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

Yasiel Puig shaken up and Dodgers lose to Marlins

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Mattingly said Fife a favorable review.“I thought Stephen was really good for us,” Mattingly said. “He kept us in the game and was able to stay with those guys.”The Marlins improved the big leagues’ best home record to 13-5, while their 2-10 road record is the worst in the majors.The Dodgers came from behind three times, and a blown save cost Fernandez the victory. With Marlins closer Steve Cishek unavailable after pitching in three consecutive games, A.J. Ramos (2-0) tried to protect a one-run lead in the ninth for his first career save. But Chone Figgins walked and scored on a double by Andre Ethier with no outs.A diving stop by shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and an overturned call on a force play at second base helped the Marlins escape the inning with the score tied.Hechavarria started the bottom of the ninth with a single off Jamey Wright (2-2) and advanced to third on a sacrifice and a groundout.Baker followed with a drive to right, and a retreating Puig slammed his head and lower left leg against the fence. The ball deflected off the wall and hit Puig in the face, and he collapsed to his stomach.Puig was slow to walk off the field but passed a concussion test. The Dodgers said his status is day to day.“He hit the wall good,” Mattingly said. “He seemed to be OK when he was walking in, but I’m sure they are going to keep looking at him. He almost made an unbelievable play.”Fernandez avoided a serious injury in the fifth when he was hit on the back of the left leg by a sharp grounder hit by Dee Gordon. Asked if he expected to make his next start, Fernandez said, “Probably I will be fine.”Fernandez went on to pitch seven innings, left with a 4-3 lead and remained unbeaten at home in 20 career starts. But he lacked his customary command, allowing four walks, and they led to both earned runs against him.“It wasn’t an easy game,” Fernandez said. “Like everybody knows, the Dodgers are one of the best teams in the league. That’s why they get paid the way they get paid.”NOTES >> Outfielder Nick Buss, designated for assignment by the Dodgers on April 30, was claimed by Oakland. … Zack Greinke (5-0, 2.04 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound when the Dodgers open a series today at Washington. MIAMI — Just up from Triple-A and matched against one of baseball’s best pitchers, Stephen Fife kept the game close.The Dodgers’ right-hander pitched six-plus innings in his 2014 big league debut, but Jeff Baker hit a winning RBI double off the wall with two outs in the ninth that gave the Miami Marlins a 5-4 win Sunday.Fife (0-1) stayed in the game longer than Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who was pulled for a pinch hitter in the seventh with Miami leading 4-3.“Trying to stick with Fernandez, I think that was pretty dang good,” Fife said. “That’s a good pitcher over there, so I tried to keep my team in the game as long as possible.”center_img Los Angeles was in it until Baker’s drive. Right fielder Yasiel Puig slammed into the wall trying for an acrobatic catch and was shaken up but not seriously hurt.Teammates ran out to check on him while the Marlins celebrated their wild victory.“We still had a chance to win right to the very end,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.Fife was recalled before the game from Albuquerque to start for left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, sidelined by a sore shoulder. The right-hander gave up four runs, all on homers — two by Giancarlo Stanton and one by Christian Yelich.“I was throwing righties a lot of curve balls, and lefties a lot of changeups,” Fife said. “Unfortunately, I hang two that leave the yard.”last_img read more

India’s Australian tour date tentatively revealed!

first_imgImage Courtesy: GettyAdvertisement 9mjoyupNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsg5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3p( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) m3gWould you ever consider trying this?😱1an22Can your students do this? 🌚21Roller skating! Powered by Firework The novel Coronavirus pandemic has not only caused a major disruption in human lives all around the world, it effectively put a complete halt to all sporting activities, including cricket. The fans of the gentleman’s game are now more than two months without any cricketing action to enjoy, and from many international tours to the 2020 Indian Premier League- a number of fixtures have met with either cancellation or postponement. However, the time has come for the fans to rejoice- as the dates of Team India’s tour of Australia has been provisional revealed!Advertisement Image Courtesy: GettyThe four-match Test series between the historical rivals has been confirmed to tentatively start on 3rd December, and Brisbane has been elected as the first venue, along with three other, confirmed by Cricket Australia.The BCCI has also confirmed the joint decision with the Australian board, and the Men in Blue will fly to face the Aussies at the end of this year, provided that the COVID-19 crisis doesn’t turn worse in the country by then.Advertisement Australia has been able to curb the spread of COVID-19, with 6553 patients having recovered out of 7131 affected till date, and a low death toll of 102.“Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday ticked off on the Test series beginning in Brisbane on December 3 before heading to Adelaide from December 11 and Melbourne and Sydney for the traditional Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year Tests (January 3),” Australian media outlet 7news.com.au quoted.Advertisement Even if the red ball series receives a green light to commence, the matches are speculated to be behind closed doors, as a crowded stadium would still bear a potential risk of contamination.“With Australia’s coronavirus situation easing, the series looks certain to go ahead without the need for a quarantine hub. The entire tour taking place in one city had been a possibility but the biggest question now is whether – or how many – fans will be allowed to attend the matches,” 7news.com.au added.CA is also expected to release their international schedule for 2020-21 season this Friday.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Why Mitchell Starc feels saliva ban won’t affect bowling in IndiaHere is why gold medallist boxer Anant Chopade is working in a farm! Advertisementlast_img read more