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Poems tagged ‘Salah’

Champions League Final 2019: Liverpool and the power of six

Estadio Metropolitano for the cup
The Reds were hardly sublime
Klopp was happy to soak it up
And lift Big Ears for the sixth time

Salah’s penalty wasn’t that sound
Twelve months, how time flies
Origi bangs, we’re Anfield bound
With the continents biggest prize

Spurs tried but lacked the kill
Total shutdown Alisson Becker
The City of Liverpool is at a standstill
As the Reds get the Double Decker

Rome Seventy Seven, London Seventy Eight
Henderson fulfills a dream
Paris Eighty One, a Rome Eighty Four date
Istanbul and Madrid Nineteen

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© emdad rahman

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But He Dives

He’s a great player
and so skilful
but he dives.

He’s a fox in the box
turns on a sixpence
but he dives.

He is gifted
a born striker
but he dives.

He’s a match winner
a touch of genius
but he dives.

He’s got 50 goals
in the Premier League
but he dives.

He will get even better
become a superstar
but Mo Salah dives.

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World Cup day 12

El Hadary the star but Saudis take spoils
Saudi Arabia 2-1 Egypt

A 45 year old makes history
Evergeen Essam El Hadary
Taking Faryd Mondragon’s record
Saving Fahad Al Muwallad’s penalty

There’s that Red forward
Salah the Egyptian gem
Brilliantly lobbing the ball
Over Yasser Al-Mosailem

El Hadary conceded two
His countrymen left bereft
Salman Al Faraj’s spot kick
Al Dawsari with seconds left

Charruas make it three on the trot
Uruguay 3-0 Russia

The home party is muted
Cut to size in Samara
Fernando Muslera breaks a record
His country’s most capped ever

Russia had scored eight goals
Home support makes them tick
Falling behind to the Charruas
Suarez drilled a clever free kick

Worse for Cherchesov’s boys
Cheryshev was unlucky
Akinfeev blocked Bentancur
But Cavani pounced for three

Ansarifard quells Quaresma
Iran 1-1 Portugal

Somehow unfulfilled
Yet so colourful a career
His right foot flick pure madness
That for you is Ricky Quaresma

Television is taking control
VAR once again to the fore
Ronaldo fluffs a penalty
He’s still on goal number four

Lucky escape for Ronaldo
VAR once again to the fore
Ansarifard’s penalty spot on
Portugal second and a little bit sore

VAR leaves La Roja leading group
Spain 2-2 Morocco

Spain survive a scare
As VAR catches many on the hop
Iran’s late goal against Portugal
Sees La Roja finish top

Morocco are home and
They’re really not so bad
Khalid Boutaib keeps his cool
Isco levels in Kalinigrad

Youssef En-Nesyri heads a second
VAR awards Aspas’ flick
Spain will now play Russia
Maroc get ready to go home

25 06 18

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World Cup day 2

Day 2

Unlucky Pharaohs sucker punched

Egypt 0-1 Uruguay

There’s a mystery in Ekaterinburg
Where missing seats are aplenty
Suarez looked well sluggish
But Cavani is equally lively

Carlos Sanchez’s free kick
Evades the rookie El Shenawy
Giménez heads in for Uruguay
A first opening win since 1970

We saw a defensive masterclass
Egypt now look to get on track
Godin was simply flawless
But Salah will soon be back

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No boots, no sweat

Morocco 0-1 Iran

So a second African team
Succumbed to a late strike
Iran win with seconds to spare
To stick two fingers up at Nike

It may have been to Queiroz
“The hardest group of the World Cup”
With only a second ever win
His team are surely on the up

Again this one settled late
No boots, no sweat
Aziz Bouhaddouz defending a set piece
Heading into his own net

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Ronaldo 3-3 Spain

Portugal 3-3 Spain

At the table of Ronaldo
The whole of Portugal sups
He’s now the fourth ever player
To score at four World Cups

Penalty gold in the first half
Who else but Ronaldo
Two from the bullish Costa
A swerving screamer from Nacho

I called it the moment the ref blew
Ronnie’s 51st career hat trick
This thrilling Group B opener
Squared with a vicious late free kick

15 06 18

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