WATCH: Two guys fool people into thinking they're eating organic chow. Sorry, it's just McDonald's

(Psst, remember to turn on subtitles when watching the video above.)

You've never heard people rave about McDonald's like this before.

"Yes, it definitely tastes fresh," said one man.

"The structure is good. Yes. Not too sticky," said another.

"Rolls around the tongue nicely, if it were wine I'd say it's fine," exclaimed another man.

Why the flowery, over-the-top compliments? Because they didn't know they were munching on McDonald's.

Posh organic food

The food tasters at an annual convention in the Netherlands thought they were dining on posh organic food.

The truth was they were gushing about plain old fast food that had been repackaged.

Embarrassing much.

We wouldn't be caught dead doing that, no matter how partial we are to their burgers.

How does this compare

It got worse. The two men behind the prank asked tasters to compare the food to, well, McDonald's.

"It's definitely a lot tastier than McDonald's, you can just tell this is a lot more pure," says one woman.

"This absolutely has a lot more taste to it than McDonald's," says another woman.

Actually, it's the same thing. In fact, it probably tasted worse because it wasn't that fresh.

Takeaway

The two pranksters uploaded a video of their antics on YouTube on Monday.

Their takeaway from the grand experiment? That if you tell people that something is organic, they'll automatically believe it's organic.

Well, yes, we would too actually.

We thought the point was that people don't hate McDonald's food, they just don't want to be seen as liking the brand.

Or that food that's bad for you tastes oh-so-good. And organic food tastes.. mehhhh. (Which is why people were so surprised.) 

Or something deep like that.

Guess not.

Champions League round-up: Greeks beat Juventus, Arsenal get late goals to win

Juventus' French midfielder Paul Pogba had beter days playing for the Italian club.

Minnows Olympiakos stunned Italian giants Juventus 1-0 in their Champions League game on Wednesday morning. 

Swiss midfielder Pajtim Kasami scored in the first half as they held off fierce pressure by Juventus in the second half to clinch their fifth straight Champions League home win.

Kasami’s goal came in the 36th minute after constant pressure from the home team.

Argentine midfielder Alejandro Dominguez set up the goal for a charging Kasami, whose left-footed shot beat Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.


Pajtim Kasami celebrating his goal against Juventus. Photo AFP

Victory sees them go joint top of Group A along with last season’s finalists Atletico Madrid – whom Olympiakos beat in the opening game – on six points.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid secured their biggest ever Champions League victory when they smashed five goals pass a helpless Malmo.

They initially struggled to break down Malmo.

Iit was only when Koke ran on to Arda Turan’s clever dinked pass and fired into the corner three minutes after the break that the floodgates opened.


Koke shooting to score pass Malmo's goalkeeper. Photo AFP. 

Mandzukic made it 2-0 in the 61st minute when he poked Koke’s low cross into the net.

Antoine Griezmann added a third two minutes later when he picked up a Koke pass and unleashed a powerful shot that looped up off Malmo goalkeeper Robin Olsen and into the net.

Diego Godin headed Koke’s out swinging corner powerfully into the net three minutes from time and substitute Alessio Cerci completed an easy win for the La Liga champions when he lashed a shot into the corner in the third minute of added time.

“We played a great match,” fullback Juanfran told reporters. “We were very intense and we kept up the pressure,” added the Spain international.

“The coach told us to keep pressing, that eventually the ball would go in, and in the end the goals came.”

Meanwhile Arsenal’s need two late goals to secure a dramatic 2-1 Champions League win against Anderlecht.


Lukas Podoski saving from dropping points. Photo: AFP

The goals by defender Kieran Gibbs and substitute forward Lukas Podolski rescued three valuable points.

But the victory only served to paper over the ever-widening cracks.

Arsenal should reach the knockout rounds for a 12th consecutive season, but it will probably be as runners-up, meaning their chances of surviving to the quarter-finals for the first time in five seasons would be diminished.

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                         Champions League: Real Madrid stroll to their first win against Liverpool 

Sources: AFP, Reuters

Oh, the pain! Ronaldo's Real Madrid outclass Liverpool - utterly

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (2R) defends against Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren (R) with Real Madrid's Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas (C) during the UEFA Champions League, group B, football match.

Liverpool went into their clash with Real Madrid with hopes of another magical night at Anfield.

There was certainly magic on the pitch, but precious little of it was wearing a red shirt: Brendan Rodgers’s side were annihilated, crushed long before half-time by the European champions in a terrifying display of dominance. 

All the Reds’ could cling to by the end was the knowledge that they had stemmed the flow of goals.

Nine years ago, a Liverpool side went 3-0 down to a Carlo Ancelotti team in Istanbul and somehow prevailed.

That was never on the cards here.

Excellence vs incompetence

Their first goal was a demonstration of Real’s excellence, the next two of Liverpool’s incompetence.

Cristiano Ronaldo, mocked in some quarters for never having scored at Anfield before the game, slipped the ball to James Rodriguez.

The Colombian dinked a pass into the box and Ronaldo was there to divert the ball into the net. Two quality players making a difficult move look easy. 

Seven minutes later, it really was easy.

Simon Mignolet punched a corner to the edge of his box, Liverpool struggled to clear their lines, looking lethargic and nervous, the ball fell to Toni Kroos and his slow, lofted ball was nodded up, over and into the back of the net by Karim Benzema.

Outplayed, outclassed

If that was hard to take, the third goal was even worse.

Mignolet sped off his line to clear a loose ball, shot past it and Benzema was allowed to prod the ball into an empty net. Anfield, so full of noise as the start of the game, went very quiet. 

There was no way back for Liverpool, even after the wretched Mario Balotelli was withdrawn at the break. He may have caused himself further problems by swapping shirts with Pepe as they approached the tunnel.

But that is all trivial. What counts is that Liverpool, back on the stage they believe to be theirs, were utterly outclassed.

Related report: Champions League: Real Madrid stroll to their first win against Liverpool

Champions League: Real Madrid stroll to their first win against Liverpool

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating Real Madrid's opening goal against Liverpool.
Liverpool has seen some epic Champions League nights, but this was not one of them.

Real Madrid earned their first-ever win over Liverpool with a 3-0 Champions League victory at Anfield on Wednesday.

A wondrous Cristiano Ronaldo goal spearheaded a display that appeared as classy as it was dominant.

Ronaldo’s glorious 23rd minute strike and a double from Karim Benzema sealed the champions’ triumph before halftime, leaving Real’s Portuguese icon one goal away from equalling Raul's all-time goal scoring record.

He insisted that his side were in the mood to become the first team in the Champions League era to successfully defend the title.

“We know it’ll be very tough but we know it’s possible if we play like that,” said Ronaldo, after scoring his 70th Champions League goal.

“I’m not worried about that (Raul’s record). I know I’m going to beat his record today or another game. Me and Messi (69 goals) are very close,” said Ronaldo.


Two goals away from over taking Raul's Champions League record. Photo AFP.

The roar of one of Europe’s most vociferous crowds contributed to a bright start for the hosts, as they hoped to see Liverpool improve on their three-game, 100 percent record over Real in European competition.

But it was muted once Ronaldo scored the brilliant opener.

There looked to be little cause for alarm as Ronaldo flitted around in midfield and passed to James Rodriguez, who was surrounded by red shirts.

Yet a delightful, dinked pass somehow picked out Ronaldo again and his first-time finish, taken early almost on the half-volley, was exquisite.

It proved the signal for Real to take over and Liverpool’s suspect defence began to lose concentration under pressure.

Liverpool should have cleared their lines long before Benzema’s precise, looping header from Toni Kroos’s cross effectively put the game beyond their reach.


Benzema celebrated his first goal by becoming an airplane. Photo: AFP

The third was a scrappy, messy affair, with Liverpool again guilty of missing a couple of opportunities to clear a corner before the ball fell obligingly for Benzema to nudge home his second.

After Philippe Coutinho almost pulled one back with a searing shot which hit the post, Liverpool were resigned to having to claw back a three-goal deficit in a Champions League match for the first time since they did just that against AC Milan in the 2005 Istanbul final.

Real manager Carlo Ancelotti, in charge of the Milan side which threw away that lead, was not about to let history repeat itself.

“No I forgot this,” he said, when asked about that Istanbul night.

“I told the players that in football anything can happen. I know really well these (Liverpool) supporters. I told my players to stay focused for the second half.”

Source: Reuters

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OUT OF SORTS: Serena Williams' 0-6, 2-6 defeat by Simona Halep is her heaviest defeat since 1998. Williams (above) was 16 when she lost 1-6, 1-6 to Joannette Kruger in Oklahoma City - the last time she failed to win more than two games.

It’s not often that the word “embarrassing” can be used on Serena Williams.

That was exactly how the world No. 1 player described herself after her shock 0-6, 2-6 defeat by Romanian world No. 4 Simona Halep in their Red Group match yesterday at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

After a convincing opening win over Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic on Monday, Williams was widely expected to steamroll past Halep, 23.

But the 33-year-old American looked strangely out of sorts at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, making 36 unforced errors and seven double-faults during the 1hr 5min match.

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It's not often that the word "embarrassing" can be used on Serena Williams.

 

That was exactly how the world No. 1 player described herself after her shock 0-6, 2-6 defeat by Romanian world No. 4 Simona Halep in their Red Group match yesterday at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

After a convincing opening win over Serbia's Ana Ivanovic on Monday, Williams was widely expected to steamroll past Halep, 23.

But the 33-year-old American looked strangely out of sorts at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, making 36 unforced errors and seven double-faults during the 1hr 5min match.

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 23.

Subscribe to The New Paper, now available in print and digital, at http://bit.ly/tnpeshop.

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