Sport Garcia's ghost goal: In another duel with Liverpool, Chelsea lost in the Champions League semi-finals with a disputed goal from Luis Garcia. “It was a goal that came from the moon,” said Mourinho, who never acknowledged the goal in the future

The Spaniard played an integral role in Liverpool's Champions League triumph in 2005

French media lambast Les Bleus

Reaction in France to the national team's 2-0 defeat to Mexico last night which virtually ends their World Cup hopes has been predictably scathing.

<i>Les Bleus</i> on the brink after Mexican defeat

France 0 Mexico 2

Criticism hurting stressed-out French squad, says Malouda

France's players are having trouble dealing with the weight of expectation surrounding them and some are not coping well with the criticism they have been getting at the World Cup, midfielder Florent Malouda said yesterday.

Lee Dixon: James should start but that's not the only lesson Capello needs to learn

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Manchester City are ready to make a £20m offer for Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic. (The Sun)

Divided French hope Evra can restore unity to beleaguered squad

It did not quite match Eric Cantona's line about journalists being like seagulls following a trawler but it summed up Raymond Domenech's reign. The France manager was reminded by a Chinese reporter of his saying that if you dropped a frog in boiling water it would jump out; but if you placed it in cold water and gradually turned up the heat, it would boil to death. "How warm is the water for you?" came the question.

Domenech praises French 'panache' despite struggle

Raymond Domenech praised his players' application after watching France struggle to overcome Costa Rica 2-1 in Lens on Wednesday.

World Cup Countdown: Returning Torres boosts Spanish hopes

Spain striker Fernando Torres has trained for the first time since undergoing a knee operation on 18 April and should make a full recovery in time for the finals. The 26-year-old Liverpool player joined Vicente del Bosque's squad in light training yesterday, featuring in a half-hour practice match. His return was a boost for the whole team, defender Gerard Piqué said. "Fernando is an important player for us and hopefully he can be ready for the first World Cup match."

Reina convinced that Benitez and Torres will stay at Liverpool

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina believes club and country team-mate Fernando Torres will remain at Anfield next season.

World Cup Countdown: 24/05/2010

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