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Liverpool   1 - 1   Arsenal

Liverpool keeper pepe Reina (in grey) fails to stop the ball going in as Arsenal equalise
Reina (in grey) fails to stop the ball going in as Arsenal equalise

By Mandeep Sanghera

A mistake by Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina allowed Arsenal to salvage a draw against a Reds side who had Joe Cole sent off on his Premier League debut.

Cole was red-carded for a lunge on Laurent Koscielny before David Ngog's driven shot put Liverpool ahead.

The lead lasted until the last minute when Marouane Chamakh diverted a cross against the post and Reina spilled the rebound into his own net.

Koscielny was then sent off for a second bookable offence in injury-time.

The late drama capped a frantic finish to the game, with Reina the unlikely culprit as victory eluded a Liverpool side who had resolutely held Arsenal at bay.

Reina had produced two key earlier saves to help maintain Liverpool's lead as the Reds had defended with discipline and determination to neutralise Arsenal after Cole had received the first red card of his career.

606: DEBATE

The arrival of Cole at Anfield on a free transfer had been heralded as one of the transfer coups of the summer, with Liverpool desperate for the kind of creativity and invention the playmaker would bring.

But, instead of the England international arriving to help restore Liverpool's fortunes, his Premier League debut for the Merseysiders quickly turned into a nightmare.

He had been deployed in his favoured position in the hole behind striker Ngog but he cut a subdued figure as he failed to get into the game, with Arsenal quickly closing him down on the rare occasions he was in possession.

His afternoon got worse on the stroke of half-time when he produced a reckless challenge on Koscielny and referee Martin Atkinson wasted little time in producing a straight red card.

Koscielny was stretchered off, although he did come back out after the break.

Hodgson can understand Cole red card

Cole's dismissal had come shortly after a Glen Johnson shot had been tipped over the bar by Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia and an Ngog header from a Gerrard corner had been cleared off the line by Gael Clichy.

Those were rare chances in an opening half in which Arsenal had easily dominated possession and looked the more threatening.

It appeared the Gunners, with the numerical advantage of an extra player, would only add to the danger they posed but they were jolted out of any sort of complacency.

The visitors gave possession away on the edge of their area and Javier Mascherano seized on the loose ball to play in Ngog, who angled in a shot which Almunia will be disappointed to have let in at his near post.

Arsenal were shaken and the 10 men of Liverpool seized the initiative, with Ngog wasting a promising chance to add to the lead when he headed a Steven Gerrard free-kick over from six yards.

Wenger states love for Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had insisted beforehand that his side were ready to launch a title assault this season and this was an early test of their credentials.

The visitors passed and probed and went close as Thomas Vermaelen headed wide from a Tomas Rosicky cross, before Reina tipped a Theo Walcott free-kick round the post.

Reina also tipped a Rosicky strike just over the bar but Arsenal were frustrated by the fortitude of a Liverpool side showing the type of character and combativeness they hoped would secure a notable win - even with a groggy Daniel Agger struggling after being hit by a ball in the face.

However, when Rosicky whipped in a cross into the Reds area in the 89 minute, Reina's normal assured manner deserted him and Arsenal were provided with a share of the spoils.

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Sunday, 15 August 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Ngog 46
  • Reina (og) 90+1

Liverpool

Substitutes

Arsenal

Substitutes

Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 44,722
LIVERPOOL
ARSENAL

Possession

  • Liverpool 42%
  • Arsenal 58%

Attempts on target

  • Liverpool 4
  • Arsenal 6

Attempts off target

  • Liverpool 2
  • Arsenal 6

Corners

  • Liverpool 8
  • Arsenal 10

Fouls

  • Liverpool 11
  • Arsenal 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+6:54 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+4:44 Sent off The referee sends off Laurent Koscielny for second bookable offence.
  • Correction - 90:00+4:37 Sent off Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) dismissed for second bookable offence.
  • Correction - 90:00+4:37 Laurent Koscielny handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rodriguez Maxi.
  • 90:00+4:37 Handball by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Rodriguez Maxi (Liverpool) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 90:00+3:55 Cross by Theo Walcott (Arsenal), clearance by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).
  • Correction - 90:00+2:15 Steven Gerrard has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Manuel Almunia. Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, clearance made by Bacary Sagna.
  • Correction - 90:00+2:05 Booking Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • Correction - 90:00+2:05 Foul by Laurent Koscielny on Dirk Kuyt, free kick awarded.
  • 90:00+2:05 Free kick drilled right-footed by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) from left channel (30 yards), save (tipped round post) by Manuel Almunia (Arsenal). Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) to far post, clearance by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
  • 90:00+2:05 Booking Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+2:05 Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) on Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool).
  • 90:00+1:22 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) to centre, clearance by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).
  • 90:00+0:39 GOAL - Jose ReinaLiverpool 1 - 1 Arsenal Jose Reina concedes an own goal. Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal.
  • 89:37 The ball is delivered by Tomas Rosicky, Marouane Chamakh takes a shot from close range that bounces off the post.
  • 89:31 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
  • 87:23 Foul by Rodriguez Maxi on Robin van Persie, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Robin van Persie, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance. Corner from the right by-line taken by Robin van Persie, Unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Thomas Vermaelen results in a free kick. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
  • 86:54 Cross by Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal), clearance by Rodriguez Maxi (Liverpool).
  • 85:50 Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina. Corner taken by Robin van Persie, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance.
  • 84:33 Direct free kick taken right-footed by Jose Reina (Liverpool) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 84:33 Booking Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 84:33 Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) on Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).
  • 83:17 Defending throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
  • 82:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tomas Rosicky on Martin Skrtel. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
  • 82:02 Cross by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), save (caught) by Jose Reina (Liverpool).
  • 81:36 Unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by Rodriguez Maxi results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.
  • 79:40 Theo Walcott produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
  • 78:55 Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line played to the near post, Steven Gerrard makes a clearance. Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Daniel Agger.
  • 77:19 The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Gerrard, save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 77:19 Substitution (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Leiva Lucas coming on for Javier Mascherano.
  • 77:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Andrey Arshavin.
  • 75:47 Cross by Gael Clichy (Arsenal), clearance by Daniel Agger (Liverpool).
  • 75:07 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
  • 75:07 Substitution Vassiriki Diaby leaves the field to be replaced by Robin van Persie.
  • 74:37 Cross by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), clearance by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).
  • 74:01 Fernando Torres (Liverpool) caught offside. Indirect free kick taken left-footed by Gael Clichy (Arsenal) from own half, passed.
  • 72:02 Substitution Fernando Torres joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Ngog.
  • 72:02 Shot on goal comes in from Theo Walcott from the free kick, save made by Jose Reina. Outswinging corner taken by Andrey Arshavin from the right by-line played to the near post.
  • 72:02 Booking Steven Gerrard goes into the referee's book.
  • 71:54 Steven Gerrard concedes a free kick for a foul on Marouane Chamakh.
  • 71:29 Goal kick taken short by Manuel Almunia (Arsenal).
  • 70:53 Handball by Samir Nasri (Arsenal). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Jose Reina (Liverpool) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 69:58 The ball is swung over by Andrey Arshavin, Daniel Agger makes a clearance. Samir Nasri takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.
  • 69:42 The ball is swung over by Bacary Sagna, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
  • 68:21 Tomas Rosicky produces a cross, Thomas Vermaelen has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
  • 67:27 The ball is sent over by Bacary Sagna, blocked by Daniel Agger. Samir Nasri takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Daniel Agger.
  • 67:02 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
  • 66:12 A cross is delivered by Andrey Arshavin, Rodriguez Maxi makes a clearance.
  • 65:41 Cross by Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), clearance by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
  • 64:55 Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
  • 64:55 Substitution Liverpool substitution: Milan Jovanovic replaced by Rodriguez Maxi (tactical).
  • 64:05 The ball is crossed by Samir Nasri.
  • Correction - 63:27 David Ngog is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
  • 63:27 David Ngog is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 61:03 Goal kick taken long by Jose Reina (Liverpool).
  • 60:36 Attacking throw-in by Samir Nasri (Arsenal).
  • 60:08 The ball is crossed by Theo Walcott, blocked by Jamie Carragher. Andrey Arshavin takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Steven Gerrard.
  • 59:49 The ball is delivered by Dirk Kuyt, save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 58:04 Goal kick taken long by Jose Reina (Liverpool).
  • 58:04 Substitution Arsenal substitution: Jack Wilshere replaced by Tomas Rosicky (tactical).
  • 58:04 Substitution Arsenal substitution: Emmanuel Eboue replaced by Theo Walcott (tactical).
  • 58:04 Shot by Samir Nasri (Arsenal) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), blocked by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool). Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Samir Nasri (Arsenal) to near post, clearance by Jamie Carragher (Liverpool). Shot by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed left.
  • 56:57 Cross by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), clearance by Daniel Agger (Liverpool).
  • 56:39 Cross by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), clearance by Daniel Agger (Liverpool).
  • 56:14 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
  • 55:55 Defending throw-in by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal).
  • 54:31 Foul by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) on David Ngog (Liverpool). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) from right channel, header by David Ngog (Liverpool) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken short by Manuel Almunia (Arsenal).
  • 53:52 Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
  • 53:33 Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
  • 53:21 Defending throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
  • 52:37 Foul by Javier Mascherano (Liverpool) on Jack Wilshere (Arsenal). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) from own half, passed.
  • 51:55 Steven Gerrard takes the inswinging corner, Bacary Sagna makes a clearance.
  • 51:20 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) to near post, clearance by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).
  • 50:41 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) to far post, resulting in open play. Cross by Milan Jovanovic (Liverpool), clearance by Vassiriki Diaby (Arsenal).
  • 50:30 Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
  • 50:04 Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
  • 49:29 Cross by Emmanuel Eboue (Arsenal), save (caught) by Jose Reina (Liverpool).
  • 49:08 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
  • 47:41 Foul by Gael Clichy (Arsenal) on Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) from right wing, header by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken short by Manuel Almunia (Arsenal).
  • 47:11 Foul by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) on David Ngog (Liverpool). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Jamie Carragher (Liverpool) from right channel, passed.
  • 45:58 The assist for the goal came from Javier Mascherano.
  • 45:58 GOAL - David NgogLiverpool 1 - 0 Arsenal David Ngog scores a goal from inside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Arsenal.
  • 45:40 Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:24 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 45:00+0:14 Direct free kick taken right-footed by Manuel Almunia (Arsenal) from own half, passed.
  • 45:00+0:14 Sent off Joe Cole (Liverpool) dismissed for serious foul play.
  • 45:00+0:14 Foul by Joe Cole (Liverpool) on Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).
  • 44:04 Glen Johnson has a drilled shot. Manuel Almunia makes a save. Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line played to the near post, David Ngog takes a shot. Gael Clichy makes a clearance.
  • 40:21 Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
  • 40:21 Booking Jack Wilshere is shown a yellow card.
  • 40:16 Unfair challenge on Javier Mascherano by Jack Wilshere results in a free kick.
  • 38:33 The ball is crossed by Gael Clichy, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
  • 36:58 Shot by Milan Jovanovic (Liverpool) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Manuel Almunia (Arsenal).
  • 36:03 Defending throw-in by Daniel Agger (Liverpool).
  • 35:30 The assistant referee flags for offside against Dirk Kuyt. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
  • 34:21 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
  • 34:01 Vassiriki Diaby concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Cole. Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
  • 33:53 The ball is delivered by Samir Nasri, clearance by Glen Johnson.
  • 33:22 Foul by David Ngog (Liverpool) on Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Manuel Almunia (Arsenal) from own half, passed.
  • 32:50 Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Arsenal) on Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Jamie Carragher (Liverpool) from own half, passed.
  • 32:26 Daniel Agger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Thomas Vermaelen. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
  • 31:06 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line to the near post, Emmanuel Eboue makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard played to the near post, save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 30:26 Gael Clichy takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.
  • 28:29 Cross by Daniel Agger (Liverpool), clearance by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
  • 28:05 Attacking throw-in by Daniel Agger (Liverpool).
  • 26:35 Javier Mascherano gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrey Arshavin. Samir Nasri has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 26:09 Gael Clichy sends in a cross, Daniel Agger makes a clearance. The ball is sent over by Bacary Sagna, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.
  • 25:46 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
  • 24:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Glen Johnson on Samir Nasri. Andrey Arshavin takes the direct free kick.
  • 22:27 The ball is delivered by Bacary Sagna, Glen Johnson makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line to the near post, Dirk Kuyt manages to make a clearance. Samir Nasri takes the inswinging corner, Close range header by Thomas Vermaelen goes over the bar.
  • 20:06 Steven Gerrard challenges Emmanuel Eboue unfairly and gives away a free kick. Samir Nasri fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Long range effort by Thomas Vermaelen goes wide right of the target.
  • 17:41 Unfair challenge on Joe Cole by Vassiriki Diaby results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Javier Mascherano.
  • 17:30 Attacking throw-in by Emmanuel Eboue (Arsenal).
  • 17:18 David Ngog (Liverpool) caught offside. Indirect free kick taken right-footed by Manuel Almunia (Arsenal) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 17:06 Defending throw-in by Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal).
  • 14:41 Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Arsenal) on Martin Skrtel (Liverpool). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool) from left wing, resulting in open play.
  • 14:25 Cross by Glen Johnson (Liverpool), resulting in open play.
  • 13:45 Foul by Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal) on Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool) from own half, passed.
  • 13:00 David Ngog (Liverpool) caught offside. Indirect free kick taken right-footed by Manuel Almunia (Arsenal) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 12:28 Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
  • 12:11 Defending throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
  • 12:03 Defending throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
  • 11:25 Foul by Daniel Agger (Liverpool) on Emmanuel Eboue (Arsenal). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) from right wing, passed.
  • 10:53 David Ngog (Liverpool) caught offside. Indirect free kick taken right-footed by Manuel Almunia (Arsenal) from own half, passed.
  • 9:47 Centre by Dirk Kuyt, clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.
  • 8:53 The assistant referee signals for offside against Marouane Chamakh. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 7:45 Cross by Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), save (caught) by Manuel Almunia (Arsenal).
  • 7:25 Cross by Gael Clichy (Arsenal), clearance by Jamie Carragher (Liverpool).
  • 7:03 Foul by Javier Mascherano (Liverpool) on Samir Nasri (Arsenal). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Samir Nasri (Arsenal) from right channel, passed.
  • 5:56 Cross by Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), save (caught) by Manuel Almunia (Arsenal).
  • 5:45 Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
  • 5:09 Cross by Samir Nasri (Arsenal), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Jose Reina (Liverpool).
  • 4:41 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Steven Gerrard.
  • 3:40 Handball by Javier Mascherano (Liverpool). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Samir Nasri (Arsenal) from right channel, passed. Shot by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) drilled left-footed from right channel (30 yards), save (parried) by Jose Reina (Liverpool). Attacking throw-in by Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal).
  • 2:59 Foul by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) on Jack Wilshere (Arsenal). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Vassiriki Diaby (Arsenal) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 1:13 Foul by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) on Joe Cole (Liverpool). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Javier Mascherano (Liverpool) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 0:41 Defending throw-in by Daniel Agger (Liverpool).
  • 0:17 Attacking throw-in by Samir Nasri (Arsenal).
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 1 6 3
2 Blackpool 1 4 3
3 Aston Villa 1 3 3
4 Wolves 1 1 3
5 Blackburn 1 1 3
6 Birmingham 1 0 1
7 Sunderland 1 0 1
8 Arsenal 1 0 1
9 Liverpool 1 0 1
10 Bolton 1 0 1
11 Fulham 1 0 1
12 Man City 1 0 1
13 Tottenham 1 0 1
14 Man Utd 0 0 0
15 Newcastle 0 0 0
16 Stoke 1 -1 0
17 Everton 1 -1 0
18 West Ham 1 -3 0
19 Wigan 1 -4 0
20 West Brom 1 -6 0

see also
Hodgson backs Reina after blunder
15 Aug 10 |  Premier League
Sunday football as it happened
15 Aug 10 |  Football


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