The Ronaldo show! – CR7 leads Real Madrid to big UCL win … Monaco, Juve clash today

first_img DISAPPOINTMENT MADRID, Spain (AP): Another impressive performance by Cristiano Ronaldo has left Real Madrid on the verge of another Champions League final. Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to reach 400 goals with Madrid and lead the defending champions to a commanding 3-0 win over city rivals Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal yesterday. He scored with a header in the 10th minute, with a strike into the top corner in the 73rd and a close-range shot in the 86th to give Madrid a comfortable lead going into next week’s second leg at Atletico’s Vicente Calderon Stadium. Monaco host Juventus in the first leg of the other semi-final today. “We played a great match,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “It’s not easy to score three times against such a difficult opponent and keep a clean sheet.” The result left Atletico close to yet another disappointing elimination against the cross-town rivals, following defeats in the Champions League in the last three seasons. “We’re going to try and do something practically impossible next week,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “We’re Atletico Madrid and maybe, just maybe, we can do it.” Madrid, which are looking to reach their third final in four seasons, were in control from the start at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and took advantage of Ronaldo’s impressive form. He had scored five in the two legs of the quarterfinals against Bayern Munich, including a hat-trick in the second leg at the Bernabeu. “The team was amazing, it was a complete match,” said Ronaldo, who reached the 400-goal milestone in his 389th game with Madrid. “We played well from start to finish.” He opened the scoring yesterday after Atletico’s defence failed to fully clear a cross into the area. Midfielder Casemiro sent the ball back in with a bouncing shot and Ronaldo got ahead of defender Stefan Savic to nod it past Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak. Ronaldo, Madrid’s all-time scoring leader, added to the lead after Atletico defender Filipe Luis lost the ball in a challenge with the Portugal star, who entered the area and fired a right-foot shot past Oblak into the upper corner. He scored his 10th Champions League goal of the season with a low shot from inside the area after a pass by Lucas Vazquez. Ronaldo now has 103 goals in the Champions League, not counting one he scored in the qualifiers, which is three more than Atletico have scored since the new format was created in 1992.last_img read more

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FIFA reminds World Cup-bound Peru about government meddling

first_imgPeru’s players celebrate after a play-off qualifying match for the 2018 Russian World Cup against New Zealand in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Peru beat New Zealand 2-0 to win a two-leg playoff and earn the 32nd and last spot in the World Cup field in Russia. APZURICH — FIFA has reminded the Peruvian soccer federation of rules prohibiting interference by national governments, one week after the South American country qualified for its first World Cup since 1982.FIFA says the letter reacts to the “current draft of the Peruvian Sports Law” presented to a congressional committee last month. FIFA says the proposed text to lawmakers includes “certain items that, if implemented, would contravene the FIFA Statutes.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ ONE: Askren retires undefeated, destroys Aoki in 57 seconds Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img LATEST STORIES In serious cases, FIFA can suspend a country’s national and club teams, plus officials, from international competitions and meetings.Peruvian officials are due in Moscow next week for the World Cup draw.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the thronePeru is not likely to be facing any action, but FIFA has promised to “continue to monitor the situation.” View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

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Cruz fills in for Devance in Ginebra win over Magnolia

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Cruz stepped up and helped the Gin Kings come away with a 89-78 victory at the expense of the Magnolia Hotshots on Christmas Day at Philippine Arena.READ: Ginebra slips past Magnolia anew in Christmas ClasicoFEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I’m always ready,” the 31-year-old Cruz said of his solid 12-point, 8-rebound performance on Monday. “Once I’m given the chance to play, I’ll always give my all to help the team. That has always been my mentality.”Not only did Cruz thrive in his move to the small forward position, but he also had a hand in Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar’s huge production as the two giants combined for 36 markers, 17 boards, and six blocks. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Grey steps up for GlobalPort sans Romeo Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I tell them that once they’ve sealed their defenders, expect the ball to come their way because I’ll pass it to them,” Cruz shared. “It’s just a bonus for me if I get open in the middle because the defense is worried on the two of them.”The Gin Kings may still be dealing with a couple of injuries, with Sol Mercado also out of the lineup, but Cruz said that they are motivated to show that they are no flash in the pan and they are capable of winning the title without import Justin Brownlee.“We’re pushing each other this all-Filipino because we want to be champions without an import,” he said.“Yes, we’re coming off a championship, but coach Tim (Cone) tells us that we can’t depend on Justin. We have to step up and we want to show that we can do it.” ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — With Joe Devance out for the season, much of the limelight was casted on upstart forwards Kevin Ferrer and Aljon Mariano to cover the cracks.But on Monday, with Ginebra making its debut in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, it was the veteran Jervy Cruz, who filled in for Devance.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ View comments Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Borders opened, Curfew Lifted

first_imgDue to the drastic decline in the rate of infections from the Ebola virus, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has ordered the curfew, which she imposed on August 20th, 2014 to be lifted yesterday. The President had readjusted the curfew back in September from 12 midnight to 6 a.m.  Last night all curfew checkpoints were expected to disappear.President Sirleaf also ordered that all international borders be opened as of yesterday.President Sirleaf gave the orders minutes before she boarded the flight for the Middle East and USA following nearly seven months during which she remained in the country leading the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.According to an Executive Mansion release, the President’s decision was based on the advice of the National Security Council of Liberia.The nationwide curfew and border closure were imposed as a part of several measures meant to contain the further spread of the EVD and ensure national security.The President has, meanwhile, requested the Ministry of Health to ensure the adoption and implementation of health protocols that will prevent the importation of the virus through any of the crossing points, while members of the Joint Security assigned at the borders are mandated to work closely with the health authorities to ensure adherence to the health protocols and safety at all times.Ebola Red AlertThe Ministry of Health’s latest daily Ebola situation report (Sitrep) no. 279 for 18th February shows that Montserrado and Margibi Counties remain on the red alert due to the presence of confirmed Ebola cases.As of February 18, Margibi was reported to have 1 confirmed Ebola case, while Montserrado, where the nation’s capital city Monrovia is located, had at least seven confirmed cases. The two are now the only territories out of Liberia’s 15 counties with confirmed Ebola cases, according to the Health Ministry.Montserrado’s seven cases, according to sitrep, are from New Kru Town where the Redemption Hospital is located. It is at this hospital that the Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines in Liberia (PREVAIL) is conducting the trials of two vaccines for Ebola prevention.Both Montserrado and Margibi, which are neighbors and strategically located along the Atlantic Ocean, are major passage ways for commuters and travelers heading into the northern, western and southeastern regions of Liberia.Of the nearly 4,000 persons who have reportedly died so far in Liberia from the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), more than 2,100 have died in Montserrado alone, with Margibi recording over 580 fatalities.With the two being the only places with confirmed Ebola cases, it is likely that the death toll in both counties might rise as there is yet no known cure for the virus, which has so far claimed more than 9,100 lives in six of the nine countries in which the 2014 outbreak was reported.Dr. Bruce Aylward, who leads the World Health Organization’s (WHO) official Ebola response, said data showed that the steep decrease in infections had now flattened at a rate of around 120 to 150 new cases a week in the three main hit nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.”It’s what keeps me up at night right now,” Dr. Aylward said. “This is not what you want to see with Ebola,” the BBC reports Dr. Aylward as saying.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Enmore landowners now accused of squatting

first_imgCo-op societyOver one dozen persons whose lands were reclaimed by a co-op society and later distributed to other individuals in Enmore North, East Coast Demerara, have been accused of squatting on the lands even though they have legal documentation for the lands.The matter ensued over nine months ago when transport documents for the lands were unlawfully distributed to other persons in the community by the co-op secretary.Since then, some persons retrieved their lands through intervention from the Social Protection Ministry. The co-op secretary was also fired during that encounter but she continued to hold a post in the co-op rankings.At present, persons who did not retrieve their lands are being accused of squatting and a meeting is scheduled for today, where these matters would be highlighted.The last meeting held between the co-op society and members of the community had erupted in a disagreement after the lands were not released to the rightful owners.According to one resident, Champa Samuel, it is a new tactic on the part of the former secretary to ensure that their lands are not returned. In her situation, someone has already started the construction of a house on her property.“Co-op secretary claiming that we come here and squat on the land and how the land didn’t have a house and that’s why she give transport to other people. That land belong to us. We have to go to a meeting with the document that we get for the land. She is not in the co-op society anymore. She was fired and she still coming back,” Samuel told this publication.Former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall who had initially represented the disenfranchised residents had indicated that by law, it is wrongful for those actions to be committed. While the co-op is in a process of redistributing the land, they cannot merely give it to another member. When a person is deceased, the beneficiary of the deceased is supposed to be given the land.Prior to her dismissal, the co-op secretary was ordered to cease all issuance of transport documents. However, many persons claimed that they hassled when they went to obtain their lands. Other residents complained that their documents were reportedly taken by the former co-op secretary, who is now refusing to return them.Back in July, the homes of many persons were invaded and they were threatened to not return to the properties. One of the residents whose home was ransacked, Nadia Rambarran, told this publication that a person who was given her transport document stormed into the property and threw her belongings on the road. The items were later damaged by the rain.last_img read more

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95 persons died from snakebite in 5 years

first_imgAn estimated 95 persons have died over a five-year period as a result of being bitten by venomous snakes, the Public Health Ministry noted.“From accessible statistics (2010–2014), documents show that there were 1, 190 cases of snakebite resulting in the death of 95 persons,” the Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.The statistics show that adult males are more vulnerable to the lethal bites from these dangerous reptiles.In an effort to improve its response protocol to snakebites, the Ministry purchased an anti-venom treatment from Costa Rica, which is currently available at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).GPHC currently has the capacity to implement the new protocol and the institution also has the ability to manage possible complications from the use of anti-venom, including allergic/anaphylactic reactions, which could be life-threatening.The most common anaphylactic reactions are to insect stings, foods, latex, and medications.If one is allergic to a substance, one’s immune system overreacts to the allergen by releasing chemicals that cause allergy symptoms.Meanwhile, GPHC’s Accident and Emergency (A&E) Unit is spearheading a training scheme for all relevant staff at Regional and District Hospitals nationwide to help prevent overburdening of its central system.The Ministry said it is also exploring the best practices to monitor the physiological effects of envenomation (the process by which venom is injected into a victim through bite or sting) and its complications. The current management protocols include supporting pain control, tetanus protection, blood transfusion, infection control and wound care for victims.As part of the snakebite sensitisation plan, communities will be educated about proper measures to implement to minimise contact with snakes and avoiding their deadly bites.Community involvement is importantThe Ministry is also seeking the cooperation of all residents of high-risk areas, including farms, forested areas, woodlands, grasslands and newly developed housing areas to:1. Ensure that possible breeding sites for snakes be reduced by eliminating, dumping and heaping organic and vegetation waste such as branches, weeds, cuttings and coconut shells.2. Remove overgrown vegetation that may serve as avenues to residents’ yards and public waterways by dangerous species of snakes.3. Desist from discarding/dumping unused foods and food materials indiscriminately, which may attract rats and also snakes (searching for food) to the domestic surroundings.4. Use personal protective equipment (PPEs) and observe caution signs when exploring, clearing, or venturing into high-risk areas.Guyana is home to a wide variety of species of snakes, and of these, four are known to be deadly: the Labaria (Bothrops atrox), the Carpet Labaria (Bothrops taeniata), and its close relative, the Bushmaster (Lachesis muta).The latter is found in most parts of the country but is especially prevalent in the moist coastal plains, rainforest and arid grasslands.The other deadly species include the Rupununi Rattler (Crotalus durissus) found mainly in the savannah grasslands and the Coral Snake (Elapids) found in a variety of environments and move seasonally to diverse areas in search of food.Guyana’s economy still depends heavily on agriculture, farming, logging and mining, and this exposes locals to the risk of contact with venomous snakes.last_img read more

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Berbice house goes up in flames

first_img…faulty GPL transformer blamedFive persons are now homeless after a fire completely gutted a two-storey, five-bedroom house at Port Mourant, Corentyne on Saturday morning.Reports are that smoke was seen billowing from the upper flat of the building, located at Lot 41 Miss Phoebe, Port Mourant, Corentyne, at about 07:30h; and eyewitnesses claim that moments before the fire, sparks were seen coming from a transformer attached to a utility pole in close proximity to the house.The gutted Port Mourant houseAt the time of the blaze, three children were home; one was asleep and the others were playing nearby. When the fire became evident, neighbours narrowly managed to save the three-year-old, who was asleep in the house.Sonata Ernest, who had oversight of the building, said a family of five had lived in the house, but at the time of the fire, the woman had gone to the market and her husband had gone to work.“When people start holla fuh fire, me son them run over; and the door was locked and dem break in, and they only get to save a TV, because all over was locked,” she detailed.A GPL worker attending to the faulty transformerShe explained that a faulty wire from the utility pole had been connected to the building. “Because very often you have to call them to come for this post to the house connection, and now is over nine or ten times (GPL had been called) and nobody never come.This is a problem we get for eight years. Sometimes you got to shake the wire for current to come, and sometimes it does spark out deh.”She said one fire truck from the Rose Hall Fire Service had responded to the call. “When they come, they could have saved the bottom but they didn’t have water.They had to go and bring water and come back. When you tell dem to use the trench, they say that they don’t have facilities, they got to get a generator to get the water from t trench.”Ernest pointed this publication to a canal which is about 30 feet from the building that was burnt. According to her, the fire unit made several trips to bring water to fight the fire.“They say that is the system. So I tell them that they need to improve the system… They make a lot of excuses. So what they come for?”When Guyana Times arrived on the scene, workers from the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) were attending to the transformer, which had a huge black mark, indicating that it was burnt.This publication was told that the occupants of the burnt house had recently purchased a new refrigerator and gas stove. It was also revealed that the build was renovated one year ago, and extended to include one more bedroom. Moreover, it was recently repainted.Ernest estimates losses to be in the vicinity of $20 million. According to her, the owner of the building is a 70-year-old United States citizen who migrated over 23 years ago.The Guyana Police Force and the Fire Service are both investigating the cause of the fire.Meanwhile, the affected family is expected to be temporally housed at a relative’s home. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

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Rainfall warning in effect for Peace River North and South

first_imgHeavy rain will begin in the B.C. Peace District this evening.An Alberta low will deepen and move northwards today, spilling a very moist circulation over the B.C. Peace.The rain won’t taper off until Thursday afternoon, leaving two day rainfall amounts of 60 to 80 millimetres. Higher rainfall amounts are likely over communities on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains including Hudson’s Hope, Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge. In these areas two day rainfall totals could approach 100 millimetres.If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Watch for possible washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for both the North and South Peace regions of the B.C. Peace.Heavy rain is expected to start later this evening throughout the Peace Region.  Residents could see up to 60 to 80 millimetres of rain before the storm ends on Thursday.See the full warning below.- Advertisement -4:09 AM PDT Tuesday 14 June 2016Rainfall warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverA long episode of rain, at times heavy, is expected.Advertisement Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to pacificstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #BCStorm.last_img read more

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Chelsea’s Courtois, Morata gift Arsenal Community Shield

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is beaten by a penalty during the English FA Community Shield match against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 6, 2017 © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 6 – Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and star signing Alvaro Morata were the Chelsea fall guys as Arsenal won the Community Shield 4-1 on penalties at Wembley on Sunday.Goals from Chelsea’s Victor Moses and Arsenal new boy Sead Kolasinac sent the game to a shootout and with both Courtois and Morata limply squandering their spot-kicks, Arsenal won the trophy for the third time in four years. Courtois blazed his penalty over the bar before substitute Morata, a £58 million (£75.6 million; 64.2 million euros) capture from Real Madrid, shot wide, allowing Olivier Giroud to seal victory for Arsenal.“I’m very happy because we won a trophy we wanted to win and because the quality of the game was very good,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after the shootout, which followed the new ABBA format.“Even when we were 1-0 down, we didn’t panic, kept control of our game and came back. The performance is in continuity of what we did at the end of last season.”Arsenal, embarking upon their first season without Champions League football since 1997, have won on their last nine visits to Wembley, a run stretching back to a win over Wigan Athletic in the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 2014.Arsenal’s defender Sead Kolasinac (C) scores during the English FA Community Shield football match against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 6, 2017 © AFP / Ian KINGTONWenger’s side open the Premier League season at home to 2016 champions Leicester City on Friday, with Antonio Conte’s Chelsea beginning their title defence at home to Burnley the following day.Moses, sent off after receiving a second yellow card for diving as Arsenal stunned Chelsea 2-1 in May’s FA Cup final, partially atoned by putting the champions ahead early in the second half.But after Pedro had been shown a straight red card for an ugly challenge on Mohamed Elneny, Kolasinac headed in an 81st-minute equaliser to leave the game 1-1 at full-time.“For sure there is disappointment to finish for the second time with 10 men against Arsenal. Before the FA Cup, now the Community Shield,” said Conte.“You know very well we have to respect the referee’s decision, but sometimes these decisions make you a bit angry.”– Mertesacker forced off –As in the cup final, Arsenal made the more assured start and came within inches of opening the scoring when new signing Alexandre Lacazette curled a shot against the post after a slick counter-attack.Arsenal’s defender Per Mertesacker receives medical attention after a collision with Chelsea’s defender Gary Cahill on August 6, 2017 © AFP / Ian KINGTONPer Mertesacker was one of the heroes of Arsenal’s FA Cup win, expertly marshalling a badly depleted defence, but the club captain was to last just 27 minutes of the teams’ reunion.The giant German centre-back had to go off after a collision with Gary Cahill’s elbow left blood streaming down his face, giving strapping Bosnian defender Kolasinac an opportunity to make his official debut.As Arsenal reorganised, Chelsea began to assert themselves, Moses and Pedro working Petr Cech before Willian was harshly booked for diving after his left foot was clipped by Hector Bellerin’s knee inside the box.Neat footwork set Alex Iwobi up to curl a shot at Courtois late in the first half, but within a minute of kick-off in the second period, Arsenal found themselves behind.Granit Xhaka’s attempt to clear Willian’s corner sent the ball looping into the air and when Cahill headed it back into the danger area, Moses darted in behind Rob Holding to apply an emphatic finish.Wenger threw on Giroud and Theo Walcott for Lacazette and Iwobi and saw Xhaka extend Courtois with a 30-yard effort.Pedro’s dismissal for raking Elneny’s left heel with his studs tipped the momentum in Arsenal’s favour and they equalised when Xhaka’s cross from the ensuing free-kick was headed in by Kolasinac.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Giroud sinks Liverpool to keep Chelsea’s top four bid alive

first_imgA fourth successive victory equalled Chelsea’s longest league winning streak this season, keeping them in the hunt for a top four finish while denting third-placed Liverpool’s challenge for the same target.It was a frustrating return to domestic action for Liverpool after their Champions League semi-final success against Roma in midweek.In a dramatic conclusion to the top four battle, Chelsea, who are three points behind Liverpool, host struggling Huddersfield on Wednesday and Tottenham face Newcastle the same evening.On the final day of the season next Sunday, Chelsea head to Newcastle and Tottenham entertain Leicester.With only one win in their last five league games, Liverpool have made their top four status an unnecessarily tense affair.Jurgen Klopp’s team should still be able to guarantee a Champions League berth if they beat Brighton at Anfield on Sunday.Even if they don’t finish in the top four, Liverpool can return to Europe’s elite club competition by defeating Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 26.Liverpool fans crowded into one corner of the Bridge were still in party mood after their side’s Roman conquest and regular renditions of their “Allez, Allez” European anthem served as the soundtrack to a bright opening from the visitors.Picked out by Trent Alexander-Arnold’s pass, Roberto Firmino made an intelligent run down the right-hand side of the penalty area and tested Thibaut Courtois with a dipping half-volley.Eden Hazard was the victim of a thunderous tackle from James Milner that left the Chelsea playmaker in need of treatment and the Liverpool midfielder fortunate to avoid a booking.Hazard dusted himself down and was able to play on, moments later teeing up Marcos Alonso for Chelsea’s first shot on target.That was a rare incursion into the Liverpool area from Chelsea as Klopp’s men dominated possession early on.– Personal duel –Sadio Mane’s 25-yard drive forced a sprawling save from Courtois and from the resulting corner, the Chelsea keeper needed to be alert to stop Virgil van Dijk heading in from close range.Mane was in a personal duel with Courtois, who kept out another powerful blast from the Senegal winger, then scrambled to his feet to deny him again from the rebound.But despite their pressure, Liverpool were caught with a sucker punch in the 32nd minute as Giroud justified Conte’s decision to select him at the expense of the out of form Alvaro Morata.Victor Moses teased Andrew Robertson as he worked space to swing over a cross and Giroud, stealing in front of the slow to react Dejan Lovren, glanced a fine header into the far corner of the net.Giroud celebrated his fifth Chelsea goal since his January move from Arsenal by sprinting over to the bench and clambered up to hug team-mate David Luiz, who wasn’t involved in the matchday squad.Suddenly there was more verve about Chelsea and Cesc Fabregas almost doubled their lead with a low effort that flashed across goal.Mohamed Salah was anonymous in the first half until the Liverpool star was booked for diving, a decision that drew an angry response from Klopp as he berated the fourth official.Moses threatened with a stinging strike soon after the interval and Hazard followed suit, bringing Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius into action after a thrusting run.Egypt star Salah was finding it impossible to escape the close attention of Chelsea defenders.Liverpool were impotent as a result and Chelsea salted away the points after Liverpool substitute Dominic Solanke headed over.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Olivier Giroud has scored four goals in his last five matches for Chelsea after a slow start © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, May 6 – Olivier Giroud boosted Chelsea’s bid to snatch a place in the Premier League’s top four as the France striker sealed a 1-0 win over Liverpool that brought the Champions League finalists back down to earth on Sunday.Giroud’s first-half header at Stamford Bridge lifted fifth-placed Chelsea to within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League.last_img read more

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