Sunday November 27, 2011 Day 13 Finished Anfield

Liverpool 1 - 1 Manchester City

  • Lescott 33’ (o.g.)
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  1. City cling on to draw at Liverpool

    City cling on to draw at Liverpool

    Joe Hart made a stunning injury-time save to maintain 10-man Manchester City's unbeaten Premier League record in a 1-1 draw at Liverpool. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • Manchester City
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    • 90+4' That's the final act of the game, and Joe Hart has saved a point for 10-man Manchester City, whose lead at the top of the Premier League remains five points after the weekend's action.
    • 90+3' GREAT SAVE HART!! Johnson stands up a cross for Carroll whose header surely looks goalbound but the keeper pulls off an incredible stop! And he blocks the follow-up from Suarez! Wow.
    • 90+2' Carroll stretches to meet a diagonal cross from the right, but boots his volley high in the air.
    • 90+1' Three minutes of stoppage time to be played.
    • 90' Kolo Toure replaces David Silva.
    • 89' City race clear on the break, Dzeko squares for Silva and the Spaniard spends an age dancing round his compatriot Reina. By the time he gets a shot away, there are three Liverpool players back on the line, of whom Skrtel makes the block.
    • 88' Suarez! Tests Hart with a stinging drive from the right side of the box! Great hit, and a very good save.
    • 87' Three minutes plus stoppage time to go - is there a winner here?
    • 85' Now a yellow for Milner - a late tackle on Jose Enrique.
    • 84' And here's Andy Carroll! He replaces Dirk Kuyt.
    • 83' Balotelli is off! He bundled into Skrtel and referee Atkinson deemed it worthy of a second yellow card. I have to say that's a little harsh.
    • 83' There's a tangle between Balotelli and Skrtel, they both go down in a heap and Balotelli could be in trouble here...
    • 82' Henderson tries to volley a first-time cross into the box but gets it all wrong, and shanks it out for a goal kick.
    • 81' Incidentally, I absolutely love Suarez. I just wish he wouldn't dive so much.
    • 80' Kuyt finds Suarez, who almost inevitably falls over in the box... no penalty, of course, but that won't stop him trying.
    • 79' Downing absolutely blasts a cross in front of goal and Kuyt just cannot reach it!
    • 78' Adam fires the free-kick into the box and it pinballs into the path of Skrtel who cannot convert! Liverpool go close.
    • 77' Balotelli is in the book for tugging Johnson over. Looked a bit harsh to me.
    • 76' Jose Enrique takes a speculative shot from wide on the left, but it's off target.
    • 75' Reina's on the charge again, racing Milner to a ball at the edge of the box... Reina doesn't get there, but Milner is forced wide and the Liverpool keeper is not punished for his rash decision.
    • 74' Adam delivers deep to Suarez, who fires a low cross in front of goal. Lescott takes two attempts to clear - via the unwitting body of Kuyt, but the City man avoids a second own goal.
    • 73' Clichy deflects Johnson's cross behind for a Liverpool corner. The centre-backs are up.
    • 71' Kompany is very tight on Suarez - too tight, it seems. he gives away a free-kick in the centre-circle.
    • 70' Oh! Skrtel slips, appearing to give Balotelli a route to goal, but then the Italian slips over as well!
    • 68' What further changes could we see? Well, Liverpool have Maxi and one Andrew Carroll on the bench. City have all sorts - Dzeko and Adam Johnson look most likely.
    • 67' The corner is played to Downing at the edge of the box who volleys into the ground, but it nearly dips under the bar on the second bounce and Hart tips it over!
    • 66' Suarez must be an absolute nightmare to play against. Such a pest, so persistent. He wins a corner off Kompany.
    • 65' Here he is! Mario Balotelli is on for Samir Nasri, and he's got blond hair. See it here.
    • 64' Kuyt's crossfield pass is deflected and Henderson lets it run out for a throw.
    • 63' Reina comes unnecessarily out of his goal to chase down a pass intended for Aguero... and he makes a superb tackle! But it was risky alright. He was well outside his box by the end...
    • 63' Frankly, this has got Balotelli written all over it.
    • 62' An hour gone, and it's an evenly balanced game that just needs a spark of inspiration to get it going.
    • 61' Good work from Glen Johnson to cut the ball out from another Clichy cross.
    • 60' Milner brings the ball under control with his shoulder and is adjudged to have handballed by referee Atkinson.
    • 59' That's more like it. Clichy delivers a superb low cross to the back post, where Jose Enrique is forced to put the ball behind for a corner.
    • 58' City back on the ball, working it patiently around...
    • 57' City work the ball laterally from one side to the other. They could quite literally do this all day. Finally Liverpool make a challange and win the ball back.
    • 55' Both players look as though they will be OK to continue. Liverpool played on with the two down but couldn't make their numerical advantage pay.
    • 54' Aguero gets a flick in the face from Agger - it was accidental, and he was climbing all over Agger. Elsewere, Adam pole-axes Richards - no easy feet. Treatment for the City duo.
    • 52' Chance for Kuyt as Downing's deflected cross comes to him - but he heads the ball into the floor and wide.
    • 51' Lovely move by City, who work the ball wide to Clichy but the Frenchman's cross is not a good one.
    • 50' City now have 10 players inside the Liverpool half as Toure attempts to muscle his way through the middle... he is eventually crowded out.
    • 48' Suarez finds Henderson who cannot get his shot away.. it is fired back into the box and goes behind for a corner. City looking a bit shaky there.
    • 47' Agger is taking a risk at the back for Liverpool, playing the ball around under pressure, but he gets away with it.
    • 46' Second half under way, and almost immediately Nasri fires a shot wide from 25 yards.
    • 45+2' Half-time, and it's one each.
    • 45+1' Aguero... his low shot is stopped by Reina. It was a tight angle for the striker, and in the end Reina made a relatively easy save.
    • 45' One minute of stoppage time to be played...
    • 44' Nasri crosses from the City left, but Johnson is there to clear it.
    • 43' Henderson hits a powerful side-footer from 25 yards, but it hits the head of a defender on its way to goal.
    • 41' Liverpool have not had a shot on target yet, as a matter of fact.
    • 40' Toure clobebrs a long shot - it's low and off target. A waste.
    • 39' It has calmed down a bit after that flurry of action. City are probably just shading it, but as the old cliche says there's only one stat that counts.
    • 37' Glen Johnson hits a 20-yarder wide from the right channel. He likes a shot with his weaker left foot.
    • 36' Great save by Joe Hart to deny Adam - he is teed up by Kuyt, hits a low shot and the keeper, who is moving the wrong way, gets a foot on it to divert the ball behind for a corner.
    • 34' What a bizarre couple of minutes - Liverpool back on terms with a cheap, cheap goal. Adam's shot was not on target but Lescott may have thought Kuyt was ready to pounce.
    • 33' GOAL! Liverpool level! It's a catastrophic own goal by Lescott, who stuck out a foot to block Adam's shot from distance, and diverted it past Hart.
    • 32' Gareth Barry makes a tackle from behind, and can have no argument with the yellow card from Martin Atkinson.
    • 31' GOAL! Vincent Kompany gives City the lead! A superb glancing header from Silva's corner. It came swinging in from the City right, and Kompany guided it into the top-left corner!
    • 30' Hart knocks a long goal kick, and Liverpool struggle to deal with it - corner City.
    • 28' A City counter-attack rather fizzles out. Interesting to see how they get on without Mario Balotelli this afternoon. The Italian is on the bench if required.
    • 27' Liverpool win a corner that is well defended by City - Kompany and Lescott are great in the air.
    • 26' Liverpool; win a free-kick that Adam fires into the box, and Richards meets it with a firm defensive header.
    • 24' Silva hits an inswinging free-kick into the box... headed away by the first man.
    • 23' Lovely intricate play from City which culminates in Silva playing it wide for Nasri, whose low cross is cut out.
    • 22' It's a chilly afternoon on Merseyside - Toure and Silva among those wearing gloves. I dare say there could be a snood or two if they were still legal...
    • 20' Sublime to the ridiculous from Aguero! Milner finds the Argentine, who jinks through the challenges then takes a complete air shot when trying to cross.
    • 19' The game is being played at a good pace, though neither goalkeeper has had to make a save yet.
    • 17' Suarez feeds Henderson who stands up a cross... held by Hart.
    • 16' Reina comes charging well outside his box to make an interception. Did he handle? The officials say no. That resulted from a poor pass by Jose Enrique.
    • 15' A better spell from Liverpool now, as they deliver several crosses into the City box - all defended ably, but it's encouraging nonetheless for the home team.
    • 13' Suarez nips the ball past Kompany, draws the rash challenge, and the City captain picks up the first yellow card of the game.
    • 12' Skrtel slips and nearly lets Aguero in, but Agger blocks off the striker.
    • 11' Henderson wide to Suarez, who spots Downing on the opposite flank and pings a raking long-range effort that whistles just beyond the winger.
    • 10' City corner from the right... hoofed clear at the near post...
    • 8' Barry sprays a long pass for Aguero to chase... Reina looks like he might handle outside the box, but quickly backpedals and catches it.
    • 7' Excellent stat from Opta: '0 - Liverpool were the last team to stop Man City from scoring in the PL. Since then City have scored 52 in 18 games. Juggernaut.' @OptaJoe
    • 6' The ball drops to Toure at the edge of the box, and he blazes his shot high and wide. First goal attempt of the day.
    • 5' City play the ball all the way back from an attacking throw, much to the frustration of.. well, me.
    • 4' Now it's City's turn to knock the ball about. Nasri tries to find Silva at the edge of the box but Glen Johnson is in the way.
    • 3' A long spell of Liverpool possession early on. City will want to assert themselves following their Champions League defeat to Napoli, but they are chasing shadows just now.
    • 2' Liverpool are playing a 4-5-1 with Suarez on his own up front, supported by wide men Kuyt and Downing. But it's very much a three-man engine room for the Reds.
    • 1' Gary Speed's name rings out around Anfield as Liverpool kick off. Nothing but respect for the former Evertonian.
    • 16:00 The teams stand for a minute's silence for Gary Speed... perfectly observed.
    • 15:58 My prediction? I think City will nick it 2-1, but I don't actually think any result would suprise me (within reason). Such an open game. You can post your comments below, as many of you already have.
    • 15:55 Gary Speed is of course uppermost in everyone's mind, but we should also enjoy a great game of football today. My name's Alex Chick and you can contact me on Twitter - @alexchick81
    • 15:50 Kenny Dalglish, in the past hour, on Bellamy's absence: "There's no way a game of football is more important than grieving."
    • 15:45 FACTS: Man City have now scored two or more goals in each of their last 14 Premier League games, a record for the division; Sergio Aguero has 10 goals in 11 Premier League appearances this season; Mario Balotelli has scored five goals in four Premier League starts this season.
    • 15:40 FACTS: Manchester City have only won one of their last 12 Premier League games against Liverpool (W1 D5 L6); The Citizens haven’t won at Anfield in their last eight Premier League visits (D2 L6); Excluding games against Manchester United, Liverpool have lost just one of their last 41 North West derbies at Anfield (W30 D10 L1).
    • 15:35 Roberto Mancini: "We should be realistic. I do not think we have a team to win the Champions League this season. Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Inter Milan all have more experience than us. We hope we can stay in the Champions League. We hope we can beat Bayern Munich and Villarreal can get a draw with Napoli."
    • 15:30 Kenny Dalglish: "At the end of the day it is hard for those who don't play. It is hard to keep them motivated and keep them going. That is understandable. If they come in with really good attitudes and not with petty lips when they are left out, it is helpful to everyone. For them to have come in with positive attitudes has shown their determination. It hasn't done anyone any harm."
    • 15:25 City, meanwhile, make a host of changes following the Champions League defeat to Napoli. Mario Balotelli was suffering a fever during that match, but scored anyway; however, he is on the bench with Sergio Aguero leading the line instead. Micah Richards returns to the starting XI, as do Gael Clichy and Gareth Barry.
    • 15:20 Confirmation then that Bellamy is not in the Liverpool squad, having asked to be excluded following the death of Gary Speed, his Wales colleague and former Newcastle team-mate. Andy Carroll and Jamie Carragher are both on the bench, as is Maxi, despite his goal against Chelsea last time out, with Stewart Downing returning to the starting XI. Steven Gerrard is still out following an ankle infection.
    • 15:15 TEAMS - Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Lucas, Adam, Downing, Suarez, Kuyt; Subs: Doni, Carroll, Maxi, Coates, Spearing, Carragher, Kelly /// Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Toure Yaya, Barry, Milner, Silva, Nasri, Aguero; Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Dzeko, Johnson, Toure, De Jong, Balotelli
    • 15:10 Obviously everything else is a footnote following the tragic death today of Wales manager Gary Speed. Initial reports suggest Liverpool and Wales striker Craig Bellamy will not play following the passing of his friend and colleague.
    • - Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Manchester City and Liverpool's Premier League clash at Anfield, kicking off at 4pm UK time.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' GREAT SAVE HART!! Johnson stands up a cross for Carroll whose header surely looks goalbound but the keeper pulls off an incredible stop! And he blocks the follow-up from Suarez! Wow.
    • 89' City race clear on the break, Dzeko squares for Silva and the Spaniard spends an age dancing round his compatriot Reina. By the time he gets a shot away, there are three Liverpool players back on the line, of whom Skrtel makes the block.
    • 88' Suarez! Tests Hart with a stinging drive from the right side of the box! Great hit, and a very good save.
    • 83' Balotelli is off! He bundled into Skrtel and referee Atkinson deemed it worthy of a second yellow card. I have to say that's a little harsh.
    • 78' Adam fires the free-kick into the box and it pinballs into the path of Skrtel who cannot convert! Liverpool go close.
    • 67' The corner is played to Downing at the edge of the box who volleys into the ground, but it nearly dips under the bar on the second bounce and Hart tips it over!
    • 36' Great save by Joe Hart to deny Adam - he is teed up by Kuyt, hits a low shot and the keeper, who is moving the wrong way, gets a foot on it to divert the ball behind for a corner.
    • 33' GOAL! Liverpool level! It's a catastrophic own goal by Lescott, who stuck out a foot to block Adam's shot from distance, and diverted it past Hart.
    • 31' GOAL! Vincent Kompany gives City the lead! A superb glancing header from Silva's corner. It came swinging in from the City right, and Kompany guided it into the top-left corner!
    • 6' The ball drops to Toure at the edge of the box, and he blazes his shot high and wide. First goal attempt of the day.
    • 15:15 TEAMS - Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Lucas, Adam, Downing, Suarez, Kuyt; Subs: Doni, Carroll, Maxi, Coates, Spearing, Carragher, Kelly /// Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Toure Yaya, Barry, Milner, Silva, Nasri, Aguero; Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Dzeko, Johnson, Toure, De Jong, Balotelli

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