Tuesday , May 17 2022

20 minutes – Shaqiri meets an emotional weekend


Yesterday's match between Leicester and Burnley ended 0: 0 but nobody cares. It was the first home game since the helicopter crashed the owner of the club Leicester Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha on October 27th. Thailand, led by Leicester, won the Premier League 2016 and four more people died.

The game yesterday, the first home game from the tragedy, concerned farewell. Thousands of fans took part in the funeral march to the stadium. They started in the rain. When mourning fans reached their destination, the sun shone, and a rainbow appeared over the stadium – the weather symbolizing the mood of the city.

In front of the stadium there was a sea of ​​flowers, wreaths and football shirts placed in memory of five dead. Former club coaches, including coach Claudio Ranieri, were in place, for every visitor there was a ready-made scarf in the seat with the words "Mr. President" and "Forever in our Hearts." Before the kickoff, video on the huge screens at the stadium. Then a two-minute silence took place.

Red poppy in the chest

The minute of silence lasted twice as long as usual, because this weekend in England remembers the fallen soldiers. Today, a century ago, the First World War ended – in England, the cease-fire day is particularly strong every year. The symbol of this is the red poppy, called "poppy". Before each game, minute silence is played.

Almost without exception, every player, club judge and referee will wear a special shirt with a mac on the chest for the weekend. Only Serbian Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) and Irishman James McClean (Stoke, championship) refuse to wear a poppy in the chest – because it not only reminds the soldiers of the First World War but also all the wars involving the British Army, including the countries of origin of both players.

Liverpool back on the road to success

From the point of view of sport, Xherdan Shaqiri came to the fore in England. The 27-year-old Swiss was in Liverpool's starting lineup against Fulham and reached a 2-0 final. He used the cross by Andy Robertson with a wonderful direct victory. Shaqiri was substituted 81 minutes into the game, he could take comfort in the fact that his team was in the lead. The international goal scored by Mohamed Salah – 14 seconds after Aleksandar Mitrovic fired the expected 1-0 for visitors from London. Serb was just offensive, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson responded quickly and killed a counterattack. "Reds" are still after the defeat after twelve games in the league.

Liverpool – Fulham 2: 0 (1: 0). – 53 & 128 viewers. – Goals: 41. Salah 1: 0. 53. Shaqiri 2: 0. – Note: Liverpool until the 81st with Shaqiri. – Order: 1. Liverpool 12/30. 2. Manchester City 11/29. 3. Chelsea 11/27. 4. Tottenham Hotspur 12/27. 5. Arsenal 11/23. 6. Manchester United 11/20. 7. Bournemouth 12/20. Watford 12/20. 9. Everton 11/18. 10. Leicester City 12/17. 11. Wolverhampton 11/15. 12. Brighton & Hove Albion 12/14. 13. West Ham United 12/12. 14. Newcastle United 12/9. 15. Burnley 12/9. 16. Crystal Palace 12/8. 17. Southampton 12/8. 18. City Cardiff 12/8. 19. Huddersfield Town 12/7. 20. Fulham 12/5 (11:31).


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