13th-ranked Latvians made a slow start against world number sevens Mariusz Prudel and Grzegorz Fijalek of Poland, losing the first set, but recovered well to post a 12-21, 21-15, 15-12 victory.

The opening session's final offering was a Pool C clash between Germany's Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann and Russia's Konstantin Semenov and Serguei Prokopiev. The third-ranked Germans posted a 21-19, 21-17 win.

All smiles: Russia's Anastasia Vasina (right) and Anna Vozakova celebrate at the end of the second set

All smiles: Russia's Anastasia Vasina (right) and Anna Vozakova celebrate at the end of the second set

Johnny Heitinga is Spartak Moscow target

Spartak reignite Heitinga interest which could let Everton seal Pienaar return

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21:50 GMT, 19 July 2012

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Spartak Moscow are set to revive interest in Everton defender Jonny Heitinga.

The Russians failed with a 4.2million offer for the Dutch international in February.

Heitinga, 28, was also wanted by Fenerbahce last month but an offer failed to materialise.

Wanted man: Johnny Heitinga might move to Spartak Moscow

Wanted man: Johnny Heitinga might move to Spartak Moscow

However, the Turks are close to
finalising a 2.5m move for Heitinga’s team-mate Joseph Yobo which
should allow Everton to push through a deal for Tottenham’s Steven
Pienaar.

Spurs midfielder Luka Modric,
meanwhile, turned up for training on Thursday but is understood to have
re-iterated his desire to leave for Real Madrid.

Roberto Mancini offered 35m by Russia to be boss

Russians in 35m bid for Mancini! World Cup hosts want City boss for national team

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22:47 GMT, 7 July 2012

Roberto Mancini has been offered 35million to manage World Cup hosts Russia as contract talks with Manchester City drag into another week.

Sources in Russia claimed on Saturday night that Mancini had agreed to take over the national team in a six-year deal that would see him in charge when they host the World Cup in 2018.

But City quickly rebuffed the story, insisting the Italian will join club players at their preseason training camp in Austria on Sunday and that negotiations over a new contract would be 'concluded' positively in the week.

Victory: Russia want Premier League winner Roberto Mancini

Victory: Russia want Premier League winner Roberto Mancini

Russia's desire to appoint a high-profile boss has led to an incredible tug-of-war over Mancini, who led city to their first league title since 1968 after a dramatic final day, and has just one year of his current deal remaining.

Russian sports website Sports.ru sensationally claimed Mancini would walk out next week after being given 6m a year by the Russian Football Federation.

However, City said on Saturday that they were confident their manager would re-sign for them after protracted discussions between lawyers on both sides for the past two months.

Huge bid: 35m could be Mancini's if he bites

Huge bid: 35m could be Mancini's if he bites

Whatever the outcome, the Russian link strengthens Mancini's hand. He has been offered a three-year deal worth 5m a year by city but wants a longer term as well as guarantees over the control of transfer policy.

City's hierarchy appreciate Mancini's reputation is sky-high having delivered the Fa cup and Premier League title in successive seasons. But there is friction within the club over his growing power and there was unhappiness at the way he blocked a longer pre-season tour of Asia which would have boosted City's global profile.

The Russians would have to pay about 16m in compensation to land Mancini and that is only if the club allow him to leave.

Disappointment: Dick Advocaat (centre) could not get Russia out of the Euro 2012 groups

Disappointment: Dick Advocaat (centre) could not get Russia out of the Euro 2012 groups

City sources tried to calm the anxieties of fans by saying: 'We're having our discussions on his contract that started at the end of the season.

'We think it'll conclude in the coming days, get sorted and signed off. He's definitely off to Austria on Sunday with the team, not Moscow!'

Mancini, nicknamed 'Bobby Manc' by supporters, clinched the Premier League title with a 3-2 win against QPR on the final day last season.

Russia believe they have the money and clout to be a major international force in football and have also been linked with ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola as they seek a replacement for Dick Advocaat, who was a flop at the Euro 2012 finals.

Euro 2012: Franciszek Smuda challenges Poland to claim their place among the elite by beating Czechs

Smuda challenges Poland to claim their place among the elite by beating Czechs

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23:37 GMT, 12 June 2012

Poland manager Franciszek Smuda believes the 1-1 draw with Russia proved his side have enough quality to reach the knockout stages of Euro 2012.

The co-hosts went behind when Alan Dzagoev fired the Russians in front in the 38th minute with his third goal of the tournament.

But Jakub Blaszczykowski hit a wonderful 58th-minute equaliser and Poland arguably enjoyed the better chances to steal all three points.

Unstoppable: Jakub Blaszczykowski fires one of the goals of the tournament

Unstoppable: Jakub Blaszczykowski fires one of the goals of the tournament

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Instead, the lowest-ranked team in the competition settled for a second draw following their opener against Greece.

Smuda was pleased and has called on his side to beat the Czech Republic in their last Group A match and show they are worthy of a quarter-final spot.

'It is getting better and better. Today's match proved that we are good enough to win against the Czech Republic,' he said.

Leading the way: Blaszczykowski takes the plaudits of the proud Polish fans

Leading the way: Blaszczykowski takes the plaudits of the proud Polish fans

'Our team can see that we have a chance of reaching the knockout stage and we will do everything we can to use that chance.'

'In 2011 we came together to build a new team, and when you do that you do not always play perfectly, but we have played a lot of good matches.'

Smuda admits playing on home turf brings a different kind of expectation but believes things are becoming easier to deal with as the tournament progresses.

Laying down the gauntlet: Franciszek Smuda wants to see Poland in the last eight

Laying down the gauntlet: Franciszek Smuda wants to see Poland in the last eight

'The pressure is always there. It is not getting any greater – in fact it was probably at its worst before the first game. Now that the tournament is up and runnin, and the first game is out of the way, the adrenalin level is lower and the pressure is dipping.

'Now we have a few days to prepare and to rest, to recover and regain our freshness.'

Russia boss Dick Advocaat, whose side impressed with a 4-1 win over the Czechs in their opener, was frustrated by the result.

He felt Russia were deserving of the
victory, but admitted there was little his players could do about
Blaszczykowski's moment of magic.

On target: Little Alan Dzagoev won a header in Poland's box to give Russia the lead

On target: Little Alan Dzagoev won a header in Poland's box to give Russia the lead

'I thought Russia were a better team than Poland, but it was a very good game and we played really well. It was a pretty good result because they had 40,000 people behind them, and that is a big advantage.

'The first win was nice and I really thought this one was going to end 1-0 because we controlled the game. We won that first game 4-1, but this one was like an away game, and you just have to accept that their equaliser was a beautiful goal.

'When you score a goal like he (Blaszczykowski) did, you must be a good player. It was a nice goal. But if you are objective you would say that both teams worked hard, but Russia had more possession and created more.'