MONDAY 28 MAY 2018,
(1st innings) .........................184
(1st Innings) ........................363
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
(b4, lb9, w2) ...............................15
(all out, 82.1 overs) ...................242
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
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.
Azhar Ali b Anderson ...........................04
Imam not out .........................................18
Haris Sohail not out .............................39
(b3, lb2) ......................................05
(1 wkt, 12.4 overs, 51 mins) ......66
id not bat:
Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam,
Sarfraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem
Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali,
Fall of wickets:
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.
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.
Real Madrid coach
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Fulham returns to Premier League
Pakistan routs England in 1st Test
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
“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
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
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-
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
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
This was England’s seventh
loss in 10 Tests as its first match
under new national selector Ed
Smith ended in a resounding re-
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
Pakistan’s Imamul Haq and Haris Sohail celebrate after winning the first
Test match against England at Lord’s Sunday.
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-
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
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-
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
eight, after the tourists took the
new ball, when Mark Wood edged
Mohammad Amir to Pakistan
captain and wicketkeeper Sarfraz
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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.
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.
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
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
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
“I didn’t expect that. I found
out about 30 minutes before, but
it is what it is. You have to be
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.
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.