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Liverpool   2 - 2   Birmingham

Steven Gerrard converted the spot-kick to earn Liverpool a point against Birmingham
Gerrard was a constant threat for Liverpool after coming on

By Mandeep Sanghera

A controversial penalty by Steven Gerrard salvaged a draw for Liverpool as their faltering season continued against Birmingham at Anfield.

Gerrard scored from the spot to make it 2-2 after David Ngog had appeared to dive over a Lee Carsley tackle.

Ngog had earlier put the Reds ahead when he smashed in a far-post volley but Christian Benitez levelled when he nodded in a well-worked set piece.

Cameron Jerome's 30-yard strike shocked the Reds before Gerrard's equaliser.

Birmingham were angered by referee Peter Walton's penalty decision as Carsley did not seem to have made any contact with Ngog.

But despite a half-fit Gerrard, who had only come on because of an injury to Albert Riera, slotting in from 12 yards the result will only heap further pressure on Reds manager Rafael Benitez.

It was a game Liverpool were expected to win to quell the unrest at Anfield but, instead, leaves the Reds flailing in seventh in the Premier League.

606: DEBATE

Liverpool's defensive solidity has been their strength during Benitez's reign but the foundations he has laid have been on rocky ground this season and again undermined their play.

The home side had taken a patient and calm approach to the match before gradually raising the tempo and taking the lead.

Glen Johnson was having plenty of joy down the right flank and, after weaving between two defenders, he pulled the ball back for Ngog, whose initial shot was saved by Joe Hart.

Hart scampered across his goal to fend away Dirk Kuyt's follow-up but the Blues keeper had no chance when Riera crossed to the far post for Ngog to smash a left-foot volley into the roof of the net.

The Reds were in control, only to let their weakness in defence allow the visitors back into a game they rarely looked like making an impact on.

Former Everton midfielder James McFadden swung a Blues free-kick to the far post and, after being headed on by Roger Johnson and Scott Dann, Christian Benitez nodded in from close range.

The goal gave Birmingham encouragement and the visitors had an extra air of belief about them as they repelled some concerted Liverpool pressure with the home side looking to re-establish their grip on the game.

Birmingham striker Cameron Jerome celebrates his spectacular goal against Liverpool
Jerome celebrates his spectacular goal against Liverpool

Hart tipped over a 25-yard strike from Javier Mascherano before the Blues defence cleared a tamely-struck Lucas Leiva side-footed shot off the line.

Liverpool brought Gerrard on when Riera went off with a hamstring problem but their unfit captain could do little as the visitors took the lead in spectacular fashion.

Jerome controlled Dann's headed ball forward, fended off the irritation of Mascherano and unleashed a thunderous shot which dipped over keeper Reina.

The Reds piled on the pressure in response and it almost paid off, only for Gerrard to head a Johnson cross against the outside of the post from eight yards.

Birmingham defended in numbers with an admirable bravery which saw the particularly impressive centre-backs Dann and Roger Johnson flinging their bodies at crosses and shots to keep the home side at bay.

However, they conceded an equaliser in controversial circumstances as Gerrard, who looked a constant threat even when nursing his groin injury, sent Hart the wrong way from the spot.

The Anfield crowd were now staunchly behind their team and Ngog side-footed wide after Gerrard powered in a cross to the near post in an exciting finale.

However, a winner eluded the Reds and Benitez is still without a league victory over Birmingham in seven attempts.

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Monday, 9 November 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 2-2 Birmingham FT
(HT 1-2)
  • Ngog 13
  • Gerrard (pen) 71
  • Benitez 26
  • Jerome 45+3

Liverpool

Substitutes

Birmingham

Substitutes

Ref: WaltonAtt: 42,560
LIVERPOOL
BIRMINGHAM

Possession

  • Liverpool 67%
  • Birmingham 33%

Attempts on target

  • Liverpool 14
  • Birmingham 2

Attempts off target

  • Liverpool 13
  • Birmingham 3

Corners

  • Liverpool 11
  • Birmingham 1

Fouls

  • Liverpool 7
  • Birmingham 9
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:05 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+3:57 The ball is sent over by Glen Johnson.
  • 90:00+3:51 The ball is swung over by Steven Gerrard, Lee Carsley makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+3:14 Steven Gerrard sends in a cross, Scott Dann makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+2:12 The ball is delivered by Dirk Kuyt, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+1:13 Emiliano Insua produces a cross, save by Joe Hart.
  • 90:00+1:05 The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson, clearance by Stephen Carr.
  • 90:00+0:23 Alberto Aquilani fouled by Gregory Vignal, the ref awards a free kick. Alberto Aquilani takes the direct free kick.
  • 89:52 Steven Gerrard crosses the ball, clearance by Lee Carsley.
  • 89:21 Corner taken by Javier Mascherano from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Lee Carsley.
  • 89:14 Glen Johnson produces a cross, Gary McSheffrey makes a clearance.
  • 88:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Gerrard on Lee Bowyer. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 87:29 Foul by Dirk Kuyt on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
  • 85:30 Substitution Gary McSheffrey replaces Christian Benitez.
  • 84:59 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard played to the near post, David Ngog produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 83:33 Corner taken left-footed by Emiliano Insua from the left by-line, Cameron Jerome manages to make a clearance.
  • 81:55 Substitution Leiva Lucas goes off and Alberto Aquilani comes on.
  • 81:45 Effort on goal by Steven Gerrard from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 80:43 Steven Gerrard sends in a cross, Effort from inside the six-yard box by David Ngog goes wide right of the target.
  • 78:13 The assistant referee flags for offside against David Ngog. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
  • 77:29 The ball is delivered by Steven Gerrard.
  • 76:39 Substitution Yossi Benayoun leaves the field to be replaced by Ryan Babel.
  • 75:57 Dirk Kuyt crosses the ball, clearance made by Stephen Carr.
  • 74:46 Foul by Christian Benitez on Daniel Agger, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 74:08 Shot by Steven Gerrard from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
  • 73:56 Yossi Benayoun takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
  • 73:38 Leiva Lucas crosses the ball, Stephen Carr makes a clearance.
  • 73:22 Corner taken by Leiva Lucas, Stephen Carr makes a clearance.
  • 73:12 Leiva Lucas takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Gregory Vignal.
  • 73:04 Glen Johnson takes a shot. Stephen Carr gets a block in.
  • 72:42 Outswinging corner taken by Leiva Lucas from the right by-line played to the near post, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.
  • 70:33 The assist for the goal came from David Ngog.
  • 70:33 GOAL - Steven GerrardLiverpool 2 - 2 Birmingham Steven Gerrard scores a placed penalty. Liverpool 2-2 Birmingham.
  • 70:03 Booking David Ngog is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 70:03 Booking Lee Carsley receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 68:57 Penalty awarded for a foul by Lee Carsley on David Ngog.
  • 68:41 The ball is sent over by Steven Gerrard, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.
  • 66:34 Substitution Gregory Vignal is brought on as a substitute for James McFadden.
  • 65:22 The ball is crossed by Dirk Kuyt, Lee Carsley makes a clearance.
  • 65:15 Centre by Glen Johnson, clearance by Stephen Carr.
  • 65:02 Centre by Glen Johnson, clearance by Scott Dann.
  • 64:39 Martin Skrtel takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Carsley.
  • 64:34 A cross is delivered by Steven Gerrard, save by Joe Hart.
  • 63:58 Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
  • 63:58 Booking James McFadden booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 63:46 James McFadden concedes a free kick for a foul on Dirk Kuyt.
  • 63:17 Foul by Lee Bowyer on David Ngog, free kick awarded. David Ngog restarts play with the free kick.
  • 62:31 The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson, Steven Gerrard has a headed effort at goal from close in that hits the post.
  • 62:15 Javier Mascherano takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.
  • 62:05 A cross is delivered by Steven Gerrard, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.
  • 61:56 The ball is delivered by Javier Mascherano, clearance by Scott Dann.
  • 57:35 Shot from long range by Emiliano Insua goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 55:41 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line to the near post, Lee Carsley manages to make a clearance.
  • 54:38 Emiliano Insua produces a cross.
  • 51:56 James McFadden gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson. Leiva Lucas delivers the ball, Headed effort on goal by Martin Skrtel from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
  • 51:10 Shot from outside the area by Yossi Benayoun misses to the left of the goal.
  • 50:20 A cross is delivered by Dirk Kuyt.
  • 49:35 Centre by Glen Johnson, Sebastian Larsson manages to make a clearance.
  • 48:11 Leiva Lucas takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
  • 47:07 The ball is crossed by Dirk Kuyt, Scott Dann makes a clearance.
  • 45:51 Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.
  • 45:34 Christian Benitez concedes a free kick for a foul on Leiva Lucas. Javier Mascherano takes the free kick.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:36 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+2:05 The assist for the goal came from Scott Dann.
  • 45:00+2:05 GOAL - Cameron JeromeLiverpool 1 - 2 Birmingham Cameron Jerome finds the net with a goal from outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-2 Birmingham.
  • 45:00+0:45 Unfair challenge on Cameron Jerome by Javier Mascherano results in a free kick. James McFadden produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 45:00+0:12 Substitution Steven Gerrard is brought on as a substitute for Albert Riera.
  • 43:42 Yossi Benayoun takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.
  • 42:44 Yossi Benayoun takes the inswinging corner, save by Joe Hart.
  • 41:48 Effort from the edge of the box by Christian Benitez goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 41:20 The ball is sent over by Emiliano Insua, Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.
  • 41:11 Albert Riera takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Dann.
  • 40:24 Effort from long range by Leiva Lucas goes wide right of the target.
  • 40:08 Emiliano Insua fouled by Sebastian Larsson, the ref awards a free kick. Yossi Benayoun restarts play with the free kick.
  • 38:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McFadden by Albert Riera. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Carr.
  • 36:51 Corner taken right-footed by Leiva Lucas to the near post, Header on goal by Daniel Agger from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 36:47 The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson, Stephen Carr manages to make a clearance.
  • 35:52 Long range effort from Albert Riera misses to the left of the goal.
  • 35:15 Liam Ridgewell fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
  • 35:06 Albert Riera produces a cross, clearance by Liam Ridgewell.
  • 34:09 Glen Johnson sends in a cross, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
  • 33:30 Corner taken left-footed by Albert Riera from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Lee Bowyer.
  • 33:25 The ball is crossed by Glen Johnson, clearance made by Liam Ridgewell.
  • 32:49 The official flags Cameron Jerome offside. Javier Mascherano takes the free kick.
  • 32:06 Martin Skrtel has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 32:01 The ball is swung over by Albert Riera, clearance made by Liam Ridgewell.
  • 31:46 The ball is swung over by Dirk Kuyt, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
  • 31:22 Leiva Lucas takes a shot. Lee Carsley gets a block in.
  • 31:15 A cross is delivered by Albert Riera, Liam Ridgewell manages to make a clearance.
  • 30:53 Outswinging corner taken by Albert Riera from the left by-line, Cameron Jerome manages to make a clearance.
  • 30:39 Javier Mascherano takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
  • 30:14 The ball is sent over by Sebastian Larsson, David Ngog makes a clearance.
  • 29:31 Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.
  • 28:51 The assistant referee signals for offside against Cameron Jerome. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 25:45 Assist on the goal came from Scott Dann.
  • 25:45 GOAL - Christian BenitezLiverpool 1 - 1 Birmingham Christian Benitez scores a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Liverpool 1-1 Birmingham.
  • 25:08 Christian Benitez fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is swung over by James McFadden,
  • 23:08 The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson, Joe Hart makes a save.
  • 22:37 Cameron Jerome is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
  • 21:43 Unfair challenge on Cameron Jerome by Martin Skrtel results in a free kick. Stephen Carr restarts play with the free kick.
  • 18:42 Unfair challenge on David Ngog by Scott Dann results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Dirk Kuyt.
  • 14:41 Substitution Lee Carsley is brought on as a substitute for Teemu Tainio.
  • 14:31 Headed effort from inside the area by Dirk Kuyt misses to the right of the target.
  • 13:58 Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
  • 12:28 David Ngog takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
  • 12:11 Albert Riera provided the assist for the goal.
  • 12:11 GOAL - David NgogLiverpool 1 - 0 Birmingham A goal is scored by David Ngog from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Birmingham.
  • Correction - 12:06 Headed effort on goal by Dirk Kuyt from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
  • 10:40 David Ngog takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.
  • 9:44 The ball is swung over by Yossi Benayoun, save by Joe Hart.
  • 5:15 Shot by Lee Bowyer from outside the box goes high over the target.
  • 2:08 The ball is crossed by David Ngog, clearance by Sebastian Larsson.
  • 0:23 The assistant referee signals for offside against David Ngog. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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Premier League results

9 Nov 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 2-2 Birmingham R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 9 Nov 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 12 21 30
2 Arsenal 11 22 25
3 Man Utd 12 11 25
4 Tottenham 12 6 22
5 Aston Villa 12 8 21
6 Man City 11 7 20
7 Liverpool 12 9 19
8 Sunderland 12 1 17
9 Stoke 12 -3 16
10 Burnley 12 -10 16
11 Fulham 11 0 15
12 Everton 11 -2 15
13 Wigan 12 -9 14
14 Blackburn 11 -11 13
15 Birmingham 12 -4 12
16 Bolton 11 -9 11
17 Hull 12 -15 11
18 West Ham 12 -4 10
19 Wolverhampton 12 -10 10
20 Portsmouth 12 -8 7

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