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Voked: Fans Are Fortunate

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As Juventus steamroll their way to Division 1 and continue their emphatic fashion by notching 3 straight wins, Roma suffered their first defeat of the season to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Old Lady were promoted to top flight football under the wings of manager John Carter and they already look prepared to mount a serious challenge to the most prestigious title in the Mirror League, the Division 1 Champions. In their previous 3 league matches, Juventus swept aside last season’s D1 contenders Atlético Madrid and Tottenham, and also recording a win over fellow promoters Barcelona.

Juventus next game is none other than D1 Champions, AS Roma.

Pundits have already begun to speculate results of the epic Italian affair. Juventus are favourites despite Roma donning the Titleholders tag, with some going to the extent of saying the Capital club won’t be twice “fluky”. An article in Soccer Italia tells that Roma will just be making up the numbers in a long list of victims to be disposed by Juventus this season, inferring that Roma are the fourth victim even before the match kicks off.

The Roma camp believe that the match is more than just a formality given their resilient nature and that the all Italian clash makes it a special night.

“This is an inevitable clash, every true football fan dream.”

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In fact, Roma’s manager D Voked had already taken notice of the rising Juventus when they were in Division 2, reserving particular praise for their talisman, Andrea Pirlo. He added, “Fans are very lucky to witness all the best of Italian football in one match.”

Roma captain Francesco Totti has also taken interest in the particular meeting, “It is a big game that requires a gigantic performance from us. We swear we’ll be on overdrive for the encounter.”

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Di Natale heads for Celtic !!!

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Veteran pro Antonio Di Natale was snatched up by a bewildered Celtic who have gone from 2nd division survival favorites to rock bottom of the 3rd after a terrible losing streak which had also seen them take on defeat to bitter rivals Rangers recently, 'after that game I knew we needed a special player, someone who could combine world class qualities with world class experience and I was in no doubt as to who that should be......' and after a prying phone call to Udinese deena had her man sent over together with a jar of her favorite black olives!!! 'yeah that's right - I instructed Antonio that his first task was to get hold of a fantastic jar of fresh black olives and sneak them past customs for me' said deena, though miserable customs officers are now investigating the matter after those loose comments but there remains no doubt that Celtic now have a weapon of mass destruction on there hands - watch out for the stealth bombers !!!

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The mirror - Mid season report....

Mid term report - Season: 3.

Div 1:

It's a 3 horse race this season, on-the-bounce promoted Juventus top the league and remain unbeaten after a particularly convincing 4-1 win over fellow promotion bouncers Barcelona who also find themselves the 3rd horse in this seasons race and firm form favorites after scoring 18 goals in the last 4 games, Paris St Germain complete the trio of giants and are making quiet, unbeaten and effective progress. Last seasons champions Roma are having an indifferent campaign and would surely get the nod in terms of entertainment after 2 enthralling 4-3'ers that went either way and a 3-3 draw. City are also struggling and along with Inter find themselves in the relegation zone going in to the second half of the season....

Div 2:

It's a firm 2 horse race in the second between both last years cup finalists: Lyon and Borussia Dortmund with both 7 points clear of the chasers and still unable to resolve a clear favorite after the recent 1-1 draw, we do know Lyon will be itching to avenge last seasons cup final defeat for sure and a glowing rivalry has been sparked up between these 2 teams. As for the rest it remains ultra competitive with only 2 points separating them all - this dogfights going to get messy!! Arsenal are worthy of note as they have been free-scoring but must shore up their defense if they are to gain traction in the second half of the season.....

Div 3:

Another 2 horse race is shaping up in the low-scoring 3rd and it's both Uniteds who head the way 3 points clear of the rest. Manchester over Newcastle by a single goal though it may be interesting to note that the ONLY TEAM TO BEAT THEM BOTH ARE CELTIC!!! Who are otherwise struggling again in the 3rd after losing the first Auld Firm clash against a rejuvinated Rangers 2-0. Back in form Real Madrid remain outsiders to potentially gate crash the party.

Cup Quarters:

Last seasons cup winners Borussia Dortmund were dumped out in the first round of this seasons cup campaign whilst finalists Lyon were able to make progress and have the easiest quarter against Valencia. Tie of the quarters sees the worlds richest club Man City take on fellow giants Real Madrid in a clash of the titans whilst the most impressive cup performers must go to AC Milan who have taken 2 of this seasons div 1 contenders out beating Juve 2-0 and PSG 2-1, interestingly they now face the 3rd team in the div 1 race: Barcelona - we wonder if they can go all the way, on this showing they certainly deserve to!

Charity shield:

The season got off to a fantastic start with a fantastic game between AS Roma and Borussia Dortmund 3-3 after normal time with Roma coming back from 3-1 down the match then went to extra time and eventually penalties had to decide this extra long running encounter and at 6-5 Roma ran out eventual winners though perhaps such a tiring start may have effected their title defending season?

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Bayern doing rubbish as well this season - opened with a 4-0 win over Dortmund then 1 win in the next 6 :(

Although in Season 1 I had 0 points from the first 4 games and made the playoffs and in Season 2 I had 2 points from the first 4 games and won the league...so I haven't (quite) given up (just) yet!!!

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I feel good indeed!! Lyon has managed a 100% record this season but for that only 1-0 defeat to Napoli... Happy to progress to the cup semis and I hope to win it this time seeing that all the big guns are out of the way though I'm a bit uncomfortable with unpredictable AC Milan... It's been a wonderful half-season so far. Hope the remaing half would be this good or even better... Vercoutre- 87, Lisandro Lopes- 91, Klose- 91, Malbranque- 87 and Bastos- 90 have been outstanding hope they keep up the heat...

Looking forward to my next game against The Reds although I have this negative fore-brooding...about their talisman_Suarez_ I think, hope he doesn't 'bite' someone...

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Fitzsimons Joins Inter!

Inter Milan are delighted to announce the management signing of Keith Fitzsimons.The board will allow me bring in two external players.Results are more important though as we are bottom of the league with 1 point :eek:

Your're are most wellcome Keith Fitz hope u're here to stay... Finding it hard to believe that next month will make it six years since you joined the forums... You've been here for quite sometime 'dude' (as the americans will say) or 'mate' (as the brits will say).

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We've had 1 or 2 quality managers join recently - that hasn't slipped my attention either and I hope they can get something out of the Mirror league, it's coming up to the big transfer window and I hope this is the spotlight for the Mirror to shine - it's a gamble, do you buy from external teams or do you wait for that massive real life summer move - there's going to be tears alright :D

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Your're are most wellcome Keith Fitz hope u're here to stay... Finding it hard to believe that next month will make it six years since you joined the forums... You've been here for quite sometime 'dude' (as the americans will say) or 'mate' (as the brits will say).

God is it six years?? :eek: Wow :D

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The Mirror Cup Preview - Road to the final:

AC Milan

Round: 1,

AC Milan (2) v's Juventus (0)

Descent and shirt tugging in ill tempered defeat for Juventus...

Milan score an early goal in the 4th as Man of the match Nocerino lays on a weighted pass to Boateng who delivers a razor sharp low drive past the feet of a hapless Buffon. Juventus hit the post on 11 minutes and live to regret it as on 17 Mexes sends a high pass out to Nocerino who in turn strikes a wicked dipping long range strike that beats Buffon in spectacular fashion - the only way it could for such a fine and seasoned veteran. The rest of the game is played out in an unsportsmanlike manner with 3 yellows dished out to the skulking Italian div 2 champions last season, shirt tugging and descent the order of play here.

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AC Milans Montolivo and Andrea Pirlo of Juventus compete for the ball in the first round of the Mirror cup at the San Siro stadium.

Round: 2,

Paris St Germain (1) v's AC Milan (2)

The early bird gets the worm and AC Milan get to the quarter finals in a similar fashion...

AC Milan come out all cannons roaring and shock PSG with strikes in the 1st and 2nd minutes!!! Mexes (header from a Pazzini free kick) and man of the match Pazzini respectively stunning the French giants in to early bath contemplations of what might have been. PSG get a goal back near the end of the 1st half - Matuidi with a classy run past the Milan midfield - but cannot get to grips with the aftershock and pick up 2 yellow cards in frustration as Milan validate themselves as worthy winners by having the far greater number of chances (15-9).

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Stephan El Shaarawy of AC Milan and Mohamed Sissoko of Paris Saint-Germain FC during the Mirror Cup match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and AC Milan at the Parc des Princes,

Quarter Final,

AC Milan (3) v's Barcelona (2)

Messi scores and is man of the match but it's still not enough...

Balotelli controls a high ball beautifully on 7 minutes for the home side and lays it on for De Jong who strikes a spectacular sizzler of a shot goal bound!! Barcelona make an instant reply with some neat interplay between the intermittent Neymar into the jinking run of that man Messi who coolly slots under the keeper to make it 1-1 and game most certainly on!!! Fancy interplay from Neymar again almost pays off on 19 minutes - this time with Fabregas who gets the shot in but is saved by a magnificent Abbiati on the night who would make a string of fine saves to deny Barcas progression, 1-1 at half time then...

De Jong breaks the deadlock again on 57 minutes with a first time strike in the box - the gamble is rewarded with another goal for him, 2-1. Then Barca succumb to more effective Milan work in and around the box as they had been pecking away at it all night - Muntari firing home on 76 for 3-1. Barcelona controversially substituted Messi for new rising starlet Sergi Roberto on 60 minutes and the move paid off with some fancy footwork being displayed by the youngster in midfield linking on to the run of another future hot prospect: the ever sensational Neymar who rifles home on 83 minutes for 3-2. AC Milan manage to hold on though and are unlucky not to make it a wider margin when Balotelli scuffs a chance towards the end of the game.

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Milans Muntari celebrates at the end of the game whereas Barcelona defender Pique can only hold his head in despair!!

Semi Final,

Manchester City (0) v's AC Milan (2)

AC Milan continue the giant slaying to earn a place in the final!!

In the first semi final the by now famed giant killers AC Milan took on yet another giant in Manchester City - who had triumphed over Real Madrid to the tune of 2-0 in the previous round - and the outcome once again was the same - a convincing win for AC Milan!! Goals from Robinho (9) with a lethal first time strike from a cross into the box and man-of-the-match De Saglio (37) with a power effort sent Milan all the way to the finals - Robinho also had a goal disallowed and AC Milan the lions share of the possession in this understandably defensive encounter. City may well regret not fielding star striker Aguero - as a result they could only convert 50% of their chances whereas Milan were ruthlessly on target all night and deserved their final place.

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Deal completed: Italian striker Mario Balotelli shaking hands with AC Milan's executive director Adriano Galliani as his move from Man City is confirmed earlier this year.

Liverpool

Round: 2,

Liverpool (2) v's Bayern Munchen (1)

Tough tackling Bayern fail to cope with Liverpools quick start and aerial bombardments...

Liverpool started their cup campaign with a blistering surge off the blocks much akin to Milan against PSG, and the shock and awe tactics paid off again against arguably much more powerful opposition. Glen Johnson got the ball and gave it a good old fashioned thump up field where sneaky Suarez latched on to the ball and slotted a sneaky header in to the bottom corner for 1-0, minutes later the game was all but sealed for Liverpool when new wing sensation Coutinho rocketed down the wing before pulling the ball back with the experience and authority of a veteran before bending in a nifty cross-***-shot which happened to swerve past a happless Manuelle Neur for 2-0. Bayerns Dante managed to pull one back on 56 with a powerful drive from distance but even the performance of this man of the match wasn't enough to cope with the number of high balls Liverpool kept on piling in with and taking the lions share of possession from the match (61-39%) confirmed themselves as deserving winners in a heated game that saw 4 yellow cards dished out to the dirty German side.

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Deadly duo - Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho celebrate goals against Bayern

Quarter Final,

Liverpool (1) v's Spurs (1), [5-4 pens, Liverpool].

Liverpool win on a very tight penalty shoot out amongst the chaos!!

2 yellow and a red card for 'pool and a red for Spurs ensured this game will be remembered for all the wrong things, cup battle it certainly was though as the drama ran red at Anfield!! After an initial spate off high pressure from Liverpool which saw them miss a hat full of chances the rising frustration from Spurs eventually boiled over and a reckless lunge from Dembelle on Assaidi saw the first card delivered and it was a straight red, unarguably so. More Liverpool pressure followed and so it seemed inevitable that Spurs would strike first and they did when M'bia gave away a free kick to the visitors, and which red hot prospect Gareth Bale did not fail to impress with - a dipping swerving goal the likes of which his counterpart Ronaldo would have been proud!!! Liverpool quickly restored parity after the mid-game cup of tea, and no doubt heated words from the newly appointed manager O Brien would have gone some way to ensuring it - Yesil making a run out of midfield, passing to spearing on the wing who then threaded the ball back beautifully, a final step over was enough to confuse the keeper lloris and the ball rolled calmly underneath the on form keeper for 1-1. Then came the controversy Robinson slightly late in the challenge on Adebayor earns himself a yellow and the crafty Togan must have stored it in memory as on 82 minutes he went down on a fairy inocuous bit of shirt pulling, rolling over like a russian gymnast and earning the unfortunate Robinson his 2nd yellow and trhe second red card of the evening, no doubt the crowd were baying for Adebayor and they must have made all the difference as the match went to penalties and was eventually settled with the 9th kick from the spot - Gareth Bale of all people being the only Spurs player to miss his.

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Dembele of Spurs gets to grips with Suarez in a stormy encounter at Anfield.

Semi Final,

Liverpool (1) v's Lyon (1), [ 4-1 pens, Liverpool]

In the other semi we had last years finalists Lyon taking on a rejuvenated Liverpool side led by new manager Jason O Brien. Liverpool took the game to Lyon whenever they could with an attack minded set up which led to them taking the lead on 39 minutes - a sublime goal by Henderson taking on a pass from that man Coutinho and running it upfield to make a low drive past keeper Vercoutre, but it was all too infrequent as Lyon had the lions share of possession and appeared to be taking Liverpool to cup school for most of the game and duly got a timely, and what might be considered controversial penalty on 71 minutes - Gonalons blatant dive in the penalty area ensured 1-1. Lyon then heaped on the pressure and were unlucky to have a goal disallowed 2 minutes later as Liverpool were exposed to wave after wave of attacking pressure from the cup Maestros, but somehow they managed to hold on until the penalty shoot-out where they managed to regain their composure slotting 4 past Pepe Reina for 1 in reply and thus making their way to the final leaving a very disappointed Amadi of Lyon to contemplate what might have been had they taken a more positive approach to the game - he now has the division 2 title to look forward to if he can hold out.

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Pepe Reina - Liverpool saviour x 2

The Mirror Cup: Overview

AC Milan have got to the final on the back of 4 straight epics which has seen Juventus, Paris St Germain, Barcelona and Manchester City succumb to their giant slaying antics, it's been a dream journey from start to finish with players De Jong, Montolivio, Abbiati, Balotelli and Nocerino all performing outstandingly, this makes them firm cup favourites in my opinion - but does tthe dream ticket have a happy ending?

Liverpool have had a less glorious march to the Aztec stadium this year would you believe - all 104,000 capacity of it!! A first round bye was followed with 3 very tough physical games which saw a plethora of yellow and red cards against Bayern, Spurs and Lyon and though they may have been less glorious their route was equally well earned and deserved at the end threough the sheer nerve that got them through the penalty shoot outs and there's no doubt they will be the team pushing for more controversy.

If the match is played as a game of football I cannot see anybody else other than AC Milan winning it, but if it becomes entangled in to a war and a brawl then it will be Liverpool who have the stamina to come out on top.

It's Milans to lose and Liverpools to win!!

The Mirror Cup, One to Watch:

AC Milan:

Nigel De Jong

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Joint top scorer in the cup this season you can be sure to expect something classy from him.

Liverpool

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Liverpool legend Gerrard and confirmed hitman Suarez are a force to be reckoned with.

The Mirror Cup - Final:

Liverpool v's AC Milan

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The Aztec Stadium Tuesday 7th May 2013.

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The Mirror Cup Final - Report.

Prelude

The 104,000 capacity stadium was filled with a respectable 84, 866 spectators who had made the trip to Mexico City all the way from England and Italy.

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The Azteca stadium: host to the Mexico '86 world cup finals and the Mirror cup season: 3

Both teams are having a difficult season elsewhere in the league with Liverpool in the drop zone of division 2 and 4 points adrift from the safe spot with AC Milan also having abysmal times in division 3 and finding themselves 4 points away from the lower promotion play off place currently held by the lowly likes of Celtic - how depressing!!

It is clear then that the cup represents the only chance of silver wear or silver lining for that matter for both clubs.

Squad

Milan had controversially picked a very reduced squad - perhaps following a lackluster 1-1 draw with Newcastle at the weekend - no Balotelli, El Shaarway, Montolivo or star-so-far-Pazzini. Whereas Liverpool had gone for established first team players such as Gerrard, Suarez, Coutinho, Anyukov and Reina. O Brien perhaps even sacrificing Sundays 1-0 defeat to Bayern in order to give his stars a rest.

Tactics

Before kick off AC Milan chose a defensive 4-5-1 formation with just lone man Pato up front, Liverpool on the other hand had chosen an attacking 4-3-1-2 line up with both Coutinho and Suarez in the thick of the action. The scene was set then for a most interesting final encounter.....

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Prospective tactics: AC Milan

The game

The game got off to a confrontational start with shades of '88 about it when at that time Vinny Jones of Wimbledon had smashed Liverpools Steve Mcmahon early on to establish the pecking order in midfield.

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Cup past - the infamous Vinny Jones and Steve Mcmahon square up in the 1988 final.

This time Liverpool took the initiative in midfield with a bruising lunge in from Jordan Henderson on Milans Muntari. Henderson earning himself an early yellow card for his efforts, now it seemed clear the full-on tactics Liverpool had gone out to establish and so it proved with a huge Liverpool dominance in the early stages that saw wave upon wave of attack bearing down on Milans goalmouth, and cup hero Abbiati rising to the challenge on every single occasion.

Those 2 menaces highlighted in the match preview: Gerrard and Suarez began linking up effectively early on which saw a Suarez low drive blocked superbly by Abbiati. If not beaten by power Abiatti was also given a stealth challenge from a deft side footer from Borini (off the back of some good engine room supply from Anyukov in Midfield), again an aging Abbiati somehow managing to spread himself at the last moment to deny Liverpool that opener they were so desperately chasing down in the early stages. Borinio was denied yet again on 14 minutes - this time an effective counter attack instigated by Liverpool defender Agger who upon breaking up a rare Milan offensive like a pole axe launched a long ball for Borini to latch on to, this time he attempted to roll the ball calmly beneath Abiatti and received the same fate - a spread as splendorous as a peacocks keeping events at 0-0.

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Abiatti cup hero earlier denying Barcelona in a similar fashion to Liverpool in the final.

Liverpools early intensity began to take its toll however and Milan started to creep back in to the game with Muntaris deftness-of-foot setting Pato on his way for a cross-goal lob which Reina was equally up to blocking with a well timed dive to the left. Then on 25 minutes the deadlock was finally broken by Milans resurgence when Pato passed a ball back to Emanuelson in the box who cut inside leaving his marker stranded before taking the ball on in to the far corner, this time Reina having no chance to react with a dive - down on 1 knee and thoroughly defeated. The half ended with a near-side free kick from veteran Ambrosini finding the incoming header of Pato to miss by a whisker and capping off a very satisfactory first half for AC Milan.

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A.C.Milan's Urby Emanuelson scores the only goal scored during the first half of the game between the Liverpool FC and the A.C. Milan, as part of the Mirror cup final.

The start of the second half didn't see things getting any better for the Pool, in fact they got markedly worse when on 54 minutes Milan where awarded a controversial penalty (such controversy seems to follow Liverpool these days - from the blatant dive of Lyons Gonalon getting a penalty in the semis, to the crafty Adebayor of spurs getting Robinson sent off in the quarters), for the record Pato calmly slotted home - deceiving Reina in the run up with a clinical and well taken finish for 2-0. Liverpool must have been wondering just what had gone wrong after such a promising start to the game and just a moment later on 55' M'bia confirmed Liverpools woes by earning them their second yellow by clumsily sending Pato to ground and gifting Milan with another free kick. This time Boateng getting a head on the end of an Ambrosini swerving near post effort and luckily over the crossbar for Liverpool. By now Milan were firmly in control of the match and even started a little show-Boateng themselves with Boateng stroking the ball through aesthetically to Pato who demonstrated his skills with a Cantona style flick over the keeper who just managed to scramble back comically and clear his line - the Italians were eating grapes and hailing Cesar over their crude northern European counterparts....

And so it happens in football - the twists and turns of a game are never done until the fat referees whistle blows - perhaps then Liverpools prayers for parity had been answered on 59' when usual suspect M'bia intercepted a perhaps rather complacent pass from the tranquil Milan and began a Liverpool armed robbery which first saw a defense shattering pass reach out for that other thick-in-the-action player Borini who appeared to just hit the ball unaware of the goalmouth, on the turn and completely by accident!! - though the ball would sail over the keeper and ricochet off the far post and in with as much grace as any posturing Milan side could conjure. Liverpool were now re-ignited and the best, most contested part of the game ensued on the hour, first Suarez streaking in a free kick missile for Borini to have a stab at [Abbiati save], then Pato jinking through an antagonized defense Messi style and rolling one in to the arms of Reina, it had become the Pato and Borini show up until the 67th minute when Suarez decided he wanted to gatecrash the party by way of a sneaky Suarez run behind defense and a bit of Henderson vision to pick him out, taking the ball calmly and targeting the back of the net with cross hares that never miss and thus restoring parity with 20 minutes to play.

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Suarez to the rescue: a 67th minute equalizer makes it 2-2 v's AC Milan, in the Mirror cup final.

Both sides seemed to go in to themselves after that and it concluded the major action of the game with the last save going to Abbiati off a spectacular M'bia long range pile driver over land and sea!!

Penalties

Liverpool had been here twice already and must have now believed it was 'their' name that had been on the cup all along, now secure and in familiar territory whereas this was all new to Milan.

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Liverpool squad in familiar territory, would it be 3rd time unlucky??

The first offerings came most fittingly from man-of-the-match Pato and Borini and neither disappointed the spectators for 1-1,

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Pato steps up during the penalty shoot-out

then another cup star on another day Boateng sent the keeper the wrong way for 2-1 Milan. Sure-thing Suarez was next up and the Liverpool fans must have been writing the goal on their i-pads before it was even taken such would have been the assurity on the Liverpool man, so Suarez naturally dragged his shot wide much to the dismay of the expectant Liverpool end!!!

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Suarez on his knees in despair after missing Liverpools penalty

De Sciglio took the opportunity to raise the pressure on 'pool by another bar with a short penalty that had calm which defied the youngsters 20 years, then came the other Liverpool danger man Coutinho, surely he would keep the reds in the chase? NO!!! sadly not for their fans as his driven shot was saved by Abiatti who barely had to move in all fairness , 3-1.

So cometh the hour cometh the veteran midfielder and Milans version is called Ambrosini who finally closed the book on this years cup and completed the fairy tale ending that had been threatened as far back as round 2. The giant killing storyline is now well known so let's not repeat that other than to say that AC Milan season 3 squad will go down in history as true cup legends and the feat they have achieved here may not be repeated until the day Man United find a convincing successor to Alex Ferguson in real life, well done AC Milan, well done Liverpool and thanks for all the entertainment you gave us in this seasons very special Mirror cup :-)

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AC Milan celebrate in all fire-cracker glory after taking the Mirror cup 4-1 on penalties.

Statistics

AC Milan had slightly more possession (53-47%), though Liverpool got more shots in with their attack-minded set up (15-12), both teams had similar shots on target. Milan had 6 corners to Liverpools 1 and true to cup form Liverpool managed to pick up a couple of Yellow cards.

Player showcase:

Pato - 3rd goal of the season and a timely first in this seasons cup, it was also his 11th goal in 33 appearences for Milan (1 in 3!), also has 11 assists and 5 mom's including the mom in this cup final match.

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Suarez - 2nd goal in the cup and in just 2 cup appearances supplements a total record of 14 goals in 30 appearances (nearly 1 in 2!) with 7 mom's he also shares an average OPTA performance rating of 8 along with Milans Pato.

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The Mirror League title run in: penultimate games

Div 1,

Barcelona head the group having thrashed spurs 4-1 who themselves seem to be joining already relegated Inter and Man City. The title can be realistically won by any of 4 teams including Juve, former champions PSG and Roma. 4 points separate them.

Next crunch game:

Barca v's Roma - the next round will decide if Roma are still in contention to defend their title, a win is a must.

Div 2,

With the promotion spots all but decided with Lyon and Dortmund going up it's the play-off spots that are under intense competition and which have been more clearly defined after the last round of matches with 4 teams separated by 3 points: Napoli, Munich, Valencia and Schalke. Unfortunately those 4 will also decide the 3rd relegation spot with Liverpool and Arsenal already departed, Liverpool crashing 3-1 to Napoli and Arsenal going down to a 3-0 home defeat against Munich.

Next crunch game:

Bayern v's Schalke - with the other contenders playing the top 2 and both relegated teams playing a consolation game it remains for Bayern to bolster their chances and at the same time take Schalke out of play off contention.

Div 3,

With Man United nailing Real Madrid to the mast with a 4-2 home win it remains that the title and promotion spot will be decided by those 2 and Newcastle who could only manage a draw with Marseille. The lower play off spot is eagerly being contested by the next 4 teams with Rangers taking a break from it all to regroup for next season.

Next crunch game:

Real Madrid v's AC Milan - The cup holders travel to Madrid and both teams still have everything to play for, failure for either team could be the difference between a sure thing and a missed promotion opportunity, Newcastle v's Chelsea also follows a similar theme with Man United favorites to keep the pressure on going in to the last game.

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The Mirror League: Title run-In report and final day games preview.

Div: 1,

Well they say champions are there to be beaten and on this occasion the contenders Barcelona failed to topple current Mirror kings AS Roma...

Barca going down to a 1-3 home defeat, not only that but the manner in which Roma got the win was so emphatic (60-40 possession, 10-1 shots on target), and must surely supercharge their title aspirations going in to the last round of games. Barcelona still have the high ground however and remain favorites on goal difference over Juventus who dispatched relegated Man City 3-1, defending champions Roma remain 3rd and 1 point adrift of the top

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PSG wrote themselves out of the chase with a clumsy 1-2 home defeat to Spurs whose valiant efforts were too little too late as they confirmed predictions by becoming the 3rd team relegated out of the 1st division along with City and Inter .

Final games:

All title contenders are separated from one another for the last round of games so it really does throw everything up to chance....

Juventus have the awkward last game away to PSG (though PSG's current form boasts only 1 win in 6 for the team who threw it all away in the second half of the season). With Roma back in the hunt it promises to go down to the wire as they face relegated Spurs, whilst Barca face relegated Inter. Let's just hope managerless Athletico don't steal though and take the title - how embarrassing would that be!!

deenas prediction: Barca champions, Roma 2nd, Juve 3rd.

Div: 2,

Everything went to plan after those last round of games - if you happened to be a Bayern fan that is...

Munich blew fellow Germans Schalke away to the tune of a 4-2 home victory - despite a late resurgence from the visitors that saw a couple of goals they will regret not taking the majority of the games chances as they slipped off the promotion radar and now face a last game relegation roll-of-the-dice with fate.

Elsewhere Lyon (1-1 Napoli) and Dortmund (1-0 Valencia) confirmed their promotion places though there will be a twist to the end of the season as frustrated manager Elechi Amadi failed to close out top spot (see below!). Managerless Valencia still remain outsiders to gatecrash the promotion awards.

Final games

The final twist...

Lyon and their arch-rivals Dortmund will face each other in the final round of matches to determine who goes through as the champions of division 2 and nobody will want to lose this one - that is a certainty!! Amadi has already jacked up the pressure by flipping his lid in a post match outburst declaring things 'unfair in his mind,' and gloating to fellow manager Lopes that all he needs is a draw to seal it.

After last seasons Mirror cup final these 2 teams have propelled themselves towards each other like punches from opposing boxers (Lyon subsequently relegated and Dortmund promoted to div 2), and proceeded to chase each other in the league all season. Nothing would give Dortmund more cheer than to avenge last seasons cup final defeat and inflict the final sting in this seasons campaign.

Elsewhere Bayern can stub the final challenge to their promotion play off spot by taking Valencia out like they did Schalke - will they seek and destroy all possible threats to their ascendency? Napoli have the easier route to the play offs with a home tie to relegated Arsenal.

deenas prediction: Lyon Champions, Dortmund 2nd, Bayern 3rd, Napoli 4th.

Div: 3,

Results from the last round only went to tighten the screw on the title race with just 1 point earned between the top 3 teams...

Manchester United were involved in, perhaps the biggest shock result of a collection of division 3 surprises when they suffered a decisive 3-0 away defeat to bottom of the ocean Rangers - who sadly lost their manager over the weekend. Newcastle also went down 1-2 to a very attacking Chelsea outfit who threw caution to the wind and were rewarded with 3 vital points, and whose manager 'Barca Fan' later enthused of their last game chances at a play off spot. Real Madrid like so many others could not find a way past AC Milan and that by-now legendary goalkeeper Abbiati (0-0).

This means that absolutely everything is still up for grabs with every team except Rangers with a hand in the final day pie, this is further compounded by the fact that all title contenders and all play off spot hopefuls will be kept separated from each other in the final round of games!!!

Final games

Up in the air like a 7 ball juggling act...

Real Madrid may fancy their chances of a last minute title snatch with a final day match away to managerless Marseille, who are in mediocre form with 4 draws in 4 games. Leaders Newcastle take on the potentially dangerous Celtic who have proven to be lethal when the underdogs, Man U take on the 3rd and most powerful play off contender Chelsea in a clash of the giants at Stamford Bridge. Interestingly promotion dark horses AC Milan face the easiest tie against Rangers - could they pounce in and steal the limelight and make it a truely memorable season?

deenas prediction: Madrid champions, Newcastle 2nd, Man United 3rd, Celtic 4th

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Roma win and lose a season

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Ex-champions Roma rose too little too late this time.

While the monstrous finish was sufficient to clinch the title last season, it only allowed Roma to settle for 4th spot, and 3 points behind D1 league winners Juventus.

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On a general view, it seems a respectable position to finish fourth considering how tough other competitors were. Besides the newly crowned champions Juventus, there were the likes of Barcelona, PSG, and even Man City relegated.

But that left many fans baffled about early season form. Roma secured 16 of their last 18 available points, also ending the season with 8 consecutive undefeated games.

With no foreseeable major investment in the club despite early rhetoric when they last lifted the trophy, Roma could become one of the last non-superpower clubs left in D1 and their manager feel it could only get tougher by the season.

Roma's latest star signing Lucho Gonzalez hasn't disappoint since joining in the middle of the season, however, there isn't much legs left as he took a -1 rating recently (lol).

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Despite the negatives, Roma manager has applauded the players for a commendable season and feel the season could be even better if they can win the SMFA Champions Cup Final.

The manager has also sent out special thanks to FC Bayern and Real Madrid for loaning them Shaqiri and Varane respectively.

Good luck to teams in the play-off match. And Welcome Dortmund and Lyon back to D1, certainly top notch managers to be able to return to top flight so quickly.

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D1 Champions - Juventus

D2 Champions - Dortmund

D3 Champions - Newcastle

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