In an intense final quarter of an hour at the Stadio Ennio Tardini, Palermo goalkeeper Francesco Benussi contrived to allow Parma striker Amauri’s half volley slip through his arms in farcical fashion.
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For all Alex Ferguson’s success, his approach to big games had become largely predictable in recent years. Flood the midfield, counter-attack when possible and take advantage of any mistakes.
It’s interesting to note that while Bradford are the third best side in League Two at home, they are only the 16th best side away from Valley Parade.
The closing moments before the transfer deadline can make or break a player’s season, and possibly even his career.
Germany must hope love isn’t blind as Joachim Löw shapes the national team for a more successful year
For Löw and his side, 2013 will be a year for reform. The trials exposed various psychological shortcomings which must be sorted, but Löw’s talents as a coach, and the quality and breadth of the resources available to him are still in no doubt.
Swansea have a way of playing the top sides that works, and it’s based around keeping things tight.
Taking everything into consideration on the evidence of his first managerial post, the sacked Plymouth manager doesn’t just have a future, he has a big future.
Forget the big match: As Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho have proved, sometimes an old-fashioned power struggle is better
Sometimes conflict is healthy, keeping people motivated and proving they care. Sometimes it can be ridiculous.
It’s hard to know what to expect from Aston Villa, who seem to be shocking in the league but are able to lift themselves in cup games, having already won at Manchester City and Norwich to get to this stage.
The Zebrette have made the ideal start to the new year with the result, and have now gone five matches unbeaten in the league.
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