Wood­burn helps Liver­pool reach League Cup semis

Foot­ball mourns Brazil­ian play­ers killed in air crash

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Liver­pool reached the League Cup semi-fi­nals af­ter 17-year-old Ben Wood­burn en­joyed a night to re­mem­ber by be­com­ing the club’s youngest ever goalscorer when he wrapped up a 2-0 vic­tory over Leeds United on Tues­day.

The young­ster volleyed pow­er­fully into the net from close range in front of the Kop in the 81st minute to dou­ble Liver­pool’s lead and si­mul­ta­ne­ously erase for­mer Eng­land striker Michael Owen from the club’s record books.

At 17 years and 45 days, Wood­burn was 98 days younger than Owen, when he found the net for the first time in 1997.

It had been a test­ing evening for Liver­pool, who were frus­trated for the ma­jor­ity of the tie at An­field and were out­played at times by their sec­ond-tier op­po­nents, with Leeds peg­ging them back and strik­ing the wood­work in the sec­ond half. How­ever, the hosts’ Divock Origi slid home the open­ing goal af­ter 76 min­utes be­fore Wood­burn struck four min­utes later agains the An­field side’s old ri­vals.

“We all know how young Wood­burn is, but it doesn’t look like this in train­ing ses­sions,” Liver­pool boss Juer­gen Klopp told Sky Sports. “It’s a nice story and all the boys are re­ally happy for him. Ev­ery­body is smiling in the dress­ing room.” Liver­pool will be joined in the last four by Hull City, who got past Cham­pi­onship (sec­ondtier) lead­ers New­cas­tle United as the vis­i­tors missed three penal­ties in a 3-1 shootout de­feat af­ter the match had fin­ished 1-1 at the end of ex­tra time.

With a host of in­juries to deal with and a con­gested festive fix­ture sched­ule loom­ing, Liver­pool coach Klopp rang made eight changes from the side that beat Sunderland in the Pre­mier League on Satur­day and gave sev­eral young­sters an op­por­tu­nity to shine.

There was a makeshift feel to the way Liver­pool played in the first half as Leeds en­joyed the best chances with Hadi Sacko forc­ing a su­perb early save from Si­mon Mig­no­let and Ke­mar Roofe curl­ing a beau­ti­ful ef­fort against the post af­ter the break.

It was not un­til later in the sec­ond pe­riod that the hosts be­gan to find some rhythm, with Ge­orginio Wi­j­nal­dum strik­ing the post min­utes be­fore Origi slid in to poke a brilliant cross from an­other young­ster, Trent Alexan­der-Arnold, in at the near post.

Wood­burn’s mo­ment ar­rived five min­utes later with Origi’s cross to the far post find­ing the young striker un­marked. He smashed the ball high into the net and wheeled away in cel­e­bra­tion in front of a ju­bi­lant Kop.

A drab en­counter that fin­ished 0-0 af­ter 90 min­utes at Hull sprang to life in ex­tra time as New­cas­tle took the lead when Mohamed Di­ame prod­ded home in the 98th against his for­mer club. The ad­van­tage lasted just a minute, how­ever, with Robert Sn­od­grass equal­is­ing for Hull, who played with 10 men in ex­tra time af­ter striker Dieumerci Mbokani was sent off in the 89th.

Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic was the shootout hero, sav­ing from Jonjo Shelvey and Yoan Gouf­fran, while their New­cas­tle team mate Dwight Gayle hit the cross­bar.

Arse­nal host Southamp­ton and Manch­ester United wel­come West Ham United in the two re­main­ing ties later. —Reuters

Emo­tional trib­utes were paid yes­ter­day to the Brazil­ian foot­ball team Chapecoense Real that was vir­tu­ally wiped out in a plane crash in the Colom­bian moun­tains that killed 71 peo­ple. The char­ter plane, a Bri­tish Aerospace 146, re­ported elec­tri­cal prob­lems just be­fore the crash as it ar­rived in Medellin where Chapecoense were to play in the Copa Su­damer­i­cana fi­nal.

But a Colom­bian mil­i­tary source said the air­liner may have run out of fuel. “It is very sus­pi­cious that de­spite the im­pact there was no ex­plo­sion. That re­in­forces the the­ory of the lack of fuel,” the source told AFP.

The weather at the time of the dis­as­ter was bad. Six peo­ple mirac­u­lously sur­vived the crash Mon­day night. Three of the sur­vivors were foot­ballers, but goal­keeper Jack­son Foll­mann had his right leg am­pu­tated, said the San Vi­cente Foun­da­tion Hospi­tal out­side Medellin. Two flight crew and a jour­nal­ist fol­low­ing Chapecoense for the game against Medellin also es­caped.

Brazil or­dered three days of na­tional mourn­ing for the team. Fans flocked to the Chapecoense sta­dium in Brazil to mourn the team, who have emerged from nowhere over the past two years to take South Amer­i­can foot­ball by storm.

Other Brazil­ian clubs have of­fered them play­ers so they can carry on com­pet­ing. Spe­cial funds have also been set up.

Foot­ball leg­ends Pele and Maradona and cur­rent su­per­stars Lionel Messi and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo led trib­utes to the Chapecoense team. Ron­aldo joined Real Madrid team­mates in a minute’s si­lence for the Brazil­ian team.

BLACK BOXES FOUND

“The pain is ter­ri­ble. Just as we had made it, I will not say to the top, but to have na­tional promi­nence, a tragedy like this hap­pens,” club vice-pres­i­dent Ivan Tozzo told Globo SporTV.

“It is very dif­fi­cult, a very great tragedy.”

The plane went down about 50 kilo­me­ters (30 miles) from Medellin, in a re­mote moun­tain area called Cerro Gordo.

Chapecoense were on their way to play Atletico Na­cional of Medellin in the first leg of the Copa Su­damer­i­cana fi­nal. The two black box recorders have been found but no im­me­di­ate de­tails were given. The dead in­cluded most of the team and 20 Brazil­ian jour­nal­ists trav­el­ing to cover the match.

Four peo­ple did not turn up for the flight in­clud­ing a jour­nal­ist and two politi­cians. “It’s one of those things in life. Only God knows why I ended up stay­ing be­hind,” said Lu­ciano Buligon, the mayor of Chapeco in south­ern Brazil. Cry­ing, Plinio Filho, the head of the club’s ad­vi­sory coun­cil, re­called the play­ers telling him they were off to “chase a dream” as they left. “The group was like a fam­ily. It was a group of friends, where ev­ery­one laughed a lot, even in de­feat,” he said.

Footage of the club on the plane be­fore take-off aired on TV chan­nel Gi­gav­i­sion in Bo­livia, where the team de­parted from the city of Santa Cruz af­ter tak­ing a com­mer­cial flight from Brazil. The same plane was used two weeks ago to fly the Ar­gen­tine na­tional team with Messi on board to San Juan, Ar­gentina for a World Cup qual­i­fy­ing match, spe­cial­ist web­sites said. Chapecoense coach Mauro Stumpf told Gi­gav­i­sion he hoped the plane would “bring (us) luck” like it did when the team flew with the same com­pany to a quar­ter-fi­nal match last month.

The Bri­tish Aerospace 146 air­liner en­tered into op­er­a­tion in 1999 and pre­vi­ously be­longed to two other air­lines, a spokesman for the man­u­fac­turer told AFP. Bri­tain’s Air Ac­ci­dents In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch said it was send­ing ex­perts along with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the plane’s man­u­fac­turer BAE Sys­tems to Colom­bia to help the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.—AFP

CHAPECO: Peo­ple at­tend a mass in memo­riam of the play­ers of Brazil­ian team Chapecoense Real killed in a plane crash in the Colom­bian moun­tains, in Chapeco, in the south­ern Brazil­ian state of Santa Cata­rina, on Tues­day. —AFP

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