Sunday May 5, 2013 Day 36 Finished Anfield

  1. Premier League - Everton tighten grip on sixth with derby draw

    Premier League - Everton tighten grip on sixth with derby draw

    Everton look certain to finish above Liverpool for the second season in succession after holding their rivals to a 0-0 draw. More

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    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • Everton
    • - Don't forget UK users can watch highlights of this game from 00:01 on Monday morning.
    • 90+3' FULL TIME. Distin has a goal ruled out as Everton hold Liverpool to a 0-0 draw that all but ensures they will finish sixth in the table.
    • 90+2' Osman finally goes into the book for chopping down Coutinho in midfield.
    • 90+3' We will have three added minutes.
    • 90' Another free-kick from the left for Everton but again Pepe Reina holds onto the ball.
    • 89' Baines whips in a nice free-kick but Reina comes off his line to claim the ball.
    • 88' Borini steams into Baines to knock him to the floor and earn a booking. Blatant.
    • 87' CHANCE FOR EVERTON! Reina has to bat a deflected ball against the bar and behind for a corner as Everton push for a late winner.
    • 85' David Moyes looks furious when Anichebe is penalised for a foul on the Everton left. Didn't look to be too much in it.
    • 84' One goal will win this game now - does either side have the initiative to take it?
    • 82' CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL! Sturridge spreads the ball wide to the left to find Enrique and his dangerous cross only just eludes Borini, who is arriving in the box.
    • 81' Pienaar frees himself with a great turn in midfield but he can't roll the right pass in to find Jelavic.
    • 81' Stat from Infostrada: "This fixture last ended goalless in Feb 2007 (at Anfield) – 15 matches ago in all competitions."
    • 80' In comes the free-kick from Gerrard and Agger rises highest to get his head to the ball, sending it wide of the far post. He appears to land awkwardly on his arm, but maybe it's just residual pain from his latest tattoo.
    • 79' Before the free-kick is taken we will have a change as Downing is replaced by Martin Skrtel.
    • 78' Liverpool win a free-kick wide on the right...
    • 77' Stat from Infostrada: "Liverpool have scored seven goals in the final 15 minutes of PL matches this season – only QPR (5), Sunderland (5) and Southampton (6) have scored less in or after the 76th minute."
    • 75' Everton throw on Jelavic for Mirallas in attack.
    • 74' CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL! Everton exposed again as Sturridge races onto a ball over the top and slips in Gerrard, who takes the ball around Howard but sees his effort cleared by Distin just as it threatens to sneak in.
    • 73' CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL! The home side load the Everton box with six bodies but Coutinho tries to bend a shot into the top corner, getting the effort wrong as it floats over the bar.
    • 72' Gerrard wraps his foot around the ball to deliver a good free-kick but Agger can't hit the target with a header.
    • 71' Liverpool win a free-kick wide on the right...
    • 70' Liverpool lurk menacingly just outside the box and Gerrard gets a shot away, only to see his effort immediately strike a blue shirt and spool up into the air.
    • 69' Stat from Opta: "Under David Moyes, Everton have played 44 away games against the traditional “big four” and are yet to win. They have taken just 17 points from 132 on offer."
    • 68' Nice hold-up play from Anichebe with his back to goal and he lays the ball off to Fellaini, but the midfielder strikes his firm effort off target from a tight angle.
    • 67' It hasn't been a classic, this one. Hopefully the introduction of Borini will give Liverpool a bit more potency and open the game up a bit.
    • 66' A change for Liverpool as Henderson is replaced by Fabio Borini.
    • 64' Now Mirallas pings a shot wide as Everton get another effort away. Better from the visitors.
    • 63' Osman drags a shot wide of the post. Nothing in that really. The effort lacked conviction.
    • 62' Liverpool still much the more impressive side in possession. Everton failing to create anything in free play.
    • 60' Stat from Infostrada: "Liverpool have never lost a PL Merseyside derby at Anfield after scoring the opening goal. Only once have they lost after taking this lead in this fixture in the PL era – a 2-1 defeat at Goodison Park in December 1992."
    • 59' CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL! Gerrard plays it wide to Johnson and after Sturridge misses his cross, Coutinho gets a low shot away to test Howard.
    • 58' Now Sturridge gets in behind the Everton defence but he is rightly ruled offside as he tries to lift the ball over Howard and in.
    • 57' Well, the replay suggested there wasn't a huge amount in it. Reina seemed to go to ground rather easily. Very harsh on Everton.
    • 56' Anichebe is furious with the decision and earns a booking - the first yellow of the derby.
    • 55' GOAL DISALLOWED! Distin gets his head to the ball at the back post and powers the ball home, but Anichebe is penalised for an apparent push on Reina.
    • 54' Liverpool may well feel this game is here for the taking. Everton are creating very little and look susceptible to through-balls as well.
    • 52' Stat from Infostrada: "Liverpool have won only one of 11 PL matches this season against clubs currently above them in the table – conceding in all 11 matches (a total of 21 goals)."
    • 51' Anichebe - who has been very quiet - has a hint of a chance on the edge of the box but swings and fails to get a decent connection on the ball.
    • 50' Liverpool attack down the left and Enrique delivers a wicked cross. However, Howard is on hand to smother the ball.
    • 49' It was another brilliant little pass from Coutinho to slip in Sturridge.. He really does have a great imagination.
    • 48' CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL! Sturridge gets on the end of a sensational pass from Coutinho and Howard does superbly well to close down the angle, get the block in and then force Sturridge out before he thumps the ball into the side netting.
    • 47' Seamus Coleman isn't the quickest player and he looks vulnerable in a sprint with Henderson. However, the Everton defender does enough to hold off his opponent.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
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    • 45+2' FULL TIME. No goals at half-time but Liverpool finished the stronger side.
    • 45+1' We will have one added minute.
    • 45' Fellaini puts his arm in Gerrard's face and that's a couple of times he has overstepped the line in a physical sense. He needs to watch that.
    • 44' Everton win another corner and this time they go short to Baines, but the delivery is deflected up into the air and Liverpool clear.
    • 43' Everton respond though and win a corner when Gerrard turns the ball behind from Gibson's pass...
    • 42' Liverpool have been the more impressive side over the past 15 minutes or so. They've started to give the Everton defence real problems.
    • 40' CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL! Superb challenge from Jagielka as he sticks his boot out to prevent Coutinho converting from a loose ball in the box. Sturridge had received the ball and attempted to spin around his man.
    • 39' Gibson, not Baines, takes the free-kick and lifts his effort well off target. Not good.
    • 38' Agger chops down Mirallas after having a kick at Fellaini and that's a free-kick to Everton.
    • 37' Excellent goalkeeping from Reina as he comes out decisively to punch away. He hasn't always been a reliable presence for Liverpool this season...
    • 36' Stat from Opta: "At Anfield, the Toffees are without a win in 12 Premier League games, losing six including five of the last eight."
    • 35' Coutinho has looked nice and lively today - he really is a clever, clever player.
    • 34' A nice opening for Liverpool as Coutinho slips in Henderson and Distin does just enough to stop the midfielder nicking the ball away from him on the edge of the box.
    • 32' Now Gerrard lines up a free-kick 25 yards from goal but sends his curling effort about a metre wide of the post.
    • 31' CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL! The ball drops nicely for Gerrard in the box but his firm effort, destined for the bottom corner, is blocked expertly by Phil Jagielka.
    • 30' There's a bit of edge to this game, as you might expect, but it's been a bit short on chances.
    • 28' Stat from Infostrada: "Liverpool have kept nine PL home clean sheets this season – equal-most in the division with Manchester City. Everton have kept three PL away clean sheets all season – only four other clubs have kept fewer."
    • 26' Osman flattens Coutinho with a rather messy challenge and is told that if he makes one more like that he will get a booking.
    • 25' Fellaini caught on camera with a rather loose arm at a corner. Nothing malicious but he needs to watch it.
    • 24' Jose Enrique has angry words with Jordan Henderson for his failure to track back. Baines takes the corner and after Anichebe causes Reina problems, Pienaar controls with his chest and sees a scrappy effort blocked.
    • 23' Pienaar stops the ball and drags his studs over it, hoping to lure Johnson into a rash challenge, but the defender stands up and sticks a boot in at the right time.
    • 22' Gerrard raises his leg extremely high when challenging Osman and concedes a free-kick. Would have been a booking in most countries.
    • 21' CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL! Coutinho plays in Sturridge and instead of returning the favour when the Brazilian makes a clever run into the box, Sturridge selfishly opts for the shot and drags his effort wide.
    • 20' Stat from Opta: "Lucas Leiva has made a tackle more frequently than any other player in the PL this season (every 14.9 minutes on average)."
    • 19' After Fellaini checks back on the left wing, Gibson curls in a quick pass to Anichebe, who is offside when he gets a low shot away.
    • 18' Everton come forward again and this time it's Kevin Mirallas who supplies a fine ball, the Belgian's cross from the right fizzing right across the penalty area.
    • 17' CHANCE FOR EVERTON! Leighton Baines delivers a tantalising free-kick towards Fellaini, who holds off his marker to stick out his boot and deflect the ball back across goal and about an inch wide.
    • 17' Glen Johnson is unhappy when being penalised for bundling into Pienaar but it looked a fairly clear foul. Everton with a free-kick in a decent position.
    • 16' Sturridge is in the hunt once more but this time the forward strays offside as he moves to collect an imaginative but far from perfectly executed pass from Coutinho.
    • 15' Tim Howard slips when making a clearance but Everton go unpunished. Possession back with Liverpool now.
    • 14' Gerrard is pinging passes around in some style. And now he heads a corner away. Very influential so far.
    • 13' Sturridge cuts in from the right after collecting another sensational raking pass from Gerrard but he lifts his shot high over the bar with his left boot.
    • 12' Gibson tries to slip a forward pass in for Anichebe but the striker doesn't anticipate it properly and the defence mop up.
    • 11' CHANCE FOR EVERTON! Pienaar takes possession 25 yards from goal and lashes in a shot that flies wide of the upright. Reina watches it past with little trouble.
    • 10' Gerrard chips in in defence when hoofing the ball clear from the centre of the box. It was his sensational pass that set Sturridge free as well. He has started well.
    • 9' Sturridge drifts into space on the left to receive a glorious 40-yard pass and he gets a dangerous cross in, only to fail to find a red shirt on the end of it.
    • 8' Osman goes in rather high on Gerrard and catches the Liverpool skipper after he plays the ball away. The ref lets it go but Osman was rather lucky to avoid a booking - even at this early stage.
    • 7' It was a nice piece of control by Sturridge, who scored twice against Newcastle last weekend, but the finish was lacking accuracy.
    • 6' Liverpool start to play the ball around confidently in front of the Everton box and here's Sturridge with a snap-shot that rolls wide of the post following a neat pass from Coutinho.
    • 5' Stat from Infostrada: "Steven Gerrard starts. He is the top Premier League scorer in this fixture with seven goals – one more than Robbie Fowler."
    • 4' Early impetus from Everton who haven't been shy in pushing on so far. Their fans are in fine voice too.
    • 3' Steven Gerrard concedes an early foul with a trip on Steven Pienaar and the free-kick is floated towards Marouane Fellaini deep to the back post. Everton fail to hit their man though.
    • 2' Flares are set off in the Everton end, spilling blue smoke across the green turf.
    • 1' KICK OFF! Everton attacking left to right in their traditional blue, Liverpool decked out in red.
    • 13:30 How lovely. Liverpool fans unveil a collage of cards spelling the word 'thanks' to the Everton supporters, over their support for the Hillsborough families. Everton chairman Bill Kenwright gave a stirring speech at the ceremony this year.
    • 13:25 Should be a lively encounter today. Liverpool looked very slick against Newcastle with Philippe Coutinho getting plenty of joy between the lines. Everton will have to keep him quiet, while keeping close tabs on the dangerous Daniel Sturridge.
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    • 13:15 This will be Jamie Carragher's 29th and final Merseyside derby as he retires in the summer. This week, Jim White wrote how the defender will be sorely missed by the Reds. White: Carragher to leave huge hole at Liverpool
    • 13:10 Brendan Rodgers: "I think every game is a test for us. Our idea is that going forwards we are going to be in a position where we can challenge consistently at that level next year. Traditionally for many years Liverpool has been the top team in the city, no question about that. Obviously last year Everton finished above ourselves but for us it is very important to finish as high as we possibly can." Rodgers: Derby is not a benchmark
    • 13:05 David Moyes: "Do I want to finish above Liverpool? Of course I do. But it can't be our sole objective, and I would be surprised if it was Liverpool's to finish above us. For Everton - for the team and the supporters - it will mean an awful lot, but personally, it is not an important thing really. I'm looking forward to trying to get a result for the supporters." Moyes: Anfield win not personal
    • 13:00 Liverpool, unsurprisingly, are unchanged from the side that lost 6-0 at Newcastle last week with Daniel Sturridge again leading the line in the absence of the suspended Luis Suarez. Everton make one change after beating Fulham last weekend: Darron Gibson comes in for Nikica Jelavic to give them a more solid look.
    • 12:55 TEAMS: Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Enrique, Agger, Carragher, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Coutinho, Downing, Sturridge. Subs: Jones, Skrtel, Shelvey, Borini, Assaidi, Coates, Suso. /// Everton: Howard, Baines, Gibson, Jagielka, Mirallas, Distin, Osman, Pienaar, Coleman, Fellaini, Anichebe. Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Heitinga, Jelavic, Oviedo, Naismith, Duffy.
    • 12:50 Everton currently occupy fifth place with 59 points and Liverpool are just below with 54. That means that should David Moyes's side win today, they will finish ahead of their local rivals for the second year in succession. Premier League table
    • 12:45 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 220th Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton. Anfield plays host to Sunday's early kick-off.
  • Summary

    • 87' CHANCE FOR EVERTON! Reina has to bat a deflected ball against the bar and behind for a corner as Everton push for a late winner.
    • 82' CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL! Sturridge spreads the ball wide to the left to find Enrique and his dangerous cross only just eludes Borini, who is arriving in the box.
    • 74' CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL! Everton exposed again as Sturridge races onto a ball over the top and slips in Gerrard, who takes the ball around Howard but sees his effort cleared by Distin just as it threatens to sneak in.
    • 73' CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL! The home side load the Everton box with six bodies but Coutinho tries to bend a shot into the top corner, getting the effort wrong as it floats over the bar.
    • 59' CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL! Gerrard plays it wide to Johnson and after Sturridge misses his cross, Coutinho gets a low shot away to test Howard.
    • 55' GOAL DISALLOWED! Distin gets his head to the ball at the back post and powers the ball home, but Anichebe is penalised for an apparent push on Reina.
    • 48' CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL! Sturridge gets on the end of a sensational pass from Coutinho and Howard does superbly well to close down the angle, get the block in and then force Sturridge out before he thumps the ball into the side netting.
    • 40' CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL! Superb challenge from Jagielka as he sticks his boot out to prevent Coutinho converting from a loose ball in the box. Sturridge had received the ball and attempted to spin around his man.
    • 31' CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL! The ball drops nicely for Gerrard in the box but his firm effort, destined for the bottom corner, is blocked expertly by Phil Jagielka.
    • 21' CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL! Coutinho plays in Sturridge and instead of returning the favour when the Brazilian makes a clever run into the box, Sturridge selfishly opts for the shot and drags his effort wide.
    • 17' CHANCE FOR EVERTON! Leighton Baines delivers a tantalising free-kick towards Fellaini, who holds off his marker to stick out his boot and deflect the ball back across goal and about an inch wide.
    • 11' CHANCE FOR EVERTON! Pienaar takes possession 25 yards from goal and lashes in a shot that flies wide of the upright. Reina watches it past with little trouble.
    • 12:55 TEAMS: Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Enrique, Agger, Carragher, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Coutinho, Downing, Sturridge. Subs: Jones, Skrtel, Shelvey, Borini, Assaidi, Coates, Suso. /// Everton: Howard, Baines, Gibson, Jagielka, Mirallas, Distin, Osman, Pienaar, Coleman, Fellaini, Anichebe. Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Heitinga, Jelavic, Oviedo, Naismith, Duffy.
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