From the back pages, March 11: Toby Flood kicks England to an unconvincing win over Italy

Toby Flood
Toby Flood

England’s clapped-out chariot, more Robin Reliant than Rolls-Royce, lurches towards Cardiff. A Grand Slam is still in England’s sights but there is little pomp or majesty in their bearing. (The Telegraph)

Man United 2-2 Chelsea: Hazard and Ramires goals cap remarkable fightback to secure Stamford Bridge replay. (The Mirror)

Something in the Merseyside air prompts Tottenham Hotspur to self-destruct. Unbeaten in the Premier League since shipping two late goals at Everton in early December, Spurs again let three points slip carelessly from their grasp on their return. Liverpool are the wrong team to present with gifts at present. (The Guardian)

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is in advanced talks to join super-rich Monaco. The 29-year-old, who fi red in an FA Cup hat-trick in City’s 5-0 win against Barnsley yesterday, will only have one year to run on his lucrative Etihad contract in the summer is unlikely to sign another one at City. (The Express)

This was the real test, he knew it as did we. To see Rafael Nadal bounding across a cement court in the United States, his first excursion on the surface for almost a year of doubt and depressive moments, was a heart-gladdening response to all the questions being posed of him. (The Times)

Nightwatchman Steven Finn was the unlikely cornerstone of England’s resistance as they closed out a nervy stalemate in the first Test against New Zealand at the University Oval. (The Independent)

Papiss Cisse’s last-minute winner completed Newcastle’s stunning late comeback. Tormentor-in-chief Yohan Cabaye curved the Toon’s brilliant free-kick leveller on 72 minutes, just moments after Jon Walters had opened the scoring for the visitors from the spot. (The Sun)

Manchester City will play either rivals Manchester United or fellow Barclays Premier League giants Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals. The draw, conducted at Wembley immediately after United’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford, pitched the eventual winners of the replay against City. Millwall and Blackburn also drew earlier in the day and will replay on Wednesday, with the winner to face Wigan. (Daily Mail)