Abraham gifts Liverpool with Super Cup title

first_img0Shares0000Abraham gifts Liverpool with Super Cup titleISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug 15 – Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham missed his final penalty kick as Liverpool converted all to beat Frank Lampard’s side 5-4 on post-match penalties to lift the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday in Istanbul.The match had ended 2-2 after Senegalese superstar Sadio Mane struck twice for the UEFA Champions League winners while Oliver Giroud had opened the scores for the Europa League title holders before Jorginho conveted from the spot in extra time. Every penalty in the shoot-out had been successful before Mohamed Salah stepped up to convert Liverpool’s fifth kick at the home of Besiktas. Substitute Abraham then had his effort saved by Adrian, the summer signing only playing in the absence of the injured Allison Becker.It is Liverpool’s fourth Super Cup victory, with their last coming in 2005 on the back of their memorable Champions League triumph, also in Istanbul.They have now won 13 European trophies overall, and how their supporters would love to come back to the banks of the Bosphorus for the final of this season’s Champions League.Sadio Mane had earlier been Liverpool’s star, cancelling out Olivier Giroud’s first-half strike to ensure the match ended 1-1 in 90 minutes, and then putting Jurgen Klopp’s team in front on 95 minutes.But it was perhaps inevitable that French referee Stephanie Frappart would play a role in the outcome of the game.The first woman to take charge of a major men’s match in European competition, Frappart gave Chelsea a penalty when Abraham went down under contact from Adrian. Jorginho — his name unfortunately wrongly spelled on the back of his shirt — netted the spot-kick.He also scored in the shoot-out, but there would be no first trophy as Chelsea coach for Frank Lampard, who lost the Super Cup twice with the club as a player, including a defeat on penalties against Bayern Munich in 2013.Lampard has stated a willingness to give youth a chance this season, although here he left Mason Mount and Abraham — aged just 20 and 21 respectively — on the bench.Instead N’Golo Kante was deemed fit to play after a summer plagued by injury problems, while Giroud came in and Christian Pulisic made his full debut. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first start for Liverpool in 16 months after recovering from a serious knee injury.The England midfielder released Salah for an early chance only for the Egyptian’s effort to be saved down low by Kepa Arrizabalaga. However, he generally struggled to make an impact on the left flank and was replaced at half-time by Roberto Firmino.– Chelsea start on top –Ng’olo Kante in actionChelsea had enjoyed the better of the opening 45 minutes, with Pedro Rodriguez crashing a shot off the bar midway through the first half before Adrian saved at the feet of Mateo Kovacic.The opener arrived in the 36th minute, with Kante finding Pulisic and the American drawing several red shirts towards him before releasing Giroud to score first-time.Shortly after that, Pulisic thought he had made it 2-0, but his fine finish was disallowed for offside by Frappart.The introduction of Firmino helped change things completely at the start of the second half, though, with Liverpool needing little more than two minutes to draw level.– Mane brace –Sadio Mane scored a braceThe Brazilian knocked the ball into the path of Mane, who scrambled home from close range despite Kepa getting a glove to it.Kepa fared far better in the 75th minute, blocking Salah’s shot following Jordan Henderson’s corner and then reacting brilliantly to turn Virgil van Dijk’s follow-up onto the woodwork.Brought on from the bench along with Abraham, Mount briefly thought he had restored Chelsea’s lead late on but his crisp low strike was disallowed.On into extra time they went and, to the delight of the crowd, who were mostly supporting the European champions, Liverpool went 2-1 up thanks to that same combination.Mane found Firmino near the byline and then latched onto the Brazilian’s cutback and fired home off the underside of the bar.But, in the 101st minute of this match, Jorginho converted from the spot to bring back the possibility of a penalty shoot-out.Having conceded that spot-kick, Adrian later produced a firm hand to deny Mount and was at it again as he denied Abraham to secure victory for his team.0Shares0000(Visited 51 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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LETTERKENNY 24/7 ATHLETES PERFORM EXCEPTIONALLY WELL AT OLYMPIC TRIATHLON IN MULLINGAR

first_imgLetterkenny 24/7Mullingar was the venue for the Caroline Kearney Memorial Olympic Triathlon last weekend. There was a turn out of nearly 400 triathletes to this national series event and nine Letterkenny members entered. The performance of the day was from Gavin Crawford who finished 29th in a time of 2.10.19 which was all the more noteworthy in that he won the Defence forces sprint triathlon the previous day in a time of 1.05.37 blowing away the field with a 17 minute 5k.There were two first time Olympic participants in Tommy Hill and Martin Donnelly and both performed exceptionally well.The only downside to the whole event was the fact that Lisa Dalton who was second female out of the water in a great swim time took ill and could not complete the race.In Wicklow Paul Doherty took part in the Wicklow Olympic Distance triathlon on a very hilly course. In Derry at the weekend Paddy Bond swam well in the Legenderry swim. Margaret Kelly and Pauric Kelly took part in the Ulster 10 mile time trial on Sunday and both featured well in difficult conditions in Toome, Co.Antrim.In Lifford at the 10k road race also on Sunday, six members made the journey over to the cross border road race with all performing well.Training continues as followsMonday lake swim Gartan 6.30 pmTuesday Track session Aura 7.45 pm Wednesday pool swim Aura 8.00 pmThursday brick/tt Foxhall 7.00 p.mSaturday group cycle 9.30 a.mResults Caroline Kearney Olympic Triathlon National Series Race29 Gavin Crawford 2.10.19 10th in category114 Paul Dillon 2.24.07 27th in category124 Martin Donnelly 2.25.33 24th in category190 Fin Begley 2.34.14 6th in category200 Cathal Roarty 2.35.31 11th in category208 Tommy Hill 2.36.51 13th in category219 Graham Parker 2.37.41 40th in category306 Noel Lynch 2.52.59 28th in categoryWicklow Mountain Triathlon6 Paul Doherty 2.56.46Lifford AC 10k22 John Daly 37.5927 Clint Doherty 38.3761 Jarlath Duffy 42.3399 Clara Quigley 45.07142 Paul Kelly 48.30221 Lisa Doherty 57.06Ulster 10 mile Time Trial73 Pauric Kelly 27.0176 Margaret Kelly 27.41LETTERKENNY 24/7 ATHLETES PERFORM EXCEPTIONALLY WELL AT OLYMPIC TRIATHLON IN MULLINGAR was last modified: August 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AthletesGAAletterkenny 24/7NoticesSportlast_img read more

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