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A Dismal Outcome

One of my most favourite stadium, Wembley Stadium was chosen as the location for the sensational second semi-final between Liverpool and Aston Villa. The team qualifying was supposed to meet Arsenal for the FA Cup Final. The crowds were on their complete razzle-dazzle to witness this mammoth-of-a-match. As me along with 4 of my friends took our seats, the players already started entering the ground.

I’d not like to accept it but, Liverpool was not up to the mark during this season. They did play some great games, but the usual charisma and charm witnessed in the team was missing. However, I still wanted them to win this match and beat Arsenal in the final. Moreover, I also wanted them to win this match, because it was Steven Gerrard’s Birthday, and also his last match with Liverpool, as he is supposed to join LA Galaxy for the Major League.

As Liverpool was playing as the away side, they were in yellow and Villa was in their usual blue and claret colors. The match started off with a fast pace, and the 12’ there was complete silence in the stadium when N’Zogbia shot from about 20 yards was safely tipped out for the corner by Mignolet. At 30’ Coutinho hit the first goal for Liverpool, which had the crowd singing and screaming. It was the first appearance at Wembley for Coutinho who passed the Villa defense, before dinking one past given and into the nets. Villa 0-1 Liverpool.

Joy knew no bounds for us, the Liverpool supporters. But our fun was short-lived with Beteke gave a smooth finish to a pass from Delph. Delph received the ball at the half-way line from Grealish, and passed it on to Benteke, who then converted into a fine goal. Villa 1-1 Liverpool. The crowds were literally on their feet by now. There were again many few hits and misses by both the teams, but none of them made any major impact.

Then at the 54’ our hopes of entering the finals were almost broken when Delph got another one for his team. It was a great team effort, where Grealish received the ball from Delph and then passed again to Delph, who swiftly stroked past Mignolet with a smooth right foot and into the goal. Villa 2-1 Liverpool. Liverpool players were seen trying their best until the last minute, but failed to get an equalizer. At the final whistle, the scores were Villa 2-1 Liverpool.

Our dreams of entering the finals and giving an amazing send-off to our captain were squashed terribly. But, I agree that Aston played much better than Liverpool. They were calm, composed and quick, and it worked in their favor.

The Much Needed Victory

We were back at the Anfield stadium for another encounter with Newcastle United, who were defeated in all of their last 4 matches. On the other hand, Chelsea too had consecutive defeats against Arsenal and Manchester United. Though I had barely slept after doing my shift at the pub, I couldn’t miss watching Liverpool at their home turf.

From the beginning, both the teams were looking fiercely to score and take the lead as soon as possible. Most of the possession in the initial minutes was with Liverpool, however, they were unable to create anything noteworthy. In the 9’ Sterling found an opening to score a beautiful goal. He took the pass from Henderson right into the left edge of the penalty area, cuts inside by beating Newcastle defenders, before shooting the ball with his right foot, which landed away from Krul’s dive and into the net. Liverpool 1-0 Newcastle.

After gaining an early lead in the match, Liverpool had many missed opportunities in the first-half itself. Newcastle was about to gain some momentum when Lovren appeared to foul Perez in the penalty area, but the referee waved away their claims. In the second-half, around the 70’ Liverpool went ahead to take all the three points of the match, when Joe Allen created a smooth finish that passed from Krul and into the nets.

By this time all the Newcastle supporters were utterly disappointed and some of them even started to leave the stadium. At full time the final score stood at Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle. Newcastle really needed this victory, as Manchester United had defeated Manchester City, and losing this match would have simply finished their hopes of staying in the top-4. The victory reignited the confidence of Liverpool, and me being an ardent follower of their game, couldn’t be happier.

A Step Closer to the Title

I travelled all the way to the Stamford Bridge Stadium in the Fulham city to watch Chelsea take on the red devils-Manchester United. Winning this match was important for Manchester, and for Chelsea, they were well ahead of all the teams in the table, but it would have taken them a step closer to the tile.

I need to agree that Manchester United has a world class team, with players like Rooney and Mata, but Chelsea, with their recent winning streaks had their morale’s high. All eyes were on Hazard, as he has had an amazing tournament this year, and Chelsea supporters wanted him to perform today as well. On the other hand ManU supporters wanted Rooney to work his magic, as he has scored or assisted in almost 120 goals in the Premier League Matches.

United was looking pretty dominated from the beginning itself, and Wayne Rooney was doing what he does best. At the 22’ Rooney gave a beautiful pass to Valencia, who received it back and then passed it on to Fellaini, who was unable to find another team-mate in the deep end. Though, Chelsea were trying their best, it was United enjoy most possession of the ball. However, at the 37’ Hazard finally found a lead for Chelsea. Oscar passed a brilliant backheel to Hazard, who finished it by sliding a finish under De Gea into the net. ManU 0-1 Chelsea.

United’s Rooney and Falcao did make some progress in the second half, but failed to transform it into a goal. At the final whistle, the score still stood at 0-1. This victory by Chelsea made them stand 10 points ahead of Arsenal and 11 points above the red devils, to put them at a touching distance of the Premiere League title in five seasons. It shouldn’t take more than 2-3 matches for the blues to become the champions.

A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed

I hate the fact that many movies on Netflix, Pandora, websites, and videos on YouTube are blocked in many parts of the world, especially in US and UK. After all that’s my favorite pass-time, if I am not catching up on any football match. With news that the very popular Netflix Popcorn Time was to be blocked in UK, I was literally depressed. I was discussing this with some friends over dinner, and that is when my friend Rick Smith said that we can still access Popcorn Time on Netflix even if it is blocked here.

Rick works as a server technician at the anonymous proxy website BrowsingAnonymousOnline.Com, and has been my friend from a couple of years. Teased as a nerd by most of us, Rick is always updated with all the latest technologies and gadgets available in the markets. He told us that we can use the website BrowsingAnonymousOnline.Com to access any content in UK and US, even if it is blocked in our country. My other friends wanted to know if they can access the blocked contents from their workplace as well, as workplace computers generally don’t allow you to view any other content that is not related to work. And to our surprise, Rick informed us that, Yes, it can be done to view blocked videos, movies, or any website that is blocked at your workplace as well.

We were almost sure that something so amazing would require loads of technical knowledge and other resources. Rick told us that it is actually very simple. You simply need to visit BrowsingAnonymousOnline.Com, enter the web address of your desired website and you can directly access that page without any restriction with the help of a proxy server that uses the IP address of a server from another country.

I didn’t get much into the other technical aspects which Rick was trying to explain, but one thing was for sure, even if the Popcorn Time, or any other video or website is blocked in UK or US we can directly access it through BrowsingAnonymousOnline.Com.

The Titans Collide

I and my friend Andy Johnson were travelling to the Anfield Stadium to watch the cracker of a match between Liverpool and Chelsea. Andy works as a graphic designer at the online casino website He was a frequent to the pub I work at, and that is where we first got into an argument as he is a Chelsea supporter. Even though we had a heated beginning, things changed for good and we’ve been good friends from a long time now. The best thing I like about him is the fact that, just like me he is a football maniac, and the only thing I hate about him is, he supports Chelsea.

So back to the game then. This league cup semi-final was touted as the match-of-the-year by many. I had a bet with Andy that if Liverpool loses, I will have to paint his backyard and if Chelsea loses he’ll pay for the tickets the next time we come together for a match. There were almost equal supporters for Chelsea and Liverpool at the stadium. Chelsea was indeed leading the pool table for league. But as Anfield was the home-stadium for Liverpool, I was very much sure that Liverpool will beat Chelsea hands down.

Both the teams were playing at their defensive best, but at the 17 Chelsea won a penalty for themselves, which was turned into a goal by Eden Hazard, who passed the ball past Mignolet into the right hand corner of the goal post. There was loud cheers by Chelsea fans, and I could see Andy from the corner of my eye, making faces at me and joining the other Chelsea fans in their celebration.

Liverpool upped their defense and their attack, but to no avail. At the half-time the scores stood at Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea. A new breeze of life was seen in the Liverpool players just after the half-time. And, finally at the 59’ Raheem Sterling brilliantly ran towards goal, beating Mikel and Matic along the way and shooting the ball into the bottom right corner of the net from just inside the penalty area. Joy knew no bounds for me as well other Liverpool supporters, as we were finally able to get the equalizer that we were waiting for. Though both the times tried to beat each other and they did succeed a little a few times, but the final scores stood at Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea. Which means that no backyard painting for me and I’ll have to pay for my tickets the next time, Andy and me come together for a match.

Battle of the equals

It’s not a starry affair today at Craven Cottage. No fancy names but it is still a high octane game. It’s a battle of the equals. Tottenham vs Fulham and I am putting my bet on Fulham. They have the home advantage and the crowd is right behind them. But no one can afford taking Tottenham lightly. On their day, they have the capability of bringing down anyone.

Bad news for Fulham just before the start of the game. Their star player Patrick Roberts has pulled a hamstring while practising and is doubtful for the game today. This would require Fulham to rethink their strategy now. The teams are coming out and as expected, Patrick is not taking the field. Big blow to Fulham even before the match started.

Tottenham took control of the ball and it’s a watchful start from them. They are going with short passes right now. This looks to be a game plan from them. Coach Mauricio is passing on the instructions. Isn’t he looking excited today? Fulham is surely missing Patrick. The team is looking haywire for now. The passes are not going right, the players are just not there to collect the ball. The home crowd is looking disappointed with the effort so far but there is still a lot of time left in the game. Hope they can bounce back. First half is now over. Fulham has not scored a goal but more importantly, they have not let Tottenham score one either.

It’s not been an exciting first half and crowd certainly hoped for a better game. Second half has started and Fulham despite all their efforts are still far from impressive. Tottenham has got a wonderful chance to pull this one off. 60 mins to the game and Fulham has committed a crime here. It’s a Penalty. An unnecessary tackle by Tim Hoogland here. Harry Kane is going to take the shot and it’s a Goaaaal. Right in the corner of the net and goalkeeper had no chance whatsoever. Tottenham has taken a decisive lead here. Last 10 mins left, Fulham is picking up but it’s too little. The game is over and Fulham knows how important Patrick was for this game. Never mind, I am looking forward to my next game now and will get in touch with you guys once I am back from there.

My first Live Football Match Experience

Hi again!! Just entered into the stadium to watch watch Chelsea vs. Liverpool stadium for the very first time. Its always a pleasure for any football geek like me to watch these 2 giants playing!!

The atmosphere here is electric and thrilling. Till date, I used to watch these 2 giants matches in the cozy comfort of my living room but I must admit it is nowhere close to what I am feeling now. I am getting goose bumps. The constant chant, the Mexican wave, you got to come here to feel it.

It’s Chelsea vs. Liverpool today and guess which team I am rooting for. It’s Liverpoooooool. I am just mesmerized with the atmosphere here. I thank god that my friends decided watch this match from home and that gave me the idea of coming here. The atmosphere here just inspired me to write this blog.

And here comes the teams from the dugouts. The chant is going louder and louder. Chelsea and Liverpool have played 3 times before in the champion’s league and Liverpool is leading by 2 games to 1. This is an important game for both the sides. The winner here will get an entry to the knockout stage.

The wait is over and the game is about to start now. Chelsea gets a shot at the ball first and here is the whistle. Chelsea is looking really aggressive today. The passing is precise and the long balls are just perfectly placed. Its 30 mins into the first half. Both the teams made 4-5 attempts at the goal but have not tasted the success yet. Its 45 mins to the game and the game is still goalless. There were some serious attempts by Chelsea attacker Fabregas but excellent work by Simon Mignolet so far.

Chelsea gained a lot of momentum but Liverpool has defended well. Second half started and Liverpool is looking a different team now. They are stealing the momentum from Chelsea and have a look at the passing. 75 mins into the game and what is this happening?? Excellent pass to Gerard and he is running towards the goal. Chelsea defenders are just not able to stop him. Gerard to Ronald and now only 1 defender to beat which Ronald managed. Passed the ball back to Gerard and it’s a Goaaaaaaaaaal. The stadium has erupted here and Liverpool fans are just going crazy. Chelsea made several attempts but Liverpool is able to hold on and here comes the final whistle. Liverpool 1 Chelsea 0.

The match is over but I am still not able to get over the mood. Wow!!! I can’t wait to get back here for the next match. I will surely come back from the field and continue this blog. Till then just hold on!!!!

Clash of the Titans!!

I know you guys waited for me to write again and I am back again with my experience on the second match. My first experience was mind blowing and I could not wait to come back here and share my experience. I am an avid Liverpool fan but before that I am a soccer fan!! How could I miss out writing about the mother of all the soccer games? You guessed it right!!! Its Arsenal vs Manchester United today. I entered the famous Manchester United stadium and it’s all painted in Red. Its Rooney vs Sanchez. That’s what this game has been turned into right now.

Can’t wait for the game to begin and finally the wait is over. Whistle blown and Manchester United has the ball in their foot. Look at them. They are out with a mission in front of the home crowd. Rooney is charged up and leading the pack. 10 mins into the game and Manchester united has already attacked 4 times. None of them are successful but has left Arsenal defense shattered. Arsenal has to rethink here. Arsène Wenger is looking worried on the sidelines. He is constantly talking to his players and updating them with the next move. 30 mins into the game and Arsenal is now changing the formation from 3-4-3, they are now going with 4-3-3. Being offensive is sometimes the best answer. With the new formation, Arsenal is going great guns now and the offence has been paid off. It’s a free kick from the touchline and a wonderful header by Sanchez. Its a goal!! Arsenal after being in the back foot earlier has gone into the break by leading 1-0.

In between all the hustle and bustle in the ground, the teams are out again for the second half. Manchester united is behind by a goal and they need to lift their game to remain in competition. They are looking to turn the table around now. 3 attempts to goal in last 10 mins and Arsenal going to 3-3-4 formation now. Manchester United keeps on attacking but still unable to score a goal. We are into the last minute now and Manchester trying one last attempt at the goal. Wonderful dribble by Rooney and he took a kick and it hits the top bar of the goal post. What a pity!! Rooney can’t believe it, Manchester fans can’t believe it. And the final whistle is blown. Manchester united players are leaving the ground with their heads down. They know they lost an important one today but they still have the opportunity to fight back.

The last league!!

It’s been 2 months that the Champion league has started and today we have reached to the last league match of this season. Aston Villa vs Newcastle United. A lot of things are to be decided based on the result of this match. Fulham must also be watching this one closely. A win for Aston Villa would mean that Fulham are out of the competition. Aston Villa on the other hand will not leave any stone unturned to win this one.

Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph, Carlos Gil, they all would be raring to go. Newcastle players on the other hand are looking very relaxed. They know they are already out of the tournament and they have nothing to lose. But they will surely pose a big threat to Aston villa.

Both the teams are on the ground and there are no reports of any injuries. Aston villa fans are looking a bit tensed and why not? The match has started and Aston Villa is trying to take the initial lead here. They are aggressive and are looking very determined. Newcastle united players need to regroup here. We are in the 20th minute of the first half and Newcastle is already looking disarrayed. I am sure the coach is not liking it. Aston villa has changed the gears now. Excellent ball from Fabian has given a great chance to Christian and here we go!! First goal of the game and 12th for Christian this season. Newcastle needs to respond back soon or else they will be out of the game even before they realize. End of first half, villa is ahead in every department. They had 58% possession of the ball. Newcastle needs to bounce back in the second half to make a match out of this one.

Second half started and Aston villa came up with 3-4-3 formation. Excellent flick by Benteke but well defended by the goalkeeper Hugo. Second half also belonged to Aston villa and  they win the game by 1-0. Fans were hopeful of a better show by Newcastle but they now need to wait for next season. Hopefully Newcastle will learn from their mistakes and come back strong.

How painful it is to Lose

It was a semifinal between Liverpool and W Brom and I headed to the stadium for the 3pm kick-off to have my team win and enter the finals. Barclay Premier Leagues are very interesting and can’t be missed. I am a great fan of soccer and love Liverpool. Steven Gerrard was in and it was his 500th premier league appearance for the reds that noon. The Hawthorns stadium was roaring with excitement and energy of the fans cheering their teams to win.

Right from the beginning of the match, Gerrard was showing a great performance as always. My team continued to dominate the first half but had to go for the break without scoring against the well-organized West Brom. Liverpool tried hard to find a way through and got Lallana for Ibe and Borini for Balotelli. Despite a lot of tricks from Henderson and Lallana, Liverpool could not find a way through to the goal bar. Fans were cheering the teams and I was hoping for my team scoring a goal.

At the 89th minute, Liverpool got a free kick at 40 yards and Coutinho sent it into the box but was cleared away and this opportunity got wasted as well. The game was already over with all the players tired of trying their best. An extra time of four minutes was declared but none of the sides could score during that extra time. The game was declared to be over and Liverpool ended up sharing their points. The whistle said it was the end and I was filled up with emotions for my team. A lot of expectations from the players and all of them faded away. It was one of the most disappointing matches I had ever watched and that too when my favorite team was playing!!