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Adrian the hero as Liverpool beat Chelsea to win UEFA Super Cup

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Every penalty in the shoot-out had been successful before Mohamed Salah stepped up to convert Liverpool’s fifth kick at the home of Besiktas. Substitute Abraham then had his effort saved by Adrian, the summer signing only playing in the absence of the injured Allison Becker.

It is Liverpool’s fourth Super Cup victory, with their last coming in 2005 on the back of their memorable Champions League triumph, also in Istanbul.

They have now won 13 European trophies overall, and how their supporters would love to come back to the banks of the Bosphorus for the final of this season’s Champions League.

Sadio Mane had earlier been Liverpool’s star, cancelling out Olivier Giroud’s first-half strike to ensure the match ended 1-1 in 90 minutes, and then putting Jurgen Klopp’s team in front on 95 minutes.

But it was perhaps inevitable that French referee Stephanie Frappart would play a role in the outcome of the game.

The first woman to take charge of a major men’s match in European competition, Frappart gave Chelsea a penalty when Abraham went down under contact from Adrian. Jorginho — his name unfortunately wrongly spelled on the back of his shirt — netted the spot-kick.

He also scored in the shoot-out, but there would be no first trophy as Chelsea coach for Frank Lampard, who lost the Super Cup twice with the club as a player, including a defeat on penalties against Bayern Munich in 2013.

Lampard has stated a willingness to give youth a chance this season, although here he left Mason Mount and Abraham — aged just 20 and 21 respectively — on the bench.

Instead N’Golo Kante was deemed fit to play after a summer plagued by injury problems, while Giroud came in and Christian Pulisic made his full debut. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first start for Liverpool in 16 months after recovering from a serious knee injury.

The England midfielder released Salah for an early chance only for the Egyptian’s effort to be saved down low by Kepa Arrizabalaga. However, he generally struggled to make an impact on the left flank and was replaced at half-time by Roberto Firmino.

Chelsea had enjoyed the better of the opening 45 minutes, with Pedro Rodriguez crashing a shot off the bar midway through the first half before Adrian saved at the feet of Mateo Kovacic.

The opener arrived in the 36th minute, with Kante finding Pulisic and the American drawing several red shirts towards him before releasing Giroud to score first-time.

Shortly after that, Pulisic thought he had made it 2-0, but his fine finish was disallowed for offside by Frappart.

The introduction of Firmino helped change things completely at the start of the second half, though, with Liverpool needing little more than two minutes to draw level.

The Brazilian knocked the ball into the path of Mane, who scrambled home from close range despite Kepa getting a glove to it.

Kepa fared far better in the 75th minute, blocking Salah’s shot following Jordan Henderson’s corner and then reacting brilliantly to turn Virgil van Dijk’s follow-up onto the woodwork.

Brought on from the bench along with Abraham, Mount briefly thought he had restored Chelsea’s lead late on but his crisp low strike was disallowed.

On into extra time they went and, to the delight of the crowd, who were mostly supporting the European champions, Liverpool went 2-1 up thanks to that same combination.

Mane found Firmino near the byline and then latched onto the Brazilian’s cutback and fired home off the underside of the bar.

But, in the 101st minute of this match, Jorginho converted from the spot to bring back the possibility of a penalty shoot-out.

Having conceded that spot-kick, Adrian later produced a firm hand to deny Mount and was at it again as he denied Abraham to secure victory for his team.

 



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Two killed in truck accident outside Middelburg

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Two people were killed after a tanker truck overturned on the N11 Groblersdal Road, outside of Middelburg, on Sunday morning.

Shortly before 10.30, paramedics and emergency services personnel arrived on the scene to find that the truck had overturned several times and was lying on the side of the road.

ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said: “Paramedics found that one of the occupants from the truck was ejected during the rollover. Sadly, there was nothing that could be done for him and he was declared dead on the scene. A second occupant was found trapped inside of the cabin. He sustained fatal injuries and was also declared dead on the scene.”

Local authorities attended the scene.

Collision

Meanwhile, one person sustained serious injuries and another moderate injuries during a head-on collision between a truck and a bakkie along the Donkerhoek Road in Rustenburg on Saturday night.

One person sustained serious injuries and another
Image: Supplied/ER24

At about 20:00, paramedics arrived on the scene where they found the two mangled vehicles.

The driver of the truck sustained serious injuries and was rescued from the vehicle. The driver of the bakkie sustained moderate injuries and was treated on the scene.

Both were taken to a nearby hospital for further medical care, Vermaak said.

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Six Nations 2020: England beat Ireland to keep title hopes alive

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Six Nations: England v Ireland
England: (17) 24
Tries: Ford, Daly, Cowan-Dickie Pens: Farrell Cons: Farrell 3
Ireland: (0) 12
Tries: Henshaw, Porter Cons: Cooney

England ended Ireland’s Grand Slam hopes in brutal fashion as they rediscovered some of their World Cup form to reignite their own title hopes.

First-half tries from George Ford and Elliot Daly after Irish defensive errors plus two conversions and a penalty from Owen Farrell gave England a commanding 17-0 lead.

Ireland struck back with a try from Robbie Henshaw but with Johnny Sexton uncharacteristically wayward off the tee, they never seriously threatened a comeback.

Luke Cowan-Dickie drove over for England’s third midway through the second half, with replacement Andrew Porter’s late try no sort of consolation for Ireland.

With Wales at home in a fortnight before a trip to Italy, Eddie Jones’ men will believe they can finish the championship in style, although they may need Ireland to do them a favour and beat France in Dublin next month.

For the men in green and their head coach Andy Farrell it was a chastening afternoon, all the optimism created by the wins over Scotland and Wales leaching away in a display that was ponderous until the game was gone.

England capitalise on Irish errors

England began at a real lick, Manu Tuilagi punching holes through the middle and going close down the left before Andrew Conway hauled him down.

And the reward came when Ben Youngs stuck a grubber kick through, Sexton dithered and juggled in his own in-goal area and Ford seized on the loose ball to touch down.

Sexton then mis-kicked horribly with a straightforward penalty from 30 metres out and England set up camp again in the Ireland half.

Jonathan Joseph danced through in midfield after a mis-hit clearing kick from Conor Murray as Maro Itoje and CJ Stander scrapped in the 22, and England’s forwards hammered away at the Ireland line.

With a penalty coming, the men in white shaped to go wide, only for Ford to pop through another kick – and this time it was Jacob Stockdale who dallied, Daly diving onto the ball as Irish hands went to heads.

The scoreboard reflected the gulf between the two sides, England dynamic with ball in hand and ferocious in defence, Ireland laboured and error-ridden.

And Sexton’s miserable half was compounded when he was penalised for slowing the ball up, Farrell stroking over his kick to give England their biggest half-time lead over Ireland in 18 years.

England’s jabs hold Ireland at arm’s length

Ireland simply had to improve – and belatedly they did. An England knock-on from the restart gave away possession and the visitors finally chiselled out some territory too.

England managed to stop an Ireland driving maul from a line-out close in but the pressure kept coming.

Ireland won a penalty in front of the posts, opted for the scrum and eventually found space in the right-hand corner for Henshaw to burrow through two defenders and over the line.

But Sexton shanked the conversion just as he had the first-half penalty and the pressure ebbed away as Eddie Jones threw on Cowan-Dickie, Ellis Genge and Charlie Ewels.

England’s scrum, strong throughout, began to dominate and the penalties started to mount.

Farrell kicked to the corner, the forwards set up the maul from the line-out and Cowan-Dickie peeled off with Sam Underhill and Jonny May driving him on to roll over for England’s third try.

May was nearly clear on his own after seizing a loose ball from a messy Ireland ruck and appeared to be taken out by Henshaw after kicking the ball ahead, only for referee Jaco Peyper to wave play on.

And as the game stumbled towards the line, Porter rumbled over from a metre out for a try that made little difference to Ireland’s afternoon.

Man of the match: Courtney Lawes

A bravura performance in the back row from a man more normally seen in the second row. He made 14 tackles and eight carries in the hour he was on the pitch, setting the tone for a dominant England performance.

Line-ups

England: Daly; May, Tuilagi, Farrell (capt), Joseph; Ford, Youngs; Marler, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Kruis, Lawes, Underhill, Curry.

Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Genge, Stuart, Launchbury, Ewels, Earl, Heinz, Slade.

Ireland: Larmour; Conway, Henshaw, Aki, Stockdale; Sexton, Murray; Healy, Herring, Furlong, Toner, Ryan, O’Mahony, van der Flier, Stander.

Replacements: Kelleher, Kilcoyne, Porter, Dillane, Doris, Cooney, Byrne, Earls.

Referee: Jaco Peyper

Touch judges: Romain Poite & Alexandre Ruiz

TMO: Marius Jonker

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Women’s T20 World Cup highlights: England beaten by South Africa in thrilling finish

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England suffer a tense six-wicket defeat against South Africa as their Women’s T20 World Cup campaign began with a narrow loss in Perth.

MATCH REPORT: South Africa edge England in tense finish

WATCH MORE: Ismail takes great running catch to dismiss England captain Knight

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Fury reacts to win over Wilder

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Tyson Fury said he is accustomed to being written off because of his appearance after beating Deontay Wilder to win the WBC Heavyweight Championship in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Fury scored a seventh-round TKO after knocking Wilder down twice, leaving blood pouring from the Bronze Bomber’s ear.

Underestimate Fury at your peril

Wilder was on his heels early on against an aggressive Fury who came good on his promise to fight for a knockout.

“Last time I was over-trained and I was too light. I’m a man of my word, I told the world I was going for a knockout – we trained for a knockout,” Fury told BT Sport.

“People always write me off, they look at my belly and my bald head. I’ve had my problems, but he was fighting the real Gypsy King this time.”

Fury said in the ring after the fight and later on in the dressing room that he expected Wilder to ask for a rematch. Fury said that there was only one place it could take place and that was across the road from the MGM Grand Arena at the Raiders Stadium, an outdoor venue that holds 70,000.

“The spoils of war are fresh,” he said in the ring. “I need to enjoy this victory and Deontay needs time to recover. But I’m almost sure he’ll take the rematch because he’s a dynamite puncher and he can take someone out at any time.

“With that level of danger, you can always win a fight. I’m sure we’ll do it again if he wants to.

“If he doesn’t want to, I’m happy with whatever my promoters say. Whoever’s next gets the same treatment, that’s for sure.”

Wilder skipped the post-fight press conference in order to get the cut on his ear stitched up and conduct some precautionary checks with fears that the Fury right may have damaged his eardrum.

Fury gave Wilder credit for his toughness and said he expects him to become world champion again at some point in the future.

“Big shout-out to Deontay Wilder, he came here tonight, he manned up and really did show the heart of a champion,” said Fury

“I hit him with a clean right hand and dropped him and he got back up and battled on into round seven. He is a warrior, he will be back, he will be a champion again. But I will say, the king has returned to the top.” 

Wilder said in the ring that he didn’t want his corner to throw in the towel but conceded he had been well-beaten by Fury.

“The best man won tonight,” he said. “I had a lot of things going on heading into this fight. It is what it is, but I make no excuses tonight. I just wish my corner would have let me go out on my shield. I’m a warrior.

“He had a great performance and we will be back stronger. ‘Even the greatest have lost and came back, that is just part of it.”

Despite the likelihood of a rematch, Fury is expected to move on to a unification bout against fellow Brit Anthony Joshua.

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Proteas Women shock England at T20 World Cup

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Cape Town – The Proteas won their opening match at the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup by beating one of the tournament favourites England, by six wickets in Perth.

After they won the toss and elected to bowl, South Africa took regular wickets to restrict England to 123 for 8 in their allotted 20 overs with Ayobonga Khaka taking 3/25 in four overs.

She was well supported by captain Dane van Niekerk (2/20) and Marizanne Kapp (2/19).

Van Niekerk (46 off 51) and Kapp (38 off 33) then starred with the bat but with both falling by the 16th over, it was left to veteran Mignon du Preez (18*), playing in her 100th T20 international, to guide the Proteas home.

Next up, South Africa face Thailand in their second match at the tournament.

That takes place on Friday, February 28 at 06:00 (SA time).


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