Saturday, 16 March 2013

Liverpool 3 Tottenham 2 (Suarez 2 Bale 1), Newcastle 2 Stoke 1 - match report:



Hello and welcome to my latest blog post, where I have two EPL match reports, with the highly-anticipated match-up between two of the one-man teams in the EPL; Suarez and Bale. Also, Newcastle hosted tough side Stoke at The Sports Direct Arena.

Liverpool 3 Tottenham Hotspur 2

This match was played at Anfield, as The Reds looked to beat an in-form Spurs side who had beaten Lyon, Inter Milan and Arsenal in recent weeks.  

The hosts started the match well with Sturridge getting into space before having a shot fly over Lloris just over the crossbar.

Gareth Bale had a spinning free-kick parried away by 3rd choice goalkeeper Brad Jones, before The Reds broke the deadlock in the 21st minute after some nice link-up play by Coutinho, Enrique and Suarez ended up with the latter slotting the ball underneath Lloris into the net. 

Slotted in short space: Luis Suarez latched onto a pass by Jose Enrique to break the deadlock.

Clinical: Luis Suarez celebrates his 22th EPL goal of the season with a cheeky strike past Lloris.

Suarez and Sigurdsson both had chances to score at the end of the first half, before Spurs equalised just before half-time in the 45th minute, when Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen converted Bale's great cross with a powerful header past Brad Jones into the net. 

Heads I score: Jan Vertonghen scores a header to give Spurs a goal before half-time.

Much-needed: Vertonghen is mobbed by his Spurs team-mates after scoring before half-time.

It was 1-1 at half-time, with Spurs the happier of the two sides having conceded before pressing the Liverpool defence to get the eventual equaliser at the end of the first half.

In the 53rd minute, Tottenham made it 2-1 and took the lead after a Bale set-piece was whipped into the box, but failed to clear away by the Liverpool defence who ended up being punished by a second goal for defender Jan Vertonghen.

Piledriver: Liverpool fail to clear the ball away, and Vertonghen punishes them with his 2nd goal of the day.

Belgain double: Vertonghen celebrates his goal with the away fans to put Spurs ahead.
 
The hosts equalised in the 67th minute when winger Stewart Downing smashed the ball past Vertonghen into the net, after French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris miskicked the ball as he came out of his goal to clear. 

Taking advantage: Downing pounces on Lloris' mistake to tap the ball past Vertonghen into the net.

Starting to find form: Downing celebrates his 3rd goal in 3 matches.

Liverpool took the lead again from the penalty spot thanks to captain Steven Gerrard in the 82nd minute after talismanic striker Luis Suarez was brought down inside the box by left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

Cannot argue with that: Assou-Ekotto catches Suarez's leg inside the box and concedes a penalty.

Match-winner: Steven Gerrard slots the ball the opposite way to Lloris to give Liverpool the lead again.

Vital: Gerrard celebrates his match-winning goal against Spurs from the penalty spot to give The Reds 3 points.

The match ended 3-2 to Liverpool, with Tottenham conceding a needless defeat that may cost them at the end of the season...

Suarez vs Bale:

Two of the one-man teams, Suarez vs Bale went head-to-head on Sunday.

Suarez scored and played well
Bale made an assist and played well
Bale has scored 16 goals this season
Liverpool won, Spurs lost 
Suarez has won an award for 20 EPL goals this season

Battle of the one-man teams: Luis Suarez holds up his award for scoring 20 EPL goals this season.
Newcastle United vs Stoke City: 

This match was played at The Sports Direct Arena as Newcastle hosted tough side Stoke at home. 
 
French midfielder Yohan Cabaye came close with a speculative effort from 25 yards out in the 16th minute, as the hosts were dominating the first half.

Stoke had a penalty appeal waved away, when left-back Ryan Shotton was brought down by the trailing leg of Italian young left-back Davide Santon inside the box. The referee waved away the penalty claims, despite Tony Pulis being furious at the decision.

Ivorian defensive midfielder Cheick Tiote found space past the Stoke defence before crossing the ball into the box for Cisse to head, however his effort did not actually connect with the ball, and Newcastle missed another chance to break the deadlock.

Moussa Sissoko was brought down just inside the penalty area by Bosnian goalkeeper Asmir Begovic after a dangerous counter attack almost resulted in a chance until the keeper stepped in. 

Stoke broke the deadlock in the 67th minute against the run of play from the penalty spot thanks to Jonathan Walters who scored his 6th EPL goal of the season, after he was sent flying by Tiote inside the box when he cut inside on the edge of the area.

Back in business: Walters scores from the penalty spot again after missing recently against Chelsea and Fulham

Ahead away: Walters celebrates his 6th EPL goal of the season.
Newcastle equalised in the 72nd minute after Moussa Sissoko was caught on the counter just on the edge of the area, before French midfielder Yohan Cabaye's 18-yard free-kick effort hit the crossbar before falling into the net above Begovic.

The hosts pressed for the winner, and found the goal in the 90+2nd minute, when Marveaux's cross fell straight to Papiss Cisse who smashed the ball at the near post away from Begovic into the net to score a late 2-1 winner. 

Smash: Cisse scores in the 92nd minute after latching onto a ball from Marveaux to give Newcastle a 2-1 win.

Last-gasp winner: Papiss Cisse celebrates his 7th EPL goal of the season to give Newcastle all 3 points

I apologise for this post being late, but I hope you enjoyed it nonetheless. Don't worry, there will be many more posts being published over the next few days/weeks. 
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