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20 SPORT Tuesday, March 6 2018 | NEW ERA Firmino makes Liverpool feared again Mohamed Salah has scored may have more explosive the glue that knits together a devastating Liverpool front three that is fast making the five-time European champions feared on the continent once more. Liverpool go into today’s Champions League last done having inflicted the Portuguese giants’ worst-ever home European defeat in a 5-0 rout three weeks ago. All of Liverpool’s freescoring forward trio were on been for most of the season. Their combined tally now his best return for a single much more than a striker who over Newcastle on Saturday was also his 13th assist of the season. but not every day. Sadio the Mail on Sunday recently. the highest of praise from is the embodiment of what Klopp wants from his side. His seemingly tireless energy reserves press and pull defenders out of their comfort zone to make the spaces for yet he still maintains a calm head when needed in front of goal himself. hold-up play and work off the ball makes him one of the best attacking players in Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports. into the player he is now. His technical ability as a former his athleticism has produced three that is proving almost impossible to stop. “With Mane you have the and hold-up play and securing Salah that gives you a bit Liverpool great Steven “The blend is superb. They all pass the ball to each Even better could come had to play a supporting role former Liverpool teammate Philippe Coutinho during Tite’s short but successful reign in charge. having left his native land for star power of his colleagues. Jesus have to overcome for Russia and Tite hasn’t ruled out changing his system “He is a 10 who learned Klopp. alternatives in previous World Cups and it cost us big. That’s Jesus together. We must enter the competition with – Nampa/AFP Phenomenal… Roberto Firmino is doubtlessly one of the most valuable forwards around right now with everything he offers. Hopeful… Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela Komphela not throwing in the towel Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says his team are still in contention to win the league title despite losing to arch enemy Orlando Pirates 3-1 in an entertaining Soweto Derby on Saturday. The defeat sees Chiefs drop down to Maritzburg United climbing above them into third and fourth spot on the table respectively. a massive opportunity for us to get closer could have been for us. That is the beauty the post-match press conference. Sundowns. “We regret the fact that we lost the match. Our fourth loss in the season and uncharacteristic of us. We do not concede many goals and today we conceded three said. points still on offer means they cannot throw in the towel. any scenario where mathematically you responsibility to keep delivering. We are the show. We have to keep performing. We do not know what is going to happen in BLACK PANTHER INSPIRES BUCS how a midweek trip to the movies inspired his side to victory against Kaizer Chiefs Stadium on Saturday. The Sea Robbers ran out as 3-1 winners but may well have scored more had they not missed a number of second-half opportunities. Tuesday we went for a team building and go and prove a point today. added. The victory means Pirates who are within four points of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns. – Teamtalk

Tuesday, March 6 2018| NEW ERA SPORT 21 The bronze bomber… How many times do I have to call out Joshua? – Wilder NEW YORK Deontay Wilder had just retained his heavyweight world title for the seventh time in a brutal battle with Luis “King Kong” Ortiz on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Wilder dropped Ortiz in the damage, and came so close to getting knocked out in the seventh round, in which all three judges awarded Ortiz a 10-8 round even though he didn’t knock down Wilder. It was miraculous that Wilder survived the round and then, in the 10th round, he came storming back to destroy Ortiz. He knocked him down with three brutal right one of the most sensational right uppercuts you will ever see. Ortiz was over. Facing by far his most dangerous opponent, Wilder had rousing and memorable victory that will play on his highlight reel for eternity. “There is no man that has stood in front of me that I haven’t knocked out and I’m gonna continue my knockout spree,” Wilder said proudly at his post- But only a couple of minutes after Wilder arrived, the question everyone knew was coming was asked: Do you want to call out Anthony Joshua? A Wilder showdown with twobelt titleholder Joshua, a huge star in the United Kingdom, is easily to offer and one of the biggest both undefeated titleholders. Both own Olympic medals (Joshua gold in 2012, Wilder bronze in 2008). Both are charismatic. Both are gargantuan punchers. “How many times do I have to call him out? How many times? They hiding,” Wilder said. “His promoter [Eddie Hearn of enough, I’ve spoken enough. I really don’t want to talk about the dude no more because I’ve said all I have to say. After tonight I don’t need to say no more. All I want to do is prove to the world that I am the best. I’m the baddest man on the planet and, hey, whenever they ready I’ll be ready. Talkin’ about calling him, how many times I got to call him? All you got to do is pick up the phone” Eddie Hearn is milking the cow. It’s good to make money and stuff like that, but how long you going to cheat the people out of their money? How long you going to who ain’t even worthy of him?” To be fair, while Wilder was dealing with his tough task against removed from nearly getting knocked out by the future Hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko last April the year. And now, although Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) is not facing Wilder the division’s other undefeated titleholder, Joseph Parker. They meet to unify their three belts on March 31 in Cardiff, Wales. Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) plans been hired by Sky Sports, Joshua’s home broadcaster, to serve as a commentator. Indeed, New Zealand’s Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) was in Wilder’’ B a t t l e r e a d y … World heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Photos: Top Breaking News

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