12-2! The phenomenal Liverpool record that no other club can match

first_img1 Liverpool celebrate beating Middlesbrough on penalties Penalties require nerves of steel and that’s just what a bunch of Liverpool youngsters had when they successfully beat Middlesbrough 14-13 from the spot in the Capital One Cup third round on Tuesday evening. But such calmness under pressure from 12 yards is not unusual when it comes to the Redmen as the Merseyside outfit boast one of the finest penalty shoot-out records in history.Liverpool have faced 14 nerve-shredding shoot-out experiences in competitive football, but have buckled under the strain just twice. The first was back in 1993 when they were downed 4-3 on penalties by Wimbledon in a League Cup fourth round replay. No embarrassment there as back then the Dons were a bruising Premier League outfit, who had beaten Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final after saving a penalty from the Redmen.The club’s only other penalty shoot-out defeat was far more embarrassing, coming at the hands of fourth tier Northampton Town in a League Cup third round tie in 2010. The League Two outfit held a second string Liverpool side to a 2-2 draw, during Roy Hodgson’s brief but wretched spell as manager, then triumphed 4-2 on spot-kicks at a stunned Anfield.Those black marks pale into insignificance when you consider just how impressive the Reds have been on the vast majority of occasions they have lined up after extra-time.Going back to their first victory – a 6-5 triumph from the spot over champions Leeds in the 1974 Charity Shield – Liverpool have been calmness personified from the spot, especially on the biggest occasions. Two of the Merseyside club’s European Cup final successes have come via a penalty shoot-out.Joe Fagan managed Liverpool to continental glory in 1984 when, after being held to a 1-1 draw by Roma in the Italian club’s own stadium, his side cooly stuck away four penalties to the Serie A side’s two, in the first European Cup final to be decided by spot kicks.That shoot-out entered football folklore thanks to goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar’s ‘spaghetti legs’ antics, when the Liverpool number one attempted to unsettle Roma’s penalty takers by wobbling all over the place, as if to say, ‘This is how nervous you should be right now!’Then, of course, came the ‘Miracle of Istanbul’, when Rafa Benitez led the Reds to an incredible comeback victory over AC Milan in 2005. A Steven Gerrard-inspired outfit came from 3-0 down at half-time to force extra-time and penalties. With the Italians totally shellshocked, future Chelsea flop Andrey Shevchenko saw his penalty saved by Jerzy Dudek – repeating Grobbelaar’s tactics at the request of Jamie Carragher – as Liverpool won the shoot-out 3-2.There was also a third success on the European stage from the spot just two seasons later when the Reds beat Chelsea 4-1 in a Champions League semi-final shoot-out at Anfield, after the tie had finished 1-1 on aggregate.And it doesn’t end there when it comes to Liverpool’s shoot-out success. The Reds have also tasted glory twice from the spot in winning the League Cup final (2001 and 2012) and once in the FA Cup final (2006), not to mention the FA Cup semi final (1992).So while it may have been a tricky start to the new season for Brendan Rodgers’ side, it is fair to say his team lived up to the weight of history with their phenomenal 14-13 shoot-out win in the Capital One Cup.Liverpool’s penalty shoot-out record:1. WON Leeds – 1974 Charity Shield (1-1 AET) 6-5 on penalties2. WON Roma – 1984 European Cup final (1-1 AET) 4-2 on penalties3. WON Portsmouth – 1992 FA Cup semi-final replay (0-0 AET) 3-1 on penalties4. LOST Wimbledon – 1993 League Cup fourth round replay (2-2 AET) 3-4 on penalties5. WON Birmingham -1995 FA Cup third round replay (1-1 AET) 2-0 on penalties6. WON Birmingham – 2001 League Cup final (1-1 AET) 5-4 on penalties7. WON Ipswich – 2002 League Cup fourth round (1-1 AET) 5-4 on penalties8. WON Tottenham – 2004 League Cup fifth round (1-1 AET) 5-3 on penalties9. WON AC Milan – 2005 Champions League final (3-3 AET) 3-2 on penalties10. WON West Ham – 2006 FA Cup final (3-3 AET) 3-1 on penalties11. WON Chelsea – 2007 Champions League semi-final second leg (1-1 on agg) 4-1 on penalties12. LOST Northampton Town – 2010 League Cup third round (2-2 AET) 2-4 on penalties13. WON Cardiff – 2012 League Cup final (2-2 AET) 3-2 on penalties14. WON Middlesbrough – 2014 League Cup third round (2-2 AET) 14-13 on penaltieslast_img read more

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Partnerships Key in Human Trafficking Fight

first_img Permanent Secretary in the Justice Ministry, Carol Palmer, is emphasising the importance of partnerships with local and international stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking. Story Highlights Head of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit at the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Carl Berry, agreed that partnerships are vital in eradicating the scourge. “The secret to winning on human trafficking is to know that you cannot fight alone. The National Taskforce Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP) and the police cannot do it by themselves,” Permanent Secretary in the Justice Ministry, Carol Palmer, is emphasising the importance of partnerships with local and international stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking.Noting the country’s collaboration with the United States Government, she said that the anti-trafficking efforts “cannot be done by any one country on its own.”“The secret to winning on human trafficking is to know that you cannot fight alone. The National Taskforce Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP) and the police cannot do it by themselves,” she added.Mrs. Palmer was speaking at the final in the series of the Regional Trafficking in Persons (TIP) School awareness tours at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters in Mona, St. Andrew on January 19.NATFATIP and the United States Embassy collaborated to stage the tours across the island from January 16-19 to promote awareness of human trafficking among young people and mark Human Trafficking Awareness Month.Mrs. Palmer, who is also the Chairperson of NATFATIP, said that the tours were important as part of the effort to raise awareness about the scourge of human trafficking.“We need to educate ourselves, which is what we are about. We have to educate every Jamaican,” she noted.In emphasising the importance of education, the Permanent Secretary recounted an incident involving men from India, who were brought into the island to work in Indian-owned businesses.“Some people thought that something was suspicious in how the men were being treated and called in the police. It was determined after their investigation, that it was human trafficking,” she said.Head of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit at the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Carl Berry, agreed that partnerships are vital in eradicating the scourge.Global statistics indicate that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking and traffickers are making billions from the crime.“It is a global fight. If criminals make US$150 billion per year, then no government can do this alone,” he argued.DSP Berry noted that Jamaica ranks as the top Caribbean country in the fight against human trafficking and has been providing consultation, support and training to other states in the region.“We have rescued 76 victims in the last five years and our data shows that we are doing more, which is a credit to the police especially but also to the framework, which has been created by the Government through NATFATIP and the Ministry of National Security. We’re doing reasonably well,” he noted.Political and Economic Officer at the US Embassy in Kingston, Daniel Walker said his Government is committed to providing global leadership in eradicating human trafficking.“Human trafficking, that is to say, modern day slavery, exists in the United States; it exists in Jamaica. As we seek the ultimate goal of seeing that the last victim of trafficking is free and the last perpetrator brought to justice, we must seek that global solution together,” he said.The US Department of State, in its 2016 TIP Report, ranked Jamaica at Tier Two for its efforts to fight human trafficking.Tier 2 consists of those countries whose governments do not fully meet the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to comply.Last year, Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck said Jamaica was aiming for a Tier 1 ranking.last_img read more

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