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Hatem Ben Arfa is Liverpool target with Andy Carroll on offer

Liverpool lining up Ben Arfa deal using Carroll as a carrot for Newcastle

By
Dominic King

PUBLISHED:

23:58 GMT, 5 February 2013

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UPDATED:

08:14 GMT, 6 February 2013

Liverpool are tracking Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa as Brendan Rodgers begins his plans for a summer recruitment drive.

The French international, 25, could be targeted as part of a swap deal that would see Andy Carroll return to St James’ Park.

Target: Liverpool are considering bringing Hatem Ben Arfa to Anfield

Target: Liverpool are considering bringing Hatem Ben Arfa to Anfield

Swap: Andy Carroll could be offered back to Newcastle as part of the deal for Ben Arfa

Swap: Andy Carroll could be offered back to Newcastle as part of the deal for Ben Arfa

Ben Arfa has not featured for Newcastle since December 10 because of a hamstring injury.

He has long been admired by Rodgers even though he represents a slightly older purchase than many Anfield transfer targets.

Ben Arfa didn't push for a Newcastle exit during the transfer window but his loyalty to the club is likely to be severely tested in the summer. He will certainly have plenty of people to prevent him feeling homesick, as Alan Pardew bought six French-speaking players during the transfer window.

Return: Carroll's career never took off at Liverpool and his was loaned out to West Ham in the summer

Return: Carroll's career never took off at Liverpool and his was loaned out to West Ham in the summer

Nonetheless, Ben Arfa has previously stated a desire to play for the rich, Qatari-backed club Paris Saint-Germain.

Carroll has been on loan at West Ham after the 35million signing found it hard to make a mark at Anfield.

He has scored twice in 12 appearances for the Hammers so far, the latest coming on Saturday when he headed the winner against Swansea having returned the side following a two-month injury lay-off.

Blackburn Rovers supporters" groups join forces in bid to buy club

Blackburn fans ramp up bid to take ownership of club as supporter groups join forces

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UPDATED:

09:31 GMT, 25 September 2012

The campaign to bring Blackburn Rovers under fans' ownership has received a boost after a new membership scheme was launched.

The Rovers Trust joins together two supporters' groups, the Blackburn Rovers Supporters Investment Trust (BRSIT) and Blackburn Rovers Supporters Trust (BRST), whose joint goal is to own the Ewood Park club in whole or in part.

The move comes with Blackburn manager Steve Kean's role at the club looking increasingly under threat, with owners Venky's in talks about his position since Saturday.

Dejected: Kean's side were beaten last time out at home to Middlesbrough

Dejected: Kean's side were beaten last time out at home to Middlesbrough

The new membership drive for the Rovers Trust has been launched in a bid to sign up Blackburn fans for a 10 annual membership fee to give the group credibility.

The membership push will then be followed by a share-raising plan modelled on the 'pledge scheme' first launched by BRSIT earlier this year. That scheme has seen almost 3million pledged by supporters wanting to buy a 1,000 share in a new ownership model.

A target of 10m is being set by the co-chairmen, BRST founder Oliver Jones and Wayne Wild, one of the co-founders of BRSIT.

Voting with their feet: Rovers fans are not happy with the club's plight

Voting with their feet: Rovers fans are not happy with the club's plight

Jones said of the new trust scheme: 'Our principal objective is to obtain full or part ownership of Blackburn Rovers and its assets on behalf of fellow supporters in order to represent supporters' views whilst protecting the club's short- and long-term future.

'Membership of Rovers Trust is very affordable for all fans and, at the very least, gives those supporters a real say in the future running of Blackburn Rovers.'

Paul Gascoigne invited to watch Lazio v Spurs

Gazza guest of honour! Lazio want England legend at Europa League match against Spurs

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UPDATED:

16:18 GMT, 31 August 2012

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Lazio will invite Paul Gascoigne to their Europa League match against Tottenham in Rome to celebrate the link the former England star created between the two clubs.

Gascoigne joined Lazio from Spurs in 1992 and entered the club's folklore – his first goal for the club was a last-gasp equaliser in the Rome derby.

Memories: Lazio want their former star Paul Gascoigne as a guest against Spurs

Memories: Lazio want their former star Paul Gascoigne as a guest against Spurs

Lazio's general manager Maurizio Manzini, who had the same position at the club in Gascoigne's time, said they would like the 45-year-old to attend the game in Rome.

Lazio and Tottenham have never played a competitive game before, and have been drawn together in Group J along with Greek side Panathinaikos and Maribor from Slovenia.

Manzini said: 'Tottenham is a team Lazio knows very well, a great team with great traditions and we are very familiar with White Hart Lane starting from the time we had Paul Gascoigne.

'There is always a corner of Tottenham in our hearts. He is a mythical figure for Lazio fans and very popular in general in Italy.

'I remember the Atalanta ultras, who had a reputation for being really tough, opened an enormous banner with a picture of a huge bottle of beer saying “This is for you Gazza”.

'I hope we will have the chance to see him in London and for sure we will invite him to the match in Rome.'

Gascoigne has struggled to deal with alcohol problems since retirement but his agent said earlier this summer that he has embarked on a health drive.

Perfect 10: Gazza became a Lazio hero with this goal in the Rome derby

Perfect 10: Gazza became a Lazio hero with this goal in the Rome derby

Norwich 2 Scunthorpe 1: Wes Hoolahan and Declan Rudd rescue Chris Hughton

Norwich 2 Scunthorpe 1: Hoolahan and Rudd rescue Hughton

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UPDATED:

23:17 GMT, 28 August 2012

Wes Hoolahan's penalty sent Norwich into round three but boss Chris Hughton was forced to concede: 'We made hard work of it.'

Hughton made 11 changes from the side
that drew 1-1 with QPR at the weekend and young keeper Declan Rudd
grabbed a rare chance to impress.

But despite key saves from Andy Barcham, Mike Grella and David Prutton his reward is likely to be a move away from Carrow Road.

Up for it: Norwich City's David Fox challenges Scunthorpe's Robbis Gibbons (right)

Up for it: Norwich City's David Fox challenges Scunthorpe's Robbis Gibbons (right)

MATCH FACTS

Norwich: Rudd, Francomb, Turner, Ryan Bennett, Tierney, Fox, Lappin (Pilkington 52), Hoolahan, Surman, Morison (Jackson 80), Chris Martin. Subs Not Used: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Johnson, Holt, Barnett.

Goals: Lappin 32,Hoolahan 56 pen.

Scunthorpe: Slocombe, Ribeiro, Mirfin, Canavan, Newey, Duffy, Gibbons, Walker (Prutton 66), Ryan, Barcham (Grant 80), Grella (Jennings 80). Subs Not Used: Severn, Hughes, Howe, Keegan.

Goals: Duffy 34.

Att: 13,116

Ref: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands).

Houghton, who confirmed he had made an enquiry for Blackburn’s Mark Bunn, added: ‘Declan did really well but needs to be playing regularly.'

Despite his heroics, the 21-year-old is not yet ready to challenge newly-capped England international John Ruddy for the number one spot.

Hughton saw Simon Lappin open the scoring with his first goal in almost five years, a fierce effort from 20 yards out.

But the League One basement side, without a point from their opening three games, hit back immediately.

Mark Duffy came in from the right and struck a magnificent drive that beat Rudd and flew into the top corner.

Hoolahan, skipper for the night, converted a 56th minute penalty after he hit the deck under Niall Canavan’s challenge.

Hughton added: ‘We expected Scunthorpe to be motivated and they made it difficult for us.’

Scunthorpe boss Alan Knill said: ‘We had a real go and we come out of the game with credit.

‘We never gave up. We’re not sure it was a penalty either. We thought Niall won the ball – but unfortunately the ref didn’t agree.’

Relief: Norwich City's manager Chris Hughton

Relief: Norwich City's manager Chris Hughton

Up and overL Norwich City's George Francomb

Up and overL Norwich City's George Francomb

It was the visitors who made the
brightest start to the game and winger Andy Barcham could have put them
ahead as early as the third minute.

The former Tottenham youngster wriggled free in the Norwich penalty area before forcing a reaction save out of Declan Rudd.

Norwich
then came close moments later but neither Steve Morison nor Michael
Turner could make a telling connection to David Fox's inswinging corner.

Chris Martin's speculative bicycle kick failed to hit the target with the game lacking a cutting edge in the opening exchanges.

The
Canaries had managed to establish a level of dominance by the half hour
mark and were rewarded with the opening goal soon after.

Andrew Surman played a pass in field to
Lappin who took a touch before firing past Sam Slocombe in the
Scunthorpe goal from 25 yards out.

Alan Knill's side have lost all three of their League One games so far this season but they did not let their heads drop and were level two minutes later.

Christian Ribeiro picked out Duffy who curled in an effort from 30 yards that went in off the inside of the post with Rudd well beaten.

Norwich were nearly back in front soon
after but defender Ryan Bennett headed Surman's corner just wide of the
post under pressure from two Scunthorpe defenders.

With
the game approaching half-time Scunthorpe were arguably the better side
but a mix-up between Slocombe and Ribeiro from a Hoolahan cross almost
gave the Barclays Premier League side the lead but the loose ball
bounced clear.

Heads up: Norwich City's Steve Morison outjumps Scunthorpe's Tom Newey

Heads up: Norwich City's Steve Morison outjumps Scunthorpe's Tom Newey

Hands on: Norwich's Wes Hoolahan (right) holds off Mark Duffy

Hands on: Norwich's Wes Hoolahan (right) holds off Mark Duffy

Concern: Norwich City's Simon Lappin lies injured before leaving the field

Concern: Norwich City's Simon Lappin lies injured before leaving the field

The home side
made the better start to the second half and another chance fell to
Lappin but his shot was bravely blocked by Iron defender David Mirfin.

Lappin took a knock during the challenge and was unable to continue, with Hughton introducing Anthony Pilkington in his place.

Norwich were not disrupted by the change and were back in front after 55 minutes.

Hoolahan
was brought down in the area by Niall Canavan after a neat interchange
with Morison and the Canaries' skipper picked himself up and duly
converted the penalty.

The
second goal seemed to give Norwich the impetus and they came close to a
third moments later as Surman fired the ball across goal from a tight
angle with Slocombe only able parry his effort into the middle of the
penalty area, although the ball was cleared before a Norwich player
could latch onto it.

In control: Scunthorpe's Jimmy Ryan takes on Marc Tierney

In control: Scunthorpe's Jimmy Ryan takes on Marc Tierney

Scunthorpe were still showing signs of
getting back into the game as Mike Grella beat the offside trap and
drew a smart save from Rudd with just over 25 minutes remaining.

Norwich full-back George Francomb
fired just wide of Slocombe's far post when he was picked out by Fox
while unattended on the edge of the Scunthorpe penalty area with the
Canaries starting to keep hold of the ball for longer spells.

The
hosts should have scored a decisive third goal 15 minutes from time but
Surman headed Marc Tierney's cross straight into the arms of Slocombe.

Scunthorpe almost punished Norwich for their wastefulness in front of goal as Rudd was forced to tip over a spectacular long-range volley from debutant David Prutton.

The former Nottingham Forest man's effort was the last real attacking threat offered by Knill's side with Norwich taking the sting out of the game in the final 10 minutes.

The five minutes of stoppage time signalled by the fourth official would have given Scunthorpe some hope but Norwich kept possession expertly to secure their safe progression into the third round of the competition.

Oussama Assaidi completes 3m Liverpool move

Assaidi secures 3m Liverpool move as Morocco winger signs four-year deal

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UPDATED:

14:27 GMT, 17 August 2012

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Liverpool have completed a 3million deal for Heerenveen winger Oussama Assaidi.

The 24-year-old has signed a four-year contract after passing a medical at Melwood.

Assaidi was in the final year of his contract and moves to Anfield after turning down an offer to stay in Holland from Ajax. He was also wanted by Spartak Moscow and Galatasaray.

On the move: Oussama Assaidi has joined Liverpool on a four-year deal

On the move: Oussama Assaidi has joined Liverpool on a four-year deal

He told the Reds' website: 'I'm very happy to play for this big club. The first time I spoke to the coach I had a good feeling. I had offers from other big clubs but I've been waiting for this moment.

'The coach gave me a good feeling. It will be a dream to play with these big players and I hope training will help me to be a good player here.

'When I watch Liverpool it's always a good atmosphere, the fans are fantastic and I'm happy to be here.'

Fulham had expressed an interest in the pacy Assaidi, who can operate on the flanks or through the middle.

Recruitment drive: Brendan Rodgers has signed Joe Allen, Fabio Borini and now Assaidi since taking charge of Liverpool

Recruitment drive: Brendan Rodgers has signed Joe Allen, Fabio Borini and now Assaidi since taking charge of Liverpool

He becomes Brendan Rodgers' third signing following the arrivals of Fabio Borini and Joe Allen.

Rodgers said: 'We're delighted with the signing, he's a young player who has done very well, in particular in the last couple of seasons, in Holland.

'He fits our style perfectly, he's an exciting player who is very good in one-versus-one situations and I think he's a player that will excite the crowd.

'We're not expecting too much too early, he needs time to adapt but we're delighted he's chosen to come here over a number of other clubs.

'As I said, I'll look forward to helping his development and I hope he'll become a very good part of this club.'

Assaidi will triple the 7,000 per week wages he was being paid by Heerenveen and will plug the gaps in the squad that have been left by the departures of Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez.

He has 22 caps for Morocco.

Francisco Sandaza close to Rangers switch

McCoist continues Rangers recruitment drive with Sandaza close to sealing switch

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UPDATED:

15:24 GMT, 6 August 2012

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Manager Ally McCoist has confirmed Rangers are close to completing the signing of Francisco Sandaza.

The former St Johnstone striker was a target of the Ibrox club last season.

The Spaniard now looks set to become the latest addition to McCoist's squad ahead of their first Irn-Bru Third Division game at Peterhead this weekend.

Closing in: Francisco Sandaza (left) is set to join Rangers

Closing in: Francisco Sandaza (left) is set to join Rangers

The Light Blues boss said: 'I'm hopeful there will be a deal done very, very soon.

'The best way to put it is that Francisco hasn't signed yet but we are very keen to get him. “The agent and our representatives have been in discussions over the weekend and I'd be hopeful he'd be signing soon.'

Brazilian trialist Emilson Cribari could also be set for a move after arriving in Glasgow on Saturday night.

McCoist added: 'We had him in for a couple of days, he's been training. He's having a look around the place to see if he likes it.

'We would be very hopeful to get a deal done there too.” Chief executive Charles Green has been holding talks with Craig Beattie's representatives over the weekend, while Kevin Kyle also remains an option.

Leandro Damiao a target of Tottenham

Spurs to move for Damiao after Forlan switch to Internacional clears striker's path

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10:48 GMT, 7 July 2012

Tottenham are ready to relaunch their bid for Leandro Damiao after the Brazil international's club Internacional signed former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan.

Forlan's switch from Inter Milan means that the Brazilians can afford to cash in on their star striker – who will be representing his country at the London 2012 Olympics.

Damiao, 22, has been tracked by Spurs for over a year with Internacional having already knocked back a bid of 12million, according to the Daily Mirror.

Samba stars: Damiao (left) and Oscar (right) are both in Brazil's Olympic squad

Samba stars: Damiao (left) and Oscar (right) are both in Brazil's Olympic squad

Samba stars: Damiao (left) and Oscar (right) are both in Brazil's Olympic squad

Damiao's team-mate Oscar is also a target of Tottenham's as new manager Andre Villas-Boas continues his recruitment drive.

Having already signed Gylfi Sigurdsson for 8m from Hoffenheim, Villas-Boas is hoping to add 20m-rated Oscar to his attacking midfield options.

And Oscar, 20, admitted this week that he was aware of Tottenham's interest, saying: 'I don’t know what might happen, I’m not thinking of it right now.

'It’s not only Tottenham who want me. Offers always come for me, Damiao and whoever is showing up.'

Wolves agree Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson deal

Wolves boss Solbakken begins recruitment drive with capture of striker Sigurdarson

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UPDATED:

11:24 GMT, 19 June 2012

Wolves have agreed a deal to sign
Iceland international striker Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson subject to the player
agreeing terms and coming through a medical.

Sigurdarson is expected to pen a four-year contract at Molineux after an undisclosed fee was agreed with Lillestrom.

On his way: Bjorn Sigurdarson (right)

On his way: Bjorn Sigurdarson (right)

The 21-year-old is committed to playing in the Norwegian Premier League outfit's next three games before arriving in Wolverhampton on July 13 to become boss Stale Solbakken's first signing.

'I am very pleased that an agreement has been reached for us to sign Bjvrn,' said Solbakken in a club statement.

'He is an exciting young prospect who has the quality to help us achieve our aims both in the short and long term.

'We look forward to the deal being completed next month after which Bjvrn will be able to join us as we prepare for the new season.'

Wolves CEO Jez Moxey added: 'Negotiations have been slightly more complex than usual due to the Norwegian League being halfway through the season, but as a result of extensive discussions we now have an agreement.'

Sigurdarson, the half-brother of former Wolves midfielder Joey Gudjonsson, has been in impressive form for Lillestrom this term, netting seven goals in 11 appearances.

Derby 0 Ipswich 0: Frank Fielding denies Tractor Boys

Derby 0 Ipswich 0: Fielding ploughs lone furrow to deny Tractor Boys

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16:30 GMT, 7 April 2012

Fine saves: Frank Fielding preserved point

Fine saves: Frank Fielding preserved point

Ipswich missed out on the chance to leapfrog Derby in the npower Championship table after the two sides played out an entertaining goalless draw at Pride Park.

The visitors were on the front foot for long periods and Rams goalkeeper Frank Fielding made a pair of fine first-half saves from Michael Chopra and Lee Martin.

After the interval Fielding touched a Jay Emmanuel-Thomas drive onto the post and Town were unable to find a way through.

Derby's main threat came from the
pace of Theo Robinson in attack and Ben Davies' set-piece delivery, and
Jason Shackell had a header from the latter's corner cleared off the
line in the closing moments.

MATCH FACTS

DERBY: Fielding, Naylor, Buxton, Shackell, Roberts, Green, Hendrick, Bryson, Davies, Ward (Tyson 78), Robinson. Unused subs: Severn, Bailey, Carroll, Bennett.

Booked: Shackell.

IPSWICH: Lee-Barrett, Edwards, Delaney, Smith, Cresswell, Leadbitter, Drury, Emmanuel-Thomas (Bowyer 82), Martin (Scotland 69), Murphy, Chopra (Stevenson 84). Unused subs: Wright, Sonko.

Referee: Mark Hayward

The point lifts the Rams up to 12 in the table, while Ipswich remain a point behind them in 15th.

Jamie Ward returned to the Derby
attack in place of illness victim Steve Davies, the only change made by
boss Nigel Clough from last week's 1-1 draw at Bristol City.

Paul Jewell named the same Ipswich XI that recorded a 1-0 home triumph over Barnsley to face his former club.

In the 10th minute Darryl Murphy capitalised on an error from Rams
defender Jake Buxton to raid down the left wing and cut the ball back to
Chopra, whose shot on the turn drew a splendid save from Fielding
diving away to his right.

Derby
were a threat on the counter attack, largely through top-scorer
Robinson, but he delayed his shot at the vital moment when he found a
21st minute opening.

Fielding was undoubtedly busier than his opposite number Arran
Lee-Barrett and the former England Under-21 international produced an
acrobatic stop to deny Martin from 25 yards shortly after Town
midfielder Andy Drury drove narrowly past the post.

At the other end Robinson got on the end of a low Gareth Roberts cross but could only find the side netting.

Ipswich regained the assendancy after the interval and Grant Leadbitter flashed an effort over the bar following a well-timed run into the Derby area.

In the 51st minute Chopra teed-up Murphy on the edge of the box but his attempt also ended up beyond the crossbar.

Robinson continued to keep the Town defence on their toes and as the hour approached he was just off target with a spectacular scissor-kick from Davies' corner, before heading wide from his team-mate's next set piece.

Davies was then off target with a shot of his own before Emmanuel-Thomas came agonisingly close to giving Ipswich the lead.

The former Arsenal youngster cut in from the right wing and drilled towards the top corner, but Fielding got a vital touch and the ball cannoned back off the foot of the post.

Derby almost stole the points with five minutes remaining as the visitors once again failed to deal with a Davies corner and Shackell's header was hacked off the line by Aaron Creswell.

England beat Pakistan by 20 runs in second one-dayer in Abu Dhabi

Century boy Cook the hero again as England win second ODI with Pakistan by 20 runs

Alastair Cook's second hundred in successive one-day internationals once more underpinned victory as England went 2-0 up with two to play against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

Two days after his career-best 137, Cook (102) became the 10th England batsman – and first since Paul Collingwood five years ago – to make back-to-back ODI centuries.

The captain had to work a little harder in England's 250 for four this time – dropped by wicketkeeper Umar Akmal on 28, having chosen to bat first on a slow pitch – and his team did too, to get home by a mere 20 runs, compared to Monday's 130-run win.

All smiles: England bowled excellently at the death to take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series

All smiles: England bowled excellently at the death to take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series

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Cook belied his characteristically
functional style by manufacturing some memorable shots among his 10
fours for a 118-ball hundred, in a match which bore obvious similarities
to the first one of the series here.

Cook's success at the toss, his
man-of-the-match hundred, Ravi Bopara's second consecutive 50 and
identical figures for Steven Finn (four for 34) were constants from the
tourists' first success, on this quick return to the Zayed Stadium.

But for variation it was Samit Patel,
with the ball and in the field, who made perhaps the most telling
interventions as six Pakistan batsmen made double figures but
Misbah-ul-Haq top-scored with just 47.

Cook and Kevin Pietersen shared their second 50 opening stand in as many attempts together.

Early progress was nonetheless
patchy, Cook playing out a maiden to Umar Gul's first over of the match
and needing 10 balls to get off the mark.

Hero: Cook hammered another century as England reached the respectable total of 250

Hero: Cook hammered another century as England reached the respectable total of 250

Hero: Cook hammered another century as England reached the respectable total of 250

But he did so with an especially
well-timed back-foot drive wide of mid-off for four off Aizaz Cheema,
and soon afterwards beat the same fielder with a drive on the up off
Mohammad Hafeez for the second of two successive fours off the
off-spinner.

Shahid Afridi used up Pakistan's DRS
for an lbw against Pietersen which vindicated the umpire and spared the
batsman, but Pietersen could add only three more runs before Saeed Ajmal
hit him in front anyway in his first over with an off-break that beat
the forward poke.

Cook survived when Akmal dropped a
faint edge from an attempted cut at Afridi, but the wicketkeeper did
manage to hold a routine catch to see off Jonathan Trott after a
flat-footed waft at a wide ball from Cheema.

Much therefore depended on Cook and Bopara again, and the Essex pair duly served their country well in a stand of 78.

Bopara would have been run out for
one by a direct hit, taking an unlikely single to Imran Farhat at
mid-on. But he went on to rotate the strike cleverly and push a
run-a-ball tempo throughout.

Up against it: Pakistan now can't win the series after another defeat at the Sheikh Zayed stadium

Up against it: Pakistan now can't win the series after another defeat at the Sheikh Zayed stadium

Even-stevens: Pakistan drew the series level in the final ODI at the Sheikh Zayed stadium

The third-wicket pair's accumulation
peaked with 38 runs in the batting powerplay, only for Cook to go
immediately afterwards when he poked a googly straight back to Afridi.

But Bopara kept his cool, despite
managing only four boundaries – and Eoin Morgan weighed in with the
first six of the series in a partnership of 56 inside the last 10 overs.

The total appeared marginally above par.

It was game on, though, after a
cautious yet effective opening stand of 61 between Hafeez and Farhat
which ended when the former fell to a tame clip to midwicket off James
Anderson.

Stuart Broad was then alert to run
out Farhat by throwing down the wickets in his follow-through as the
batsman scampered back short of his crease.

Patel was responsible for the next
two wickets, Younus Khan lbw pushing forward and Azhar Ali bowled
off-stump as he shaped to cut a quicker ball which also turned a little.

Boom, boom: Bopara scored another half-century but Afridi's cameo lasted just 18 runs

Boom, boom: Bopara scored another half-century but Afridi's cameo lasted just 18 runs

Boom, boom: Bopara scored another half-century but Afridi's cameo lasted just 18 runs

Patel had a hand in the next too, a
crucial one when he dived athletically to his left at cover to take a
very good low catch off the returning Finn to see off the dangerous
Akmal just as Pakistan were gathering momentum in the powerplay.

Misbah-ul-Haq had survived on 29 via a
marginal umpire's call lbw on DRS against Finn – and after Afridi
survived a tough chance at long-off to a diving Broad and then hit 10
from two balls in Patel's last over, English nerves were fluttering
again.

A tight match remained that way right
to the end. But a wicket maiden from Anderson, Afridi bowled heaving to
leg, gave the tourists just enough breathing space as Finn then bowled
Abdur Rehman and in the 48th over Misbah fell to a steepling, swirling
mishit at Broad which was superbly caught by wicketkeeper Craig
Kieswetter.

Four more: Finn ended with figures of 4-34 - exactly the same as the first match in Abu Dhabi

Four more: Finn ended with figures of 4-34 – exactly the same as the first match in Abu Dhabi