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Former Liverpool defender Djimi Traore of comic own goal fame hits wonder strike

Djimi Traore once scored a comedy Liverpool own goal, but now he's struck a superb effort (and it went in at the right end!)

By
Gerard Brand

PUBLISHED:

10:22 GMT, 13 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:25 GMT, 13 March 2013

He doesn't score many great goals, or many goals for that matter, but Djimi Traore yesterday hit one of the strikes of the year to help his Seattle Sounders side reach the CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals.

Best remembered for his comical own goal for Liverpool against Burnley in the FA Cup third round in 2005, this time Traore hit a rocket from 30 yards to put Seattle 2-1 up in the tie against Mexican side Tigres.

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Better times: Traore (above left) in action Seattle Sounders yesterday, but his own goal against Burnley (below) is what he will be remembered for

Better times: Traore (above left) in action Seattle Sounders yesterday, but his own goal against Burnley (below) is what he will be remembered for

Liverpool's Djimi Traore looks back as he knocks the ball into his own net

Better times: Traore celebrating with Luis Garcia during his time at Liverpool

Better times: Traore celebrating with Luis Garcia during his time at Liverpool

The spaghetti-legged defender, who played for Liverpool, Charlton,
Portsmouth and Birmingham City fans during his time in England, saw the
ball bounce perfectly for him on the half volley, before hitting an
unstoppable shot past Jorge Diaz de Leon, and in off the crossbar for
good measure.

Seattle went on to win the match 3-1 (3-2 on aggregate), making history in the process by becoming the first MLS team to beat a Mexican club since the launch of the CONCACAF Champions League in 2008.

The Mali defender is also remembered for being one of the most average players to win a Champions League medal, starting for Liverpool against AC Milan in the 2005 final in Istanbul.

Just four months after his mistake at Turf Moor, he gave away a free-kick in the first minute of the famous final, from which Milan scored through Paolo Maldini.

But he later atoned for his error with a crucial goal-line clearance, and picked up a winners medal after Liverpool's heroic comeback.

In his seven years at Anfield, the 33-year-old also won the FA Cup in 2006 and the League Cup in 2003.

His wonder strike for Seattle is only his fourth ever senior goal.

Traore has also appeared in European competition 35 times throughout his career.

And to think Matt Le Tissier, who scored goals like this for fun, didn't make a single appearance on the continent…

What was he thinking With no player surrounding him, Traore rolled the ball into his own net with a Zidane-esque spin then got tangled up in the net, just for good measure

What was he thinking With no player surrounding him, Traore rolled the ball into his own net with a Zidane-esque spin then got tangled up in the net, just for good measure

Djimi Traore of Liverpool

VIDEO: Traore's wonder strike for Seattle

Traore wonder goal

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VIDEO: Traore's less than wonderful own goal for Liverpool

Jorge Lorenzo blames James Ellison for spectacular crash

Lorenzo blames Brit Ellison for spectacular crash in final race of MotoGP season

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UPDATED:

11:33 GMT, 12 November 2012

Jorge Lorenzo has laid the blame for his spectacular crash in the MotoGP season finale firmly on James Ellison.

Lorenzo had already sewn up the title a fortnight ago at Phillip Island before his stunning dismount in Valencia.

The Spaniard was making his way through some back markers with 17 laps to go when he was forced to take evasive action behind Ellison.

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Lift off! Lorenzo is forced off his bike with Ellison just in front of him

Lift off! Lorenzo is forced off his bike with Ellison just in front of him

Lift off! Lorenzo is forced off his bike with Ellison just in front of him

His bike bucked beneath him and sent him sprawling onto the track, before dusting himself down and pointing the finger of blame squarely at the 32-year-old British rider.

'I arrived into a group of riders and came to Ellison, who looked behind, saw me and then suddenly entered the good line rather than letting me pass,' Lorenzo told the official MotoGP website.

'That’s why I crashed. I tried to overtake him (so as) not to lose time to Dani, but we got on the wet Tarmac and crashed.'

Lorenzo admitted he was disappointed not
to end a triumphant campaign with victory, but said a second crown
easily outweighed the upset.

On the slide: Lorenzo careers across the tarmac and finally comes to a halt in the gravel

On the slide: Lorenzo careers across the tarmac and finally comes to a halt in the gravel

On the slide: Lorenzo careers across the tarmac and finally comes to a halt in the gravel

'The most important thing is we are world champion, no If we arrive here without that, I crash and lose it would be much worse.

'It was a pity – I made the tough choice of starting with the slick tyre, I was doing well and leading, and I wanted to win the last race.

'But I can take a global view and it’s wonderful to be twice world champion.

'We took the gold medal, so let's party tonight – only one leg because I have pain, but it doesn't matter. We are very happy and proud of our championship.'

VIDEO: Lorenzo is thrown from his bike in spectacular crash

Jorge Lorenzo crashes as Casey Stoner finishes third in last race

Pedrosa wins final MotoGP of the season as Stoner bows out and Lorenzo wipes out

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UPDATED:

15:19 GMT, 11 November 2012

A spectacular crash from newly-crowned champion Jorge Lorenzo allowed Dani Pedrosa to claim victory in the final MotoGP race of the season in Valencia.

Lorenzo wrapped up the championship with victory in Australia last month, but he was unable to register his seventh win of the season today amid wet conditions at the Spanish circuit.

Yamaha rider Lorenzo burst into the lead after a frenetic opening ahead of Pedrosa, but the champion crashed out of the race near the halfway point as he attempted a tricky overtaking manoeuvre on a back marker.

Disaster: Yamaha MotoGP world champion rider Jorge Lorenzo falls during the final race of the season in Valencia

Disaster: Yamaha MotoGP world champion rider Jorge Lorenzo falls during the final race of the season in Valencia

Lorenzo wipes out

Lorenzo

With a healthy lead over Pedrosa, Lorenzo shifted his bike to the edge of the track as he tried to overtake, but the wet conditions made his bike slip and he flew off into the gravel at pace. He walked away unharmed.

From that moment Pedrosa, who started from the pit lane with slick tyres, started to open up a gap between himself and Katsuyuki Nakasuga and he never looked back.

The 27-year-old, who was already guaranteed second place in the championship, finished the race nearly 37 seconds ahead of Nakasuga, who only joined the Yamaha Factory Racing team two weeks ago because of an injury to Ben Spies.

Thanks for the memories: Dani Pedrosa (right) with the retiring Casey Stoner

Thanks for the memories: Dani Pedrosa (right) with the retiring Casey Stoner

Pedrosa said afterwards: 'I am really happy because the conditions made it so much more difficult out there.

'I stayed really calm and I think it was the right decision to start on slicks.'

After dabbing away his tears an emotional Nakasuga said of his podium finish: 'I am very happy about this result. It was very difficult, but I did my best.'

Podium fun: Pedrosa (centre) with Stoner (right) and Hiroshi Aoyama (left) gets soaked with champagne

Podium fun: Pedrosa (centre) with Stoner (right) and Hiroshi Aoyama (left) gets soaked with champagne

Two-time world champion Casey Stoner finished third in his last-ever race.

Stoner told BBC Sport: 'I took the easy way out today by starting on wet tyres and to be honest, I was scared of crashing.

'I didn't want to injure my foot any more than I have already, especially in my last race. You can see there were a lot of crashes today.

'My eyes were the size of dinner plates the whole race. With a couple of laps to go I decided to go for it and it's a fantastic way to end it. I want to thank all my supporters down the years.'

Dani Pedrosa wins Malaysian GP

In-form Pedrosa cuts Lorenzo's lead at top of championship after win in Malaysia

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UPDATED:

10:48 GMT, 21 October 2012

Dani Pedrosa put on a wet-weather master class to capture a rain-shortened Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday and keep the pressure on MotoGP championship leader Jorge Lorenzo after notching a fifth victory in six races.

The Spanish Honda rider was clear of the field after 13 of the scheduled 20 laps at a rain-swept Sepang International Circuit when the race was red-flagged because of dangerous conditions.

Pole-sitter Lorenzo held on to second place on his Yamaha as conditions deteriorated with world champion Casey Stoner crossing the line in third place on another Honda.

Champagne moment: Dani Pedrosa (left) celebrates winning in Malaysia

Champagne moment: Dani Pedrosa (left) celebrates winning in Malaysia

With torrential rain continung to lash the circuit, the race could not be re-started, giving Pedrosa his first victory in Malaysia as the Spaniard continued his audacious late-season title push.

The win enabled Pedrosa (307) to cut fellow Spaniard Lorenzo's (330) lead in the championship standings to 23 points with two more races remaining and a maximum of 50 points available.

Pedrosa started behind Lorenzo in what was declared a wet race but was soon breathing down the 2010 world champion's neck as the pair pulled clear of the pack.

In front: Pedrosa (right) saw off the challenge of Jorge Lorenzo

In front: Pedrosa (right) saw off the challenge of Jorge Lorenzo

The 27-year-old snatched the lead just past the scheduled halfway point and never looked like being challenged by Lorenzo as several riders behind the leaders crashed out on the slippery surface.

Lorenzo was lucky to survive a heavy wobble seconds before the race was red-flagged as his bike threatened to lose control at the hairpin before the home straight.

Australia's Stoner recorded his first podium finish since returning from an ankle surgery in August while Ducati's Nicky Hayden finished fourth, ahead of team mate Valentino Rossi.

Cal Crutchlow close to earning first MotoGP pole

Crutchlow so close to earning first MotoGP pole of career

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UPDATED:

19:48 GMT, 29 September 2012

Britain's Cal Crutchlow was denied the first pole of his career in a dramatic finish to qualifying for Sunday's Aragon race in Spain.

With just three minutes left, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa upped their pace and demoted the Coventry rider to third.

He said: 'Hopefully another time.'

Going close: Cal Crutchlow powers round a bend during qualifying

Going close: Cal Crutchlow powers round a bend during qualifying

Chelsea and Manchester City tracking 24m Nelson Oliveira

EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea and Manchester City tracking 24m hot shot Oliveira

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UPDATED:

22:34 GMT, 14 September 2012

Chelsea and Manchester City are
leading the chase for one of Europe's top prospects after making
repeated checks on Benfica striker Nelson Oliveira.

The 20-year-old has been on Chelsea's
radar since impressing as a substitute for Oscar Cardozo at Stamford
Bridge in the Champions' League last April, while City have begun
monitoring his form after a clear signal Benfica may have to cash in on
him at the end of the season.

Hit shot: Nelson Oliveira

Hit shot: Nelson Oliveira

Barcelona are also keen admirers, while Real Madrid are aware of a likely scramble to sign him next summer, with Jose Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes representing him.

At 6ft 1in, Oliveira has been likened in Portugal to a taller version of City striker Sergio Aguero, for his mobility and link-up play as well as clinical finishing.

Eye-catching: Oliveira impressed against Chelsea

Eye-catching: Oliveira impressed against Chelsea

A surprise selection for this summer’s European Championships, after being voted second-best player at the under-20 World Cup 12 months earlier, he made four substitute appearances and followed up with his first senior international goal, in a 2-0 win over Panama.

Oliveira is currently on a season-long loan at Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna. His Benfica deal runs until 2017 and contains a 24million buy-out clause.

Prospect: Oliveira played for Portugal at Euro 2012

Prospect: Oliveira played for Portugal at Euro 2012

Cal Crutchlow puts off ankle operation for MotoGP title tilt

Crutchlow delays op on injured ankle to continue MotoGP title tilt

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UPDATED:

18:52 GMT, 27 June 2012

Britain's Cal Crutchlow has put off an operation on his broken ankle to continue his MotoGP world championship challenge in Holland on Saturday.

The Yamaha rider, fourth in the championship, 74 points behind leader Jorge Lorenzo, rode in last weekend’s Silverstone race despite being injured in a crash in practice.

Dutch of class: Cal Crutchlow has committed to riding in Holland

Dutch of class: Cal Crutchlow has committed to riding in Holland

Graham Poll: England"s lucky break

Graham Poll: England's lucky break will ensure goalline technology gets go-ahead

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UPDATED:

21:42 GMT, 19 June 2012

England fans might think justice has been done after Viktor Kassai and his Hungarian assistant referees failed to spot that Marko Devic’s shot crossed the goalline before John Terry cleared the ball, but UEFA are unlikely to agree.

In South Africa, it was Frank Lampard’s shot against Germany which was not seen by the three Uruguayan officials led by Jorge Larrionda, and England went on to lose and be eliminated.

Lucky escape: John Terry kicks the ball away from behind the line as England got the rub of the green in their Euro 2012 match against Ukraine in Donetsk

Lucky escape: John Terry kicks the ball away from behind the line as England got the rub of the green in their Euro 2012 match against Ukraine in Donetsk

Lucky escape: John Terry kicks the ball away from behind the line as England got the rub of the green in their Euro 2012 match against Ukraine in Donetsk

This time England benefited despite there being an additional two assistants specifically positioned on the goalline for just such incidents.

Thankfully it is just this type of incident which will ensure the approval of a goalline technology.

In 2010 Larrionda was one of the favourites to referee the final but was sent home at the first opportunity by FIFA; Kassai and his team will fear the same as UEFA cut their list on Thursday but could be saved as the ‘goal’ didn’t affect qualification.

Moto GP leader Jorge Lorenzo wins British Grand Prix

Lorenzo wins British Grand Prix and extends lead over Stoner in the championship

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UPDATED:

13:51 GMT, 17 June 2012

Jorge Lorenzo extended his MotoGP World Championship lead over nearest rival Casey Stoner with a comfortable win in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Lorenzo, who this week signed a new two-year contract with Yamaha, eased to the win at the Northamptonshire circuit which put him 25 points ahead of reigning champion Stoner on the Repsol Honda.

The race was also a triumph for British rider Cal Crutchlow, who finished sixth despite starting from the back of the grid following a crash before qualifying on Saturday.

Winning feeling: Spain's Jorge Lorenzo celebrates his victory during the British Grand Prix and celebrates on the podium (below)

Winning feeling: Spain's Jorge Lorenzo celebrates his victory during the British Grand Prix and celebrates on the podium (below)

Jumping for joy: Jorge Lorenzo

Jumping for joy: Jorge Lorenzo

Crutchlow defied the pain from a badly sprained left ankle to beat a host of riders including Ducati's multiple world champion Valentino Rossi.

The British rider, who had started from 20th on the grid after spending most of Saturday in hospital getting his ankle checked out, said: 'I'm a little bit emotional, it's been a tough weekend.'

Crutchlow told BBC2: 'I'm pleased, we did a good job. It was a long day yesterday, they told me I wasn't allowed to ride at the hospital.

'It was a tough lot of laps and a shame I wasn't at the front of the grid because I would have been on the podium.'

The sixth place moved Crutchlow back up to fourth in the standings after his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team-mate Andrea Dovizioso pulled out when challenging for a podium spot.

Leading the way: Lorenzo extended his lead in the championship

Leading the way: Lorenzo extended his lead in the championship

Lorenzo had a poor start to the race and dropped back to sixth but gradually worked his way to the front where he battled with Stoner.

When Lorenzo made his move the lead changed hands five times in half a lap before the Yamaha man finally pulled away.

Lorenzo said: 'I was fifth or sixth (off the start) so I did not want to make mistakes and I had to wait (to close on the lead).

'Fighting with Casey, I enjoyed it a lot. This season is just perfect.'

Stoner held off team-mate Dani Pedrosa for third with pole man Alvaro Bautista just missing out on a podium spot on the San Carlo Gresini Honda.

Fifth went to Ben Spies on the second factory Yamaha ahead of Crutchlow, Nicky Hayden (Ducati), Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda), Rossi and Hector Barbera (Pramac Ducati).

The win moved Lorenzo 25 points clear of Stoner, who has 115 points. Pedrosa is third on 101 and Crutchlow fourth on 66.

Sunderland want Jorge Fucile

Sunderland want Uruguayan Fucile from Porto to solve left-back problem

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UPDATED:

21:39 GMT, 4 June 2012

Sunderland are showing interest in full back Jorge Fucile.

The 27-year-old has been on loan from Porto to a club in Brazil but the Portuguese want to sell. The Uruguayan can play left or right side.

Sunderland’s Ahmed Elmohamady has confirmed he is in talks with West Ham about the possibility of a loan move to Upton Park and he is likely to be followed by George McCartney on a permanent deal.

Target: Sunderland want to sign Jorge Fucile from Porto

Target: Sunderland want to sign Jorge Fucile from Porto

Elmohamady, 25, said: ‘West Ham are in talks with me. There could be something next week.’

The Hammers remain keen on three strikers — Norwich’s Grant Holt, Stoke’s Kenwyne Jones and Shanghai Shenhua’s Nicolas Anelka.