The eighth game in the history of Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship (UWCC) took place last night as newly crowned champions Liverpool had their first ever title defence against the same team that Chelsea had theirs—Portsmouth.
It was an important match for Liverpool after the high of beating Chelsea at the weekend, as they looked to maintain their momentum. They didn't want a repeat of the draw against Stoke after beating Manchester United.
For Portsmouth, it was Tony Adams' first match in charge, and he couldn't have asked for a much tougher start.
Despite this, Portsmouth gave it a good go. Liverpool were the better side, and had the most chances, but Portsmouth were by no means over-run, and their defence stood strong all game, not surprising considering the manager.
However, it was one moment of madness that cost Pompey, and it came from Papa Bouba Diop. After an onslaught of pressure from Liverpool, a cross came in only for Bouba Diop to reach out with both hands and punch the ball out.
He was lucky not to receive a red card. Steven Gerrard scored the resulting penalty in what turned out to be the only goal of the game.
The win means that Liverpool have now made the third best start ever to a Premier League campaign, and a personal best for them. It also maintained the three point gap between themselves and Chelsea.
It's the third consecutive 1-0 win in UWCC title matches, and there still hasn't been a match where both sides have scored.
Of the 59 voters on the poll, 86.4 percent said that Portsmouth wouldn't be able to beat Liverpool and claim the UWCC. Congratulations to all those who got it right!
Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool (Liverpool become new champions)
Liverpool 1-0 Portsmouth
Liverpool's next title defence will come on Saturday as they travel to White Hart Lane to take on former Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp's revitalised Tottenham side. Can Tottenham beat Liverpool and, in turn, become the best side in the world after such a terrible start to the season?
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