Nasser Hussain’s first Test ratings: Mark Stoneman looks horribly out of form

England suffered yet another disappointing defeat in their first Test against Pakistan at Lord’s. 

Mark Stoneman looked horribly out of form and Dawid Malan keeps getting out to deliveries outside off-stump. 

Here, Nasser Hussain rates the England players out of ten for their performances in the opener.

Mark Stoneman looks very vulnerable despite being dismissed by two cracking deliveries

Mark Stoneman looks very vulnerable despite being dismissed by two cracking deliveries

Mark Stoneman looks very vulnerable despite being dismissed by two cracking deliveries

ENGLAND:  

Alastair Cook – 6

Played really well in the first innings, not just for the runs but with his balance at the crease and the way he was getting a stride in. Got a pretty good ball second time but loses a mark for dropping catches.

Mark Stoneman – 2

He looks horribly out of nick. Some felt it was him who should have been vulnerable rather than James Vince. He would argue he got two unplayable deliveries but I’d say he was playing with hard hands and should have got forward and outside the line with his pad.

Joe Root – 5

Decision at the toss was wrong and playing Mark Wood over Chris Woakes was wrong. Then Wood was used incorrectly. There were some good things about his captaincy, like changing Jimmy Anderson’s ends and the way he used Ben Stokes with the ball. Looked fluent in second innings but yet again got a half century and then got out.

Joe Root should have chosen to bowl first and Chris Woakes should have played 

Joe Root should have chosen to bowl first and Chris Woakes should have played 

Joe Root should have chosen to bowl first and Chris Woakes should have played 

Dawid Malan – 4

Getting trapped on the crease. His stats in England are not as good as abroad because he likes extra bounce and playing the ball around his waist. Repetitive nature of nicking off outside off-stump. Needs to solve that.

Jonny Bairstow – 4

Was out-kept by Sarfraz Ahmed and at times struggled with the Lord’s wobble. He’s opened up his batting stance which means his front foot has a lot further to get across. He was bowled off-stump both times playing with hard hands so he has to keep an eye on that. Not sure why he’s changed.

Ben Stokes – 6

Bowled really well, the best I’ve seen him in a Test for a while. At times looked England’s quickest bowler and can give you the shock value they expected of Mark Wood. Looked comfortable with the bat but soft dismissal second time. England need characters like him to turn this around.

Jos Buttler – 7

Really good second innings, technically and tactically, and his tempo was outstanding. Went a bit early in the first innings straight after Stokes was out. He is only as good at seven as who follows him.

Jos Buttler's tempo during his second innings at Lord's was absolutely outstanding

Jos Buttler's tempo during his second innings at Lord's was absolutely outstanding

Jos Buttler’s tempo during his second innings at Lord’s was absolutely outstanding

Dom Bess – 6

Batted beautifully second time under pressure in his first game at Lord’s. At times I looked up and I wasn’t sure if it was Bess or Buttler on strike which is either a big compliment to Bess or my eyes are going. Bowled okay.

Mark Wood – 6

I’m not anti-Wood, I just wouldn’t have played him here. I don’t like just using him in that Neil Wagner short-pitched role either. That’s not what he did when he first came into the side. Keep an eye on his speed. Not as quick as he once was and there’s not much between him and Stokes.

Stuart Broad – 6

His figures didn’t do him justice because he actually bowled pretty well. He can be stubborn but he’s buying into what both he is trying to do with his action and what the team require of him. He is more prepared to pitch the ball up than Jimmy Anderson and didn’t get shirty when he was driven.

Stuart Broad bowled well but unfortunately it wasn't reflected in his figures

Stuart Broad bowled well but unfortunately it wasn't reflected in his figures

Stuart Broad bowled well but unfortunately it wasn’t reflected in his figures

Jimmy Anderson – 6

Jimmy has a natural length and can be a bit floaty when he pitches the ball up. Hardly surprising that he wants to bowl the way that has got him more than 500 Test wickets, just back of a length, but he musn’t be too stubborn.

Pakistan: 

Azhar Ali 6; Imam-ul-Haq 5; Haris Sohail 6; Asad Shafiq 7; Babar Azam 7; Sarfraz Ahmed 7; Shadab Khan 8; Faheem Ashraf 7; Mohammad Amir 8; Hasan Ali 8; Mohammad Abbas 9.

Chris Froome wins Giro d’Italia to complete Grand Tour treble

Chris Froome won the Giro d’Italia on Sunday to join Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault on a list of cycling greats who have achieved three consecutive Grand Tour victories.

The four-time Tour de France champion had no trouble in maintaining his 46-second lead over defending champion Tom Dumoulin in the mostly ceremonial final stage through historic Rome.

‘I’m without words,’ Froome said. ‘It’s a dream to be here in the pink jersey. For a cyclist there is nothing greater.’

Chris Froome won the Giro d'Italia in Rome on Sunday to maintain his dominance in the sport

Chris Froome won the Giro d'Italia in Rome on Sunday to maintain his dominance in the sport

Chris Froome won the Giro d’Italia in Rome on Sunday to maintain his dominance in the sport

British star Froome, who wore pink on Sunday, has now won three Grand Tour races in a row

British star Froome, who wore pink on Sunday, has now won three Grand Tour races in a row

British star Froome, who wore pink on Sunday, has now won three Grand Tour races in a row

Froome has now won the Tour de France, Spanish Vuelta and Giro in succession, becoming only the third cyclist to hold all three Grand Tour titles at the same time and the first to achieve the feat since the Vuelta was moved to the end of the season in 1995.

Merckx won four straight between 1972 and 1973 and Hinault took three in a row in 1982 and 1983.

Irish rider Sam Bennett won the final stage, a 71-mile leg of 10 laps around a circuit over the Italian capital’s cobblestones, in a mass sprint alongside the Roman Forum. It was Bennett’s third victory in this year’s race.

Elia Viviani, who crossed second, lost the lead after running into problems with tire grip on the slippery cobblestones.

With riders concerned about treacherous road conditions due to the uneven cobblestones, the stage was neutralised after three laps, meaning the final overall times were recorded after a third of the way through the stage.

The route took cyclists past the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Circus Maximus and Baths of Caracalla.

Miguel Angel Lopez, a Colombian with Astana, finished third overall, 4:57 behind Froome.

Thibaut Pinot withdrew before the stage, having crashed in Saturday’s final mountain leg and lost his podium spot. The French rider spent the night in a hospital with a lung problem.

'It's a dream to be here in the pink jersey,' said Froome. 'For a cyclist there is nothing greater'

'It's a dream to be here in the pink jersey,' said Froome. 'For a cyclist there is nothing greater'

‘It’s a dream to be here in the pink jersey,’ said Froome. ‘For a cyclist there is nothing greater’

Sunday's event took place against a stunning backdrop including Rome's ancient Colosseum

Sunday's event took place against a stunning backdrop including Rome's ancient Colosseum

Sunday’s event took place against a stunning backdrop including Rome’s ancient Colosseum

It’s Froome’s sixth Grand Tour win overall and he becomes the seventh rider to win all three Grand Tours over their careers.

The Kenyan-born British rider rode a special pink-colored bike for the final stage, while his Team Sky teammates had pink handlebars.

Froome finished more than 15 minutes behind Bennett, crossing the line arm in arm with six teammates.

Froome arrived at the Giro with big hopes but was not a threat early on after crashing in training before the opening time trial, losing time in a split on stage four, and injuring himself again in a second crash four days later.

But he started to climb back up the standings by winning Stage 14 up Monte Zoncolan — one of the toughest climbs in Europe — then cemented his place in cycling lore with an 50-mile breakaway on the race’s most arduous mountain leg in Stage 19 to erase more than a three-minute deficit and take the pink jersey.

However, Froome is racing under the cloud of a potential ban after a urine sample he provided at the Spanish Vuelta in September showed a concentration of the asthma drug salbutamol that was twice the permitted level. It remains unclear when the International Cycling Union will rule on the case.

Still, Froome is intent on matching another record with a fifth Tour title in July.

Froome celebrated on the podium alongside Tom Dumoulin (left) and Miguel Angel Lopez

Froome celebrated on the podium alongside Tom Dumoulin (left) and Miguel Angel Lopez

Froome celebrated on the podium alongside Tom Dumoulin (left) and Miguel Angel Lopez

Nick Kyrgios becomes eighth player to pull out of men’s singles draw at Roland-Garros

Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the French Open as a slew of withdrawals threw the men’s draw into chaos.

The Australian has been struggling to fully recover from a problem with his right elbow and, despite winning a doubles title with Jack Sock in Lyon on Saturday, he has decided he is not ready for best-of-five set combat on clay.

The 23-year-old Australian is the eighth player to pull out of the men’s singles at Roland Garros this year. A new rule designed to prevent injured players from turning out just to collect their first-round prize money appears to be having the desired effect. 

Nick Kyrgios has become eighth player to pull out of the men’s singles draw at Roland-Garros

Nick Kyrgios has become eighth player to pull out of the men’s singles draw at Roland-Garros

Nick Kyrgios has become eighth player to pull out of the men’s singles draw at Roland-Garros

But there have now been so many withdrawals that India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran, the next ‘lucky loser’ in qualifying due to take up a place in the main draw, had already left Paris to play a challenger event in Vincenza, Italy.

That left Marco Trungelliti as the next name on the list of those who lost in the final round of qualifying. But the world No 190 was reported to be in Barcelona and pictures appeared on Twitter of the Argentine making the nine-hour drive to Roland Garros to confirm his place in the draw and face Bernard Tomic on Monday. 

The 11am start time for that match is not ideal for someone taking an evening road trip across Europe.

Kyrgios’s withdrawal robs the draw of one of its most anticipated first-round matches, a clash with fellow combustible Australian Tomic.

World No 23 Kyrgios announced his withdrawal on Twitter. Accompanied by a variety of distressed emojis, he wrote: ‘Sorry guys, I tried everything I could to be ready for Roland Garros but I came up short. I’ll be back though.’ 

‘I’m sorry to those fans who bought tickets to watch me play but am also grateful for the continued love and support. NK.’

The world No 23 Australian has been struggling to overcome an injury to his right elbow 

The world No 23 Australian has been struggling to overcome an injury to his right elbow 

The world No 23 Australian has been struggling to overcome an injury to his right elbow 

At the end of last year the Grand Slams introduced a rule whereby if a player pulled out before the start of the tournament they would receive half of their first-round loser’s prizemoney, with the other half going to their replacement. Players could also be fined for playing first-round matches when clearly not fit.

The idea behind the rule was to stop injured players turning out for their first-round match knowing they were not fit to complete it, just to earn their payday. 

Last year’s Wimbledon was especially cursed by this, with seven male players retiring from first-round matches.

The ’50/50′ rule certainly seems to have had the desired effect here of incentivising injured players to pull out before the first round rather than during it. 

But it is far from ideal to have this much chopping and changing after the draw has already been made.

 When a seed such as Kyrgios (No 21) pulls out it is especially disruptive, as it effectively means a lucky loser takes over his privileged draw. 

Although No 21 seed Kyrgios did win a doubles title with Jack Sock in Lyon on Saturday

Although No 21 seed Kyrgios did win a doubles title with Jack Sock in Lyon on Saturday

Although No 21 seed Kyrgios did win a doubles title with Jack Sock in Lyon on Saturday

One of the beneficiaries of this rule was Egypt’s Mohamed Safwat. Victor Troicki withdrew in the morning, giving Safwat the chance to play the first match of the tournament – and the first Grand Slam match of his life – on the main Philippe Chatrier court against No 4 seed Grigor Dimitrov. 

Safwat, who lost 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 in an entertaining contest, is the first Egyptian to play in the main draw of a major since Tamer el Sawy in 1996.

‘Definitely it opened more spots, not only for me, for other players,’ he said after the match when asked about the new rule. ‘I believe that it’s a fair rule. I seen the player just, you know how it works, you can go on court and say, ‘Oh, I’m injured, and I cannot play’. And then you just pick up the money.

‘At least you give a chance for someone that he can play. I wouldn’t be happy if I am one (place out from making the draw) and then someone just go on court and didn’t give their all because, whatever, (they are) injured. I would love to go on court and play. So I think this is a fair rule for both players.’  

Nick Kyrgios revealed the news that he won't be playing on Twitter on Sunday afternoon

Nick Kyrgios revealed the news that he won't be playing on Twitter on Sunday afternoon

Nick Kyrgios revealed the news that he won’t be playing on Twitter on Sunday afternoon

Mo Salah backs himself to be fit for World Cup after Champions League injury heartache

‘It was a very tough night, but I’m a fighter, despite the odds, I’m confident that I’ll be in Russia’: Mohamed Salah backs himself to be fit for World Cup after Champions League injury

  • Mohamed Salah was forced off in Champions League final with shoulder injury 
  • Liverpool star was involved in tangle with Sergio Ramos and came off in tears
  • Early prognosis was not good but Salah is optimistic about making World Cup 
  • He tweeted: ‘Your love and support will give me the strength I need’

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Mohamed Salah is confident of recovering in time for the World Cup after leaving the pitch in tears due to a shoulder injury sustained in the Champions League final. 

The Liverpool forward tweeted for the first time since his heartache in Kiev. 

He wrote: ‘It was a very tough night, but I’m a fighter. Despite the odds, I’m confident that I’ll be in Russia to make you all proud. 

Mohamed Salah tweeted the above message with this picture of him leaving the pitch in tears

Mohamed Salah tweeted the above message with this picture of him leaving the pitch in tears

Mohamed Salah tweeted the above message with this picture of him leaving the pitch in tears

‘Your love and support will give me the strength I need.’

Salah was involved in an ugly tangle with Sergio Ramos and landed awkwardly on his left shoulder. 

Many fans raged, with some claiming the defender deliberately hurt Liverpool’s talisman.

Without their star striker the Reds slumped to a 3-1 defeat, largely due to two catastrophic goalkeeping errors from Lloris Karius. 

Salah was forced off and consoled by Cristiano Ronaldo as he trudged to the sidelines

Salah was forced off and consoled by Cristiano Ronaldo as he trudged to the sidelines

Salah was forced off and consoled by Cristiano Ronaldo as he trudged to the sidelines

It wasn’t just Liverpool fans heartbroken by Salah’s injury as Egyptian supporters were devastated by what appeared to be a savage blow to their World Cup ambitions.

But having first feared the worst, the Egyptian national team remain ‘optimistic’ that Salah will be fit to play in the World Cup this summer despite leaving the Champions League final in tears. 

‘The elected team doctor Dr Mohammed Abu Alaa has been told by Liverpool’s medical team following an X-Ray that Salah has a sprained shoulder joint and had his shoulders wrapped,’ a post on Twitter read.

‘The Dr is optimistic of Salah’s chances of joining the national team for the World Cup.’

Egyptian fans watched on with  concern and their star's World Cup hopes are in the balance

Egyptian fans watched on with  concern and their star's World Cup hopes are in the balance

Egyptian fans watched on with concern and their star’s World Cup hopes are in the balance

Salah said he is optimistic that he can recover in time to take part in the World Cup 

Salah said he is optimistic that he can recover in time to take part in the World Cup 

Salah said he is optimistic that he can recover in time to take part in the World Cup 

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Five things you missed from the Monaco GP as Daniel Ricciardo makes a splash

Daniel Ricciardo battled a severe loss of power to keep Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton at arm’s length to win the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Australian claimed ‘redemption’ having finally triumphed in the principality after his near miss in 2016 when a botched pitstop cost hm the win.

But there was plenty happening away from the track as Sportsmail takes a look at the things you may have missed. 

Ricciardo makes a splash in Monte Carlo

It has been six years since Red Bull last won at Monaco but it was not just the winning habits that returned to the team at Monte Carlo.

Red Bull have a swimming pool on their superyacht, and it was Mark Webber backflipping into pool after taking victory around the principality in 2012.

So Ricciardo was never going to stay dry after his triumph, and into a pool that was in need of a clean the Australian executed a textbook bellyflop before being joined into the murky waters by team members.

Daniel Ricciardo makes a jump into the Red Bull swimming pool surrounded by a large crowd

Daniel Ricciardo makes a jump into the Red Bull swimming pool surrounded by a large crowd

Daniel Ricciardo makes a jump into the Red Bull swimming pool surrounded by a large crowd

The Australian's team look on along with Red Bull guests and media wanting to catch a glimpse

The Australian's team look on along with Red Bull guests and media wanting to catch a glimpse

The Australian’s team look on along with Red Bull guests and media wanting to catch a glimpse

Riciardo closes his eyes as he braces himself for impact into the murky waters

Riciardo closes his eyes as he braces himself for impact into the murky waters

Riciardo closes his eyes as he braces himself for impact into the murky waters

There was not a spare spot to be had as Ricciardo jumped into the pool after winning

There was not a spare spot to be had as Ricciardo jumped into the pool after winning

There was not a spare spot to be had as Ricciardo jumped into the pool after winning

Ricciardo punches the air as he is applauded by his team including Max Verstappen (left)

Ricciardo punches the air as he is applauded by his team including Max Verstappen (left)

Ricciardo punches the air as he is applauded by his team including Max Verstappen (left)

Fellow Red Bull team members soon jumped into the pool to join the 28-year-old

Fellow Red Bull team members soon jumped into the pool to join the 28-year-old

Fellow Red Bull team members soon jumped into the pool to join the 28-year-old

Return of the grid girls

Many F1 fans were left disappointed when it was revealed that grid girls would be taken away from the sport for this season.

But at Monaco they made a return, bringing the grid boys with them – although rather unusually the ladies were forced to sport a bizarre sponsor logo on their back.

Grid girls made a return to the F1 paddock, making an appearance along with grid boys

Grid girls made a return to the F1 paddock, making an appearance along with grid boys

Grid girls made a return to the F1 paddock, making an appearance along with grid boys

The grid girls were forced to wear a sponsor logo on their back before the race

The grid girls were forced to wear a sponsor logo on their back before the race

The grid girls were forced to wear a sponsor logo on their back before the race

Winning ways back on board at McLaren

But sadly for the Woking team this was not at the race track. Instead former driver Mika Hakkinen was a guest for the weekend and he was reunited with his car that pipped Michael Schumacher to the title 20 years ago.

As a bonus, the Finn’s crash helmet, his world championship trophy and his trophy from when he clinched the title at the Japanese Grand Prix were also present. 

Mika Hakkinen was reunited with his Mclaren MP4/13 that won the 1998 world championship

Mika Hakkinen was reunited with his Mclaren MP4/13 that won the 1998 world championship

Mika Hakkinen was reunited with his Mclaren MP4/13 that won the 1998 world championship

His crash helmet, title trophy and 1998 Japanese Grand Prix trophy win were also present

His crash helmet, title trophy and 1998 Japanese Grand Prix trophy win were also present

His crash helmet, title trophy and 1998 Japanese Grand Prix trophy win were also present

Sainz keen to celebrate Real Madrid win

Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz are good friends in the paddock and they were understandably in high spirits before the race, with both big Real Madrid fans.

Following the Spanish club’s Champions League triumph over Liverpool on Saturday night, the Renault driver arrived on race day wearing a replica top from the club with his race No of 55 on the reverse.

Real Madrid fans Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz greet each other on Sunday morning

Real Madrid fans Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz greet each other on Sunday morning

Real Madrid fans Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz greet each other on Sunday morning

Hamilton set to stay at Mercedes

It was a weekend Lewis Hamilton won’t take long to forget. Not because of a poor result – with third being the maximum expected of the Brit this weekend – but due to the uneventful drive behind Vettel trying to protect his tyres.

Good news could be on the way for Hamilton though, with Mercedes chief Niki Lauda claiming that a deal to tie down the Brit to a new contract is not far off, saying ‘we are going to sign him. Don’t worry, he will stay with us.’

Lewis Hamilton had an uneventful race on his way to third place in Monte Carlo

Lewis Hamilton had an uneventful race on his way to third place in Monte Carlo

Lewis Hamilton had an uneventful race on his way to third place in Monte Carlo

Real Madrid stars given heroes welcome in Spanish capital as fans gather for Champions League parade

Real Madrid fans are somewhat getting used to Champions League title parades but the novelty will never rub off as they turned out in their numbers on Sunday to welcome their hero players back.

The Spanish giants beat Liverpool 3-1 on Saturday night thanks to a freak Karim Benzema goal and a double from substitute Gareth Bale – including a fantastic bicycle kick – at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev.

Despite being pegged back at 1-1 through a Sadio Mane tap-in, Madrid showed off their incredible winning mentality to claim their third straight Champions League triumph.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos holds up the Champions League trophy with Marcelo at their title parade on Sunday

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos holds up the Champions League trophy with Marcelo at their title parade on Sunday

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos holds up the Champions League trophy with Marcelo at their title parade on Sunday

The defensive duo hold aloft the trophy for their delighted Madrid supporters to see in Puerta del Sol on Sunday

The defensive duo hold aloft the trophy for their delighted Madrid supporters to see in Puerta del Sol on Sunday

The defensive duo hold aloft the trophy for their delighted Madrid supporters to see in Puerta del Sol on Sunday

Marcelo and Ramos pose for a photo in front of the thousands of Madrid fans, who gave their players a heroes welcome

Marcelo and Ramos pose for a photo in front of the thousands of Madrid fans, who gave their players a heroes welcome

Marcelo and Ramos pose for a photo in front of the thousands of Madrid fans, who gave their players a heroes welcome

The victorious Spanish giants line up for a photo with the Champions League trophy at their parade on the weekend

The victorious Spanish giants line up for a photo with the Champions League trophy at their parade on the weekend

The victorious Spanish giants line up for a photo with the Champions League trophy at their parade on the weekend

Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo and Casemiro pose for a selfie as they enjoy their Champions League title parade on Sunday

Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo and Casemiro pose for a selfie as they enjoy their Champions League title parade on Sunday

Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo and Casemiro pose for a selfie as they enjoy their Champions League title parade on Sunday

Ronaldo high fives the delighted Real Madrid supporters at the parade in the Spanish capital after their win over Liverpool

Ronaldo high fives the delighted Real Madrid supporters at the parade in the Spanish capital after their win over Liverpool

Ronaldo high fives the delighted Real Madrid supporters at the parade in the Spanish capital after their win over Liverpool

The Portuguese star and his Madrid team-mates have become accustomed to these Champions League parades

The Portuguese star and his Madrid team-mates have become accustomed to these Champions League parades

The Portuguese star and his Madrid team-mates have become accustomed to these Champions League parades

And on Sunday, ecstatic Madrid supporters turned up in their thousands to give their stars a heroes welcome as they proudly paraded their 13th European Cup around the buzzing Spanish capital.

The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Casemiro and Marcelo were pictured arriving for the celebrations in sunny Madrid, with the former seen high-fiving the fans before the bus parade.

Two Madrid fans, who gathered at Puerta del Sol square in anticipation of seeing their heroes, went as far as bringing balloons which read ’13’ to show off the amount of European Cups their side have won throughout the history. 

The players made their way to the square where the fans were gathered, parading the trophy from a balcony impressively overlooking the whole area.

As the players showed off their silverware, club president Florentino Perez addressed the crowd on the weekend, claiming their latest triumph is ‘something unique and unforgettable’.

Ronaldo, who dropped a big hint that he could be off in the summer, patiently waits before the procession gets underway 

Ronaldo, who dropped a big hint that he could be off in the summer, patiently waits before the procession gets underway 

Ronaldo, who dropped a big hint that he could be off in the summer, patiently waits before the procession gets underway 

Madrid supporters proudly hold up balloons which read '13' - the amount of times they have won the European Cup

Madrid supporters proudly hold up balloons which read '13' - the amount of times they have won the European Cup

Madrid supporters proudly hold up balloons which read ’13’ – the amount of times they have won the European Cup

Madrid fans turned up in their numbers as they celebrated their record-breaking Champions League triumph

Madrid fans turned up in their numbers as they celebrated their record-breaking Champions League triumph

Madrid fans turned up in their numbers as they celebrated their record-breaking Champions League triumph

Perez said: ‘We continue to make history, I want to express my best wishes to Liverpool. This is something unique and unforgettable, it is something incredible in modern football. 

‘Real Madrid are the leaders of world football, these players have forged a path with the spirit that they can overcome. Thank you to Zidane who is the only coach to win three consecutive Champions Leagues.’

Ronaldo, who dropped a big hint in the immediate aftermath of the victory claiming that he could be leaving the Bernabeu, thanked the fans for their turnout.

‘Thank you for coming today. We have made history thanks to you who always support us, this is a moment to enjoy, hala Madrid,’ the five-time Ballon d’Or winner added.

After a tough domestic season, which saw them get off to a very sluggish start, Madrid ended the campaign in perfect fashion and will make the most of their latest triumph before heading their separate ways ahead of the World Cup in Russia.  

The Champions League trophy is proudly displayed at the front of a moving bus on Sunday evening in Madrid

The Champions League trophy is proudly displayed at the front of a moving bus on Sunday evening in Madrid

The Champions League trophy is proudly displayed at the front of a moving bus on Sunday evening in Madrid

Thousands of Madrid supporters gather at Puerta del Sol square in the heart of the capital as they wait for the players 

Thousands of Madrid supporters gather at Puerta del Sol square in the heart of the capital as they wait for the players 

Thousands of Madrid supporters gather at Puerta del Sol square in the heart of the capital as they wait for the players 

A young Madrid supporter holds aloft a home shirt while others wave their flags in the air on Sunday evening

A young Madrid supporter holds aloft a home shirt while others wave their flags in the air on Sunday evening

A young Madrid supporter holds aloft a home shirt while others wave their flags in the air on Sunday evening

Police keep a close eye on proceedings as the supporters patiently wait for their heroes to pass through

Police keep a close eye on proceedings as the supporters patiently wait for their heroes to pass through

Police keep a close eye on proceedings as the supporters patiently wait for their heroes to pass through

 

Andrew Robertson reveals Liverpool anguish following Champions League final heartbreak

Andrew Robertson gave a candid insight into the impact of losing the Champions League final as he revealed Liverpool’s dressing room was a scene of total devastation.

The Scotland left back left the Olimpiyskiy Stadium with his reputation enhanced, his courageous performance epitomised by a superb tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo in the penalty area to deny the Real Madrid superstar a certain goal.

Robertson, however, had no interest in taking solace from personal compliments. He had his runners-up medal stuffed in his wash bag and could not answer if – or when – he will take it out to have a look.

Andrew Robertson has admitted there was 'devastation in the changing rooms' on Saturday

Andrew Robertson has admitted there was 'devastation in the changing rooms' on Saturday

Andrew Robertson has admitted there was ‘devastation in the changing rooms’ on Saturday

‘It was an achievement to get here but second is as good as last, in my book,’ said Robertson. ‘That’s just how I am. I’d rather have had a stinker and we won. I’d rather 10 players turned up and I didn’t but we went home with the trophy. That’s just the type of person that I am.’ 

Frustration was leaping out of Robertson as he went through the painful process of examining why Liverpool, in his words, had fallen ‘one step too short’; there was no hint of blame apportioned to goalkeeper Loris Karius, just recognition that Madrid were ‘probably deserved winners’.

‘There was just devastation in the changing rooms,’ said Robertson. ‘We are all so upset. It’s just unfortunate. We have been on a good journey but we have just fallen short. Believe me, the lads are gutted. It was a 50/50 chance and unfortunately we never took it.

‘We had a chance to be heroes, to make our own history but it wasn’t meant to be. We will try and use this as motivation for next season, come back and really work hard. We will try to get off to a flyer. But it will be a long summer, the longest (stewing on a defeat) that I have had.

Robertson left Kiev with his reputation enhanced but the loss will haunt him for years to come

Robertson left Kiev with his reputation enhanced but the loss will haunt him for years to come

Robertson left Kiev with his reputation enhanced but the loss will haunt him for years to come

Liverpool players were visibly emotional as they thanked their fans for the support

Liverpool players were visibly emotional as they thanked their fans for the support

Liverpool players were visibly emotional as they thanked their fans for the support

‘Not one player should look back (on the season) with disappointment. How many records has Mo (Salah) broken? But he will probably look back on it as a disappointment because that’s what happens when you get to finals and lose.’ 

There will be more reason for Salah to look back in anger, given the consequences of his 26th minute skirmish that has put his hopes of playing at the World Cup in the balance; Robertson would not criticise Sergio Ramos for the crude manner he wrestled Salah to the floor but recognised the significance of the moment.

‘I think the impact would have been the same if it was any of us (who got injured),’ said Robertson. ‘It could have been any of us. It just disrupted our rhythm a wee bit. Everyone looks because it is Mo Salah. He has done unbelievable this season and for it to end that way for him was devastating.’ 

Salah was left heartbroken as he was forced off with a shoulder injury against Real Madrid

Salah was left heartbroken as he was forced off with a shoulder injury against Real Madrid

Salah was left heartbroken as he was forced off with a shoulder injury against Real Madrid

Devastating was also the word to use in relation to the experience Karius suffered in the second half and he posted an Instagram message on Sunday afternoon to express his sorrow to Liverpool fans.

Much was made of the fact no players went to him immediately after the final whistle but Robertson said: ‘We win as a team, we lose as a team. We fell short. Of course he made mistakes. He did. But we are not blaming him. He will hold his hands up. He has been incredible since he got the No 1 jersey.

‘He is young and he will learn from it. He will be a top, top keeper. We have fallen short and there are no words that we can say to Loz that will make it better for him. We went around him. We all gave him a hug and tried to lift him. I don’t think anyone thought that was going to happen.’ 

Robertson has backed under-fire Loris Karius, insisting he will become a 'top, top keeper'

Robertson has backed under-fire Loris Karius, insisting he will become a 'top, top keeper'

Robertson has backed under-fire Loris Karius, insisting he will become a ‘top, top keeper’

Lionel Messi poses with young fan as Argentina step up their preparations ahead of the World Cup 

Lionel Messi poses with young fan as Argentina step up their preparations ahead of the World Cup

  • Argentina continued their preparations for this summer’s World Cup  
  • Lionel Messi took time out of the session to pose for picture with a young fan 
  • Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was also in attendance at the session 

Jeorge Bird For Mailonline

Argentina are hard at work as they step up their preparations for this summer’s World Cup as they seek to win the tournament for the first time since 1986. 

Lionel Messi still had time, however, to pose for a picture with a young supporter as the team trained in Buenos Aires.

The fan seemed delighted to be spending time with Messi, who will aim to be one of the standout players at the tournament.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi took time out to pose with a young Argentina supporter

Barcelona star Lionel Messi took time out to pose with a young Argentina supporter

Barcelona star Lionel Messi took time out to pose with a young Argentina supporter

Messi waved to the watching fans at the Tomas Duco stadium in Buenos Aires

Messi waved to the watching fans at the Tomas Duco stadium in Buenos Aires

Messi waved to the watching fans at the Tomas Duco stadium in Buenos Aires

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was engaged in conversation with Messi

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was engaged in conversation with Messi

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was engaged in conversation with Messi

ARGENTINA’S WORLD CUP GROUP GAMES 

Iceland – June 16

Croatia – June 21

Nigeria – June 26 

Messi was joined by the rest of the Argentina squad, including Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, as Jorge Sampaoli’s team were put through their paces.

During the session Messi, who is his country’s all-time leading goalscorer having found the net on 61 occasions, seemed in focused mood.

Argentina face Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in their group, and want to go a step further this time around having been beaten finalists in 2014.

In addition to Messi, Argentina can also call upon Paris Saint-Germain star Angel Di Maria

In addition to Messi, Argentina can also call upon Paris Saint-Germain star Angel Di Maria

In addition to Messi, Argentina can also call upon Paris Saint-Germain star Angel Di Maria

Messi looks to pick a pass under the watchful eyes of Di Maria and Javier Mascherano

Messi looks to pick a pass under the watchful eyes of Di Maria and Javier Mascherano

Messi looks to pick a pass under the watchful eyes of Di Maria and Javier Mascherano

The Argentina stars, including Manchester United's Marcos Rojo, were put through their paces

The Argentina stars, including Manchester United's Marcos Rojo, were put through their paces

The Argentina stars, including Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo, were put through their paces

A large amount of supporters were in attendance to watch Jorge Sampaoli's team train

A large amount of supporters were in attendance to watch Jorge Sampaoli's team train

A large amount of supporters were in attendance to watch Jorge Sampaoli’s team train

Argentina have some other high-profile names at their disposal, including Paris Saint-Germain’s Angel Di Maria as well as Juventus’ Paulo Dybala. 

Whether they will be able to perform effectively as a team on the biggest stage remains to be seen. 

As they continue to prepare for the tournament, Argentina will face Haiti and Israel in friendlies, with their scheduled game against Nicaragua having been cancelled owing to security concerns. 

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Formula One aims to agree new engine regulations for 2021 by end of June

Formula One aims to have new engine regulations for 2021 drawn up by the end of June after a meeting with teams at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Commercial rights holders Liberty Media and the governing FIA sat down with teams for an update on future plans and Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff told reporters progress had been made in some areas.

‘I think on the engine regulations we are pretty close on being able to tick the box,’ said the Austrian when asked what had transpired from Friday’s meeting in the Mediterranean principality.

Formula One aims to have new engine regulations for 2021 drawn up by the end of June

Formula One aims to have new engine regulations for 2021 drawn up by the end of June

Formula One aims to have new engine regulations for 2021 drawn up by the end of June

‘The only major thing which we need to solve is that we are still spending a lot on engine development and what we need to avoid is double spending over the next years, continuing to develop the current engine and also doing the new one.’

Wolff said concessions had been made from Mercedes’ standpoint, with acceptance that the MGU-H – one of the two motor generator units on the current V6 turbo hybrid engine – would have to go.

The engines would be louder, higher-revving and less fuel-limited.

‘It’s not the most sustainable message we’re sending out but we can understand that from a spectacle standpoint it is something you need to consider and accept,’ said Wolff.

Formula One announced in April it wanted to have cost caps and a more balanced distribution of revenues for the next cycle after the current team contracts and engine regulations expire at the end of 2020.

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff told reporters progress had been made in some areas

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff told reporters progress had been made in some areas

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff told reporters progress had been made in some areas

It also wants engines to be simpler and louder, addressing a grievance from many fans about the current power units.

A five point plan, outlining key initiatives, was put to teams at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Ferrari, who receive special payments, have warned they could leave if changes go against their interests.

Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne recently sounded a more conciliatory message, however, saying he was encouraged particularly by a ‘change in attitude’ over the engine proposals.

‘I see some commonsense on the table. It was a productive discussion,’ said Wolff of the latest developments.

‘There are still areas where we are very far away. But it is moving forward in a constructive, structured process.’

Regarding cost caps, he said Liberty had recognised that there needed to be a gradual process rather than any sudden imposition.

‘It needs to go over several years and it needs to consider the various structures that have been put in place and they are taking our feedback on board,’ said Wolff. 

Merseyside Police investigating vile death threats aimed at Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius

Merseyside Police are investigating death threats made to Liverpool’s Loris Karius after his nightmare performance in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Liverpool were defeated 3-1 by the Spanish giants on Saturday night in Kiev, with Karius gifting Madrid two goals on the biggest night of his and his team-mates’ playing careers.

And in the immediate aftermath of the crushing defeat, the broken goalkeeper was the subject of vile abuse on social media as he received death threats and hate messages.

Loris Karius received death threats following his nightmare display against Real Madrid

Loris Karius received death threats following his nightmare display against Real Madrid

Loris Karius received death threats following his nightmare display against Real Madrid

Vile messages included: ‘I’ll murder your girl I’ll murder your girl’.

Another user wrote that his ‘sons deserve to die of cancer’, while another punter disgracefully said: ‘I hope your whole family dies’.

Following the shocking abuse for Karius, a spokeswoman from Merseyside Police told the Telegraph: ‘The force takes social media posts of this nature extremely seriously and any offences identified will be investigated.

‘Merseyside Police would like to remind social media users than any offences including malicious communications and threatening behaviour will be investigated.’

24-year-old Karius was left inconsolable on the pitch in Kiev as Madrid players and fans alike lapped up the celebrations of their third consecutive Champions League triumph.

Karius was left sobbing on the pitch as Madrid lapped up their Champions League celebrations

Karius was left sobbing on the pitch as Madrid lapped up their Champions League celebrations

Karius was left sobbing on the pitch as Madrid lapped up their Champions League celebrations

The German gifted Madrid with their first and third goals of the night in Kiev on Saturday

The German gifted Madrid with their first and third goals of the night in Kiev on Saturday

The German gifted Madrid with their first and third goals of the night in Kiev on Saturday

Karius gifted Karim Benzema the opening goal of the night after he threw the ball directly onto the foot of the Frenchman, who inadvertently tapped home into the empty net.

And after Gareth Bale scored an incredible bicycle kick to put the Spanish side 2-1 ahead, he was left humiliated yet again when he fumbled the Welshman’s stinging shot for Madrid’s third and final goal.

The German was left visibly heartbroken as he walked round the Olympic Stadium apologising to the travelling Liverpool supporters.

And speaking following his horror show, Karius took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon to address the Liverpool fans, claiming he had a sleepless night.  

Karius took to Twitter on Sunday to reveal that he had sleepless night following the final

Karius took to Twitter on Sunday to reveal that he had sleepless night following the final

Karius took to Twitter on Sunday to reveal that he had sleepless night following the final

The 24-year-old German shot-stopper admits he would love 'to turn back the time'

The 24-year-old German shot-stopper admits he would love 'to turn back the time'

The 24-year-old German shot-stopper admits he would love ‘to turn back the time’

He finished his Twitter post off with defiance, claiming Liverpool 'will come back stronger'

He finished his Twitter post off with defiance, claiming Liverpool 'will come back stronger'

He finished his Twitter post off with defiance, claiming Liverpool ‘will come back stronger’

Karius said: ‘Haven’t really slept until now… the scenes are still running through my head again and again.   

‘I’m infinitely sorry to my teammates, for you fans, and for all the staff. I know that I messed it up with the two mistakes and let you all down.

‘As I said I’d just like to turn back the time but that’s not possible. It’s even worse as we all felt that we could have beaten Real Madrid and we were in the game for a long time…

‘Thank you to our unbelievable fans who came to Kiev and held my back, even after the game. I don’t take that for granted and once again it showed me what a big family we are. Thank you and we will come back stronger.’