Mourinho hails “magnificent” Manchester United

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Jose Mourinho hailed the desire of his Manchester United as they ground out a 3-1 win away at Middlesbrough on Sunday to close the gap on the top four in the Premier League.

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Ahead of the game Mourinho wasn’t optimistic his team could get the job done after having four games in the past 11 days with UEFA Europa League, FA Cup and Premier League action.

However, his side dug deep as goals from Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard set them on their way and despite Boro pulling one back late on to set up a tense finish, Antonio Valencia added another in stoppage time.

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Speaking after the game, Mourinho was asked what he was most pleased about from United’s performance and he said although they dropped too deep late on he couldn’t fault the mentality of his men who were missing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba and Wayne Rooney through injury and suspension.

“The attitude, desire and our way of thinking,” Mourinho said. “We don’t have A, B, C, D, E, F and G but we have L, M, N, O, P.”

With United still in Europe and now moving up to fifth place, it has been a good week for Mourinho’s men.

“It is fantastic,” Mourinho said. “We managed in the same week to go to the quarterfinals of the Europa League which was an important target for us and at the same time we got these three points which keep us in the race for top four. We still have two doors open to play Champions League football next season.”

With a tough schedule now in the rear-view mirror, United have two weeks rest over the international break to get players back to fitness. Mourinho reflected on their efforts in the past two weeks and is more than content with how things have turned out.

“Obviously it was too much for us, Rostov away, Chelsea with 10 men, Rostov again and now Middlesbrough,” Mourinho said. “Injured players, tired players, suspended players, these guys today were magnificent.”

Stampede at stadium in Honduras kills multiple people

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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) Officials in Honduras say thousands of soccer fans trying to force their way into a stadium for a championship match stampeded in panic when police fired tear gas, and at least four people and an unborn fetus were killed in the crush and 25 others were injured.

A spokesman for University Teaching Hospital says the victims died from suffocation and multiple broken bones from being trampled Sunday. Spokesman Miguel Osorio says a fetus died when its mother suffered severe injuries.

The stampede happened at the National Stadium as fans tried to push their way into the jammed venue to see the game between Motagua and Honduras Progreso.

About 600 police officers were guarding the stadium and used water cannon and tear gas trying to push back the crowds.

LIVE, at the half: Huddersfield miss glorious chances v. Reading

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It is tough to explain how Huddersfield Town aren’t ahead at half time of the Championship playoff final at Wembley Stadium on Monday.

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The Terriers had two glorious chances early on but Michael Hefele headed wide and then Izzy Brown — on loan from Chelsea — somehow put his effort wide from a yard out.

Reading only had a few forays forward but Jaap Stam’s men held firm with the score locked at 0-0 at the break.

Will David Wagner’s Huddersfield live to rue those missed chances?

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LIVE: Playoff final – Huddersfield v. Reading for PL spot

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The richest game in world soccer is here.

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Huddersfield Town and Reading clash at Wembley Stadium in the Championship playoff final, one win away from the Premier League with the final promotion spot up for grabs after Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion clinched automatic promotion.

Whoever wins this match will alter the path of their club for the foreseeable future.

The winner will not only receive a place in the PL but also a huge sum of $218 million for next season and if they stay up for just one season in the Premier League it is estimated to be worth $372 million.

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VIDEO: Watch Francesco Totti’s emotional Roma farewell

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After a 25-year career at AS Roma, Francesco Totti was handed a fitting farewell on Sunday.

The hometown hero, now 40 years of age, called time on his incredible Roma career and looked overwhelmed.

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Coming on for the 786th and final appearance of his stunning career, the all-time leading scorer for Roma (307 goals in all competitions) helped his team secured a dramatic last-gasp 3-2 win over Genoa to seal second place in the Serie A table and an automatic spot in the UEFA Champions League next season.

Totti spurned big money moves to Real Madrid and Barcelona where he could have won the biggest trophies and individual titles in the game to stay at Roma. He won just one Scudetto with Roma but famously said that was worth 10 league titles had he played for another team.

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Following the game it was all about Totti as his teammates and manager broke down in tears, and so too did Totti as he went on a lap of honor with his wife and children at a sold-out Stadio Olimpico.

Rome’s favorite son said goodbye and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Watch the emotional farewell in the videos below.

I know. I have something in my eye too…