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  1. Premier League - Mignolet saves late penalty as Liverpool beat Stoke

    Premier League - Mignolet saves late penalty as Liverpool beat Stoke

    Simon Mignolet saved a late penalty on his full Liverpool debut as Daniel Sturridge's goal saw off Stoke City 1-0. More

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    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • Stoke City
    • 90+4 Jones flicks a long ball to Walters but Mignolet gets down to claim. We've exceeded the three minutes... and the whistle goes, Liverpool win thanks to Sturridge's strike - and Mignolet's penalty save!
    • 90+3 Johnson playing keep-ball after a short corner. Gerrard has it, and wins another one. This will be it.
    • 90+2 JUST WIDE BY COUTINHO! Deflected off Pieters, Begovic beaten but it flies inches wide!! Corner.
    • 90+1 Three minutes added time. NZonzi lucky to stay on the pitch.
    • 90' A bit of lairiness as players from both sides get involved, NZonzi and Lucas the focus... The ref decides to keep the cards in check and have a word. NZonzi lucky - raised hand to Lucas and Coutinho.
    • 89' Wow. The penalty was low and not great, and Mignolet guessed right, but his save from Jones on the rebound was Schmeichel-esque.
    • 89' Jonathan Walters to take....BUT MIGNOLET SAVES IT!! AND THE REBOUND FROM POINT-BLANK RANGE! He's not had the best debut but he could have won the match for Liverpool!!
    • 88' PENALTY STOKE! Agger with a ridiculous handball! What on earth was he doing?
    • 87' Stoke have a free-kick on the right after Sterling left a high boot on Pieters...
    • 86' For Web UK users, here is a picture of Daniel Sturridge scoring.
      Daniel Sturridge shoots to score
      Daniel Sturridge shoots to score
    • 85' Liverpool are in as Enrique finds Coutinho in space but his shot is blocked by Shawcross!
    • 84' Great tackle by Pieters as Henderson surged into the box. Perfectly timed, corner.
    • 83' Liverpool all of a sudden are defending deep as Stoke switch to a more direct approach. The corner is cleared for a throw, but in his attempts to win a corner off Toure, Pennant concedes a goal-kick.
    • 82' Adam tries an audacious lob from halfway but Mignolet backtracks and tips it over the bar! Great effort, solid keeping!
    • 81' STOKE SUB: Kenwyne Jones replaces Peter Crouch, who gets applause from both sets of fans. Crouch was very quiet today.
    • 80' A quick Liverpool free-kick after an offside sees Sterling scuttle clear, but Stoke have men back. Enrique shoots from wide and deep but well wide.
    • 80' My word, Asmir! He makes another point-blank stop, this time from Johnson, with his feet, at the far post. Another corner.
    • 79' ANOTHER GOOD SAVE FROM BEGOVIC! Not his best of the day but Gerrard's free-kick was headed for the top right. Tipped away two-handed for a corner.
    • 79' Huth hauls down Sturridge around 30 yards out after a nice shimmy from the ex-City and Chelsea forward. Gerrard to shoot, one assumes...
    • 78' Stoke, for all their inferiority to this Liverpool side, are at least trying to play it on the ground. Enrique forced to nod away from Crouch after good play by Walters.
    • 77' Sturridge with another mazy solo run but Shawcross manages to smash it away as he tried the shot.
    • 76' Adam digs out a lob but it's easy for Mignolet.
    • 75' Yellow card for Toure after a late challenge on Pieters.
    • 74' Sturridge with a run from deep and a flashing drive that beats Begovic but is also going wide. Toure had rampaged forward in support.
    • 73' Coutinho closes down from the front, Barca style, but Stoke are able to clear. Stoke break but NZonzi gives it away.
    • 72' LIVERPOOL SUB: Aspas gets a standing ovation as he trots off for Sterling.
    • 71' Wilson has a pop from range but easy for Mignolet.
    • 70' Gerrard is okay, getting up unaided after some brief treatement.
    • 69' Huth squeezes a shot out that Mignolet saves but the whistle has gone for a foul on Gerrard, who is rolling around holding his knee. He was pulled off the ball but landed awkwardly.
    • 68' Pennant with some tricky footwork to win Stoke a dreaded free-kick out wide... Crouch lies in wait with Huth, NZonzi - who didn't go off - and Shawcross.
    • 67' Super long pass from Adam but Agger and co deal with it, allowing Liverpool to counter.
    • 66' The corner lands all the way at Toure's feet on the right edge of the box, great first touch but his shot is blocked.
    • 65' Coutinho wins a corner for Liverpool. He looks a player doesn't he. Hopefully Liverpool can keep him fit...
    • 64' HENDERSON HITS THE POST! Fantastic effort that came off the inside off the post! I think Begovic got a touch too, which makes it ANOTHER monster save! It bounced on the line too, but nowhere near over.
    • 63' STOKE SUBS: Adam and Pennant replace Etherington and NZonzi.
    • 62' Charlie Adam is coming on, as is Pennant. Two former Reds. Whelan hits a long shot wide.
    • 60' Aspas flicks the header just wide! Good corner and a fine connection but it bounced beyond the back stick and a lurking Sturridge!
    • 59' Great ball by Coutinho to release Sturridge, whose touch is poor but he manages to get a shot away which Begovic parries. Corner.
    • 57' @OptaJoe points out how effective Iago Aspas was last season - involved in 51% of his team's goals last season. Messi was 50%.
    • 56' A bit of a lull in the match as Liverpool regain their breath.
    • 55' The last time Liverpool lost having led in the Premier League came against today’s opponents Stoke – their 3-1 away defeat, Dec 26th 2012 (infostrada).
    • 53' There was an offside flag but it was raised after the save, on Sturridge. Remarkable reflexes by Begovic.
    • 52' WHAT A SAVE BY BEGOVIC! Henderson looked odds-on to score as a loose ball spun to him after good play from Coutinho.
    • 51' STAT: Daniel Sturridge is the first Englishman to score an opening goal to the Prem season since Michael Chopra scored in Sunderland’s 1-0 home win v Tottenham, Aug 11th 2007. (INFOSTRADA)
    • 50' Palacios has gone to hospital for an examination after he felt sick before kick-off. Poor fella.
    • 49' Wahey! Cameron falls backwards over the advertising hoardings.
    • 47' Great run by Coutinho, superb touch and a curling effort past Begovic but just wide!!
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • - CORRECTION: NZonzi was actually booked, not Lucas, who was spoken to. Seems like it was for a previous foul that had been played on.
    • - Well that was pretty frantic, Liverpool taking the game to Stoke, who remain dangerous on the break and at set pieces. Sturridge and Aspas looking good up front, but Mignolet shaky in goal. Both sides have hit the bar, but Liverpool have tested Begovic plenty of times. What do you make of it? Have your say on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport!
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    • 45+2 Mignolet flaps again at a Cameron cross and it's a corner to Stoke. Can Liverpool hang on to the break? Yes, they lead 1-0. Phew!
    • 45+1 OFF THE LINE BY LUCAS! Shawcross met the corner but Lucas nicked it away!!
    • 45' Whelan swings in the free-kick which is nodded out by Huth but a corner is awarded! Shocker.
    • 45' The first booking of the Premier League season goes to Lucas.
    • 44' The corner shaves Agger's head and lands clear. Coutinho goes down but play-on says the ref. Now Agger pops up on the left wing, winning the ball back and keeping it alive. Coutinho is back up but his ball is poor and Begovic has it back.
    • 43' Huth fails to connect properly with the corner and Liverpool build an attack. Sturridge takes them all on and wins a corner.
    • 42' Mignolet makes his first good stop as a Liverpool player as Walter's smashed the loose ball to the bottom left corner! Fine one-handed stop. Corner.
    • 41' Aspas almost releases Henderson as Liverpool show great movement in the final third.
    • 40' Our stats partner, Infostrada, points out that Sturridge's latest goal takes him beyond Luis Suarez as Liverpool's top scorer for 2013 (11 to 10).
    • 39' Daniel Sturridge has seven goals in his last six Premier League games. Striker!
    • 38' GOAL LIVERPOOL! This time Begovic could not do anything about it as Sturridge drills a cute low shot just inside the left-hand post! Begovic dived low to stick out a big paw but the shot went through Huth's legs so he saw it late! 1-0!
    • 37' BEGOVIC WITH ANOTHER GREAT STOP! He's flying around like a very big Balkan cat! A lynx, perhaps?
    • 36' A Stoke counter breaks down as Enrique shows good positioning to shut out Walters. Liverpool come again...
    • 35' Did Liverpool sign the wrong keeper? Begovic is having a cracker, but Mignolet is looking nervous. Let me know on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport.
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    • 34' Aspas wide to Enrique but his cross is poor as Shawcross hooks it clear. Liverpool dominating possession. Now Coutinho with a fine pass to release Aspas but again Begovic makes a super stop!
    • 33' Liverpool's fans in fine voice, apparently unaffected by the transfer saga surrounding their club. Positive Mental Attitude, as Brendan would no doubt say!
    • 32' Good feet from Crouch as he takes it away from Gerrard but Liverpool have men back and Enrique bounds clear.
    • 31' Nice take on the chest by Shawcross as he fields a highish ball from the Liverpool back.
    • 29' Sterling is warming up. He went off the boil later last season and, at his age (18) it is a good idea to use him sparingly. Liverpool certainly have the personnel now.
    • 28' FANTASTIC SAVE BY BEGOVIC! Enrique overlapped with Coutinho, then Aspas got a touch, but the left-back Enrique's rasping finish was smothered by the Bosnian. Gerrard met the rebound with a volley but that flew over.
    • 27' Sparky is getting a touch, er, 'sparky' on the touchlines. In keeping with Stoke tradition.
    • 26' Want to know how many goals and games there have been in Premier League history? Follow @EurosportCom_EN to find out!
    • 25' Coutinho in full flight is tripped by Cameron, who is spoken to by the ref but not booked.
    • 24' Great touch from Etherington but he just fails to pick out Walters. Promising from Stoke.
    • 23' Coutinho with a rasping first-time drive from the edge of the box but it's a few yards over! Decent strike, got under it though.
    • 21' Liverpool fans on Twitter are pleased with what they are seeing so far...
    • 20' Mignolet gets caught out by NZonzi's decision to close down a backpass. Poor touch from Mignolet - he's not having a great time out there! Now Coutinho on the run, lovely feet but a poor final ball with Aspas free! Aspas does get a touch, but it flies into Begovic's arms!
    • 19' High cross from Cameron for Crouch, who goes down but no foul from Johnson. Mignolet stayed on his line this time. The new Liverpool keeper looks petrified!
    • 18' Crouch gets a touch, hooking it away from Agger, but the referee Martin Atkinson decides he caught the Dane.
    • 17' Sturridge loses his footing on the edge of the box but manages to lay it off to a team-mate. Johnson shoots but Pieters blocks.
    • 16' Walters is a touch isolated as he moves down the right and Enrique picks it up. Nervous kicking from Mignolet but he manages to get it clear.
    • 15' Should Sturridge have gone down under Begovic's challenge? Let me know on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport.
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    • 14' Sturridge skips away down the left after a cute Coutinho pass, but Begovic flies out to smother at his feet! Sturridge gets it back and clips over a lovely hanging cross but an acrobatic clearance from Pieters I think to hook it off the line!!
    • 13' LIVERPOOL HIT THE BAR! Power header from Toure, keeper well beaten and the rebound is met by Sturridge who blazes it over from an angle! Two great chances for the hosts!!
    • 12' Great turn from Aspas to start a Liverpool attack. Now Sturridge with a cute flick back to Aspas on the right, with the Spaniard winning another corner. Good combination between those two.
    • 11' Etherington tugs at Johnson's shirt and Liverpool have a free-kick on the right side of the box. Gerrard to swing this in.... GOAL LIVERPOOL! But no! The flag is up! Sturridge was half a yard offside as he headed it in!
    • 10' Sturridge picks it up about 25 yards out, he weaves in and out and elects to keep the move ticking over as Liverpool pass it short.
    • 9' HUTH HITS THE BAR! Mignolet totally beaten as the big German met the corner with a far-post volley, superb strike! The new Liverpool keeper was flapping!
    • 8' The counter is on here as Cameron surges away down the left - Stoke have men over but Cameron's ball across for Etherington was blocked. Corner but could have been so much more!
    • 7' Sturridge wins his side a corner, which Gerrard swings in. As you'd expect, Stoke clear...
    • 6' Lucas with a silde-rule pass to release Johnson down the right, he cuts inside Pieters but his cross is blocked and Stoke survive.
    • 5' Stoke's first move forward sees Walters scuttle away but Jose Enrique is as strong as the Irishman and holds him off to shepherd the ball behind for a goal kick. Interesting tussle between these two.
    • 4' Sturridge with an inventive cut-back but it lands just behind Aspas. Coutinho slides it in but Shawcross clears. The Brazilian gets it back but once more Shawcross challenges well to clear.
    • 3' The hosts dominating possession early on, as one would expect both of Liverpool and a Rodgers team. The decision to use Henderson over Allen may seem odd but Hendo did well towards the end of last season...
    • 2' Good direct start by the Reds as Sturridge earns a throw on the right.
    • 1' THE PREMIER LEAGUE IS BACK! Liverpool kick it off. Drink it in!
    • 12:42 Anothjer nice stat from our pals at Infostrada - Jose Enrique and Lucas are both making their 150th Premier League career appearances today.
    • 12:41 BREAKING NEWS: Wilson Palacios, having been handed a start following a nightmarish couple of seasons, pulls out before kick off. Illness we hear. Marc Wilson starts instead. Shame for Palacios.
    • 12:40 @davidoc16 is less excited by Liverpool's new signings...
    • 12:40 @SweetRalph is excited by Liverpool's new signings...
    • 12:35 In case you didn't see it earlier, here is Luis Suarez arriving at Anfield earlier. The fans still love him! (UK Web users only)
      Luis Suarez arrives at Anfield with his daughter (Getty Images)
      Luis Suarez arrives at Anfield with his daughter (Getty Images)
    • 12:30 Our friends @OptaJoe have some interesting stats for you, including three of the last five matches between Liverpool and Stoke finishing goalless.
    • 12:25 What do you make of the Luis Suarez saga? And of Liverpool's new signings? Do you think Stoke will go down? Have your say on Twitter, where you can find me @Reda_Eurosport.
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    • 12:20 Stoke, meanwhile, hand a full debut to new left-back Erik Pieters, a great signing from PSV. Peter Crouch is back in the fold as Mark Hughes restores him to his rightful position as main striker, with Kenwyne Jones and Cameron Jerome on the bench. Wilson Palacios, Stoke's forgotten man, is also in the first XI. Hopefully he can get his career back on track.
    • 12:15 Otherwise, no real surprises for Liverpool as Iago Aspas starts following his excellent pre-season form. Another new signing, Luis Alberto, is on the bench.
    • 12:10 Luis Suarez is suspended for another six matches - he is at the game and was cheered by fans earlier.
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    • 12:05 TEAMS - Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Toure, Agger, Jose Enrique, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Aspas, Sturridge, Coutinho; Subs: Brad Jones, Alberto, Allen, Borini, Sterling, Wisdom, Ibe /// Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Palacios, Walters, Crouch, Etherington; Subs: Muniesa, Pennant, Jones, Wilson, Adam, Sorensen, Jerome
    • 12:00 The Premier League is back, and one of its biggest most historic clubs kicks things off - Liverpool face Mark Hughes' Stoke City at Anfield, LIVE from 12:45!
  • Summary

    • 90+2 JUST WIDE BY COUTINHO! Deflected off Pieters, Begovic beaten but it flies inches wide!! Corner.
    • 89' Jonathan Walters to take....BUT MIGNOLET SAVES IT!! AND THE REBOUND FROM POINT-BLANK RANGE! He's not had the best debut but he could have won the match for Liverpool!!
    • 88' PENALTY STOKE! Agger with a ridiculous handball! What on earth was he doing?
    • 82' Adam tries an audacious lob from halfway but Mignolet backtracks and tips it over the bar! Great effort, solid keeping!
    • 80' My word, Asmir! He makes another point-blank stop, this time from Johnson, with his feet, at the far post. Another corner.
    • 79' ANOTHER GOOD SAVE FROM BEGOVIC! Not his best of the day but Gerrard's free-kick was headed for the top right. Tipped away two-handed for a corner.
    • 75' Yellow card for Toure after a late challenge on Pieters.
    • 64' HENDERSON HITS THE POST! Fantastic effort that came off the inside off the post! I think Begovic got a touch too, which makes it ANOTHER monster save! It bounced on the line too, but nowhere near over.
    • 60' Aspas flicks the header just wide! Good corner and a fine connection but it bounced beyond the back stick and a lurking Sturridge!
    • 59' Great ball by Coutinho to release Sturridge, whose touch is poor but he manages to get a shot away which Begovic parries. Corner.
    • 52' WHAT A SAVE BY BEGOVIC! Henderson looked odds-on to score as a loose ball spun to him after good play from Coutinho.
    • 47' Great run by Coutinho, superb touch and a curling effort past Begovic but just wide!!
    • - CORRECTION: NZonzi was actually booked, not Lucas, who was spoken to. Seems like it was for a previous foul that had been played on.
    • 45+1 OFF THE LINE BY LUCAS! Shawcross met the corner but Lucas nicked it away!!
    • 45' The first booking of the Premier League season goes to Lucas.
    • 42' Mignolet makes his first good stop as a Liverpool player as Walter's smashed the loose ball to the bottom left corner! Fine one-handed stop. Corner.
    • 38' GOAL LIVERPOOL! This time Begovic could not do anything about it as Sturridge drills a cute low shot just inside the left-hand post! Begovic dived low to stick out a big paw but the shot went through Huth's legs so he saw it late! 1-0!
    • 37' BEGOVIC WITH ANOTHER GREAT STOP! He's flying around like a very big Balkan cat! A lynx, perhaps?
    • 34' Aspas wide to Enrique but his cross is poor as Shawcross hooks it clear. Liverpool dominating possession. Now Coutinho with a fine pass to release Aspas but again Begovic makes a super stop!
    • 28' FANTASTIC SAVE BY BEGOVIC! Enrique overlapped with Coutinho, then Aspas got a touch, but the left-back Enrique's rasping finish was smothered by the Bosnian. Gerrard met the rebound with a volley but that flew over.
    • 20' Mignolet gets caught out by NZonzi's decision to close down a backpass. Poor touch from Mignolet - he's not having a great time out there! Now Coutinho on the run, lovely feet but a poor final ball with Aspas free! Aspas does get a touch, but it flies into Begovic's arms!
    • 14' Sturridge skips away down the left after a cute Coutinho pass, but Begovic flies out to smother at his feet! Sturridge gets it back and clips over a lovely hanging cross but an acrobatic clearance from Pieters I think to hook it off the line!!
    • 13' LIVERPOOL HIT THE BAR! Power header from Toure, keeper well beaten and the rebound is met by Sturridge who blazes it over from an angle! Two great chances for the hosts!!
    • 9' HUTH HITS THE BAR! Mignolet totally beaten as the big German met the corner with a far-post volley, superb strike! The new Liverpool keeper was flapping!
    • 8' The counter is on here as Cameron surges away down the left - Stoke have men over but Cameron's ball across for Etherington was blocked. Corner but could have been so much more!
    • 12:05 TEAMS - Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Toure, Agger, Jose Enrique, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Aspas, Sturridge, Coutinho; Subs: Brad Jones, Alberto, Allen, Borini, Sterling, Wisdom, Ibe /// Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Palacios, Walters, Crouch, Etherington; Subs: Muniesa, Pennant, Jones, Wilson, Adam, Sorensen, Jerome

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