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  • Date:15 Aug 2010
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:Anfield
  • Ngog (45)
  • Jose Reina - og (90)
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94:37 +4.37

The referee penalises Laurent Koscielny for handball. Rodriguez Maxi takes the direct free kick.

94:37 +4.37

Laurent Koscielny is penalised for a handball. Rodriguez Maxi restarts play with the free kick. Laurent Koscielny shown a red card.

93:55 +3.55

Theo Walcott produces a cross, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.

92:05 +2.05

Laurent Koscielny gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt. Thomas Vermaelen receives a caution. Steven Gerrard has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Manuel Almunia. Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line, Bacary Sagna makes a clearance.

92:05 +2.05

Laurent Koscielny concedes a free kick for a foul on Dirk Kuyt. The referee cautions Laurent Koscielny for unsporting behaviour. Steven Gerrard produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Manuel Almunia. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Steven Gerrard, clearance made by Bacary Sagna.

91:22 +1.22

Steven Gerrard decides to take the corner short. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line, clearance made by Tomas Rosicky.

89:37

A cross is delivered by Tomas Rosicky, Marouane Chamakh produces a left-footed shot from close in and hits the post. Jose Reina puts the ball into his own goal. Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal.

87:23

Rodriguez Maxi challenges Robin van Persie unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Robin van Persie from right wing, Daniel Agger makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, Foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Glen Johnson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.

86:54

The ball is swung over by Andrey Arshavin, clearance by Rodriguez Maxi.

85:50

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save. Robin van Persie takes the inswinging corner, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance.

84:33

Foul by Tomas Rosicky on Steven Gerrard, free kick awarded. Tomas Rosicky is shown a yellow card. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.

82:42

Unfair challenge on Martin Skrtel by Tomas Rosicky results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.

82:02

The ball is crossed by Bacary Sagna, Jose Reina makes a save.

81:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by Rodriguez Maxi. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.

79:40

Effort from the edge of the box by Theo Walcott goes wide of the right-hand upright.

78:55

Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Steven Gerrard makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie from the right by-line to the near post, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.

77:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrey Arshavin on Fernando Torres. Javier Mascherano goes off and Leiva Lucas comes on. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Gerrard, save by Manuel Almunia.

75:47

A cross is delivered by Gael Clichy, clearance made by Daniel Agger.

75:07

Robin van Persie is brought on as a substitute for Vassiriki Diaby.

74:37

Bacary Sagna sends in a cross, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.

74:01

Fernando Torres is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Gael Clichy takes the indirect free kick.

71:54

Steven Gerrard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh. Caution for Steven Gerrard. Shot on goal comes in from Theo Walcott from the free kick, save made by Jose Reina. Outswinging corner taken by Andrey Arshavin from the right by-line played to the near post. Fernando Torres is brought on as a substitute for David Ngog.

70:53

Samir Nasri handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.

69:58

Andrey Arshavin sends in a cross, clearance made by Daniel Agger. Effort on goal by Samir Nasri from 20 yards. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.

69:42

A cross is delivered by Bacary Sagna, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.

68:21

Tomas Rosicky crosses the ball, Thomas Vermaelen has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.

67:27

The ball is delivered by Bacary Sagna, blocked by Daniel Agger. Corner taken by Samir Nasri played to the near post, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.

66:12

Andrey Arshavin sends in a cross, Rodriguez Maxi makes a clearance.

65:41

The ball is crossed by Dirk Kuyt, Bacary Sagna manages to make a clearance.

64:55

(Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Rodriguez Maxi coming on for Milan Jovanovic.

64:05

The ball is crossed by Samir Nasri.

63:27

Handball decision goes against David Ngog. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.

63:27

David Ngog handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Manuel Almunia takes the direct free kick.

60:08

A cross is delivered by Theo Walcott, Jamie Carragher gets a block in. Andrey Arshavin takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Steven Gerrard manages to make a clearance.

59:49

The ball is swung over by Dirk Kuyt, save made by Manuel Almunia.

58:04

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Skrtel. Outswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Jamie Carragher. Shot from outside the area by Jack Wilshere misses to the left of the target. Theo Walcott is brought on as a substitute for Emmanuel Eboue. Jack Wilshere goes off and Tomas Rosicky comes on.

56:57

The ball is delivered by Jack Wilshere, clearance by Daniel Agger.

56:39

Centre by Jack Wilshere, clearance by Daniel Agger.

54:31

David Ngog fouled by Thomas Vermaelen, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is delivered by Steven Gerrard, David Ngog produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

52:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Javier Mascherano. Laurent Koscielny restarts play with the free kick.

51:55

Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Bacary Sagna.

51:20

Steven Gerrard takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Jack Wilshere.

50:41

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Steven Gerrard. The ball is delivered by Milan Jovanovic, Vassiriki Diaby makes a clearance.

49:29

Emmanuel Eboue crosses the ball, comfortable save by Jose Reina.

47:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt by Gael Clichy. Steven Gerrard produces a cross, Martin Skrtel produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

47:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Thomas Vermaelen on David Ngog. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.

45:57

David Ngog gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Arsenal.Assist on the goal came from Javier Mascherano.

45:14 +0.14

Unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny by Joe Cole results in a free kick. Red card for Joe Cole. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.

44:04

Glen Johnson takes a shot from 20 yards. Save made by Manuel Almunia. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard played to the near post, David Ngog takes a shot. Gael Clichy manages to make a clearance.

40:16

Jack Wilshere concedes a free kick for a foul on Javier Mascherano. Booking for Jack Wilshere for unsporting behaviour. Steven Gerrard takes the direct free kick.

38:33

The ball is delivered by Gael Clichy, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.

36:58

Effort from deep inside the area by Milan Jovanovic misses to the left of the goal.

35:30

The assistant referee flags for offside against Dirk Kuyt. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.

34:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Cole by Vassiriki Diaby. Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.

33:53

Centre by Samir Nasri, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance.

33:22

David Ngog challenges Thomas Vermaelen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.

32:50

Dirk Kuyt fouled by Marouane Chamakh, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.

32:26

Daniel Agger challenges Thomas Vermaelen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.

31:06

Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line played to the near post, Emmanuel Eboue manages to make a clearance. Steven Gerrard takes the outswinging corner, Manuel Almunia makes a save.

30:26

Gael Clichy produces a left-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.

28:29

Daniel Agger delivers the ball, clearance by Gael Clichy.

26:35

Javier Mascherano challenges Andrey Arshavin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Samir Nasri from the free kick.

26:09

The ball is sent over by Gael Clichy, Daniel Agger makes a clearance. Bacary Sagna produces a cross, Daniel Agger makes a clearance.

24:39

Glen Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samir Nasri. Andrey Arshavin restarts play with the free kick.

22:27

The ball is delivered by Bacary Sagna, Glen Johnson manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line to the near post, Dirk Kuyt makes a clearance. Samir Nasri takes the inswinging corner, Thomas Vermaelen has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

20:06

Unfair challenge on Emmanuel Eboue by Steven Gerrard results in a free kick. Samir Nasri has a direct shot on goal from the free kick. Effort from long distance by Thomas Vermaelen goes wide right of the goal.

17:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Cole by Vassiriki Diaby. Direct free kick taken by Javier Mascherano.

17:18

The official flags David Ngog offside. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.

14:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marouane Chamakh on Martin Skrtel. Dirk Kuyt takes the free kick.

14:25

Glen Johnson delivers the ball.

13:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrey Arshavin on Dirk Kuyt. Direct free kick taken by Dirk Kuyt.

13:00

David Ngog is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.

11:25

Daniel Agger concedes a free kick for a foul on Emmanuel Eboue. Bacary Sagna takes the free kick.

10:53

The official flags David Ngog offside. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.

9:47

The ball is swung over by Dirk Kuyt, clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.

8:53

Marouane Chamakh is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.

7:45

Dirk Kuyt crosses the ball, save by Manuel Almunia.

7:25

Centre by Gael Clichy, clearance made by Jamie Carragher.

7:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Samir Nasri by Javier Mascherano. Free kick taken by Samir Nasri.

5:56

The ball is swung over by Dirk Kuyt, Manuel Almunia makes a comfortable save.

5:09

A cross is delivered by Samir Nasri.

4:41

Samir Nasri takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Steven Gerrard.

3:40

Javier Mascherano is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Samir Nasri. Drilled left-footed shot by Thomas Vermaelen. Jose Reina makes a save.

2:59

Foul by Steven Gerrard on Jack Wilshere, free kick awarded. Vassiriki Diaby restarts play with the free kick.

1:13

Foul by Jack Wilshere on Joe Cole, free kick awarded. Javier Mascherano restarts play with the free kick.

The referee gets the match started.

The match has reached half-time.

The second half has started.

The referee signals the end of the game.

Match Preview

Torres could be ready for opener Striker Fernando Torres is in contention for a place in the Liverpool squad to face Arsenal on Sunday. The Spain international sustained an adductor injury in their World Cup final victory but has made good progress in his rehabilitation and could feature at Anfield. Wantaway midfielder Javier Mascherano could also play as the club have not received any bids for the Argentina captain, who has impressed Roy Hodgson with his attitude in training. The match may be too early for Christian Poulsen, who only signed on Thursday. Expectations are not a great concern for Hodgson as he prepares for the first real test of his six-week reign. Arsenal, a perennial top-four side, visit a club which, until last season, occupied a similarly lofty perch. A seventh-placed finish, no Champions League, a change of manager - and possibly a change of owner - may have altered perceptions outside Anfield's walls. However, that has little bearing on how Hodgson views his first season in charge, having taken over from Rafael Benitez at the start of July. "There are always expectations. Who knows what's realistic? In every league there are surprises every year," said the 62-year-old. "I've been feeling pressure for the last 35 years - since January 1 1976 - I think that is part of the job. "You could argue Halmstad and Liverpool are not to be mentioned in the same breath but that is not what I thought about it at 29 years of age. "I felt a lot of pressure on me to get good results for the team and I feel pressure on me now and I think the day when I don't feel pressure any more is the day when I've outgrown the job. "The experienced players and coaching staff here know we cannot do anything about expectations being thrust at us. "All we can do is try to prepare each week to play a good game of football and try to win it." Because of the ramifications of the previous campaign, and the fact big-spending Manchester City, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Everton have all closed the gap, much has been made of the importance of this season. However, Hodgson dismissed the suggestion it was a hugely significant year for the club. "Every time I drive in I see the year 1892 (the year Liverpool were formed)," he said. "In two years' time it will be the 110-year jubilee and so I won't get involved in discussions about whether this season is pivotal. "I will take the long-term 110-year view; there will be plenty more games and titles to win but when I don't know." Arsenal will assess the match fitness of World Cup finalists Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie. Midfielders Abou Diaby, Alex Song (both calf) and Denilson (abdominal) face late checks, so England youngster Jack Wilshere could start. Summer signings Marouane Chamakh and Laurent Koscielny are in the squad, but Johan Djourou (hamstring), Nicklas Bendtner (groin) and Aaron Ramsey (broken leg) are all sidelined. Arsene Wenger is acutely aware of the responsibility he has to bring trophies to the Arsenal fans - because it is he who has fed their hunger for success. The Frenchman has signed a three-year extension to his contract meaning his tenure at the north London club, which has so far reaped three Premier League titles and four FA Cups, will stretch to 2014. The pressure has been on in recent years with the club not having claimed a trophy since 2005, and there have been the first hints of dissent among the Arsenal faithful. But Wenger's desire for success has not diminished. "I am as motivated as ever, if not more," he told www.arsenal.com. "I have the trust from my board and hopefully of the fans as well and also from the players. "I feel the energy, the need to drive this team forward and to win. "I feel maybe an even higher responsibility than when I arrived because when you arrive somewhere you feel that if you are not good enough, you go. "Now I know that the club is in the top eight in Europe and that expectation is very high, that every year you want to be in the Champions League. "You feel the pressure even more, but it makes it as well more exciting and I take the challenge for the future in a very exciting way. "I know I can give my best years now to this club, which has given me so much. I'm ready to give it my all and I can only show that by my commitment."

Formation:4411Manager: Roy Hodgson

Liverpool

Formation: 433Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

  • Jose Reina
  • Glen Johnson
  • Jamie Carragher
  • Daniel Agger
  • Martin Skrtel
  • Steven Gerrard
  • Milan Jovanovic
  • Javier Mascherano
  • Dirk Kuyt
  • Joe Cole
  • David Ngog
  • SUBS
  • Diego Cavalieri
  • Fabio Aurelio
  • Fernando Torres
  • Rodriguez Maxi
  • Ryan Babel
  • Leiva Lucas
  • Martin Kelly

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Match Report

Reina error proves costly for Reds Jose Reina's late howler enabled Arsenal to snatch a 1-1 draw from a thrilling Barclays Premier League opener at Liverpool. The Liverpool goalkeeper saw the ball rebound off him after Marouane Chamakh had hit the post in the final minute at Anfield to cancel out a David Ngog strike. The goal was reward for a late spell of Arsenal pressure but it was unfortunate for Liverpool, who had survived most of the second half unscathed after the sending off of Joe Cole. The big-name summer signing from Chelsea was dismissed on his league debut for a reckless challenge on Arsenal debutant Laurent Koscielny. Koscielny himself also received a red card, but not until moments before the final whistle when he earned a second booking for handball. The equaliser denied Liverpool what would have been only their fourth victory over the Gunners in their last 19 league meetings. It remains to be seen how much the new wave of optimism which has swept into the club since Roy Hodgson was appointed as manager has been punctured. One of the reasons for the upbeat mood had been Cole's arrival but while the midfielder's first league start was one to forget, Hodgson did coax a solid showing from wantaway Javier Mascherano. Fernando Torres was left in reserve, and later entered to a huge ovation after pledging his future to the club and recovering from a groin injury, but Arsenal missed two of their bigger stars more. Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie were both said to be lacking match-fitness and while the former was absent altogether, the Dutchman made only a late appearance. Thomas Vermaelen tested Jose Reina early on with a fierce free-kick but aside from that, the first half was almost devoid of action until exploding into life in the closing moments. Dirk Kuyt created Liverpool's first opportunity when he turned in the box but Manuel Almunia easily gathered his cross. New signing Milan Jovanovic cut through the Arsenal midfield with a determined run but Kuyt's final ball again found Almunia. Arsenal's Samir Nasri had another long-range free-kick blocked and Vermaelen put the rebound wide. Gael Clichy had Arsenal's first serious chance from open play when he broke clear down the left after 30 minutes and fired a shot narrowly over from outside the box. Liverpool thought an opportunity was opening up soon after when Almunia failed to claim a corner but referee Martin Atkinson spotted a foul by Daniel Agger on Vermaelen. The action on the field was tight with neither side giving much away but Arsenal were almost caught when Jovanovic raced onto a long ball. With Cole walking back from an offside position, the Arsenal defence let the ball bounce and the Serbia international darted into the box, only to blast wide. The game suddenly came alive in the closing minute of the first half. First Glen Johnson had a shot tipped over by Almunia and Ngog then had a header cleared off the line from the resulting corner. The complexion of the game then changed completely in injury time as Cole was sent off for his lunge at Koscielny. Koscielny returned to the dressing room on a stretcher at the interval but ran out to start the second period as normal. He was greeted by boos from Liverpool fans but replays of the tackle suggested that, although the initial decision may have seemed harsh, the law had been applied correctly. Liverpool seemed determined not to let their numerical disadvantage bother them and made a blistering start to the second half. They claimed the lead within two minutes of the restart as Mascherano threaded a ball into the box for Ngog and the Frenchman finished unerringly home at the near post. It was his fourth goal of the season after three in Liverpool's first Europa League qualifying tie. Not content with that, the Reds pushed forward again and Martin Skrtel headed wide from a dangerous Steven Gerrard free-kick. Ngog had an even better chance when he leapt to reach another Gerrard set-piece but could not direct his header on target. Kuyt created another fine chance after good work on the right but no-one could turn in his ball across goal. Liverpool were reduced to nine men when Agger left the field for treatment after all three substitutes had been used. Arsenal stepped up the tempo and Tomas Rosicky showed great control with a slaloming run into the area before seeing his shot touched over by Reina. Maxi Rodriguez then cleared after a desperate goalmouth scramble. The pressure eventually told in the last minute as Reina failed to grasp the ball after Chamakh hit the post from Rosicky's cross. Gerrard almost snatched victory as the game went into five minutes of injury time but Almunia kept out his free-kick. The game ended on more controversy as Koscielny was dismissed.

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