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SPORTS

MONDAY 28 MAY 2018,

SAUDI GAZETTE

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Scoreboard

England

(1st innings) .........................184

Pakistan

(1st Innings) ........................363

England

(2nd Innings)

A. Cook lbw b M. Abbas .......................01

M. Stoneman b S. Khan ........................09

J. Root lbw b M. Abbas .........................68

D. Malan c S. Ahmed b M. Amir ..........12

J. Bairstow b M. Amir ...........................00

B. Stokes c sub (F. Zaman) b S. Khan .09

J. Buttler lbw b M. Abbas ....................67

D. Bess b M. Amir ..................................57

M. Wood c S. Ahmed b M. Amir ..........04

S. Broad c S. Ahmed b M. Abbas ........00

J. Anderson not out ..............................00

Extras

(b4, lb9, w2) ...............................15

Total

(all out, 82.1 overs) ...................242

Falls:

1-1 (Cook), 2-31 (Stoneman),

3-91 (Malan), 4-91 (Bairstow), 5-104

(Stokes), 6-110 (Root), 7-236 (Buttler),

8-241 (Wood), 9-242 (Broad), 10-242

(Bess).

Bowling:

Amir 18.1-3-36-4; Abbas 17-3-

41-4; Ashraf 9-2-31-0; Hasan 19-3-58-0

(2w); Shadab 19-2-63-2.

Pakistan

(2nd Innings)

Azhar Ali b Anderson ...........................04

Imam not out .........................................18

Haris Sohail not out .............................39

Extras

(b3, lb2) ......................................05

Total

(1 wkt, 12.4 overs, 51 mins) ......66

D

id not bat:

Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam,

Sarfraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem

Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali,

Mohammad Abbas.

Fall of wickets:

1-12 (Azhar)

Bowling:

Anderson 3-0-12-1; Broad 3-1-

13-0; Bess 3.4-0-29-0; Wood 3-1-7-0.

What can I say? Loris (Karius) knows it,

everybody knows it. It’s a shame, in a game like

this and after a season like this. I really feel for him, he is

a fantastic boy. The first one...I don’t know. The second

one came because of the first one. It is really difficult to

get rid of bad thoughts in your mind in a game like this.

Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager

What I am doing is just a continuation —

I have just started as a coach, what I am

experiencing with my players is impressive. There is no

secret. It is just a lot of work. We have players who are

very good, but behind that there is lots of hard work.

They have the desire, the hunger to win.

Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid coach

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Fulham returns to Premier League

Pakistan routs England in 1st Test

LONDON —

Fulham returned

to the Premier League after a

four-year absence as Tom Cair-

ney scored the winner in a 1-0

victory over Aston Villa in the

Championship playoff final at

Wembley Saturday, the richest

game in world football.

Cairney’s first-half goal was

decisive as Fulham, owned by US

billionaire Shahid Khan, held on

to its narrow lead despite having

defender Denis Odoi sent off af-

ter 70 minutes as tempers began

to fray on a sultry afternoon.

The win secures the west

London club a windfall of at least

160 million pounds ($212.91 mil-

lion) as it looks forward to join-

ing Championship title winners

Wolverhampton Wanderers and

second-placed Cardiff City in the

top flight next season.

Fulham, which failed to claim

automatic promotion when los-

ing to Birmingham City on the

final day of the regular season

as it finished third in the table,

celebrated with its joyous fans as

it sealed a lucrative place among

the elite.

“After we missed out on pro-

motion (in the playoffs) last sea-

son, a lot of people wrote us off.

We got a lot of stick. But football

won today. Football was the win-

ner,” Cairney said.

With the stakes so high it was

no surprise that the match was

a frenetic affair in the opening

stages.

Fulham, whose style of play

under Serbian manager Slavisa

Jokanovic earned plaudits this

season, was the first to settle

and scored from the game’s first

piece of quality football.

Teenager Ryan Sessegnon

received the ball midway inside

Villa’s half, evaded a tackle, and

turned to play a through ball

that Cairney calmly slotted past

keeper Sam Johnstone.

Villa, led by former England

and Chelsea defender John Ter-

ry, was dreadful in the first half

but its revived after the break.

Jack Grealish suddenly got

involved in the game and he

forced a save from goalkeeper

Marcus Bettinelli after a superb

slaloming dribble through the

Fulham defense.

Villa also had a penalty ap-

peal turned down but Grealish

was lucky to escape a red card

with a reckless tackle on Cairney.

Odoi’s clumsy attempt to win

the ball off Grealish earned him a

second yellow card and left Ful-

ham to survive the last 20 min-

utes and five minutes of stoppage

time with 10 men.

Villa threw everything for-

ward in the nail-biting closing

stages but Fulham held on with-

out too many alarms. Defeat end-

ed Villa manager Steve Bruce’s

hopes of a record fifth promotion

to England’s top flight.

According to the Deloitte

Sports Business Group, the play-

off winners are guaranteed 160

million pounds, potentially ris-

LONDON —

Pakistan complet-

ed a convincing nine-wicket vic-

tory over England to win the first

Test at Lord’s with more than a

day to spare Sunday.

Set just 64 for victory on the

fourth morning, Pakistan finished

on 66 for one before lunch to go

1-0 up in this two-match series

ahead of next week’s second Test

at Headingley.

Imamul Haq was 18 not out

and Haris Sohail 39 not out.

England was undone by two

top-order batting collapses,

slumping to 184 all out after win-

ning the toss in their first innings

and declining to 160 for six in

its second before fifties from Jos

Buttler and Test debutant Domi-

nic Bess prevented an innings

defeat.

This was England’s seventh

loss in 10 Tests as its first match

under new national selector Ed

Smith ended in a resounding re-

verse.

What made this loss — just

England’s third defeat in a home

Test starting in May — all the

more galling for Joe Root’s side

was that it was outplayed in

classic English conditions by a

youthful Pakistan side, which

displayed far greater discipline

with both bat and ball.

England, resuming Sunday

on 235 for six in its second in-

nings, lost its last four wickets

for just seven runs in 18 balls to

be bowled out for 242.

That it had not already lost

this match by an innings was

down to a century stand between

the recalled Jos Buttler and Test

debutant Dominic Bess that al-

lowed England to resume Sunday

on 235 for six, a lead of 56 runs.

Buttler was then 66 not out

and Bess 55 not out.

But eight balls into Sunday’s

play and having added only one

more run, Buttler was lbw to Mo-

hammad Abbas for 67.

England was now 236 for sev-

en and that soon became 241 for

Fulham players celebrate promotion to the Premier League with the

trophy after beating Aston Villa at the Wembley Stadium in London

Saturday.

— Reuters

Pakistan’s Imamul Haq and Haris Sohail celebrate after winning the first

Test match against England at Lord’s Sunday.

— Reuters

ing to 280 million if it avoids rel-

egation next season.

Fulham will earn 95 million

pounds next term, as part of the

Premier League’s huge broad-

casting rights deal, and up to

75 million pounds in parachute

payments in 2019-20 and 2020-21

should they fail to stay up

. — Re-

uters

downhill since he was struck in

the face by a bouncer from In-

dia’s Varun Aaron in the fourth

Test at Old Trafford four years

ago.

And on Sunday he fell for

a duck when prodding outside

off stump at Abbas, with Sarfraz

holding a routine catch.

The innings ended when

Amir knocked over Bess’s off-

stump.

Amir finished with innings

figures of four for 36 and Man-of-

the-Match Abbas had an impres-

sive eight for 64 in the game after

a second-innings haul of four for

41 in 17 overs.

It took Pakistan, which came

into this match on the back of a

five-wicket win over Test debu-

tants Ireland, just 12.4 overs to

reach their victory target, with

Sohail hitting a six and a four

against off-spinner Bess to seal

a commanding victory that left

England facing some searching

questions.

— AFP

eight, after the tourists took the

new ball, when Mark Wood edged

Mohammad Amir to Pakistan

captain and wicketkeeper Sarfraz

Ahmed.

Stuart Broad made his Test-

best 169 against Pakistan at Lord’s

in 2010 — a match that became

known for a spot-fixing ‘sting’ that

saw three Pakistan players, in-

cluding Amir, jailed by an English

court and given five-year bans by

the International Cricket Council.

But Broad’s batting has gone

Ruthless Real takes advantage of Liverpool’s lapses

Egypt more hopeful

of Salah

KIEV —

Liverpool came into Saturday’s

Champions League final against Real Madrid

on a wave of confidence but Zinedine Zi-

dane’s side showed exactly why they are the

masters of Europe’s top club competition in

their 3-1 win.

Real has now won three Champions

League titles in a row, something no team

has achieved since the switch from the Euro-

pean Cup knockout format, and while it may

not be remembered as the most attractive or

transformative of teams there is no doubt it

knows how to win on the biggest stage.

Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool produced

exhilarating football on its way to the final,

ripping apart Porto, Manchester City and AS

Roma with some thrilling attacking displays.

But this Real side, which finished third

in La Liga, 17 points behind champion Barce-

lona, has a habit of taking the wind out of its

opponent’s sails and finding a way to win.

This time it was not the genius or deadly

finishing of five-time World Player of the

Year Cristiano Ronaldo that proved to be the

decisive factor.

Two goals were simply handed to Real

by Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, whose

hapless performance will be remembered as

one of the worst by a keeper at this level.

But both those mistakes had to be capi-

talized upon, and Real rarely turn down such

gifts.

KarimBenzema reacted sharply andwith

alertness to take advantage of Karius’s rushed

throw in his direction, to open the scoring.

Karius was also at fault for Real’s third

when Gareth Bale fired a hopeful, long range

effort through the wafting hands of the Ger-

man keeper to wrap up the win.

Good fortune, without a doubt, but Bale

had the nous to realize the keeper was vul-

nerable and the ability to expose him.

The Welshman’s confidence came from

his earlier goal, a brilliant bicycle kick that

put Real 2-1 up.

Zidane gets little credit for Real’s success

and is viewed as a fortunate man who took

over a well-established side and merely kept

it running smoothly — at least in Europe.

But the Frenchman was prancing around

the touchline after Bale’s screamer, which

came just three minutes after he had brought

the Welshman on. It was an inspired switch

and a brave one given that the player who

was withdrawn, Isco, had until that point

been Real’s most dangerous attacking threat.

Add into the picture that Bale, for some

reason, has never convinced the supporters

of the Spanish club of his worth, while Isco

is adored by theMadrid faithful, and Zidane’s

decision-making looks even more astute.

Liverpool will rue the misfortune of

the injury to its top scorer Mohamed Salah

which led to his first-half departure but that

also exposed another key to Real’s success.

While Zidane was able to turn to Bale

and the exciting Marco Azencio off the

bench, Klopp was forced to throw on Adam

Lallana, who only recently returned from in-

jury and had made just three starts this sea-

son, when Salah, with 44 goals in all competi-

tions, had to go off. The lessons for Klopp are

obvious. Liverpool needs greater strength in

depth and, as cruel as it is obvious to note, a

new goalkeeper. Real may not be a team that

charm the neutrals or raise the heartbeat but

it is impossible not to respect a side which, as

Klopp had noted before the game, has the ef-

ficiency and reliability of a Swiss watch.

It has not won four Champions Leagues

in five years out of good fortune. It has win-

ning in Europe in its DNA and no one in the

modern game has been able tomatch its mer-

ciless ability, shown once again on Saturday,

to take whatever opportunities are presented

to it.

Egypt more hopeful of Salah

Liverpool’s Egypt forward Mohamed

Salah is doubtful for next month’sWorld Cup

after suffering a shoulder injury in Saturday’s

3-1 Champions League final defeat by Real

Madrid, his club manager Juergen Klopp has

said.

Salah, who scored 44 goals in all compe-

titions for Liverpool this season, left the field

in tears in the 31st minute after falling heav-

ily under a challenge by Real captain Sergio

Ramos. However, Egypt’s FA said on Twitter

that Salah had sprained shoulder ligaments

and they were optimistic he would be fit for

the World Cup.

Egypt’s Youth and Sports Minister

Khaled Abd El-aziz said on his Facebook

page: “It is expected Salah will need 2 weeks

for treatment. He will stay in Liverpool and

will have there the rehab period then will

join the Egyptian team camp in Italy.

He added that Salah would be in Egypt’s

final World Cup squad which will be an-

nounced on June 4.

Klopp said the injury to Salah had sent

his team into shock after they had made a

strong start against Zinedine Zidane’s side

and added that it had handed the momentum

to Madrid.

“It was for me kind of a harsh challenge

because the arm is there, it’s like wrestling a

little bit and the shock to the boys was obvi-

ous,” he said.

—Reuters

Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos (L) and Mohamed Salah (C) of Liverpool fall during the Cham-

pions League final at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday.

—EPA

Dimitrov

downs

mystery

man

PARIS —

Fourth seed Grigor

Dimitrov reached the French

Open second round Sunday, even

if he wasn’t exactly sure who he

was facing on the other side of

the net.

Dimitrov had been drawn to

face experienced Viktor Troicki

in the tournament opener on

Philippe Chatrier Court.

However, just before he was

due to go on court, Troicki with-

drew with a back injury, allow-

ing Egyptian world No. 182 Mo-

hamed Safwat to make his Grand

Slam debut.

In the process, he became

the first Egyptian since Tamer El

Sawy at the 1996 US Open to fea-

ture in a major.

“I was warming up and my

coach said, ‘hey look’ and we saw

up on the board that I was play-

ing a different opponent,” said

27-year-old Dimitrov, a former

Wimbledon semifinalist who

knew something of Safwat’s game

from matches during their junior

days.

“I didn’t expect that. I found

out about 30 minutes before, but

it is what it is. You have to be

ready.”

Safwat, one of seven lucky

losers in the men’s draw, then

overcame blisters on his right

hand to put up a solid challenge

in the third set before Dimitrov

raced through the tiebreaker for

a 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7/1) win. “I only

heard I was playing an hour be-

fore the match,” said Safwat.

Meanwhile, women’s fourth

seed Elina Svitolina, a quarter-

finalist in Paris in 2015 and 2017,

overcame a first set 1-5 deficit to

see off Australia’s Ajla Tomlja-

novic 7-5, 6-3.

Other early winners Sunday

included Estonian 25th seed An-

ett Kontaveit who downed Madi-

son Brengle of the United States

6-1, 4-6, 6-2.

Sloane Stephens enjoyed her

first Grand Slam win as the reign-

ing US Open champion by de-

molishing Dutchwoman Arantxa

Rus 6-2, 6-0 in the first round.

Australian dynamo Nick Kyr-

gios pulled out of the French

Open after failing to shake off a

persistent elbow injury that has

troubled him in recent weeks.

Pavlyuchenkova wins

Russian Anastasia Pavly-

uchenkova claimed her 12th

WTA Tour title Saturday by beat-

ing Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulko-

va 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (8/6) in

a grueling final in Strasbourg.

Agencies