Suarez hands Liverpool win

2013-01-06 20:47

Mansfield - Luis Suarez's controversial goal proved the difference as English Premier League giants Liverpool beat fifth-tier Mansfield Town 2-1 in their FA Cup third round clash on Sunday.

The Uruguayan international - no stranger to controversy since his arrival in England in January 2011 - clearly handled the ball before poking it into the net to give the visitors a 2-0 lead with just over half an hour to go.

The hosts' leading scorer Matt Green ensured an exciting finish with a 79th-minute strike.

Video highlights: Mansfield v Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge had opened the scoring seven minutes into his first outing following his £12m move from European champions Chelsea.

Liverpool were made to work hard for their win despite the 18-time English champions playing a side that was relegated from the Football League in 2008 and still struggling to get back out of the Conference National.

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers made eight changes, with only Stewart Downing, Lucas Leiva and Andre Wisdom keeping their places from the side that beat Sunderland 3-0 at Anfield on Wednesday.

Mansfield manager Paul Cox was marking his 41st birthday, having tied the knot with his fiancee two days earlier.

Rodgers took his place on the bench in front of the condemned Bishop Street Stand, the hole in its roof - so cherished by home fans they even sponsor it - covered by a temporary television gantry.

Getting off to a settled start, Liverpool moved up the pitch and soon carved Mansfield open.

Sturridge could not have wished for a simpler chance to start his Liverpool career, the ball played expertly through the Stags defence by Jonjo Shelvey for the new signing to clip past goalkeeper Alan Marriott.

He could have had another a minute later, but Marriott rushed out to smother the ball.

In the 15th minute, Shelvey played in Sturridge again but with too much time on his hands, he hesitated and Marriott pulled of an excellent save.

Liverpool's slick passing had Mansfield chasing shadows at times.

The Stags had their first shot in the 33rd minute when Green cracked a strike from outside the penalty box that Brad Jones did well to keep out.

Mansfield started the second half firing on all cylinders.

Anthony Howell had a close-range shot on the turn that Lucas blocked, before Louis Briscoe had a thumping drive at Jones that the Liverpool goalkeeper could only stop with his fists.

The Stags had a quick succession of corners and Briscoe fired in a thunderous shot that Jones did well to parry. He punched clear again in the goalmouth scramble from the resulting corner.

Nine minutes into the second half, Rodgers brought on the Premier League's second-top scorer Suarez and Jordan Henderson for Sturridge and Suso.

Within five minutes, the Uruguay striker had the ball in the net, though it clearly hit his hand as he bundled in a rebound off Marriott.

Green ensured a roller-coaster finish when Lee Beevers brought down a high ball and centred it for the striker to blast beyond Jones, sending home fans into raptures.

However, the Reds survived a frantic final 10 minutes to set up a trip to third-tier strugglers Oldham Athletic in the fourth round on January 26 or 27.


  • paul.botha.967 - 2013-01-06 21:03


  • ruben.maistry - 2013-01-06 21:21

    Pathetic football by Liverpool. Shelvey??? I do not think he fits in the team. Clear hand ball no doubt by Suarez. Very poor officiating. Mansfield Town played well against a first division side. They played with more purpose and spirit. Very unlucky. Well done Mansfield Town.

  • Edison Nyamayaro - 2013-01-06 22:48

    suarez diablo

  • markwmilligan - 2013-01-06 22:48

    A win is a win, but poor officiating of the game. Mansfield Town were brilliant, but Liverpool were poor, especially in defense. Paul Botha must be a Man united or Chelsea fan. No striker in their right mind will admit to handling the ball in the game, it's the ref's and linesman's job to officiate the game properly. So calling us cheats is immature and clearly shows how little you know about football. It was clearly a handball but the ref and linesman missed it, so dry your eyes and get over it.

      robert.p.gemmell - 2013-01-06 23:41

      Well said Mark if that was a man utd player using his hand Fergie would defend him and say he used his foot. They may call us cheats but funny how Sturridge's goal was perfect so how does that qualify us at cheats. The ref and his officials have a job to do and call handball when it happens he didn't and liverpool scored boo hoo i don't care what others say. All teams in the world of football have scores more than 1 goal by cheating so to Paul.Botha get a life looser.

      paul.botha.967 - 2013-01-06 23:50

      United for your information fella! And I might know a bit more than you think ! Cheating,diving Liverpool scum!

      bbooyse - 2013-01-07 02:42

      Valencia, Young and Nani are notorious divers (Youtube is full of replays showing them diving), in fact Jaap Stam (a former United player) reported in his bio that Fergie use to order them to dive :D people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones!

  • Vishen - 2013-01-06 23:08


  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2013-01-06 23:43

    I've always adored this player Suarez, I don't care how the Reds won a win is a win. - 2013-01-07 00:03

      Huh? Remember how he was playing goal keeper here in 2010? This oke is a cheat and that is how I will always think of him.

  • bbooyse - 2013-01-07 03:04

    It shouldn't come down to a fluke for Liverpool to win (although I'm very glad Sturrige scored). Hats off to Mansfield though, you guys played like lions! :)

  • paul.samuel1 - 2013-01-07 06:41

    bbooyse you Liverpudlian scum! Stan never played with Nani, Young or Valencia! But I will agree Young & Nani are divers but you are very wrong about Valencia. Probably the most willing wide man to stay on his feet. Suarez is worse than any of them!

      bbooyse - 2013-01-07 08:26

      Wow, scum really? :D I don't recall stating Jaap Stap played with the above mentioned, but I do remember stating that Stap wrote in his bio about how Fergie advised them to dive during Uefa Fergie (and United fans) can hardly take the moral highground (sorry if that was unclear).. Relax guy, it's just a game.

  • Junaid Jacobs - 2013-01-07 07:28

    @ Paul seen as you know so much about football let me say this, firstly nobody is saying it was not a handball it was but it was ball to hand and the officials did not deem it deliberate therefore the goal stood.Before you start calling players cheats ect maybe look back at the players that played for united like a certain mr cantona brilliant footballer but also enjoyed flying kicking and now young who should try out for the English diving team.Maradona and Henry deliberately handled the ball in their respective games for their countries and there was not such and outcry.Maybe you should take those rose tinted glasses off and see it for what it is.

  • aadil.esack - 2013-01-07 08:52

    lol, what a bunch of hypocrites - when Suarez scored an injury time winner in the Merseyside derby, and it was INCORRECTLY ruled out for offside, nobody said a thing, and even as upset as the rest of the team were, Suarez just said "these things happen" - no one including both manager's denied it was a handball, question was it DELIBERATE ? Hence the goal stood. People also forget that most of the team yesterday were a reserve team - no Reina, no Gerrard, no Johnson, no Enrique, no Skrtel, no Agger, no Sterling & the likes of Henderson & King Luis came off the bench, so obviously the level would be slightly lower Great performance by Mansfield Town, and even as a die-hard Red, i wanted them to score a goal This is actually a good thing for this young LFC squad's development, i.e. "winning ugly" WALK ON & let's hope we can at least get something at OT this weekend, despite being huge underdogs

      leonard.riggien - 2013-01-07 10:50

      But Suarez should have been red- carded for two yellows so he should not have been on the field for that "disallowed goal" One yellow for that tackle on Mirallas which took him out at halftime when he was skinning your defense all half and one yellow for that tackle on Jags. Besides don't forget about the handball against Ghana. He is a quality player but he is also a CHEAT!

  • jonathan.mumo.3 - 2013-01-07 09:37

    A clever professional indeed if de referee did not see it it never happ....

  • nervern - 2013-01-07 10:00


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