Sunday, March 15, 2009

Shocker at Old Trafford !

Manchester United vs Liverpool, EPL...the Big one!
This was the match everyone was dying to see. In Singapore, the match was covered "Live" at Clarke Quay by Joe Morrison, with Peter Reid and Nigel as guests. I was out shopping but returned just in the nick of time to catch it at home.

Man Utd started brightly when Park JS was brought down by keeper Reina midway through the 1st half. Referee Alan Wiley pointed to the spot and
Ronaldo converted the spotkick. Other than this, the home team were terrible in their passing and lack of imagination. Almost everyone was guilty of this,especially so were Rooney, O'Shea, Anderson and Carrick.
Towards the end of the half, a long punt of the ball upfield found Torres and Vidic chasing for it. Vidic trying to be clever tried to control with his chest but Torres upstaged him and ran on to sidefoot home. Score 1-1.

A few minutes later, it became worse for United as Steven Gerard was hauled down by Patrick Evra in the box. Gerard cooly slotted home the penalty. 2-1 Liverpool!

Photo: Gerard brought down.

Gerard converting the penalty.
The 2nd half was a nightmare for United as they were chasing shadows. They had their chances but Liverpool were more resolute in defence. Giggs, Scholes and Berbatov were brought in in one swoop in the 70th minutebut it was a little too late as Vidic again hauled down Gerard outside the box.

The Ref, thinking he was the last defender, gave him a Red card! From the freekick taken by Aurellio, it went in beautifully at the top corner. Keeper Van Der Sar did not even move! Score: 1-3 Liverpool.

In the dying seconds of the game, Dossena lobbed over Van Der Sar for the 4th goal.
Final score: Man utd 1, Liverpool 4.
Effectively, this result has brightened up Pool's chances for a late title challenge. They are now 4 points behind the leader.

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