Sunday August 15, 2010 Day 1 Finished Anfield

Liverpool 1 - 1 Arsenal

  • N'Gog 46’
  • Reina 90’ (o.g.)

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    Cole off as Arsenal nick draw

    A Joe Cole red card and an amazing Jose Reina own-goal helped Arsenal claim a 1-1 Premier League draw against Liverpool at Anfield. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • Arsenal
    • 90' Honours even in a game that burst into life late on - it finishes one goal each and 10 players each.
    • 90+5' KOSCIELNY IS OFF! He is adjudged to have handled deliberately and it's 10 a side!
    • 90+4' Vermaelen rises at the back post! Heads it way off target!
    • 90+3' GERRARD!! Strikes the free-kick powerfully but it's an easy save for Almunia, who Hollywoods it for a corner.
    • 90+3' Koscielny leaves his foot in on Kuyt and it's a dangerous free-kick for Liverpool...
    • 90+2' Liverpool have a corner and there is something of a scramble inside the box... Arsenal hack it away.
    • 90+1' Five minutes of stoppage time to be played.
    • 90' GOAL!!! ARSENAL ARE LEVEL!! Amazing own goal by Pepe Reina! He misjudges a Rosicky cross and the ball is bundled against the post. As it comes back, Reina looks to catch it but fumbles the ball into his own net. Incredible error!
    • 87' Absolute chaos in the Liverpool box. The ball pinballs about but eventually it is scrambled clear!
    • 86' WHAT A CHANCE ROSICKY!! He exchanges passes with Van Persie, shimmies into the box and fires, but Reina just gets fingertips on the ball to touch it over!
    • 85' A tasty coming together between Rosicky and Gerrard results in a yellow card for the Arsenal man.
    • 84' Arsenal pass the ball sideways but have had very little penetration, even against 10 men.
    • 83' Torres goes down after a tangle of arms with Koscielny. Anfield is predictably vocal but referee Atkinson says no foul.
    • 82' Agger stays down after a knock. He correctly guesses how many fingers the physio is holding up and is allowed to continue.
    • 80' Walcott attempts an Henry-esque curler and puts it into Row Z. Hopeless.
    • 78' Lucas Leiva replaces Javier Mascherano, and is that the last we have seen of the Argentine at Anfield?
    • 77' Torres runs at Koscielny but the defender matches him for pace and lays it back to Almunia.
    • 77' Van Persie looks to link up with Chamakh at the edge of the box but Carragher is in the way.
    • 75' Arsenal respond by bringing on their own World Cup underperformer - Robin van Persie. Abou Diaby comes off.
    • 74' Here's the change - a hero's welcome for Torres as he replaces David Ngog.
    • 73' Walcott! Curls his free-kick around the outside of the wall but Reina is on the right side of the goal and tips it behind.
    • 72' Yellow card Steven Gerrard for a lusty foul 25 yards out - a dangerous position here.
    • 71' An absolutely colossal cheer goes off as Fernando Torres takes off his tracksuit top.
    • 70' Nasri hits a powerful volley that hits Skrtel in the family jewels. Good block, but the defender stays down.
    • 69' Chance for VERMAELEN!! Rosicky stands up a cross and the Belgian heads disappointingly wide when well positioned.
    • 68' Agger defends a cross with his face, albeit at the cost of a corner.
    • 67' Maxi Rodriguez gets his first touch clearing an Arshavin cross. Liverpool defending solidly.
    • 66' Kuyt drills a cross into the Arsenal box from the right, but Sagna clears.
    • 65' That's the end of an encouraging debut for Milan Jovanovic, replaced by Maxi Rodriguez.
    • 63' Liverpool knock it long for Ngog to chase, but the striker uses his hand to bring the ball under control.
    • 61' The corner comes to nothing, but the visitors are starting to get back into the game here.
    • 60' Arshavin supplies Walcott down the left channel and Arsenal win a corner.
    • 59' Reinforcements for Arsenal - Tomas Rosicky and Theo Walcott replace Wilshere and a clearly unhappy Eboue.
    • 58' Better from Arsenal - Arshavin to Wilshere to Nasri, whose shot deflects over off Skrtel.
    • 56' Liverpool are in total commande despite their numerical inferiority, and they have another free-kick... Gerrard curls it for Ngog who heads high and wide!
    • 55' Great mazy run by Johnson, but he takes one touch too many and loses possession.
    • 54' Arsenal clear the corner, and Jovanovic falls over comically while trying to trap the high ball. Not one for the highlights reel.
    • 53' Another burst of pace from Jovanovic against Sagna, and another Liverpool corner, their sixth.
    • 52' Liverpool corner on the right... defended very poorly by Arsenal, resulting in another corner.
    • 51' Great hassling from Kuyt and Mascherano to win a throw off the shins of Diaby.
    • 50' Laurent Koscielny apparently has an 'egg-sized' lump on his shin.
    • 49' An unnecessary Clichy foul gives Gerrard a chance to swing a free-kick in... Skrtel heads over! Arsenal are all over the place, despite their numerical advantage.
    • 47' The ten men of Liverpool lead, and Roy Hodgson looks on impassively from the bench. How will this change the game?
    • 46' GOAL!! DAVID NGOG GIVES LIVERPOOL THE LEAD!! He collects the ball on the right side of the box, gets half a yard on Vermaelen and smashes the ball into the top-right corner! Almunia embarrassed yet again. Just sign a keeper, Mr Wenger.
    • 46' Koscielny is back! The Frenchman makes a Lazarene recovery and is OK to play the second half.
    • 45+3' Half-time at Anfield and it's uproar. Koscielny's injury looks like it could be a bad one...
    • 45+2' A disastrous Liverpool Premier League debut for Joe Cole. Malicious or not, that was a really bad tackle and he can have little complaint. Koscielny is stretchered off.
    • 45+1' RED CARD JOE COLE!! He flies in late and dangerously on Koscielny, trapping the defender's standing leg. Referee Martin Atkinson has no hesitation in sending him off.
    • 45' NGOG!! heads a corner goalwards but Clichy clears it off the line! So close to the lead!
    • 44' Johnson is well forward down the right again, exchanges passes with Kuyt and hits a left-foot shot just over!
    • 43' Banner seen at Anfield: "On the dole, watchin' Joe Cole"
    • 42' This stat courtesy of Infostrada: Prior to yesterday, Arsenal were the top scoring team on Premier League opening weekends with 37 goals. Chelsea now lead with 41.
    • 40' Jack Wilshere goes in with a potentially dangerous challenge on Mascherano, and that's a yellow card. The new Paul Scholes?
    • 38' Wilshere to Sagna to Eboue... and out for a goal kick.
    • 36' Arsenal are passing the ball around with their usual assurance, and enjoying about 60% possession, but they have not created a great deal.
    • 35' Dirk Kuyt reacts with horror after being flagged offside... but the flag is correct.
    • 34' Abou Diaby might look at bit like Patrick Vieira, but he is not a natural defensive midfielder, hence his clumsy challenge on Joe Cole.
    • 32' Gerrard swings it in, Almunia flaps but there is a foul by Agger inside the box.
    • 31' Steven Gerrard receives enormous acclaim as he trots over to take a corner.
    • 30' Gael Clichy belts an optimistic 30-yarder just over. Pepe Reina has it covered.
    • 28' New signing Joe Cole has been on the winning side in his last three PL matches against Arsenal. The only defeat in his last seven was in Chelsea’s 1-0 loss at the Emirates Stadium in December 2007.
    • 27' Arshavin makes the most of a tackle, giving Samir Nasri another chance to ping a free-kick into the wall.
    • 26' Lamentable dive by Marouane Chamakh in the box... he won't make many friends doing that.
    • 24' Roy Hodgson has got Liverpool man-marking at set-pieces, though it remains a mystery to me why everybody thought the zonal system was such a problem.
    • 23' Liverpool defend a Nasri corner unconvincingly and concede another... this time Carragher deals with it efficiently.
    • 22' Nasri hits the free-kick into the wall and it comes back for Vermaelen who fires a first-time shot well wide.
    • 21' Bad tackle on Eboue by Gerrard, who somehow escapes a booking. A chance from the free-kick for Arsenal.
    • 20' Eboue manages to bustle his way into the Liverpool box but takes a heavy touch and Reina comes out to boot the ball clear.
    • 19' Liverpool come forward with three men on the break... Jovanovic tries a through ball to the left, but it hits the feet of an Arsenal player.
    • 18' Johnson crosses from the right for Ngog, who is beaten in the air.
    • 17' A fairly slow start here at Anfield. Not quite the electric pace of some matches between these two.
    • 15' New Liverpool signing Christian Poulsen is up in the stands in a suit and tie looking stern. And possibly wondering what will happen if Javier Mascherano doesn't leave the club after all.
    • 14' Kuyt feeds the marauding Johnson down the right and the full-back clips into the box... it comes to nothing.
    • 12' Apologies for the slightly, er, imperfect team line-ups below. It's being looked at by the people who look at those sorts of things.
    • 11' Gerrard plays it down the right channel for Ngog to chase but the young striker is offside.
    • 9' Arshavin weaves inside from the left and plays a neat reverse pass... offside.
    • 8' Strong run by Jovanovic, who just shoves Sagna out of the way as he races up the pitch! That really gets the crowd going but the move comes to nothing.
    • 7' Joe Cole is taking up his preferred central role for Liverpool, but it is the visitors who have started stronger.
    • 6' Kuyt collects the ball with his back to goal, turns and plays it into the six yard box, but Arsenal skipper Manuel Almunia is first to it.
    • 5' VERMAELEN!! Nasri tees the free-kick up for the Belgian who thumps a powerful long-range shot and Reina parries for a corner!
    • 4' Arsenal have a free-kick 35 yards from goal, and Spain cheerleader Pepe Reina arranges his wall...
    • 3' Arsenal stroke it about on the deck - they have Emmanuel Eboue in a central midfield role today.
    • 2' Jack Wilshere is not afraid to stick his foot in, and is penalised for a challenge in midfield.
    • 1' Game on at Anfield! Arsenal kick off, playing from left to right as we see it.
    • 15:57 A tremendous Anfield roar greets the two teams as they come out on a sunny afternoon on Merseyside.
    • 15:55 Both teams are in new kits today - Liverpool in red with a sort of shint checker-board thing, and Arsenal in mustard and maroon. Natty.
    • 15:50 There are such high expectations for Jack Wilshere, can the newly-capped England international live up to the hype?
    • 15:45 All sorts of interesting sub-plots from the team news. No place for Christian Poulsen or Alberto Aquilani even on the bench for Liverpool. Wantaway midfielder Javier Mascherano starts after impressing Hodgson with his attitude in training.
    • 15:40 TEAMS: LIVERPOOL: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Skrtel, Gerrard, Jovanovic, Mascherano, Kuyt, Cole, Ngog. Subs: Cavalieri, Aurelio, Torres, Maxi, Babel, Lucas, Kelly. /// ARSENAL: Almunia, Clichy, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Diaby, Nasri, Eboue, Sagna, Wilshere, Arshavin, Chamakh. Subs: Fabianski, Rosicky, van Persie, Vela, Walcott, Song, Gibbs.
    • 15:35 Arsenal are a bit of a bogey side for Liverpool, the Reds have won only three of their last 18 Premier League games against the Gunners.
    • 15:30 Andrei Arshavin starts for Arsenal too and he has scored five goals from just six shots on target in two trips to Anfield in the Premier League.
    • 15:25 Already today Liverpool's managing director Christian Purslow has said Liverpool have received a number of takeover offers and will take time to examine them, after a media report suggested the sale process had broken down. More on that here....
    • 15:20 Full teams to follow but some big news. Arsenal are without Cesc Fabregas who has a chest infection and Robin van Persie is only on the bench. Manuel Almunia (as captain), Marouane Chamakh and Jack Wilshere all start. Fernando Torres is on the bench for Liverpool so David N'gog is up front on his own with Joe Cole in a roaming role.
    • 15:15 Welcome to our LIVE coverage from Anfield as Liverpool take on Arsenal in Roy Hodgson's first Premier League game in charge.
  • Summary

    • 90+5' KOSCIELNY IS OFF! He is adjudged to have handled deliberately and it's 10 a side!
    • 90+3' GERRARD!! Strikes the free-kick powerfully but it's an easy save for Almunia, who Hollywoods it for a corner.
    • 90' GOAL!!! ARSENAL ARE LEVEL!! Amazing own goal by Pepe Reina! He misjudges a Rosicky cross and the ball is bundled against the post. As it comes back, Reina looks to catch it but fumbles the ball into his own net. Incredible error!
    • 86' WHAT A CHANCE ROSICKY!! He exchanges passes with Van Persie, shimmies into the box and fires, but Reina just gets fingertips on the ball to touch it over!
    • 73' Walcott! Curls his free-kick around the outside of the wall but Reina is on the right side of the goal and tips it behind.
    • 69' Chance for VERMAELEN!! Rosicky stands up a cross and the Belgian heads disappointingly wide when well positioned.
    • 56' Liverpool are in total commande despite their numerical inferiority, and they have another free-kick... Gerrard curls it for Ngog who heads high and wide!
    • 49' An unnecessary Clichy foul gives Gerrard a chance to swing a free-kick in... Skrtel heads over! Arsenal are all over the place, despite their numerical advantage.
    • 46' GOAL!! DAVID NGOG GIVES LIVERPOOL THE LEAD!! He collects the ball on the right side of the box, gets half a yard on Vermaelen and smashes the ball into the top-right corner! Almunia embarrassed yet again. Just sign a keeper, Mr Wenger.
    • 45+1' RED CARD JOE COLE!! He flies in late and dangerously on Koscielny, trapping the defender's standing leg. Referee Martin Atkinson has no hesitation in sending him off.
    • 45' NGOG!! heads a corner goalwards but Clichy clears it off the line! So close to the lead!
    • 5' VERMAELEN!! Nasri tees the free-kick up for the Belgian who thumps a powerful long-range shot and Reina parries for a corner!
    • 15:40 TEAMS: LIVERPOOL: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Skrtel, Gerrard, Jovanovic, Mascherano, Kuyt, Cole, Ngog. Subs: Cavalieri, Aurelio, Torres, Maxi, Babel, Lucas, Kelly. /// ARSENAL: Almunia, Clichy, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Diaby, Nasri, Eboue, Sagna, Wilshere, Arshavin, Chamakh. Subs: Fabianski, Rosicky, van Persie, Vela, Walcott, Song, Gibbs.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Reina Own Goal
      • G. Johnson
      • J. Carragher
      • M. &#352krtel
      • D. Agger
      • S. Gerrard Yellow Card
      • J. Mascherano Substitution Out (79′)
      • D. Kuyt
      • J. Cole Red Card
      • M. Jovanovic Substitution Out (66′)
      • D. N'Gog Goal Substitution Out (74′)

      Subs

      • Fábio Aurélio
      • F. Torres Substitution In74′
      • M. Rodríguez Substitution In66′
      • R. Babel
      • M. Kelly
      • D. Cavalieri
      • Lucas Substitution In79′
    • Starting line-up

      • M. Almunia
      • B. Sagna
      • L. Koscielny Red Card
      • T. Vermaelen
      • G. Clichy
      • A. Diaby Substitution Out (76′)
      • J. Wilshere Yellow Card Substitution Out (60′)
      • E. Eboué Substitution Out (60′)
      • S. Nasri
      • A. Arshavin
      • M. Chamakh

      Subs

      • T. Rosický Substitution In60′ Yellow Card
      • R. van Persie Substitution In76′
      • T. Walcott Substitution In60′
      • L. Fabianski
      • K. Gibbs
      • A. Song
      • C. Vela
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