Salah ends goal drought to hit half-century

first_imgMohamed Salah has reached 50 goals in English football after finding the target for Liverpool in their Premier League clash with Huddersfield.The Egypt international headed into a clash at the John Smith’s Stadium facing questions regarding his return in 2018-19.Having landed the Golden Boot during his debut campaign at Anfield, expectation levels have risen around the 26 year old. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He had gone four games without hitting the next prior to facing the Terriers, with just three efforts recorded in 11 appearances.But Salah required just 24 minutes to get back into the groove during a trip to West Yorkshire.His latest effort also saw him hit a notable landmark across his time in England.50 – Mohamed Salah has scored his 50th goal for English clubs, reaching this tally in just 83 games in all competitions. King. #HUDLIV— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 20, 2018Salah first graced English football after linking up with Chelsea in January 2014.He struggled for regular minutes throughout his time at Stamford Bridge and managed just two goals in 19 outings.His reputation was then rebuilt in Italy with Fiorentina and Roma, allowing him to return to the Premier League as a markedly different player in the summer of 2017.Salah hit the net 35 times in the Premier League last season, while managing 44 efforts across all competitions.Taking his tally to four this term means that he can now boast a half-century of strikes.Liverpool will be hoping that there are many more to come, with Jurgen Klopp’s side chasing down major silverware.Salah helped himself to a number of individual prizes in 2017-18, but collective honours are now the order of the day for a team approaching seven years without a trophy. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Election results 2019: PM Narendra Modi crushes Opposition to win new 5-year term

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s NDA government has been picked to lead India again by many of the hundreds of millions who voted in the hotly contested, six-week-long Lok Sabha election.With most votes counted, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won a parliamentary majority on its own in a 545-strong Lok Sabha with two nominated members — just as it did in 2014.In fact, the BJP alone has won 300 seats.The last time a single party pulled off back-to-back majorities was in 1984, when Rajiv Gandhi’s Congress won more than 400 seats in an election held soon after Indira Gandhi’s assassination.Across India, the BJP began celebrating well before Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared victory on Thursday afternoon. His tweet evoked his own jubilant words after winning in 2014 — “India wins yet again!” he said.”Together we will build a strong and inclusive India.”- Prime Minister Narendra ModiVoters “have clearly given their decision today”, said Rahul Gandhi, the Congress president, as he congratulated Modi on Thursday evening. He also conceded the election in Amethi, which he has represented for 15 years, to Smriti Irani. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with NDA allies on May 21, two days before counting. (Photo: Twitter/Narendra Modi)Nearly all of the 542 races had been called as of around 12.30 pm on Friday. But for Opposition leaders who dismissed exit poll data predicting an emphatic victory for the incumbent, the writing had been on the wall since counting began. The spectacular failure of opinion and exit polls to predict the recent election in Australia — a talking point when Indian survey data were broadcast on May 19 — has not reproduced itself here.advertisementSome foreign leaders, including Prime Ministers Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka and Benjamin Netanhayu of Israel, congratulated Modi before the first results were declared on Thursday. Omar Abdullah, a former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, who acknowledged this weekend that all exit polls couldn’t be wrong, congratulated the BJP’s leaders in a sporting message on Twitter.So the exit polls were correct. All that’s left is to congratulate the BJP & NDA for a stellar performance. Credit where credit is due PM Modi Sahib & Mr Amit Shah put together a winning alliance & a very professional campaign. Bring on the next five years.Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) May 23, 2019A number of exit polls broadcast on May 19 — the seventh and final day of voting — had the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the BJP, retaining power with well over 300 seats.Counting trends and results bore out that projection throughout Thursday, without a flicker of hope for Modi’s rivals.For the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), the Congress-led grouping vanquished so emphatically in 2014, the dreary picture painted by exit polls has materialised into its worst nightmare. It has won fewer than 100 seats.’GRAND ALLIANCE’ FLOPS IN BIGGEST STATEThe three-way contest in Uttar Pradesh — home to 80 parliamentary seats, the highest number in any Indian state — is of particular interest.A regional coalition of three opposition parties, including the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, has failed to seriously challenge the NDA, which won all but seven seats here in the 2014 election.Now, the NDA has won 63 seats — a smaller seat share, but a rout nonetheless.The Congress was also in the fray in Uttar Pradesh, but was not part of the tripartite “mahagathbandhan”. Its UPA coalition was outclassed in the Hindi heartland, where it formed three state governments just months ago. The smattering of good news on offer came from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Punjab.Campaigning for the Lok Sabha election was often acrimonious — politicians got personal at times while targeting their rivals. There were reports of violence, especially in West Bengal, where campaigning was ended a day early after clashes in Kolkata that involved the BJP and the All India Trinamool Congress. The Election Commission found itself under constant scrutiny; it drew the opposition’s criticism for a number of issues, including one election commissioner’s dissent against clean chits given to speeches made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.Around 900 million people were eligible to vote in India’s seventeenth Lok Sabha election. The turnout was a little over 67 per cent.The election in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, was cancelled.Inputs from agenciesWATCH | The turning points of Lok Sabha election 2019last_img read more