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Pompey wins after shoot out

After a goal less 90 minutes, where Liverpool looked the most likely to win, although arguably Gary O'Neil had the best chance of all, the lottery of a penalty shoot out was needed to decide the Barclays Asia Trophy final.

John Utaka put the first spot kick wide, with Steven Gerrard, Matty Taylor, Dirk Kuyt and Lomana LuaLua then all successful with superb penalties.

Next up was Fernando Torres but he had his kick saved by David James. Pompey had the chance to go ahead through Hermann Hreidarsson and he scored - just, to make it 3-2.

James saved again, this time from Yossi Benayoun to give Niko Kranjcar - who literally came on for the closing seconds - then chance to win it and he made no mistake to win our first silverware, no matter how minor it is since we won the Division One title.

We rode out luck a little during the match itself, but defended very well with David James - despite a couple of horrible howlers - the hero in the match itself and then the shoot out, taking nothing away from the takers themselves, who took some great kicks.

A full match report will be added soon.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 27 2007

Time: 3:53PM

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Good work DJ!! bit of a slooooow game though, still I thinks its great we have silverware!...still no goals scored against us in open play this pre-season! Muntari looks like he has one awsome passing vision on him!
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27/07/2007 15:58:00

We did it!!! don't care how, but we did it....Superb boys, proud of you all.........................
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27/07/2007 15:58:00

Agree with you chimes about Muntari, beautiful ball to put GON clear.
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27/07/2007 15:59:00

Congratulations even though I feel we did enough to win the match. Last time we lost a final (Athens) I was crying. This time, oh well.
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27/07/2007 16:16:00

I've hated penalty shootouts since they were first introduced, hated them even more after seeing people reduced to tears around me at Villa Park in 1992. Can't say i like them anymore now but at least it's a little bit of revenge.
Steve C
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27/07/2007 16:57:00

Absolutely agree. Found a pub in Sydney that displayed SETANTA and was able to watch it with NSW secretary Peter Rendle who lived 300 yds from Fratton Park back in the late 50s. Revenge is sweet, of course not a massive trophy, but the exposure that Pompey will create in the Asian market could be phenomenal. Our defence was absolutely rock solid tonight, with JAMES unquestionably the best goalkeeper in the land. We lacked a killer instinct up front and thanks to Kuyt at the other end we maintained the status quo. Having worked for Barclays Bank for 7 years and I can now finally say THANK YOU for giving us this deposit, a credit to Pompey, and more importantly cash in the bank. Elton John once thanked Barclays for persuing his musical career, I thank them now for sponsoring our first trophy since Jesus played full back for the arabs.....
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27/07/2007 17:13:00

nice to get a bit of revenge ( am refering to my scouser supporting cousin) first bit of silverware, very positive that we held our nerve until the end. lets hope it contiinues
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27/07/2007 17:31:00

Hands up anyone else who had 60 at 7/2 for us to win it before it started ? Get in Pompey !!!
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27/07/2007 18:28:00

what a pre-season! :-) Englands number one. my hero.
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27/07/2007 19:18:00

Those pen saves top drawer, especially the second, that was world class. Superbly taken pen by crunchie as well to clinch it.....I'm enjoying my beer tonight :-)
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27/07/2007 19:23:00

lincspfcfan 5.00 at 3/1 for me, i am just about to go and watch the game again, at the end of full time i didnt think we were that good tbh but i told everybody on this site that since i hadd seen him play in Italy Muntari was the man and i was worried that his footballing brain was a bit ahead of the rest of the team and the more i see him play the more i believe it. i really think we need a continental striker to play in front of him
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27/07/2007 19:47:00

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27/07/2007 20:06:00

Well done russellm. i can see what you are saying re Muntari,but u have to trust that Harry is on top of the situation. Great start to the weekend :)
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27/07/2007 20:25:00

On a completely different subject,has anyone else noticed Steve Bruce celebrating on the Scum home page of Vital ?
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27/07/2007 20:26:00

muntari will benumber 1 on my fantasy football team sheet :) class act! DJ is, as he proved the best keeper in the premeirship, and to not have conceeded in our pre-season is fantastic. An away win against liverpool is equally brilliant. nice to see that fulhams new star striker is out for the first month of the season...good old sol :) - - - when it went to penalties, i was pretty sure we'd win...although Utakas miss did surprise me...just hit it wide, but the right idea :)
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27/07/2007 21:10:00

just watched it again and i standf by my earlier assesment we were ordinary. I am a little disapointed in that i am not sure we carry much attacking threat, i am a bit worried for us. looking at the positives we went away from fratton park and didnt lose. I thought cranie was pretty good, o'neil really should have scored but was probably our outfield player of the match. Clearly Utaka does not have a confidence problem 30 mins and then put your self up for a penalty takes confidence. early days but at first sight Utaka cannot partner LL whome didnt have a bad time. Sol was a bit shakey ( is this a big thing)? Traore surprisingly good. As a team pompey gave the ball away too often.
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27/07/2007 21:23:00

Have to admit russ, im inagreement about the attack, I hope it gets better as it starts to gel, we havent exactly set the world alite pre-season, once Kanoute signs, different matter (i'm convinced he will)
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27/07/2007 21:35:00

pentonpompey i hope/think you are right about kanoute although we best ask Niall Quin's to set the price for him.
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27/07/2007 22:04:00

Quinneys just got back to me, he says 45quid and a chewed toffee apple ought to do it...........
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27/07/2007 22:22:00

dont be seklfish now, throw in somr tripe n greyveeey for our nooorthern mates
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27/07/2007 22:52:00

Question; when was the last time a team who scored less goals than every one else in competition won it............... TODAY!!!!!!!!!Play up Pompey I was at both semis,Highbury and Villa.. I was more gutted then than the 3 rele3lgations i had seen put together..but today was nice even if its a friendly. Muntari -Russellm you are bang on..although i have read elswhere his shooting is well off and it did look it today. Not sure about Nugent yet. Lua Lua looked hungry and ready to give it all he's got
plymouth graham
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28/07/2007 00:27:00

Get it right lads, Pompey didn't win, Liverpool lost! The media darlings are NOT happy
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28/07/2007 07:37:00

paultsmouths got it right!
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28/07/2007 07:59:00

Paultsmouth you are right, but it's good to see them suck on the equivalent of a journalistic lemon!!!!!
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28/07/2007 08:59:00

When have they ever been happy with what Pompey do? Win or lose they hate us. But we love us so that's ok then.
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28/07/2007 09:01:00

Paultsmouth,you are right aboput us not winning,and Liverpool losing................ let's hope we can't win like that all season !!
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28/07/2007 11:45:00

Well done Pompey....hope you can do it in the League as well!
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28/07/2007 12:09:00

cheers mate so do i - and i think we can and will at fratton, but would say we will prob see a similar showing at anfield tbh, looking for a draw maybe trying to sneak a win... let the media say what they want, we won, even if we were lucky to, that is all i care about... i won money at 9/2 - or at least bloody well would have if we had won in 90 minutes, was cursing o'neil :)
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