Liverpool edge Salzburg in seven-goal thriller

first_imgMohamed Salah stuck twice as holders Liverpool survived a major Champions League scare to defeat Salzburg 4-3 at Anfield.Sadio Mane, Andrew Robertson and Salah goals had seemingly put Jurgen Klopp’s side in complete control in what was their first European game on home soil since triumphing in last season’s competition. They were left stunned, however, when the visitors responded via goals from Hwang Hee-chan, Takumi Minamino and substitute Erling Haaland. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career But Salah’s sixth goal of the campaign with 21 minutes remaining got the Reds out of jail as they got up and running in Group E.What. A. Game!9′ Mané25′ Robertson36′ Salah39′ Hwang56′ Minamino60′ Haaland69′ Salah#UCL— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 2, 2019The visitors served an early warning via Minamino’s long-range shot, yet by the ninth minute the Reds were ahead after Mane drove towards goal down the left before playing a one-two with Roberto Firmino and slotting inside the right post.Robertson doubled the advantage in the 25th minute, finishing a slick move he had started near the halfway line when he swept home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross from six yards out.Liverpool made it three 11 minutes later and had Salzburg goalkeeper Cican Stankovic to thank as he parried Firmino’s header into Salah’s path and the Egypt forward made no mistake from close range.Salzburg gave themselves some hope six minutes before the break thanks to a superb individual goal from Hwang, who cut inside Virgil van Dijk before firing home.The home side made a complacent start to the second half and they were punished when Minamino sent a rasping volley into the ground and beyond Adrian.That was enough to prompt the introduction of in-form Haaland and he soon had his goal, tapping in from close range for his 15th of the campaign to silence Anfield.But Salah came to the rescue when he latched onto Firmino’s flick-on to have the final say in a pulsating match.What does it mean? Relief for Reds as they escape unscathedThey might have got the result, but Jurgen Klopp will be far from impressed with his team after seeing them surrender a three-goal lead before Salah spared their blushes.After losing to Napoli on matchday one, it has been a somewhat unconvincing start to the defence of their European crown – though it should be said the Reds were mesmeric for much of the opening half here, building on their fine domestic form. Qualifying from this group should still be a formality.Sadio on the Mane against old clubMane took all of nine minutes to remind Salzburg what they are missing with a stunning goal – his seventh of the season in all competitions, The Senegal international scored 31 goals in 59 league starts for the Austrian side, earning himself a Premier League move to Southampton for just £11.8million. The rest is history, of course, but what a bargain fee that looks now.Uncharacteristic lapses from RedsSalzburg might be Europe’s goal kings, having scored 55 times in their 12 previous outings this season, but Liverpool would have expected to keep them at bay at fortress Anfield. The likes of Joe Gomez and Fabinho had nervy moments, while even the usually unflappable Virgil van Dijk was troubled at times.Key Opta facts- Liverpool have won their last 12 home matches in all competitions, their best winning run at Anfield since an 18-game streak between April and November 1985.- Salzburg became only the fourth team to score three goals away at Anfield in the UEFA Champions League (also Barcelona, Chelsea and Real Madrid).- Since the start of the 2017-18 season, Roberto Firmino is the only player to have both scored (14) and assisted (10) at least 10 goals in the Champions League.- Salzburg’s two Champions League matches this season have seen 15 goals (9 scored, 6 conceded), more than any other team.- Andrew Robertson is the first Scotsman to score for Liverpool in European competition since Gary McAllister in the 2001 UEFA Cup final.What’s next?A trip to Genk on October 23 in what is the first of back-to-back Champions League matches against the Belgian side awaits Liverpool, who return to Premier League action against Leicester City on Saturday. Salzburg, meanwhile, host Napoli in matchday three. read morelast_img read more

Better protection boosts UW offense

first_img “Everyone in the locker room kept doing the point at me. I was like ‘I get it,’” Harris said. “I pride myself on trying to be athletic. That’s what that was.”While Harris’ moves got him recognition against Arizona State, it was his hustle that stood out against BYU. With the Huskies leading 28-0 midway through the third quarter, Salvon Ahmed got loose on a 28-yard run. Ahmed was hit from behind and fumbled, and in the ensuing scramble Harris ended up falling on the loose ball 37 yards from the line of scrimmage.“He really bailed me out on that play,” Ahmed said. “He really hustled on the play to get that far down field so I definitely owe him.”The Huskies’ protection may not get much of a test this week against UCLA, which has just seven sacks in four games. But looming is a showdown in two weeks against Oregon and its much-improved defense. Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email: GO The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. Better protection boosts UW offense Browning sacked just twice over past two games By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. 2 Photos Washington quarterback Jake Browning (3) scrambles for a touchdown as offensive lineman Jared Hilbers (70) looks on during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Brigham Young, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Photo Gallerycenter_img SEATTLE — Chris Petersen has said repeatedly that if Jake Browning is given the chance to scan the field and set his feet, it’s awfully difficult to slow down Washington’s senior quarterback.The past two weeks have shown just how important the protection is for the efficiency of No. 10 Washington’s offense and how much the Huskies offensive line has improved since the season opener against Auburn.“We were really pleased with how they ran the ball and then to give Jake the chance to set his feet in there and look at some things, it was very clean,” Petersen said Monday, two days after the Huskies overwhelmed BYU 35-7. “He’s not going to have the numbers he has, Jake, without the O-line doing some really good stuff.”Browning was under immense pressure in Washington’s first two games facing FBS opponents Auburn and Utah. He was sacked five times against Auburn and pestered consistently by Utah although he was sacked only once. While Adams and tackle Kaleb McGary are projected to be NFL starters, the anchor of the group is Harris. He received plenty of praise after the win over Arizona State for making sure the protections were set against a defense known for its unique pressures and fronts.Harris got just as much recognition for his slide-step and point after an Arizona State defensive lineman crashed into him on an offside penalty.“Everybody thinks I was trying to do it on purpose. I was trying to not fall on Jake,” Harris said. “You know all those times they push the O-line they fall back. I was trying not to fall. That little step I took was me catching myself. And the point was my personality.”Of course, that meant for most of last week before the BYU game, anytime Harris walked through the Huskies locker room teammates were trying to impersonate the point back at him. Share: Published: October 1, 2018, 10:34pm Subscribe Today But in the past two games, Browning’s protection has improved dramatically and so has the efficiency of Washington’s offense. Browning was sacked just once against Arizona State — for a loss of 2 yards — and he was rarely touched against BYU. Browning was sacked only once by the Cougars on the first drive of the game when he was called for intentional grounding.Otherwise, Browning was kept clean and because of that the Huskies quarterback turned in one of the most efficient passing games in Pac-12 history, completing 23 of 25 passes.“Every week we’ve progressed with the pass protection because it takes time,” center Nick Harris said. “Everybody expects everything to be perfect in the beginning of the season but all that stuff takes time.”Washington’s offensive line was deemed a strength before the season, but the Huskies lost left tackle Trey Adams to a back injury in the week leading up to the opener. The Huskies struggled at times during the first three weeks as the line figured out how to make up for not having the expected starting left tackle. By TIM BOOTH, Associated Presslast_img read more