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  • Date:18 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:14:05
  • Venue:Villa Park
  • Attendance:37,460
  • Bellamy (10) Skrtel (14)
Goal!

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92:49 +2.49

The referee blows for offside. Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.

91:14 +1.14

Centre by Nathan Delfouneso.

90:08 +0.08

Dirk Kuyt produces a cross.

89:22

Drilled left-footed shot by Barry Bannan. Sanchez Jose Enrique gets a block in.

88:46

Charlie Adam concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Hutton. Direct free kick taken by Barry Bannan.

87:31

Dirk Kuyt is brought on as a substitute for Craig Bellamy.

87:20

Barry Bannan takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

86:49

The ball is sent over by Marc Albrighton, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.

85:31

Charles N'Zogbia delivers the ball, blocked by Sanchez Jose Enrique.

82:18

Jamie Carragher on for Jonjo Shelvey.

82:07

Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

80:01

The referee blows for offside against Andy Carroll. Free kick taken by James Collins.

79:02

Andreas Weimann joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fabian Delph.

77:33

Foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Sanchez Jose Enrique, free kick awarded. Jose Reina takes the free kick.

75:08

Martin Skrtel challenges Stiliyan Petrov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Barry Bannan.

74:34

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Barry Bannan, Daniel Agger makes a clearance.

74:20

Shot by Marc Albrighton. Daniel Agger gets a block in.

74:01

Centre by Alan Hutton, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.

73:27

Glen Johnson challenges Marc Albrighton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Marc Albrighton, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.

72:51

Luis Suarez leaves the field to be replaced by Andy Carroll.

72:06

Marc Albrighton crosses the ball, clearance by Charlie Adam.

71:48

Unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Sanchez Jose Enrique results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stiliyan Petrov.

68:07

The offside flag is raised against Luis Suarez. Free kick taken by Richard Dunne.

65:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Delfouneso on Charlie Adam. Daniel Agger takes the free kick.

65:08

Effort from outside the penalty box by Jonjo Shelvey goes wide right of the target.

63:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Dunne by Luis Suarez. Richard Dunne restarts play with the free kick.

62:38

The offside flag is raised against Nathan Delfouneso. Jose Reina takes the free kick.

60:46

Corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy.

60:29

Corner taken by Stewart Downing, Alan Hutton manages to make a clearance.

60:16

Shot by Charlie Adam. Blocked by Stephen Warnock.

60:02

Jonjo Shelvey takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Bradley Guzan.

58:25

Craig Bellamy produces a left-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.

58:01

Shot by Luis Suarez from inside the area hits the post.

57:47

The ball is sent over by Barry Bannan, save made by Jose Reina.

57:36

Short corner taken by Barry Bannan from the right by-line.

57:19

Fabian Delph has an effort at goal. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.

56:36

Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot from 20 yards. Comfortable save by Jose Reina.

56:00

Barry Bannan comes on in place of Emile Heskey.

55:46

Shot from just outside the area by Stewart Downing goes over the bar.

53:46

The ball is swung over by Jordan Henderson, clearance made by Alan Hutton.

51:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Craig Bellamy. Direct free kick taken by Alan Hutton.

51:22

Stewart Downing decides to take a short corner.

50:34

Corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by James Collins.

50:18

Glen Johnson takes a shot. Bradley Guzan makes a fantastic save.

50:10

Craig Bellamy produces a cross, Stiliyan Petrov makes a clearance.

48:36

Foul by Stiliyan Petrov on Craig Bellamy, free kick awarded. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick.

47:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Dunne by Luis Suarez. Direct free kick taken by Richard Dunne.

46:48

Luis Suarez takes a shot from 6 yards.

45:52

Craig Bellamy crosses the ball, Daniel Agger produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

43:50

Centre by Glen Johnson.

41:35

Foul by Nathan Delfouneso on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.

40:50

The ball is crossed by Alan Hutton.

40:29

Marc Albrighton produces a cross, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.

39:22

Shot from 25 yards by Charlie Adam. Alan Hutton gets a block in.

37:25

Corner taken by Marc Albrighton played to the near post.

36:55

Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.

36:32

A cross is delivered by Charlie Adam, clearance made by Emile Heskey.

35:48

Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan. Craig Bellamy takes the inswinging corner, Stiliyan Petrov manages to make a clearance.

34:50

Stiliyan Petrov produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

34:31

Glen Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock. Richard Dunne restarts play with the free kick.

33:00

Shot by Stiliyan Petrov. Comfortable save by Jose Reina.

32:34

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey on Fabian Delph, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.

29:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Craig Bellamy. The referee shows Craig Bellamy a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Marc Albrighton crosses the ball, Nathan Delfouneso has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.

27:39

Emile Heskey fouled by Charlie Adam, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Adam is booked. A cross is delivered by Stiliyan Petrov, Emile Heskey takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jose Reina.

26:44

Charlie Adam concedes a free kick for a foul on Charles N'Zogbia. Free kick taken by Alan Hutton.

26:11

Craig Bellamy takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Alan Hutton.

26:03

Jordan Henderson produces a cross, clearance by Fabian Delph.

25:42

Luis Suarez takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Warnock. Stewart Downing decides to take the corner short.

25:12

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing from the right by-line, clearance by Stephen Warnock.

22:39

Charles N'Zogbia produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

22:24

Stewart Downing delivers the ball, clearance by Marc Albrighton.

22:07

Fabian Delph takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.

22:02

The ball is delivered by Marc Albrighton, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.

20:08

Shot from just outside the area by Charles N'Zogbia goes over the bar.

19:25

Nathan Delfouneso takes a shot. Glen Johnson gets a block in. Marc Albrighton takes a short corner. Marc Albrighton produces a cross, Jordan Henderson manages to make a clearance.

18:49

Charlie Adam is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Stiliyan Petrov.

18:16

Centre by Charles N'Zogbia, Jose Reina makes a save.

16:49

Stewart Downing is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Richard Dunne takes the indirect free kick.

13:46

The ball is swung over by Craig Bellamy, clearance made by James Collins. Corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line played to the near post, Martin Skrtel scores a headed goal from close in. Aston Villa 0-2 Liverpool.The assist for the goal came from Craig Bellamy.

12:18

Unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Charles N'Zogbia results in a free kick. Booking for Charles N'Zogbia. Charlie Adam crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Stiliyan Petrov manages to make a clearance.

9:40

Stewart Downing delivers the ball, Stephen Warnock gets a block in. Corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line to the near post. Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot. Blocked by Luis Suarez. Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan. Craig Bellamy grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 0-1 Liverpool.The assist for the goal came from Luis Suarez.

8:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Glen Johnson on Charles N'Zogbia. Free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.

7:50

Marc Albrighton sends in a cross, Emile Heskey takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.

7:23

The offside flag is raised against Luis Suarez. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.

6:52

Stewart Downing takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.

3:06

Nathan Delfouneso sends in a cross, Daniel Agger makes a clearance.

2:12

The official flags Luis Suarez offside. Indirect free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.

0:58

Charlie Adam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Delfouneso. Stiliyan Petrov shoots direct from the free kick, save made by Jose Reina.

Match Preview

Aston Villa (WLDLW) v Liverpool (DWDLW) Last season: Aston Villa 1 Liverpool 0, Liverpool 3 Aston Villa 0 Aston Villa ended a goal drought which had seen them go three games without scoring when Marc Albrighton and Stiliyan Petrov earned a 2-1 win at Bolton, their first away victory of the season, but have key frontman Gabriel Agbonlahor suspended this weekend. Liverpool have suffered some frustrating results against teams in the bottom half of the table but managed to get it right when beating QPR 1-0 at Anfield, although they should have enjoyed a more comfortable success given their overall dominance. The Reds have the ability to beat any team on their day and the feeling is they can prove just a cut above Villa here, with Luis Suarez always a worthy favourite to net first and 2-1 the predicted scoreline.

Formation:442Manager: Alex McLeish

Aston Villa

Formation: 451Manager: Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool

  • Bradley Guzan
  • Alan Hutton
  • Richard Dunne
  • James Collins
  • Stephen Warnock
  • Marc Albrighton
  • Fabian Delph
  • Stiliyan Petrov
  • Charles N'Zogbia
  • Emile Heskey
  • Nathan Delfouneso
  • SUBS
  • Andy Marshall
  • Ciaran Clark
  • Carlos Cuellar
  • Barry Bannan
  • Andreas Weimann
  • Daniel Johnson
  • Graham Burke

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Match Report

Reds cruise to away day win Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish celebrated his first league win as a manager at Villa Park as first-half goals from Craig Bellamy and Martin Skrtel ensured a comfortable 2-0 victory over Alex McLeish`s Aston Villa. Bellamy and Skrtel struck inside the first 15 minutes to seal the Reds' fifth away win in the Barclays Premier League this season. But the star of the show was striker Luis Suarez who tormented the Villa defence and hit the bar and the post. Former Villa winger Stewart Downing was booed by the home fans after his #20million summer move but he and Craig Bellamy caused problems down both flanks. Villa missed the forward duo of suspended Gabriel Agbonlahor and injured Darren Bent and seldom looked like breaching what is the tightest defence in the Premier League with just 13 goals conceded. But they were also guilty of frequently giving the ball away and only skipper Stiliyan Petrov had composure in midfield. Villa started promisingly and Petrov curled a free-kick past the defensive wall and forced Pepe Reina to save away to his right. Downing managed Liverpool's first effort on goal following a cross-field ball from Bellamy when he forced Brad Guzan to save at the foot of the post. Then after 11 minutes Downing played a part in Bellamy giving Liverpool the lead. His corner found Suarez inside the box and a back heel forced a fine instinctive save out of Guzan but Bellamy reacted first to the rebound for a simple tap-in. Villa winger Charles N'Zogbia was yellow-carded for bringing down Glen Johnson two minutes later. After 15 minutes Liverpool doubled their lead through Skrtel - and from another corner. Villa failed to pick up the central defender as he attacked a Bellamy cross and his glancing header flew past Guzan. Villa tried to counter-attack and Nathan Delfouneso had a 20-yard shot deflected wide and a long-range attempt from N'Zogbia was just off-target. Delfouneso teed up the over-lapping N'Zogbia whose shot contained plenty of power but flew into the side-netting. Charlie Adam was booked after 28 minutes for bringing down Emile Heskey. Two minutes later Bellamy was yellow-carded for fouling Alan Hutton to the right of the Liverpool box. But Delfouneso could not keep his header down from Albrighton's free-kick. Villa were trying to get a foothold in the game but Liverpool continued to look more dangerous and Richard Dunne blocked a first-time attempt from Shelvey after he ran on to Suarez's pass. Liverpool began the second half on the offensive and twice went close to adding to their lead. Bellamy's pace took him clear of the Villa defence down the left flank and his cross was headed wide by Daniel Agger. Then Suarez showed sublime skill in evading the challenges of Dunne and James Collins and from 10 yards out he crashed his shot against the bar. Villa were giving the ball away too easily and a mistake by Stephen Warnock allowed Johnson time to line up a shot which was turned aside by Guzan. Reina was forced into a rare save in getting his body behind a low effort from N'Zogbia. But Suarez was denied by the woodwork again after chipping Guzan following a pinpoint 40 yard ball from Downing. Guzan turned aside Shelvey's cross-shot and Adam had shot deflected wide when Shelvey was unmarked 10 yards out to his left. Dalglish brought on Andy Carroll after 74 minutes for Suarez who was given a standing ovation by the Liverpool fans. Villa substitute Barry Bannan appealed in vain for handball when his shot struck Agger and flew out for a corner.

Form Guide

    DWLDLW
  • Aston Villa
  • VS
  • Liverpool
  • WDWDLW

Last Meetings

  • Aston Villa
  • 1 - 0
  • Liverpool
  • 22/05/2011
  • Liverpool
  • 3 - 0
  • Aston Villa
  • 06/12/2010
  • Aston Villa
  • 0 - 1
  • Liverpool
  • 29/12/2009
  • Liverpool
  • 1 - 3
  • Aston Villa
  • 24/08/2009
  • Liverpool
  • 5 - 0
  • Aston Villa
  • 22/03/2009
  • Aston Villa
  • 0 - 0
  • Liverpool
  • 31/08/2008

Top Scorers

Aston Villa

  • G Agbonlahor 5
  • D Bent 4
  • S Petrov 3
  • E Heskey 1
  • R Dunne 1
  • S Warnock 1
  • M Albrighton 1

Liverpool

  • L Suarez 5
  • A Carroll 2
  • C Bellamy 1
  • S Gerrard 1
  • RR Maxi 1
  • G Johnson 1
  • M Skrtel 1
  • C Adam 1
  • J Henderson 1

Goals

Aston Villa

    • Total goals 37
    • Goals per game 18
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Liverpool

    • Total goals 37
    • Goals per game 18
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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