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06 August 2010 :: 14:08:07 pm 34511

Red’s Europa Success as Portsmouth Survive at High Court

Liverpool’s build-up to the impending commencement of the Premier League season continued in fine style with a comprehensive victory over Macedonian outfit Rabotnicki at Anfield. In other news, relegated Portsmouth was given the green light to compete in this years Championship division after the High Court rejected an HMRC case against the struggling South Coast club.
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United Kingdom, the 5th of August 2010: Liverpool was rarely tested, in a match, which saw the continued emergence of David N’Gog as a potential strike weapon and the debut of Joe Cole, dispatching with a defensive Rabotnicki in front of their adoring home fans.

Cole, recently transferred from Chelsea, played in his preferred free-role, while Gerrard was his usually commanding-self in midfield. Liverpool could and possibly should have won by a bigger margin, however, the fluidity and ease of their transitions on the park will certainly give supporters hope of a bright season ahead.

N’Gog had a hand in both goals of the match, heading Liverpool ahead before winning a penalty that Steven Gerrard converted. Continuing his fine form of late, the Frenchman went from outstanding to sloppy in a match which was typified by the ultra-conservative Rabotnicki offence.

The Premier League giants will now enter the draw in Nyon with a combination of respective Europa League qualifiers and Champions League third-round qualifying losers for a place in the official tournament-opening round.

In other football related news, Portsmouth have been prevented from going into liquidation by a High Court ruling, allowing them to commence the Championships season on Saturday.

The decision by Justice Mann in London means that Portsmouth will be free to play Coventry City this weekend, instead of being dumped from the Football League or completely liquidated.

Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) had been attempting to block a proposed Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) put together by the club’s administrators in order to help them out of administration. The HMRC argument was that the CVA was “unfair and seriously flawed” giving preference to football creditors such as players over others, including the HMRC.

The High Court ruling will allow the club to be sold to Hong Kong businessman Balram Chainrai, who initially placed them into administration after seizing control of the club in January.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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