Reds win Carling Cup on penalties

February 27, 2012


“Liverpool overcame conceding a 118th-minute equaliser to win the Carling Cup on penalties against Cardiff City on Sunday. Steven Gerrard saw the Reds’ first penalty of the shoutout saved by Tom Heaton, but cousin Anthony missed Cardiff’s decisive final spot-kick to hand the Merseyside club their first significant piece of silverware since 2006. Gerrard, on as a substitute, was consoled by his relative at the final whistle – as Kenny Dalglish and his side were finally able to celebrate their success after a rollercoaster afternoon that had numerous twists and turns.” ESPN

Liverpool hopes Carling Cup triumph is springboard for success
“As Cup final victories go, Liverpool’s Carling Cup final success (3-2 in a penalty shootout) over Cardiff City on Sunday was particularly unconvincing. When a Premier League team plays a side from a lower division, even if it plays a team from lower down the same division, anticlimax is probably the best it can hope for; to win by a comfortable two- or three-goal margin.” SI – Jonathan Wilson

Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher Ruins Sky’s Andy Burton
“After yesterday’s Carling Cup Final Sky stooge Adam Burton asked Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher if his celebrations were part of a long farewell. As you can see, Carra enquires if ‘he’s the coach’ then tells him he was ‘lucky to keep his job after that Wolves game.’ Legend.” Sabotage Times (Video)

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floodlight fancy

February 27, 2012

“Everyone loves football floodlights. They do. Don’t look at me like that, it’s true. Too often dispensed with in modern stadia design floodlights are a metal lattice-work of nostalgia, a reminder of a simpler game; a floodlight would never issue a ‘come and get me plea’, a floodlight will never be lamented for taking a club as far as it can. Floodlights not only illuminate the game we love, but have often served as a beacon as well, guiding us to the fixtures we seek to attend, beckoning us like Gatsby’s green light on the end of the dock. Sure, we’ve ended up at the occasional goods yard, but is the thrill not often in the chase?” floodlight fancy


Ghost Goals That Haunt Soccer

February 27, 2012

“It’s one of the great mysteries of soccer: In a sport where the objective is to score goals, why do we put up with needless uncertainty about whether the ball has actually crossed the line? Why doesn’t soccer use the technological tools at its disposal to objectively determine whether the very raison d’être of the game has actually taken place? Soccer has a long history of so-called ghost goals.” WSJ


Milan 1-1 Juventus: Emanuelson nullifies Pirlo and robs Juve of their spare man too

February 27, 2012


“1st v 2nd in Serie A – Milan remain a point ahead, but Juve have a game in hand. Max Allegri still has big selection problems – Kevin-Prince Boateng joined the injury list, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic was suspended. Antonio Conte’s first nine names on the teamsheet were as expected – but Marco Borriello and Fabio Quagliarella upfront was a big surprise. The game finished level, but Milan were the better side here – Conte made mistakes, and Milan played well. The Juve coach seemed to accept this, saying, ‘First of all we must praise Milan, as they played for an hour at the highest level and put us under pressure with our own weapons. Where I see that we went wrong, it’s also because they made us go wrong.’ Accordingly, the majority of the report will be looking at how Milan outwitted Juve.” Zonal Marking

Milan’s ‘ghost goal’ against Juventus leaves Serie A on a knife-edge
“The Milan supporters behind the press box in the Tribuna Rossa craned their necks, trying to catch a replay on the journalists’ TV screens. Others reached for their phones to demand answers from friends sat watching at home. But most of the 50,000 in attendance at San Siro didn’t bother. They needed no confirmation of what they had already seen: Sulley Muntari’s header entering the Juventus goal before being pushed back out by Gigi Buffon.” Guardian

AC Milan 1-1 Juventus: Serie A Highlights
Caught Offside (Video)


Players strike in Peru points way forward

February 27, 2012

“Professional football walks an uneasy line between business and culture. As businesses go, football is unorthodox. Success is measured in trophies, not profits, and the relationship between the clubs is more like partners than true competitors. Clubs need each other and without enough opponents to sustain a season-long calendar there is no professional football.” BBC – Tim Vickery


Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham: Arsenal complete an amazing comeback

February 27, 2012

“Tottenham went 2-0 up but then lost their shape completely and conceded five. Arsene Wenger had something approaching his first-choice back four available. He used Tomas Rosicky in the Aaron Ramsey role in midfield, and Yossi Benayoun getting a start on the left. Harry Redknapp picked two out-and-out strikers upfront, with Rafael van der Vaart and Aaron Lennon only on the bench and Niko Kranjcar making a surprise start on the right of midfield.” Zonal Marking