Mohamed Salah tells fans the Champions League final is not about him against Cristiano Ronaldo

Mohamed Salah celebrates after helping Liverpool beat Roma over two legs to reach the final in Kiev.
Updated 03 May 2018
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Mohamed Salah tells fans the Champions League final is not about him against Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Champions League final will pit Egyptian ace against Portuguese star Ronaldo.
  • Salah has scored 43 goals in a stunning debut season at Anfield and is now a favorite for the Ballon d'Or

Mohamed Salah has told fans that the Champions League final will not be a personal duel between himself and Cristiano Ronaldo, rather a battle between the collective might of two great clubs — Liverpool and Real Madrid.
The Reds lost their semifinal second leg to Roma 4-2 on Wednesday, but the defeat was not enough to stop Liverpool’s march to the final, with Jurgen Klopp’s men going through 7-6 on aggregate.
That has set up a mouth-watering showdown in Kiev against the defending champions and the prospect of battle between Salah and Ronaldo. The Egyptian ace has had a superb season at Anfield, scoring 43 goals, earning him rave reviews and comparisons with Lionel Messi and the Portuguese star.
But keen to emphasize the fact that Liverpool’s route to their eighth Champions League final has been far from a one-man show, Salah told fans that he is only focused on winning the trophy for his team and not proving he is the best player in the world.
“I know all of the Arab people wish the best for me, and they are happy every time I win, but now at the moment I am only thinking about the final and to bring the trophy to Anfield,” Salah said.
“It is not going to be a final between Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo. I am playing for a great club and we have great players, so qualifying to the final came with great teamwork. I cannot do it alone — it is collective work. When we score a goal it’s because we are all doing good, when we concede it means we all need to work harder.”
Klopp meanwhile has warned his side that the job is only half done, and that getting to the final will mean nothing unless they can beat the defending champions a lift the club’s sixth Champions League.
“Going to a final is really nice, but winning is even nicer. We will be ready, but it is Real Madrid,” Klopp said. “You cannot be more experienced in this competition 
than Real Madrid. They are in the final four times in the last five years and still together. They are experienced, we are not, but we will be really on fire.”


Sarfraz Ahmed happy after Pakistan fight back against Australia in Abu Dhabi

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Sarfraz Ahmed happy after Pakistan fight back against Australia in Abu Dhabi

  • Pakistan captain scores 96 after criticism having made just 74 runs in previous six Test innings.
  • Australia closed the day at 20 for two, trailing by 262 runs.

ABU DHABI: Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed said he was happy that he responded to pressure from all sides with a brilliant 96 on Tuesday on the first day of the second Test against Australia.
The 31-year-old added 147 runs for the sixth wicket with opener Fakhar Zaman — who also scored 96 — to lift Pakistan from a precarious 57 for five to 282 all out at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Australia closed the day at 20 for two, trailing by 262 runs with eight wickets in hand.
After his below-par 15-run innings and weak wicketkeeping in the first Test which ended with his team unable to turn a strong position into a victory, Sarfraz faced calls for his sacking as Test captain.
“Yeah the pressure was there, definitely,” said Sarfraz, who had made just 74 runs in the his six previous Test innings.
“A lot of it. You know it’s coming from all corners. Somebody is saying leave Test cricket, somebody is saying leave captaincy, some are saying leave him out of the team.
“When all this happens and you score runs then it’s a bit of relief and then to do it in a situation where you were 57 for five and in a really bad shape...”
Sarfraz said Pakistan had fought back admirably having seen Australia spinner spinner Nathan Lyon had rocked Pakistan in the morning, reaching lunch with figures of four for 12.
“It’s good that we scored 282 and then got two wickets, including that of Usman Khawaja because he can play a long innings, so I think it has become even for both the teams now,” said Sarfraz.
Sarfraz praised Zaman, who is playing his first Test.
“Fakhar played a brilliant knock and I got very good confidence from him because I like that the other batsmen rotate the strike and he did that and played brilliantly in his first match.
“He deserved credit for doing so well.”
The first Test in the two-match series ended in a draw in Dubai last week.