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Highlights and features from the 2014 Under-11's Premier League schools finals at the Etihad stadium. Over 1,000 schools entered, now it's down to the final 20.


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We are here at the Etihad Stadium, and it is the end of the Premier

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League season, so you would not think an awful lot would be going on

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today. That is where you would be wrong, because on Match of the Day

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Kickabout, we have come here especially for the Premier League

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schools tournament 2014. Come on! Welcome to the home of the newly

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crowned champions, Manchester City. Just a few weeks ago, the likes of

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Joe Hart and Sergio Aguero came out of that tunnel to win the Premier

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League trophy, but today is about the new generation of young talent.

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Over 1000 schools have been whittled down to just 20, each representing a

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local Premier League team. Welcome to the Premier League schools

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tournament 2014. 320 players are ready to go, and will be competing

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in some mixed events today. There are four groups of five teams. The

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winners of each group will then compete in the semifinals and then

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it is the grand final. Matches are six aside, ten minutes long, and

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normal football rules apply. This tournament is something these

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players will never forget, and they are about to get a little Manchester

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City surprise. Everyone, hello, I am Vincent Kompany. I would just like

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to wish you good luck. I know how it feels to play in this beautiful

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stadium. Get on with it and have a great day! That you have it, the big

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man, Vincent Kompany, surprisingly old players with a good luck

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message. One player with a particularly special surprise is the

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Manchester captain, and that is my particularly special surprise is the

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training ground, joined by a very special guest, Mikey. How was the

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tournament? It was nerve wracking. We came to the final. We scored one

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and then they equalised. Your nerves were jangling. What did it mean to

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get through to the final? were jangling. What did it mean to

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jumping. You are the company -- captain. What are you going to be

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doing today? We have come to look around the training ground. What if

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I told you that I had a surprise for you? Do

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I told you that I had a surprise for Deaths. Today you are going to be

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meeting the Manchester City captain, Vincent Kompany. Oh, my... Have you

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meeting the Manchester City captain, reaction! He is speechless. We

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should go and beat him, shouldn't we? Yes. We have to come up with

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some questions. The pressure is on. I were asking three questions, three

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some questions. The pressure is on. tips what I could do and what he

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does to the players to keep them going. Find out what makes the

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perfect captain. Yes. Perfect. I going. Find out what makes the

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think it is time you went to interview him. He is waiting for you

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-- for you through that. I am not allowed in. Over to you! Good luck.

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How are you doing? All right. How is it going? Good. I heard you have

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some questions for me. This is the biggest game of my life. What was

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the biggest game of your life? I would say the Manchester United

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game, the Derby, ? Seasons back when the whole season was resting on this

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game, and if they would have win it, they would have won the title at

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our ground, which would not have been nice, and if we win the game,

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we came closer to a first title in 44 years, so it was a big game for

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us. What you say to the team in the huddle to get them going? It depends

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on the day. Sometimes you need to say something because you feel that

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the energy is not quite how it should be. Most of the time, it is

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in the games that you think are going to be easy, that is when you

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need to be extra careful, because that is when you get caught out.

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What three things should every captain have and white? The first

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thing is you should be brave. The second thing is, you should always

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give everything you have, that is how you show your example. The third

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thing is, you should always put the interest of group before your own

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interest, and if you do that, I think you will be a pretty good

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captain. Thank you. To you think you're going to win? I hope so. I

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have got a Derby in there for you. They better not lose it. We won't!

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Are you excited to play the Etihad Stadium? I can't wait for it. I have

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got a special present, a Captain's armband. Do you want me to put it on

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your arm? I will do that. Enjoyed. Have fun.

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Can you imagine how excited he must have been? They are currently taking

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on Manchester United. The Derby is happening right there and it is

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looking like a belter already. I am here among the fans. Are you having

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a good time? Yes! We have got a good view from up here. Here is what has

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been happening. In group A, follow and are looking

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very strong. They beat their West London rivals Chelsea 6-0 in their

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opening match. We will check in on them in a bit. In group B, Liverpool

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are showing great form, and they are unbeaten in two games, including a

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3-0 win against West Ham. They have one particular player with split

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loyalties. I support the real team from Merseyside! In group C, one

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player for Swansea has already found the net three times. He is called

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Hartson. His dad is a Premier League Sarr. In this group, it is Crystal

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Palace to making the early running at the top. In group D, Manchester

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City have just drawn 0-0 with Manchester United. Currently, the

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top are Stoke City, but the group is tight and there is much to play for.

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They have plenty to keep them occupied when they are not on the

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pitch. Come with me and check this out. These guys over here are

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practising their quick feet, and over here, we have a speedometer.

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Very exciting. Look at that. Are you going to give it a shot? Can you

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take the ball fast? Go for it. Back to you. No prizes for guessing

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which team you have tracked down. Yes, last weekend, my boys were

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Arsenal. Talking about them, they are playing just behind me against

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Newcastle, and it is still 0-0. If you are wondering how they prepare

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for a tournament like this, I went for Breakfast with them.

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The senior team have just won the FA Cup, and these guys behind me typing

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to make it two trophies in less than a week. What is going through your

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mind when you first kick-off? That we can actually win. And can you do

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it? Yes. Goalkeeper. A big responsibility. You up for the

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challenge? Yes, I really excited to play at the Etihad Stadium. Good

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luck. The teams have had their Breakfast. They are prepared and

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they have had a great night's sleep and they are now ready to head off

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to the Etihad Stadium for one of the biggest days of their lives. Better

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not miss the bus! You are quite chilled out.

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At any players that you would like to play with? Wayne Rooney. Will you

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win the big double? Yes. Are you nervous? No. Do you ever get

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nervous? Before games, it is you have to just relax -- but you have

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to just relax. Thank you so much to the Arsenal team for letting me on

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their bus. They are absolute legends. The match here just ended

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0-0. Every single player I have come across could not be more excited to

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be part of this fantastic tournament. It is not just Arsenal

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that had given their school a star treatment. There are many others as

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well. Tottenham received a very special coaching session at the

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training ground with first-team striker Emanuele Leo by all. --

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Adebayor. They got a surprise video message from the players. Good

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look. Good look to both schools representing Cardiff City ever yet

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he had today -- the Etihad today. Full won this tournament last year,

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and the year before that, and in their very first match today, they

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weren't 6-0. Check them out! I am joined by two Premier League

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referees, Anthony Taylor and Jon Moss. Thank you for joining me. How

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has the day been so far? We have seen some top-quality players. I am

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exhausted! It has been a long day. But it has been good to see the kids

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enjoy themselves, and the parents and families having a good time.

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Have you spotted lots of their play today? Absolutely. Even the teachers

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on the sidelines have been polite to us today! But it is good to see the

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kids enjoying themselves. You have been here plenty of times before.

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How have the nerve cell that today? I have been extremely nervous today.

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I don't want to let the players down and we have to give 100% as a

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referee, whether it is a Premier League game or a game like this. We

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want to make sure we do them justice. It is worse when your

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friends and colleagues are watching you as well. They are the worst

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people for giving you stick. No pressure Tom then!

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Back to the action. We are at the business end of proceedings and this

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is what has happened. An incredible 14 goals scored and maximum points

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for follow, that means they have topped Group A. In group B,

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Liverpool beat Southampton to the top spot by one point, meaning that

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full and Liverpool came face-to-face in the first semifinal. It was a

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hard-fought contest, but Liverpool were dominant against the reigning

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champions. Three goals from the Reds proved too much for Fulham. The

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final score was 3-1. In group C, Crystal Palace ran away with it,

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beating Swansea, West Brom and Arsenal. In group D, Stoke City

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qualified ahead of their Manchester rivals. It was Crystal Palace versus

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Stoke City in the second semifinal, with Liverpool awaiting the winner.

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The Potters putting a brave display, but the chances were few and far

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between. In the end, Crystal Palace were too strong, and two goals were

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all that was needed to set up the much anticipated final. Crystal

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Palace versus Liverpool. I can't wait!

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The final at last. We are ready for a full, proper commentary.

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The final at last. We are ready for need a co-commentator, it is usually

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a former player, possibly a need a co-commentator, it is usually

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manager. It will be a real expert. I know just the person. Crystal

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Palace versus Liverpool! Today, the under 11 is -- the under-11s take to

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the pitch. Crystal Palace in a 131 formation.

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Liverpool set up slightly differently, 80 to one formation.

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This surely has to be the biggest match in their lives. This is it the

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2014 national schools final. We are underway, with Liverpool going from

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right-to-left, left, and audacious effort!

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All the other teams have stayed to watch the event. And alongside me, a

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man with all the experience, it is a pretty good venue isn't it, Radzi?

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Imagine competing here. What an experience. A good chance that they

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had a! Double save! He tried to follow up. What early pressure from

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Liverpool. They could easily have taken an early lead in this final.

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Long ball forward, beautifully taken. Just over the crossbar. It

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will count as an attempt, a very lively striker for Crystal Palace.

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Liverpool enjoying a fair bit of territory here in the early stages,

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and here is another chance. He did not quite manage to get it on

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target. He scored in the semifinal. His favourite player in -- is Luis

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Suarez. You get the feeling that either team wants to score by any

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means necessary. It is not going to be pretty. Good effort. Will

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Liverpool be regretting all the chances? They are possibly just

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rushing a bit too much. We have seen Liverpool in the Premier League this

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season scoring goals for fun, and you can see that same freedom of

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expression from these youngsters as they win a thrilling down by the

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corner flag. In the sunshine, the players are aware of this huge

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stadium around them. Not so long ago, the champions of England were

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crowned right on this page. Close range! A header scores! Liverpool

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are put-in front against Crystal Palace. Talk about taking chances.

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Crystal Palace, their heads have not dropped at all. If anything, I

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figured might have focused them. It was an opportunity, and he hardly

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thought about it. It was instinct, a swing of the next, a flash of the

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forehead. Liverpool are looking for a second.

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It has just dragged away off target, but they are enjoying the

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lion's share of possession. Crystal Palace, one goal behind. It

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is also worth keeping an eye on cornice. I spoke to him before the

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semifinal and he hardly got any action. He was very upset about

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that. He scored the winning goal in the semifinal. When the chips are

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down, he comes out and delivers the good.

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What a goal! What a really impressive goal! The Everton fan, he

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has put Liverpool 2-0 in front. You will not see a better goal scored in

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any age group. He places the ball with speeds to the bottom left-hand

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corner. What a strike! The goalkeeper has no chance. He loves

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it. 2-0 to Liverpool. The defence has not been troubled so far. A

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chance to lay the ball forward. A good build-up. A super save by

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Barnwell. He needed a second attempt to grab it, but the goalkeeper might

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have kept his team in with a chance here. I know some of these Liverpool

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players have played at Anfield before, on the grass at Goodison.

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Here they are at the Etihad Stadium, 2-0 in front so far. What a

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fantastic turn this is. He never gives up. Goods to termination to

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try to win possession back for Crystal Palace. You can see the

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dedication and the ferocity of the tackles. Liverpool are looking to

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come back with a counter attack. The final whistle blows! Liverpool's

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under-11s have won this final income brands of fashion. When it came to

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being a clinical in front of the goal, Liverpool proved superior

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here. Crystal Palace rallied and found it difficult to get in this

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final. They did well to make through to this stage. It is Liverpool's day

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at the Etihad Stadium. What a performance. Liverpool are hugging

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each other, smiles across their faces. We will get to hear more from

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these faces in the future. They have beating Crystal Palace 2-0. Exciting

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days for Liverpool football club, a rejuvenation for the senior side at

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Anfield under Brendan Rodgers, and I am sure he will be pleased to see

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this new generation in red jerseys coming through and impressing.

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Liverpool have won this final. Your champions, Liverpool! I believe you

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are the champions? How are you feeling holding the trophy? Great.

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Boss. Out of the final blow? The start, we started quite lively, and

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our keeper made a really good save. After a while, they started

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defending, and we really wanted it more than them. Then we got our goal

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and that calmed us down. How did it feel to play a stadium like this?

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Unbelievable. In ten years, we could be seeing some future stars that

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have played on this pitch right here. Tonight, I leave you with the

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winners of the tournament, Liverpool. There is just one more

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thing to do, isn't there, boys? Champions!

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Highlights and features from the 2014 Under-11's Premier League schools finals at the Etihad stadium. Over 1,000 schools entered, now it's down to the final 20. Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany also surprises a young fan.