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Manchester City's Raheem Sterling during training

One of Bravo’s mis-controls forced the Chilean to lunge at Rooney to clear the ball. José Mourinho, United’s manager, later claimed the challenge should have led to a penalty but Guardiola would not be drawn on the incident. “Normally in my career – or maybe only once or twice in seven years – I don’t speak about the decisions of referees,” said the Catalan. “Sometimes you are lucky. Sometimes you are unlucky but I am not going to talk about the decision of referees.

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Republic of Ireland ready to make mark in Euro 2016 opener against Sweden

The Republic of Ireland are back at the Stade de France for what has the feel of a do-or-die match. What could possibly go wrong? The Irish have Sweden in the opening tie of their Euro 2016 group phase campaign and the sense of anticipation, as the manager, Martin O’Neill, said on Sunday, is palpable. And yet the demons lurk. The choice of venue has seen to that.