Mohamed Salah scores in Liverpool win over ‘frustrated’ Fulham

Mohamed Salah capitalized on some quick thinking by Liverpool to maintain his impressive scoring record at Anfield in a 2-0 win over back-markers Fulham. (AFP)
Updated 11 November 2018
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Mohamed Salah scores in Liverpool win over ‘frustrated’ Fulham

LIVERPOOL: Mohamed Salah capitalized on some quick thinking by Liverpool to maintain his impressive scoring record at Anfield in a 2-0 win over back-markers Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.
Straight after Fulham had seen a goal disallowed for offside, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson took a quick free kick to find right back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who played in Salah to race in on goal and open the scoring in the 41st minute.
There were just 14 seconds between the flag being raised for offside and Salah finding the net at the other end of the field.
Xherdan Shaqiri scored the other goal in the 53rd minute, a cushioned volley into the corner from Andrew Robertson’s deep cross, as unbeaten Liverpool won for the ninth time in its opening 12 games.
And Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp remained coy about the disallowed goal in his after-match interview.
“It’s a good result and we have 30 points — that’s perfect. I only saw it once (Fulham’s offside ‘goal’), maybe it was offside, but we scored a good first goal and our second was brilliant.
“I expected this kind of game. It was harder but Fulham have a lot of quality and changed their approach. They didn’t give us any chance to press them and made life a little bit uncomfortable.”
Meanwhile, Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic could not hide the frustration of his side after the decision and wants VAR introduced into the Premier League as a result.
“I’ve checked the clips and (Andrew) Robertson didn’t squeeze up.
“This kind of decision has to be 100%. I understand it can sometimes be complicated. Many fouls are coming from the stand now.
“We showed some sign of improvement. We need to be brave. This game is behind us and we must look forward. We are frustrated after this kind of result. We must keep going and try and find a solution for our situation.”
While Salah could yet match his prolific scoring from last season, when he finished as the league’s top scorer with 32 goals, he is just part of Klopp’s project which has turned Liverpool into an irresistible force and in the mix to become English champions for a 19th time — for the first time since 1990.


Kusal Perera the hero as Sri Lanka pull off stunning run chase to beat South Africa in Durban

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Kusal Perera the hero as Sri Lanka pull off stunning run chase to beat South Africa in Durban

DURBAN: Sri Lanka pulled off a stunning against-the-odds run chase to beat South Africa by one wicket in the first Test on Saturday as Kusal Perera almost single-handedly won the game with his 153 not out.
Chasing an unlikely 304, Sri Lanka were 226-9 and seemingly out of it. But a last-wicket partnership of 78 between Perera and Vishwa Fernando took the tourists to a thrilling victory on the fourth day.
Perera scored 68 of those 78 runs, but Fernando hung in for 27 balls for his 6 not out to allow Perera to guide the tourists home.
Sri Lanka’s victory gives them a 1-0 lead in the short two-test series and ends South Africa’s run of seven straight home series wins.
Sri Lanka’s 304-9 was the third-highest successful run chase in nearly 100 years of Test cricket at the Kingsmead ground in Durban.
Perera won it with a late cut down to the boundary for four, prompting Sri Lankan players to sprint from the dressing room and out onto the pitch to congratulate their match winner. Perera removed his helmet and thrust both arms up in the air to celebrate one of the best innings ever by a Sri Lankan.
Sri Lanka have lost their last three series and had two debutants and a new captain for the first test, meaning few people gave the inexperienced visiting team a chance against South Africa.