Monday, April 14, 2014

A Fitting Tribute to Hillsborough Victims


Football grounds in England fell silent in tribute to the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. Matches in leagues across England kicked off seven minutes late to remember the ninety-six fans who died before an FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium on April 15, 1989.
Last weekend's matches, including both FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley, held a minute's silence.
And of course, the Sunday game between Liverpool and Manchester City witnessed the former edging the latter 3-2 to deliver a fitting tribute to the Hillsborough victims.
Liverpool, who were claiming a tenth straight EPL win, started with confidence and in free-scoring mood, with Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel grabbing goals in the sixth and twenty-sixth minute respectively.
Manchester City rallied in the second half, with David Silva scoring in the 57th and Glen Johnson's own-goal five minutes later. It was a close fight to the finish.
And when Philippe Coutinho pounced on Man City captain Vincent Kompany's poor clearance to curl home a 78th-minute winner, the Reds know they can dream again.
Certainly, Liverpool have become the favorites to win their first English title since 1990 but only if they win their last four games. That means beating Chelsea. While I am keeping faith that they can pull it off, I don’t want my expectation to go overboard either. 


The Guardian, April 13, 2014.

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