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Wigan   1 - 0   Liverpool

Hugo Rodallega
Rodallega scored his first goal since Boxing Day

By John Sinnott

Liverpool's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League suffered a major setback as struggling Wigan punished an insipid display by Rafa Benitez's side.

The visitors' out-of-sorts display was summed up by four misses from Fernando Torres, who hit the post early on.

A Dirk Kuyt mistake led to Wigan's goal, with Emmerson Boyce then crossing and Hugo Rodallega volleying home.

Charles N'Zogbia almost added a second for Wigan when he broke clear and the home team held on for a deserved win.

N'Zogbia, Rodallega and James McCarthy were outstanding for Roberto Martinez's side as Wigan troubled Liverpool with their pace and no shortage of skill.

Not for the first time this season, Liverpool were well below par and five yellow cards, including bookings for Torres and Steven Gerrard late on, summed up a miserable Monday for the Merseysiders.

They remain just a point behind Tottenham and Manchester City in the race for the top four, but have played 29 games to Spurs' 28 and City's 27, while Aston Villa in seventh are three points behind with three games in hand.

But while Benitez's side need to find form fast as they embark on a run in that includes a trip to Manchester United and an Anfield meeting with Chelsea, Wigan can approach the final games with renewed confidence.

The Latics had won just once in the league in 2010 to fall to within a point of the relegation zone, yet victory saw them climb to 14th with two of their next three games against fellow strugglers Bolton and Burnley.

As both teams came to grips with Wigan's relaid pitch it was Liverpool who started the brighter, their initial attacking strategy to bypass midfield with both Jamie Carragher and Gerrard launching passes to try and release Torres.

That initial spurt of pressure saw Liverpool win a corner with Maxi Rodriguez heading the ball to Torres, but the Spanish striker's volley struck the post.

Having survived that scare, Wigan started to give Liverpool a few things to worry about.

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G-FORCE-GERRARD

Chief pest to the Liverpool defence was N'Zogbia, who after almost releasing Rodallega with a clever reverse pass, flashed a couple of dangerous crosses across the Liverpool defence.

Symptomatic of Wigan's growing dominance were the yellow cards dished out to Emiliano Insua, Lucas and Sotirios Kyrgiakos.

Openings for Liverpool were proving rarer to spot, though Yossi Benayoun's trickery saw him break clear and tee up Gerrard, who was unable to get his shot on target after his initial effort was blocked by Paul Scharner.

Gerrard and Lucas had been guilty of giving the ball away and the next Liverpool player to do so was Kuyt, an error that led to Wigan's opener.

Boyce pounced on Kuyt's mistake and with the outside of his right foot curled in a cross that Rodallega cleverly touched past Pepe Reina.

Just before the break, Torres glimpsed a sight of goal, but under pressure from Gary Caldwell steered his header over the bar.

That chance was created by Rodriguez and soon after the interval the two former Atletico Madrid team-mates were at it again, with the same result - Torres putting the ball over the bar, this time with a shot.

Soon afterwards Benitez introduced Glen Johnson for Lucas, as the England full-back returned to action for the first time since late December.

Rejigged, but not revived, and almost immediately Liverpool suffered another scare when Marcelo Moreno blocked Carragher's clearance and with the ball looping towards the goal Kyrgiakos had to head away from under the bar.

Liverpool might have dominated possession in the second half but Wigan always threatened on the counterattack with N'Zogbia scampering clear and wriggling a shot past Reina, who was relieved when Scharner was unable to force the ball home at the far post.

With a quarter of an hour to go Torres missed his fourth reasonable chance, volleying narrowly wide after Kuyt headed the ball back to him following Insua's cross, one of the rare fluid pieces of Liverpool play.

Torres's night of frustration etched up a notch when he was booked for a poor tackle on Boyce, with Gerrard becoming the fifth Liverpool to be yellow carded for an equally poor challenge on McCarthy.

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Monday, 8 March 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wigan 1-0 Liverpool FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Rodallega 35

    Wigan

    Substitutes

    • 29 Stojkovic,
    • 04 Amaya,
    • 06 Thomas,
    • 11 Moses,
    • 15 Gomez,
    • 16 Sinclair,
    • 09 Scotland

    Liverpool

    Substitutes

    Ref: MarrinerAtt: 17,427
    WIGAN
    LIVERPOOL

    Possession

    • Wigan 50%
    • Liverpool 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Wigan 4
    • Liverpool 3

    Attempts off target

    • Wigan 8
    • Liverpool 8

    Corners

    • Wigan 4
    • Liverpool 7

    Fouls

    • Wigan 15
    • Liverpool 14
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:53 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+5:39 Javier Mascherano fouled by Jason Scotland, the ref awards a free kick. Javier Mascherano takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+4:58 Ryan Babel challenges James McCarthy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+4:07 Unfair challenge on Paul Scharner by Emiliano Insua results in a free kick. Chris Kirkland takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+3:30 Effort from the edge of the area by Victor Moses goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 90:00+2:54 Charles N'Zogbia concedes a free kick for a foul on Javier Mascherano. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+0:38 Unfair challenge on Paul Scharner by Alberto Aquilani results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
    • 90:00+0:07 Centre by Rodriguez Maxi, clearance by Gary Caldwell.
    • 88:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Scharner on Glen Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
    • 88:06 Jamie Carragher challenges Jason Scotland unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
    • 85:54 Substitution Hugo Rodallega leaves the field to be replaced by Jason Scotland.
    • 85:07 Hugo Rodallega produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 83:07 Emiliano Insua delivers the ball, Maynor Figueroa makes a clearance.
    • 81:04 Chris Kirkland takes the direct free kick.
    • 81:04 Substitution Dirk Kuyt goes off and Ryan Babel comes on.
    • 81:04 Substitution (Wigan) makes a substitution, with Hendry Thomas coming on for Mohamed Diame.
    • 81:04 Booking The referee shows Steven Gerrard a yellow card.
    • 80:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Gerrard on James McCarthy.
    • 78:46 Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
    • 78:46 Booking Fernando Torres is given a yellow card.
    • 78:38 Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emmerson Boyce.
    • 75:24 Effort on goal by Fernando Torres from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
    • 74:51 Paul Scharner takes a shot. Blocked by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
    • 74:09 Corner taken short by Victor Moses, Charles N'Zogbia delivers the ball, clearance made by Fernando Torres.
    • 73:30 Corner taken right-footed by Victor Moses from the left by-line, Dirk Kuyt manages to make a clearance.
    • 73:13 Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.
    • 69:42 Mohamed Diame challenges Javier Mascherano unfairly and gives away a free kick. Javier Mascherano takes the free kick.
    • 68:37 Substitution Yossi Benayoun goes off and Alberto Aquilani comes on.
    • 68:21 Inswinging corner taken by Yossi Benayoun from the left by-line.
    • 67:47 Yossi Benayoun takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Emmerson Boyce.
    • 67:24 Paul Scharner challenges Steven Gerrard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
    • 66:34 Substitution Victor Moses on for Marcelo Moreno.
    • 66:21 Shot from outside the box by Fernando Torres goes wide right of the target.
    • 65:44 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line to the near post, James McCarthy manages to make a clearance.
    • 64:12 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Steven Gerrard, Titus Bramble makes a clearance.
    • 63:31 Emmerson Boyce has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
    • 61:54 Marcelo Moreno takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
    • 61:38 The ball is crossed by Fernando Torres, clearance made by Titus Bramble.
    • 60:46 Foul by Maynor Figueroa on Javier Mascherano, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Javier Mascherano.
    • 58:20 Inswinging corner taken by Hugo Rodallega, Marcelo Moreno has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
    • 57:35 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Mohamed Diame. Free kick taken by Javier Mascherano.
    • 56:25 Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Titus Bramble gets a block in.
    • 54:50 Javier Mascherano challenges Paul Scharner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
    • 54:06 Substitution Glen Johnson replaces Leiva Lucas.
    • 53:11 Unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas by Mohamed Diame results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
    • 50:08 Gary Caldwell fouled by Fernando Torres, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 48:58 Shot on goal by Fernando Torres from just inside the area goes over the target.
    • 47:37 Paul Scharner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
    • 47:31 Maynor Figueroa crosses the ball, clearance made by Emiliano Insua.
    • 46:24 Charles N'Zogbia has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 45:46 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Javier Mascherano gets a block in.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:26 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+0:32 Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Titus Bramble. Free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.
    • 43:28 Hugo Rodallega challenges Javier Mascherano unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
    • 42:20 Close range header by Fernando Torres goes over the bar.
    • 40:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by James McCarthy on Fernando Torres. Direct free kick taken by Yossi Benayoun.
    • 39:35 Rodriguez Maxi takes the direct free kick.
    • 39:35 Booking Titus Bramble booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 39:30 Unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Titus Bramble results in a free kick.
    • 39:10 The referee penalises Paul Scharner for handball. Jamie Carragher takes the direct free kick.
    • 38:32 Paul Scharner fouled by Dirk Kuyt, the ref awards a free kick. Titus Bramble restarts play with the free kick.
    • 37:51 Sotirios Kyrgiakos fouled by Marcelo Moreno, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Fernando Torres.
    • 34:29 Emmerson Boyce provided the assist for the goal.
    • 34:29 GOAL - Hugo RodallegaWigan 1 - 0 Liverpool Hugo Rodallega finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wigan 1-0 Liverpool.
    • 34:11 Charles N'Zogbia produces a cross, Javier Mascherano manages to make a clearance.
    • 32:53 Charles N'Zogbia crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Jose Reina.
    • 32:53 Booking Sotirios Kyrgiakos booked.
    • 32:47 Paul Scharner fouled by Sotirios Kyrgiakos, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 29:32 Marcelo Moreno challenges Jamie Carragher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Carragher takes the direct free kick.
    • 28:44 Mohamed Diame takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Jose Reina makes a save.
    • 28:03 The free kick is swung in left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia.
    • 28:03 Booking Leiva Lucas receives a yellow card.
    • 27:57 Foul by Leiva Lucas on Titus Bramble, free kick awarded.
    • 26:30 Steven Gerrard has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
    • 24:00 Javier Mascherano crosses the ball.
    • 22:44 Maynor Figueroa crosses the ball, Sotirios Kyrgiakos makes a clearance.
    • 21:20 Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
    • 21:20 Booking Emiliano Insua receives a yellow card.
    • 21:17 Emiliano Insua challenges Charles N'Zogbia unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 18:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Hugo Rodallega. Hugo Rodallega produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 17:15 Javier Mascherano crosses the ball.
    • 16:32 Steven Gerrard takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Emmerson Boyce makes a clearance.
    • 15:14 Unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by James McCarthy results in a free kick. Emiliano Insua takes the free kick.
    • 13:04 The ball is sent over by Charles N'Zogbia.
    • 11:13 Corner taken short by Charles N'Zogbia.
    • 11:07 Emmerson Boyce delivers the ball, clearance made by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
    • 10:04 Rodriguez Maxi takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Titus Bramble.
    • 9:32 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line, clearance made by Titus Bramble.
    • 9:13 Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Blocked by Titus Bramble.
    • 8:04 Fernando Torres takes a shot from close in that hits the post.
    • 7:45 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Marcelo Moreno.
    • 7:30 Yossi Benayoun takes a shot. James McCarthy gets a block in.
    • 3:59 Javier Mascherano sends in a cross, clearance made by Emmerson Boyce. Shot from just outside the box by Steven Gerrard goes over the target.
    • 2:30 The assistant referee signals for offside against Fernando Torres. Titus Bramble takes the indirect free kick.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 29 43 63
    2 Chelsea 28 39 61
    3 Arsenal 29 37 61
    4 Tottenham 28 23 49
    5 Man City 27 17 49
    6 Liverpool 29 16 48
    7 Aston Villa 26 16 45
    8 Everton 28 4 41
    9 Birmingham 27 -2 40
    10 Fulham 28 3 38
    11 Stoke 27 -5 34
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    13 Bolton 28 -18 29
    14 Wigan 28 -26 28
    15 West Ham 28 -9 27
    16 Sunderland 27 -12 27
    17 Wolves 28 -25 24
    18 Hull 28 -33 24
    19 Burnley 28 -31 23
    20 Portsmouth 27 -22 19

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