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Harare City beat CAPS United 7-6 after penalty shootout

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Lloyd Chitembwe

Lloyd Chitembwe avenged the league defeat at the hands of his former paymasters at the National Sports Stadium yesterday as Harare City knocked CAPS United out of the all-inclusive Chibuku Super Cup.

After toiling in an otherwise lifeless 90 minutes, where both sides failed to find the back of the net, the two sides needed a penalty shootout to determine a winner.

From the nine taken by either side, the municipal side scored seven while the green machine-scored six.

Walter Mukanga, Maxwell Nyamupanedengu, Marshall Machazane, Moses Muchenje, Tatenda Tumba, Ishmael Wadi and Raymond Uchena scored for City.

The fact that the duo of Emmanuel Ziocha and Takudzwa Chimwemwe missed their efforts did not count at the end of the day.

For the Green machine, veteran defender Method Mwanjale, Joel Ngodzo, Ronald Chitiyo, Blessing Sarupinda, Carlos Rusere and Clive Rupiya all scored.

However, their efforts were undone by the trio of captain Hardlife Zvirekwi, Chris Mverechena and Phinias Bamusi, who missed chances.

Chitembwe hogged the limelight moments before Uchena scored the winning penalty when he jogged out of the field as if it to signal the end of the contest.

But at the post-match media conference, the interim Warriors assistant coach revealed that he could barely watch the final spot-kick as he was not prepared for any heartache.

“The game was taking its toll, we had three situations that we were in control and at some point, it appeared as if we were losing control.

“So honestly speaking, I did not want to experience the agony of losing the game when we looked like we were in control. That is the reason I did not want to be part of the last moments.”

“It is not really important to look at the past, football is all about the present and the future, so the past is no longer important. We just want to celebrate this moment and look at our next game.

“All the same, it was a good performance and I think we really controlled the game, especially in the second half. Overall I think the players did very well,” said Chitembwe.

CAPS United controlled the game in the opening stanza and should have taken the lead going to the breather, with good chances going to Ngodzo and Dominic Mukandi.

Moments after the half-time pep talk, Chitiyo got a perfect chance to break the deadlock but failed to control his header when he received a good cross from Mukandi.

The City fathers later wrestled control of the match in the second half.

Wadi failed to beat Prosper Chigumba in a one-on-one situation. Muchenje also had a perfect chance to seal the winner.

Before the penalty kicks, CAPS United gaffer Darlington Dodo had brought in substitute goalkeeper Chris Mverechena to save the penalties but the shot-stopper failed to inspire his men.

“It was a tactical move. At the training, we saw that he is better in terms of saving penalties as compared to Prosper (Chigumba).

“We are disappointed because we expected to go further than this, it is just unfortunate.

“It was not a very good or very bad performance. We had some moments in which we did the right things, we also had some great moments,” said Dodo.

Teams:

CAPS United: P Chigumba (C Mverechena 90), H Zvirekwi, G Goriyati, M Mwanjale, C Rusere, D Mukandi, J Ngodzo, P Bamusi, C Rupiya, J Zhuwawo (R Chitiyo 46’), N Sianchali (B Sarupinda 85)

Harare City: M Nyamupanedengu, M Machazani, W Manondo (T Tumba 60), M Nyenye Diro, J Chipangura (W Mukanga 90), T Chimwemwe, R Uchena, T Tavengwa, M Muchenje, M Vengesayi (E Ziocha 90), I Wadi

Source – The SundayMail

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Australia 25 – 29 Wales #RWC2019

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Wales survived a fierce second-half comeback from Australia to celebrate their greatest victory in a Rugby World Cup and take command of Pool D.

Their win in a pulsating encounter at Tokyo Stadium makes them very strong favourites to top the pool and means they are likely to avoid meeting England and New Zealand before the final.

Wales saw an 18-point lead whittled down to just one point with 12 minutes left but they held on to secure only their second victory over the Wallabies in 15 games.

Their first Rugby World Cup success – sealed with a kiss from winger George North on skipper Alun Wyn Jones – against one of the southern hemisphere big three for 32 years showed they are contenders.

“That was one of the toughest test matches they have played in a long, long time. But this team has grown up in terms of game management,” said head coach Warren Gatland. “They deserve a bit of a celebration tonight.

“We have learnt from the experiences of the past. We were under a lot of pressure in the second half but I think our composure and fitness showed at the end.

“The pool is in our destiny now, but we won’t be taking any of our opponents for granted. We know Fiji will be hurting in our next match. We have to remain clinical, that’s what top teams do.”

Australia looked a different side after a poor first half, which Wales led 23-8 after head coach Michael Cheika’s decision to recall the experienced half-back duo of Will Genia and Bernard Foley backfired.

All the talk beforehand was about the kicking threat of Wales’s outside-half Dan Biggar, but Gatland’s men showed right from off they were prepared to run the ball from deep.

Biggar gave them the perfect start with a drop goal inside the first minute. Then, on 13 minutes, from his cross-field chip centre, Hadleigh Parkes outjumped wing Marika Koroibete to score a try.

The Wallabies overturned an eight-point deficit in their opening game against Fiji and found some momentum as centre Samu Kerevi – looking a threat every time he had possession – punched a hole in the Wales defence.

Foley’s cross-field kick fell into the arms of recalled wing Adam Ashley-Cooper, who plunged over. But Foley missed a relatively simple conversion.

Fly-half Foley and Rhys Patchell swapped penalties. Patchell was on as a replacement for Biggar, who had a Head Injury Assessment (HIA) for a try-saving tackle on Kerevi that ended his game.

Kerevi was given a severe lecture from French referee Romain Poite for leading with a high arm as he ran at Patchell, who was tackling him high. Wales were awarded a penalty, a decision that mystified Cheika.

He said it was no different to the incident that led to Australia winger Reece Hodge being banned for a dangerous tackle against Fiji.

Australia 25 - 29 Wales

“As a rugby player, a former player, I am embarrassed here,” said Cheika of Patchell’s tackle.

“It was pretty funny because I thought I had seen that tackle before, it could have been Reece, I am not sure.

“When our guy makes that tackle and has the high tackle framework in his head, he gets suspended. This guy doesn’t think about the high tackle framework and we get penalised.”

Patchell added to Cheika’s annoyance by landing the long penalty off the inside of a post as the Australia supporters in the crowd booed the decision.

Soon after the restart scrum-half Gareth Davies, the Player of the match, intercepted opposite number Genia’s pass on his own 10-metre line to race in unopposed for a try that Patchell converted. The Scarlets player increased the lead to 18 points three minutes into the second half with a drop goal.

Cheika immediately responded by ending Foley’s afternoon to send on Matt Toomua. Suddenly, the Wallabies looked a more cohesive and dangerous outfit.

Toomua was involved several times in their best move of the match for full-back Dane Haylett-Petty to score a fine try. The replacement converted to reduce the arrears to 11 points.

Australia maintained the onslaught, winning a series of penalties, and the pressure finally told as Hooper burrowed his way over from close range with 18 minutes left. Toomua converted from in front of the posts and the lead was down to four points.

Toomua kicked a 68th-minute penalty to bring Australia – now in complete control – within one point, having scored 17 unanswered points in a devastating 23-minute spell.

Patchell responded four minutes later with a much-needed penalty. The floodlights went off briefly as Australia went in search of the game-winning try, but Wales held on in the final minutes and, pictured, celebrated a famous victory.

“We created a lot of momentum but you never know if the (comeback) will happen,” said Cheika. “My players produced a mighty effort for the 80 minutes but it was not to be. Now we have to move on to our next game.”

Source – Rugby World Cup

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Crystal Palace 2 – 0 Norwich City

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Norwich manager Daniel Farke said he “expected there would be difficult times” in the Premier League as his injury-hit side were beaten by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Palace captain Luka Milivojevic scored a first-half penalty on his 100th appearance for the club before Andros Townsend sealed the win for Roy Hodgson’s side.

Serbia international Milivojevic struck confidently into the top corner after 21 minutes after Norwich defender Ibrahim Amadou fouled James McArthur.

Substitute Townsend then finished neatly in the bottom corner in second-half injury time as the Eagles equalled their Premier League record of six unbeaten home matches.

In for injured first-choice Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul, Schalke loanee Ralf Fahrmann was himself replaced by fellow debutant Michael McGovern following Milivojevic’s penalty, while defender Jamal Lewis suffered a possible broken arm as the promoted side’s injury problems continued to mount.

“We expected that there would be difficult times. Right now, especially because of the injury situation, we have a difficult period. We must stick to our guns to improve this,” said Farke.

“At this level, as a newly promoted side and with so many players injured it’s difficult to dominate a game. You have to help yourself when you’re on the front foot.

“Each and every game is important. Of course, our biggest concern is the injury situation. It is a difficult situation but we must work on the small details. The only way is hard work.”

In a lively encounter, the hosts almost led after two minutes but Zaha’s curling shot narrowly missed the target, while Jordan Ayew forced Fahrmann into action.

The visitors ended the first half in the ascendancy, with Emiliano Buendia drawing a fine save from Vicente Guaita. But they struggled to impose themselves after the interval as they fell to a fourth defeat in five matches.

Palace’s unbeaten top-flight home run stretches back to April when they lost to eventual champions Manchester City.

Their home record would have been even better if Wolves had not scored a 95th-minute equaliser last weekend, but the reasons for their nonetheless impressive home run were evident once more in this astute victory.

Although Palace had scored the joint-fewest Premier League goals this season prior to kick-off, their steely, regimented defence has conceded just once in four home games.

Martin Kelly came in for the injured Mamadou Sakho, and his excellent sliding block to deny Todd Cantwell at a crucial stage of the match – as Norwich began to dictate the play – epitomised the defensive platform from which Hodgson’s side are able to go and win matches.

Zaha, oozing confidence, may have scored just once in his past 19 home league games, but he played a notable part in this win, which takes Palace up three places to ninth in the table.

The Ivory Coast international cut inside and found McArthur before the foul that rewarded Palace for their early dominance with a spot-kick. The tricky winger later wriggled free of his marker to set up Townsend in the closing stages as the substitute calmed the home fans’ nerves following last week’s late sucker-punch.

Questions undoubtedly remain over Palace’s profligacy, as McArthur, Patrick van Aanholt and Zaha all blazed over the bar when in good positions during the second half. McArthur and Milivojevic join Ayew and van Aanholt as their side’s only league scorers this term – but, with their sturdy defence, the Eagles will fancy their chances against anyone at Selhurst this season.

“When you see the five minutes go up on the board it was a bit of a deja vu situation. Norwich are a good team with good, quality players and they came back into in the first half which made our one goal lead look fragile,” said Hodgson.

“The second goal was coming but we couldn’t produce the last pass or last shot and it was nice when it eventually came.”

On captain Milivojevic, he added: “He’s enormously valuable, that’s why he’s captain of the team. He’s been a massive influence on and off the field, particularly in the field, with the way he plays and his understanding of the game.”

Source – BBC

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Sheffield United 0 – 1 Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool “deserved” victory at Sheffield United despite needing a “lucky” Georginio Wijnaldum goal to continue their perfect start to the Premier League season at a raucous Bramall Lane.

The winner was a moment to forget for the otherwise faultless Blades goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who spilt the Dutchman’s tame effort before it squirmed agonisingly over the line.

“It’s normal you have to work hard for the points,” said Klopp. “You have to stay concentrated and do the right things. We did today. It was never a clicking day, it was an average day.

“We were deserved winners. If it’s 0-0 we cannot moan and would not. But if there’s one winner it should be us. We worked hard for it. Winning in days like this is extremely worthy. We scored a lucky goal, we know that. But the boys worked so hard for it.”

Klopp’s side was far from their best in South Yorkshire – and left thankful that the hosts could not find a way through in a game where they matched the European champions in many respects.

Substitute Leon Clarke, making his Premier League debut at the age of 34, should have levelled it late on, but blazed over.

Liverpool has won their first seven league games of the season, and have a five-point lead at the top of the early-season table.

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When the story of the 2019-20 season is told, this may be looked back on as one of Liverpool’s most crucial but most fortunate victories.

The first half, though goalless, was thrilling. For all of the visitors’ early pressure, it was Chris Wilder’s side who had the first sight of goal when Ollie McBurnie stung the palms of Adrian.

Liverpool’s first clear chance came as a result of a long ball over the top from Virgil van Dijk, but Sadio Mane’s finish when through on goal was wild and wayward, while Senegal forward later struck the post.

After the break, United may have hit the front, but for alert defending from Joel Matip and Andrew Robertson to frustrate the enthusiastic John Lundstram.

At the other end, when a penalty appeal for Lundstram’s challenge on Mane was denied, it seemed that Liverpool may have to settle for a point.

With time running out, the Merseysiders withdrew Jordan Henderson for Divock Origi, and the move to a 4-2-3-1 formation ultimately paid off when Wijnaldum’s shot snuck in.

Earlier this week, the Champions League winners were told they had failed in their attempt to copyright the word Liverpool. This performance lacked their usual trademarks too.

Indeed, they were lucky not to be punished when Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold coughed up possession early on.

There’s no questioning the relentless force that is this Liverpool side, but for the second weekend in a row, they rode their luck to notch up a league win on the road. But where the Reds were clinical in the 2-1 win at Chelsea, they were wasteful in the Steel City.

Sheffield United 0 - 1 Liverpool

Whether it was Mane blazing over or against the post in the first 45 minutes, or Mohamed Salah’s spurned effort one-on-one with Henderson after they had taken the lead, they were not at their flowing best.

However, few if any of their supporters will now lose sleep over the fact Wijnaldum’s goal on 70 minutes was their first shot on target at last season’s Championship runners-up.

They arrived for this match amid news that they could be kicked out of the Carabao Cup for allegedly fielding an ineligible player in the 2-0 win at MK Dons on Wednesday.

As far as their quest for that elusive first Premier League title goes, it remains full steam ahead – although ex-boss Brendan Rodgers and his Leicester City side will provide another stern test in their next league game.

Ahead of kick-off, the sides emerged to the sound of a near 32,000 crowd that shook the very foundations of what is one of the oldest stadiums in the country.

And although they were cruelly denied a deserved point for their efforts in this match, there’s much to hearten the Blades. The legacy of this performance should be that lazy stereotyping of Sheffield United as being tactically basic from some pundits must end.

In this game, they not only matched Liverpool’s passing style but took the game to their revered opponents, pressing high and chasing everything – with the Reds often forced to pass back to goalkeeper Adrian.

Unfortunately, there are no points for effort.

Henderson’s decisive mistake will prompt grimaced faces, and perhaps the hosts could and should have scored… but this defeat does not necessarily need to be attributed to a villain.

In his pre-match press call, Wilder said: “the long-term challenge” was for this kind of game to become a regular fixture at Bramall Lane. The way they have started life back in the top flight suggests they’re more than capable of fulfilling that aim.

Source – BBC

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