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Pompey wins after shoot out

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
Date:Friday July 27 2007
Time: 3:53PM

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Comments

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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!
CharlieChimes
27/07/2007 15:58:00
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We did it!!! don't care how, but we did it....Superb boys, proud of you all.........................
pentonpompey
27/07/2007 15:58:00
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Agree with you chimes about Muntari, beautiful ball to put GON clear.
pentonpompey
27/07/2007 15:59:00
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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.
Aamir
27/07/2007 16:16:00
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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
27/07/2007 16:57:00
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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.....
pompeygray
27/07/2007 17:13:00
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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
russellm
27/07/2007 17:31:00
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Hands up anyone else who had £60 at 7/2 for us to win it before it started ? Get in Pompey !!!
lincspfcfan
27/07/2007 18:28:00
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what a pre-season! :-) Englands number one. my hero.
PompeyKinn
27/07/2007 19:18:00
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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 :-)
pentonpompey
27/07/2007 19:23:00
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