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Liverpool   2 - 2   Sunderland

Dirk Kuyt (second right) celebrates scoring Liverpool's controversial opener in the game against Sunderland
Kuyt (second right) scored on his return from injury

By Mandeep Sanghera

Steven Gerrard's equaliser rescued a draw for Liverpool in a roller coaster game against a determined Sunderland.

The Black Cats had controversially gone behind when Michael Turner was ruled to have taken a free-kick and Dirk Kuyt slotted in from a Fernando Torres pass.

Darren Bent levelled with a penalty after a Christian Poulsen handball and the striker then powerfully headed in to give Sunderland the lead.

But Gerrard nodded in from a Torres cross to salvage a point for the Reds.

Daniel Agger should have grabbed a winner for the Merseysiders but he put a free header wide in injury-time.

Bruce brands Liverpool goal a 'joke'

However, despite their late rally, Liverpool's performance will do little to inspire confidence and lift the apathy that is engulfing the Anfield club after a drama-ridden encounter against the impressive visitors from Wearside.

This fixture showed its penchant for the peculiar in October 2009 when Sunderland beat Liverpool at the Stadium of Light courtesy of a Bent shot which went in off a beach ball, in a defeat that will still give Reds fans nightmares.

This time Anfield was the venue for the bizarre and the home side were the beneficiaries as they took the lead in contentious fashion.

Turner back-heeled a Black Cats free-kick towards keeper Simon Mignolet, who was nowhere to be seen, and Torres ran on to the loose ball before laying it across for Kuyt to side-foot in.

Whether centre-back Turner was taking the set piece or laying the ball back for Mignolet to take was unclear and, after conferring with his assistant, referee Stuart Attwell allowed the goal to stand.

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Sunderland, who had just seen a Torres effort ruled out after a marginal offside decision, were furious but, to their credit, they responded with the type of vigour which belies a record which saw them register just two away wins last season.

The visitors were rewarded when a Ahmed Elmohamady cross struck the arm of Poulsen and Attwell awarded a penalty.

Bent blasted the spot-kick home under the dive of Pepe Reina for his sixth goal of the current campaign and Sunderland's first at Anfield since a 1-1 draw in September 2000.

After such a long wait, another goal for the visitors quickly came along as Bent powered in a header from Nedum Onuoha's precise right-wing cross to give Sunderland hope of a first win at Anfield for the first time since October 1983.

The hard-working visitors passed the ball around with confidence and composure and seemed to sense an air of dejection about the struggling Reds, who were coming off the back of their embarrassing midweek Carling Cup exit at the hands of League Two Northampton.

Hodgson reflects on 'strange week'

However, while Torres was cutting an increasingly frustrated figure, he skipped over a Titus Bramble tackle on the Reds' right and delivered a cross, which got a slight deflection off the unfortunate Turner, and was nodded in by Gerrard.

Gerrard escaped with a yellow card after appearing to catch Danny Welbeck with a forearm but the home side were reinvigorated by their captain's goal and Joe Cole had a shot blocked as they pressed for a winner.

Agger had the best chance before the final whistle, which was the cue for Reds fans to stay back and protest against the club's American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

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Saturday, 25 September 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Kuyt 5
  • Gerrard 64
  • Bent (pen) 25
  • Bent 48

Liverpool

Substitutes

Sunderland

Substitutes

Ref: AttwellAtt: 43,626
LIVERPOOL
SUNDERLAND

Possession

  • Liverpool 54%
  • Sunderland 46%

Attempts on target

  • Liverpool 5
  • Sunderland 1

Attempts off target

  • Liverpool 8
  • Sunderland 9

Corners

  • Liverpool 3
  • Sunderland 3

Fouls

  • Liverpool 15
  • Sunderland 7
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+7:37 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+6:41 Substitution (Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Boudewijn Zenden coming on for Darren Bent.
  • 90:00+6:19 Daniel Agger produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 90:00+6:02 The ball is crossed by Joe Cole, save by Simon Mignolet.
  • 90:00+5:39 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line.
  • 90:00+4:20 Corner taken by Raul Meireles played to the near post, clearance by Phillip Bardsley.
  • 90:00+4:00 Glen Johnson produces a cross, clearance by Michael Turner.
  • 90:00+3:11 Centre by Joe Cole, Titus Bramble manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+1:52 Booking Simon Mignolet is given a yellow card.
  • 90:00+1:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dirk Kuyt on Phillip Bardsley. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.
  • 89:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nedum Onuoha by David Ngog. Jordan Henderson crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Glen Johnson.
  • 87:49 Substitution Cristian Riveros replaces Steed Malbranque.
  • 87:25 Dirk Kuyt sends in a cross, David Ngog has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
  • 86:33 Glen Johnson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 85:07 Steven Gerrard concedes a free kick for a foul on Asamoah Gyan. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.
  • 84:33 Dirk Kuyt crosses the ball, clearance made by Titus Bramble. Dirk Kuyt delivers the ball, Nedum Onuoha makes a clearance.
  • 83:29 The ball is crossed by Phillip Bardsley, Raul Meireles makes a clearance.
  • 82:30 Daniel Agger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steed Malbranque. Free kick crossed by Jordan Henderson, clearance by Glen Johnson.
  • 80:48 Substitution Asamoah Gyan is brought on as a substitute for Danny Welbeck.
  • 79:36 Steed Malbranque fouled by Glen Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.
  • 79:26 The ball is delivered by Raul Meireles, Titus Bramble manages to make a clearance.
  • 78:24 Shot from outside the penalty box by Dirk Kuyt goes wide right of the goal.
  • 77:13 The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson, clearance made by Nedum Onuoha.
  • 76:56 A cross is delivered by Glen Johnson, clearance made by Michael Turner.
  • 75:26 David Ngog takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet. Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
  • 74:24 Booking The referee books Steven Gerrard for unsporting behaviour.
  • 73:39 Steven Gerrard concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Welbeck. Phillip Bardsley takes the free kick.
  • 70:04 Steed Malbranque concedes a free kick for a foul on David Ngog. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
  • 68:14 Danny Welbeck challenges Glen Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
  • 63:47 Assist on the goal came from Fernando Torres.
  • 63:47 GOAL - Steven GerrardLiverpool 2 - 2 Sunderland Steven Gerrard finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland.
  • 63:44 The ball is delivered by Fernando Torres,
  • 63:30 The ball is crossed by Ahmed Elmohamady, clearance made by Glen Johnson.
  • 62:50 Shot from just outside the box by Joe Cole misses to the right of the target.
  • 62:10 Phillip Bardsley crosses the ball, clearance made by Jamie Carragher. Jordan Henderson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 60:58 Substitution David Ngog on for Christian Poulsen.
  • 60:34 Steed Malbranque has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
  • 59:47 Free kick taken by Michael Turner.
  • 59:47 Booking Dirk Kuyt booked.
  • 59:38 Dirk Kuyt concedes a free kick for a foul on Titus Bramble.
  • 59:04 Jordan Henderson crosses the ball, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
  • 58:18 Booking Fernando Torres receives a caution.
  • 58:12 Foul by Fernando Torres on Nedum Onuoha, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Michael Turner.
  • 56:42 Michael Turner concedes a free kick for a foul on Fernando Torres. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
  • 56:19 Darren Bent challenges Martin Skrtel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martin Skrtel takes the free kick.
  • 53:29 Effort from a long way out by Lee Cattermole goes wide right of the goal.
  • Correction - 52:50 Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
  • 52:50 Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
  • 52:40 The assistant referee signals for offside against Darren Bent. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
  • 49:18 Foul by Titus Bramble on Fernando Torres, free kick awarded. Jamie Carragher restarts play with the free kick.
  • 47:02 The assist for the goal came from Nedum Onuoha.
  • 47:02 GOAL - Darren BentLiverpool 1 - 2 Sunderland Darren Bent finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Liverpool 1-2 Sunderland.
  • 47:01 Nedum Onuoha delivers the ball,
  • 45:56 Effort on goal by Danny Welbeck from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:17 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 45:00+0:31 Ahmed Elmohamady produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
  • 44:31 Joe Cole is penalised for a handball. Michael Turner takes the direct free kick.
  • 41:16 Ahmed Elmohamady delivers the ball, clearance made by Glen Johnson.
  • 39:18 Jordan Henderson produces a cross, clearance made by Jamie Carragher.
  • 36:52 Raul Meireles is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
  • 36:32 Glen Johnson delivers the ball, Titus Bramble manages to make a clearance.
  • 35:31 Steed Malbranque delivers the ball.
  • 33:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Christian Poulsen on Lee Cattermole. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jordan Henderson.
  • 32:18 Daniel Agger crosses the ball, Phillip Bardsley makes a clearance.
  • 29:21 Jamie Carragher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Bent. Jordan Henderson has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 28:54 Joe Cole handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
  • 28:07 Jordan Henderson takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Shot by Ahmed Elmohamady from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
  • 27:50 Substitution Paul Konchesky goes off and Daniel Agger comes on.
  • 24:48 Assist on the goal came from Ahmed Elmohamady.
  • 24:48 GOAL - Darren BentLiverpool 1 - 1 Sunderland Darren Bent scores a power penalty. Liverpool 1-1 Sunderland.
  • 23:50 Handball by Christian Poulsen.
  • 22:57 Danny Welbeck challenges Martin Skrtel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Carragher restarts play with the free kick.
  • 21:48 Martin Skrtel produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 20:38 Raul Meireles takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
  • 18:32 The ball is swung over by Fernando Torres, clearance made by Michael Turner.
  • 16:26 Jordan Henderson sends in a cross, clearance by Jamie Carragher.
  • 16:12 The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson, Simon Mignolet makes a save.
  • 15:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steed Malbranque by Christian Poulsen. Ahmed Elmohamady restarts play with the free kick.
  • 14:46 Fernando Torres challenges Steed Malbranque unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jordan Henderson takes the free kick.
  • 14:03 Ahmed Elmohamady delivers the ball, Michael Turner produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 13:18 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jordan Henderson. The ball is sent over by Nedum Onuoha, clearance made by Glen Johnson.
  • 12:22 The ball is sent over by Titus Bramble.
  • 11:40 Centre by Danny Welbeck, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance. Short corner worked by Jordan Henderson. Jordan Henderson produces a cross, blocked by Christian Poulsen.
  • 10:03 Joe Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Nedum Onuoha. Direct free kick taken by Michael Turner.
  • 8:23 Outswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line. Joe Cole has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 7:47 Effort on goal by Fernando Torres from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
  • 6:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Glen Johnson on Titus Bramble. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
  • Correction - 4:52 Assist by Fernando Torres.
  • 4:52 The assist for the goal came from Fernando Torres.
  • 4:52 GOAL - Dirk KuytLiverpool 1 - 0 Sunderland Dirk Kuyt gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Sunderland.
  • 4:24 Raul Meireles challenges Titus Bramble unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Turner.
  • 1:34 Lee Cattermole concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Cole. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard. Fernando Torres is caught offside. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
  • 1:09 Joe Cole produces a cross, Titus Bramble makes a clearance.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 25 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

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

see also
Liverpool opener a joke - Bruce
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