MATCH REPORTS

Liverpool 1 Newcastle 1

Vurnon Anita

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter

At Anfield

 

 

Liverpool 1 (Suarez 67)

Newcastle 1 (Cabaye 43)

 

 

Yohan Cabaye's cracker earned ten-man Newcastle United a 1-1 draw away at Liverpool on Sunday in the Barclays Premier League.

 

The midfielder stunned Merseyside with a brilliant half-volley late in the first half, controlling Hatem Ben Arfa's cross and firing home into the top corner.

 

In doing so, Cabaye became the first Newcastle player since Patrick Kluivert, in 2004, to score at Anfield.

 

But the Reds applied plenty of pressure and were rewarded midway through the second period when Luis Suarez , raced onto a long ball, rounded Tim Krul and tapped in.

 

United captain Fabricio Coloccini received a straight red card with time ticking away for a late lunge on Suarez, but the visitors held firm for a share of the spoils.

 

The hosts made all the early running, with teenager Raheem Sterling in particular causing plenty of problems down the hosts' left hand side.

 

Suso cut in from the right in the eighth minute but a fine challenge from Davide Santon diverted the winger's low shot behind for a corner, while Sterling drilled narrowly wide from 25 yards soon after.

 

It took 15 minutes for Newcastle to muster their first attempt and it came courtesy of their first spell of decent pressure.

 

Ben Arfa worked the ball from right to left to James Perch, who instantly fed Davide Santon out on the touchline.

 

The Italian raced forward before slipping it inside to Ba who, took a touch before sending a long-range rising shot over the top.

 

Liverpool hit back and Suarez curled a free-kick around the wall and inches off target, before going even closer when only the legs of Tim Krul prevented the Uruguayan from breaking the deadlock.

 

The little front man was not just causing problems on the floor, as he rose above Steven Taylor at the far post to head goalwards but failed to trouble Krul.

 

For all the Reds' first half dominance, they were hit by a stunning sucker punch a couple of minutes before the break.

 

Ben Arfa tricked his way down the right before chipping a cross towards the far post, which looked to have missed its intended target as Cabaye picked it up on the opposite flank.

 

But the French playmaker had other ideas, taking a touch and sending an outstanding half-volley into the opposite corner of the net.

 

The second half didn't get off to the best of starts for the visitors, who were forced to withdraw Demba Ba after just four minutes - Sammy Ameobi coming on in his place.

 

Suarez was continuing to be a nuisance but on 58 minutes Krul was once again equal to his effort, this time after the forward had cut in from the left and curled an effort across the face of goal.

 

Seconds later, Nuri Sahin went even closer, beating Krul with his drive but seeing it roll inches the wrong side of the upright in front of the Kop.

 

Liverpool's pressure for an equaliser was growing and they sent on attacking midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in a bid to add more of a cutting edge in the final third.

 

And it had an immediate impact, although not directly through the former Charlton youngster.

 

Jonas Gutierrez's misplaced pass in the middle of the park was seized upon by Jose Enrique, who lofted a ball over the top of the visiting defence.

 

Suarez raced onto it, held off the challenge of Coloccini, rounded Krul and tapped into the empty net.

 

Newcastle responded through Ben Arfa's 25-yard free-kick which curled around the wall but also past the post, but at the other end only an outstanding sliding block prevented Stirling from getting a shot on target from close range.

 

It was becoming end-to-end stuff. Papiss Cisse turned and swivelled on a loose ball inside the area, dragging his effort wide, while Ben Arfa almost finished off a rapid counter attack, but Jones was down well to smother the strike.

 

United's task became even tougher with six minutes remaining as they were reduced to ten men, with Coloccini receiving his marching orders.

 

The centre-back caught Suarez late and high out on the left touchline and referee Anthony Taylor had no hesitation in pulling out a red card for the Magpies' skipper.

 

The hosts went in search of a winner and Shelvey had two efforts - a shot and a header - saved by Krul, while the stopper was almost caught out by a deflected free-kick which bounced up and over him but onto the top of the crossbar.

 

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Newcastle held firm to record an impressive point on their travels.

 

 

Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Brad Jones; Andre Wisdom, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique; Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin (Stewart Downing 74); Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard (c), Suso (Jonjo Shelvey 68); Luis Suarez

 

Subs not used: Peter Gulacsi, Sebastian Coates, Jamie Carragher, Jordan Henderson, Oussama Assaidi

 

 

Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Vurnon Anita, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Yohan Cabaye (Shane Ferguson 68), James Perch (Danny Simpson 26), Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba (Sammy Ameobi 49), Papiss Cisse

 

Subs not used: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi

 

 

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Manchester)

 

Bookings: Liverpool - none; Newcastle - Santon (90)

 

Sendings Off: Liverpool - none; Newcastle - Coloccini (84)

 

 

Attendance: 44,803

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