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Wednesday January 20, 2010 Finished Anfield

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Liverpool

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  1. Liverpool back on track

    Liverpool back on track

    Liverpool got their challenge for a Champions League place back on track with a deserved 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • 90+5' There's the fnial whistle. Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham. In the end, a comfortable win for a Liverpool side who desperately needed it.
    • 90+3' Kuyt steps up again...GAME OVER!!! This one will count. Gomes was sent the wrong way again, and Anfield is in fine voice again!
    • 90+3' Kuyt steps up...AND SCORES!!! Wait, it'll have to be retaken. One of the Liverpool players encroached.
    • 90+2' Penalty to Liverpool as Ngog is brought down by Bassong!!! Clear as day.
    • 90' 5 minutes to be added. A few howls of protest at that from the home fans.
    • 88' Liverpool chip another ball back into the area for Kyrgiakos...SAVED AGAIN BY GOMES!!! That was another golden opportunity!! He brought it down well, but his finish was that of a centre back.
    • 85 Ngog beats Bassong...FINE SAVE FROM GOMES! It comes back in from Carragher, Ngog heads it into the path of the Dutchman...WHO VOLLEYS OVER FROM 5 YARDS!!!
    • 83' Bale smashes it straight onto the wall. Not what the doctor ordered. Nor Harry Redknapp, for that matter.
    • 82' Free-kick to Spurs in a decent position as Bale is brought down by Lucas and Degen together. It's the Brazilian who takes the booking.
    • 80' Harry Redknapp has just done his nut at Sebastien Bassong, who didn't even have a pair of shorts on as he wanted to bring him on. He finally gets on now in place of King, while Maxi Rodriguez replaces Albert Riera.
    • 78' Bale with a raking ball across for Hutton...WHO SENDS A ROCKET-LIKE VOLLEY PAST THE POST!!!
    • 75' Jenas skips clear of his man, but Kyrgiakos gets in two fine blocks. Modric's corner is a poor one, cleared at the near post.
    • 70' Degen heads Aquilani's cross on at the near post and it falls for Kuyt at the back stick...he volleys well over. Another chance.
    • 66' Kuyt races clear of the Spurs defence, he spots the run of Degen on the far side, he cuts inside the defender and lays it across again...but the pass is a poor one and Spurs are off the hook!
    • 65' Another change for Spurs. Keane for Kranjcar. Can the Irishman come back to haunst his old side?
    • 61' Hutton is on for Corluka for Spurs.
    • 58' Smart save from Reina from a vicious shot from Jenas. he is content to tip that away for a corner.
    • 54' Defoe tees up Modric on the edge of the area...but the Croat's shot is easy for Reina to deal with.
    • 50' Riera heads against the bar from Degen's cross!!! He did very well to beat Corluka in the air!
    • 48' Defoe puts the ball in the back of the net...but the offside flag is up! That's a contentious one. He came back from an offside position, but took the ball of Pepe Reina a good bit later. An interesting one, which goes Liverpool's way.
    • 46' We're underway in the second half at Anfield.
    • 45+4' There's the half-time whistle. Liverpool 1-0 Tottenham.
    • 45+4' Palacios, Jenas, Palacios, MODRIC....SAVED by Reina! Lovely move, and the ball was just a little too far away from the little Croat. he couldn't wait any longer to get the shot off, as the tackle was imminent.
    • 45+3' It's whipped in towards Gomes, he's blocked by Degen, Kuyt heads goalwards, it's blocked by a defender and comes out to Skrtel...who lashes his volley over the bar.
    • 45+2' Carragher wins a huge roar of appreciation from the Liverpool fans as he charges up the pitch and wins his side a corner off King.
    • 44' Riera with a great ball in for Kyrgiakos...and the big Greek can't quite get his shot on target on the stretch.
    • 43' Aquilani is brought down by Kranjcar and Liverpool have a free-kick wide on the right. Riera crosses, Gomes punches clear, and Skrtel kicks at thin air.
    • 41' Bale steps up...it's played in towards King...SUPERB SAVE BY REINA...but the whistle has gone for a free-kick against Crouch. Which is absurd! If anything, it should have been a penalty! Kyrgiakos pretty much ripped the shirt from Crouch's back, yet once again the striker gets punished for the heinous crime of being hauled to the ground. Insane. The authorities really need to get their act together in advising referees about this sort of thing.
    • 39' Mascherano brings down Crouch, and he's finally overstepped the mark, and is in the book. Free-kick to Spurs in a central position 40 yards from goal.
    • 37' Defoe is in...but the little striker is a little too eager to race clear of the defence and the offside flag is up.
    • 32' Well, over half an hour gone, and Rafa Benitez will ber very happy with what he has seen so far. His team have been full of energy, have edged the midfield battles, and have nullified Tottenham as an attacking threat. They haven't created too many chances themselves, but if you're winning then it's not up to you to do that.
    • 29' Still livid after not being given a free-kick a minute or so ago in the Liverpool half, Defoe scythes down Degen. No booking, though it was a worse challenge than Jenas's.
    • 27' Jenas takes down Degen in full flow and earns the first booking of the match.
    • 25' Free-kick in a central position now for Liverpool. Riera clips it in...but it's straight through to Gomes. Just too high for Kyrgiakos.
    • 23' Bale lets fly from all of 30 yards...but it's high and wide.
    • 22' Howls of protest fomr the Liverpool fans as Bale goes down under Mascherano's challenge. To be fair, he left his foot in. Nasty sort of challenge, and he given a talking to be referee Howard Webb.
    • 20' It's whipped by Kranjcar in towards Dawson, Liverpool clear, it's pumps back in toward King, but Reina claims.
    • 19' Modric wins Spurs a corner off Insua, but again the Argentinian was very tight on him.
    • 16' Tottenham are struggling to find eachother in Liverpool's final third at the moment. Kranjcar and Modric are yet to influence the game.
    • 13' Kuyt clashes heads with King and the Dutchman requires treatment for a cut on the back of his head. He'll be fine to resume in a minute or so.
    • 10' Fine pressure again from Liverpool as Kuyt chases down Bale to intercept his clearance at the expense of a throw.
    • 8' What a start for Liverpool. That could be crucial for a side short on confidence and shorn of their best two players.
    • 6' Reina punts the ball down the pitch, Kuyt wins the header, it falls for Aquilani, he finds Kuyt again...GOAL!!! The Dutchman picks out the bottom corner!!!
    • 5' Fine cross swung in by Bale...Kyrgiakos makes it difficult for his 'keeper Reina...he can't gather it, Defoe slides in...but Reina gathers at the second attempt. A nervy moment for Liverpool there.
    • 3' A bit of a frenetic start tonight. Both teams are pressing quickly and closing down at every opportunity.
    • 1' Aquilani and Lucas get the game underway.
    • 20:00 A little pep talk from captain Jamie Carragher for Liverpool.
    • 19:55 Robbie Keane is back on the bench after he and Defoe drew a blank against Hull last weekend, while Ledley King comes back into the defence, with Sebastien Bassong making way. Aaron Lennon is still injured, so Modric and Kranjcar start on the flanks for Harry Redknapp's side.
    • 19:55 In the absence of the injured Fernando Torres, Dirk Kuyt has the task of leading the line for Liverpool tonight, though expect Albert Riera to get forward at every opportunity to help out the Dutchman. Aquilani, Mascherano, Lucas and Degen will surely provide a more than ample screen for the Liverpool back four, but is there enough creativity in there?
    • 19:45 Tottenham team: Heurelho Gomes, Vedran Corluka, Michael Dawson, Ledley King, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Jermaine Jenas, Wilson Palacios, Niko Kranjcar, Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe. Substitutes: Ben Alnwick, Alan Hutton, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Robbie Keane, Giovani dos Santos, Sebastien Bassong, Danny Rose.
    • 19:45 Liverpool team: Pepe Reina, Jamie Carragher, Martin Skrtel, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Emiliano Insua, Philippe Degen, Javier Mascherano, Lucas Leiva, Albert Riera, Alberto Aquilani, Dirk Kuyt. Substitutes: Cavalieri, Maxi Rodriguez, Ryan Babel, David Ngog, Jay Spearing, Stephen Darby, Daniel Pacheco
    • 19:30 Welcome to eurosport.yahoo.com's live text coverage of the Premiership clash between Liverpool and Tottenham from Anfield.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' Kuyt steps up again...GAME OVER!!! This one will count. Gomes was sent the wrong way again, and Anfield is in fine voice again!
    • 90+2' Penalty to Liverpool as Ngog is brought down by Bassong!!! Clear as day.
    • 85 Ngog beats Bassong...FINE SAVE FROM GOMES! It comes back in from Carragher, Ngog heads it into the path of the Dutchman...WHO VOLLEYS OVER FROM 5 YARDS!!!
    • 78' Bale with a raking ball across for Hutton...WHO SENDS A ROCKET-LIKE VOLLEY PAST THE POST!!!
    • 50' Riera heads against the bar from Degen's cross!!! He did very well to beat Corluka in the air!
    • 45+4' Palacios, Jenas, Palacios, MODRIC....SAVED by Reina! Lovely move, and the ball was just a little too far away from the little Croat. he couldn't wait any longer to get the shot off, as the tackle was imminent.
    • 45+3' It's whipped in towards Gomes, he's blocked by Degen, Kuyt heads goalwards, it's blocked by a defender and comes out to Skrtel...who lashes his volley over the bar.
    • 6' Reina punts the ball down the pitch, Kuyt wins the header, it falls for Aquilani, he finds Kuyt again...GOAL!!! The Dutchman picks out the bottom corner!!!

Team lineup & ratings

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Reina
      • J. Carragher
      • M. Škrtel
      • S. Kyrgiakos
      • E. Insúa
      • Lucas Yellow Card
      • J. Mascherano Yellow Card
      • P. Degen Substitution Out (90′)
      • A. Aquilani Substitution Out (79′)
      • A. Riera Substitution Out (81′)
      • D. Kuyt Goals×2

      Subs

      • M. Rodríguez Substitution In81′
      • R. Babel
      • D. N'Gog Substitution In79′
      • S. Darby Substitution In90′
      • J. Spearing
      • D. Cavalieri
      • D. Pacheco
    • Starting line-up

      • Gomes
      • V. Corluka Substitution Out (62′)
      • M. Dawson
      • L. King Substitution Out (81′)
      • G. Bale Yellow Card
      • J. Jenas Yellow Card
      • W. Palacios Yellow Card
      • L. Modric
      • N. Kranjcar Substitution Out (65′)
      • P. Crouch
      • J. Defoe

      Subs

      • R. Keane Substitution In65′
      • B. Alnwick
      • S. Bassong Substitution In81′
      • A. Hutton Substitution In62′
      • G. Dos Santos
      • D. Rose
      • R. Pavlyuchenko
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