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Wednesday December 16, 2009 Finished Anfield

2 - 1

Liverpool

  • N'Gog 10’
  • Torres 79’

Wigan Athletic

  • N'Zogbia 90’

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  1. David Ngog and Fernando Torres score as Liverpool beat Wigan Athletic

    David Ngog and Fernando Torres score as Liverpool beat Wigan Athletic

    Goals from David Ngog and substitute Fernando Torres saw Liverpool move back up to sixth thanks to a 2-1 win over Wigan at Anfield. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • Wigan Athletic
    • FT And there is the final whistle. Liverpool have the three points but that is not the type of performance that would convince you that they are "back."
    • 90+4 Agger has to clear as Wigan look to launch a late attack.
    • 90+2 BUT INSTEAD IT IS WIGAN WHO SCORE....N'Zogbia checks across three men on the edge of the area and then drills a nice low shot into the corner of the net.
    • 90' Liverpool looking to put some gloss on this average performance by getting a third before the end. They will have three extra minutes to to do it.
    • 88' Gerrard has just blasted a free-kick into row Z of the Kop.
    • 86' Aquilani controls the ball in the box and then tries a little bicycle kick but it is straight at Kirkland.
    • 84' Game just fizzling out now and Thomas has been booked for a foul on Aquilani.
    • 82' Wigan make their final change. Gomez off and Jason Koumas on.
    • 81' There will be a cameo from "Aquaman" - Aquilani comes on for Benayoun for the final nine minutes.
    • 79' FERNANDO TORRES HAS CLINCHED THE POINTS FOR LIVERPOOL!!! It came from a long punt up the field. Emmerson Boyce headed behind him for some reason and Torres was away - he rounded Kirlkland and while Bramble managed to block his first effort it spilled back out for Torres who tapped in from two yards out. Not a classic but they all count.
    • 78' Gerrard has to block a header from Rodallega and then Gomez fires a shot well over the bar. Wigan are getting closer and closer though and Liverpool are looking nervy.
    • 77' Awful tackle from Mascherano on N'Zogbia. He actually managed to injury himself in the process but when he got back up he was handed a yellow card.
    • 75' Kirkland has to flick a dangerous cross from the left out for a corner but Wigan manage to defend that.
    • 74' OFF THE BAR FROM SCOTLAND!!!! A free-kick was launched into the box Reina could not get on the end of it with Scharner in his face - Rodallega managed to head it across instead and then Scotland fired a shot off the crossbar.
    • 71' Still very, very flat here and while it remains only 1-0 there is a chance that Liverpool could slip up here.
    • 69' Just a correction from early Rodallega is still on the pitch it was Diame who made way for Scotland.
    • 68' The first ball played towards Torres but Melchiot does well to just sort of push him off the ball without actually fouling him.
    • 66' Nice move from Wigan but again it lacks a killer touch as Melchiot's cross is gathered by Pepe Reina.
    • 65' Agger heads fresh air when it looked like a Gerrard corner was perfect for him.
    • 64' Ngog makes way after a decent shift. Torres comes on and...bizarrely...seems to get a better reception than Lucas when he came on. What's that all about.
    • 63' Jason Scotland has his first "shot" on goal but it has no power and hits the side netting. Torres about to come on.
    • 62' Ngog looks to be clear through for a moment but he was offside.
    • 60' Liverpool fans it is the moment you have been waiting for...he is on...he is finally on!!! Yes Lucas is on the pitch - Aurelio goes off.
    • 58' Wigan swap their lone striker. Rodallega's evening is done and Jason Scotland comes on.
    • 57' Kuyt and Ngog nearly link up again but Ngog is crowded out before he can get on the Dutchman's cross. Great little turn of the shoulder from Kuyt to set up the attack.
    • 56' Wigan pass the ball around a bit but there is a lack of ambition to their play and it all breaks down.
    • 54' Ngog does well to earn a corner off Boyce - he has looked the most lively of all the Liverpool players tonight.
    • 53' Mascherano fizzes a long range shot over the bar - a few more positive signs from Liverpool now.
    • 52' GREAT SAVE KIRKLAND - A low cross from Ngog and Kuyt gets in at the near post to strike well but Kirkland tips over.
    • 50' N'Zogbia is played away and he gets a shot on target - straight at Reina but the Spanish keeper spills it. He gathers but that doesn't stop Rodallega trying to come in and nick it out of his hands. A bit cheeky from the Colombian
    • 49' Gomez shot is deflected off Skrtel and it nearly falls into the patch of Rodallega but Reina gets there first.
    • 48' AND AGAIN - Mascherano just kicks the ball across to nobody and out for a throw.
    • 47' Another mis-strayed Liverpool pass - Benayoun guilty this time.
    • 46' And we are back underway - Torres and Aquilani remain on the bench.
    • 46' Great half-time entertainment for the Liverpool fans to celebrate 50 years since Bill Shankly took over as Liverpool manager. Great names like Ian St. John, Tommy Smith, Kevin Keegan and Roger Hunt have come onto the pitch while Shankly's favourite tune of Amazing Grace was played by two men on bagpipes."
    • HT And there is the half-time whistle - Liverpool in front but far from impressive.
    • 45+4 Wigan doing all the pressing in the closing stages of the half and Roberto Martinez will be encouraged by this.
    • 45+2 Great volleyed cut back while diving from Scharner puts the ball into the path of Diame but the Frenchman cannot get a clean contact on the ball when trying to shoot.
    • 45' There have been a few knocks in this half so we will have four extra minutes.
    • 44' David Ngog shows great pace to nip in ahead of Emerson Boyce after an Insua ball deflected into their paths but the Frenchman then drilled his shot wide of the target.
    • 43' Kuyt with a good fizzing cross nearly finds Benayoun but there is just too much on it and the Israeli might have been offside in any event.
    • 42' Gomez has looked the best passer on the pitch but a rare miscue gives Liverpool a corner. However, Kirkland comes out to gather that resulting corner with ease.
    • 41' So Liverpool's passing is letting them down and Mr. Aquilani is on the bench once again. To be fair to Rafael Benitez though - his side is winning.
    • 39' Heavy touch from N'Zogbia ends a nice passing spell by Wigan. The visitors are actually passing the ball better than the hosts now. Liverpool keep giving the ball away.
    • 37' Mascherano has just had a ball smashed into his face from close range and is a little shaken up but he will be fine.
    • 35' Figuerora skips past Mascherano before being tripped by the Argentine. That could have been a booking.
    • 34' Mascherano breaks up a Wigan counter but then gives the ball straight back to the Latics with a poor pass.
    • 33' Gerrard has space to work on the right edge of the box but his low cross is easily cut out.
    • 32' Kuyt heads wide of the target after Carragher got forward on the right before putting in a cross.
    • 31' It was quite noisy in Anfield earlier in this match but it has gone very quiet although a great tackle from Agger stirs them.
    • 29' Wigan getting more and more of the ball now and you can visibly see their confidence growing.
    • 28' Jordi Gomez is starting to pop up more and more and he has just fired a decent shot on target - only problem was it was too straight and Reina saves without any problem.
    • 26' Wigan have got more into this match as time has gone on but Liverpool still looking the more dangerous side.
    • 24' Liverpool putting in a series a dangerous crosses - on the third Kirkland flaps at it but somehow Boyce and Thomas manage to clear with Benayoun lurking.
    • 23' The tackles are really flying in now - Thomas has just put a heavy tackle on Gerrard that has hurt the Liverpool captain.
    • 21' Daime is back on involved straight away as he is fouled by Gerrard - AGAIN!
    • 19' Gerrard does superb to track back and end a Wigan attack but then he gives the ball away and ends up fouling Diame who needs some treatment.
    • 18' Liverpool look in the mood tonight and you might be feeling a little nervous of you were a Wigan fan.
    • 16' STUNNING SAVE from Kirkland - Ngog with a good cut back for Kuyt who fired well on target but the Wigan keeper pushed over superbly. He must have recovered from that injury.
    • 14' Rare attack for Wigan and N'Zogbia flashes across a dangerous ball but there is nobody there.
    • 13' Kirkland seems to be a little sore but okay and we are back underway.
    • 11' Liverpool come again looking for a second... Ngog goes up for a long bouncing ball with Kirkland, who claims, but collides with his own player Boyce! The injury-prone keeper stays down and will require some attention...
    • 10' GOAL! NGOG opens the scoring with a little flicked header from Aurelio's ball into the box! Kirkland comes out to meet the dead ball, but the Frenchman gets there just before him to nod home! It's been coming and Liverpool lead 1-0!
    • 9' Wigan clear, but Liverpool come back again immediately... Benayoun crosses but Boyce puts behind for another Liverpool corner!
    • 7' Liverpool have started very confidently.... Agger again threatens, this time aerially.... no dice though.
    • 5' Agger lets fly from distance after a typically strong run forward... but his effort bends well wide of its intended target.
    • 4' Benayoun feeds Kuyt out on the right hand side... but the Dutchman's cross is overhit and the ball sails all the way over the penalty box.
    • 3' Neat interchange of passes from Liverpool here... they've started in confident mood tonight.
    • 2' Both teams in their traditional colours tonight... Liverpool in red, Wigan in blue and white.
    • 1' Here we go! Underway at Anfield!
    • - Wigan boss Roberto Martinez makes just one change, Hendry Thomas returning at the expense of Jason Koumas.
    • - So, Fernando Torres drops to the bench along with Lucas Leiva. Glen Johnson is out with a hamstring injury. David Ngog starts up front, with Martin Skrtel coming into defence. Fabio Aurelio starts in midfield while Emiliano Insua plays at left-back.
    • - And tonight's referee is Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).
    • - Wigan: Kirkland, Melchiot, Boyce, Bramble, Figueroa, Scharner, Gomez, Diame, Thomas, N'Zogbia, Rodallega. Subs: Kingson, Amaya, Cho, Scotland, Koumas, Sinclair, De Ridder
    • - The teams are in... Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Insua, Benayoun, Mascherano, Gerrard, Aurelio, Kuyt, Ngog. Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Torres, Kyrgiakos, Lucas, Darby, Dossena
    • - Liverpool have dropped to eight after last night's results but boss Rafael Benitez has "guaranteed" his side will finish in the top four Rafa 'guarantees' top four finish
    • - Roberto Martinez insists Wigan are in perfect shape to tackle Liverpool at Anfield. Martinez looking forward to Anfield challenge
    • - Expect goals Wigan's 16 league games this season have produced 55 goals, an average of 3.44 per game (although 10 did come in one game).
    • - Use you head lads - The Latics have conceded a league-high seven headed goals, but Liverpool have scored a joint-fewest total of two headers this season.
    • - Wigan need to look out for Yossi Benayoun - he has scored in three of his last five Premier League appearances against Wigan.
    • - Let's give you some facts, first some good news for the no doubt depressed Liverpool fans at the moment...Wigan have won none of their eight Premier League meetings with Liverpool, HOWEVER (better news for Wigan fans) they have drawn two of the last three.
    • - Welcome to our LIVE coverage of this Premier League match between Liverpool and Wigan at Anfield.
  • Summary

    • 90+2 BUT INSTEAD IT IS WIGAN WHO SCORE....N'Zogbia checks across three men on the edge of the area and then drills a nice low shot into the corner of the net.
    • 79' FERNANDO TORRES HAS CLINCHED THE POINTS FOR LIVERPOOL!!! It came from a long punt up the field. Emmerson Boyce headed behind him for some reason and Torres was away - he rounded Kirlkland and while Bramble managed to block his first effort it spilled back out for Torres who tapped in from two yards out. Not a classic but they all count.
    • 74' OFF THE BAR FROM SCOTLAND!!!! A free-kick was launched into the box Reina could not get on the end of it with Scharner in his face - Rodallega managed to head it across instead and then Scotland fired a shot off the crossbar.
    • 65' Agger heads fresh air when it looked like a Gerrard corner was perfect for him.
    • 52' GREAT SAVE KIRKLAND - A low cross from Ngog and Kuyt gets in at the near post to strike well but Kirkland tips over.
    • 16' STUNNING SAVE from Kirkland - Ngog with a good cut back for Kuyt who fired well on target but the Wigan keeper pushed over superbly. He must have recovered from that injury.
    • 10' GOAL! NGOG opens the scoring with a little flicked header from Aurelio's ball into the box! Kirkland comes out to meet the dead ball, but the Frenchman gets there just before him to nod home! It's been coming and Liverpool lead 1-0!
    • - Wigan: Kirkland, Melchiot, Boyce, Bramble, Figueroa, Scharner, Gomez, Diame, Thomas, N'Zogbia, Rodallega. Subs: Kingson, Amaya, Cho, Scotland, Koumas, Sinclair, De Ridder
    • - The teams are in... Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Insua, Benayoun, Mascherano, Gerrard, Aurelio, Kuyt, Ngog. Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Torres, Kyrgiakos, Lucas, Darby, Dossena

Team lineup & ratings

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Reina
      • J. Carragher
      • M. Škrtel
      • D. Agger
      • E. Insúa
      • J. Mascherano Yellow Card
      • S. Gerrard
      • Y. Benayoun Substitution Out (81′)
      • Fábio Aurélio Substitution Out (61′)
      • D. Kuyt
      • D. N'Gog Goal Substitution Out (64′)

      Subs

      • F. Torres Substitution In64′ Goal
      • A. Dossena
      • A. Aquilani Substitution In81′
      • S. Darby
      • D. Cavalieri
      • S. Kyrgiakos
      • Lucas Substitution In61′
    • Starting line-up

      • C. Kirkland
      • M. Melchiot
      • E. Boyce
      • T. Bramble
      • M. Figueroa
      • M. Diamé Substitution Out (58′)
      • H. Thomas Yellow Card
      • J. Gómez Substitution Out (83′)
      • P. Scharner
      • C. N'Zogbia Goal
      • H. Rodallega

      Subs

      • J. Koumas Substitution In83′
      • S. Sinclair
      • J. Scotland Substitution In58′
      • D. de Ridder
      • R. Kingson
      • W. Cho
      • Amaya
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