Monday, 29 October 2012

Everton v Liverpool

The 219th Merseyside Derby and for a change, Everton were listed as favourites with being six points and ten places about their city rivals Liverpool.

Liverpool kept with the youth and experience trait in the domestic games and Brad Jones kept his place in goal with Reina on the bench.

Everton started well and only a block by Agger stopped the home side from leading in the 9th minute and the resulting corner was flapped away by Jones.

In the 14th minute, Liverpool pushed forward and after Enrique's cross, Suarez's hit was deflected in by Baines for an own goal and Suarez's celebration was a theatrical dive right in front of Moyes in the Everton dugout in response to Moyes' comments the previous day.

Leon Osman fouled Sterling and from the free kick in the 20th minute Suarez headed in after a great delivery from Gerrard and Liverpool were 2-0 up.

The response came instantly as Fellaini's shot deflected wide for a corner and as the ball came in, Jones cleared it but only to Osman on the edge of the area who swooped home on the half volley to put Everton back in the game.

Sterling received a booking for a late challenge on Distin in the 28th minute and nearly recieved a second booking within minutes but only received a talking to from referee Andre Marriner.

Everton's comeback was completed in the 34th minute with Steven Naismith's first goal for the club after being setup by Fellaini to beat the Liverpool defence from a few yards out, 2-2 and still over 60 minutes left.

Jjust on half time, Everton captain Phil Neville received a booking for diving which was ironic given the Suarez criticisms.

Just after the break, Sterling had a golden chance but missed rather than setting up an unmarked Suarez,

In the 70th minute, Suarez received a booking for fouling Distin to cheers from the home crowd and Henderson tried to put Gerrard in but his shot was blocked by Jagielka.

In the final minute of added time, Liverpool were awarded a free kick on he edge of the area ans the cross saw Suarez tap in only to have it wiped off for an offside decision despite replays showing it was the wrong decision as Suarez was clearly onside and the last attack saw Suarez cut through only to be denied by Howard.

A draw that should have been a Liverpool win as even David Moyes agreed the goal should have been awarded. Liverpool now move on to the Capital One Cup tie against Brendan Rodgers former side Swansea City on Wednesday.  Liverpool FC Eau de Sport Aftershave 100ml Splash (Google Affiliate Ad)