Sturridge foils Newcastle smash-and-grab

Liverpool held 2-2 in entertaining Premier League encounter.

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Gerrard’s penalty against Newcastle takes his tally of Premier League goals to 100. PHOTO: AFP


Newcastle United played for an hour with only 10 men but still managed to hold visitors Liverpool to a 2-2 draw in an entertaining Premier League encounter yesterday.

Yohan Cabaye put the home side ahead with a fine long-range strike, but Steven Gerrard claimed his 100th league goal from the penalty spot to equalise after Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa had been sent off for holding back Luis Suarez.

Young defender Paul Dummett, sent on to shore up the home defence following Yanga-Mbiwa’s dismissal, crowned his home league debut with a 57th-minute goal to restore Newcastle’s lead.

But Suarez crossed for Daniel Sturridge to head in an equaliser 18 minutes from time, taking the England striker’s tally of league goals to seven.

A foul on Suarez by Mathieu Debuchy gave the Liverpool number seven an opportunity to claim a dramatic winning goal deep into stoppage time, but his curling effort was palmed away by Tim Krul.

“It’s never easy when you’re playing against 10 men, but I thought some of our play was outstanding,” said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

“We had to show character twice, coming from behind. But give Newcastle credit as well. A point at St James Park won’t be the worst result you can get.”

Ozil bags brace as Arsenal remain top

Mesut Ozil scored his first two Premier League goals as Arsenal beat Norwich 4-1 at Emirates Stadium yesterday, according to Sky Sports.

Olivier Giroud set up Jack Wilshere to open the scoring on 18 minutes with a classy flick in the penalty area. After the break, a quick Arsenal counter-attack resulted in Giroud crossing perfectly from the right for Ozil to head home. A goal by Aaron Ramsey in the 83rd minute and another by Ozil two minutes from time were more than enough to seal the three points.

The result took the Gunners back to the top of the table after being briefly overtaken by Liverpool; they lead the Reds and Chelsea by two points after eight games.

Chelsea collect easy win over Cardiff

Samuel Eto’o produced a moment of controversy and his first Chelsea goal to spark a 4-1 victory over Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge.

Jordon Mutch gave the promoted side a shock 10th-minute lead by lifting the ball over goalkeeper Petr Cech after Chelsea defender David Luiz inexplicably allowed a pass from team-mate Ramires to run past him.

Jose Mourinho’s side equalised in the 33rd minute with an unusual goal that saw Eden Hazard sweep the ball home from close range after Samuel Eto’o had stolen possession from Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall as he bounced the ball.

Eto’o then completed the comeback in the 66th minute, before Oscar and Hazard found the net in the closing stages.

Meanwhile, a late goal from Adam Lallana secured Southampton a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford. The draw takes United to eighth place in the league with 11 points after eight matches. 

Published in The Express Tribune, October 20th, 2013.

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