Liverpool 1-1 Newcastle
By Dean Farley
Thursday 08 Nov 2012 14:13:00
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Referee - Anthony Taylor
Attendance - 44,803

Yohan Cabaye's stunner earned Newcastle one point as they drew with Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. The French midfielder stunned the Reds with his late first half strike, however, Luis Suarez leveled in the second half.
    United captain Fabricio Coloccini received a straight red card with time ticking away for a late lunge on Suarez, but the visitors held firm for a share of the spoils.
    The hosts made all the early running, with teenager Raheem Sterling in particular causing plenty of problems down the hosts' left hand side.     Suso cut in from the right in the eighth minute but a fine challenge from Davide Santon diverted the winger's low shot behind for a corner, while Sterling drilled narrowly wide from 25 yards soon after.
    It took 15 minutes for Newcastle to muster their first attempt and it came courtesy of their first spell of decent pressure. Ben Arfa worked some of his iconic magic and gave the ball to James Perch who instantly fed Davide Santon. The Italian raced forward before slipping it inside to Ba who, took a touch before sending a long-range rising shot over the top.
    Liverpool hit back and Suarez curled a free-kick around the wall and inches off target, before going even closer when only the legs of Tim Krul prevented the Uruguayan from breaking the deadlock.
    Suarez was causing problems and broke free to send a near-post header towards goal but failed to test Tim Krul. 
    After all of Liverpool's dominance, they were hit with a sucker punch just before the break as Yohan Cabaye sent the visitors in front. Ben Arfa worked his way down the right wing before chipping in a cross that looked to be un-threatening; Yohan Cabaye picked the ball up on the opposite flank and fired a venomous volley into the back of the net. United sent their fans crazy!
    The second half didn't get off to the best of starts for the visitors, who were forced to withdraw Demba Ba after just four minutes - Sammy Ameobicoming on in his place.
    Suarez was continuing to be a nuisance but on 58 minutes Krul was once again equal to his effort, this time after the forward had cut in from the left and curled an effort across the face of goal.
    Seconds later, Nuri Sahin went even closer, beating Krul with his drive but seeing it roll inches the wrong side of the upright in front of the Kop.
    Liverpool's pressure for an equaliser was growing and they sent on attacking midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in a bid to add more of a cutting edge in the final third.
    These substitutions made an instant equaliser for Liverpool. Jonas Gutierrez gave the ball away in the middle of the park which Jose Enrique seized upon before lofting a ball up to Luis Suarez. Suarez and Coloccini were in a foot race but it was Suarez who controlled brilliantly with his chest, rounded Krul and slotted the ball into the back of the net.
    Newcastle responded through Ben Arfa's 25-yard free-kick which curled around the wall but also past the post, but at the other end only an outstanding sliding block prevented Stirling from getting a shot on target from close range.
    It was becoming end-to-end stuff. Papiss Cisse turned and swivelled on a loose ball inside the area, dragging his effort wide, while Ben Arfa almost finished off a rapid counter attack, but Jones was down well to smother the strike.
    United's task became even tougher with six minutes remaining as they were reduced to ten men, with Coloccini receiving his marching orders.
    The centre-back caught Suarez late and high out on the left touchline and referee Anthony Taylor had no hesitation in pulling out a red card for the Magpies' skipper.
    The hosts went in search of a winner and Shelvey had two efforts - a shot and a header - saved by Krul, while the stopper was almost caught out by a deflected free-kick which bounced up and over him but onto the top of the crossbar.
    However, both teams' efforts were not good enough as the game came to an end. It could be argued that it was a lucky point and it can be argued that we could have won. A point at Anfield is a good point, especially when you look at our record there!



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