Saturday, 23 November 2013

Premier League - Sturridge rescues Liverpool in thrilling Merseyside derby


Premier League, Goodison Park - Everton 3 (Mirallas 8 Lukaku 72, 82) Liverpool 3 (Coutinho 5, Suarez 19, Sturridge 89).

Eurosport - Daniel Sturridge celebrates his equaliser for Liverpool against Everton
Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to secure Liverpool a point in a 3-3 draw against Everton at Goodison Park in a dramatic 221st Merseyside derby.
Roared on by a partisan home faithful, Everton poured forward with abandon from the start and were firmly in the ascendancy when Philippe Coutinho snuck in at the far post to stab home the opener with five minutes gone.
It only took three minutes for the Toffees to restore parity though as Kevin Mirallas stole in to flick a the ball past Simon Mignolet from close range following a teasing Leighton Baines free-kick.
The home side retained their intensity as the half-progressed and were the better team when the brilliance of Luis Suarez intervened to swing the half in the favour of Brendan Rodgers’ men, as his low free-kick snuck under the wall and past the hand of Tim Howard.
Everton will have been disappointed to go to the interval without at least being on parity but can count themselves lucky that referee Phil Dowd elected to give Mirallas only a yellow for a knee-high challenge on Suarez.
The decision was highly contentious as a melee ensued in the immediate aftermath as players from either side debated the decision.
Romelu Lukaku
The second half somehow managed to better the first in terms of entertainment as Romelu Lukaku came out on top of his personal battle with Mignolet as he slid the ball past his international colleague on 72 minutes before heading his side into the lead with 82 gone.
Rodgers turned to the bench as he sought an equaliser – and Sturridge came up trumps as he glanced a header past Howard to ensure a share of the spoils with 89 minutes gone.

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