Here are some headlines from two of Spain’s biggest newspapers, Marca & AS, reacting to Adrian’s penalty shootout heroics against Chelsea in Istanbul that saw Liverpool win the European Super Cup.
Marca went with the headline “Liverpool’s new hero” while AS chose to go with “From Unemployment to Glory”, talking about the fact that Adrian was a free agent before being snapped up by the Reds after they sold Simon Mignolet to Club Brugge.
UEFA have appointed a female referee for Liverpool’s upcoming Super Cup clash against Chelsea later this month. French official Stephanie Frappart has been officially announced as the woman with the whistle for this fixture, making her the first female referee for a major European soccer match. Swiss referee Nicole Petignat was in charge of some UEFA Cup qualifying games more than a decade ago, but no female referee has so far been given the reigns of such an important game and featuring two high profile teams at that.
The game will take place in Istanbul, with local Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir appointed with the fourth official and Clement Turpin in charge of VAR.
Frappart will be assisted by two other female referees- Manuela Nicolosi, also from France and Ireland’s Michelle O’Neal. The trio also did duty at the recent Women’s World Cup final. Continue reading
Liverpool only need a point from their final home game against Brighton and Hove Albion after Chelsea slipped up in midweek against Huddersfield Town. The Blues needed to win to draw level with the Reds, but could only manage a 1-1 draw which left Huddersfield fans in delight as the promoted Terriers secured their spot in the Premier League for another season.
Town went ahead through Depoitre and although Marcos Alonso managed an equaliser for Chelsea, they couldn’t find another goal for the three points they so desperately needed.
The result means that Chelsea are now two behind Liverpool with a game to play. Their last game is against Newcastle, who lost to Spurs in midweek, giving the Lilywhites third spot and a confirmed spot in the Champions League next season.
Liverpool, it must be remembered, have NOT lost a league game at home this season!
Going into the final day of the season
Spurs (3rd)- 74 points (+37 GD)
LFC (4th)- 72 points (+42 GD)
Chelsea (5th)- 70 points (+27 GD)