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The ups and downs

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, May 08, 2014

SO close yet so far.

This phrase will ring in the minds of Liverpool fans for some time.

The club may have surrendered the English Premier League title hopes following a disappointing 3-all draw with Crystal Palace in its second last match earlier this week.

It is heartache especially when you are leading by three goals and within the final 11 minutes of play, your opposition suddenly spring alive to dash your hopes on gaining the much-needed maximum points.

In Liverpool's case, that two points lost have not only given Manchester City a big boost in their title chase, it may have killed the remaining hopes of its fans on finally ending the winless drought.

Liverpool's last major win was the UEFA Super Cup in 2005.

Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City is second on the EPL points table on 80 points with two matches to go while Liverpool leads on 81 with only a match to play.

City was to host Aston Villa this morning (Thursday) and a win or even a draw will keep the side on track of the title win.

The side will then play West Ham in the final match.

Liverpool will host Newcastle and needs a win at any cost and hope West Ham pulls off a major upset at the Etihad Stadium unless Aston Villa does that damage this morning.

Chelsea with 79 points needs an away win against Cardiff and hope Liverpool and City fail to win the EPL title in what will turn into a dramatic finish to the competition.

So close!

Here at home, Ba's run in the Oceania Football Confederation Champions League is over after a nil-all draw against Amicale in Vanuatu last week.

The Men in Black needed a clear two goals win in the second semi-final to advance into the final.

Amicale will face defending champions Auckland City in the final.

The New Zealanders will be tough to beat in the showdown although they lost to Amicale in the group stage.

It will depend on the team which makes good use of the opportunities presented to them as both sides have players of top caliber and prestige.

The final will be a cracker.

A quick glance at the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League, Nadi started where it left in the domestic competition to continue its fine run following a 1-0 win over relegation threat Lautoka on Sunday.

The Jetsetters needed this win following a dismal outing in the OFC Champions League.

It will be interesting to see how coach Kamal Swamy maintains and uses the star players that flocked the side ahead of the regional meet.

Good luck to the team that faces Ba when the second round of the national league fully resumes later this month.

Nothing serious. Just saying.

Quote of the week

"I am happy to have secured the maximum three points but overall I am not happy with the fitness level of the players," coach Swamy after Nadi's 1-0 win over Lautoka.

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