Thrilling matches

Updated 12 December 2012
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Thrilling matches

Last Saturday and Sunday three of the postponed matches were played, Ittihad vs. Hilal being the most important one.
Although in my opinion the matches could have been better, it was still thrilling all in all. For Ittihad and Hilal, both teams had some shortcomings. Ittihad had a pretty good play even though it lost. During the first half, Hilal was doing okay but not much of a threat to Ittihad’s goalie. In the second half, Hilal made the win! This match put Hilal in first place, but it has to work hard to keep its spot.
As for the other two matches Ahli had a draw against Ra’aed that put the Jeddah-based side back to its disappointing position. Just when Ahli fans were starting to feel good because of the victory against Ittihad, their beloved team pulled a draw. Nasr, on the other hand, got an advantage from a draw against Fateh that hindered the latter from getting the No. 1 spot. They now need to win the other postponed match against Ahli to finally get to the top.
Last but not least, the AFC gave Saudi Arabia back its fourth spot for the Asian Champions League. Four teams will now compete for the coming championship that will start next March — Shabab, Ahli, Hilal and Ittifaq. Hilal was drawn in the toughest group. Needless to say, their management together with the players and coaches must work harder. I wish everyone luck, hopefully one of them will get the title.

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

Updated 25 April 2018
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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 their 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 was not 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 their 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 play 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.