West Ham claim first win over Liverpool at Anfield in 52 years

first_img The West Ham captain was harshly sent off late on, after Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho had already been shown a second yellow card, but Diafra Sakho made it 3-0 in added time and 18,978 days after Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters – before they were World Cup winners with England – scored at Anfield, the Hammers had their long-awaited victory. It was celebrated long and loud by the visiting fans and rightly so as the last time they had the chance to do so the Beatles had just achieved their second number one with She Loves You and a 17-year-old Northern Irishman called George Best had made his Manchester United debut. As if that was not enough, Coutinho, already cautioned for dissent, was sent off when he slipped trying to close down Dimitri Payet and brought down the midfielder with his body. It means the influential Brazilian playmaker will miss Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford when the Premier League resumes after the international break. None of which will matter to West Ham, who were full value for their two first-half goals. The lively Lanzini had a hand in both, sneaking in front of youngster Joe Gomez to turn in Aaron Cresswell’s low cross-shot before then totally embarrassing the hapless Lovren. Lanzini, considerably smaller and lightweight, outmuscled the 6ft 2ins international out by the touchline and although the centre-back managed to recover possession, he then messed about near the byline and was robbed again as his tormentor crossed for Noble to drive home, whose afternoon was spoiled late by the bizarre decision of referee Kevin Friend to send him off for a challenge on debutant Danny Ings. Roberto Firmino came closest for a shot-shy Liverpool, crashing a 25-yard effort against the post in the first half on the way to their first defeat of the campaign. The curse of the manager’s press conference came to the fore as after praising the new defensive stability which brought three clean sheets, Brendan Rodgers saw his side concede the fastest goal of the season so far to Manuel Lanzini inside three minutes. Rodgers had also championed Dejan Lovren for overcoming his problems in his maiden season and showing he could be a “top-class” centre-back but the £20milion Croatian repaid his manager’s praise with a disastrous piece of defending to allow Mark Noble to score. West Ham ended one of the longest winless runs in top-flight history with their first victory at Anfield in almost 52 years as Liverpool’s defensive problems returned to haunt them in spectacularly bad style. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Statistics in Anfield since 1963….boommm 0-3!!Excellent work boys very proud of you #COYI.” – West Ham’s suspended goalkeeper Adrian could not hide his delight after his side made history in his absence. https://twitter.com/AdriSanMiguel/status/637655778703376385 – @AdriSanMiguel PLAYER RATINGS Liverpool Simon Mignolet 6 Nathaniel Clyne 6 Martin Skrtel 5 Dejan Lovren 4 Joe Gomez 4 Lucas Leiva 5 James Milner 6 Emre Can 5 Roberto Firmino 6 Philippe Coutinho 6 Christian Benteke 5 Substitutes Alberto Moreno 5 Danny Ings 6 Jordon Ibe 5 West Ham Darren Randolph 6 James Tomkins 7 Winston Reid 7 Angelo Ogbonna 7 Aaron Cresswell 6 Mark Noble 6 Pedro Obiang 6 Dimitri Payet 7 Manuel Lanzini 7 Diafra Sakho 6 Substitutes Reece Oxford 5 Matt Jarvis 5 Josh Cullen 5 STAR PLAYER Manuel Lanzini. Made the vital breakthrough early on and then his persistence was rewarded with an assist for the second. He offered a lively outlet down the right all match. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Dejan Lovren losing, regaining and then losing possession again all in the space of 20 seconds to Lanzini, who set up the crucial second goal. VIEW FROM THE BENCH West Ham manager Slaven Bilic was animated from the start and increasingly so in the closing stages as he willed his side on to an historic victory. Even before half-time Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was scribbling furiously in his notebook. He made changes in the second half but none had any effect on the game. MOAN OF THE MATCH Referee Kevin Friend seemed to be officiating a different game to the one most were watching. Got Mark Noble’s red card wrong and was far too lenient with a number of niggly fouls. WHO’S UP NEXT? Manchester United v Liverpool (Premier League, Saturday 12 September) West Ham v Newcastle (Premier League, Monday 14 September) Press Associationlast_img read more

Valeria Salazar guides Syracuse to 6-1 win against Cornell in return from respite

first_imgValeria Salazar stepped up a couple of feet on the court. She dug her feet in, ready for her opponent’s return. The ball came and, as it seemed to be headed toward her partner, Anna Shkudun, Salazar stuck out her racket and deflected the ball to the other side of the court.Salazar yelled “point!” and instantly ran to hug her teammate at the service line. As they walked to the net to shake the opposing team’s hands, they were still holding onto each other with grins on their face.“The last match wasn’t very good and we didn’t play very well the first doubles match either,” Salazar said, “so we were happy that we finally played better.”Despite being down 40-15 in the final game, Salazar and Shkudun were able to string together a comeback. Combined with strong serves and being vocal with one another on the court, the duo was able to give Syracuse (3-0) its first point of the meet. The Orange never looked back, beating Cornell (2-1), 6-1, at Drumlins Country Club on Sunday. Shkudun and Salazar have now played three matches together this season, losing just once.“I think (Valeria and Anna) are one of the best teams in the country. They’re very talented,” head coach Younes Limam said. “They both feed off of each other.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile she did appear in the doubles match against Liberty yesterday, Salazar sat out during the singles match to rest and ice herself. The day off did not leave her rusty, proving so in her performance on the court on Sunday.“If anything (the day off) helped. I got surgery during the summer. It’s kind of a chronic injury, I can’t do anything about it,” Salazar said. “We were just trying to save myself so I can last throughout the whole season.”After Salazar and Shkudun’s doubles win to put Syracuse ahead of Cornell by a point, Salazar focused on her singles match. In the first set, the game was back-and-forth.The lead fluctuated often and, at times, Salazar made little mistakes to let her opponent creep back in. Other times, the ball landed just out of bounds, and when Cornell’s Dena Tanenbaum raised her finger, Salazar questioned her and became flustered. Whenever a similar situation happened, associate head coach Shelley George was right there to calm down and refocus the junior.“After every point’s over with, you basically say let it go, let’s start over,” George said. “You have to basically start it up each time. It’s just reminding (Valeria). She’s got good habits on the court.”All the fans shifted their attention to the singles match between Salazar and Tanenbaum. The players who had finished, or did not play, crowded around and cheered on each point. The phrases “Go Red!” and “Go Orange” were screamed over and over. Ahead 6-5 on the tiebreak, Salazar hit a return that Tanenbaum failed to hit over the net. Salazar smiled, as Tanenbaum dropped her head down in anger.Salazar finished the game strong and walked away with another singles win to add to this season’s undefeated singles record. The junior has become one of the more reliable options for Limam and Syracuse, as she is penciled in at No. 1 for doubles and No. 2 for singles.“[Valeria] was awesome today. Valeria is a gamer,” George said. “Whatever the situation is, she’s going to give her best effort. Good things come from a fighter like that on the court.” Comments Published on January 31, 2016 at 4:54 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more