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  • Sunderland 0-2 Liverpool: Suarez superb-strike, Mensah red-card

    One goal from controversial penalty that can be debated and a beautiful goal to make Liverpool picked three numbers in a trip to the headquarters of Sunderland. 'The Red' won 2-0.

    In a trip to the Stadium of Light on Sunday (20/03/2011) , Liverpool's opening victory over Dirk Kuyt penalty in minute 33. Penalty process itself is quite debatable.

    Liverpool got a penalty after John Mensah violations against Jay Spearing. The referee did not see the incident and must consult with line judges. Violation himself seemed happened outside the penalty box.

    However, controversy was pretty trashed by Luis Suarez scored through individual action in 77 minutes. Liverpool had come home with victory.

    Additional three numbers have not changed the position of Liverpool who is now ranked sixth with 45 points. Anfield Gang still four points adrift of the nearest and the last European zone inhabited by Tottenham Hotspur.

    The game

    Liverpool pressed in the early minutes. Getting a corner kick, a number of attacks launched including Dirk Kuyt header that finally drove over the crossbar opponent.

    Sunderland spread threats at minute 16. But a cross from the left wing did not succeed forwarded any Sunderland player.

    Liverpool and then back through quick counter-attack by Luis Suarez. He then sent the ball to Andy Carroll, who went on to Jay Spearing despite Sunderland back line can neutralize the attack. Maybe better if Carroll immediately give the ball back to Suarez?

    Error anticipation of Simon Mignolet when trying snatch the ball from the feet Raul Meireles. A little chaos occurs before the ball out to produce a corner kick.

    Penalty to Liverpool in 32 minutes! The referee needs to input first from the line judge before decide. A decision can be debated. Regardless, Kuyt then put the ball in the white point and finish well.

    In the decision, John Mensah also got a yellow card for the offense that gave birth to Spearing penalty. The problem is, whether the violation occurred inside or outside the forbidden box?

    Suarez! He managed to control the ball and fired hard at minute 37. Mignolet no less slick brushed off the ball.

    Carroll! From the corner kick the ball right he successfully toward the goal. However, the ball still can be driven Sunderland player on the goal line.

    Liverpool get a free kick on 55 minutes from a pretty good position. Suarez thin kick and the ball wide of the target.

    No more goals, but the referee "diligent" issued a yellow card. Three Liverpool players get it in few minutes time interval from minute 64 to 68. Sunderland itself has received four yellow cards.

    Mignolet again forced to save the goalkeeper on 64 minutes. He stretches the body to ward off the shot that led Spearing rushing into the upper corner of the net.

    Suarez! This time Liverpool goal can not be disputed. Suarez in action from the right side and fired hard right from the edge of the goal. The ball entered through a narrow corner, and Liverpool winning 2-0 on 77 minutes.

    Eight minutes before the dispersal Sunderland had to play minus one player. John Mensah received a second yellow card following the infraction to Suarez.

    Team Line-up:

    Sunderland: Mignolet, Ferdinand, Bramble, Mensah, Bardsley, Sessegnon, Henderson, Muntari (Cattermole '19), Richardson (Malbranque '22), Welbeck (Elmohamady '61), Gyan

    Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Kuyt, Meireles (Maxi '84), Lucas, Spearing, Carroll (N'Gog '72), Suarez (J. Cole '89)


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