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Summary

  1. Rafael Benitez sacked as Real Madrid manager
  2. Zinedine Zidane new head coach
  3. Get involved: Your reaction to Benitez sacking - #bbcsportsday
  4. Leicester sign Birmingham winger Demarai Gray

Live Reporting

By Matt Davis

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    And that is your lot from this special edition of Sportsday.

    Rafael Benitez is gone and Zinedine Zidane is the man Real Madrid have turned to.

    His first match will be against Deportivo La Coruna at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

    Adios and buenas noches.

  2. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    The European Football Show will have more reaction on today's turn of events at the Bernabeu.

    You can listen live on Radio 5 live from 21:00 GMT.

  3. Zidane replaces Benitez at Real Madrid

    Football

    Chris Sutton

    Former Chelsea & Norwich striker on Radio 5 live

    "What is going to change under Zidane? However good they are going forward, they have a problem going back. It is OK having an attack-minded manager. How are you going to make Ronaldo go back or Benzema do the dirty side of the game?"  

  4. Get involved - #bbcsportsday

    Real Madrid sack Rafael Benitez

    Samuel Pattison: Guardiola, Mourinho and now Benitez all looking for new jobs… exciting times!   

    Dean Bunnell: Football isn't always about results. There were clearly some internal problems with Benitez and the board didn't like it.

    Sammitwum: I pity Zinedine Zidane because it'll take just three losses and five draws for him to be sacked as well.

  5. What about Mourinho?

    Football

    Saj Chowdhury

    BBC Sport

    Real overlooked one of their notable former managers in turning to Zidane.

    Jose Mourinho guided the club to the league title in 2012 and - following his sacking by Chelsea last month - is available.

    He has unfinished business at the Bernabeu having failed to win the Champions League - a prize coveted perhaps more than any other by Los Blancos.

    Mourinho

    But there were reports his relationship with forward Cristiano Ronaldo broke down during his last spell in charge, while he also had high-profile clashes with fan favourites Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas.

    And following Mourinho's departure from Chelsea, Perez said there would be no imminent return to the Bernabeu for 'the special one'. 

  6. What next for Benitez?

    Football

    Rafael Benitez may be loved in Liverpool and Valencia, but his reputation as a manager has diminished in his past two jobs - at Napoli and Real.

    The Spaniard replaced Walter Mazzarri as Napoli boss in May 2013, and won the Coppa Italia in his first season in charge, but things soured in his second and final season.

    Napoli failed to make the Champions League despite the big-money signings of Gonzalo Higuain, Jose Maria Callejon, Raul Albiol and Dries Mertens, with Benitez criticised for his rotation policy and stubborn adherence to a 4-2-3-1 formation.

    Rafa Benitez

    Real lost just three of their 25 competitive matches under Benitez, but the club's supporters quickly tired of what they regarded as a sterile and unexciting style of play.

    West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan said last month that Benitez was"two hours away" from being appointed Hammers boss before he took the Real job.

    His trophy-laden CV map tempt other Premier League clubs to turn to a man whose family home is still on Merseyside.

  7. Zidane replaces Benitez at Real Madrid

    Football

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Quote Message: We have seen Barcelona appoint Pep Guardiola and done the same with Luis Enrique. Is that not Real giving them the biggest tip of the hat and copying their philosophy? It is an arm’s race. A manager who doesn’t win the European Cup is going to be looking over their shoulder. How long can these great clubs keep interchanging parts. The Galactico manager. Zidane does fit that bill. from Joey Barton Burnley midfielder
    Joey BartonBurnley midfielder
  8. Get involved - #bbcsportsday

    Real Madrid sack Rafael Benitez

    AJ Vergette: Absolute madness! Rafa was doing fine! Team turned against him, Perez proved egos are bigger than the club.

    Christian Evans: Appointing Zidane as manager is just as much of a gamble as Valencia with Neville; no managerial experience at this level.

    Jonathan Frayman: For amount Real Madrid have spent they have achieved so little. President must take some blame. Benitez deserved more time.

    Jane Johnson: Zidane is a legend and will have the respect of the Real Madrid players, with whom the real power lies. Grooming him for ages.

  9. Zidane replaces Benitez at Real Madrid

    Football

    France and Newcastle midfielder Remy Cabella..

    Remy Cabella
  10. Zidane replaces Benitez at Real Madrid

    Football

    New York Times sports columnist Christopher Clarey is not convinced that Zinedine Zidane is set for a long reign at Real Madrid...

  11. Zidane replaces Benitez at Real Madrid

    Football

    The official statement from Real Madrid does not give any reasons as to why Rafael Benitez was sacked, but says it was a "difficult decision".

    You can read the full statement (in Spanish) here.

  12. Get involved - #bbcsportsday

    Real Madrid sack Rafael Benitez

    Malcolm Jarrett: Benitez too defensive for Real Madrid. Liverpool were boring when he was there. Just got lucky winning the European Cup.

    Jon Potter: Players definitely take some blame, behaviour of some appalling - not Rafa's fault Ancelotti was sacked. Chief culprit Perez.

    Nicholas Taylor: Lose three games out of 25, four points off top, still in Champions League. Seems very harsh to sack Benitez.

    Daniel Jones: Bring Rafa to the Cleveland Browns, we have a track record of mediocre managers!  

  13. Zidane replaces Benitez at Real Madrid

    Football

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Quote Message: I wish Zidane all the best but it will be difficult. If he is not successful then Jose Mourinho will be on the bench in June, I am sure. It is a great opportunity for Zidane. He lacks experience as a coach. That is a problem. from Ramon Calderon Former Real president
    Ramon CalderonFormer Real president
  14. Zidane replaces Benitez at Real Madrid

    Football

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Quote Message: Florentino Perez is an engineer, he is not a professional. If you and I were asked to build a bridge the logical conclusion is that it will fall down. He decided to sack Carlo Ancelotti when everyone loved him. They change Rafael Benitez but no-one is advising who is the right man to be there. Perez didn’t say anything about the change. Why? That is the real story about this club. I think the players like Zidane. He won everything with Real Madrid. I am sure the fans will receive him in a very good way. What happens in the next weeks, nobody knows. from Ramon Calderon Former Real president
    Ramon CalderonFormer Real president
  15. Zidane replaces Benitez at Real Madrid

    Football

    Zinedine Zidane has been coach of Real's B team - who are second in the Spanish third tier - since 2014. Prior to that he was an integral member of the backroom staff under then Real boss Carlo Ancelotti, who led the side to 'La Decima' - the club's 10th European Cup - in 2013-14.

    During his playing career, the Frenchman was one of Real's key 'Galacticos' - a label given to the expensive players signed by club president Florentino Perez in the early to mid-2000s.

    Real paid Juventus a then-world record fee of £45.8m in 2001 for the midfielder, who had already won the World Cup and European Championship.

    Zidane

    At the Bernabeu he played alongside players such as Luis Figo, Raul and Ronaldo, and also featured in the same midfield as England captain David Beckham.

    He helped the side win the Spanish league title in 2003 and won the Fifa World Player of the Year award for the third time that year.

    But perhaps his defining moment came in the 2002 Champions League final, when he scored a stunning volley against Bayer Leverkusen at Hampden Park.

  16. Get Involved - #bbcsportsday

    Real Madrid sack Rafael Benitez

    Steve Howes: Players never get the blame at RM. That's why they go through so many coaches.

    Alex Powell: Perez is the problem, sacking Carlo Ancelotti was madness!

    Mick Hogben: Champions League qualification. Check. Well in the mix for the title. Check. Sacked. Check. Football really is bonkers.

  17. Zidane replaces Benitez at Real Madrid

    Football

    Zinedine Zidane

    Zinedine Zidane briefly spoke at the news conference.

    The French great spent five years as a player at the Bernabeu, winning the Champions League in 2002.

    "I thank the club and the president for giving me the opportunity to train the club. It’s the best club in the world and the best fanbase.

    "I want to do my very best to ensure the club has a trophy at the end of the season. Tomorrow is when the work starts.

    "It’s an emotional day, even more emotional than the day I signed for the club."

  18. Listen live

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    You can hear reaction to the Real Madrid news conference on Radio 5 live now, with Burnley midfielder Joey Barton.

  19. Zidane replaces Benitez at Real Madrid

    Football

    First at the news conference we heard from Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who confirmed the sacking of Rafael Benitez.

    "The board has taken a difficult decision - especially for me, to sack Rafael Benítez - a great professional and a magnificent person."

    He then confirmed Zinedine Zidane would be taking over.

    "I'm very proud because I know that for Zidane, the word 'impossible' doesn't exist."

  20. Zidane replace Benitez at Real Madrid

    Football

    This was the scene at the Bernabeu a short time ago as Zinedine Zidane was appointed head coach to replace Rafa Benitez...

  21. Real Madrid sack Benitez

    Football

    Rafael Benitez leaves Real Madrid in third place in La Liga, four points off city rivals Atletico at the top and two behind Barcelona, who have a game in hand.

    In his last match, a 2-2 draw at Valencia, Benitez appeared to anger goalscorer Karim Benzema when substituting him.

    Real won 11 of their 18 league games under Benitez, losing three. 

    Rafa Benitez
  22. Get involved - Benitez sacked, Zidane appointed

    #bbcsportsday

    Well what do you make of that news?

    Have Real Madrid made the right decision in getting rid of Rafael Benitez? Will Zinedine Zidane be a success at the Bernabeu? Should the players or the president take some of the blame?

    Get involved and let us know your thoughts via Twitter #bbcsportsday

  23. Real appoint Zidane as head coach

    Football

    zidane

    Dressed in a blue suit with a white shirt, former France forward Zinedine Zidane has made a short speech as Real Madrid's new head coach.

    He then poses with his family for some pictures.

  24. BreakingReal Madrid sack Benitez

    Football

    Real Madrid have sacked Rafael Benitez and appointed Zinedine Zidane as the new head coach.

  25. Real Madrid news conference

    Football

    We're still awaiting, but we have some movement...

    Looks like it is about to start...

  26. Real Madrid news conference

    Football

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is keeping us waiting.

    He is now 25 minutes late for his press conference, which was due to start at 18:30 GMT.

    Just to recap it has been reported that Real are going to announce the sacking of manager Rafael Benitez.

    Real are currently third in La Liga, four points behind leaders Atletico Madrid and into the last 16 of the Champions League.

  27. Real Madrid news conference

    Football

    If Rafael Benítez does get the sack, he will be the 11th coach to have been dismissed by president Florentino Perez.

    Perez is currently in his second term at the Bernabeu, the first from 2000-06 and the second began in 2009.

  28. Real Madrid news conference

    Football

    We are still waiting for Florentino Perez to make his appearance at the Bernabeu.

    We're hearing from a few journalists that the Real Madrid president will not be taking any questions.

  29. Real Madrid news conference

    Football

    Spanish football journalist Sid Lowe is at the Bernabeu for Real Madrid's press conference which is about to start any minute now...

  30. Double sacking

    American Football

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    Two NFL franchises have fired their coaches on a day in the calendar known as 'Black Monday' as a result of its history of witnessing sackings.

    The San Francisco 49ers dismissed Jim Tomsula, 47, after only a year in charge as they slumped to a 5-11 record to finish bottom of the NFC West.

    The Cleveland Browns split with coach Mike Pettine and manager Ray Farmer.

    Pettine, 49, coached the Browns for under a year but their 3-13 record saw them finish bottom of the AFC North.

  31. Ottesen optimistic over Chepstow prospects

    Horse Racing

    Chepstow clerk of the course Keith Ottesen is "more than hopeful" the Coral Welsh Grand National meeting will go ahead at the second attempt on Saturday.

    The fixture had to be abandoned due to waterlogging when originally due to take place on 27 December, but was rescheduled. 

    The official going at the Monmouthshire circuit remains heavy, but forecasts for the coming days are giving Ottesen reason to be optimistic.

  32. Fifa's Valcke set to learn fate

    Football

    Fifa's suspended general secretary Jerome Valcke will learn his fate on Tuesday when the world football governing body's internal court meets to discuss his case. 

    Valcke was suspended for 90 days from all football-related activity on 8 October over corruption allegations. 

    His ban is due to end on Tuesday but Fifa's court could decide to extend his suspension by another 45 days.

    Valcke denies any wrongdoing. 

    Jerome Valcke
  33. Premier League clubs keen on Niasse

    Football

    The Guardian reports that Lokomotiv Moscow striker Oumar Niasse is set for a £15m January move to the Premier League.

    Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have looked at the 25-year-old.

    Everton, Newcastle United and Aston Villa are also keen on the Senegal international, who has been voted the Russian Premier League’s player of 2015.

    Oumar Niasse
  34. Haskell keeps his sting

    Rugby Union

    JH

    James Haskell has extended his contract with Wasps.

    Haskell, this season's co-captain alongside Matt Mullan, has agreed to extend his second spell at the Coventry-based club after his current deal was due to expire in the summer.

    Since his debut in 2002, the 30-year-old England back row has made 160 appearances for Wasps and has amassed 62 caps including appearances at two World Cups.

  35. McNulty to stay at Pompey

    Football

    Sheffield United say striker Marc McNulty will remain with League Two side Portsmouth until the end of the season.

    The 23-year-old initially joined Pompey on loan in November and the paperwork has now been completed for him to stay at Fratton Park until the summer.

    The Scot has scored six times in 11 appearances.

  36. Real Madrid to hold news conference

    Football

    Rafa Benitez

    In case you are wondering about the future of Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez, who looks to be on his way out of the Bernabeu, the club have called a news conference for 18:30 GMT.

    There have been reports in Spain this afternoon that the former Liverpool and Chelsea manager has been sacked.

  37. Johnson claims landmark win

    Horse Racing

    Richard Johnson has reached his 3,000th career success after St Saviour claimed victory at Ludlow on Monday.

    The 38-year-old now needs just four more wins to reach 3,000 over jumps (he has four Flat wins) with Sir Tony McCoy the only other rider to achieve that feat.

    Johnson is virtually assured of his first jockeys' title in April after finishing second to McCoy on 16 occasions.

    Richard Johnson
  38. Derby sign Angers striker Camara

    Football

    Derby County have signed Guinea international Abdoul Camara from French Ligue 1 side Angers for a fee believed to be £1.25m.

    The 25-year-old can play on the left wing or up front and has agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract. 

    Camara told told BBC Radio Derby: "I am happy to be here. Playing in England is my dream. I am ready to be here.

    Abdoul Camara
  39. GB Para-swimming team named for Europeans

    Swimming

    Five Para-swimmers will make their senior Great Britain debuts in the  IPC Swimming Open European Championship which takes place from 30 April-8 May in Funchal, Madeira. 

    Lewis White, Michael Jones, Rebecca Redfern, Ellie Robinson and Zara Mullooly are all in the 25-strong team.

    Bethany Firth, Jonathan Fox and Steph Slater, who missed last summer's World Championships because of injury, return to the international scene.

  40. Burger to join Saracens

    Rugby Union

    South Africa flanker Schalk Burger has agreed to join Aviva Premiership champions Saracens on a two-year deal from next season. 

    The 32-year-old back row will arrive after spells at Japanese club Suntory Sungoliath and Super Rugby province Stormers.

    Burger has won 86 caps and played at four World Cups, including the Springboks' win in 2007.

    Schalk Burger
  41. Gray happy with Leicester move

    Football

    We have heard from new Leicester City signing Demarai Gray who has completed his move from Birmingham.

    “It’s been my dream to play in the Premier League since I started playing football so I’m very happy to join the club," he told the Leicester website.

    "The facilities are great and for a player like me it’s an ideal place for me to improve. Meeting all the staff here, it seems like a nice family place, so I think that’s perfect for me.

    "You can see how well the team has been doing this year and I watch a lot of football so I can see that the way Leicester City play suits my style." 

    Demarai Gray
  42. City tipped to make bid for Sane

    Football

    German newspaper Bild reports that Manchester City are preparing to make a £40.5m bid for Schalke teenager Leroy Sane.

    If a deal goes through, it would make the 19-year-old attacking midfielder the most expensive German footballer in history.

    Leroy Sane
  43. Cameron wins red card appeal

    Football

    According to the Football Association, "an independent regulatory commission found that the match referee had made an obvious error in dismissing the Stoke City player for violent conduct."

    Geoff Cameron
  44. Cameron wins red card appeal

    Football

    Stoke City have won their appeal against the red card which Geoff Cameron was given during Saturday's defeat at West Brom.

    It means he will be available for Tuesday's League Cup semi-final against Liverpool.

  45. Chelsea's Swift extends Brentford stay

    Football

    Championship side Brentford have extended the loan spell of Chelsea's England Under-21 international John Swift until the end of the season.

    The 20-year-old midfielder has scored three goals in 15 appearances since joining the Bees on an initial month-long deal at the start of October.

  46. Time up for Benitez?

    Football

    There are reports in Spain, including from newspapers AS and Marca, that Rafa Benitez is to be sacked as Real Madrid manager. 

    We're expecting to hear a news conference from the club later today - we'll bring that to you as it comes in. 

    Rafa Benitez
  47. 501 Richie Benauds

    Cricket

    How about this for a tribute?

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    Hundreds of Australian fans paid tribute to cricket legend Richie Benaud during the second day of the third Test between the Aussies and West Indies, reports the Daily Mail.

    "Attending the first match played at the Sydney Cricket Ground since Benaud's passing in April, supporters dressed in grey wigs, cream suits and carried giants microphones in honour of the former player and broadcaster," the paper says.

    "A total of 501 'Richies' took part in the touching tribute - 501 being the total number of Benaud's Test cap number (190) the Tests he played (63) and the number of wickets he took (248)."

    Well done to those fans, a superb thing to do.

  48. Robson named in Fed Cup squad

    Tennis

    LR

    Laura Robson and last year's Australian Open girls' runner-up Katie Swan have been named in a squad of six players for Great Britain's Fed Cup matches in the first week of February.

    Johanna Konta, Heather Watson and the doubles pair of Joss Rae and Anna Smith are the four most likely to feature in the round robin Euro Africa Zone ties in Israel.

    Robson is not scheduled to make her return from injury until February, while 16 year old Swan is still ranked outside the world's top 500.

  49. Lennon fears Bolton player sales

    Football

    Neil Lennon

    Financially-troubled Bolton Wanderers could sell players to raise funds this month, admits boss Neil Lennon.

    The Championship's bottom side are £172.9m in debt, received a winding-up petition last month, are under a transfer embargo and have paid their players and staff late.

    Owner Eddie Davies will not invest more money while the club is for sale and advisor Trevor Birch talks to buyers.

    Asked whether players will leave, Lennon told BBC Radio Manchester: "I hope not, but that may be the reality."

  50. When sport meets fashion

    Football

    One family seems to be continuing its campaign to unite the worlds of sport and fashion.

    David Beckham and son Romeo (13) have both made it into GQ magazine's Best Dressed Men list for 2016.

    Beckham senior is in fourth, behind actor Eddie Redmayne, Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw and musician Sam Smith.

    Romeo, who has seen his modelling career take off, including starring in the Christmas campaign for fashion giant, Burberry, is eighth.

    David Beckham and son Romeo
  51. Birthday wishes

    Football

    Real Madrid midfielder Kroos, on the off-chance you're wondering, turns 26 today.

  52. Not for sale

    Football

    Mane

    Southampton will not sell Senegal forward Sadio Mane or Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama during the January transfer window, reports The Times, with manager Ronald Koeman telling the pair to focus on their football.

  53. 'Don't blame Cook'

    South Africa v England (Second Test)

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    South Africa finish the third day of the Second Test on 353-3, 276 behind England.

    "Alastair Cook tried everything, different field playing and unorthodox fielding places. 

    "He tried Hales and tried Joe Root. What else can the lad do? 

    "Don't blame the captain of England. He couldn't do any more.

    "It's not over but England need to bowl them out by lunch, they need to quickly bowl them out tomorrow so they've a little smidgen chance of winning."

  54. Ashes day-night Test?

    Cricket

    g

    England could play their first day-night Test in the Ashes series against Australia during the winter of 2017-18.

    Cricket Australia (CA) say it would be a "natural progression" after hosting the inaugural day-night Test against New Zealand at Adelaide in November.

    "It's on the radar, but we haven't had any formal conversations with the England and Wales Cricket Board," CA chief James Sutherland told ABC Radio.

    "We're going to see more Test cricket played in the evening."

  55. Matt Hobden tributes

    Cricket

    The first club of Matt Hobden, the 22-year old Sussex cricketer who died at the weekend, have had plenty of tributes to the fast bowler. 

  56. A lot of hard work, not much reward

    South Africa v England (Second Test)

  57. Noel Gallagher goes to the beach...

    Football/Sandcastles

    Former Oasis frontman and general rock legend Noel Gallagher - not to mention massive Manchester City fan - is having a good time on holiday.

    Noel Gallagher

    He's posted this on Twitter with the message: "Sand Artistry at it's very best! (I didn't make it myself by the way)."

  58. British duo do the business

    Tennis

    Murray Watson

    Andy Murray and Heather Watson won the deciding mixed doubles rubber on a tie-break as Great Britain started their Hopman Cup campaign with a 2-1 victory against France.

    Murray was earlier successful in his singles tie with Kenny De Schepper but Heather Watson's three-set defeat to Caroline Garcia ensured the doubles would be pivotal.

    And the British pair prevailed after recovering from a second-set wobble to win 6-2 5-7 10-6.

  59. De Graaf knocked out

    Darts

    Phil Cartwright

    BBC Sport

    Jeffrey de Graaf

    Third seed Jeffrey de Graaf crashed out on day three of the BDO World Championships, while 2001 champion John Walton made a triumphant return to Lakeside.

    De Graaf, 25, lost 3-2 to fellow Dutchman Richard Veenstra in the first round.

    Veenstra will face England’s Martin Atkins, who beat 14th seed Pip Blackwell 3-0, in the last 16.

    Walton dropped only three legs in his 3-0 preliminary-round win over Australia’s Rob Modra.

  60. Assault victim was footballer's father

    Football

    An assault victim who died after being attacked on New Year's Eve was the father of footballer Leon Clarke, it has emerged.

    The Bury striker's father, named in reports as 50-year-old Darrell Clarke, died in hospital on Saturday after suffering a head injury at a pub in Wednesfield, West Midlands.

    In a statement, the League One club said they were aware of an "incident" which had brought about the death of the 30-year-old's father.

    The statement added: "As a club we extend our deepest sympathies towards Leon and the Clarke family. Leon will be allowed the time to grieve and will receive the full support of everyone at the football club during this difficult time." 

  61. A batting wicket

    South Africa v England (Second Test)

    About 20 minutes to go on the third day of the Second Test in South Africa and it's fair to say the batsmen are on top.

    Hashim Amla, by the way, is receiving treatment for cramp. Not surprising really given he's batted all day. He's currently on 157 not out.

  62. Waiting for FA decision

    Stoke v Liverpool (League Cup semi-fina, Tues 20:00 GMT)

    A final titbit emerging from the news conference given a short while ago by Stoke boss Mark Hughes.

    The Potters have appealed Geoff Cameron's red card following his sending off at West Brom on Saturday and hope to find out Monday evening if the defender will available for selection ahead of the Cup tie.

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    "We think he was a little hard done by," said Hughes. " We think the player himself (Yacob) made a meal of it and was hoping there would be a sanction on Geoff.

    "Having seen the incident back again we weren't quite sure the referee got a clear view of it because there were people in his way. We'll love it to be rescinded but we'll have to wait and see.

    "We'll get an indication by 5 or 6 o'clock this evening hopefully one way or the so that we can start to plan accordingly. Obviously we have things in place for every eventuality but it's not ideal."

  63. John Roberts 1946-2016

    Football

  64. John Roberts 1946-2016

    Football

    John Roberts, who won the double with Arsenal in 1971, has died at the age of 69, the club have announced. 

    The Wales defender played for Swansea and Northampton before joining Arsenal in 1969 and spent more than three years in north London.

    Roberts featured 18 times in Arsenal's historic 1970-71 campaign when the Gunners became only the second team in the modern era to complete the league and FA Cup double.

    John Roberts
  65. Real Madrid sack Benitez?

    Football

    Real Madrid drew 2-2 at Gary Neville's Valencia yesterday despite being reduced to 10-men.

    It was a battling performance but, it seems, not enough to keep Benitez in a job.

    Just a reminder though - the reports that Benitez has been sacked are coming from the AS news agency and are yet to be confirmed by the BBC.

  66. Real Madrid sack Benitez?

    Football

    RB

    Last week Benitez claimed there was a "campaign" against him and Real Madrid.

    A number of polls in Spanish media have indicated fans would like to see Benitez, 55, replaced at the Bernabeu.

    "Everything that is open to criticism is criticised and that which is not is manipulated," Benitez told reporters.

    "What is clear is that there is a campaign against Florentino Perez, against Real Madrid and against the manager."

  67. Real Madrid sack Benitez?

    Football

    RB

    Right, it is important to point out that at this stage it's yet to be confirmed, but AS news agency is reporting that Rafael Benitez has been sacked as manager of Real Madrid.

    The report adds that Zinedine Zidane will step us as Madrid interim coach, with Santi Solari as his number two.

    AS say a press conference has been announced for 16:30 GMT.

  68. Edmund on the up

    Tennis

    g

    Kyle Edmund has beaten the world number 43 Martin Klizan at the Qatar Open to record only the third tour level victory of his career.

    Edmund - who had to come through qualifying in Doha - won 6-2 6-3, and could now face the fifth seed Feliciano Lopez in the last sixteen.

  69. Mark Hughes news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (League Cup semi-final, Tues 20:00 GMT)

    MA

    He's responded to questions about the future of Bojan, now there's a query about another of his players who might be on the wanted list of other clubs - frontman Marko Arnautovic.

    "The intention is to get Marko pinned down on a long term deal like Erik Pieters. It's just taking a little longer," says Hughes.

    Which won't exactly ease the concerns of Stoke's fans.

    And that's it, Hughes has headed off into the sunset, or at the very least into the gloomy Stoke-on-Trent evening.

    Remember, the game kicks off at 20:00 GMT tomorrow and you'll find full live text commentary here on the BBC website.

  70. Mark Hughes news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (League Cup semi-final, Tues 20:00 GMT)

    After beating Manchester United and Everton over the Christmas period, Stoke came unstuck at West Brom on Saturday, losing 2-1.

    "We're frustrated by the result," says Hughes.

    "We went into the game in good form and we just dipped below what we are capable of. 

    "We can't be too disappointed. We look back and take it into perspective. We have a big game tomorrow to bounce back with."

  71. Mark Hughes news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (League Cup semi-final, Tues 20:00 GMT)

    "Liverpool will be aiming to bounce back from their defeat. It has everything to be a good semi-final and one we're looking forward to.," says Hughes.

    "We don't want to go to Anfield no longer being in the tie. Our home form has been good. If we hit our levels, we can cause real problems "

    The boss goes on to say that the fans at the Britannia can make a difference.

    "The fans will play an important role," he says. "They raise the noise which can really affect opposing teams."

  72. Mark Hughes news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (League Cup semi-final, Tues 20:00 GMT)

    From BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington, who's at the news conference.

  73. Mark Hughes news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (League Cup semi-final, Tues 20:00 GMT)

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    Massive game for Stoke tomorrow but it's not the match manager Mark Hughes asked about.

    First question concerns Bojan Krkic and rumours that he has a £10m buy-out clause in his contract, which, with January under way, will no doubt put some of his admirers on alert.

    "There's a lot of speculation on Bojan. There's a lot of misinformation about and there is no clause in his contract," he says very firmly.

    "I take transfer speculation with a pinch of salt. I don't know where the stories come from and a lot come with no substance."

  74. Football

    We'll be hearing from Stoke manager Mark Hughes shortly ahead of Tuesday's League Cup semi-final first leg against Liverpool.

  75. United style criticised by sponsor

    Football

    Manchester United's style of play has been criticised again - this time by their main sponsor.

    The Old Trafford side signed a 10-year £750m sponsorship deal with sportswear giant Adidas last summer but chief executive officer Herbert Hainer has had his say in a German newspaper.

    "Business with Man United is going very well, we sell more shirts than expected," he told Suddeutsche Zeintung.

    "We are satisfied...even if the current playing style of Man United is not exactly what we want to see."

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  76. Benitez future in serious doubt

    Football

    Spanish media are speculating that Rafa Benitez's time as manager of Real Madrid could be at an end with the former Liverpool and Chelsea boss set to meet with club president Florentino Perez later on Monday.

  77. Charlton re-sign defender Johnson

    Football

    Championship strugglers Charlton Athletic have re-signed defender Roger Johnson on an 18-month deal.

    The 32-year-old left the Addicks in the summer and recently had a spell with Indian Premier League side Pune City.

  78. Edmund takes first set in Doha

    Tennis

    British number three Kyle Edmund has taken the first set 6-2 in his opening round tie at the ATP event in Doha against Slovakia's Martin Klizan.

    Klizan is ranked 43 in the world, 59 places above the Briton.

  79. World champ 'needs eye-test'

    Darts

    Gary Anderson

    Here's something you wouldn't expect someone who's just become world champion to say... "I need to get my eyes tested".

    No sooner had he beaten Adrian Lewis 7-5 to retain the PDC World Championship title at Alexandra Palace on Sunday, champion Gary Anderson described his eyesight as "getting a bit dodgy".

    The Scot, 45, who miscounted three times during the final, told BBC Radio 5 live: "I need to get my eyes tested - I am seeing numbers that aren't there.

    "But I would have to change something, to get used to playing in glasses."

  80. McCarthy extends loan at Wycombe

    Football

    Wycombe Wanderers have extended Southampton defender Jason McCarthy's loan spell by a month at Adams Park. 

    It means McCarthy, who ended Saturday's 2-0 defeat at home to Morecambe by going in goal after Matt Ingram's red card, will be available to play against Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday. 

    Jason McCarthy
  81. Neville wants Valencia job

    Football

    GN

    Gary Neville has clearly got the management bug, saying he hopes to remain Valencia manager next season after their 2-2 draw with Real Madrid.

    Neville, who has a six-month contract, had been quoted during the week as saying he did not see his long-term future in management. 

    But after their draw with Real, he clarified: "I was talking about 15 to 20 years' time when I talked about [quitting] management.

    "I absolutely hope I'm here beyond six months but I need to prove myself."

  82. GB to face decider

    Tennis

    Back to the Hopman Cup for a moment and we will be having a mixed doubles decider in Great Britain's opening tie against France after Heather Watson lost in three sets to Caroline Garcia.

    Garcia triumphed 6-3 5-7 6-3 after Andy Murray had earlier defeated Kenny De Schepper 6-2 6-2.

    Heather Watson
  83. Jurgen Klopp news conference

    Football

    Ian Kennedy

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Jurgen Klopp hasn’t been at Anfield very long, and he’s already seen the good and the bad that Liverpool can produce. 

    But he’s now reached a semi final, and while the League Cup may not be his major priority, it does give him a chance to take a team to Wembley and pick up some early silverware. 

    That could be crucial in setting in motion his long term managerial goals. 

    Stoke however are an excellent side. Klopp is well aware of that and in fact knows more about Stoke than most of the other teams he’s coming up against. 

    It should be a fascinating tie.

    Jurgen Klopp
  84. Williams in injury scare

    Tennis

    Serena Williams has had an injury scare ahead of the start of her Australian Open title defence.

    Williams had to withdrew from her opening match for the United States at the Hopman Cup on Monday because of inflammation in her left knee.

    She was replaced in the US team by Vicky Duval, who returned to tennis in August after overcoming Hodgkin's lymphoma.

    Williams said afterwards she was confident of being fit enough to play in the second game on Tuesday.

    Serena Williams
  85. Tea-time

    South Africa v England (Second Test)

    England
  86. Gayle comments 'disrespectful'

    Cricket

    Chris Gayle

    Star batsman Chris Gayle has found himself in a spot of bother. 

    After he was dismissed for 41 off 15 balls when batting for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash, he was interviewed by TV presenter Mel McLaughlin

    Gayle told a clearly uncomfortable McLaughlin that he got himself deliberately dismissed so that he could "look in your eyes".

    "Hopefully we can win this game and have a drink after", he said, before finishing "Don't blush, baby". 

    However, the head of the Australian T20 league, Anthony Everard, said that Gayle's comments were "disrespectful and simply inappropriate", and that he would be speaking to Gayle about it. 

    Mel McLaughlin
  87. Stoke to appeal Cameron red card

    Football

    Stoke say they are to appeal against the red card Geoff Cameron received in Saturday's defeat against West Brom.

    Geoff Cameron
  88. Liverpool news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (League Cup semi-final first leg, Tues 20:00 GMT)

    And that is it.

    Some interesting stuff from Klopp and further frustration for both him and the fans that Daniel Sturridge continues to be absent through injury.

    Sturridge has started just four games all season, with a further two appearances from the bench.

    And with that, off Klopp trots.

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes.is due to face the media at 14:30 GMT. We'll bring you that as it happens.

  89. Liverpool news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (League Cup semi-final first leg, Tues 20:00 GMT)

    Marko Arnautovic

    No doubt who Jurgen Klopp thinks will be the biggest threat when his side take on Stoke ... the Potters' Austrian striker Marko Arnautovic.

    Little wonder really, given he is storng and powerful and can hit the target too - scoring seven goals in 18 league starts.

    "Arnautovic was young player in Germany who had some problems but he has a big talent. He's scoring goals, making runs behind lines," says Klopp.

    "He is more of a false nine. One of biggest rules in football is you have to avoid crosses."  

  90. Liverpool news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (League Cup semi-final, Tuesday, 20:00 GMT)

    Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that striker Daniel Sturridge will miss Tuesday's game at the Britannia Stadium and he admits he is taking nothing for granted against Mark Hughes's side.

    "We know about the quality of Stoke, of course," he said. "It's the team I know most about because I know most of the players."  

    Daniel Sturridge
  91. Liverpool news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (League Cup semi-final, Tuesday, 20:00 GMT)

    More from Jurgen Klopp's news conference where the German has played down speculation linking the club with Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ten Stegen and given the latest on Jordan Henderson's injury issues.

  92. Liverpool news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (League Cup semi-final, Tuesday 20:00 GMT)

  93. Breakthrough

    South Africa v England (Second Test)

    A wicket. At last.

    Just when AB de Villers seemed on course for a century, he's only and gone and pulled Steve Finn straight to a gleeful Jimmy Anderson.

    Boy, did England need that breakthrough.

    South Africa are 277-3, with Hashim Amla still going strong on 126.

    ABDV
  94. Liverpool news conference

    Football

    A reminder that from 13:00 GMT, we'll be bringing you the latest from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's news conference ahead of Tuesday's League Cup semi-final first leg against Stoke City

  95. A familiar face on the Wall of Fame

    Darts

    Phil Cartwright

    BBC Sport at Lakeside

    In the practice room here at Lakeside, there's a gallery of every player who has competed at the BDO World Championships.

    Anyone recognise this chap on the Wall of Fame?

    Gary Anderson

    Scotland's Gary Anderson is celebrating a second PDC world title victory today, but he failed to make it past the semi-finals during his time with the BDO.

    One man who has lifted the trophy here before is England's John Walton, who was champion back in 2001.

    Walton kicks off today's afternoon session with a preliminary-round match against Australia's Rob Modra. Watch the action live on BBC Two and online from 13:00 GMT.

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  97. Burglars cook and leave thank you note

    Football

    Burglars broke into an amateur football club's cafe and cooked burgers on a griddle before leaving a "thank you" note scribbled on the wall.

    The thieves also stole around 10 bottles of spirits from Colne Football Club's clubhouse in Colne, Lancashire.

    Volunteers found the message that read, "Thank you burgor (sic) was great" before signing off with "Joey back at it" and a smiley face.

    Graffiti at Colne Football Club

    Club treasurer Janette Harries said she hoped police would catch the culprits.

    She said: "It's cheeky; they are rubbing our noses in it. Whether they are dumb enough to write their real name, you can't tell.

  98. Extending his stay

    Football

  99. Grujic set for Liverpool medical

    Football

    MG

    Serbian teenager Marko Grujic has arrived on Merseyside for a medical ahead of his move to Liverpool.

    The Reds agreed a £5.1m deal with Red Star Belgrade for the 19-year-old midfielder. 

    He will undergo all his physical examinations on Monday but no confirmation is expected until Tuesday at the earliest, after which he will rejoin Red Star on loan until the end of the season. 

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  101. Southampton recall Stephens

    Football

    Southampton have recalled defender Jack Stephens from his loan spell with Middlesbrough. 

    Stephens has featured in just five games so far this season, to the frustrations of Saints boss Ronald Koeman

    "He wasn't playing there and then why is he on loan if he doesn't play? It's better for him to come back."

    Before joining Boro, Stephens was given a two-year contract extension to keep him at St Mary's until 2019.

    Jack Stephens tackles Memphis Depay
    Image caption: Jack Stephens tackles Memphis Depay
  102. Sad day for football

    Football

    Former Newcastle keeper Pavel Srnicek died at the age of 47 on 29 December, nine days after suffering cardiac arrest in his native Czech Republic.

    Srnicek, who also played for Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and West Ham, was a big favourite with fans during his first spell at St James' Park between 1991 and 1998.

  103. Rhinos to sign Ferres from Giants

    Rugby League

    BF

    Leeds Rhinos have agreed to sign Huddersfield Giants prop Brett Ferres for an undisclosed fee, subject to a medical and agreeing personal terms.

    The 29-year-old was placed on the transfer list by the Giants last month after an internal investigation.

    He helped England to a Test series win over New Zealand in November.

  104. A trying day

    South Africa v England (Second Test)

    Hashim Amla is still going strong, now on 112 not out, with AB de Villiers not too far from getting a century of his own, on 81.

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    That is, of course, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, who will have high hopes in the heptathlon at the Olympics in Rio this summer.

  106. Mitchell survives a scare

    Darts

    Scott Mitchell

    Defending champion Scott Mitchell beat qualifier Craig Caldwell in a deciding set in the first round of the BDO World Championships at Lakeside.

    Mitchell, 45, from the New Forest, came from 1-0 and 2-1 behind to triumph 3-2 and reach the last 16.

    Fellow Englishman Scott Waites, the 2013 champion, is also through after a 3-0 win over Willem Mandigers of the Netherlands.

    Two-time BDO champion Ted Hankey was one of four preliminary-round winners.

  107. Johnson joins Charlton

    Football

    R Johnson

    It's fair to say Roger Johnson has been around a bit and the experienced defender is on the move again - joining Charlton.

    The 32-year-old has signed an 18-month deal at the club where he was on loan last season.

    Johnson, who lists Birmingham, West Ham, Wolves and Sheffield Wednesday among his former clubs, had been playing with FC Pune City in the Indian Super League -where he worked under former England international David Platt - in the first half of the season.

  108. Shake-up after spot-fixing

    Cricket

    A court-appointed committee has urged a shake-up to the administration of the Board of Control for Cricket in India in the wake of a spot-fixing scam and alleged conflicts of interest.

    The three-member panel headed by Justice Rajendra Lodha suggested age and term limits for office-bearers, the formation of a players' association and a streamlining of the election process.

    The report, which was submitted to the Supreme Court on Monday for ratification, also recommended that ministers and government officials not hold office.

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  110. Many happy returns...

    Football

  111. Century-maker

    South Africa v England (Second Test)

    South Africa are on 213-2, chasing England's mammoth 629.

  112. Burton leaves Royals after just 14 days

    Football

    Terry Burton
    Image caption: Terry Burton in charge at Wimbledon in 2000

    Reading manager Brian McDermott says his assistant Terry Burton chose to leave the club after just 14 days to focus on a "new project". 

    Former AFC Wimbledon boss Burton left his post at the Royals over Christmas after three games. 

    McDermott moved quickly to replace Burton with first-team coach and former Reading academy graduate Chris Davies. 

    "I don't really need an old head around me, I've got my own old head," McDermott told BBC Radio Berkshire.

  113. Hamilton watches 'role-model' Deng

    Basketball/Formula 1

    BBC

    Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton was sat courtside at the American Airlines Arena as Luol Deng’s Miami Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks 106-82.

    The British driver watched his NBA compatriot pick up nine points during the game to help his side to a convincing victory.

    Hamilton also caught up with Deng off-court and was presented with a personalised jersey.

    “I’ve been a Heat fan for a while now, and it was really cool to be able to see Luol play for them," Hamilton said. "He is a great role model for young basketball players in the UK and I’m thrilled to see him having such a successful NBA career.”

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  114. You're going nowhere

    Football

    Michy Batshuayi

    The Mirror: French club Marseille have told 22-year-old Belgium forward Michy Batshuayi he is going nowhere in January, despite interest from Tottenham and Newcastle.

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  116. Good start for Murray

    Tennis

    New year, same old Andy Murray, as the BBC Sports Personality of the Year beats Kenny De Schepper at the Hopman Cup.

    And some interesting quotes afterwards too...

    ...Murray saying he would miss the final of the Australian Open if his wife Kim gave birth around that time.

  117. Eat plenty of fruit, kids...

    Cricket

    Watermelon

    And while we're talking cricket... Not many people find fame because of a watermelon. But a 10-year-old lad in Australia has.

    Mitchell Schibeci has earned cult status among cricket fans after he was filmed eating a whole watermelon - including the rind - in Melbourne.

    Dubbed "watermelon boy", said he devised the stunt to get his face on the game's big screen - and it worked, with the hashtag #watermelonboy trended on social media in Australia.

    "It was a lot more hard work than I thought it would be... I just kept on eating and eating it," he sad.

    Words fail us.

  118. Lunch time

    South Africa v England (Second Test)

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  119. Vardy blow

    Football

    JV

    Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is set to be out for one to two weeks in order to have minor groin surgery, according to BBC Radio Leicester.

    The England forward has been in superb form this season and his 15 Premier League goals have helped the Foxes to second in the table.

    The 28-year-old has made 24 appearances for the club this campaign.

    Vardy was also a member of coach Roy Hodgson's England squad that qualified for Euro 2016.

  120. Chance gone

    South Africa v England (Second Test)

    Looks like being a long day for England...

    Live text commentary here for those who want it.

  121. Police investigate Hobden death

    Cricket

    Matthew Hobden
    Image caption: Matthew Hobden celebrates after taking a wicket for Sussex in July

    The death of Sussex cricketer Matthew Hobden at the age of 22 is being investigated by police.

    Hobden was found dead in a private property to the west of Forres on the Moray coast near Inverness on Saturday, a Police Scotland spokesman said.

    His death is currently being treated as "unexplained" and there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances, he added.

    A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal, Scotland's public prosecutor.

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  123. Lafferty to Leeds?

    Football

    Leeds United are hoping to sign Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty during the January transfer window.

    Lafferty, 28, has been unable to command a first team place with Norwich City and wants to be playing regularly before the Euro 2016 tournament.

    Leeds head coach Steve Evans said Lafferty was among the players he wanted in his attempt to strengthen the squad at Elland Road.

    "The clubs are having a chat. We will see where it goes," Evans said.

    Kyle Lafferty
  124. Murray kicks off 2016

    Tennis

  125. 'I'm getting old now'

    Darts

    BBC

    Gary Anderson, who beat Phil Taylor in a thrilling final last year, said he threw some good darts "and some bad ones".

    "I'm getting old now so I'll take this," he said.

    "It would be lovely to come back for a third but the body is hurting. Us older ones are running out, but I'll plod on."

    Lewis, the 30-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent, tasted defeat in the final for the first time after victories in 2011 and 2012, the first of which was also against Anderson.

  126. Anderson rules the world

    Darts

    GA

    Gary Anderson will probably have a slight hangover today, no doubt celebrating in style after defeating Adrian Lewis 7-5 to retain his PDC World Championship crown at Alexandra Palace.

    The first six sets were shared in the first-to-seven encounter, before 45-year-old Scot Anderson took a 5-3 advantage.

    Englishman Lewis fought back for 6-5 before Anderson made a superb 170 checkout en route to a £300,000 prize.

    He joins Phil Taylor, Lewis and John Part in winning the tournament at least twice.

  127. Neymar to United?

    Football

    Neymar

    Manchester United are set to meet Barcelona and Brazil forward Neymar's £140m release clause after the 23-year-old's contract talks stalled, at least that's according to French paper Le Sport10 (via the Daily Star).

    In other United news, the Sun says Louis van Gaal will let will let 21-year-old midfielder Nick Powell go out on loan to a Championship club for the rest of the season.

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  129. Broady wins in Auckland

    Tennis

    Britain's Naomi Broady has reached the first round of the WTA event in Auckland.

    The British number three defeated Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-3 1-6 7-6 (8-6) in the third qualifying round.

    The 25-year-old will face former world number one Ana Ivanovic on Tuesday.

    Naomi Broady
  130. Who is Demarai Gray?

    Football

    Gray

    Demarai Gray came through Birmingham's' youth system and has made 78 senior appearances, scoring eight goals.

    A pacey winger, he made his Blues first team debut in October 2013 and has represented England at under 18, 19 and 20 levels.

    Leicester reportedly had a bid turned down for Gray in August  and the 19-year-old went on to sign a new deal at St Andrew's.

    Bournemouth were also said to be interested in the teenager, while Everton were reported to be considering a bid too - but Leicester look set to land the teenager.

  131. Gray heading to Leicester

    Football

    Pat Murphy

    BBC Radio 5 live

    DG

    Demarai Gray's £3.75m transfer from Birmingham City to Leicester City will be finalised today.

    He has passed the medical and the final touches to his contract will be in place later this morning,

    There will be no loan back to Birmingham, so Gray should be available for Leicester's FA Cup match at Tottenham next Sunday.

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    Ben Stokes has set a fantastic marker down already, but who else do you think will be setting the sporting world alight? 

    Someone from the Olympics? Euro 2016? Or beyond? 

    Send us your suggestions using #bbcsportsday on Twitter. 

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  133. Rio return?

    Football

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    The year 2000 was the last time Rio Ferdinand played in a West Ham shirt - but it might be happening again.

    The former England defender has just tweeted...

  134. Solid start

    South Africa v England (Second Test)

    No early joy for England in Cape Town.

    South Africa have advanced to 156-2 after the first half-hour of play, with AB De Villiers on 34 and Hashim Amla 69.

  135. Frustration

    Everton 1-1 Tottenham

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    Another solid result for Tottenham then, but more frustration for Everton, whose fans had already witnessed successive home defeats by Leicester and Stoke.

    Boss Roberto Martinez seemed fairly upbeat though, saying: "I feel satisfied. We saw two very good teams who want to play in a similar manner.

    "We never lost the defensive intensity. It is not something we have had at home and it has cost us points, but my players were immense in that respect.

    "They just could not find the final pass in certain moments when maybe they could get the winning goal."