Thursday, 27 March 2014

Reds continue title charge beating Black Cats

Sports - Football - Premier League - Liverpool 2:1 Sunderland

Liverpool continued their Premier League title charge going second after narrowly beating Sunderland 2-1 at Anfield.

Steven Gerrard fires in the opener from a free-kick

Skipper Steven Gerrard netted a free-kick vintage style, with unstoppable speed and quality curl to open the scoring after 38 minutes.

Striker Daniel Sturridge doubled the score shortly after the break, with a deflection off Wes Brown into the top left corner of the net to make Liverpool only the third club in Premier League history to record two players with 20+ goals.

Steven Gerrard
The former Chelsea striker and Luis Suarez have now scored the same amount of goals as the whole Manchester United team = 48 goals, the best partnership in Europe!

Sunderland did produce a threat, midfielder Lee Cattermole shattering the bar shortly before sub Ki Sung-Yueng headed one on off a corner, showing Brendan Rodgers' men's weakness and frailty at the back and making it a nervous final quarter of an hour for the Reds.

An unmarked John O'Shea came close to spoil the show late on, but the home side held on to a crucial win, keeping the title race wide open, just one point behind league leaders Chelsea with seven games to go.

Liverpool 2-1 Sunderland

Liverpool Goals: 1.: 38:12min Steven Gerrard (8), 2.: 47:44min Daniel Sturridge (15).

Sunderland Goals: 1.: 75:30min Ki Sung-Yueng (4).

Liverpool Team: 22 Mignolet; 38 Flanagan, 5 Agger, 37 Skrtel, 2 Johnson; 8 Gerrard; 14 Henderson, 24 Allen; 10 Coutinho; 7 Suarez, 15 Sturridge (31 Sterling- 77th min). 4-1-2-1-2
Subs not used: 1 Jones, 9 Aspas, 12 Moses, 17 Sakho, 20 Cissokho, 21 Lucas.

Sunderland Team: 25 Mannone; 27 Vergini (booked 37th min), 16 O'Shea, 5 Brown; 3 Dossena (14 Colback- 83rd min), 26 Bridcutt, 33 Cattermole, 2 Bardsley (booked 40th min); 23 Giaccherini (11 Johnson- 61st min); 10 Wickham (4 Ki Sung-Yueng- 61st min), 17 Altidore. 3-4-2-1
Subs not used: 7 Larsson, 29 Roberge, 30 Scocco, 32 Usteri.

Opta Match Stats: Liverpool-Sunderland
Shots: 21-12
On Target: 7-4
Blocked Shots: 3-2
From outside the box: 12-7
From inside the box: 9-5
Accuracy: 38.9%-40%
(General Play)
Possession: 61.1%-38.9%
Duels Won: 56.3%-43.7%
Aerial Duels Won: 59.3%-40.7%
Interceptions: 15-7
Offsides: 2-2
Corners: 3-4
Total Passes: 588-348
Long: 8%-16.1%
Accuracy: 87.6%-75%
Opp. Half: 81.1%-64%
Total Crosses: 15-24
Successful: 13.3%-16.7%
(Defence & Discipline)
Tackles: 17-27
Tackles Won: 76.5%-85.2%
Clearances: 32-17
Fouls Conceded: 5-15
Yellow Cards: 0-2
Red Cards: 0-0

Referee: Kevin Friend
Attendance: 44,524
Man of the Match: Philippe Coutinho

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