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Brian McDermott refused entry at Bournemouth reserves

Who are ya Bottom of the league and snubbed at Bournemouth reserves… new low for Reading boss McDermott

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08:50 GMT, 20 December 2012

Snubbed: Royals boss McDermott

Snubbed: Royals boss McDermott

Things went from bad to simply ridiculous for Reading manager Brian McDermott on Tuesday when he was denied entry to watch his reserve side at Bournemouth.

The day after his struggling Royals had been beaten 5-2 by Arsenal, keeping them rooted to the foot of the Barclays Premier League table, McDermott headed down to Dorset to watch his second string in a friendly held behind closed doors.

But a steward at the ground refused to allow him to enter as he could not prove his identity, according to The Sun. The blunder was later realised, but not before the embarrassing incident had left both McDermott and the steward red-faced.

McDermott's reserves went on to win the game 3-0, but he must be wondering when his luck is going to turn with his side already six points adrift of safety.

Bottom of the pile: Reading conceded five against Arsenal on Monday night

Bottom of the pile: Reading conceded five against Arsenal on Monday night

Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova defends Champions league format

Champions League predictable Try telling Chelsea and City that! Barcelona boss Vilanova defends format

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08:15 GMT, 6 December 2012

Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has
defended the current format of the Champions League pointing to the
failures of English teams in the last two seasons as proof that it is
far from boring.

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who won the competition in 2005, wrote exclusively on MailOnline yesterday arguing that the tournament needs to be revamped and reformatted.

Blue day: Chelsea crashed out of the Champions League on Wednesday night

Blue day: Chelsea crashed out of the Champions League on Wednesday night

He suggested that an initial
knockout phase that takes place before the group stage would prevent
some of the dead rubber matches that mar the early stages of the
Champions League.

Not predictable: The Barcelona boss has defended the Champions League

Not predictable: The Barcelona boss has defended the Champions League

Barcelona
went into their last game against Benfica already having topped their
group and with a second string team out playing in front of a half empty
stadium.

But Vilanova said: 'I don't agree that it has become predictable. We lost to Celtic this time and they almost got a draw here.

'Last
season Manchester United went out and Manchester City as well. This
year Manchester City have gone out and Chelsea the holders went out too.
So you can't say it is becoming predictable.

'The groups are tight you just get six games and when the draw is made no-one has the passage into the next round guaranteed.'

Out: City failed to make the knockout phase for the second consecutive year

Out: City failed to make the knockout phase for the second consecutive year

Barcelona could now face Arsenal in the next round with home advantage
in the second leg guaranteed but Vilanova said playing the away leg
first was not always significant.

He said: 'We all want to finish first because that means that you have
the first leg away but two seasons ago we played Arsenal away first and
then in the second leg at home we were going into the last minutes and
heading out.'

Celtic 1 Arbroath 1 match report:

Celtic 1 Arbroath 1: Lennon left red-faced as gamble on second string backfires against Scottish minnows

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17:32 GMT, 1 December 2012

Steven Doris' dramatic late free-kick for Arbroath means Celtic will
have to replay their William Hill Scottish Cup fourth-round tie against
the third-tier side.

With one eye on Wednesday night's home Champions League Group G decider
against Spartak Moscow, Hoops manager Neil Lennon made nine changes to
his side.

Hot shot: Steven Doris (left) scores the equaliser for Arbroath

Hot shot: Steven Doris (left) scores the equaliser for Arbroath

Match facts

Celtic: Zaluska, Matthews, Ambrose, Rogne, Chalmers (Izaguirre 54), McGeouch, Brown (Kayal 64), Wanyama, Ibrahim, Lustig (Nouioui 79), Miku. Subs Not Used: Forster, Hooper.

Goals: Keddie 36 og.

Arbroath: Morrison, Baxter, Malcolm, Scott Robertson, Keddie, Hamilton, Currie (Rennie 64), Doris, Kerr, Sheerin (Birse 75), Holmes (Gribben 90). Subs Not Used: Bullock, Sibanda.

Booked: Scott Robertson.

Goals: Doris 87.

Att: 15,000

Ref: Craig Charleston (Scotland).

The hosts nevertheless went ahead in the 35th minute when Stewart Malcolm hammered a clearance from the byline off the back of fellow Red Lichties defender Alex Keddie and into the net.

The SPL champions created and missed a host of chances while also being foiled by Arbroath goalkeeper Scott Morrison, but with four minutes remaining Doris shocked the home side when his deflected drive beat Lukasz Zaluska in the Celtic goal.

It means another game in an already congested fixture list for Lennon, who today gave starts to the likes of Zaluska, Joe Chalmers, Rabiu Ibrahim and Dylan McGeouch.

Thomas Rogne returned from a calf injury while Emilio Izaguirre was on the bench after recovering from a hamstring complaint.

Arbroath had a smattering of players with SPL experience in their side such as Keddie, Brian Kerr, Derek Holmes and player-manager Paul Sheerin.

Running men: Arbroath's Stephen Doris (second left) celebrates his late equaliser

Running man: Arbroath's Stephen Doris (second left) celebrates his late equaliser

The top tier of Celtic Park was closed and the meagre crowd lent an
unreal atmosphere to a match that Celtic dominated from the start.

The procession towards the visitors' goal began from the first whistle
and in the third minute Hoops striker Miku headed a Chalmers corner over
the bar from six yards.

McGeouch was causing problems down the right with his pace but it was
Ibrahim who flashed a shot wide of the target from the edge of the box
before Tony Watt's right-footed drive from 20 yards was saved by
Morrison.

In the 20th minute Victor Wanyama drove wide of the far post from
distance and moments later captain Scott Brown looped a header over the
bar from another McGeouch cross.

After surviving all those Celtic attempts on goal, Arbroath gifted the Hoops the opener.

Defender Mark Baxter and Malcolm combined to dispossess Miku on the far
side of the box and the ball appeared to be running over the byline for a
goal kick.

Stephen Doris's shot beats Celtic keeper Lukasz Zaluska

Stephen Doris's shot beats Celtic keeper Lukasz Zaluska

Gaffe: Arbroath's Scott Morrison reacts after an own goal by Alex Keddie

Gaffe: Arbroath's Scott Morrison reacts after an own goal by Alex Keddie

However, with the whole of Celtic Park to aim at Malcolm attempted to
hammer a clearance up the park but succeeded only in hitting the back of
Keddie and the ball rebounded into the goal.

Morrison had to make a great point-blank save from Brown a minute later
while his opposite number Zaluksa got involved in the game for the first
time two minutes from the break when he made a decent save from
Baxter's 20-yard drive.

The home side kept piling forward with relative ease after the break,
with Ibrahim curling the ball past the far post after being set up by
Adam Matthews.

The visitors began to tire as the second half progressed and they were
let off in the 67th minute when Miku worked a yard of space inside the
box before rifling a shot off the junction of bar and post.

Moments later, Morrison made a great save from the same player after he had turned and blasted in from eight yards.

The Hoops fans groaned when Wanyama headed a cross from Beram Kayal
over the bar and to add to Celtic's exhausting list of attempts on goal
Kayal fired just wide from the edge of the box before Morrison made a
save from an Ibrahim header.

In the final 10 minutes Arbroath kicked on and after Rogne had conceded a
free-kick 30 yards out with a foul on Derek Holmes, Doris' drive took a
defection before nestling in the back of the net.

In the final seconds Morrison made another save from Lassad Nouioui, who
had replaced Watt, but the visitors held on to earn an unlikely replay
at Gayfield.

England rugby squad: James Haskell and Ugo Monye recalled for Autumn Tests

Haskell and Monye end England exile as Lancaster calls up Vunipola for Autumn Tests

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09:05 GMT, 25 October 2012

England have confirmed the selection of Saracens rookie Mako Vunipola as one of just four props in a revised squad of 32 for the QBE Internationals at Twickenham next month.

The 21-year-old was only brought into the second-string Saxons squad last month, but now his club performances have ensured that his rapid personal development continues apace. He has been called up in place of the injured Alex Corbisiero, as one of four enforced changes.

Harlequins wing Ugo Monye comes in for Ben Foden while there is a return for another experienced figure – James Haskell, who takes over from long-term absentee Tom Croft. The other addition to the senior ranks is Leicester hooker Tom Youngs, who earns his opportunity while Rob Webber of Bath recovers from injury.

Call up: Mako Vunipola of Saracens

Call up: Mako Vunipola of Saracens

England squad

A Allen (Leicester), C Ashton (Saracens), B Barritt (Saracens), M Botha (Saracens), M Brown (Harlequins), D Care (Harlequins), D Cole (Leicester), L Dickson (Northampton), P Dowson (Northampton), O Farrell (Saracens), T Flood (Leicester), A Goode (Saracens), D Hartley (Northampton), J Haskell (Wasps),T Johnson (Exeter), J Joseph (London Irish), C Lawes (Northampton), J Marler (Harlequins), U Monye (Harlequins), B Morgan (Gloucester), T Palmer (Wasps), G Parling (Leicester), C Robshaw (Harlequins), C Sharples (Gloucester), M Tuilagi (Leicester), J Turner-Hall (Harlequins), M Vunipola (Saracens), T Waldrom (Leicester), D Wilson (Bath), T Wood (Northampton), B Youngs (Leicester), T Youngs (Leicester).

The selection of Vunipola, ahead of
the more established Matt Mullan of Worcester, represents a bold move by
head coach Stuart Lancaster and his assistants, given that the New
Zealand-born player of Tongan descent is one of only four props, along
with Dan Cole, Joe Marler and Dave Wilson.

Lancaster said: ‘It’s great to be
able to give Mako a chance in the squad. He has come through our
age-grade sides and made a real impact at Saracens.

'Likewise Tom Youngs, who was with us on tour
in South Africa, and we know what James Haskell and Ugo Monye are
capable of if they get their opportunity.'

He added: 'As a coaching team we
can’t wait to go into camp and get the guys focused on what will be a
massive challenge in the QBE Internationals – Fiji and then the three
major Southern Hemisphere teams in successive weeks.

Southampton Sheffield Wednesday:

Southampton 2 Sheff Wed 0: Rodriguez at the double for second-string Saints

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Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

20:37 GMT, 25 September 2012

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UPDATED:

22:49 GMT, 25 September 2012

Jay Rodriguez's first goals for Southampton ensured their safe passage to the Capital One Cup fourth round at the expense of Sheffield Wednesday.

The 6million summer acquisition from Burnley impressed in front of the 9,890 spectators at St Mary's as the hosts reach the last 16 for the second successive season.

After earlier being denied in a one-on-one with goalkeeper Stephen Bywater, Rodriguez broke the deadlock in the 30th minute by turning brilliantly in the box before rifling home.

On target: Jay Rodriguez fires past Wednesday keeper Stephen Bywater from inside the area

On target: Jay Rodriguez fires past Wednesday keeper Stephen Bywater from inside the area

Match facts

Southampton: Gazzaniga, Richardson, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Seaborne, Chaplow, Ward-Prowse, Cork (Robinson 81), Do Prado (Reeves 71), De Ridder, Rodriguez (Hoskins 85).

Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Butterfield, Gape, Sinclair.

Goals: Rodriguez 30, 78 (pen).

Sheff Wed: Bywater, Lee (Mattock 46), Llera, Beevers, Jones, Pecnik, Semedo, Corry (Jermaine Johnson 66), Antonio, Madine, Maguire (O'Grady 66).

Subs not used: Jameson, Mayor, Rodri, Lavery.

Booked: Llera.

Att: 9,890

Ref: Mark Halsey.

Guly do Prado hit the post as Nigel
Adkins' side pushed for a second that came 12 minutes from time after
referee Mark Halsey adjudged substitute Joe Mattock to have fouled Steve
de Ridder in the box.

Bywater got to Rodriguez's penalty
but it trickled home as Southampton comfortably made it two wins in four
days, while Dave Jones saw his former club condemn Wednesday to a fifth
straight defeat in all competitions.

Coming into the match both sides made
it abundantly clear where their priorities lay, with the Owls making
seven changes to their starting line-up and the hosts nine.

Only Paulo Gazzaniga and Maya Yoshida
remained from the side that secured Saints' first Barclays Premier
League win of the campaign against Aston Villa on Saturday, while Adkins
was able to name Jack Cork in midfield for the first time since a
pre-season ankle injury.

The hosts started brightly and De Ridder saw a through-ball to Rodriguez snuffed out by Bywater inside the opening minute.

Job done: Southampton's Jos Hooiveld and Maya Yoshida (right) celebrate the award of Jay Rodriguez's penalty

Job done: Southampton's Jos Hooiveld and Maya Yoshida (right) celebrate the award of Jay Rodriguez's penalty

Do Prado fired a half-volley wide shortly afterwards, before the south Yorkshire outfit began to threaten.

Former Southampton loanee Michail
Antonio was looking particularly dangerous for the Owls, who saw Mark
Beevers nod wide in the 10th minute.

Rodriguez was denied one-on-one by
Bywater as play began to swing from end to end, with defensive confusion
almost seeing Antonio net at the other end shortly afterwards.

The winger again came close as he
beat Gazzaniga to a ball only to chip onto the roof of the net, although
the hosts were beginning to find their feet.

Key moment: Referee Mark Halsey awards Southampton a penalty

Key moment: Referee Mark Halsey awards Southampton a penalty

After hooking a Richard Chaplow cross
wide, Do Prado forced Bywater into a fine save before Frazer
Richardson's cross-cum-shot threatened to dip in.

Southampton's continued pressure
translated into the opening goal on the half-hour mark when Rodriguez
collected a ball from Chaplow, before turning his markers and lashing
home.

A dominant spell for the hosts
followed and eight minutes later only the post prevented Do Prado from
doubling their lead with a header.

Miguel Llera almost turned into his
own net when the ball was played back into the box but Wednesday held
firm to ensure the deficit was only one goal at the break.

Mattock replaced Kieran Lee as the
visitors began the second period well, with Nejc Pecnik coming close
with an audacious effort six minutes in.

Double trouble: Guly do Prado and team-mates hail two-goal hero Rodriguez

Double trouble: Guly do Prado and team-mates hail two-goal hero Rodriguez

Wednesday were enjoying a good spell
of pressure as Pecnik again attempted to equalise but, despite working
space in the Saints box, could not find a way past Gazzaniga.

Have a word with him: Ref Halsey talks to Rodriguez

Have a word with him: Ref Halsey talks to Rodriguez

Llera received the first booking of
the evening for a challenge on Do Prado as Saints returned to the
attack, with captain Jos Hooiveld – returning tonight from a calf injury
– directing a header straight at Bywater from the resulting free-kick.

Wednesday soon brought on Jermaine
Johnson and Chris O'Grady in a bid to change the course of the match,
before Saints made a move of their own by replacing Do Prado with Ben
Reeves.

The substitute was in the heart of
the action immediately and saw a shot blocked, before blazing over
unbalanced from the edge of the box.

Reeves' introduction brought a new
urgency to Southampton, who were awarded a 78th-minute penalty by
referee Halsey after De Ridder was brought down by Mattock.

Despite the Owls' insistence that the
foul was made outside the area, Rodriguez stepped up and, although
Bywater got to it, the ball squirmed in.

It capped a successful evening for Southampton in which the only negative was a knock to Cork nine minutes from time.

Andy Robinson replaced him for his
debut and Sam Hoskins followed him on shortly afterwards, before Johnson
was twice denied a consolation goal by Gazzaniga.

Watching brief: Southampton's new signing Artur Boruc (right) observes proceedings next to Gaston Ramirez, Emmanuel Mayuka and Rickie Lambert

Watching brief: Southampton's new signing Artur Boruc (right) observes proceedings next to Gaston Ramirez, Emmanuel Mayuka and Rickie Lambert

Mark Halsey, in charge of his first game since suffering abuse from fans after Liverpool’s clash with
Manchester United, awarded a penalty after Steve de Ridder was brought down by Joe Mattock.

Rodriguez stepped up and saw his effort squirm under the unlucky Bywater to seal the victory.

Southampton assistant manager Andy Crosby suggested that Rodriguez's start was part of rotation policy rather than a chance to dislodge the in-form Rickie Lambert for the weekend’s visit to Everton.

‘This competition gives us an opportunity to blood some young players,’ Crosby said. ‘Jay has been waiting for an opportunity and he grabbed it. He has come in for a big fee and is paid to score goals. He took his first one really well, his first touch was sublime.’

Young Boys 3 Liverpool 5: Jonjo Shelvey wins Europa League opener for Brendan Rodgers

Young Boys 3 Liverpool 5: Shelvey wins eight-goal thriller for Rodgers' second string

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19:04 GMT, 20 September 2012

Liverpool escaped with their 41-year unbeaten record against Swiss teams intact but a sloppy defensive performance almost cost them in their Europa League Group A encounter against Young Boys.

That Brendan Rodgers' second-string side, which included a trio of debutants – two of whom were teenagers – scored five times was something of a surprise considering the struggles of the first-team this season.

They were given an early helping hand thanks to a comical own goal from Juhani Ojala and 19-year-old Andre Wisdom scored on his debut after Raphael Nuzzolo had equalised following a Jose Enrique error.

20/20 vision: Jonjo Shelvey sealed the tie with two late goals

20/20 vision: Jonjo Shelvey sealed the tie with two late goals

Match facts

Young Boys: Wolfli, Sutter, Veskovac, Ojala, Raimondi, Zverotic (Frey 81), Spycher, Zarate (Gonzalez 65), Farnerud, Nuzzolo (Schneuwly 69), Bobadilla.

Subs not used: Benito, Vitkieviez, Costanzo, Lecjaks.

Booked: Raimondi, Veskovac, Bobadilla.

Goal: Nuzzolo 38, Ojala 52, Zarate 63.

Liverpool: Jones, Wisdom, Carragher, Coates, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Sahin, Fernandez Saez, Assaidi (Shelvey 66), Downing (Sterling 77), Pacheco (Borini.

Subs not used: Gulacsi, Wilson, Yesil, Robinson.

Booked: Borini

Goals: Ojala (og) 4, Wisdom 40, Coates 67, Shelvey 76, 88.

Referee: Michail Koukoulakis (Greece).

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But Ojala then headed in at the right
end and Gonzalo Zarate made it 3-2 before the match turned around again
when Sebastian Coates headed in and then Jonjo Shelvey scored twice.

It was the first time Liverpool had
scored more than once in eight European away matches and their first in
any group stage game away from home since beating PSV in December 2008.

Rodgers wanted to give his younger
players a chance to prove they were good enough and while they may not
have convinced him he will not have to make 11 changes for Sunday's
visit of Manchester United – having left the likes of Steven Gerrard and
Luis Suarez at home – they at least displayed the character he was
looking for.

Despite concerns about the
inexperience of the squad, having left eight senior players at home, the
average age of the starting line-up was 24 – although that was pushed
up slightly by 34-year-old Jamie Carragher.

Their veteran centre-back was the
only player on the field who played in Liverpool's last away win in
European competition – excluding qualifiers – when the Reds beat
Romanians Unirea in February 2010.

Celebration time: Andre Wisdom (left) is hailed by Jordan Henderson and Jesus Fernandez Saez

Celebration time: Andre Wisdom (left) is hailed by Jordan Henderson and Jesus Fernandez Saez

On target: Andre Wisdom put Liverpool 2-1 up with this header

On target: Andre Wisdom put Liverpool 2-1 up with this header

The comedy started in the fourth minute when the Young Boys' defence got themselves in a tangle for no discernible reason.

Stewart Downing's right-wing cross
did not look to be threatening but Dusan Veskovac headed the ball back
across goal and his central defensive partner Ojala headed in.

That was only the beginning as
Wisdom's inexperience at this level caught him out when he went to fetch
the ball thinking he had a throw-in.

While he was off the pitch a ballboy
tossed another to Young Boys, who quickly restarted, leaving Wisdom –
more accustomed to the reserve team where you fetch your own ball –
running back on still carrying the ball he had chased.

But if that error was down to
inexperience, Jose Enrique's decision to dribble away from the hands of
Brad Jones in the 38th minute was bad judgement as he passed straight to
Nuzzolo – who drilled in a first-time shot before Jones had time to
recover properly.

Wisdom, however, came to his
defensive colleague's rescue two minutes later when he produced a huge
leap to head home Nuri Sahin's corner.

Zero to hero: Juhani Ojada scored for both sides

Zero to hero: Juhani Ojada scored for both sides

The goal was Liverpool's 200th in this competition since they first took part in 1967-68.

Wisdom was also the first Reds
defender to score on his club debut since Gabriel Paletta in October
2006 – which is where the England Under-19 international will want the
comparison to end.

Just before the break Alexander
Farnerud, who had earlier failed in trying to claim a penalty for
Carragher's challenge, hit a low shot against Jones' right-hand post.

The second half was less than 10
minutes old when Raul Bobadilla was given far too much room on the right
to pick out the run of Ojala to head in at the far post.

When Bobadilla outmuscled both
Carragher and Suso, another debutant, to send Zarate down right the
Argentinian neatly dinked over Jones.

Liverpool needed a quick response and
it came within four minutes as Coates' looping header crept in at the
far post with substitute Fabio Borini claiming a touch which was barely –
if at all – there.

Borini had a more decisive influence
on the winner as he picked out Jordan Henderson's run and the midfielder
cut the ball back for Shelvey to fire home – and the same player added a
similar second late on.

Rodgers' maiden Europa League
campaign is up and running in the most unlikely way – and the Northern
Irishman will be pleased his selection gamble did not backfire on him.

Chelsea order Florent Malouda and Paulo Ferreira to play in friendly behind closed doors

Malouda and Ferreira furious after being ordered to play in Chelsea friendly

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21:00 GMT, 7 September 2012

Florent Malouda and Paulo Ferreira's relationship with Chelsea is at breaking point after the pair were ordered to play for the reserves in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Charlton on Friday.

Malouda, who has been told he will train with the Under 21 development squad for the remaining year of his contract, has been warned he could lose his squad number this week.

Chelsea chief Roberto Di Matteo will make a final decision this week, but his first team career appears to be over.

Banished: Florent Malouda's spell at Chelsea is coming to an inglorious end

Banished: Florent Malouda's spell at Chelsea is coming to an inglorious end

Rare sighting: Paulo Ferreira (right) is now hardly ever seen in a Chelsea shirt

Rare sighting: Paulo Ferreira (right) is now hardly ever seen in a Chelsea shirt

Malouda retained his number 15 shirt at the start of the season, but expects it to be taken off him after his dramatic fall from grace.

Ferreira has always been loyal to Chelsea and has been a popular member of the first team since signing from Porto in 2004.

Although he is no longer a regular in the starting line-up, he is understood to be furious that he was forced to play against Charlton.

The Chelsea outcasts reported to the club's training ground for the match against the Addicks' second string at Cobham.

Di Matteo's axing of the pair has echoes of Andre Villas-Boas' decision to banish Nicolas Anelka and defender Alex last season.

The pair were ordered to train and park on the academy site and were even told they could not attend the traditional silver service Christmas lunch at the training ground.

Most of Chelsea's players on international duty this week, but reserve team coach Dermot Drummy was ordered to play Malouda and Ferreira.

Malouda is no longer in the France set up and Ferreira cannot win his place back in defence for Portugal.

Hearts 0 Liverpool 1: Carroll misses out as Reds" fringe steal the show in Edinburgh

Hearts 0 Liverpool 1: Carroll misses out as Reds' fringe steal the show in Edinburgh

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20:34 GMT, 23 August 2012

Brendan Rodgers enjoyed a perfect night in Edinburgh as his second-string grabbed a slender advantage in the Europa League play-off first leg.

The Reds boss did not risk most of his key men ahead of Sunday's Premier League showdown against Manchester City.

There was still no place for Andy Carroll in the 18-man squad but the gamble paid off as Liverpool grabbed a late winner when Martin Kelly's right-wing cross was turned into his own net by Andy Webster under pressure from Fabio Borini in the 78th minute.

Fabio Borini had earlier missed a gilt-edged chance to score. Raheem Sterling intercepted a wayward cross-field ball from Mehdi Taouil and released unmarked Borini but the 12m summer signing smacked his shot against the post on the stroke of half-time.

More to follow

Mehdi Taouil (second left) tries to get a pass away under pressure from Martin Kelly and Jay Spearing

Committed: Mehdi Taouil (second left) tries to get a pass away under pressure from Martin Kelly and Jay Spearing

Ryan McGowan (right) battles with Raheem Sterling

Jump to it: Ryan McGowan (right) battles with Raheem Sterling

Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher under pressure from David Templeton early in the game

Under pressure: Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher

So close: Fabio Borini sees his shot smack the post

So close: Fabio Borini sees his shot smack the post

London 2012 Olympics: Video of Great Britain stars signing Queen song Don"t Stop Me Now

Don't Stop GB Now! Medal stars celebrate Olympics glory with hilarious rendition of Queen classic

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15:27 GMT, 12 August 2012

After a stunning Olympics, Great Britain's medal winners were in the mood for a party.

And judging by this video, they have been having a ball!

Team GB sponsor Adidas has filmed a
string of stars singing along to Queen’s classic song ‘Don’t Stop Me
Now’ as they celebrate unprecedented success on home soil.

Singalong: Cycling gold medallist Victoria Pendleton rocks out with some air guitar

Singalong: Cycling gold medallist Victoria Pendleton rocks out with some air guitar

Gold icons Sir Chris Hoy, Jessica Ennis and Victoria Pendleton are among the leading names to let down their hair in the hilarious video in which David Beckham plays the role of director.

The Brownlee brothers – Alistair and Jonny – also feature along with Louis Smith and Laura Trott.

Adidas hope that the video, that celebrates the success of the GB stars, will add to the buoyant mood of the nation after the glory of the Games.

Marketing Director Nick Craggs said: 'Adidas is the Olympic brand and this video is a great demonstration of how we have supported Team GB and captured the mood of the nation.

'London 2012 will be remembered as the best Olympic Games ever and this is a celebration of adidas’ Take The Stage campaign and the amazing achievements Team GB athletes have accomplished.'

Shanghai Shenhua 0 Manchester United 1

Shanghai Shenhua 0 Man United 1: Kagawa shines again as Reds scrape narrow win

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14:20 GMT, 25 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Shinji Kagawa scored his first goal for Manchester United as the Red Devils picked up the Chevrolet China Cup after a 1-0 victory over Shanghai Shenhua.

New signing Kagawa, who was named as man of the match, found the net after 68 minutes against a second-string Shenhua outfit, who lined up without former Chelsea players Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba at the Shanghai Stadium.

United had the first chance of the game after 25 minutes when Anderson chipped a through ball to another new arrival Nick Powell, who brought the pass down inside the box with his right foot before scuffing his shot wide with his left.

Winner: Shinji Kagawa scores the only goal of the game (above) before celebrating with his team-mates

Winner: Shinji Kagawa scores the only goal of the game (above) before celebrating with his team-mates

Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa (26) is celebrated by his teammates after scoring a goal against Shanghai Shenhua

MATCH STATS

Man United: Lindegaard (Johnstone), Veseli (Vermijl), Ferdinand, Carrick, Anderson (Scholes), Kagawa, Petrucci (Bebe), Valencia (Lingard), Macheda (Hernandez), Brady, Powell (Tunnicliffe)

Subs not used: Amos, Berbatov, Wootton

Goal: Kagawa, 68

It was the hosts who drew the first save from either goalkeeper as Joel Griffiths broke through the middle before forcing a good stop from Anders Lindegaard who deflected the Australian's effort wide.

Kagawa – playing just behind a lone striker- was a thorn in the side of the hosts and used neat footwork to break free of the Shenhua midfield before sliding in the largely ineffectual Federico Macheda, who could not beat Shengjiong Qiu from inside the area, the home goalkeeper pushing the Italian's effort wide.

Scrap: Davide Petrucci (left) fights for the ball with Wang Lin of Shanghai Shenhua

Scrap: Davide Petrucci (left) fights for the ball with Wang Lin of Shanghai Shenhua

Out of my way! Qiu Tianyi (left) falls as he attempts to stop United's Federico Macheda launching an attack

Out of my way! Qiu Tianyi (left) falls as he attempts to stop United's Federico Macheda launching an attack

The visitors started to dominate and Bebe – who replaced Powell at the break- fired hard and low to force a good save from Qiu.

United did however take the lead when Bebe beat his man with ease on the
left before playing in Japan international Kagawa whose effort
deflected past Qiu for what would prove to be the match-winner.

Main man: Kagawa ran the show for Manchester United in their friendly win as he continues to impress

Main man: Kagawa ran the show for Manchester United in their friendly win as he continues to impress

Relaxed: Sir Alex Ferguson watches from the dugout as his side continues their pre-season campaign

Relaxed: Sir Alex Ferguson watches from the dugout as his side continues their pre-season campaign