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Goal of the day

For the pas­sion, more than the aes­thet­ics: Cardiff ’ s Sol Bamba, hit­ting a wild over­head off the post, then blooter­ing into the roof of the net via some penalty- area pin­ball.

Gripe of the day

A valid one, too. Last week: De­marai Gray cel­e­brates scor­ing by tear­ing off his shirt to re­veal a trib­ute to Le­ices­ter’s late owner, and is booked. Yes­ter­day: Bamba tears off his shirt to cel­e­brate scor­ing – and isn’t.

Game of the day

Came at Car­row Road – Nor­wich cruis­ing to a tidy 2- 1 win over Mill­wall with nine min­utes left.

It fi nished 4- 3. Also worth a watch for diff er­ent rea­sons – the celebrity dugout derby at Pride Park: Frank Lam­pard 0- 3 John Terry.

Come­back of the day

After six goals in his fi rst fi ve Southamp­ton games last year, it all went quiet for Manolo Gab­bia­dini. He’s still plug­ging away, though – and scored his fi rst goal at St Mary’s since last Oc­to­ber, 391 days ago.

Stat of the day

One for the sta­tis­ti­cal com­pletists: Cardiff v Brighton was the 100th diff er­ent fi xture to have been played in all four di­vi­sions of the English Foot­ball League. You’re wel­come.

Blow of the day

A set­back for head­line writ­ers: sev­enth tier Met Po­lice, who run out for games to Th e Clash’s ver­sion of I Fought the Law, beaten 2- 0 by New­port in the FA Cup fi rst round. A de­cent foot­note, though: the Met’s Louis Birch fought the law, and the law sent him off for a sec­ond book­able off ence.

Cup shocks of the day

1) Na­tional League Maid­stone beat League Two struggglers Mac­clesfi eld; and 2) Sixth- tier Stock­port mauled fourth- tier Yeovil 3- 1, with 500 away fans mak­ing the 450- mile round trip.

@ Stock­portCounty:

“BOOM!.... Every Hat­ter a hero this af­ter­noon”

And in­no­va­tion of the day

Came from Uruguay’s Ra­dio Colo­nia – plan­ning a spe­cial live broad­cast of the Copa Lib­er­ta­dores fi nal for fans with heart con­di­tions. Or­gan­is­ers said the show, fea­tur­ing co- com­men­tary from a car­di­ol­o­gist and “Zen mu­sic” re­plac­ing crowd noise, would “put the safety of our lis­ten­ers fi rst ”. As it turned out, no one got over­heated: the game was wa­ter­logged off .

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