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  • November 27, 2011
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 45071
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Live Commentary

  • 90' + 4'
    That'll do it for me, Shane Evans (@shanevans) bringing you live commentary of today's 1-1 match between unbeaten Manchester City and Liverpool. As always, good day, Godspeed and Golden Balls!
  • 90' + 4'
    And that's the last big action of the match. The whistle goes and it ends in a 1-1 deadlock.
  • 90' + 3'
    Hart with a MAGNIFICENT save off of a Carroll header. Couldn't have stretched any further. Great effort to keep it level.
  • 90' + 2'
    Liverpool still pushing for a winner. Just over a minute to do it.
  • 90' + 1'
    SubstitutionDavid Silva Kolo Toure
  • 90'
    Yellow Card Andy Carroll
    Carroll then goes in the book for a bit of a rambunctious challenge from behind.
  • 90'
    Three minutes of stoppages to come.
  • 89'
    Dzeko breaks quickly down the left, shocking Liverpool and is able to play in Silva who has only the keeper to beat. Takes too long and has his tame shot stopped off the line by Skrtel.
  • 88'
    Lucas and Suarez combine well down the right and the move ends with a nice hard shot by Suarez that Hart parries wonderfully away.
  • 87'
    City defending well despite being down a man. Trying to see off these last few minutes.
  • 86'
    Yellow Card James Milner
    Little stamp by Milner on Enrique and gets a yellow for his trouble.
  • 85'
    Following the red, on comes Andy Carroll to try and get a winner.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionDirk Kuyt Andy Carroll
  • 83'
    Yellow/Red Mario Balotelli
    And more drama follows Balotelli. Going for a ball with Skrtel, he puts his elbow right into the defender's head. Not even jumping for the ball. Second yellow and a red to follow. Stupidity.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionSergio Agüero Edin Dzeko
  • 82'
    Aguero coming off for Edin Dzeko.
  • 80'
    Wriggling his way through the box, Suarez goes down from a Lescott challenge but nothing is called. Could have gone either way.
  • 80'
    This could be the first time all season that Man City have been on the back foot for an extended period.
  • 78'
    A deep ball is played in and Downing has another chance on the volley but this time he is too close to the goal and slices it across goal. Kuyt was in there, though.
  • 77'
    Yellow Card Mario Balotelli
    Down the right, Johnson tries to get inside and Balotelli with the most blatant pull back I have ever seen. Doesn't argue though, credit to him.
  • 77'
    The free kick comes in and flicks around the box and Skrtel has a leg out at it in front of goal but couldn't connect. City lucky again.
  • 76'
    Enrique goes forward and no one really presses so he keeps going and going and gets into the box and fires and it goes high and wide.
  • 74'
    Liverpool come very close as Suarez gets to the byline and plays in a low cross that bounces off of Kuyt, then Lescott and then away for a goal kick. Really lucky there was City.
  • 71'
    Funny little interchange as ball is slid to Balotelli who watches Skrtel stumble on the turf. Thinking he was in, the Italian got a bit ahead of himself and stumbles as well. Got a little chuckle out of me.
  • 71'
    Henderson on the ball for a second, but he's been largely invisible in this one.
  • 70'
    Liverpool passing around at the back now. Taking its time with a move forward forthcoming.
  • 68'
    Balotelli troubles Agger into a weird pass to Reina from inside the box. Could have gone much worse if the Spanish keeper wasn't off his line.
  • 67'
    Coming in from the corner, Downing is picked out at the top of the box and scuffs his half volley that still forces a brilliant save out of Joe Hart, just under his bar.
  • 66'
    A nice fight down in the corner from a deep ball between Suarez and Kompany ends in a Liverpool corner, much to the Belgian's chagrin.
  • 65'
    SubstitutionSamir Nasri Mario Balotelli
  • 65'
    Sporting a new hairdo, now blonde, Mario Balotelli comes on for Nasri. Yes, gloves are on.
  • 64'
    Yaya makes a run through the middle but is tackled beautifully by Lucas. The Brazilian has really come on in recent years.
  • 63'
    Bodies flying again! Everyone running into each other with the effort at 100%. Love it.
  • 62'
    Reina drawn out of his net by an onrushing Aguero who is tackled by the keeper for a throw.
  • 61'
    Just passed the hour mark and still waiting for the go-ahead tally here. Both teams look eager.
  • 59'
    Corner comes in and is punched away nicely by Reina.
  • 59'
    Clichy puts a tasty ball into the box from wide left. Was low, curling and hard. Forced a clearance by Enrique for a corner.
  • 57'
    Liverpool looking to get forward but Kuyt plays Henderson in through an offsides position. Unfortunate as the move was developing nicely.
  • 54'
    Blue moon falling. A number of City players on the deck at the moment. Looks like Richards and Aguero.
  • 53'
    Downing plays a ball in that is deflected. Kuyt gets a head on it and puts it a bit far wide for his standards. Should have been on target.
  • 52'
    Yaya again on the ball in the middle and tries to slide Aguero through but the forward was just offsides. Nice ball though.
  • 50'
    Yaya has a nice little sojourn around the middle of the park but his fancy footwork comes to nothing and is dispossessed.
  • 48'
    Lots of pressure by Liverpool with Henderson getting on the ball at the top of the box. Ball bobbles and he tries to juggle his way to the shot but it ends up going behind for a corner. Then nothing came of it. City ball.
  • 47'
    Aguero looks a different class up to his cross just now. Beating Agger but his chipped ball is tame and pushed away.
  • 46'
    Right from the tap, former Arsenal boys Clichy and Nasri work a nice little one-two that sees Nasri have a shot from the top of the box. Flies wide however.
  • 46'
    Here we go, ladies and gents. Strap in.
  • Nearly ready for the start of the second period. Until then, follow me on Twitter @shanevans. It'll be fun!
  • 45' + 2'
    There's the whistle. Halftime is here. Will be back with you shortly. Don't miss me too much.
  • 45' + 2'
    Aguero and Silva work a nice move into the box with the Argentine having a go from just out side the six-yard box on the far post. Stopped well by Reina and then cleared.
  • 45' + 1'
    We'll have just one minute of stoppages here, folks.
  • 44'
    City eventually win a free kick in a good area by the touchline that Silva will take. Nope, slides to Nasri and its cleared away.
  • 43'
    The bodies start to fly around Anfield now as one player after another gets sent to the deck. Pretty exciting stuff.
  • 41'
    Yaya lines one up from about 30 yards and scuffs it wide of the post. Worth a go though, ya know?
  • 40'
    City trying to get a foot back in this one as its been all Liverpool since the second goal.
  • 38'
    Suarez and Johnson causing trouble down the right. The full back cuts in and has a curled go with his left and just misses the far post. Cheeky laddy.
  • 37'
    City get cut to shreds by Suarez who plays in Kuyt. The Dutchman draws out Hart along the goalline and slides it back to Adam at the top of the box. Hart gets an outstretched foot on a hard shot from Adam to keep things level. Great save.
  • 35'
    Perhaps things will slow down a bit now? Doubt it.
  • 33'
    Assist Charlie Adam
  • 33'
    Own Goal Joleon Lescott
    GOAL! 1-1!!! Adam takes a shot from long range that is stupidly deflected by Lescott right into his own net. The original take was destined for the corner flag, not the net. Lescott sent his keeper the wrong way. Brilliant stuff. 107 seconds between goals.
  • 32'
    Yellow Card Gareth Barry
    Seconds after the goal, Barry goes in the book for a late challenge.
  • 31'
    Assist David Silva
  • 31'
    Goal Vincent Kompany
    1-0 CITY! What a brilliant corner finished with an amazing header. Ball comes in with pace and is played off the shoulder of Kompany at the near post all the way to the far post and in. The breakthrough has been had.
  • 30'
    Right back down the other end, Silva wins a corner for City.
  • 29'
    Glen Johnson gets the ball down the right and puts it across the pitch to no one. Nice.
  • 28'
    Downing puts in a nice cross that is pushed away. Then Adam charges and has his cross go behind for a corner. Good pressure again by the Reds. Corner comes to nothing however.
  • 26'
    Things have slowed down a touch now. Both teams trying to figure the other out.
  • 24'
    Poor ball though as his hit goes off the first man.
  • 24'
    Now a foul by Adam in a dangerous area for City. Silva to take.
  • 23'
    Great work from City's trio of Silva, Aguero and Nasri. Nasri with the low cross into the box that was just behind an open Aguero. Could have been one up.
  • 20'
    Some good moves by Aguero after a non-call. Dancing around the box, Aguero doesn't get a shot off and it eventually goes behind for a goal kick. Looked nice though.
  • 18'
    Both sides playing a game with about 7 midfielders and half a striker. Interesting stuff. Not really an English game.
  • 17'
    Holy moly...at the other end, Enrique passes back to Reina but is about 10 yards short and Reina had to bound out of his net to get it away. Didn't handle either.
  • 16'
    Liverpool with good pressure on the ball down the left. Causing problems for Barry. The ball is then played in low across the box by Adam who sees his ball cut out by Lescott just before it got to Kuyt. Boy howdy!
  • 14'
    From there, Liverpool work the ball around the pitch to Mr. Glen Johnson. The fullback went to the byline and just ran the ball out of bounds. Good work though from the England man.
  • 13'
    Yellow Card Vincent Kompany
    Ohhh cheeky cheeky. Kompany goes all in on Suarzes who megs him and is felled. Yellow card for the captain only 13 minutes in. Could be trouble.
  • 12'
    City fans singing for Mancini who turns 47 today! Lovely jubbly.
  • 11'
    Liverpool now try to get a foothold in the proceedings. Suarez puts in a deep wide cross hard through the box aiming for Downing. Just a bit too far.
  • 10'
    Bounced away easily by Liverpool...but City still has the possession.
  • 10'
    While I updated you on the cold weather fashion of the City players, they won a corner that Nasri takes.
  • 9'
    Fashion update: Yaya, Aguero, Silva, and Nasri all wearing gloves for City. Must be chilly...
  • 8'
    Samir Nasri everyone! He still exists!
  • 6'
    Silva to Clichy down the left and is forced behind by Johnson for a corner. From it, the ball bounces around and ends with Yaya on the half-volley. Early pressure by the leaders.
  • 5'
    No Balotelli or Dzeko today. Looks like Aguero up top all by his lonesome. Interesting choice by Mancini, given Liverpool's bigger center back combo.
  • 4'
    I like it so far. Lots of energy from both sides. Should be a fun one. I can feels it.
  • 3'
    Joe Hart sporting a haircut. Kid is also en fuego. Or just fuego. Either one.
  • 3'
    Suarez gets the ball early through the middle and puts a nice little move on Gareth Barry. Kid is en fuego lately.
  • 1'
    Liverpool start with the ball and knock it around calmly. Nice stuff.
  • 1'
    A moment of silence was had for the passing of Wales manager Gary Speed and Brad Jones' son before the match. Touching tribute.
  • 1'
    And we're underway!
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  • For Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Yaya, Barry, Milner, Silva, Nasri, Aguero. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kolo, De Jong, Johnson, Dzeko, Balotelli
  • For Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Enrique, Skrtel, Agger, Lucas, Adam, Henderson, Downing, Kuyt, Suarez. Subs: Doni, Kelly, Carragher, Maxi, Coates, Spearing, Carroll.
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