Sacking of coach works for Thailand as they beat Bahrain

Thailand claimed only their second ever win at the Asian Cup. (AFP)
Updated 10 January 2019

Sacking of coach works for Thailand as they beat Bahrain

In terms of ideal preparation for a group game at the Asian Cup, sacking the manager after a poor 90 minutes, barely 48 hours before your second, must-win, match would not be at the top of most people’s lists.
But, bizarrely, that is what worked for Thailand who having axed Milovan Rajevac after their opening 4-1 loss to India registered only their second ever win at the Asian Cup with a 1-0 victory over Bahrain.
Blond talisman Chanathip “Messi Jay” Songkrasin was the hero for the War Elephants — the Consadole Sapporo midfielder’s second-half strike enough to get the points and reignite their campaign.
Early on it seemed as if only one result was possible with Thailand having no shots on target as Bahrain controlled the first half. Mohamed Jasim Marhoon and Sayed Dhiya Saeed came closest to firing the Gulf side in front as they forced goalkeeper Chatchai Bootprom into a sharp double save.
It was a miss they would end up regretting as bleach-blond Chanathip, whose fans compare him to Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi, put the Thais in the driving seat near the hour-mark with a superbly struck first-time shot that rocketed past Sayed Shubbar Alawi in the Bahrain goal.
Chatchai then saved brilliantly from Ali Jaafar Madan’s snap-shot as Bahrain hunted for the equalizer, while Adisak Kraisorn, fed by Chanathip, belted one off the post at the other end.


Liverpool cleared to win Premier League at Anfield

Atletico Madrid’s Marcos Llorente scores a goal against Liverpool during their match in London. The Reds will play against Everton on June 21. (Reuters/File)
Updated 06 June 2020

Liverpool cleared to win Premier League at Anfield

  • All remaining 92 Premier League games this season will be played behind closed doors, but there are fears that hosting the game in Liverpool could encourage supporters to congregate around stadiums

LONDON: Premier League leaders Liverpool could claim a first title for 30 years at Anfield after the initial batch of fixtures of the restart was announced on Friday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men, with a commanding 25-point lead at the top of the table, were just two wins away from clinching the title before coronavirus forced the suspension of football in March.
Liverpool’s first match back is against Everton on June 21. The Merseyside derby is due to take place at Goodison Park, less than a mile from Anfield, but a venue has not been confirmed by the Premier League. Crystal Palace will then visit Anfield three days later.
Wins in both of those matches would guarantee Liverpool’s first English top-flight title since 1990. But if Manchester City lose at home to Arsenal on June 17, the Reds would be champions if they beat Everton.
Liverpool City Council’s safety advisory group will meet next week to make a decision on whether the game can go ahead at Goodison or should be moved to a neutral venue.
All remaining 92 Premier League games this season will be played behind closed doors, but there are fears that hosting the game in Liverpool could encourage supporters to congregate around stadiums.

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Liverpool’s first match back is against Everton on June 21. The Merseyside derby is due to take place at Goodison Park, less than a mile from Anfield, but a venue has not been confirmed by the Premier League. Crystal Palace will then visit Anfield three days later.

The only other match that could be moved to a neutral venue from the first three rounds of fixtures is Liverpool’s visit to City on July 2.
The mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, voiced fears that “there would be many thousands of people who would turn up outside Anfield” on the day Liverpool’s long wait for a league title was ended.
That has been disputed by the club, who said they have engaged with supporters’ groups to make sure social-distancing guidelines are followed.
Aston Villa will host Sheffield United in the first match of “Project Restart,” followed by Arsenal’s trip to City on June 17.
Manchester United’s visit to Tottenham will spearhead the first full round of matches spread over four days from June 19 to 22.
Premier League CEO Richard Masters said: “We know it won’t be the same without our loyal supporters in stadiums but, together with our broadcast partners, we are able to ensure fans can watch or listen to each match live from home.”