LONDON: Mohamed Salah became Liverpool's all-time top scorer in the Champions League as they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Denmark's Midtjylland on Wednesday (Dec 9) having already secured top spot in Group D. Salah put the Premier League champions ahead in the first minute, latching on to a poor backpass and bursting goalwards before slipping the ball past goalkeeper Jesper Hansen. The goal was Salah's 22nd in the Champions League making him the club's record scorer in the competition. The Danes drew level in the 62nd minute through an Alexander Scholz penalty after Liverpool keeper Caoimhin Kelleher brought down Anders Dreyer. The linesman had initially flagged for offside but that decision was overturned by VAR. Scholz had an effort ruled out for offside in the 77th minute while Liverpool's Japanese midfielder Takumi Minamino also had the ball in the net but the goal was not awarded following a VAR review. Juergen Klopp had fielded a weakened and youthful team in the … [Read more...] about Football: Salah sets club record as Liverpool held at Midtjylland
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LONDON: Tough COVID-19 restrictions have cast a pre-winter gloom across Merseyside but at least Everton supporters have something to lift their spirits after their side's storming start to the Premier League season. On Saturday (Oct 17), Carlo Ancelotti's table-toppers host champions Liverpool at Goodison Park flushed with a rare sense of superiority over their Mersey rivals. Everton boast the only 100 per cent record in the Premier League from teams that have played four games, are averaging three goals per game and in Dominic Calvert-Lewin have the division's joint-leading scorer. By contrast, Liverpool, who were in a league of their own last season, went into the international shutdown licking their wounds after a 7-2 defeat by Aston Villa and after four games have the joint second-worst defensive record in the top flight. Of course, it is far too early to be talking about a shift of power from the red to the blue half of Merseyside, but Everton's invigorating football so … [Read more...] about Football: Everton’s renaissance set for ultimate derby test
SINGAPORE: England has not won a major international tournament since Queen Elizabeth II presented captain Bobby Moore the World Cup at Wembley Stadium in 1966. But current captain Harry Kane is in with a chance of lifting his country’s second major prize into the London sky next summer - especially if certain issues can be fixed – as England hosts the final of the 2020 European Championships (Euro 2020). AMONG BOOKIES’ FAVOURITES Most bookmakers, in the United Kingdom at least, have England as the second favourites to be European champions behind 2018 World Cup winner France and above Belgium, number one in the world according to FIFA’s rankings. Second-billing may be slightly optimistic but there is no doubt that England are in the mix. And the signs look encouraging. READ: England impress but Southgate knows finals a different game While France won the World Cup in 2018, Kane returned from Russia with the Golden Boot, the prize awarded to the tournament’s top … [Read more...] about Commentary: What stands in the way of England winning Euro 2020?
SINGAPORE: When historians look back at football in the first quarter of the 21st century, they will see a time of great change in the world’s most popular sport. What was already a global game with millions pouring in the 1990s, quickly turned into a sport with billion-dollar broadcasting deals, with sovereign wealth funds investing in clubs and transfer fee amounts for players increasing from a few million pounds to hundreds of million pounds. What may make them really shake their head in wonder however is how two players were clear at the sport’s pinnacle for so long. Although the pace of change in football has been exponential since the early 2000s, one thing has remained constant - the game has seen the phenomenal rise of Lionel Messi of Argentina and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo to the top, where they have remained for most of this century. READ: Commentary: There's good reason why football clubs shouldn't be allowed to spend excessively Rarely has there been any … [Read more...] about Commentary: Messi and Ronaldo are the best ever. We will not see any more like them
REUTERS: Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp refused to blame Mohamed Salah after the forward contracted COVID-19 having attended his brother's wedding in Egypt, although the German said he would personally avoid social engagements. Videos emerged of Salah dancing during the ceremony without a face mask or socially distancing, with the 28-year-old later testing positive for the novel coronavirus ahead of Egypt's Africa Cup of Nations clash against Togo last week. Salah, who is the joint leading scorer in the Premier League this season with eight goals, returned another positive test on Wednesday and is set to miss Sunday's clash against league leaders Leicester City. "He is flying back today. I've been in close contact with him. When you have a negative test, the process starts. He has had no symptoms. Nothing to say in public about the situation," Klopp told reporters. "I was in Germany in the summer and a friend moved a birthday party for me and I decided not to go. It was … [Read more...] about Klopp backs Salah after positive tests following brother’s wedding