Salah in diving storm as Liverpool win at Palace

first_imgLondon, Aug 21 (AFP) Mohamed Salah was engulfed in a diving storm as the Liverpool star won the controversial penalty that inspired their 2-0 win over 10-man Crystal Palace. Salah was accused of diving by Palace when he tumbled in the penalty area late in the first half at Selhurst Park. Referee Michael Oliver awarded a spot-kick for Mamadou Sakho’s challenge on the Egypt winger and James Milner converted the penalty. Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, working for Sky Sports, claimed it was a dive, saying: “A lot of people won’t like it. If it’s against you, you’ll think it’s soft. “It is a theatrical fall which we’ve seen a lot of players do.” Adding insult to injury for Palace, Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off in the second half for bringing down Salah as he raced clear. Taking advantage of their numerical superiority, Jurgen Klopp’s side made sure of extending their 100 percent start to the Premier League season thanks to Sadio Mane’s goal in stoppage-time. Palace boss Roy Hodgson was furious with the penalty, saying: “My frustration is I don’t think that’s a penalty. It’s cause for anger and disappointment. “I’ve been in football a long time. If that’s a penalty the game has changed beyond all recognition. “Sakho is a defender and he has to try and defend. “There is no way he is looking to foul the player. Liverpool didn’t deserve to be leading.” Klopp side-stepped the diving row, claiming he hadn’t seen the incident clearly. “I didn’t ask Mo about that. I didn’t see it. It looked like it was (a penalty), but I have no idea,” he said.advertisement After Manchester City’s swaggering demolition of Huddersfield on Sunday, it was important for Liverpool to keep pace with the champions, even at this early stage of the season. This was a statement win for Klopp’s team, installed as City’s most likely challengers, and they move into second place after building on last weekend’s rout of West Ham. But Klopp refused to talk up Liverpool’s title chances. “I am not interested in sending statements to Manchester City or anyone else. I want to win football games,” he said. “I couldn’t care less really. We are not in a race with other Premier League teams each weekend.” Right from the start, Salah was in the thick of the action when he surged onto Naby Keita’s long pass, but the Egyptian’s chip sailed high over the bar. Andros Townsend came within inches of giving Palace the lead against the run of play when he cut in from the right flank and unleashed a superb 25-yard strike that cannoned off the crossbar. – ‘Cheat’ chants -================== Klopp’s men finally made the breakthrough just seconds before half-time. Roberto Firmino’s pass found Salah just inside the Palace area and when Sakho caught him with an out-stretched leg, the Egyptian’s slightly delayed tumble didn’t dissuade Oliver from giving the penalty. Salah has previous for diving and incensed Palace fans were quick to aim “cheat” chants at him, but there appeared just enough contact to warrant the spot-kick. Milner, ignoring the sound and fury, nervelessly sent Wayne Hennessey the wrong way with his spot-kick. After Wilfried Zaha’s run earned a second-half free-kick in a dangerous position, Palace captain Luka Milivojevic whipped the set-piece goalwards, only for Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker to make a superb save low to his left. Salah didn’t tire despite his prodigious work-rate and it was his blistering break that induced the lunge from Wan-Bissaka which triggered his red card. The young full-back, who had been left alone as the last line of defence, hardly made contact with Salah, but again Oliver ruled in Liverpool’s favour. As Palace threw men forward in the final moments, Senegal winger Mane put the result beyond doubt when he sprinted clear, rounded Hennessey and slotted home. “In these moments the fuel is really low and maybe the players need a bit of help from an angry manager — ‘run or I will kill you’ — and they did that,” Klopp smiled. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

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Purported Nova Scotia beer bandit inspires Cape Breton band to write song

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. – A purported Cape Breton beer bandit named Terry whose alleged exploits became famous in a Facebook post last week has inspired a namesake song that has itself now gone viral.It started last week when a Facebook account with the user name Ronnie Talbot posted in the Cape Breton Rant Room about someone — identified by a Tim Hortons worker as ‘Terry from the Pier’ — who allegedly stole beer from his truck while he was inside the coffee shop.“Does anyone know a guy named Terry from the Pier? He’s got a stupid … haircut if that helps,” the Sept. 25 post said.“Him and another young fella stole a 24 out of the bed of my truck while I was taking a piss in Tim’s. I was on my way out when I saw them jump into a green Pontiac Bonneville… So help me Jesus Terry if I find you you’re (expletive).”The authenticity of the post has not been verified, but it has nevertheless been widely shared and garnered hundreds of colourful comments — and even prompted a crowdfunding effort to replace the “24 of Keith’s” that had raised $340 more than its $60 goal by Thursday afternoon.Now, Cape Breton band Pretty Archie has put their own spin on the alleged beer burglary.In video posted to Facebook that amassed 89,000 views in 19 hours, two members of the group are shown singing a folk-style song in a hotel room called “Terry stole the beer,” using the original post as the basis for the tune’s lyrics.“Well gather ’round all you b’ys and let me tell you this. I pulled into a Timmy’s, got out to take a piss. The Bonneville’s closing door was all that I could hear. I saw the stupid haircut: Terry stole my beer,” the band sings in a video that was culminating thousands of views an hour on Thursday.The band finishes the song with a true Cape Breton plea: “Terry b’y, do the right thing. Give the beer back,” lead singer Brian Cathcart declares.One Facebook commenter noted that people from Cape Breton “take beer theft very seriously.”— By Aly Thomson in Halifaxlast_img read more

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