Sports - Football - Premier League - HT Notes: LFC 1-0 SCFC
LFC kick off the game!
7. First corner to LFC, cleared, dominating possession & chances early on, Stoke on the counter, Cameron run from the left side, wins a corner.
8. Huth strike off the post! Not a happy moment for Mignolet, scare for LFC!
11. Sturridge heads in perfect Gerrard free kick! Goal disallowed offside, JUST right! Close one!
13. Corner by Gerrard, Toure header off the bar! Rebound put high & out by Sturridge, close again for LFC! Pressure's on Stoke!
14. Sturridge is in again, goes wide, shoots in from left, well saved & pushed away by Begovic! What a game!!!
16. LFC pressing on to Stoke's box, visitors keep blocking out stubborn Reds.
17. Former Red Crouch concedes free kick.
18. Crouch goes down in the box against Johnson, nothing given, good decision by the ref, was a bit drama queen by the giant!
19. Mignolet continuing his nervy start giving the ball away...
20. Coutinho to Aspas in the box, not a good pass, ball goes too far & out for a goal kick.
23. Coutinho sends another chance high, fine cross from Lucas on the right.
27. The game has calmed down a lot! Kick-about in the midfield, no real threat by either side...
29. Terrific save by Begovic off Enrique, lovely buildup, Gerrard hammers rebound high. 45-44-11 action areas! 61%-39% possession! All LFC!
35. Henderson denied by Begovic, fantastic run, cut in to the keeper, still no breakthrough for LFC!
37. Sturridge smacks one in from the right after a fine run into the box, another block by Begovic!
GOAL! 36:50min And Sturridge gets the breakthrough from outside the box, through the defender's legs & past Begovic. FINALLY! 1-0
42. What a save by Mignolet! Superb blast-shot from outside the box by Walters! Corner comes to nothing. First real test for the new keeper, definitely passed that one!
45. Lucas booked for reckless challenge against N'Zonzi, free kick from edge of the box, out for a corner. Looked like the ball came off Huth actually...
Correction: Booking went to N'Zonzi for unsporting behaviour.
46. Lucas denies Stoke off the line! Shawcross with the flick-on off the corner! 1 minute added on this action-packed half! Another corner for Stoke, taken quickly, half time whistle goes!
Wow! I can breath! Daniel Sturridge with the goal giving the home side the lead after LFC dominated play with some lovely interplay & buildups & both sides hit the bar & put on the pressure.
1st half stats: LFC-SCFC
On target: 6-2
Free kicks: 5-3
Possession: 78%-22% (10min), 61%-39% (30min), 58%-42% (HT)
Other stats: 45-44-11 action areas (30min)
LFC team: 22 Mignolet; 3 Enrique, 5 Agger, 4 Toure, Johnson; 14 Henderson, 21 Lucas, 8 Gerrard; 10 Coutinho, 15 Sturridge, 9 Aspas. 4-3-3
Subs: 1 Jones, 6 Alberto, 24 Allen, 29 Borini, 31 Sterling, 47 Wisdom, 33 Ibe.
SCFC team: 1 Begovic; 3 Pieters, 4 Huth, 17 Shawcross, 20 Cameron; 8 Palacios, 15 N'Zonzi (booked 45), 6 Whelan; 26 Etherington, 25 Crouch, 19 Walters. 4-3-3
Subs: 29 Sorensen, 5 Muniesa, 7 Pennant, 9 Jones, 12 Wilson, 16 Adam, 33 Jerome.
Referee: Martin Atkinson