Riou’s hopes sink after hitting bouy

Updated 25 November 2012
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Riou’s hopes sink after hitting bouy

PARIS: Frenchman Vincent Riou, one of the favorites to win the solo, round-the-world Vendee Globe yacht race, may become the seventh skipper to pull out after colliding with a metallic bouy yesterday.
Riou won the 2004-2005 race but had to be saved by another skipper Jean Le Cam in 2008-2009 after running into trouble last time out in the four-yearly event.
“I heard the collision at 05h00, a huge cracking sound, and the boat is badly damaged with a 130cm rip down the right side, four or five meters from the stern,” explained Riou, who was uninjured in the accident.
“Right now no decision has been made, we’re just trying too analyze the situation to see if it’s possible to carry on,” he added.
“I’m not far off finding a way of mending it, but it could take time because of the heat (30C) and humidity, so it’s tricky,” he said.
The skipper also has problems with a mast support cable, which also looked tricky to fix.
“It’s a delicate situation because I’m a long way from land and any place I can take some shelter to carry out repairs.” “My priority is to find a way of making solid repairs and carrying on with the race in complete safety. I need to feel complete confidence in the boat before we go out into the South Sea,” explained the 40-year-old sailor.
He had been in third position this morning some 83.4 miles behind leader Armel Le Cléac’h, off the coast of Brazil.
If he pulls out he would be the seventh of 20 skippers to fall foul of the grueling, two-months-long solo round-the-world race.

Two weeks after leaving Les Sables d’Olonne, the race’s departure point on the west coast of France, 14 of the 18m single-hull vessels remain after Samantha Davies, Louis Burton, Marc Guillemot, Kito de Pavant, Jeremie Beyou and Zbigniew Gutkowski all pulled out.
Le Cléac’h leads the chase for one of sailing’s top prizes 52 nautical miles ahead of François Gabart and 74.7 ahead of Jean Pierre Dick.


Sublime Mohamed Salah leads Liverpool to stunning 5-2 win over Roma

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Sublime Mohamed Salah leads Liverpool to stunning 5-2 win over Roma

  • Liverpool move onto 38 goals for this season’s competition — 11 more than any other team
  • Salah is now on 43 goals for the season in all competitions

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah put his former side Roma to the sword on Tuesday night with a scintillating performance as the Reds ran riot at Anfield, taking a commading 5-2 lead into next week’s second leg in Rome.
The Italian side had no answer to the Egyptian superstar’s sublime skill as he scored two world-class goals and set up another two for Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Firmino added the fifth as the Merseyside club romped into a 5-0 lead to put the English side within touching distance of the Champions League final.
Salah’s display was as exquisite as Roma’s defending was naive, with Liverpool scoring all of its goals in a breathtaking 33-minute spell either side of halftime amid a cauldron of noise at Anfield.
But two consolation goals in the final nine minutes from Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti has given Roma hope of recreating their heroics from the previous leg against Barcelona.
In the latest virtuoso performance of his stunning first season at Liverpool, Salah curled a shot into the top corner in the 36th minute and doubled the lead in the 45th with a dinked finish that is fast becoming his trademark. He is now on 43 goals for the season in all competitions with potentially five games left.
The Egypt forward wasn’t finished there, taking advantage of Roma’s high defensive line to provide crosses for Mane and Firmino to score almost identical goals in the 56th and 61st minutes, respectively.
Firmino glanced home a header from James Millner’s corner in the 69th to leave Roma’s players on the floor — literally in the case of its distressed goalkeeper, Alisson.
Liverpool moved onto 38 goals for this season’s competition — 11 more than any other team — but cannot begin preparing for the final in Kiev on May 26 quite yet.
Dzeko chested down a long pass to make it 5-1 in the 81st and when Milner handled a shot from Radja Nainggolan, Perotti converted the penalty in the 89th.
Bayern Munich plays Real Madrid in the other semifinal, with the first leg in Germany on Wednesday.
Roma knows all about Salah, who scored 15 goals and set up 11 more in the second of his two seasons at the Italian club before joining Liverpool for 42 million euros (then $47 million) in June.
He’s obliterating those figures at Anfield this season. His double saw him surge past Cristiano Ronaldo’s 42 goals for Manchester United in the 2007-08 season, for example.
Salah won English soccer’s Player of the Year award on Sunday. At this rate, the Ballon D’Or could be his next year.