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Uefa throws book at Real Madrid and José
Mourinho after Barcelona game
Real hit with five charges and Barça with one • Barcelona to report Mourinho over ‘fix’ claim                                                        Page 2




Manchester United are not out of sight yet,
says Carlo Ancelotti
‘It will be good to play before them to put more pressure on’ • Ancelotti says Torres and Drogba can gel after Spaniard’s goal                                                       Page 2




Europa League semi-final: Porto v
Villarreal — as it happened
?div class=”track”??img alt=”” src=”http://hits.guardian.co.uk/b/ss/guardiangu-feeds/1/H.22.2/34624?ns=guardian&pageName=Europa+League%3A+FC+Porto+v+Villarreal+%7C+%3AArticle%3A1551539&ch=Football&c3=GU.co.uk&c4=Europa+League%2CFC+Porto+%28Football+club%29%2CVillarreal+%28Football+club%29%2CFootball%2CSport&c5=Europa+League%2CChampions+League&c6=Scott+Murray&c7=11-Apr-28&c8=1551539&c9=Article&c10=Minute+by+minute&c11=Football&c13=&c25=&c30=content&h2=GU%2FFootball%2FEuropa+League” width=”1” height=”1” /??/div??!-- Block 1 --??p??strong?With the manager of Real Madrid testing out ?a href=”http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/apr/28/uefa-disciplinary-real-madrid-barcelona”?elaborate methods of being banned from football ?em?sine die?/em??/a?, football could soon be on the lookout for a new Jose Mourinho.?/strong? Oh look! Here comes one now!?/p??!-- Block 2 --??p??strong?Yes, it’s André Villas-Boas.?/strong? He’s just won the Portuguese league with Mourinho’s alma mater, Porto, their current record being P27, W25, D2, L0, F64, A13. His side are in the Portuguese Cup final too, as well as the semi-finals of this, having lost only two cup ties all season. He’s 33 years old. He’s got matinee-idol looks. He’s not designed to make you feel better about yourself.?/p??!-- Block 3 --??p??strong?He’s not that great at playing football, is about all you can pin on him.?/strong? He never played professionally, only getting into the game after pestering Bobby Robson for a job at Porto in the mid 1990s. Incidentally, his opposite number tonight, Juan Carlos Garrido, is similarly inept with the ball at his feet: he moved into coaching after a career as ?em?a football reporter?/em?. Hey, ?a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jo%C3%A3o_Saldanha”?it worked for Brazil ahead of the 1970 World Cup?/a?. And let’s face it, it’s not going to be long before Jonathan Wilson takes Albania to their first World Cup finals.?/p??!-- Block 4 --??p??strong?Kick off:?/strong? 8.05pm.?/p??!-- Block 5 --??p??strong?Porto:?/strong? Helton, Sapunaru, Rolando, Otamendi, Pereira, Cristian Rodriguez, Guarin, Fernando, Joao Moutinho, Hulk, Falcao.?br /?Subs: Beto, Maicon, Varela, Walter, James Rodriguez, Souza, Ruben Micael.?/p??!-- Block 6 --??p??strong?Villarreal:?/strong? Diego Lopez, Mario, Musacchio, Marchena, Catala, Cani, Valero, Bruno, Santi Cazorla, Nilmar, Rossi.?br /?Subs: Juan Carlos, Ruben, Capdevila, Matilla, Cicinho, Kiko, Wakaso.?/p??!-- Block 7 --??p??strong?Referee:?/strong? Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)?/p??!-- Block 8 --??p??strong?With Villarreal in their second European semi final, it’s a fine time to exhume this classic.?/strong? It’s their 2006 European Cup semi against Arsenal. Specifically, it’s Juan Román Riquelme missing ?em?that?/em? last-minute penalty.?/p??!-- Block 9 --??p??br /?Have you ever seen any player more nailed-on to choke? Oh Juan Román!?/p??!-- Block 10 --??p??strong?The director of that clip was clearly heavily influenced by this:?/strong??/p??!-- Block 11 --??p??br /?Jack Lord. The André Villas-Boas of his day. Albeit clearly a year or two older than 33.?/p??!-- Block 12 --??p??strong?And we’re off!?/strong? Porto start full of confidence, as you’d expect. Cristian Rodriguez heads a long ball on for himself down the left and hoicks a cross to the far post for Falcao. Diego Lopez hooks the ball away from the striker’s head. Ten seconds had elapsed when that had happened.?/p??!-- Block 13 --??p??strong?2 min:?/strong? Villarreal have hardly touched the ball yet.?/p??!-- Block 14 --??p??strong?5 min:?/strong? Nilmar looks to scoot down the right wing. Alvaro finds himself in the book for a late lunge, flipping the Villarreal man high into the air.?/p??!-- Block 15 --??p??strong?7 min:?/strong? Nilmar misses a golden opportunity to give the away side the lead. He’s offside by half a yard, but nevertheless allowed to scamper free down the inside-right channel after Valero’s pass. He romps into the box and decides to aim for the bottom-right corner, but Helton is wise to his game and parries the ball wide of the post. The corner is wasted. This is a very open start.?/p??!-- Block 16 --??p??strong?10 min:?/strong? Hulk attempts to swing a free kick into the box from near the right-hand corner flag. His effort doesn’t clear the first man. “Ever since the group stages last year, I’ve sent an email to MBM-ers in every round of the Europa League telling them that that they were all wasting their time, as Andre Villas Boas would lead Porto through a succession of effective performances to the final in Dublin,” writes Declan Johnston. “Everytime I was ignored and my email not published. So tonight, I don’t know what I want. If you publish this email, I stand to finally get recognition for my foresight, or I will inevitably bring a jinx on myself and Porto will lose 5-0 and I’ll look very silly. I think I’ll leave my fate in your hands.” It’s a no-win situation, though, because even if Porto win 5-0, anyone reading this will simply assume that the unpublished emails are a figment of your fecund imagination. These are cynical times. I believe you, though.?/p??!-- Block 17 --??p??strong?14 min:?/strong? So much for that fast start. This is pretty dull all of a sudden.?/p??!-- Block 18 --??p??strong?17 min:?/strong? The Yellow Submarine make another couple of sorties down the right through the exciting Nilmar, who both times very nearly breaks clear along his wing. Porto have enjoyed most of the ball, but created very little. Villarreal are carrying more threat of the two, the home side asking for trouble with a very high offside trap.?/p??!-- Block 19 --??p??strong?20 min:?/strong? You’re all out getting gaddered on booze tonight, aren’t you. The damage Will and Kate are doing to the nation’s collective liver.?/p??!-- Block 20 --??p??strong?23 min:?/strong? Hulk takes a free kick from 30 yards out. Three rugby points.?/p??!-- Block 21 --??p??strong?25 min:?/strong? For the nth time in this match already, Nilmar zips free down the right. He gets to the byline and cuts the ball back into the centre past Helton, but Rossi can’t convert from close range, bundled out of it by three blue-and-white shirts.?/p??!-- Block 22 --??p??strong?27 min:?/strong? Hulk is booked for simulation. Do people still use the word simulation? No. He’s dived. Anyway, he was chasing a ball into the Villarreal area down the inside-left channel alongside Musacchio, who goes to slide in, then thinks better of it. Hulk doesn’t notice the defender’s withdrawn his leg, though, and falls over an imaginary challenge. That’s a brilliant decision by the referee.?/p??!-- Block 23 --??p??strong?29 min:?/strong? Porto are being ripped apart at will down the right. Now it’s Rossi who tears clear and sees his shot-cum-cross bundled out. From the corner, Marchena attempts a shot from the edge of the area; it’s fielded easily by Helton.?/p??!-- Block 24 --??p??strong?31 min:?/strong? From a central position 25 yards out, Hulk drops a shoulder, edges to the left, then whips a low shot inches wide of Diego Lopez’s right-hand post. The closest Porto have come so far, though the keeper had it covered.?/p??!-- Block 25 --??p??strong?34 min:?/strong? Are you drinking beer? Are you drinking gin? Drinking from a glass? Or swilling from a tin? OK, I’ll level with you, I’m bored. This is dismal.?/p??!-- Block 26 --??p??strong?36 min:?/strong? This is getting old. Two more attacks for Villarreal down the right, one ending with Rossi dinking over the bar from eight yards out in the middle, another clanking off Nilmar’s shin. I assume the heralded Villas-Boas is doing nothing about the glaring hole in his defence because Villarreal seem to be on a mission to cock up every chance in as many different ways as possible.?/p??!-- Block 27 --??p??strong?40 min:?/strong? The Pedro Mendes lookalike Sapunaru cuts inside from the right and shoots wide left.?/p??!-- Block 28 --??p??strong?43 min:?/strong? God help us.?/p??!-- Block 29 --??p??strong?45 min: GOD HAS HELPED US!!! Porto 0-1 Villarreal.?/strong? It’s been a terrible half of football, but if one team deserved to score, it was the visitors. Predictably, it’s come down the right, Nilmar sauntering down the wing in acres before clipping a cross towards the near post, where Cani heads home with the greatest of ease. No defenders in this description, you’ll notice.?/p??!-- Block 30 --??p??strong?HALF TIME: Porto 0-1 Villarreal.?/strong? That Porto defence. Dear me.?/p??!-- Block 31 --??p??strong?HALF-TIME ADVERTISING BREAK:?/strong??/p??!-- Block 32 --??p??br /?To go with your bank-holiday booze.?/p??!-- Block 33 --??p??strong?And we’re off again.?/strong? You lucky people. “What a dull game!” cries Christoph Wagner. “Villareal deserved the goal but what was the Porto keeper doing? Awful. Yesterday wasn’t particularly enjoyable to watch but this game is almost torture to watch.”?/p??!-- Block 34 --??p??strong?46 min:?/strong? Guarin has a lash from distance. The effort just about stays in the stadium. “If he is as good as many say in the intelectual interpretation of an ongoing game then Mr Boas might want to have a look at why on earth he hasn’t bothered to change anything so far,”




writes Ben Dunn. “I’m unaware of the Portuguese for hairdryer, but he needs to avoid a Fergie bollocking and go straight for a Pleat-like analysis of why they are being over-run.”?/p??!-- Block 35 --??p??strong?48 min:?/strong? A ball’s rolled straight down the inside-left channel to release Cazorla. He’s free into the area, but pulls an aimless cross into the centre instead of shooting. That should have been 2-0, and Porto haven’t learned a thing from the first half.?/p??!-- Block 36 --??p??strong?49 min: PENALTY!!! AND GOAL!!! Porto 1-1 Villarreal.?/strong? Falcao chases after a ball down the inside-left channel into the away area. Diego Lopez comes out at his feet, and though he withdraws his arms, he’s too late to stop the striker clattering into him. The keeper is booked — and the next thing he does is pick the ball from the net, Falcao getting up and hammering home an unstoppable effort.?/p??!-- Block 37 --??p??strong?51 min:?/strong? Cazorla wants to hang his head in shame for missing that chance.?/p??!-- Block 38 --??p??strong?52 min:?/strong? Nilmar races clear down the right for the umpteenth time. He Cazorlas a low cross that’s bundled away by a defender, when it was surely easier to find one of three team-mates in the centre for a tap-in. Villarreal have been outstandingly profligate this evening.?/p??!-- Block 39 --??p??strong?54 min:?/strong? It’s a much better spectacle now, though. Moutinho sends a free kick from the right towards the near post, allowing Rodriguez to head powerfully wide right. That wasn’t far away, and a very good effort.?/p??!-- Block 40 --??p??strong?58 min:?/strong? Hulk takes the worst free kick in the history of All Football. With the box loaded with team-mates, he rolls a pass down the right wing where there are no blue-and-white shirts. The ball turns through 360 degrees about four or five times before being intercepted by a yellow shirt, the player half-surprised at being on the end of such a ridiculous pass.?/p??!-- Block 41 --??p??strong?61 min:?/strong? Guarin tries to chip Diego Lopez in the Villarreal goal from 35 yards. It’s not a bad effort, only just floating over the bar, but even so.?/p??!-- Block 42 --??p??strong?62 min: GOAL!!! Porto 2-1 Villarreal.?/strong? Guarin gets his goal. He tears down the inside-right channel and into the box. He reaches the byline, checks back, and hammers a shot towards the bottom-right corner. Diego Lopez isn’t gettting beaten at his near post, and parries brilliantly, but Guarin is the first to the bouncing loose ball and stoops to head home from close range. What a turnaround. To repeat Ben Dunn’s question: what’s the Portuguese for hairdryer??/p??!-- Block 43 --??p??strong?64 min:?/strong? Porto so nearly score their third straight from the restart, Rossi bundling an effort wide right. Only just wide right, too. Porto were appalling in the first half, but they’re now showing the confidence of a team that’s only lost twice all season. Villarreal look stunned at the way this half has developed.?/p??!-- Block 44 --??p??strong?67 min:?/strong? A change for the Yellow Submarine: Valero is replaced by Mubarak.?/p??!-- Block 45 --??p??strong?67 min and a bit: GOAL!!! Porto 3-1 Villarreal.?/strong? This is beginning to look like a rout. What an ?em?odd?/em? turnaround. Hulk breaks clear down the right, enters the box, and skelps a crisp cross into the centre, past the drawn Diego Lopez, for Falcao to tap into an empty net.?/p??!-- Block 46 --??p??strong?70 min:?/strong? The difference between Porto’s first-half performance and their second-half display is so marked, you’d be forgiven for wondering if Villas-Boas has been employing rope-a-dope tactics.?/p??!-- Block 47 --??p??strong?72 min:?/strong? A subfest. Porto exchange Rodriguez for Varela, while Villarreal make two swaps: Nilmar and Cani depart, Ruben and Matilla arrive.?/p??!-- Block 48 --??p??strong?74 min:?/strong? Catala is booked for a ludicrous lunge on Hulk. He’ll miss the second leg of this. Meanwhile here’s Oliver Lewis with The Gag Someone Had To Make regarding the first Villarreal substitution: “So that’s where that Egyptian dictator went! Do they have room in the squad for Gadaffi?” That’s that out of the way, then.?/p??!-- Block 49 --??p??strong?75 min: GOAL!!! Porto 4-1 Villarreal.?/strong? From the resulting free kick, the ball’s whipped into the Villarreal box from the right. With the away defence static, Falcao completes his hat-trick by Keith Houchening a spectacular diving header, guiding the ball deliberately into the top-right corner. That’s such a lovely finish, even if the defence was all over the shop.?/p??!-- Block 50 --??p??strong?77 min:?/strong? Porto have been simply outstanding in this half. Mind you, Villarreal appear to have totally fallen apart.?/p??!-- Block 51 --??p??strong?79 min:?/strong? Guarin is replaced by Souza.?/p??!-- Block 52 --??p??strong?81 min:?/strong? This stadium was almost silent for the majority of the first half. It’s buzzing now, though.?/p??!-- Block 53 --??p??strong?83 min:?/strong? Helton is booked for steaming out of his area and deliberately handling the ball under pressure from Rossi. Presumably he’s not sent off because the tussle is out by the corner flag, the ball is bouncing and spinning in the cricket style, and he’s falling over, thus making it look accidental. Saucy Helton, because Rossi was looking to nick away with that ball, and send it into a packed goalkeeper-free area.?/p??!-- Block 54 --??p??strong?85 min:?/strong? James Rodriguez is Porto’s final substitute, and it’s Hulk he’s replacing.?/p??!-- Block 55 --??p??strong?87 min:?/strong? On Channel 5, commentary team Dave Woods and Pat Nevin are cracking gags about Fyodor Dostoyevsky. You don’t get this on Soccer AM.?/p??!-- Block 56 --??p??strong?90 min: GOAL!!! AND FOUR FOR THE FANTASTIC FALCAO. Porto 5-1 Villarreal.?/strong? From a corner on the left, Falcao meets the ball 12 yards out, level with the right-hand post, and guides the ball into the top-left corner. That’s another beautifully placed header. This is some performance by the striker, and by Porto. After an opening 45 minutes of the purest tosh, too!?/p??!-- Block 57 --??p??strong?FULL TIME: Porto 5-1 Villarreal.?/strong? On the back of this match, I think we can safely say that football is a game of two halves. There’s a maxim we should look to popularise; pass it on. Anyway, that 45 minutes of outstanding attacking football should have booked Porto’s berth in the Dublin final, ensuring an all Portuguese affair. As for the Spanish side, well, the best that can be said is that Riquelme’s penalty miss is no longer Villarreal’s biggest European semi-final choke. “The wee genius of Mr. Boas seems to have turned that round reasonably well,” concedes Ben Dunn. “Looks like the pre-game plaudits were earned.” They certainly were, Ben. All hail the power of André’s secador de cabelo!?/p??div class=”related” style=”float: left; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;”??ul??li??a href=”http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/uefa-europa-league”?Europa League?/a??/li??li??a href=”http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/porto”?FC Porto?/a??/li??li??a href=”http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/villarreal”?Villarreal?/a??/li??/ul??/div??div class=”author”??a href=”http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/scottmurray”?Scott Murray?/a??/div??br/??div class=”terms”??a href=”http://www.guardian.co.uk”?guardian.co.uk?/a? © Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our ?a href=”http://users.guardian.co.uk/help/article/0,,933909,00.html”?Terms & Conditions?/a? | ?a href=”http://www.guardian.co.uk/help/feeds”?More Feeds?/a??/div??p style=”clear:both” /?




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                                                                        confrontation as the teams returned to the changing rooms at
                                                                        half-time. Possible sanctions against individuals range from a
Uefa throws book at Real Madrid and                                     one- to a five-match ban and/or a fine; measures against clubs
José Mourinho after Barcelona game                                      can result in anything from a warning to disqualification.
                                                                            Mourinho was sent to the stands after protesting the
• Real hit with five charges and Barça with                             sending-off of Pepe, for a foul on Daniel Alves, on the hour and
one • Barcelona to report Mourinho over                                 with the score at 0-0. After the match the Portuguese manager
                                                                        accused Barcelona of wielding untouchable power in European
‘fix’ claim
                                                                        football and said that their coach, Pep Guardiola, should feel
Owen Gibson and Sid Lowe in Madrid                                      “ashamed” if he wins a competition that “yet again” is engulfed
                                                                        in “scandal”.
Uefa [http://tinyurl.com/4wy3gh] will next week consider
                                                                            Mourinho said that his red card and that shown to Pepe had
one of football’s most volatile disciplinary cases ever, after
                                                                        been unjustified and that it was not the first time Barcelona’s
handing Real Madrid [http://tinyurl.com/3kc66a] five charges
                                                                        opponents had been singled out for unfair punishment. He
and Barcelona [http://tinyurl.com/3qtgm9] one over their
                                                                        added that he would not say what he “really thinks” because
ill-tempered Champions League [http://tinyurl.com/4859on]
                                                                        he feared a life ban but said he felt “disgusted” to be working in
semi-final on Wednesday.
                                                                        football.
    José Mourinho [http://tinyurl.com/cm85sh]’s belief in
                                                                            Mourinho tried to discredit Guardiola’s 2009 Champions
the existence of a conspiracy against his side is unlikely to
                                                                        League victory and any success he might enjoy this year. He
be assuaged by the Uefa charges, which include the possible
                                                                        said: “I would be ashamed to have won it with the scandal
violation by the Real Madrid coach of “the basic rules of decent
                                                                        of Stamford Bridge and if he wins it this year it will be with
conduct” in his post-match remarks.
                                                                        the scandal of the Bernabéu. I hope that one day he can win a
    The European governing body opened cases against both
                                                                        proper Champions League.”
teams as the controversy generated by Barcelona’s 2-0 away
                                                                            Regarding Pepe’s red card, Real posted footage on their
victory against a 10-man Real side continued. Two charges
                                                                        website that, they said, “clearly shows the player only touched
relate directly to Mourinho, who was sent to the stands during
                                                                        the ball”. The club also accused Alves, who was carried off the
the game. After it he claimed the existence of a plot to ensure
                                                                        pitch on a stretcher, of feigning injury.
that the Catalan club reached the final. Barcelona said they
                                                                            The Real forward Ronaldo, who admitted he was unhappy
would formally report Mourinho to Uefa; Real’s Emmanuel
                                                                        with Mourinho’s defensive tactics, said: “I feel bad for us and
Adebayor accused Barça of behaving like “babies”.
                                                                        for Mourinho, because it always happens to him. Barcelona are
    “We’re playing a man’s game but every time we play against
                                                                        a great team but these guys have a lot of power off the pitch,
Barcelona and every time we touch them they go to ground
                                                                        too. Chelsea, Inter, Arsenal. It’s always the same. Is that a
and cry like babies,” the striker said on Thursday. “Everyone
                                                                        coincidence?”
talks about their fair play but I think they are a long way away
from fair play. Their coach, their players and their bench are
always crying.”
    It is believed that the Uefa refereeing committee is likely
                                                                        Manchester United are not out of sight
to discuss issues arising from the match – including the                yet, says Carlo Ancelotti
hounding of the referee, Wolfgang Stark, by both sides – before
deciding whether to issue a directive to all its officials via Uefa’s   • ‘It will be good to play before them to put
refereeing unit.
                                                                        more pressure on’ • Ancelotti says Torres
    The rancour surrounding the match was ill-timed for Uefa
given the high profile of the fixture, the huge worldwide
                                                                        and Drogba can gel after Spaniard’s goal
audience for a Champions League semi-final and the ongoing              Ian Winrow
Respect campaign to improve players’ behaviour. The Uefa
                                                                        Carlo Ancelotti has warned Manchester United [http://tinyurl.
disciplinary committee will meet on 6 May, three days after the
                                                                        com/bjgxtp] the title race is far from over and believes the
second leg, to consider a wide range of charges.
                                                                        momentum gathered by his Chelsea [http://tinyurl.com/
    “The case against Real Madrid is in relation to the throwing
                                                                        5ybu55] side, who faced a possible 18-point deficit two months
of missiles, a pitch invasion, the red card shown to [the
                                                                        ago, can now ensure the contest is taken into the final day of the
defender] Pepe, the dismissal of the coach José Mourinho, as
                                                                        campaign.
well as the inappropriate statement given by Mr Mourinho to
                                                                            United’s victory over Everton last weekend maintained a
the media after the match,” Uefa said.
                                                                        six-point gap at the head of the table with four games remaining
    After a board meeting Barcelona said they would formally
                                                                        going into this weekend’s round of fixtures and, with Sir Alex
report Mourinho, despite the fact he had been charged by Uefa.
                                                                        Ferguson’s side due to face a deflated Arsenal on Sunday, the
“It is unacceptable for someone to question our titles and our
                                                                        odds are stacked heavily in favour of the title returning to Old
relationship with Unicef,” a spokesman said. “Our aim is not to
                                                                        Trafford.
pour petrol on the fire, it is to put the fire out. We believe that
                                                                            Ancelotti is less convinced. Chelsea have won seven of their
coaches should only talk about football and not outside things
                                                                        past eight league matches and if they beat Spurs in the late
that only incite violence. We reject dialectic confrontation and
                                                                        kick-off on Saturday they would be three points behind United.
Mourinho uses that too often.”
                                                                        If United were to lose at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday then
    The charge against Barcelona relates to the red card that
                                                                        Chelsea, who are two behind in goal difference, could draw
was shown to their reserve goalkeeper, José Pinto, after a
                                                                        level at the top by winning at Old Trafford seven days later.
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    That would mark a significant turnaround from the two
teams’ meeting at Stamford Bridge on 1 March when Chelsea
lay fifth, 15 points off the head of the table. Trailing to Wayne
                                                                     Europa League semi-final: Porto v
Rooney’s first-half goal, they faced falling further behind before   Villarreal — as it happened
recovering through second-half goals from David Luiz and
Frank Lampard, and their recovery since has confirmed the            Scott Murray
Premier League trophy will not be leaving west London without
                                                                     With the manager of Real Madrid testing out elaborate methods
a struggle.
                                                                     of being banned from football sine die [http://tinyurl.com/
    “We want to keep the Premier League open until the last
                                                                     6h2jbor], football could soon be on the lookout for a new Jose
minute and have the possibility to do this,” the Chelsea
                                                                     Mourinho. Oh look! Here comes one now!
manager said. “We have to beat Manchester United and
                                                                        Yes, it’s André Villas-Boas. He’s just won the Portuguese
Tottenham but this is our aim. Maybe Manchester United will
                                                                     league with Mourinho’s alma mater, Porto, their current record
win the title but we want to fight to the last minute.”
                                                                     being P27, W25, D2, L0, F64, A13. His side are in the Portuguese
    The fact that Tottenham visit Stamford Bridge on, before
                                                                     Cup final too, as well as the semi-finals of this, having lost only
United’s meeting with Arsenal, undoubtedly helps Chelsea’s
                                                                     two cup ties all season. He’s 33 years old. He’s got matinee-idol
cause. “It will be important for us and good motivation to play
                                                                     looks. He’s not designed to make you feel better about yourself.
before them to put more pressure on Manchester United and
                                                                        He’s not that great at playing football, is about all you can
their game on Sunday,” Ancelotti said. “It could be good to win
                                                                     pin on him. He never played professionally, only getting into
and stay closer to them.
                                                                     the game after pestering Bobby Robson for a job at Porto in the
    “I know that Manchester United has experience and
                                                                     mid 1990s. Incidentally, his opposite number tonight, Juan
tradition and history to manage that pressure but for us it could
                                                                     Carlos Garrido, is similarly inept with the ball at his feet: he
be good. I remember when losing against Manchester United at
                                                                     moved into coaching after a career as a football reporter. Hey, it
the end of the first half [in the league game at Stamford Bridge]
                                                                     worked for Brazil ahead of the 1970 World Cup [http://tinyurl.
the gap was 18 points, To be three [points] behind would be
                                                                     com/6a77oz2]. And let’s face it, it’s not going to be long before
fantastic.”
                                                                     Jonathan Wilson takes Albania to their first World Cup finals.
    Ancelotti’s side have recovered well from the
                                                                        Kick off: 8.05pm.
disappointment of their Champions League quarter-final defeat
                                                                        Porto: Helton, Sapunaru, Rolando, Otamendi, Pereira,
to United, with the manager’s decision to relegate Fernando
                                                                     Cristian Rodriguez, Guarin, Fernando, Joao Moutinho, Hulk,
Torres to the bench and install Didier Drogba as the principal
                                                                     Falcao. Subs: Beto, Maicon, Varela, Walter, James Rodriguez,
striker contributing to a return of nine points and nine goals
                                                                     Souza, Ruben Micael.
from three games. Ancelotti, though, is now contemplating
                                                                        Villarreal: Diego Lopez, Mario, Musacchio, Marchena, Catala,
reviving his previously unsuccessful attempt to partner the two
                                                                     Cani, Valero, Bruno, Santi Cazorla, Nilmar, Rossi. Subs: Juan
forwards after Torres finally ended his 732-minute wait for a
                                                                     Carlos, Ruben, Capdevila, Matilla, Cicinho, Kiko, Wakaso.
goal for his new club.
                                                                        Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)
    “They can play together,” the manager said. “My philosophy
                                                                        With Villarreal in their second European semi final, it’s a fine
and opinion is when you have very good players you have to try
                                                                     time to exhume this classic. It’s their 2006 European Cup semi
to put them together. If players have skill and ability they are
                                                                     against Arsenal. Specifically, it’s Juan Román Riquelme missing
able to play together.
                                                                     that last-minute penalty.
    “Maybe they have to sacrifice something of their ability
                                                                        Have you ever seen any player more nailed-on to choke? Oh
and skills but can play together and if can do that better for the
                                                                     Juan Román!
team to reach better result. We tried this week to play them
                                                                        The director of that clip was clearly heavily influenced by
together. It’s too early to take decision because have another
                                                                     this:
session tomorrow. Will not be a surprise if they start together
                                                                        Jack Lord. The André Villas-Boas of his day. Albeit clearly a
on Saturday.”
                                                                     year or two older than 33.
    Ancelotti concedes he would have to change Chelsea’s recent
                                                                        And we’re off! Porto start full of confidence, as you’d expect.
winning formation to accommodate the pair but denied that
                                                                     Cristian Rodriguez heads a long ball on for himself down the left
was a gamble, despite his side having no margin for error in
                                                                     and hoicks a cross to the far post for Falcao. Diego Lopez hooks
their efforts to close the gap on United. “Best solution would be
                                                                     the ball away from the striker’s head. Ten seconds had elapsed
4-4-2 if they played together,” he said. “We don’t have problem
                                                                     when that had happened.
playing 4-4-2 or 4-3-3. The result of the game depends on
                                                                        2 min: Villarreal have hardly touched the ball yet.
motivation and spirit of players, not the shape of the team.”
                                                                        5 min: Nilmar looks to scoot down the right wing. Alvaro
    Midfielders Alex and Michael Essien and defender Alex have
                                                                     finds himself in the book for a late lunge, flipping the Villarreal
all been passed fit to play.
                                                                     man high into the air.
                                                                        7 min: Nilmar misses a golden opportunity to give the away
                                                                     side the lead. He’s offside by half a yard, but nevertheless
                                                                     allowed to scamper free down the inside-right channel after
                                                                     Valero’s pass. He romps into the box and decides to aim for the
                                                                     bottom-right corner, but Helton is wise to his game and parries
                                                                     the ball wide of the post. The corner is wasted. This is a very
                                                                     open start.
                                                                        10 min: Hulk attempts to swing a free kick into the box from
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near the right-hand corner flag. His effort doesn’t clear the first     been a terrible half of football, but if one team deserved to
man. “Ever since the group stages last year, I’ve sent an email to      score, it was the visitors. Predictably, it’s come down the right,
MBM-ers in every round of the Europa League telling them that           Nilmar sauntering down the wing in acres before clipping a
that they were all wasting their time, as Andre Villas Boas would       cross towards the near post, where Cani heads home with the
lead Porto through a succession of effective performances to            greatest of ease. No defenders in this description, you’ll notice.
the final in Dublin,” writes Declan Johnston. “Everytime I was              HALF TIME: Porto 0-1 Villarreal. That Porto defence. Dear
ignored and my email not published. So tonight, I don’t know            me.
what I want. If you publish this email, I stand to finally get              HALF-TIME ADVERTISING BREAK:
recognition for my foresight, or I will inevitably bring a jinx on          To go with your bank-holiday booze.
myself and Porto will lose 5-0 and I’ll look very silly. I think I’ll       And we’re off again. You lucky people. “What a dull game!”
leave my fate in your hands.” It’s a no-win situation, though,          cries Christoph Wagner. “Villareal deserved the goal but
because even if Porto win 5-0, anyone reading this will simply          what was the Porto keeper doing? Awful. Yesterday wasn’t
assume that the unpublished emails are a figment of your                particularly enjoyable to watch but this game is almost torture
fecund imagination. These are cynical times. I believe you,             to watch.”
though.                                                                     46 min: Guarin has a lash from distance. The effort just
    14 min: So much for that fast start. This is pretty dull all of a   about stays in the stadium. “If he is as good as many say in the
sudden.                                                                 intelectual interpretation of an ongoing game then Mr Boas
    17 min: The Yellow Submarine make another couple of                 might want to have a look at why on earth he hasn’t bothered
sorties down the right through the exciting Nilmar, who both            to change anything so far,” writes Ben Dunn. “I’m unaware of
times very nearly breaks clear along his wing. Porto have               the Portuguese for hairdryer, but he needs to avoid a Fergie
enjoyed most of the ball, but created very little. Villarreal           bollocking and go straight for a Pleat-like analysis of why they
are carrying more threat of the two, the home side asking for           are being over-run.”
trouble with a very high offside trap.                                      48 min: A ball’s rolled straight down the inside-left channel
    20 min: You’re all out getting gaddered on booze tonight,           to release Cazorla. He’s free into the area, but pulls an aimless
aren’t you. The damage Will and Kate are doing to the nation’s          cross into the centre instead of shooting. That should have been
collective liver.                                                       2-0, and Porto haven’t learned a thing from the first half.
    23 min: Hulk takes a free kick from 30 yards out. Three rugby           49 min: PENALTY!!! AND GOAL!!! Porto 1-1 Villarreal. Falcao
points.                                                                 chases after a ball down the inside-left channel into the
    25 min: For the nth time in this match already, Nilmar zips         away area. Diego Lopez comes out at his feet, and though he
free down the right. He gets to the byline and cuts the ball back       withdraws his arms, he’s too late to stop the striker clattering
into the centre past Helton, but Rossi can’t convert from close         into him. The keeper is booked — and the next thing he does
range, bundled out of it by three blue-and-white shirts.                is pick the ball from the net, Falcao getting up and hammering
    27 min: Hulk is booked for simulation. Do people still use the      home an unstoppable effort.
word simulation? No. He’s dived. Anyway, he was chasing a ball              51 min: Cazorla wants to hang his head in shame for missing
into the Villarreal area down the inside-left channel alongside         that chance.
Musacchio, who goes to slide in, then thinks better of it. Hulk             52 min: Nilmar races clear down the right for the umpteenth
doesn’t notice the defender’s withdrawn his leg, though, and            time. He Cazorlas a low cross that’s bundled away by a
falls over an imaginary challenge. That’s a brilliant decision by       defender, when it was surely easier to find one of three
the referee.                                                            team-mates in the centre for a tap-in. Villarreal have been
    29 min: Porto are being ripped apart at will down the right.        outstandingly profligate this evening.
Now it’s Rossi who tears clear and sees his shot-cum-cross                  54 min: It’s a much better spectacle now, though. Moutinho
bundled out. From the corner, Marchena attempts a shot from             sends a free kick from the right towards the near post, allowing
the edge of the area; it’s fielded easily by Helton.                    Rodriguez to head powerfully wide right. That wasn’t far away,
    31 min: From a central position 25 yards out, Hulk drops a          and a very good effort.
shoulder, edges to the left, then whips a low shot inches wide of           58 min: Hulk takes the worst free kick in the history of All
Diego Lopez’s right-hand post. The closest Porto have come so           Football. With the box loaded with team-mates, he rolls a pass
far, though the keeper had it covered.                                  down the right wing where there are no blue-and-white shirts.
    34 min: Are you drinking beer? Are you drinking gin?                The ball turns through 360 degrees about four or five times
Drinking from a glass? Or swilling from a tin? OK, I’ll level with      before being intercepted by a yellow shirt, the player half-
you, I’m bored. This is dismal.                                         surprised at being on the end of such a ridiculous pass.
    36 min: This is getting old. Two more attacks for Villarreal            61 min: Guarin tries to chip Diego Lopez in the Villarreal goal
down the right, one ending with Rossi dinking over the bar from         from 35 yards. It’s not a bad effort, only just floating over the
eight yards out in the middle, another clanking off Nilmar’s            bar, but even so.
shin. I assume the heralded Villas-Boas is doing nothing about              62 min: GOAL!!! Porto 2-1 Villarreal. Guarin gets his goal.
the glaring hole in his defence because Villarreal seem to be on        He tears down the inside-right channel and into the box. He
a mission to cock up every chance in as many different ways as          reaches the byline, checks back, and hammers a shot towards
possible.                                                               the bottom-right corner. Diego Lopez isn’t gettting beaten at his
    40 min: The Pedro Mendes lookalike Sapunaru cuts inside             near post, and parries brilliantly, but Guarin is the first to the
from the right and shoots wide left.                                    bouncing loose ball and stoops to head home from close range.
    43 min: God help us.                                                What a turnaround. To repeat Ben Dunn’s question: what’s the
    45 min: GOD HAS HELPED US!!! Porto 0-1 Villarreal. It’s             Portuguese for hairdryer?

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    64 min: Porto so nearly score their third straight from the     that can be said is that Riquelme’s penalty miss is no longer
restart, Rossi bundling an effort wide right. Only just wide        Villarreal’s biggest European semi-final choke. “The wee genius
right, too. Porto were appalling in the first half, but they’re     of Mr. Boas seems to have turned that round reasonably well,”
now showing the confidence of a team that’s only lost twice         concedes Ben Dunn. “Looks like the pre-game plaudits were
all season. Villarreal look stunned at the way this half has        earned.” They certainly were, Ben. All hail the power of André’s
developed.                                                          secador de cabelo!
    67 min: A change for the Yellow Submarine: Valero is
replaced by Mubarak.
    67 min and a bit: GOAL!!! Porto 3-1 Villarreal. This is         ‘Invincible’ Judd Trump takes overnight
beginning to look like a rout. What an odd turnaround. Hulk         lead against Ding Junhui
breaks clear down the right, enters the box, and skelps a crisp
cross into the centre, past the drawn Diego Lopez, for Falcao to
tap into an empty net.
                                                                    • 21-year-old holds 5-3 lead over Ding in
    70 min: The difference between Porto’s first-half               their semi-final • Stephen Hendry will play
performance and their second-half display is so marked, you’d       on for at least one more season
be forgiven for wondering if Villas-Boas has been employing
                                                                    Clive Everton at the Crucible
rope-a-dope tactics.
    72 min: A subfest. Porto exchange Rodriguez for Varela,         Judd Trump, feeling “a little bit invincible” after winning
while Villarreal make two swaps: Nilmar and Cani depart,            the China Open and his first three matches at the world
Ruben and Matilla arrive.                                           championship, produced a sensational opening session to earn
    74 min: Catala is booked for a ludicrous lunge on Hulk. He’ll   a 5-3 overnight lead over Ding Junhui in their semi-final.
miss the second leg of this. Meanwhile here’s Oliver Lewis with         The 21-year-old sat out a break of 102 in the opening
The Gag Someone Had To Make regarding the first Villarreal          frame but responded immediately with one of 110 that was
substitution: “So that’s where that Egyptian dictator went! Do      distinguished not only by brilliant potting but, once the frame
they have room in the squad for Gadaffi?” That’s that out of the    was certain to be his, flamboyant shot-making reminiscent of
way, then.                                                          Alex Higgins and Jimmy White in their heyday.
    75 min: GOAL!!! Porto 4-1 Villarreal. From the resulting free       Trump went 3-1 ahead before Ding cleared the colours to win
kick, the ball’s whipped into the Villarreal box from the right.    the fifth frame on the black. A fabulous red at speed clinging to
With the away defence static, Falcao completes his hat-trick        a side cushion led to a 51 break in the next frame and a 4-2 lead
by Keith Houchening a spectacular diving header, guiding the        for Trump, who also dominated the eighth to secure the two-
ball deliberately into the top-right corner. That’s such a lovely   frame lead with which he resumes this morning.
finish, even if the defence was all over the shop.                      Were he to win this weekend’s final Trump would become
    77 min: Porto have been simply outstanding in this half.        the youngest world champion since Stephen Hendry, who was
Mind you, Villarreal appear to have totally fallen apart.           five months younger when he won the first of his seven titles in
    79 min: Guarin is replaced by Souza.                            1990. The Scot, meanwhile, has ended speculation that he will
    81 min: This stadium was almost silent for the majority of      retire, saying that he will play on to next season at least.
the first half. It’s buzzing now, though.                               Trump is the new hero snooker [http://tinyurl.com/6pwg7p]
    83 min: Helton is booked for steaming out of his area and       has been looking for, not just in the way he plays but in the
deliberately handling the ball under pressure from Rossi.           way he represents his generation, not least in his devotion
Presumably he’s not sent off because the tussle is out by the       to Twitter, where his followers have increased this week
corner flag, the ball is bouncing and spinning in the cricket       from 1,700 to more than 5,000. The left-hander from Bristol
style, and he’s falling over, thus making it look accidental.       is friendly, modest, personable, a much more forthcoming
Saucy Helton, because Rossi was looking to nick away with that      interviewee than he was even a year ago.
ball, and send it into a packed goalkeeper-free area.                   Trump was the English Under-15 champion when he was 10,
    85 min: James Rodriguez is Porto’s final substitute, and it’s   winner of the £4,000 first prize in the Pontins Open at 13 and
Hulk he’s replacing.                                                the youngest ever compiler of a 147 maximum in competition
    87 min: On Channel 5, commentary team Dave Woods and            at 14. But his opponent Ding measures up just as well, having
Pat Nevin are cracking gags about Fyodor Dostoyevsky. You           won the Asian and world Under-21 championship at 15 and the
don’t get this on Soccer AM.                                        China Open at 18. He is the Masters champion and has won two
    90 min: GOAL!!! AND FOUR FOR THE FANTASTIC FALCAO.              UK titles.
Porto 5-1 Villarreal. From a corner on the left, Falcao meets the       The survivor of the clash between junior prodigies
ball 12 yards out, level with the right-hand post, and guides the   graduating to their maiden Crucible semi-final will oppose
ball into the top-left corner. That’s another beautifully placed    either John Higgins or Mark Williams for the title.
header. This is some performance by the striker, and by Porto.
After an opening 45 minutes of the purest tosh, too!
    FULL TIME: Porto 5-1 Villarreal. On the back of this match,
I think we can safely say that football is a game of two halves.
There’s a maxim we should look to popularise; pass it on.
Anyway, that 45 minutes of outstanding attacking football
should have booked Porto’s berth in the Dublin final, ensuring
an all Portuguese affair. As for the Spanish side, well, the best

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Marcus Trescothick hits century as                                   Jamie Lawrence: ‘The way they train
Somerset build lead at Hampshire                                     coaches at Ajax is different’

Hampshire 285; Somerset 405-5                                        Ajax’s Jamie Lawrence left England for the
Vic Marks at the Rose Bowl                                           Netherlands as a 16-year-old to improve his
                                                                     football education
Marcus Trescothick hit the 44th first-class century of his career.
It was not one of his most scintillating innings and by his high     Jamie Jackson
standards it was not that memorable either, but it was very          “I’ve been at Ajax [http://tinyurl.com/4ctgtf] now for two
timely.                                                              seasons. I had been with Arsenal in their under-9s until
    Upon arrival at the Rose Bowl, Trescothick had scored 48         under-11s, then I moved to QPR where I was in the under-14
runs in four Championship innings. Even worse, his side,             age group. But I left because the standard of coaching at QPR
made favourites before a ball was bowled this season, had            was terrible, I was hardly tired after sessions and it was not
been floundering. They had lost their first two Championship         enjoyable at all, though I have heard since that they changed all
matches – to Warwickshire and Lancashire – by an innings             this.
inside three days. They cannot lose this match by an innings,            I came over to Holland three years ago and joined HFC
even if taking another 10 wickets to win on a docile surface will    Haarlem [then a professional club], which is just outside
be some challenge.                                                   Amsterdam. My dad, Steve, did some research and then
    Someone had to stop the bleeding and Trescothick took it         emailed a few clubs and Haarlem were the club that wrote back.
upon himself to do it. It was a masterclass of sorts, if a low-key       I went over in the summer that I turned 16 and halfway
one. He gave a polished demonstration of how to play yourself        through the following season Haarlem said Ajax were
back into form after a decidedly dodgy patch. For the first three    interested. There was a coach from Ajax who was helping out at
or four hours there was barely a trademark Trescothick clump         Haarlem so at the end of my first year there he took me over for
to be seen. He watched the ball on to his bat, patting it away,      a trial, and then I joined.
his priority to occupy the crease for a very long time rather than       The way they train their coaches at Ajax is different. I’d
pepper the boundary boards, which are not too distant to one         grown up in England and seen Arsenal and Dennis Bergkamp.
side of the pitch.                                                   When I went to Ajax he was just starting coaching and they
    For much of the morning his timing was a little awry, but        put him in charge of my team for my first game. I was sat in the
his concentration never wavered – he bided his time and as the       changing room and the coach walked in and said: ‘Guys, here’s
Hampshire [http://tinyurl.com/5lylm9] bowlers grew more              your trainer for the day.’ I looked up as he walked in and I could
weary, the magic returned. His century took him 189 with 14          not believe it. But for all the rest of the team it was just normal,
fours and a top-edged six over long leg. Thereafter he started to    they knew him.
hit the ball harder and further. Hampshire seemed to think they          The main difference between how I am coached in Holland
had him caught behind on 132 but by the close he was 193 not         and how I was coached in England is that here they focus on
out and Somerset [http://tinyurl.com/df3k5k]’s lead was 120.         possession and they want the centre-backs to play out from the
    The youngsters could only flicker around him. In the             back and control the game. Also, they look to develop all the
morning, Arul Suppiah was caught behind when lunging at the          technical sides of your game – the emphasis is on what you are
lively David Griffiths and Nick Compton missed a fine delivery       good at but they also work on technique, and your passing. In
from Sean Ervine. James Hildreth looked secure until he gave         England this is less so, I suppose because it’s more of a physical
a sharp return to Friedel de Wet. Maybe he was disconcerted          game.
by De Wet’s run-up, which contains two peculiar leaps. Craig             This season I’ve now fully recovered from injury and played
Kieswetter also impressed, forthright yet controlled while           my first 90 minutes two weeks ago which went well. I was
hitting 58, before he was also caught and bowled by De Wet. It       recently with Tottenham as part of a young team that competed
would be no surprise if Kieswetter returned to England colours       at a tournament. That was a great experience. As I had just
for their white-ball cricket this summer.                            come back from injury it was about me getting a few games
    For Hampshire, the 19-year-old left-arm spinner Danny            under my belt and for them to see how I work and for me to see
Briggs did most of the work. He bowled for much of the               how they work.I was up at Spurs Lodge [the training ground]
afternoon into a stiff breeze and on a pitch that was not            and they were actually talking to me about how they have
encouraging much turn. He stuck to his task, never overawed          adopted the 4-3-3 style that the Dutch teams play and they are
by the massive presence of Trescothick. Eventually Briggs was        now trying to implement the Dutch style into the club.”
rewarded with a wicket, that of the 18-year-old Alex Barrow,
who was playing his maiden first-class innings. Barrow batted
for 53 minutes with Trescothick so he had a treasured glimpse
of what it is all about.




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                                                                       Championship after receiving an eight-week ban for pushing
                                                                       an anti-doping officer and using threatening and/or abusive
Steve Finn puts Middlesex on top and                                   language during a test after a Premiership game against Bath on
leaves Surrey in a cold sweat                                          1 January.
                                                                           Armitage, who has 19 caps, was cited for striking Myler
Middlesex 445; 203 & 34-2                                              during a Premiership match last weekend. He will face a Rugby
                                                                       Football Union disciplinary hearing on Tuesday; any suspension
David Hopps at Lord’s
                                                                       could keep him out of England’s match against the Barbarians
Surrey [http://tinyurl.com/4wozpe] are a big club with big             on 29 May and the England Saxons’ Churchill Cup campaign in
ambitions making a big mess of it. They have been outplayed            June.
to such an extent in the London derby that it must represent               Armitage was reported by an independent citing officer,
one of the lowest points since Chris Adams, as cricket manager,        Alan Mansell, for striking Myler with his hand. He will face
heralded an unseasoned captain, Rory Hamilton-Brown, as the            a three-man RFU panel consisting of the chairman, Jeremy
man to restore their fortunes. Perhaps they are not as big as          Summers, Philip Evans and Peter Budge. If the charge is proved,
they imagine they are.                                                 Armitage’s recent suspension will be likely to be taken into
    Hamilton-Brown, at 23 the youngest captain on the county           account. He appealed that ban, unsuccessfully.
circuit, insisted the county had “made excellent progress”                 Ben Foden has established himself as England’s No1 full-
when he signed a contract extension with Surrey until 2013 this        back this season but Armitage’s ability to play at 15, at centre or
month, but they lie second bottom of Division Two and face             on the wing makes him a valuable option for Martin Johnson,
defeat here. The first worry lines will not be long delayed if his     the national team’s manager. The cut-off date for naming World
team-mates do not soon reward his optimism.                            Cup squads is 22 August, and the tournament starts in Auckland
    While Surrey talk of a great club recapturing great times,         on 9 September.
Middlesex [http://tinyurl.com/4m4e72]’s progress is steady and
noticeably free of bombast. They achieved a first-innings lead
of 242 and pushed home their advantage when Steve Finn took            Sussex’s Ed Joyce stands firm in face of
two wickets in two balls late in the day.                              hungry Lancashire
    Finn, who lost his England place midway through the Ashes
series, produced a spell of 5-0-11-2, showing that the 22-year-old
is in the right mood to win back his place against Sri Lanka next
                                                                       Lancashire 590; Sussex 290 & 147-0
month. Yet he will need a cartload of wickets if he is to force his    Mike Selvey at Hove
way back in for the first Test in Cardiff.
                                                                       The cricketers of Lancashire [http://tinyurl.com/698uqx]
    Surrey’s downcast state was summed up by the way their
                                                                       will be peering through their curtains first thing. Forecasts of
first innings ended. With eight wickets down, Tom Maynard
                                                                       heavy rain showers for the final day of this match had been
pushed a single of Ollie Rayner, to reach 98 and Rayner’s off-
                                                                       downgraded to sunny intervals, which would be heartening
spin then polished off the innings in two balls as Tom Linley
                                                                       for them in their quest for a third successive championship
and Jade Dernbach edged to Neil Dexter at first slip. The Surrey
                                                                       win and, perhaps, their third by an innings. But on a chill third
three-card trick: not a great morale booster.
                                                                       evening, they struggled to make the impact second time around
    Culpability, though, lay with Surrey’s top order as they fell to
                                                                       that they had managed in the first innings, when Sussex [http://
19 for four by the eighth over, all in the close-catching cordon,
                                                                       tinyurl.com/3qro23] had been dismissed for 290, a deficit of
Finn proving too hot for the openers, then Corey Collymore
                                                                       precisely 300.
cramping Zander de Bruyn as he tried to cut and luring Steve
                                                                           In response Ed Joyce and Chris Nash played with
Davies into a horrible one-day poke away from his body. There
                                                                       commendable calm in adding an unbroken 147 for the first
was more in this pitch than Surrey had imagined.
                                                                       wicket from 38 overs, leaving Lancashire, with a lead of 153, as
    Hamilton-Brown and Maynard counterattacked
                                                                       favourites still, but with the draw a likelier prospect than it had
pugnaciously and, although Hamilton-Brown was lbw whipping
                                                                       been once Glen Chapple and Gary Keedy, with four hard-earned
a straight one through the legside, Maynard impressed. At 21,
                                                                       wickets apiece, had dismissed them on the stroke of tea. But by
he has the dash of his father, but with more muscles.
                                                                       then, Murray Goodwin, at 38 a real veteran of the county circuit,
                                                                       had shown that there were no terrors to be found in the pitch
                                                                       by scoring an immaculate 113, the 64th century of his career,
Delon Armitage of London Irish cited for                               before he was eighth out.
striking Stephen Myler                                                     For the side that enforces the follow-on, there can be an
                                                                       inherent danger that things will not go so swimmingly second
• England full-back faces hearing on                                   time around (although Middlesex, at Lord’s, may wish to differ).
Tuesday • Missed Six Nations because of                                In part it is physical: Lancashire required 91 overs, good honest
                                                                       toil, to dismiss Sussex, and although they had bowled 33 of
suspension
                                                                       them the previous evening, that in itself takes its toll.
Press Association                                                          So there is the situation of refreshed opening batsmen
                                                                       facing tiring bowlers. Next comes the mental aspect, where
The London Irish [http://tinyurl.com/6c8nn5] full-back Delon
                                                                       the bowling side all too readily can adopt the attitude that the
Armitage has been cited for striking the Northampton fly-half
                                                                       tumble of wickets will, almost as a right, continue. Instead,
Stephen Myler. Armitage missed this season’s Six Nations
                                                                       as in this case, they can encounter opposition with renewed
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determination. The trick is to try to treat the innings as the start       Johnson, the England manager, also had strong words. “I
of a new game.                                                         spoke to MJ and got a slap on the wrists and a talking-to. He
    Finally, there are the conditions. With the exception of           said: ‘You’ve got to keep your nose clean. It’s not the sort of
some spin for Keedy out of the rough there has been very little        image you want to portray.’ He gave me some wise words.”
deterioration in the pitch and certainly nothing of note for the           Foden, who is in a long-term relationship with the Saturdays
seamers.                                                               singer Una Healy, said his profile makes him an easy target. “I
    The change to the regulations, in which the roller is not          think people are probably out a little bit more to get you and put
allowed between innings, would, in normal circumstances at             you in those sort of situations. You want to keep a clean image
this time of year, where pitches are expected to be soft and           but no one’s perfect. You’re going to experience little hiccups
pitted at the start while hardening up as the match progresses,        along the way. I’m by no means the perfect man. But being
create uneven bounce. But so dry has it been that the pitting          in the limelight and having a bit of a profile you’ve got to be
is absent and the lack of rolling appears to have made no              careful in situations. I definitely learned from that experience
difference.                                                            and I can assure you it won’t be happening again.”
    Given the challenge, however, – and they were faced with a             In the build-up to Northampton’s first appearance in the final
considerable deficit – the left-handed Joyce, and Nash played          four of this competition since their defeat by Wasps in 2007
sensibly, neither taking risks nor losing sight of the fact that       Foden is determined to put the incident behind him. “The main
positivity can come even in defence and adversity. By the              thing was for me to come out and perform well. We had a game
close, Joyce had made 63, with eight fours and Nash 57 with 10         the next week and I managed to put in a good performance and
boundaries, neither offering a semblance of a chance.                  put it behind me a bit and kick on. It’s something I’ve learned
    Goodwin’s had been a fine innings. He had lost the                 from and been punished accordingly. I’ve made my apologies
nightwatchman Amjad Khan first thing, but then was able to             and I’m quick to forget it.
add 81 for the sixth wicket before Luke Wright was caught at               “Sunday’s game is another chance for me to do my talking
slip from Keedy’s bowling, and then 90 with Andy Hodd before           on the field. I was determined not to let it affect my rugby. The
the wicketkeeper was palpably lbw to Chapple and the new ball.         club were very supportive through the whole ordeal. They
By then Goodwin, a compact player, well organised on the front         made it very easy for me to come back and make sure I’d got
foot and deadly off the back foot when allowed any width, had          my Northampton Saints rugby head on. My performances since
reached his hundred by angling Chapple to third man.                   have hopefully satisfied them and the fans.”
    Perhaps it was the need to capitalise with the advent of               Opposition fans, however, have not been so forgiving. “The
the tail, or even the adrenaline rush that follows the reaching        crowds have been getting on to it,” Foden said. “Playing at
of a landmark no matter how experienced the player, but it             Gloucester there were a lot of shouts of ‘Taxi for Foden.’”
surprised no one more than the batsman himself when he drove
Chapple straight to cover.
                                                                       NFL draft to go ahead despite ongoing
                                                                       labour dispute
Ben Foden learns from Martin Johnson’s
warning after taxi fracas                                              • Draft formed part of previous bargaining
                                                                       agreement • Teams to begin making
• Saints back was cautioned by police over                             college picks from 1am BST
incident • England manager had strong
                                                                       Reuters
words of criticism
                                                                       The NFL [http://tinyurl.com/5tc3q2] plans to go ahead with its
Anna Kessel
                                                                       annual player draft as scheduled on Thursday while it appeals
Ben Foden [http://tinyurl.com/68vgnlj] has revealed his deep           against a federal judge’s ruling to lift the league’s lockout of the
regret over the late-night row with a London taxi driver last          players. The draft will begin at 8pm local time (1am BST) in New
month that ended in his arrest, and the Northampton [http://           York.
tinyurl.com/3j9cm4] back said he has learned his lesson after             “This draft was part of the expired CBA [collective bargaining
being “slapped on the wrist” by Martin Johnson.                        agreement],” said a spokesman, while confirming the draft
    “It is something I did I deeply regret,” said the 25-year-old,     would proceed as planned.
whose team face Perpignan in the semi-final of the Heineken               The NFL is seeking a stay from the eighth US circuit court of
Cup on Sunday. “I got caught up in something that has nothing          appeals after Judge Susan Richard Nelson’s decision to lift the
to do with rugby. I want to make sure all my talking is done on        lockout. It also wants the court to rule on the league’s appeal of
the field, not off it.”                                                her rulings. Nelson, a Minnesota-based district court judge, on
    Foden was cautioned by the police on suspicion of causing          Wednesday denied the NFL’s request for a stay of her Monday
criminal damage to a taxi during a celebratory night out in            ruling that lifted the lockout.
central London following Northampton’s win over Wasps in                  “The NFL has not met its burden for obtaining a stay
the Premiership in March, but it seems that it was his coaches’        pending appeal ... The league has not made a sufficient showing
reactions that really hit home.                                        that it is likely to succeed on the merits,” she wrote.
    “I spoke to Jim [Mallinder, of Northampton] about it as soon          While the court proceedings continue, the NFL has told its
as it happened to make sure the right people around me knew            32 clubs to follow current rules and practices until otherwise
what was going on – and apologised for my actions. That’s the          advised by the league. But confusion continued other whether
most I could really do.”                                               players could use training facilities.
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   “The doors are still closed and, as I understand it, they will     with our attitude but we missed a little bit of that subconscious
remain closed until the appeals process is completed,” said the       belief that makes you win. That frustrates you because you
Washington Redskins defensive end Vonnie Holliday, after he           know that it is there and you want to fight against it.”
and others tried to enter the team’s facilities.                         Arsenal have beaten United only once in the previous 11
   But lawyers representing NFL players in their antitrust            meetings in all competitions but Wenger feels that they have
lawsuit [http://tinyurl.com/64whhr3] said the league should be        “made up a lot of ground”. “We have a good opportunity to
open for business.                                                    show that on Sunday,” he said. “It is vital for us to show that
   “The clubs must open their facilities to allow players to work     we have some mental qualities and finish with a very strong
out, meet with coaches and otherwise perform their jobs; and          fighting spirit. We are certainly wounded. We have been hit very
the NFL and the clubs cannot collectively continue to refuse to       hard.
deal with players,” wrote the attorneys James Quinn and Jeffrey          “We have to face sceptical attitudes from people – that I can
Kessler in a letter addressed to NFL players and agents.              understand – but it is not as bad as people say. We live in a world
   “It is our view that the NFL and the clubs will be in contempt     where if you do not win you are criticised and we have to accept
of court if they do not comply with the order unless and until        that. But that doesn’t mean you are nobody. We have produced
they hear differently from the eighth circuit.”                       consistent quality; we lost after 16 [unbeaten league] games at
                                                                      Bolton in the last minute on Sunday. But we have to improve, of
                                                                      course.”
Arsène Wenger: ‘It is Arsenal’s most
frustrating season since 2005’
                                                                      How Dutch seeds can help England’s
• Arsenal’s manager says team lost                                    grassroots youth football to grow
‘subconscious belief’ • Wenger believes his
side had the quality to win league                                    Rich in facilities and not obsessed with
                                                                      winning, William Gaillard was right to say
David Hytner
                                                                      Holland can show England the way
Arsène Wenger [http://tinyurl.com/5kg6f5] has described this
                                                                      Jamie Jackson
season as the “most frustrating” since Arsenal [http://tinyurl.
com/3fh47r]’s trophy drought began as he admitted that he had
too many regrets to mention. Prominent among those would be
the Carling Cup final loss to Birmingham City, after which the
Arsenal manager conceded his players had subconsciously lost
belief.
    But they might also include the other golden opportunities
that they have squandered to win the club’s first silverware
since 2005, the heavy price that they have paid for lapses and
the fact that Sunday’s home fixture against Manchester United
will not be the title decider that it might have been.
    Wenger is nonetheless determined to beat United and finish        Badge Sport Blog
the season on a high and he promised to fight until Arsenal’s
                                                                      From the Netherlands has sprung Johan Cruyff, Marco van
title hopes were mathematically over. They trail the leaders
                                                                      Basten, Ruud Gullit, Dennis Bergkamp and Total Football. Since
United by nine points with four matches to play.
                                                                      2002 it has also been the home of an integrated professional
    “It is the most frustrating season since 2005 because if you
                                                                      and amateur network of 2,700 clubs that this week Uefa stated
look at all the numbers, it is the closest we have been,” Wenger
                                                                      should be the model that English football adopts if it is ever
said. “Just look at the last week. We could have had nine points
                                                                      to replicate the kind of success enjoyed by Dutch players
quite easily against Liverpool, Tottenham and Bolton and in the
                                                                      and teams.
end we finished with two points. We feel more frustrated than
                                                                          Whereas Cruyff and his compatriots have helped Holland
ever because we are closer than ever to winning this league.
                                                                      to three World Cup finals and victory at Euro 88, England
    “Of the trophies, the most important, above all for me, is
                                                                      have contested only one World Cup and two European
the league and this year we have had the quality to win it. The
                                                                      Championship semi-finals since Bobby Moore lifted the Jules
unfortunate thing is that there are plenty of moments to look
                                                                      Rimet trophy 45 years ago. This week William Gaillard, the
back with regrets and there is not one opportunity that we
                                                                      adviser to Uefa’s president, Michel Platini, identified English
missed. We missed many.”
                                                                      football’s factional nature and lack of significant funding as the
    Wenger accepted that he has been more animated on the
                                                                      fault lines that blight the sport here.
touchline this season because of his belief that the title has been
                                                                          Gaillard told a parliamentary select committee that the
there for the taking. His histrionics have been a regular feature
                                                                      Football Association should look to the Netherlands if England
of recent Arsenal games. “This year we were not well off,” he
                                                                      is ever going to address the malaise in player development. He
said. “Of course that is the main reason [for the animation].
                                                                      said: “There is no doubt that turf wars have damaged English
    “Since we lost in the Carling Cup, everything has turned a
                                                                      football, and the FA [http://tinyurl.com/m7l2y7] is probably in
little bit against us. When we were on all fronts, this team had
                                                                      a weaker spot than any other in Europe. Holland is an excellent
fought very well and it has a fantastic attitude. I just feel that
                                                                      grassroots model.”
after the Carling Cup we continued to be absolutely spot on
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    A tour around amateur clubs in the Amsterdam area showed           to Amsterdam so that his then 16-year-old son, Jamie, could
the stark difference in facilities between the Netherlands and         improve his development there, after he had formerly been
England. Clubs such as ASV Arsenal, Sporting Martinus, SC              with Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers. Jamie began at HFC
Buitenveldert, Swift, AFC, SV Bijlmer and Legmeervogels boast          Haarlem, then a professional club, and is now at Ajax. His father
facilities that always include floodlit grass and artificial turf      was the architect of the original feasibility study and master
pitches, dedicated medical centres, warm changing rooms, hot           plan for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
showers, spacious clubhouses and adequate car parking and                 He submitted written evidence to the same parliamentary
bicycle ports – all of which placed the clubs at the centre of their   select committee that Gaillard addressed. “I’ve visited about 60
local communities.                                                     or 70 amateur football clubs [in the Netherlands]. On average
    Their structure is also more professional than amateur.            they have around €3-4m of facilities [in] land and buildings.
Dennis van Soest, who runs the commercial affairs of                   That’s about €10bn in total. Effectively, they’re all better
Legmeervogels, says: “Legmeer has 1,250 members. The                   than the standard academies in England so Holland has 2,700
owners are the members. Control and management is executed             academies. It’s no surprise that Holland is No2 in the Fifa world
by the board of directors, which consists of 10 persons, of which      rankings.”
five are part of the daily board. We have a chairman who is               While the two nations have an almost identical population
responsible for the youth department.                                  density, they are on very different points on the development
    “Daily maintenance is done by our facilities’ managers. We         scale. Roy states that Holland is intent on becoming more
have around 200 active volunteers and 120 companies that               successful on the field. “We tend to focus more on tactics
sponsor our association. Membership costs on average €180              instead of technical improvements – that’s the next step,” he
[£160] per year.”                                                      says.
    Broadly, the Dutch model that allows all this has been in             English football’s dream is to have only this concern.
place for nine years. Louis van Gaal, then the national coach,
integrated the sport across six regions on behalf of the Dutch
FA, the KNVB. This pyramid consists of the 2,700 clubs – of            Barcelona to make formal complaint to
which 36 are professional – that are governed by a single body,        Uefa over José Mourinho
the KNVB, with the amateur game benefiting from €1bn a year
of investment.
    The KNVB has around 1.2 million members (7% of the Dutch
                                                                       • Barça object to Real Madrid manager
population), with local authorities contributing 90% of the            ‘crossing the line’ • Portuguese’s
€1bn investment and the government the remainder. English              inflammatory post-match interview
football’s ongoing dispute between the FA, the Premier League          ‘unacceptable’
and the Football League has resulted in inferior funding for the
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amateur game, in comparison to the Netherlands.
    In 2000 the Football Foundation stated that the FA would           Barcelona [http://tinyurl.com/3qtgm9] will make a formal
contribute £20m per annum to grassroots football in England.           complaint to Uefa [http://tinyurl.com/4wy3gh] over comments
Yet by last year the FA’s contribution was only £12m. The              the Real Madrid [http://tinyurl.com/3kc66a] coach, José
Premier League contributes £43.4m, less than 5% of its latest          Mourinho [http://tinyurl.com/cm85sh], made about Pep
£3.1bn TV rights deal.                                                 Guardiola’s achievements after Wednesday’s Champions
    In the Netherlands the key ethos is that all age-group teams       League [http://tinyurl.com/4859on] semi-final at the Bernabéu.
should play 4-3-3 and that coaching sessions should be fun,                The club called an extraordinary meeting of the board of
with individuality allowed whether players are future stars            directors to discuss the matter on Thursday afternoon and
of Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and FC Twente or destined to remain             afterwards held a news conference at the Camp Nou.
in the grassroots game. Competitive youth football is also                 “We want to stand firm when the war of words passes certain
played between professional and amateur clubs, which means             limits and we believe Mr Mourinho crossed this line yesterday,”
standards between the sport’s two strands are closer.                  Toni Freixa, a board spokesman, told reporters.
    In England winning, not enjoyment, has traditionally been              “We are going to present a case to Uefa’s control and
the end game. And it would be unheard of for a youth side              disciplinary committee against Mr Mourinho for breaking Uefa’s
from Manchester United, Chelsea or Liverpool to play against,          disciplinary code,” he said. “It’s unacceptable that anyone can
say, an equivalent team from the Civil Service or Enfield Old          question our titles or our link with Unicef. It isn’t our intention
Grammarians.                                                           to fan the flames but to put them out, because we believe
    Bryan Roy, the former Nottingham Forest and Holland                coaches should only talk about footballing matters and not
forward, is a coach at the Jong Ajax academy, which is a               things which could incite violence.”
renowned conveyer belt of fresh talent. He confirms the closer             Lionel Messi scored twice after Real had midfielder Pepe sent
dynamic between the amateur and professional game. “Until              off in the 62nd minute, giving the Catalans a 2-0 first-leg lead for
the age of 14 our teams from professional clubs still play against     next Tuesday’s return at the Camp Nou. Mourinho was sent to
teams from amateur clubs,” he says. “Holland’s overall football        the stands for protesting against the red card.
philosophy is to always focus on ball possession to create                 Afterwards Mourinho told reporters: “Josep Guardiola is a
opportunities. This is also true at amateur clubs. In the youth        fantastic football coach, but he has won one Champions League
they always think in an attacking way.”                                which would embarrass me after the scandalous goings on at
    In 2008 one enlightened English father, Steve Lawrence,            Stamford Bridge [in 2009].
decided to harness the Dutch vision by moving his family                   “This year if he wins it again it will be after the scandalous

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goings on at the Bernabéu. I don’t know if it’s the Unicef
publicity or the friendship of [Spain’s football federation
president Angel María] Villar at Uefa, where he is vice-
president, I don’t know if it’s because they are so nice, but they
have got great power. The rest of us have no chance.”
   Barça backed the re-election of Villar to the presidency of the
Spanish federation, while Real backed a rival candidate.




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