Watch: Peru fans ambush All Whites with chants outside team hotel - before Rory Fallon joins in

The pre-match hostility towards the All Whites has begun with the team bombarded by Peru supporters at their team hotel in Lima this morning.

In the Peruvian capital ahead of the second leg of their intercontinental play-off on Thursday, the All Whites were met by a legion of Peru fans as they boarded the team bus on their way to training.

The group of fans begun chanting their support for Peru, before All Whites striker Rory Fallon jokingly joined in with the masses.

The All Whites' striker had a bit of fun with the locals in Lima today. Source: 1 NEWS


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Manchester United expecting 'very difficult season' after early stumbles

Jose Mourinho expects this to be a "very difficult season", despite Manchester United becoming a better, more attractive side.

The Red Devils crammed a lot into the start of the 2018-19 campaign, with an opening-day victory against Leicester overshadowed by galling back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Tottenham.

The 3-0 loss to Spurs at Old Trafford represented the heaviest home defeat of Mourinho's career - a setback that ratcheted up scrutiny and pressure, but one they responded to with a run of three successive away wins in all competitions.

That form has lifted United ahead of tonight's clash against Wolves, yet growing optimism is underpinned by the manager's sustained belief - first uttered in pre-season as transfer frustration grew - that this will be a tough campaign.

"I am optimistic, but a difficult season, yes," Mourinho said. "For sure a difficult season.

"I don't change that because we won two matches in the Premier League. A difficult season for sure.

"You see the level of the teams - you see the Liverpool squad, City squad, Chelsea squad, Tottenham squad, Arsenal improving. It's going to be difficult.

"But I think we are going to be a better team. We are going to play better than we did, so that's what we can do."

That the season follows a World Cup also adds to the challenge, a fact epitomised by Tottenham - the club with the most semi-finalists - losing three successive games since comprehensively winning at Old Trafford.

Mourinho believes any post-Russia hangover is mental rather than physical, with World Cup winner Paul Pogba inspiring United to victory in their Champions League opener at Young Boys.

"I think it is (a mental thing)," he said. "I think good results, good performances, they make miracles - and bad results and bad performances, they make you look more tired, more upset, more ugly, more everything.

"I think Paul came from the World Cup and he was the last one to come because he played the final.

"I think the happiness, the confidence, the self-esteem was what pushed him to play the first match almost without training against Leicester and played a very good match."

Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic will have to drop out of the line-up that beat Young Boys in the Champions League through suspension, while Anthony Martial will be among the other changes from the team in Switzerland.

Alexis Sanchez, an unused substitute in Bern, will come in and Mourinho believes the January signing, like the rest of his squad, has another level to go up.

15 January 2017 - Premier League - Manchester United v Liverpool - Jose Mourinho Manager of Manchester United clashes with Jurgen Klopp manager / head coach of Liverpool - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.
Man United manager Jose Mourinho and his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp clash on the sideline last year. Source: Photosport


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Horror Manchester City defensive blunders leads to shock Champions League defeat by Lyon

If Manchester City wants to finally win a first Champions League title, they will have to start taking the competition a bit more seriously — on and off the field.

Surrounded by swathes of empty seats in the Etihad Stadium, City's players were humbled 2-1 by Lyon in a sloppy and apathetic display at the start of their European campaign today.

Banned from the touchline and unable to communicate with the bench, City manager Pep Guardiola did fill one seat in the stands and he saw his Premier League champions easily picked apart by the French visitors.

"We felt under threat every time we lost the ball and sometimes that brings the confidence a little bit lower," said City assistant manager Mikel Arteta, who was in charge on the bench in Guardiola's absence.

Errors by midfielder Fernandinho led to both Lyon goals, typifying how careless City was against a team that finished third in the French league last season and was even held to a draw at the weekend by 10-man Caen.

When a pass by the Brazilian midfielder was intercepted around the halfway line, Lyon charged forward.

Nabil Fekir sent in a cross from the left that evaded Fabian Delph's swinging legs, allowing Maxwel Cornet to slot it home in the 26th minute.

Delph held his head in his hands as the consequences of his mistake became clear.

City's troubles deepened when Fernandinho was caught in possession again. Memphis Depay set Fekir on a run and the forward doubled Lyon's lead in the 43rd by striking through the legs of John Stones.

"It was a difficult game," said Depay, who struggled to make an impact at Manchester United before leaving after two seasons in 2017.

"But when we had the ball we tried to play and when we won the ball we tried to counterattack."

Perhaps the only reason for City to feel aggrieved in the first half was Gabriel Jesus being denied a penalty when he was tripped by former Manchester United defender Rafael da Silva just before Depay scored.

"To concede two goals like we did is very frustrating," Stones said.

"We came in at halftime a bit deflated I think. But we picked ourselves up and we came out second half fighting and played a better second half."

But the improvement wasn't sufficient.

City pulled one back in the 67th when Bernardo Silva scored from substitute Leroy Sane's cutback.

But the attacking threat was too patchy from a City side that won the Premier League with a record 100 points only four months ago, and are widely seen as one of the big favorites in this season's Champions League.

"I suffered as I was scared they'd score a second goal," Lyon coach Bruno Genesio said.

"We would have taken 2-2 before the match but given the way the game went we'd have been disappointed not to leave with the three points."


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Paul Pogba curls in stunning goal, scores a double in Manchester United's Champions League win

Game-winning displays like Paul Pogba's in a 3-0 victory for Manchester United over Young Boys should help to improve his relations with coach Jose Mourinho.

Pogba scored twice late in the first half today to get United off to a smooth start in the Champions League against the group-stage newcomer.

A curling shot in the 35th minute and an assured penalty in the 44th — after a trademark slow-trot approach — showed Pogba at his most elegant.

Pogba's form cheered Mourinho on the touchline after an uneasy early season between them since the team's signature player returned from winning the World Cup with France.

United went three goals up in the 66th when Pogba surged through the midfield and teed up Anthony Martial, who also had tense pre-season exchanges with Mourinho. Martial's shot took a deflection off defender Mohamed Ali Camara.

Camara's eventful evening included testing David De Gea with an early long-range strike, hitting a post with a second-half shot from a corner, and being beaten by Pogba's quick feet that created space to score the opening goal.

The penalty was awarded for a handball awarded against Young Boys defender Kevin Mbabu for blocking Luke Shaw's cross.

The result dispelled Mourinho's doubts expressed to UEFA this month about playing Champions League games on artificial turf.

Still, Mourinho said the surface should not be an excuse for his players who did have uneasy moments before Pogba stepped up.

Making his United debut, 19-year-old right-back Diogo Dalot slipped on the plastic pitch to give winger Christian Fassnacht a shooting chance that was blocked.

A loser on its two previous Champions League games in Switzerland, both at Basel, United next welcomes Valencia to Old Trafford on October 2.

Also in Group H, Pogba's former team Juventus won 2-0 at Valencia despite a first-half red card for Cristiano Ronaldo, the former United star.


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Watch as hysterical Cristiano Ronaldo reduced to tears after sending off in Juventus' Champions League win

Cristiano Ronaldo was supposed to be the missing piece in Juventus' bid to win the Champions League.

But his first match in the competition for his new club lasted less than half an hour today as he was sent off after appearing to pull at an opponent's hair.

Juventus still went on to win 2-0 at Valencia, thanks to two penalties.

It was Ronaldo's first red card in 154 Champions League games, and the decision means he could miss a return to Old Trafford when Juventus plays Manchester United next month if gets at least a two-match ban.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri insisted it shouldn't have been a red card, and lamented the fact that video technology has yet to be introduced into the Champions League, as it has been in Serie A. VAR was also used at the World Cup in Russia this year.

"I'll only say that in this sort of occasion VAR would help," Allegri said.

"It's disappointing because now we'll lose him for a few games and instead if there had been VAR it would have been seen that it wasn't a sending-off offence."

Ronaldo was dismissed in the 29th minute after tangling with Jeison Murillo.

After Murillo went down inside the area, the Portugal forward gestured for his opponent to get up, then put his hand on the Valencia defender's head and appeared to tug his hair.

Referee Felix Brych showed Ronaldo a straight red card after discussing with his assistant behind the goal.

Ronaldo looked baffled and kept professing his innocence and was clearly distraught as he left the pitch in tears, still shaking his head.

"He was upset and he needs time to calm down," Allegri said.

"He needs to rise above it and focus on Sunday, even if these things leave a bitter taste in the mouth."

Even Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia attempted to comfort Ronaldo as he walked off the pitch.

"I didn't see the contact, I was affected by his tears. He was saying he didn't do anything," Marcelino said. "I spoke with him but I won't say what I told him."

Juventus has won Europe's premier club competition twice but the last time was in 1996.

It has lost five finals since then and hoped that signing Ronaldo, who has won the competition five times, it could go one step further.

The Bianconeri have won the Serie A title for the last seven seasons — and the league and Italian Cup double for the past four — but have struggled to transfer that domestic supremacy to the European stage, although they have reached the final twice in the past four editions.

Despite playing more than an hour with 10 men at Valencia, Juventus eased to victory.


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