MATCH REPORT: Liverpool 4-3 Red Bull Salzburg – Liverpool survive Salzburg scare to earn Champions League victory

MATCH REPORT: Liverpool 4-3 Red Bull Salzburg – Liverpool survive Salzburg scare to earn Champions League victory

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #7

Liverpool thought they’d all but wrapped up their Champions League clash against Red Bull Salzburg when they raced into a three goal lead, but the Austrians had other ideas during a European classic at Anfield.

Taking the lead early through Sadio Mane, Liverpool remained dominant throughout the first half of the contest. Flying full back Andrew Robertson soon added a second goal for the Reds and before the half hour mark the Austrian visitors were in danger of sinking without a trace.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Adil Aouchiche

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Adil Aouchiche

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #3

Adil Aouchiche appears to have all the makings of a world-class attacking midfielder for France in years to come.

If his performances at the UEFA European Under-17s Championships this summer were anything to go by, it wont be long before Aouchiche begins to make his mark at senior level for the Ligue 1 champions.

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Switzerland 0-0 England (5-6 PENS); Pickford penalty heroics secure the Three Lions the effectively meaningless Nations League third place

Switzerland 0-0 England (5-6 PENS); Pickford penalty heroics secure the Three Lions the effectively meaningless Nations League third place

It took some penalty shootout heroics from England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, scoring one spot kick before then saving another, to earn the Three Lions victory in the UEFA Nations League third-place playoff.

In truth, it was an accomplishment – and a match in general – that few cared about, myself included in that crowd.

It’s something I’ve never understood the desire for in international football – the meaningless third-place playoff. Teams are already spent, they’ve already endured the ignominy of being knocked out of the respective tournament, any yet are somehow expected to rally back around to care for a match that means so incredibly little to anyone.

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Fabian Schar’s head injury v Georgia demonstrates football’s glaring issues regarding injury protocols

Fabian Schar’s head injury v Georgia demonstrates football’s glaring issues regarding injury protocols

It doesn’t take a medical expert to understand that there should be little messing around when it comes to serious head injuries in football. For example, should a player be knocked unconscious after a clash of heads, it’s probably not best he continues playing.

Yet, for Newcastle’s Swiss international Fabian Schar, that very situation did happen over the weekend.

The central defender suffered a nasty clash of heads with Georgian defender Jemal Tabidze as both players challenged for the ball early in the first half, and the Premier League centre back was left visibly unconscious.

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