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Dortmund 3 Malaga 2 (agg 3-2) – match report

Dortmund 3 Malaga 2 (agg 3-2): Klopp's side complete stunning comeback with injury- time double

PUBLISHED:

20:41 GMT, 9 April 2013

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UPDATED:

21:11 GMT, 9 April 2013

Borussia Dortmund scored two goals in injury-time to complete a stunning 3-2 comeback win against Malaga and advance to the Champions League semi-finals.

Joaquin put the visitors ahead in the 25th minute but Polish striker Robert Lewandowski brought the Germans level five minutes before the break.

Jurgen Klopp's side threw everything they had at the Spanish side in an attempt to score a second goal that would sent them through.

But Dortmund left themselves exposed at the back and Eliseu looked to have sent Malaga into the semi-finals when he turned the ball home to put his team 2-1 ahead with eight minutes to play.

However, Marco Reus and Felipe Santana both scored in injury time as Jurgen Klopp's men pulled off an incredible turnaround and book their place in the last four.

More to follow

Back from the brink: Borussia Dortmund completed a stunning comeback with two goals in injury time

Back from the brink: Borussia Dortmund completed a stunning comeback with two goals in injury time

MATCH FACTS

Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Subotic, Felipe Santana, Schmelzer, Gundogan (Hummels 86), Bender (Sahin 72), Blaszcykowski (Schieber 72), Gotze, Reus,
Lewandowski.

Subs Not Used: Langerak, Kehl, Leitner, Grosskreutz.

Booked: Bender, Schmelzer.

Goals: Lewandowski 40, Felipe Santana 90, Reus 90.

Malaga: Willy, Jesus Gamez, Demichelis, Sergio Sanchez, Antunes, Joaquin (Francisco Portillo 87), Toulalan, Camacho, Duda (Eliseu 74), Isco, Julio Baptista (Santa Cruz 83).

Subs Not Used: Kameni, Lugano, Saviola, Piazon.

Booked: Jesus Gamez, Toulalan.

Goals: Joaquin 25, Eliseu 82.

Att: 65,000

Ref: Craig Thomson (Scotland).

Ahead: Joaquin gave Malaga the lead after 25 minutes in Germany

Ahead: Joaquin gave Malaga the lead after 25 minutes in Germany

Ahead: Joaquin gave Malaga the lead after 25 minutes in Germany


Away goals advantage: Joaquin's strike left Dortmund needing to score twice to advance

Away goals advantage: Joaquin's strike left Dortmund needing to score twice to advance

Reliable: Robert Lewandowski brought Dortmund level in the 40th minute

Reliable: Robert Lewandowski brought Dortmund level in the 40th minute

Reliable: Robert Lewandowski brought Dortmund level in the 40th minute

Leading from the front: Lewandowski celebrates his goal at Signal Iduna Park

Leading from the front: Lewandowski celebrates his goal at Signal Iduna Park

All over Eliseu's goal with eight minutes remaining looked to have sealed Malaga's place in the semis

All over Eliseu's goal with eight minutes remaining looked to have sealed Malaga's place in the semis

All over Eliseu's goal with eight minutes remaining looked to have sealed Malaga's place in the semis

No way back Eliseu left the German side needing to score two more goals in the closing minutes

No way back Eliseu left the German side needing to score two more goals in the closing minutes

Turnaround: Felipe Santana bundled home a winner from close range in injury time for Dortmund

Turnaround: Felipe Santana bundled home a winner from close range in injury time for Dortmund

Dubious: Santana was arguably offside when he scored from less than one yard

Dubious: Santana was arguably offside when he scored from less than one yard

Dortmund

Delight: Santana runs off in celebration of his dramatic winner

Delight: Santana runs off in celebration of his dramatic winner

Pitch invasion: Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp leaps with delight at the final whistle

Pitch invasion: Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp leaps with delight at the final whistle

Joy: Santana is congratulated by Dortmund players and head coach Klopp

Joy: Santana is congratulated by Dortmund players and head coach Klopp

Arsene Wenger urges Arsenal players to complete the impossible dream by defeating Bayern Munich

Dream the impossible: Wenger urges players to defy the odds and complete the stunning turnaround in Munich

By
Jim Van Wijk, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

19:02 GMT, 12 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:16 GMT, 12 March 2013

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has challenged his players to produce a performance which will define their careers and knock Bayern Munich out of the Champions League against the odds tomorrow night.

The runaway Bundesliga leaders look all set to take their place in the quarter-finals having delivered a European masterclass in their 3-1 victory in north London three weeks ago.

Bayern's home defensive record is formidable and have not conceded three since losing to Inter Milan two years ago, while this season they have let in only 10 goals in 25 Bundesliga matches.

Prepared for battle: Arsene Wenger looks ready to take on the media during his press conference in Munich

Prepared for battle: Arsene Wenger looks ready to take on the media during his press conference in Munich

Still hopeful: Despite having to recover from their 3-1 first-leg defeat, Wenger believes his team still stand a chance of progressing tomorrow

Still hopeful: Despite having to recover from their 3-1 first-leg defeat, Wenger believes his team still stand a chance of progressing tomorrow

Despite his side having travelled to Bavaria without injured England midfielder Jack Wilshere, set for around three weeks out because of an ankle problem, and first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny rested, Wenger insists now is the perfect moment for his team to return all his belief with what would go down as one of the greatest European comebacks.

'I am convinced that if this team can find a big game, with a big win, you will see a completely different animal. This season we have fought to find that in the big games and we have another opportunity tomorrow night and I hope the team takes this chance,' Wenger said at the Allianz Arena tonight.

Chilling effect: Wenger is without injured star man Wilshere

Chilling effect: Wenger is without injured star man Wilshere for the trip to Germany

'I have a great respect for this team and its attitude and they have not been rewarded yet. It is important for the end to our season that we do it tomorrow.'

Despite everything seemingly stacked against them, Wenger insists it is not a case of Mission: Impossible.

He said: 'It is a difficult task, we know that, but we think it is not impossible.

Stepping in: Aaron Ramsey (second left) is more likely to start in Wilshere's absence

Stepping in: Aaron Ramsey (second left) is more likely to start in Wilshere's absence

'The only way to make it possible is to have a real go and play at our best tomorrow night, that is what we will do.

'I am confident we will be completely focused and up for it, and give it our best shot.

Keeping watch: Wenger (centre) during training before tomorrow's crunch clash

Keeping watch: Wenger (centre) during training before tomorrow's crunch clash

'Football is football – everything is possible.'

Australian Open 2013: Ekaterina Makarova beats Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-4

More Melbourne magic from Makarova as she dumps out fifth seed Kerber

By
Jon Fisher, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

03:30 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

03:30 GMT, 20 January 2013

Ekaterina Makarova's love affair with Melbourne continued today as she made it through to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with an impressive defeat of fifth seed Angelique Kerber.

Makarova's best run at a grand slam came here 12 months ago when she reached the last eight with a stunning upset of Serena Williams.

And she matched that achievement by playing the role of giantkiller once again on Rod Laver Arena, knocking out the German 7-5 6-4.

She's done it! Russia's Ekaterina Makarova celebrates after beating Germany's Angelique Kerber

She's done it! Russia's Ekaterina Makarova celebrates after beating Germany's Angelique Kerber

On top form: Makarova was at her best to see off Kerber in two sets

On top form: Makarova was at her best to see off Kerber in two sets

'It's an unbelievable feeling, I really like playing here,' the Russian said.

'I lost three times to Angelique last year, she is so good so I am very happy.'

Makarova went out to Maria Sharapova last year and the pair will clash again should the second seed beat Kirsten Flipkens later today.

Time for treatment: Kerber receives treatment during her defeat

Time for treatment: Kerber receives treatment during her defeat

Down and out: Kerber shows her emotion as she loses to Makarova

Down and out: Kerber shows her emotion as she loses to Makarova

'I hope I play Maria,' said Makarova. 'Last year I was surprised to reach that stage and I had so many thoughts in my mind. This year I will be ready to play a good game.'

Makarova was the more positive player throughout and held herself together after squandering a 5-2 first-set lead.

She broke for 6-5 and then served it out to edge ahead.

Kerber's chances of finding a route back into the contest were hampered by a back injury and a solitary break in the ninth game proved decisive.

Harlequins 26 London Irish 15

Harlequins 26 London Irish 15: Exiles suffer late penalty try punishment

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18:04 GMT, 29 December 2012

London Irish were dragged deeper into the relegation mire after champions Harlequins ground out a victory in front of 82,000 fans at Twickenham.

The Exiles were in touch for 78 minutes but left empty-handed after a late penalty try from Harlequins' dominant pack denied them a losing bonus point.

Harlequins had taken the lead after a scrappy first half with a try from scrum-half Danny Care and Nick Evans added 16 points with the boot.

Nice work: Chris Robshaw (right) of Harlequins celebrates with George Robson

Nice work: Chris Robshaw (right) of Harlequins celebrates with George Robson

London Irish are now just one point ahead of the Aviva Premiership's bottom side Sale Sharks, who closed the gap with their victory over Worcester on Friday.

The Sharks are in a state of upheaval after coach John Mitchell announced today he was returning to South Africa prematurely after just a month at the club.

But the Exiles have just two Premiership wins all season and they are not in a position to be relying on Sale shooting themselves in the foot.

Harlequins, meanwhile, finish a memorable 2012 top of the table.

Their record in this annual Christmas
extravaganza at Twickenham has not been great, with just one victory
from the four previous games.

But Conor O'Shea's men do not lose at Twickenham anymore.

Crunch: George Lowe is tackled by Jonathan Joseph of London Irish

Crunch: George Lowe is tackled by Jonathan Joseph of London Irish

Harlequins won their first Premiership title here in May and opened the new campaign with a stunning comeback victory over Wasps in the London double header.

There was nothing stunning about this victory, which was ground out in miserable conditions.

Harlequins did have the crowd on its feet in the opening minutes as they exploited the Exiles' notoriously weak defence, moving the ball quickly before Joe Marler charged through the gap.

The England prop was hauled down but the Quins pack kept the pressure on and earned a penalty which Evans converted after Exiles captain Declan Danaher slipped his binding.

Evans angled an intelligent kick into space behind the London Irish defence as Harlequins threatened to take control, but the Exiles were resilient.

Chris Hala'ufia carried the ball strongly and London Irish drew level with the first of Ian Humphreys' five penalties as the heavens opened.

Breaking through: Ollie Lindsay-Hague of Harlequins escapes from an Exiles challenge to score a try

Breaking through: Ollie Lindsay-Hague of Harlequins escapes from an Exiles challenge to score a try

The game worsened for it and became a scrappy affair, with both sides committing handling errors. Evans was the chief culprit for Harlequins, losing possession three times in the first half.

The Kiwi fly-half did kick his side back into the lead after Exiles prop Max Lahiff was penalised under pressure from James Johnson as Harlequins bossed the scrum battle.

London Irish, though, were gifted the opportunity to respond immediately when Maurie Fa'avasalu was penalised at a ruck straight from the kick-off and Humphreys accepted it.

Evans lit up the Twickenham gloom with one delightful reverse pass and then burst through a gap, only to spill the ball in the tackle.

Care had zipped across the field from a powerful lineout drive and offloaded to Evans, who went himself and should have lofted a pass out wide to Ugo Monye before he was tackled.

Harlequins produced another big scrum under the Irish posts but Fa'avasalu was penalised for playing the ball with the foot and the Exiles were able to clear.

Evans and Humphreys each missed two shots at goal before the interval and then nudged the score on to 9-9 after the restart when Harlequins began to up the tempo.

Sparks fly: Fans were entertained pre-match at Twickenham

Sparks fly: Fans were entertained pre-match at Twickenham

Monye coasted past Humphreys with ease and aimed for the corner before trying an inside ball to Mike Brown, which was knocked on by Humphreys.

Harlequins won another scrum penalty, went for touch and Care launched a 40-metre diagonal attack from the driving lineout before passing to Evans, who was hauled down five metres short.

Care darted for the line from the base of the ruck. He was half stopped by Jonathan Joseph but stretched through a forest of legs and the try was eventually awarded by television match official Geoff Warren.

Irish battled hard in the hope of a bonus point, with Humphreys slotting two more penalties, either side of one from Evans, to his side within four points.

But scrum-half Pat Phipps was sin-binned with four minutes remaining as his scrum struggled in their own 22.

Harlequins went for the scrum again and demolished the set-piece to earn the penalty try and deny their opponents the losing bonus point.

Ospreys 17 Toulouse 6: Biggar"s trusty boot helps keep Heineken Cup dream alive

Ospreys 17 Toulouse 6: Biggar's trusty boot helps keep Heineken Cup dream alive

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16:28 GMT, 15 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:45 GMT, 15 December 2012

The Ospreys gave themselves hope of securing a Heineken Cup quarter-final berth with a stunning victory over four-time champions Toulouse at the Liberty Stadium.

Dan Biggar kicked two penalties and a drop goal to give the hosts a 9-6 half-time lead, with a further penalty from the fly-half and an excellent finish from man of the match Eli Walker sealing a famous win.

Dan Biggar of Ospreys

Putting the boot in: Dan Biggar's accurate kicking kept Toulouse at bay

Toulouse's only response came in the form of a penalty and drop goal from Jean-Marc Doussain and their failure to at least pick up a losing bonus point throws Pool Two wide open ahead of next month's deciding fixtures.

The Ospreys will need to beat Leicester and Treviso and hope other results go their way to advance, but today's result will lift the spirits of Wales as a rugby nation.

The wretched form of the regions has been bemoaned by many, but the Ospreys thoroughly deserved a success built on a rock-solid defence, exemplified by tireless hooker Richard Hibbard, and the astute play of half-backs Biggar and captain Kahn Fotuali'i.

Biggar had booted them into a third-minute lead before a loose pass from Justin Tipuric halted a promising attacking situation.

Ospreys' Dan Biggar and Ryan Jones tackle Toulouse's Yannick Jauzion

No way through: Toulouse's Yannick Jauzion is taken down by Ospreys' Dan Biggar and Ryan Jones

Toulouse appeared edgy, with Maxime Medard attempting to counter attack when under severe pressure and gifting the hosts possession in the 22.

The Ospreys failed to capitalise but a punishing defensive effort continually forced Toulouse into a plethora of uncharacteristic errors.

Biggar doubled the lead with a well-taken drop goal at the end of the opening quarter after another pinpoint up and under from the fly-half had caused panic in the visiting ranks.

The French side's increasing frustration showed when lock Patricio Albacete was sin-binned after using his feet to clear Ian Gough away from a rolling maul.

Doussain got Toulouse on the board in the 29th minute after more controlled mauling had put their hosts on the back foot.

The Ospreys twice turned down shots at goal in an effort to make their numerical advantage tell with a try but, after being repelled by some superb Toulouse defence, Biggar was soon asked to step up to make it 9-3.

Dan Biggar of the Ospreys

Safe pair of hands: Reliable Biggar was the heartbeat of the Ospreys side

Doussain hit back with a drop goal right on half-time but, with Wales tighthead Adam Jones now on the field for his first appearance since mid-October, the Ospreys remained in the ascendancy during the early stages of the second half.

Toulouse slowly began to work their way into the game and Doussain missed an opportunity to level matters as he struck the post with a penalty, while their anger increased further when a member of the Ospreys staff prevented Medard taking a quick throw.

The game then turned decisively in the home side's favour on the hour mark.

Toulouse skipper Jean Boulihou was sin-binned for a high tackle on wing Walker, with Biggar slotting the resulting penalty.

Walker, who had looked a constant threat with ball in hand, then escaped some weak tackling down the left-hand touchline to finish off excellent Ospreys build-up play.

Biggar could not add the extras but the Welsh side were brimming with confidence, and only a wonderful cover tackle from Gael Fickou prevented Ashley Beck scoring under the posts after Richard Fussell and Andrew Bishop had got free thanks to the officials missing a blatant forward pass.

Gael Fickou of Toulouse takes on Dan Biggar

Midfield battle: Gael Fickou of Toulouse takes on Dan Biggar in a frustrating game for the French side

After their lung-bursting efforts the Ospreys tired as time began to tick down and Toulouse desperately sought a bonus point.

The French pack could not ground the ball after rumbling over the line, while Ross Jones was sin-binned for illegally disrupting the maul.

A try looked like it had to come when Luke Burgess led a breakout with several men in support during the final breathless passage of play, but the Australian dallied and the final pass flew into touch as the Ospreys held out to breathe life back into their European campaign.

Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire in 2014

Tour de Yorkshire! Historic Grand Depart stage to be held in God's own county in 2014 (…and then it's on to London)

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UPDATED:

11:50 GMT, 14 December 2012

The historic Grand Depart of the Tour de France will be staged in Yorkshire in 2014, organisers announced today.

It follows a campaign by the Welcome to Yorkshire tourist agency to bring the prestigious event to the county.

Full details of the route will be announced in two press conferences held in Paris and Leeds on January 17, 2013.

It is believed there will be a stage in Yorkshire on July 5, 2014, starting in Leeds, and then a second stage the following day starting in the county and ending in London.

Leeds will host a Festival of Cycling to coincide with the stage.

Barnsley Wiggins Sky's Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour this year

Barnsley Wiggins Sky's Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour this year

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM T'TOUR

Allez 'Alifax. Vive la Dewsbury. How do Bienvenue.

Yes, the news that the 2014 Tour de France will begin in God's Own County is sure to provoke much mocking headline fun.

But just listen 'ere… First, Yorkshire conquered the Olympics last summer after winning gold after gold after gold (Nicola Adams, Alistair Brownlee, Jessica Ennis).

We're now putting India's cricketers to the sword in Nagpur thanks to Joe Root and Tim Bresnan. Now we've won the honour of launching the greatest race in the world.

Those of us lucky enough to have been born there – think Geoffrey Boycott, Dame Judi Dench, Richard Whitely, Sir Michael Parkinson, Arctic Monkeys, Alan Bennett, Harry Ramsden and Sooty (but not Sweep, that thug is clearly Lancastrian) – have long-since known Yorkshire is the biggest and best county.

And we'll revel in showing off our stunning scenery, cosmopolitan cities (erm… Leeds and Sheffield) and welcoming personalities.
Just don't expect us to get our round in.

Forget Le Tour, welcome to t'Tour. It'll be fan-bloody-tastic.

MARK ALFORD, Professional Yorkshireman

A statement from ASO read: 'The organisers of the Tour de France are pleased to announce that the Grand Depart of the Tour de France 2014 will take place in the United Kingdom in the county of Yorkshire, before heading to London for a stage finish.

'After an outstanding 2012 for British cycling, marked by the historical victory of Bradley Wiggins on the Tour de France, the United Kingdom will again hold pride of place in 2014.

'The Grand Depart of the 101st edition of the Tour will take place on July 5 in Leeds in the county of Yorkshire.

'Seven years after the Grand Depart of the Tour de France 2007 and two years after the latest Olympic Games, London will host the last stage on British soil, before the pack returns to mainland Europe.

'The details of this Grand Depart and the stages it will include will be revealed at a press conference that will take place on Thursday January 17, 2013, in two phases, in both Leeds and Paris.'

British Cycling president Brian Cookson said: 'Like every other cycling fan, I am thrilled the world's biggest bike race is coming back to this country.

'The huge numbers who turned out to support the 2007 Grand Depart and the London 2012 road races show the passion we have for cycling.

'I'm sure Yorkshire will give the 2014 Tour de France a welcome which will stand out in the race's rich history.'

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, added: 'Today is a proud day for everyone involved in the bid and the county as a whole.

'We are honoured that the race organisers, the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), have selected Yorkshire to be the host location of the 2014 Grand Dpart.

'It will mean less than two years after hosting the Olympics the British public can look forward to another of the world’s biggest sporting events coming to the country, and I am in no doubt they will come to Yorkshire in their millions, lining the length and breadth of the route to cheer on the champions of world cycling and our home grown British heroes.

World famous race: Scenes like this in France will be coming to Yorkshire in 2014

World famous race: Scenes like this in France will be coming to Yorkshire in 2014

FRENCH TO YORKSHIRE TRANSLATOR

How many seconds in front of t’peloton – Combien de secondes d'avance sur le peloton

Look at ‘em overtaking the lad from t’Hovis ad – Regardez-les dpassements du jeune homme de l'annonce Hovis

What is this t’Yorkshire pudding – Quel est ce pouding Yorkshire

What time is t’Emmerdale t’on – Quelle heure est-Emmerdale t-il

Where is the statue of t’Eric Cantona – O est la statue d'Eric Cantona

Buy your bloody own – Achetez votre propre sanglante

'Yorkshire is a passionate county of proud people and I am sure they will guarantee that their Grand Dpart raises the bar in terms of expectations for all future hosts to come.'

MP for Leeds North West Greg Mulholland said:
'This is absolutely fantastic news for Yorkshire, to have won the bid to be hosting a stage of the Tour de France in the same year as the first ever British winner is sensational.

'The Tour de France is one of the biggest and most prestigious sporting events in the world and to think it will be coming through the cities, towns and streets of Yorkshire is so exciting and it will be a huge boost to the local economy as well as cycling.

'The Back Le Bid team have done a quite superb job and I want to pay tribute to their excellent campaign to show the organisers what Yorkshire has to offer. They have achieved something very special and historic that generations will both enjoy and treasure.'

It is the first time since 2007 the opening part of the Tour will be held in Britain. Then, one million people lined the streets of London for the opening prologue.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: 'I am thrilled that the Tour de France will return to the UK and no location could be better than London for what will no doubt be an exhilarating climax to the British section of the race.

'This year we proved our expertise not just in hosting world class sporting events, but in winning them too, and I am sure Bradley Wiggins and several of his compatriots will be hugely excited at the prospect of the Tour returning to their home streets.'

Tour organisers Maury Sports Organisation selected Yorkshire ahead of a separate British-wide bid with an Edinburgh start, but that remains in the running for a future date, possibly 2017.

An EventScotland spokesman said: 'It is disappointing that we have been unsuccessful for the 2014 Grand Depart but it is great news that the Tour is returning in 2014 following British cycling success this year.

'Our initial plans had highlighted 2017 as our preferred date and we have had a positive indication from ASO that the year is still a possibility.

'We have developed a great British bid with strong partners, which would deliver significant benefits to the whole country and we will continue our positive dialogue with ASO in the new year and look at our next steps.'

The 100th edition of the Tour begins in Corsica on June 29, 2013.

Britain's Bradley Wiggins is the defending champion, having become the first rider from this country to claim overall victory this summer.

Some of Yorkshire's beautiful scenery


Yorkshire immortalised in the famous 1973 Hovis advert

Manchester United and City posters ahead of the derby

Welcome to Manchester's new poster boys! Ahead of Sunday's big derby, check out this brilliant collection… and see how they have immortalised Maradona, Pele, Messi and Ronaldo

PUBLISHED:

11:11 GMT, 6 December 2012

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UPDATED:

14:56 GMT, 6 December 2012

Sunday's derby between Manchester United and City brings together some of the world's best players on the same pitch – Robin van Persie and Carlos Tevez, Wayne Rooney and David Silva to name just a few.

And in the build-up to the title tussle at the Eithad Stadium, Sportsmail is showcasing these superb pieces of art that celebrate those involved in the big match.

Van Persie, Rooney, Tevez and Silva are among the Manchester stars immortalised in these stunning pieces from Bosnian designer Zoran Lucic.

He doesn't stop at Manchester, however. Lucic has also designed posters for the game's greatest names – and you can see the best of them below.

Lucic's series – Sucker for Soccer – will form part of an exhibition called Fantasista to be held in London next year. Click here for more details.

Robin van Persie

David Silva

Head to head: Robin van Persie and David Silva will square up in Sunday's derby at the Etihad Stadium

Carlos Tevez

Wayne Rooney

Friends reunited: Carlos Tevez (left) and Wayne Rooney once played together in red… but these days they line up on opposing sides

Safe hands: Joe Hart, one of the world's best goalkeepers, will line up for City on Sunday

Safe hands: Joe Hart, one of the world's best goalkeepers, will line up for City on Sunday

Nemanja Vidic

Ryan Giggs

Red legends: Nemanja Vidic (left) and Ryan Giggs have both experienced plenty of Manchester derbies during their years at United

HERE'S SOME UNITED LEGENDS IMMORTALISED BY THE ARTIST…

Eric Cantona

Roy Keane

Red Devils: Eric Cantona (left) and Roy Keane both captained United under Sir Alex Ferguson

Duncan Edwards

Dennis Viollet

Heroes: Duncan Edwards (left) and Dennis Viollet are also part of the United legends depicted in the series

Denis Law

Bryan Robson

Stars of the show: Denis Law (left) and Bryan Robson

Bobby Charlton

George Best

Busby Babes: Sir Bobby Charlton (left) and George Best are two of Manchester United's greatest ever players

AND HERE'S SOME OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST PLAYERS ON SHOW…

Ronaldo

Pele

Diego Maradona

Zinedine Zidane

Ferenc Puskas

Johan Cruyff

Romario

Gerd Muller

Dennis Bergkamp

Write caption here

MESSI AND RONALDO ARE BATTLING FOR BALLON D'OR… BUT WHO'S GOT THE BEST POSTER

Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo

Write caption here

Rugby World Cup draw: England are the team to fear, says Clive Woodward

Big guns now fear England in World Cup draw, says Woodward

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UPDATED:

08:07 GMT, 3 December 2012

Sir Clive Woodward believes England’s demolition of New Zealand makes them the team to avoid in Monday’s draw for the 2015 World Cup.

New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and France are the top seeds — and hosts England, who are among the second seeds, could find themselves up against the All Blacks when the draw is made at Tate Modern in London.

‘It makes the draw fascinating, given that England have just demolished New Zealand,’ said Woodward.

Scroll down for your guide to how the draw works

History: England celebrate their stunning victory over New Zealand

History: England celebrate their stunning victory over New Zealand

‘The top four sides will not want to be playing against England. That result will make the southern hemisphere teams sit up and say for once, “We want to keep away from England”.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek, Woodward, who was England’s World Cup winning coach in 2003, added: ‘It was a great, great victory for the English team. The 38-21 scoreline absolutely reflected the performance and it was a great, great day to be at Twickenham.

‘They have some great players in there — Joe Launchbury, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw — who were world class. This was a real David and Goliath effort.

Flying: Chris Ashton scored a try during England's win at Twickenham

Flying: Chris Ashton scored a try during England's win at Twickenham

‘They came out and threw the kitchen sink and New Zealand got completely rattled. Every phase of the game they won.’

Because Wales have slipped to ninth in the world following seven successive defeats, they will be drawn against two teams higher than them in the rankings, and could face New Zealand and England in a ‘group of death’.

But centre Jonathan Davies recalled
Wales’s performance at the last World Cup when they lost by a point to
France in the semi-finals and said: ‘Because of what we did then, I
think people will be fearing us, not the other way round.

Despair: Wales lost their fourth and final autumn international to Australia

Despair: Wales lost their fourth and final autumn international to Australia

‘It’s not an ideal situation, but we had a tough draw last year, too. I’m sure the boys are pretty confident that whoever we are drawn against we can beat.’

Wales wing Alex Cuthbert was similarly confident. ‘I’d look forward to it, whoever we draw,’ said Cuthbert. ‘Two top teams in the pool You want to beat the best in the world. We’ll be looking forward to it.’

Your guide to the World Cup draw

Where and where…
The World Cup draw takes place at 2.55pm today at Tate Modern in London.

How it works…
The 20 teams for the 2015 World Cup will be allocated into four pools of five teams. The top 12 teams in the world have automatically qualified and are split into bands. No team faces another from the same band.

Mind the gap…
The eight remaining qualifying places (two in each pool) will be allocated into bands four and five and drawn randomly. Those teams are yet to qualify.

The bands…

BAND ONE: New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, France
BAND TWO: England, Ireland, Samoa, Argentina
BAND THREE: Wales, Italy, Tonga, Scotland

*The competition will run from September 18 to October 31, 2015, with Twickenham hosting the final.

ENGLAND'S DREAM DRAW: France and Tonga

ENGLAND'S NIGHTMARE: New Zealand and Wales

WALES'S DREAM DRAW: France and Argentina

WALES'S NIGHTMARE DRAW: New Zealand and England

England are team to be avoided in World Cup – Clive Woodward

Big guns fear England! No one wants to land World Cup hosts, says Woodward

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22:30 GMT, 2 December 2012

Sir Clive Woodward believes England’s demolition of New Zealand makes them the team to avoid in Monday’s draw for the 2015 World Cup.

New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and France are the top seeds — and hosts England, who are among the second seeds, could find themselves up against the All Blacks when the draw is made at Tate Modern in London.

‘It makes the draw fascinating, given that England have just demolished New Zealand,’ said Woodward.

History: England celebrate their stunning victory over New Zealand

History: England celebrate their stunning victory over New Zealand

‘The top four sides will not want to be playing against England. That result will make the southern hemisphere teams sit up and say for once, “We want to keep away from England”.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek, Woodward, who was England’s World Cup winning coach in 2003, added: ‘It was a great, great victory for the English team. The 38-21 scoreline absolutely reflected the performance and it was a great, great day to be at Twickenham.

‘They have some great players in there — Joe Launchbury, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw — who were world class. This was a real David and Goliath effort.

Flying: Chris Ashton scored a try during England's win at Twickenham

Flying: Chris Ashton scored a try during England's win at Twickenham

‘They came out and threw the kitchen sink and New Zealand got completely rattled. Every phase of the game they won.’

Because Wales have slipped to ninth in the world following seven successive defeats, they will be drawn against two teams higher than them in the rankings, and could face New Zealand and England in a ‘group of death’.

But centre Jonathan Davies recalled
Wales’s performance at the last World Cup when they lost by a point to
France in the semi-finals and said: ‘Because of what we did then, I
think people will be fearing us, not the other way round.

Despair: Wales lost their fourth and final autumn international to Australia

Despair: Wales lost their fourth and final autumn international to Australia

‘It’s not an ideal situation, but we had a tough draw last year, too. I’m sure the boys are pretty confident that whoever we are drawn against we can beat.’

Wales wing Alex Cuthbert was similarly confident. ‘I’d look forward to it, whoever we draw,’ said Cuthbert. ‘Two top teams in the pool You want to beat the best in the world. We’ll be looking forward to it.’

Chris Foy: England must build on New Zealand victory

England's stunning victory over All Blacks must not be a glorious exception

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23:39 GMT, 2 December 2012

The teams were in a meeting with broadcasters in the countdown to kick-off at Twickenham when a member of the All Blacks staff asked a question.

Where should they stand when collecting the Hillary Shield for winning the Test

'When' rather than 'if' certainly jarred with England. Victory had been assumed. Hours later, the tourists had an answer they weren't expecting.

Showmanship: Manu Tuilagi made two tries and scored one

Showmanship: Manu Tuilagi made two tries and scored one

Flying high: Chris Ashton goes over in typically exuberant fashion

Flying high: Chris Ashton goes over in typically exuberant fashion

Over: Ashton

The New Zealand players found
themselves standing on the grass at HQ, looking up into the stand as
Chris Robshaw raised the shield which England had wrenched from Kiwi
clutches.

A week after being booed at the same
stadium, the captain and his team-mates were swamped by euphoria, having
delivered a performance from the heavens and a result to sit high in
the pantheon.

There have been few days like it, certainly not against these opponents.

In a year when British sporting
triumph has become almost routine, here was one last instalment to set
among the golden highlights from 2012.

Put aside for now the magical,
startling numbers – a scoreline from English fantasies – it was the
manner in which the hosts shattered the All Blacks' aura of
invincibility which generated such joy.

This was not a wild and wonderful fluke, although only time will tell if it is truly a watershed.

Stuart Lancaster's team systemically
and thrillingly dismantled the world champions. In the post-match search
for an explanation, it became apparent that the backs-to-the-wall
mind-set of the squad after defeats against Australia and South Africa
was a factor.

They had stood by their embattled
skipper and challenged themselves to deliver a stirring riposte, without
perhaps ever imagining it would be quite as stirring as this.

On the charge: Brad Barritt breaks away before going over for England's first try

On the charge: Brad Barritt breaks away before going over for England's first try

On the charge: Brad Barritt breaks away before going over for England's first try
5 KEY ISSUES FOR LANCASTER

Thinking it over: Stuart Lancaster

RETURNING STARS
If the injuries clear up in the New Year, Stuart Lancaster (right) has plenty to ponder, with Ben Foden, Tom Croft and Dylan Hartley trying to force their way back into the team, but perhaps finding their positions taken, judging by Saturday's performance.

THE SKIPPER'S CASE
Chris Robshaw suffered in the defeats by Australia and South Africa, then led with distinction against the All Blacks. It fortified his case for captaining the side in the Six Nations but Hartley and Tom Wood remain contenders.

DEPTHS DISCOVERED
Tom Youngs prospered at hooker to offer an alternative to Hartley, and lock Joe Launchbury showed stunning potential. There is ample tight-five cover, and England are well stocked with flankers and scrum-halves, but reserves are thinner at No 8 and on the wing.

PERFECT EXECUTION
England varied their game but, until Saturday, the execution let them down. The midfield axis was better used against New Zealand, forward runners did not clog up the line too much, and a better chase justified the in-field kicking.

LOGICAL SELECTION
Lancaster and his assistants kept a logical selection policy, even when making six changes before the South Africa game. Failings were fixed between games, hinting at good work in training. The set-up didn't panic under pressure.

The spirit was willing, but there was
no secret formula underpinning English exploits. They simply did all
their jobs with that much more precision.

A week earlier, Lancaster had lamented an absence of composure and this time that precious quality was evident in abundance.

Take the build-up to Chris Ashton's
try. When the marauding Manu Tuilagi blasted through Dan Carter, Richie
McCaw and Aaron Smith and burst clear towards the 22, he shaped to pass
to his supporting wing but delayed for a second.

That made all the difference in
clearing space for Ashton's gallop to the corner. It showed that, in the
midst of a tumultuous encounter, Tuilagi had used his head.

That was the composure his coach
wanted to see. There were various clues to England's state of mind and
their intent to be positive against the world's leading team.

In the first minute, deep in his own
half, Mike Brown shaped to clear his lines but instead chose to swerve
past Cory Jane and scorch clear.

Shortly after half-time, that sense
of adventure from the players in white was writ large again when the
ball was shipped down the line in their own 22 and Alex Goode stormed
clear.

He released Ben Youngs and although
the scrum-half 's off-load went forward, this was England using the
weapons at their disposal.

They had the courage of their
convictions. Conservatism was chased out of town. There was a familiar
hallmark of Lancaster's England in there, too: character.

In the closing seconds, when the
game was up, New Zealand's Charlie Faumuina rumbled towards the home
line but was resolutely held up by Courtney Lawes and Dan Cole.

Even at that late stage, shattered from the effort, they had a fierce determination to quell the last resistance.

Setting nerves jangling: Kieran Read went on the charge for the All Blacks' second try

Setting nerves jangling: Kieran Read went on the charge for the All Blacks' second try

On the charge: Julian Savea scores the first of his two tries to give New Zealand a foothold after half-time

On the charge: Julian Savea scores the first of his two tries to give New Zealand a foothold after half-time

So many aspects of this herculean
achievement warrant so much credit, but the fundamental issue which has
been spectacularly enhanced is England's breakdown work.

Man of the match Tom Wood, along with
Robshaw and the likes of Cole and Geoff Parling, annihilated the All
Blacks in the contact areas.

The usually peerless McCaw could do
nothing to stem the tide and in being reduced to mere mortality, he was
joined by fellow Kiwi icon Carter, who missed kicks and tackles, and was
hounded to oblivion.

England established a 15-0 lead just
after the break, founded on a relentlessly swarming defence, Owen
Farrell's kicking and that breakdown ascendancy, allied to a distinct
edge in the set piece.

What happened next was remarkable.
The All Blacks, a champion team raging against the dying of the light,
hit back with tries from Julian Savea and Kieran Read.

Twickenham practically trembled with foreboding of a New Zealand onslaught, but instead the mayhem unfolded at the other end.

Under pressure: England were 12-0 up at half-time, the first time New Zealand have failed to score before the break since 1998

Under pressure: England were 12-0 up at half-time, the first time New Zealand have failed to score before the break since 1998

Metronomic: Owen Farrell's right boot accounted for 20 points

Metronomic: Owen Farrell's right boot accounted for 20 points

In the space of eight minutes,
England scored three tries. First, their derided midfield pair ripped
the visitors apart, Brad Barritt dashing through a hole on the left and
passing out to Tuilagi, who flipped the ball back infield for his centre
partner to cross from close range.

Then came the 'Ash-Splash', courtesy
of Tuilagi, before Leicester's Anglo-Samoan wrecking ball claimed a try
of his own by intercepting a pass from Read on halfway and first
sprinting clear, then jogging and finally walking over to touch down.

'I looked into the eyes of my
opposite number and said, “I accept your challenge, now let's play some
rugby”.'

– Manu Tuilagi on the Haka

Perhaps the All Blacks should have feared the worst when England's No 13 watched the Haka and responded with a big grin.

'I really enjoyed it,' said Tuilagi.
'It was the first time I had faced it. I looked into the eyes of my
opposite number and said, “I accept your challenge, now let's play some
rugby”.'

Boy, did he play some rugby. They all did.

England were sensational and the upshot was one of the greatest victories, not just of the professional era but of any era.

They spoke later of the need to use
this win as a launchpad for improvement in the Six Nations and beyond,
which is just the right tone to adopt.

This cannot be an isolated success. It must become the norm, rather than a glorious exception.

But for now, a fanfare is fully justified.

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