Sunday 17 December 2017

Liverpool may take heart from facile Italian victory

The title race may well be decided by goal difference for the second time in three years.
The title race may well be decided by goal difference for the second time in three years.

With Liverpool’s title aspirations looking increasingly likely that they will be decided on goal difference, one result in Italy may provide solace for their supporters.

Level on points with Man City going into tonight’s game with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, the Reds would need to overturn a goal difference of nine in two games should both sides win their remaining fixtures.

Such a scenario is highly unlikely, but an Italian fifth division match that threw up a facile scoreline in a most bizarre game at the weekend may offer an element of hope.

Cavese 1919 lived up to their name by powering to a 19-5 win over depleted Licata in a bizarre match without coaches.

Licata were only able to field nine players, all from the youth team, because of a dispute between the senior players and the club, while their coach was also missing, Italian media said.

Cavese's coach resigned hours before Sunday's Serie D, Group I match after a "request" from the club's supporters over team selection.

The club said in a statement on their Facebook page that Francesco Chietti and his staff quit "in response to a request from some fans in the hours before the game to impose two Cavese players on the starting line-up.

"The coaching staff have taken this decision to avoid possible problems."

Cavese striker Claudio De Rosa scored nine of the goals to finish as the group's top scorer with a tally of 30.

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