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  1. Liverpool held by Stoke again

    Liverpool held by Stoke again

    Liverpool failed to beat Premier League new boys Stoke City for the second time this season as they drew 0-0 at the Britannia Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Stoke City
    • Liverpool
    • 90+3' The final whistle goes, and it's a second goalless draw with Liverpool for Stoke! If Chelsea win on Sunday, they will be just one point behind the leaders.
    • 90' Aurelio fires forward a long ball forward and Torres flicks it on for GERRARD WHO HITS THE POST!! The Liverpool skipper's outstretched boot almost sealed a late victory, but the ball rebounds off the far post and out of play! What a let off for Stoke!
    • 89' Gerrard will take a corner for Liverpool, but it misses everyone and swings out for a goal kick.
    • 88' Dave Kitson is the man sacrificed as Stoke look to shut up shop. danny Pugh - who was not even in the original matchday squad - comes on to replace him.
    • 86' The ball is pinging around the midfield as both sides are frantically trying to move forward. Stoke are yet to drop everyone behind the ball.
    • 83' Babel motors downt he left wing and is cynically brought down by Wilkinson - who is booked. Gerrard curls in the free-kick... IT HITS THE UPRIGHT!!! That delivery beat everyone.
    • 80' As the game enters the closing stages, it looks more and more likely that Premier League new-boys Stoke are going to avoid defeat to Liverpool twice in the same season. The one and only other time they played at the Britannia Stadium, in a 2000 League Cup tie, Liverpool won 8-0.
    • 77' Glenn Whelan will CURL A SHOT ROUND THE WALL... Inches wide of the upright! Reina was at full stretch but he may not have made the save if it was on target.
    • 76' Lucas gets a booking for bringing down Kitson, and Stoke have a free-kick dead centre. Matthew Etherington will be rpelaced by Liam Lawrence before the free-kick is taken...
    • 76' The rather ineffectual Yossi Benayoun will be replaced by Ryan Babel for the final quarter of an hour.
    • 73' Another Delap throw-in, and this time it's met by DAVE KITSON... Glancing header on to the roof of the net! good opportunity for the Potters there.
    • 72' Shawcross rejoins the action and jogs forward for a Delap throw. Liverpool clear via Kuyt and Mascherano, but the long ball forward fails to find Gerrard.
    • 70' Ryan shawcross is down receiving treatment after tackling Torres. He'll go off as his team-mates defend a throw-in. Fortunately for his side Liverpool conspire to give away a goal kick.
    • 67' The delivery is not cleared and LUCAS HEADS FOR GOAL... Sorensen was beaten but it's off target... here comes TORRES TO FOLLOW UP... Blasted over the bar!! That's the closest Liverpool have come to a goal in this half!
    • 66' Now Gerrard causes another yellow card as he is up-ended by Etherington! Gerrard will take the free-kick on the wing himself...
    • 64' Gerrard fires a shot against the wall... but it was before the referee's whistle. The Liverpool captain receives a booking!
    • 63' Gerrard works the space in the box to try a sHOT.. Charged down by Amdy Faye! Richard Cresswell concedes a free-kick for handball. Gerrard will take it...
    • 62' Another Stoke corner, this time Etherington takes and again it takes Liverpool four attempts to clear their lines! Stoke really push the boundaries of what can technically be termed football.
    • 61' Albert Riera is the man who will make way for Fernando Torres. This is only his second substitute appearance since his injury lay-off - is he in match-winning shape yet?
    • 60' Stoke win a corner as Torres prepares to come on. A header sends the ball high into the air, and Reina comes out to catch but goes to ground and wins the foul.
    • 57' Both Torres and Keane are warming up on the touchline now. Mind you, it is very cold.
    • 56' Whelan sends a long diagonal ball upfield for Delap to battle for, but his header is tame and wide of the target.
    • 53' Delap is towelling the ball down, which can only mean one thing... The ball comes in and it's half-cleared, but Etherington bursts down the wing and fight s of Mascherano to dig out a great cross... Headed away for another throw! This time Liverpool manage to get rid of the danger at the first time of asking.
    • 50' Poor clearance by Reina and the ball falls to Kitson! The striker takes it round the keeper and SHOOTS... Sidenetting! Kitson was forced wide and it was a difficult angle, with a covering defender on the line too. He's still waiting for his first Stoke goal.
    • 49' Another Liverpool corner, this time conceded by higginbotham. Gerrard crosses and Sorensen is off his line... He gets a hand to it but it falls in the middle of the box... The keeper is first to it and grabs the ball.
    • 48' The corner is taken quickly but Benayoun is charged down by a wave of red and white and Stoke clear.
    • 47' Amdy faye hauls down Gerrard and Liverpool have a free-kick. It's too far to shoot but Gerrard's delivery forces a header from Shwacross and earns Liverpool a corner.
    • 46' No changes yet from either manager, and Liverpool kick off the second half.
    • 45+2' Lucas is back on his feet, just as the half-time whistle goes. Diego Maradona has watched Rory Delap hit the bar, Ryan Shawcross have a goal disallowed for offside and a succession of ridiculously effective long throws - Has he ever seen a match like this before?
    • 45+1' Lucas remains down on the ground after a solid but fair challenge from Cresswell. It looks as though the Brazilian landed awkwardly on his hand, which can't be pleasant on this frozen surface.
    • 44' Benitez is already making his way to the dressing room rather then watch these two teams grind their way to half-time.
    • 41' Kuyt is penalised for handball, a little harshly. For all his industry, the Dutchman has not really been involved thus far - surely Torres or Keane will make an appearance before too long.
    • 40' Hyypia heads a Delap throw behind for a corner. Stoke may have preferred another throw, as they fail to make anything of the set piece.
    • 38' Riera whips in a low, curling cross that Abdoulaye Faye was in danger of turning into his own net but, as it is, it goes for a goal kick.
    • 36' Mascherano fouls Etherington in midfield. The Argentinian is on his way to a booking in front of his international boss.
    • 34' A ripple of applause follows Rory Delap as he jogs across the pitch to throw it in from the other wing. This time the referee blows up for some pushing in the box.
    • 32' Yet another Delap delivery, but this time the flick-on is caught by Reina.
    • 29' The anticipation is palpable as Delap winds up a throw-in... cleared away for another! This time Hyypia heads away but chaos is reigning here! Stoke are first to the second ball again and Delap crosses for SHAWCROSS TO HEAD PAST REINA!!! Wait, he was offside, it won't count. How can one throw-in cause such pandemonium?
    • 26' The delivery goes in but it's headed away by Skrtel. An amazing 67% of Stoke's goals have come from set pieces this season - though perhaps that's not a surprise to anyone.
    • 25' Mascherano handballs as he tries to tackle Etherington, and Stoke have a free-kick on the wing. The Stoke debutant will send in the free-kick himself...
    • 24' Kitson plays a ball upfield to Cresswell, who tries to beat Hyypia on the turn but halfway through opts to hit the deck instead. Referee Lee Mason waves play on - good defending from Hyypia.
    • 22' Liverpool's possession finally bears some sort of fruit, as Kuyt gets a shot off at the far post, but Sorensen smothers the shot well to concede the corner. Thomas Sorensen has not won a single league match against Liverpool in 15 attempts during his career.
    • 16' A high Stoke clearance has both Gerrard and Aurelio underneath it. They both leave it for the other one to volley and in the end the ball bounces away to safety.
    • 15' Riera beats Wilkinson on the left wing, but the ball is on his right boot and when he tries to beat the full-back again to cross with his right he is dispossessed. The Spaniard showing himself up a bit there.
    • 14' Etherington is marshalled into the corner well by two Liverpool players and his low cross goes right to Reina.
    • 11' Rory Delap has the chance to deliver one of his trademark long throws... It's disappointing and the ball is headed clear. It's hoisted back in and DELAP IS THERE TO SHOOT... OFF THE BAR!! Delap's shot canoned off the underside of the bar and the ball is hacked clear! Three Stoke players were offside when the ball came back in but the flag stayed down - it would have counted.
    • 8' Riera has time and space to pick out his cross, and he curls in an inviting cross for KUYT... The Dutchman caught it with the top of his head and the ball sails wide for a goal kick.
    • 7' Gerrard bursts forward and gets on the end of a one-two on the edge of the box. He plays it out to Riera but the return pass is errant and Stoke clear.
    • 6' Liverpool have taken to keeping possession and probing down one wing and then the other, but are being met on all fronts by a wall of red and white.
    • 3' Skrtel fouls Kitson and Stoke have a free-kick in a good position - about 20 yards out, right in front of goal. It'll be Whelan to STRIKE... Over the wall, but over the bar too.
    • 1' Benitez has taken a seat up in the directors' box for the start of this match. Perhaps it's warmer up there. He's just a few seats down from - wait for it - Diego Maradona!
    • 1' Stoke get this show on the road!
    • 17:28 So, can Stoke stifle Liverpool into submission as they did at Anfield, or will we see another mauling like the one dealt out like the one against Newcastle recently? All will be revealed when we kick off in just a couple of minutes time...
    • 17:26 Whatever you make of Benitez's comments yesterday - be it a reasonable point well made or a sign he's losing the plot - there is no doubt that a loss here would put a real dent in their title claims and leave egg on the Spanish coach's face.
    • 17:24 For Ranting Rafa's Reds, Fernando Torres and Robbie Keane both start tonight's match on the bench. Martin Skrtel is in the centre of defence alongside Sami Hyypia, while Jamie Carragher continues at right-back.
    • 17:22 Stoke make four changes, including a debut for winger Matthew Etherington, Dave Kitson up front, Amdy Faye coming into the midfield and Glenn Whelan is a late addition after Salif diao injured himself in the warm-up.
    • 17:19 Welcome to Eurosport-Yahoo!'s LIVE coverage of the final Premier League match of the day - Stoke City v Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium.
  • Team Stats

    Stoke City Stats Liverpool
    33% Possession 66%
    6 Shots 11
    0 Shots on target 2
    1 Saves 0
    4 Corners 5
    10 Fouls 10
    1 Offsides 0
    2 Yellow cards 2
    0 Red cards 0
    19 Tackles 16
    166 Accurate passes 432
    60 Bad passes 58
  • 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
    • Stoke City
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      29 Thomas Sorensen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1 0
      17 Ryan Shawcross 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 6 1 0
      3 Danny Higginbotham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 18 1
      28 Andy Wilkinson 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 11 1 3
      25 Abdoulaye Faye 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 2 1
      19 Amdy Faye 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 18 7 4
      24 Rory Delap 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 15 5 3
      26 Matthew Etherington 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 21 6 1
      6 Glenn Whelan 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 27 10 2
      12 Dave Kitson 0 2 0 3 4 0 0 8 4 0
      9 Richard Cresswell 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 7 5 4
      4 Seyi Olofinjana 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      33 Ibrahima Sonko 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      14 Danny Pugh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      2 Andy Griffin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      23 Michael Tonge 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      1 Steve Simonsen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      7 Liam Lawrence 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
    • Liverpool
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      25 Jose Reina 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 9 1 0
      37 Martin Skrtel 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 51 2 2
      12 Fabio Aurelio 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 50 15 0
      23 Jamie Carragher 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 43 0 1
      4 Sami Hyypia 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 53 4 0
      8 Steven Gerrard 0 4 1 0 1 0 0 35 9 0
      20 Javier Mascherano 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 56 9 3
      21 Lucas Leiva 0 0 0 6 2 0 0 64 3 4
      15 Yossi Benayoun 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 18 2 2
      11 Albert Riera 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 17 7 1
      18 Dirk Kuyt 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 31 6 2
      7 Robbie Keane 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      31 Nabil El Zhar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      2 Andrea Dossena 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      28 Damien Plessis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      1 Diego Cavalieri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      19 Ryan Babel 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0
      9 Fernando Torres 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1
  • Summary

    • 90' Aurelio fires forward a long ball forward and Torres flicks it on for GERRARD WHO HITS THE POST!! The Liverpool skipper's outstretched boot almost sealed a late victory, but the ball rebounds off the far post and out of play! What a let off for Stoke!
    • 77' Glenn Whelan will CURL A SHOT ROUND THE WALL... Inches wide of the upright! Reina was at full stretch but he may not have made the save if it was on target.
    • 73' Another Delap throw-in, and this time it's met by DAVE KITSON... Glancing header on to the roof of the net! good opportunity for the Potters there.
    • 67' The delivery is not cleared and LUCAS HEADS FOR GOAL... Sorensen was beaten but it's off target... here comes TORRES TO FOLLOW UP... Blasted over the bar!! That's the closest Liverpool have come to a goal in this half!
    • 50' Poor clearance by Reina and the ball falls to Kitson! The striker takes it round the keeper and SHOOTS... Sidenetting! Kitson was forced wide and it was a difficult angle, with a covering defender on the line too. He's still waiting for his first Stoke goal.
    • 11' Rory Delap has the chance to deliver one of his trademark long throws... It's disappointing and the ball is headed clear. It's hoisted back in and DELAP IS THERE TO SHOOT... OFF THE BAR!! Delap's shot canoned off the underside of the bar and the ball is hacked clear! Three Stoke players were offside when the ball came back in but the flag stayed down - it would have counted.

Team lineup & ratings

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • T. Sørensen
      • A. Wilkinson Yellow Card
      • A. Diagne-Faye
      • R. Shawcross
      • D. Higginbotham
      • A. Faye
      • G. Whelan
      • R. Delap
      • M. Etherington Yellow Card Substitution Out (77′)
      • R. Cresswell
      • D. Kitson Substitution Out (88′)

      Subs

      • S. Simonsen
      • A. Griffin
      • I. Sonko
      • D. Pugh Substitution In88′
      • M. Tonge
      • S. Olofinjana
      • L. Lawrence Substitution In77′
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Reina
      • J. Carragher
      • S. Hyypiä
      • M. Škrtel
      • Fábio Aurélio
      • Lucas
      • J. Mascherano
      • Y. Benayoun Substitution Out (76′)
      • S. Gerrard Yellow Card
      • A. Riera Substitution Out (61′)
      • D. Kuyt

      Subs

      • R. Keane
      • F. Torres Substitution In61′
      • A. Dossena
      • R. Babel Substitution In76′
      • D. Plessis
      • D. Cavalieri
      • N. El Zhar
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