Saturday February 28, 2009 Day 27 Finished Riverside Stadium

Middlesbrough 2 - 0 Liverpool

  • Alonso 31’ (o.g.)
  • Tuncay 63’

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    Liverpool score own-goal at Boro

    Liverpool's fading Premier League title hopes suffered a crushing blow as they lost 2-0 to strugglers Middlesbrough at the Riverside. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Middlesbrough
    • Liverpool
    • 90+5' There's the final whistle!! Middlesbrough have secured a famous win, but Liverpool's title challenge may very well be over!
    • 90+3' Emanuel Pogatetz comes away on the break for Middlesbrough! He crosses low for King to finish into the empty net, but there is an offside flag up!
    • 90+2' Liverpool have been completely clueless since Gerrard went off. A sad sight for their fans. But well done Boro.
    • 90' FOUR MINUTES of added time will be played!
    • 89' Final change for Middlesbrough as Josh Walker replaces the excellent Julio Arca.
    • 86' Desperate stuff from Aurelio as he shoots from 35 yards - way off target.
    • 84' Yossi Benayoun crosses low from the right for Ngog, whose presence forces Boro to clear for a corner.
    • 81' Liverpool continue to boss possession but they are creating nothing. You should never write them off, but... a comeback doesn't look very likely today.
    • 79' A standing ovation for Tuncay as he comes off, to be replaced by Adam Johnson.
    • 77' Yellow card Matthew Bates, and a corner for Liverpool on the right. No joy - and you could feel the energy drain from the visiting fans when Gerrard went off.
    • 76' Off comes Steven Gerrard! He is obviously not fully fit, and makes way for Lucas Leiva.
    • 73' What a chance for Marlon King!! He is in acres of space on the left side of the box, but Reina comes out quickly and makes a great block.
    • 72' Aurelio flings in a long throw from the Liverpool left but there is no pressure on Jones, who makes a simple catch.
    • 71' Finally, here's Yossi Benayoun, and it is the defensive colossus Jamie Carragher who makes way.
    • 68' A change from each side - Boro bring on King for Aliadiere; Liverpool N'Gog for El Zhar. Honestly, which team's strikers would you rather have (Torres excepted of course)?
    • 68' KUYT SO CLOSE!! Gerrard crosses low from the left for the unmarked Dutchman eight yards out - and somehow he fails to make contact with the ball. It looked a certain goal!
    • 66' That was a nice second goal from Middlesbrough, but you have to say Liverpool walked straight into another sucker punch. Poor marking all round.
    • 65' Liverpool go straight on the offensive, nearly forcing the ball home in a crowded Boro penalty box. There are shouts for a penalty but referee Styles says play on!
    • 63' GOOOAAALLL!!! TWO FOR MIDDLESBROUGH!! O'Neil releases Aliadiere down the right on the counter-attack, and the Frenchman pulls it back for Tuncay to stroke a cool finish into the bottom-left corner!
    • 61' Half an hour to go, and still no breakthrough for the visitors. Middlesbrough look happy to sit back, which may not be the best policy...
    • 59' Huth clears well under pressure as Babel crosses in front of goal from the left. Had the German failed to make proper contact it could easily have been another own-goal.
    • 58' The visitors continue to dominate but Aurelio blots his copybook by crossing straight out for a goal-kick from the left.
    • 56' Liverpool win a corner off Emanuel Pogatetz, who isn't happy. The visitors then play is short and Gerrard is caught offside. Careless play all round.
    • 54' Good defending from Justin Hoyte, dispossessing Babel as he dribbles down the left. Say what you like about Hoyte, but he is not easy to beat for pace.
    • 51' O'Neil pulls back for Aliadiere, whose control isn't great but he takes the ball on the volley and drills the ball over.
    • 50' Sami Hyypia goes off for some treatment after a clash of heads with David Wheater. The Boro man is clearly made of stern stuff, as he draws blood from the Finn.
    • 48' WHAT A MISS EL ZHAR!!! Steven Gerrard bursts into the box and pulls the ball back from the left byline, but El Zhar sidefoots it over from no more than 10 yards out! Hopeless effort.
    • 47' Skrtel! The Slovakian centre-back tries his luck from long range, but smashes his shot over the bar.
    • 46' The second half is under way with no changes in personnel from either side. Fair enough - there is nothing wrong with Liverpool's performance, just the scoreline.
    • 45+3' That's half-time and - deservedly or not - Middlesbrough are in front. More problems for Rafa Benitez, although at least he can count on captain comeback, Steven Gerrard.
    • 45+2' Kuyt does brilliantly to chase back and dispossess Matthew Bates - then does less well as he smashes a long-range shot into a defender's legs.
    • 45' Gareth Southgate is barking out instructions from his technical area and looking nervous. Liverpool came from behind to beat Boro at Anfield earlier this season and you wouldn't bet against them doing it again.
    • 43' lanegold comments: "steve gibson probably looking marginally happier right­ now - parry's reaching for the razorblades....." Not that we'd recommend that sort of thing, of course.
    • 42' Downing! Tests Reina from the edge of the box, but the shot never has enough venom to cause the goalkeeper real problems.
    • 41' Now Kuyt is on the left and receives a diagonal ball on the counter-attack from Alonso - awful touch from the Dutchman and he gives the ball away.
    • 40' Aliadiere chases a long ball and causes Sami Hyypia enough trouble for the Finn to put the ball out for a throw about a yard from the right corner flag.
    • 39' Liverpool pass the ball cagily about. There is no doubt that the goal has taken the wind out of their sails.
    • 37' Corner Liverpool after another good Aurelio cross is headed behind. It's hard to believe Andrea Dossena often plays ahead of the Brazilian. Boro eventually get the ball away but not before a dangerous-looking Kuyt backheel passes across the six-yard box.
    • 35' Carragher concedes another corner, this time on the Middlesbrough left - O'Neil swings it in and Reina makes a straightforward catch.
    • 33' Middlesbrough have still not had a shot on target yet somehow they are 1-0 ahead. Liverpool have dominated the first half, although the 74% quoted in our team stats seems a little high.
    • 31' GOAL!!! Middlesbrough lead thanks to a soft goal - Xabi Alonso redirects a Stewart Downing corner past Reina and the home side lead! Poor defending from Liverpool and Boro go in front in fortuitous fashion!
    • 30' What a block to keep Steven Gerrard off the scoresheet! Liverpool knock a direct ball forward and it then goes to Aurelio on the left. Gerrard collects his low cross but sees his shot halted by a sensational block from David Wheater!
    • 28' GERRARD!! Cracks a low shot from the edge of the box that ripples the side-netting - but Jones has it covered in any case.
    • 26' Good chance Middlesbrough! Downing paces down the left and has Aliadiere in the middle attacking the six-yard box.. but the England winger clips a cross over the striker's head - a real waste!
    • 25' A little passage of play that demonstrates Boro's lack of confidence. They win a throw on the left deep inside the Liverpool half, but then play the ball all the way back to their keeper Jones, who boots a long clearance and Liverpool regain possession.
    • 23' Up in the stands, Steve Gibson and Rick Parry appear to be conducting some sort of 'Who can look the most miserable?' competition. Despite resigning yesterday, Parry looks marginally less suicidal.
    • 21' Jeremie Aliadiere has gone down with an injury to his left foot. The physio comes on to treat him, but to be honest he looks OK.
    • 20' Liverpool's front three of Kuyt, Babel and El Zhar are playing in quite a fluid style and switching positions frequently. The Moroccan shows his best touches of the game so far with a tricky run down the right flank.
    • 18' Some users have rightly pointed out that Nabil El Zhar has scored for Liverpool - he did it in the Carling Cup. Obviously I should have said he hasn't scored in the Premier League.
    • 16' Jones is called into action again, as Babel speeds past Huth and shoots low from the right side of the box. The Australian keeper is equal to it again!
    • 16' That really was a great chance for Dirk Kuyt there, no more than 10 yards out. Even Robbie Keane would have scored that.
    • 15' Hyypia releases Aurelio down the left.. Wheater heads his clearance to the feet of Kuyt, whose shot is tipped over by Jones!! What a chance for Dirk Kuyt!
    • 13' This game has really come to life after a steady opening with chances at both ends. Certainly Middlesbrough look a tougher prospect than, say, Real Madrid.
    • 11' Downing sends a looping cross in from the left for O'NEIL!!! His sliding effort almost eludes the grasp of Reina and he scoops the ball up at the second attempt. Great play by Boro!
    • 9' KUYT!! He strikes low from the right side of the box and Jones parries it. The Dutchman follows up but his second shot is blocked. A let-off for Boro.
    • 8' Middlesbrough have not won a Premier League game since November 9, but they were buoyed by their Cup victory against West Ham this well and have started fairly well.
    • 6' Skrtel is well forward down the right for Liverpool. His attempted cross is blocked. The visitors want a throw, but referee Styles says nothing doing.
    • 5' The first meaningful attack of the game sees Stewart Downing switch to the right flank, and Sami Hyypia trots across to put the ball out for a throw.
    • 3' So, Nabil El Zhar... He's 22, he's Moroccan, he has been at Liverpool since 2006 and he has never scored for the club.
    • 1' Referee Rob Styles gets us under way at the Riverside! Boro in red shirts and shorts with white socks, Liverpool all in grey.
    • - Steven Gerrard returns for Liverpool, but there is no Fernando Torres and the inexperienced Nabil El Zhar starts on his own up front. Sami Hyypia returns at the back while Alvaro Arbeloa makes way, and midweek match-winner Yossi Benayoun is on the bench. Boro keep faith with Tuncay after his star turn in the FA Cup, meaning Marlon King makes way.
    • - Welcome to LIVE coverage of Middlesbrough versus Liverpool from the Riverside!
  • Team Stats

    Middlesbrough Stats Liverpool
    28% Possession 71%
    6 Shots 23
    4 Shots on target 4
    4 Saves 3
    2 Corners 9
    6 Fouls 1
    6 Offsides 2
    2 Yellow cards 0
    0 Red cards 0
    24 Tackles 16
    160 Accurate passes 527
    40 Bad passes 96
  • Player Stats

    G =
    Goals
    S =
    Shots
    SoT =
    Shot on Target
    F =
    Fouls
    FW =
    Fouls Won
    O =
    Offsides
    A =
    Assists
    AP =
    Accurate Passes
    BP =
    Bad Passes
    T =
    Tackles
    • Middlesbrough
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      22 Bradley Jones 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 3 0
      26 Matthew Bates 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 21 1 2
      31 David Wheater 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 1 4
      6 Emanuel Pogatetz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 7 3
      2 Justin Hoyte 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 1 3
      14 Robert Huth 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3 2
      20 Julio Arca 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 11 4
      4 Gary O'Neil 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 20 0 1
      19 Stewart Downing 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 16 4 2
      17 Tuncay Sanli 1 1 1 0 3 0 0 11 3 1
      10 Jeremie Aliadiere 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 8 2 2
      12 Afonso Alves 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      41 Josh Walker 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
      11 Marvin Emnes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      28 Adam Johnson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
      3 Andrew Taylor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      21 Ross Turnbull 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      16 Marlon King 0 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 4 0
    • Liverpool
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      25 Jose Reina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1 0
      37 Martin Skrtel 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 40 0 3
      12 Fabio Aurelio 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 60 32 2
      23 Jamie Carragher 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 52 3 1
      4 Sami Hyypia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 60 6 1
      8 Steven Gerrard 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 42 8 0
      14 Xabi Alonso 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 87 18 1
      20 Javier Mascherano 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 74 7 4
      31 Nabil El Zhar 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 24 0 0
      19 Ryan Babel 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 38 13 1
      18 Dirk Kuyt 0 6 1 1 0 0 0 22 3 1
      11 Albert Riera 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      32 Stephen Darby 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      2 Andrea Dossena 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      24 David Ngog 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1
      1 Diego Cavalieri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      21 Lucas Leiva 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 14 4 0
      15 Yossi Benayoun 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1
  • Summary

    • 90+3' Emanuel Pogatetz comes away on the break for Middlesbrough! He crosses low for King to finish into the empty net, but there is an offside flag up!

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • B. Jones
      • J. Hoyte
      • D. Wheater
      • R. Huth
      • E. Pogatetz
      • M. Bates Yellow Card
      • J. Arca Substitution Out (89′)
      • G. O'Neil
      • S. Downing
      • T. Sanli
      • J. Aliadière Substitution Out (68′)

      Subs

      • M. King Substitution In68′
      • R. Turnbull
      • A. Johnson Substitution In79′
      • A. Taylor
      • A. Alves
      • M. Emnes
      • J. Walker
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Reina
      • J. Carragher Substitution Out (71′)
      • S. Hyypiä
      • M. Škrtel
      • Fábio Aurélio
      • S. Gerrard Substitution Out (76′)
      • X. Alonso Own Goal
      • J. Mascherano
      • D. Kuyt
      • R. Babel
      • N. El Zhar

      Subs

      • Y. Benayoun Substitution In71′
      • A. Riera
      • A. Dossena
      • D. N'Gog Substitution In68′
      • S. Darby
      • D. Cavalieri
      • Lucas
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      Strikers
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      Substitution Out68′ - -
      Subs
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      Substitution In79′ - -
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