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Mario Balotelli in action against Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli: Just how useless was the Liverpool striker against Real Madrid?

The Italian has come in for criticism yet against

Cristiano Ronaldo opens the scoring

Liverpool fans applaud Cristiano Ronaldo after master-class for Real Madrid, despite his Manchester United ties

The Portuguese striker opened the scoring in last night's Champions League meeting

Sir Alex Ferguson with Sam Allardyce in 2010

Sir Alex Ferguson: Can someone explain the 'West Ham way'?

Former Manchester United manager says the Hammers were 'always surviving, or lucky as hell against us'

Cristiano Ronaldo at Anfield

Five reasons why Real Madrid could rip Liverpool apart tonight

The sides come into this Champions League group game in very different form

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli analysis: Is the Liverpool striker really a 'big-game' player?

Brendan Rodgers says the Italian is at his best when he plays the best

Manchester United vs Chelsea: Daley Blind admits United must 'play our best game' to get a result at Old Trafford

The Dutchman scored his first goal for the club in the 2-2 draw with West Brom

Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich celebrates during the 7-1 win over Roma

Bayern Munich parody West Brom twitter account following Marouane Fellaini tweet

Wolves also got in on the act last night following the tweet about the Manchester United midfielder

CSKA Moscow vs Manchester City player ratings: Who was to blame for the draw?

A look at the individual performances in Russia

Video: Goalkeeper picks up injured player, injured player experiences miraculous recovery

This is how to sort out players feigning injury

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?