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Man Utd snatch win at Liverpool

2012-09-23 16:50

Liverpool - Ten-man Liverpool were left searching for their first English Premier League win under new manager Brendan Rodgers as arch-rivals Manchester United came from behind to win 2-1 at an emotional Anfield on Sunday.

This was Liverpool's first home match since an independent report cleared their fans of any responsibility for the 1989 Hillsborough disaster where 96 of the Merseysiders' supporters were crushed to death during an FA Cup semi-final.

Liverpool played more than half the match a man down after Jonjo Shelvey was sent off in the 39th minute for a two-footed challenge on Jonny Evans.

But they still took a 46th-minute lead when captain Steven Gerrard - whose 10-year-old cousin, Jon-Paul Gilhooley, was the youngest fan to die at Hillsborough - volleyed home from near the penalty spot.

However, United only had to wait five minutes for an equaliser when Rafael curled in a superb shot from the right-hand side of the Liverpool area.

And with 15 minutes to go United - who had missed their last three penalties - were awarded a spot-kick when Liverpool defender Glen Johnson brought down Antonio Valencia.

There was a delay of several minutes as Liverpool defender Daniel Agger received treatment for an injury before Dutch striker Robin van Persie beat goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

Victory saw United move to within a point of leaders Chelsea while defeat left Liverpool languishing in the bottom three.

"It is a great result for us but we did not play well," United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told Sky Sports.

"In the first half Liverpool dominated us, in the second half we had better possession but they had 10 men, we can't take great credit for that."

Rodgers hailed his "heroic" side and said decisions had gone against them.

"I thought the players were heroic in terms of performance and the spirit," he said. "They were brilliant and didn't get what they deserved.

"Jonjo Shelvey, if he gets sent off then Jonny Evans has to go as well. I think both players' feet are off the floor.

"I'm sure it's never a penalty, and then obviously Luis Suarez goes up the other end and gets a toe to the ball and the defender doesn't touch the ball, and he goes down and it looks a penalty."

Before kick-off, a potential flashpoint was avoided when Liverpool striker Suarez and United defender Patrice Evra shook hands.

Suarez, banned for eight games for racially abusing Senegalese-born Frenchman Evra in the equivalent fixture last season, declined to shake the United man's hand before the clubs' last meeting in February.

The Hillsborough victims were remembered in a series of pre-match ceremonies and Ferguson said: "Liverpool did a fantastic job today, the fans were terrific and I don't think there can be any complaint on that part."

"There was ferocity and it was intense and it has been a good day for football."

Demba Ba ensured there was no happy St James' Park return for Chris Hughton, the former Magpies manager now in charge of Norwich.

Ba's 19th minute goal secured a 1-0 home win for Newcastle, who later saw Papiss Cisse blaze over the top from the penalty spot.

AFP

Comments
  • mdu.s.khumalo - 2012-09-23 17:22

    Congratulations to the referee, mission accomplished

      Desmond Lando Smith - 2012-09-24 10:28

      I am disgusted by these refs and their calls , surely they should be fined . Hit them where it hurts most ....... their pockets or are the bribes more then their wages ??????? Unfortunately the refs whistle is final !!!!!!!

  • darrell.maclennan - 2012-09-23 17:22

    Van Persie is delivering the goods for Man U. :) See this, Andrew. :P

  • toofaan.monsoon - 2012-09-23 17:45

    Guys, I support neither team. However, I do believe that the penalty was not justified. That said : Well done MU anyway. They did appear to be the better team on the day.

      Stormkaap - 2012-09-23 20:11

      Agree penalty was not justified, but the better team on the day was the home team

  • may.bee.988 - 2012-09-23 18:06

    Well done!!!

  • munashe.jani - 2012-09-23 18:26

    Passive reporting. Valencia was not touched!!!

      ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-09-23 19:19

      I guess u don't know the laws when it comes to tackling from behind,

      Stormkaap - 2012-09-23 20:12

      What about Van Persie's studs up challenge.. no consistency

  • colingkearns - 2012-09-23 18:36

    Liverpool 10 men vs 15 what a disgrace. Man U 11 players, Geriatric dithering paedophile Scot manager, 2 x linesman and an intimidated politically correct Ref =15. Valencia dived and Van persie made the same challenge in the 2nd half a gets a yellow.

  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-09-23 19:08

    Ref wins it for Utd, these are the rediculous decisions that not only decide matches but also titles

  • russel.lunt - 2012-09-23 19:36

    United were dire and deserved nothing; do they even have a midfield? They needed some poor defending by Agger (and an admittedly excellent strike from Rafael), and a really weak referee to get more than a point against a side that played the better football and controlled the game more with fewer men. That's two games in a row Suarez has had a legitimate penalty appeal waved away, and two in a row that United have had players sprawl in the area under light or no contact yet get the reward. It's very clear that the referees blow based on who is fouled and not on the foul itself.

      colingkearns - 2012-09-23 21:20

      Well put Russel, unfortuanatly the politically correct refs are under instruction to beware of Suarez. He will only get a penalty if someone kicked him in the nackers on the penalty spot, right in front of the ref. Even then have you noticed how the refs always look toward the Man U bench for their reaction. 2 mins ET suddenly turns into 7 when they are losing and Fergie taps his watch.

      salvatore.greco.5832 - 2012-09-26 08:06

      Hello there I think the general referee's consistency is very poor at the moment. Look what happened at Chelsea... I dont think that the referee blows one teams way and not the other, I just think that they are generally bad when it comes to penalties and tackles. I also feel its easy to blame the ref when penalties dont go your way and its overlooked when they are awarded to you when there is no penalty. As a reporter put it on one of the UK papers - Liverpool had many chances and they didn't convert it to goals and the defending was poor o your side to concede (not a new story for Liverpool). To sum it up - its easy to blame the ref, their poor decisions are part of the game and everyone needs to deal with it and convert your chances to goals.

  • mahomedrafeek.goolam - 2012-09-23 19:53

    Great game by 10 men LFC,just a pity the useless ref hade to spoil it by sending Jonjo off and then giving them a penalty for a dive,had it been Suarez he would have given him a card for that dive.Man Utd always get refs who blow for them,as if they are afraid of AF.Anyway well done guys,great team effot.now let's get the wins we all want and know we going to get in the near future.

  • yozy.zenengeya1 - 2012-09-23 20:29

    What ever 3points taken big up

  • nervern - 2012-09-23 21:39

    I can't remember ever feeling this \omgekrap\ over a loss to those scum. I mean the way the ref blew, it was like the soccer version of bryce lawrence...! The ref basically won the game for them, pathetic I tell u guys. But as a liverpool fan I'll ma keep the faith...! YNWA

  • Thabang - 2012-09-24 00:25

    Man U wll remain dominant nevertheless we wll win da league this time

      colingkearns - 2012-09-24 07:28

      ManU have as much hope of winning the league this year as pink elephants flying over Old Trafford, they are scratching for wins and have achieved this through poor or biased refereeing decisions. Chelsea or Man City will win the League this year.

  • alaina.erasmus - 2012-09-24 07:38

    This game was very poorly refereed. Liverpool is always bearing the brunt of unfair decisions- when is an investigation going to take place into this? How many times does Liverpool have to suffer at the hands of (what I and many others think) paid refs? Really, it can't be a coincidence how many times this happens to Liverpool.

  • morne.linden - 2012-09-24 11:36

    Go Chelsea!!!

  • aadil.esack - 2012-09-25 09:33

    In order to get their first win in 5 years at Anfield, Utd needed ALOT of help from the ref - the Reds can take alot of positives from that performance. 11 vs 11, they basically embarassed Utd but didn't make their dominance count. Even with a man short, they never got over-run, and at times, still looked the better team ! Many youngster's in the team, and they will learn from that, especially the "political" side, and things are definitely looking positive. Now to turn these great performances into wins ! Lets hope Agger & Lucas are back soon, as we will need them, especially up to the next window Happy for youngster's like Raheem & Suso - plenty skill, but this will help their football knowledge big time

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-09-25 12:20

    A great game. Two magnificent goals by either side. Sadly Liverpool had to play against 12 men as is synonymous with with teams that play against united. Two poor decisions cost Liverpool the game. Well done Liverpool.

  • shane.crow.16 - 2012-09-25 13:46

    for the love of the game, can you please stop hating on united and support your team, take it like a man or woman if it suites you haters

  • dor.narf - 2012-09-25 14:48

    liverpool were the better team on the day but you get desisions in games just like liverpool have got and other teams felt hard done ,just like the many times chelsea have scored clear offside goals ,but Utd fans take it cause thats the game ,all the stupid pool fans who think Utd pay off the refs...hahaha..you cant be that stupid...or can you? now stop crying ,result 1-2 .....maybe petition the FA ,but i guess you'll think they in on it too..lmao

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