Saturday August 24, 2013 Day 2 Finished Villa Park

Aston Villa 0 - 1 Liverpool

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  1. Premier League - Sturridge goal earns Liverpool win at Villa

    Premier League - Sturridge goal earns Liverpool win at Villa

    Daniel Sturridge scored his eighth goal in seven Premier League matches as Liverpool completed a 1-0 win at Aston Villa. More

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    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Liverpool
    • 90+3' Not to be for Villa, but Liverpool collect a second straight win of the campaign. Bright start to their season.
    • 89' We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 88' Sturridge goes beyond Guzan, but nothing doing. Could easily have been a penalty there. He might have taken ball first there.
    • 87' Tonev fires a free-kick at goal rather go for the cross. And well wide. Wrong decision-making. Liverpool continue to hold this 1-0 lead.
    • 86' Lucas with a late challenge on Agbonlahor. And Villa have a free-kick from distance.
    • 85' Liverpool have not kept a clean sheet in their opening two Premier League matches of a season for eight years – since they kept clean sheets in their opening four matches of 2005-06.
    • 84' Benteke with a volley at the visiting goal, but Mignolet makes the stop. Brilliant save. Toure also seemed to get a touch.
    • 83' Gerrard snuffed out amid the traffic. Villa keeping the ball with some ease.
    • 82' All or nothing now for Villa, who are attempting to avoid a second straight defeat after their opening win at Arsenal a week ago.
    • 81' Nicklas Helenius replaces Ashley Westwood for the home side.
    • 80' Coutinho departs to be replaced by Joe Allen for the visiting side.
    • 79' Liverpool have not won their opening two Premier League matches of the season since 2008/09 when they beat Sunderland and Middlesbrough. They went on to finish second in the Premier League.
    • 78' Late push by Toure on Benteke in the air, but the referee missed it. Could have been a penalty if the referee had spotted it.
    • 77' Mignolet plays Agger into trouble. The backpass is awful, but Villa can't cash in from the corner-kick.
    • 76' Tonev with a decent hit from distance before Mignolet dives to make an easy enough stop.
    • 75' Liverpool are operating with two banks of four, and making this very difficult for the home team to open up. Times against Paul Lambert's side.
    • 74' Luna on the dash, but is cut out by Sturridge before Gerrard tracks back to help out his defence.
    • 73' Real chance for the home side, but not snapped up. Will they unearth a better moment in the closng moments?
    • 72' Aston Villa playing in front of Liverpool, but Toure's header isn't great before Agbonlahor smashes the volley two yards wide of the target.
    • 71' Changes for Villa as Weimann departs to be replaced by Tonev.
    • 70' Weimann glances a header towards the visiting goal, but a familiar story as the ball skips wide of the target. No real danger for Mignolet.
    • 69' Benteke rises highest in the box, but can only nod wide of the target. Frustrating moments for the home fans.
    • 68' Gerrard knocks the ball over his own bar. A corner to Villa as they seek out this equaliser.
    • 67' Aly Cissokho arrives from the Liverpool bench to replaced Aspas.
    • 66' Karim El Ahmadi sees an effort blocked on the edge of the box by a Liverpool shirt. Liverpool yet to be tested in the second half despite Villa's possession.
    • 65' Weimann doing well out wide to keep the ball in play as he knocks it against Enrique. And Villa continue their forward movements.
    • 64' Karim El Ahmadi replaces Lowton for the home side.
    • 63' Aston Villa have failed to win any of their last four Premier League Saturday matches with a 17:30 kick-off, since a 1-0 win over Manchester City in January 2011.
    • 62' Agger knocking the ball out from Weimann's cross. Villa lacking the quality to cut through the visiting side so far.
    • 61' Aspas with the flick to pick out Johnson on the run, but he is well off balance as he sends a shot spinning high into the stands.
    • 60' Lowton has been booked for a late one on Coutinho.
    • 59' Westwood can't pick out Benteke from a corner, and Liverpool can regain possession.
    • 58' Westwood drills the ball at goal from 30 yards. Just leaning back at the key moment as the effort sails over.
    • 57' Brendan Rodgers looked content enough with the goings on. Could do with another goal to ease the strain.
    • 56' Bacuna sees the shot hit the wall before Westwood slams an effort well over the bar seconds later.
    • 55' Aspas brings down Agbonlahor on the run. Complains, but Villa awarded the free-kick which Bacuna is lining up.
    • 54' Both men thankfully back on their feet after that collision. And on we go.
    • 53' Guzan collides with Agger in punching clear Agger's cross. A painful one for Agger.
    • 52' Vlaar slides into the ball to cut out Sturridge's cross. That will be a Liverpool corner.
    • 51' Aston Villa have not won in their last 22 Premier League home matches when trailing at half-time - six draws, 16 defeats - since a 4-1 home win v Newcastle, February 9th 2008.
    • 50' Benteke seemed to taken out late by Toure, but the referee says no and Liverpool look to break from their defence to the other end.
    • 49' Lowton nudging Coutinho off the ball. Fortunate to avoid a booking for that one.
    • 48' Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 35 Premier League matches when leading at half-time (29 wins, 6 draws) – since a 2-1 defeat at Tottenham, November 28th 2010.
    • 47' An offside flag goes up against Aspas early in this second period.
    • 46' Villa get the second half off and running.
    • 45+2' Whistle sounds for the break. Liverpool lead 1-0 at half-time. All to play for in the second period.
    • 45+1' Lucas loses the ball prompting a booking for Johnson for a late challenge on Benteke.
    • 44' We are into two minutes of time added on.
    • 43' Only one of Aston Villa’s last five Premier League comebacks to gain at least a point after going a goal down has been at Villa Park – their 3-2 PL home win v QPR, March 16th 2013.
    • 42' Villa don't want the half-time whistle to sound at the moment. Which tells you how this match is working out so far.
    • 41' Lowton to Weimann, but his volley deflects inches over the bar. Much sharper from Villa with Liverpool looking a bit flat.
    • 40' Weimann back to Vlaar. Villa content to go backwards to retain possession. Some smart play by Lambert's men.
    • 39' Daniel Sturridge scores his quickest Premier League goal for Liverpool (21 mins) – his previous best for the club was after 29 mins in the 2-2 draw at Man City, Feb 3rd 2013. It was his quickest Premier League goal since scoring in the 1st minute of Chelsea’s 6-1 Premier League home win v QPR, April 29th 2012.
    • 38' Fine stop by Mignolet as he dives to his left to claw out the shot by Benteke. That was heading into the corner of the net.
    • 37' Bucuna on the run for Villa. Toure quickly across to make a solid tackle. Corner to Villa.
    • 36' Delph late on Sturridge. Surely going to attract a booking for that effort. And does.
    • 35' Liverpool fall deep to deal with Villa every time they break up the park. Better moments from Villa, but Delph's control eludes him in the final third.
    • 34' Okore doing well to nudge the ball back to Guzan. Villa dare not lose another goal here.
    • 33' Daniel Sturridge has scored in each of his last two appearances v Aston Villa, both coming at Villa Park – he also scored in Chelsea’s 4-2 away win, March 31st 2012.
    • 32' Luna picks out Benteke, but his control eludes him at the key moment. Lambert looking none to impressed on the sidelines.
    • 31' Coutinho then trying to skip away from a few visiting trackers, but ends up sending the pass through to Guzan.
    • 30' Moutinho with a little ball into the Villa box, but Guzan is quickly off his line to collect.
    • 29' Villa can't get anywhere near possession at the moment as Bacuna drives an effort a couple of yards wide of the Villa goal.
    • 28' Daniel Sturridge has scored eight goals in his last 7 Premier League appearances – he also scored in the 2-2 Premier League home draw v Chelsea in April 2013 & in the 1-0 opening day home win v Stoke, August 17th.
    • 27' Aspas late on Delph in the middle of the park. And he is booked for that challenge.
    • 26' A Liverpool move breaks down. Much to the annoyance of Sturridge.
    • 25' Liverpool a delight to watch so far with Sturridge producing some really penetrating runs. Vlaar can't afford to rest for a second.
    • 24' Daniel Sturridge has scored six goals in his last three Premier League away matches (also two vs Newcastle and three vs Fulham).
    • 23' Onus is on Villa to attack. Can't really afford to sit in and defend or they will ship another goal here.
    • 22' Sturridge tries to pick out the run of Henderson, but straight through to Guzan. Villa being pulled all over the place at the moment.
    • 21' Villa have now failed to keep a Premier Legaue clean sheet in 25 successive matches (club record). They are the sixth team to have set a run of 25 Premier League matches without a clean sheet.
    • 20' A booking for Luna after he flies into a late tackle on Henderson.
    • 19' Terrific pass from Enrique and the step-over from Coutinho, but Sturridge had plenty of work to do before he found the net.
    • 18' GOAL! Sturridge scores for the visiting side. Beats Luna and Guzan before sliding the ball into the gaping net with his left foot. Magical goal from Liverpool.
    • 17' Not seen much of Benteke so far, but the same was said when he scored against Chelsea on Wednesday. No end product so far from either side.
    • 16' Gerrard tries to bring Johnson into the play, but Agbonlahor is back to cut out the run of the England full-back.
    • 15' Enrique finds the run of Coutinho, who lifts an effort high and wide of the goal.
    • 14' But Delph in there to break matters up. Agbonlahor on the move, but the attacks collapses. Toure and Agger exchange passes deep in their own half.
    • 13' Weimann with a cross, but no takers on hand to convert from the Austrian's delivery. Again Liverpool look to build with these triangles.
    • 12' Vlaar content to knock the ball to Okore. Villa fans with an air of expectancy. Agger not with the best of headers from Okore's long pass.
    • 11' Liverpool trying to inject some pace into their play, but Villa pressing high up the park.
    • 10' Agbonlahor pushes over Johnson out wide before having a laugh. No malice in that one.
    • 9' Liverpool have failed to score in just one of their last six Premier League matches without Suarez: the 0-0 home draw v Everton, May 5th 2013.
    • 8' Okore with a no-nonsense clearance from the back. Villa guilty of bleeding possession a bit too cheaply. Sturridge closed down well by Luna.
    • 7' Aspas picks out the run of Johnson, but Agbonlahor does well to match the run as he uncorked the shot from distance.
    • 6' Liverpool producing some neat stuff to keep possession. Going backwards and forwards. All very tidy and efficient.
    • 5' Liverpool have lost once in their last 15 Premier League matches away to Aston Villa, a 1-0 defeat in May 2011. Stewart Downing scored the only goal.
    • 4' Delph picks out Benteke on the run. He finds Agbonlahor, but the shot spins up off a home shirt into the arms of Mignolet in the visiting goal.
    • 3' Luis Suarez misses out again through suspension. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last six Premier League matches without him (winning 5 of those), scoring 14 goals in the process and conceding just 3.
    • 2' Delph looking for the run of Benteke, but all too easy for Agger to mop up the danger.
    • 1' Villa get this match off and running at Villa Park.
    • 17:30 The odds for this evening's clash: Aston Villa 3/1, Liverpool 19/20, Draw 11/4. Who are you backing for this one? Post your comments below...
    • 17:25 STAT: Aston Villa have won just one of their last 15 Premier League home games against Liverpool (D5 L9).
    • 17:20 Paul Lambert says prior to kick-off that 'confidence' is behind his side's impressive start to the season, and he expects his side to build on that this evening against Liverpool.
    • 17:15 Paul Lambert: "The crowd since I have been here has been excellent and I think the crowd have seen what can happen if you get right behind it - the Aston Villa crowd have been great since I have been here. The place will be great with a great atmosphere and we have to go and try and win the game."
    • 17:10 Brendan Rodgers: "Over the course of the summer, we have been very ambitious in our attempts to try to get in players to improve the team. Some might say too ambitious but this is Liverpool Football Club - we are trying to get the best players that we possibly can. If we can't get them in, we just have to move on. We've got 11 days to go, we have to do everything we possibly can."
    • 17:05 Liverpool, meanwhile, collected a narrow 1-0 win over Stoke on the opening weekend and have a strong record at Villa Park. Do you back them to record another victory this evening? Post your comments and get in touch...
    • 17:00 This is Villa's third game of the season, but their first on home soil having impressed against Arsenal and Chelsea so far in the campaign. Christian Benteke is again in wonderful goalscoring form, and he's got three in two games.
    • 16:55 Okore and Bacuna come in for Villa, while Liverpool name an unchanged starting line-up. What do you make of the two teams? You can get in touch via Twitter @EurosportCom_En
    • 16:50 Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Okore, Luna, Bacuna, Westwood, Agbonlahor, Delph, Benteke, Weimann. Subs: Steer, Clark, El Ahmadi, Helenius, Herd, Sylla, Tonev. /// Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Enrique, Toure, Agger, Gerrard, Aspas, Coutinho, Henderson, Lucas, Sturridge. Subs: Jones, Alberto, Cissokho, Allen, Borini, Sterling, Wisdom.
    • 16:45 Welcome to our live text commentary of the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Villa Park. We will have the teams up as soon as they arrive.
  • Summary

    • 84' Benteke with a volley at the visiting goal, but Mignolet makes the stop. Brilliant save. Toure also seemed to get a touch.
    • 78' Late push by Toure on Benteke in the air, but the referee missed it. Could have been a penalty if the referee had spotted it.
    • 72' Aston Villa playing in front of Liverpool, but Toure's header isn't great before Agbonlahor smashes the volley two yards wide of the target.
    • 60' Lowton has been booked for a late one on Coutinho.
    • 45+1' Lucas loses the ball prompting a booking for Johnson for a late challenge on Benteke.
    • 41' Lowton to Weimann, but his volley deflects inches over the bar. Much sharper from Villa with Liverpool looking a bit flat.
    • 38' Fine stop by Mignolet as he dives to his left to claw out the shot by Benteke. That was heading into the corner of the net.
    • 36' Delph late on Sturridge. Surely going to attract a booking for that effort. And does.
    • 27' Aspas late on Delph in the middle of the park. And he is booked for that challenge.
    • 20' A booking for Luna after he flies into a late tackle on Henderson.
    • 18' GOAL! Sturridge scores for the visiting side. Beats Luna and Guzan before sliding the ball into the gaping net with his left foot. Magical goal from Liverpool.
    • 16:50 Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Okore, Luna, Bacuna, Westwood, Agbonlahor, Delph, Benteke, Weimann. Subs: Steer, Clark, El Ahmadi, Helenius, Herd, Sylla, Tonev. /// Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Enrique, Toure, Agger, Gerrard, Aspas, Coutinho, Henderson, Lucas, Sturridge. Subs: Jones, Alberto, Cissokho, Allen, Borini, Sterling, Wisdom.

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