Monday, 24 March 2014

Suarez Treble Wins Nine Goal Thriller

Fresh from two successive 3-0 away wins against Southampton and Man United, Liverpool were on their travels again as they visited Cardiff.

Liverpool made a single change from the win at Old Trafford with Coutinho replacing Sterling after they had swapped last week, Cardiff started the better with Theophile-Catherine hitting high over the bar after being found by Campbell.

It was a sign of things to come as minutes later, Cardiff took the lead as Campbell gained possession and picked out Mutch who slotted past a helpless Mignolet to the joy of the home fans. Liverpool were soon level as a nice passage of play enabled Henderson to make his way through the defence and find Johnson who swept a cross to Suarez who tapped past Marshall.

Cardiff went back in front when Campbell drifted inside and hit past Mignolet with pace to put the hosts 2-1 up and Liverpool's response came in the form of Coutinho but he hit wide from range and Suarez could only find the wall with a threatening free-kick with Sturridge testing Marshall when he clipped an effort towards goal, the chance deflected off a defender but found Marshall comfortably.

As halftime approached, Liverpool were level for a second time when a corner drifted in was cleared but right into the path of Coutinho who swept a superb cross into the danger area for Skrtel to tap past Marshall for 2-2.

The Cardiff stopper was on hand to prevent Liverpool leading at the break when he denied Suarez from close range, the result of a one-two with Johnson.Liverpool took the lead inside nine minutes of the second half as the combination of Coutinho and Skrtel paid off for a second time with the latter heading past Marshall from the Brazilian's corner.

The lead increased as the game reached an hour with Sturridge displaying a spectacular skill to set up Suarez for the Uruguayan's second strike, the No.15 slid a blind back-heel that found perfectly found Suarez who slotted past Marshall  to complete a truly stunning piece of play.

Cardiff's prowess from the first half seemed to have left them as Liverpool struck a fifth goal to surely end the hosts' hopes of a much needed win, Suarez and Sturridge combined with the latter getting a well deserved goal but the scoring spree continued as Cardiff claimed their third to close the gap as Mutch bagged his second.

The last say went to the man of the afternoon as Suarez raced clear of the defence and after a delay slotted past Marshall to complete his hat-trick and hit Liverpool's sixth for a 6-3 victory that keeps them in touch at the top of the league.