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March 18, 2012
• Anfield, Liverpool
Referee: K. Friend
• Attendance: 43962
FULL TIME! Liverpool will be making a return to Wembley after goals from Luis Suarez and Stewart Downing helped seal a place in the FA Cup semi-finals for Kenny Dalglish's side.
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Yellow Card Marc Wilson
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Liverpool nearly get a third in injury time as Henderson floats a ball in from the right wing to Carroll, but before he can get his head to the ball Shawcross clears for a corner.
The visitors attempt to get back on level terms with a couple of Jermaine Pennant corners which are eventually cleared. Then Stoke get a throw in which Delap takes long, but Reina holds onto at the second attempt.
Stoke are now hoping to put the ball long in search of Crouch or Walters in order to get a dramatic equaliser to take the game back to the Britainnia Stadium.
Liverpool are continuing to keep a hold of the ball, making sure that Stoke can get a strike on Reina's goal in order to take this game to a replay.
Kelly looks to get forward on the right wing for Liverpool, exchanging passes with Kuyt, but Shawcross got in front of the full back in order to prevent his side from going two behind.
Now it's Jay Spearing who tries his luck from outside the box, but once again the ball goes well over the bar.
Yellow Card Ryan Shawcross
Gerrard shows his class with a superb whipped cross in the direction of Carroll, but the Liverpool striker can only nod his attempt wide of goal.
Tony Pulis has decided to go for his set piece specialist, as Rory Delap comes off the bench in order to add an extra danger to the Liverpool rearguard should they concede any throw ins.
Stoke haven't been able to get back into the game in the similar style in which they did when they scored the equaliser, which will leave Tony pulis looking to change it in order to keep his side in the tie.
Suarez is the next Liverpool player to try his luck with a long range effort, but Sorensen does well to save the ball at the second attempt and make sure that his side don't fall two behind in the quarter final tie.
Sorensen almost puts his team in danger, after catching the ball the keeper throws it out in search of Etherington, but the ball hits off the back of the winger and allows Kelly to race forward on the right wing, but his poor cross is cleared away by Robert Huth.
Dirk Kuyt has an attempt from just outside the area, but the Dutchman's strike lands in the arms of Sorensen in the Stoke goal.
The home side now look like they've taken full control of the game since the goal from Downing.
Goal Stewart Downing
GOAL! Liverpool get the lead back as Downing played a one-two with Gerrard, before striking the ball into the net from just inside the area.
The Potters are managing to hold on to the ball a lot better than they did in the first half.
The home side almost take the lead again as Stewart Downing hits a free kick fromt he left wing that Suarez gets his head to be the the ball goes just wide of Sorensen's left hand post.
Stoke continue to try the long throw tactic from Shotton, but he has failed to find his arm on several occasions now.
Gerrard starts the second half with a strike from the edge of the area which Sorensen gets down well to smother before Carroll can get near the ball.
Stoke City get the second half underway as they look to claim a place in the semi finals of the FA Cup.
HALF TIME! A strike from Luis Suarez was equalised so after by Peter Crouch who scored against his old club to set up what will be an interesting 45 minutes in the quarter final of the FA Cup.
Jose Enrique gets the ball on the left wing and attempts a cross wihich lands safely in the arms of Sorensen in the Potters goal.
Reds skipper Gerrard tries his luck with a free kick from the edge of the area after Suarez was held by Ryan Shawcross, but Gerrard's strike went well over the bar.
Liverpool almost retake the lead as Suarez gets the ball on the right hand side of the penalty area after a good passing move from the Reds, but his strike fails to trouble Sorensen.
Tony Pulis' side are starting to play with more confidence after the equaliser, looking to spread the ball around the park and especially looking to get the ball wide on the left to Etherington.
Shotton tries a throw in from the six yards from the by-line, but the winger can't get the same length as teammate Rory Delap to get Stoke into the lead.
The visitors almost take the lead as Dean Whitehead finds Walters racing in on goal, but the striker's shot goes wide of Reina's goal.
Yellow Card Andy Wilkinson
Liverpool try to regain the lead as Jay Spearing crosses from the right wing to Andy Carroll, who blazes the ball over the bar into the Kop.
Yellow Card Pepe Reina
Goal Peter Crouch
GOAL! The former Liverpool striker Crouch gets the equaliser after a succession of corners. The hitman got onto the end of a corner from Etherington to the delight of the Stoke supporters behind the goal.
Stoke nearly reply immediately as Andy Wilkinson crosses from the right towards Jonathan Walters, but Jamie Carragher manages to get a touch in order to divert for a corner.
Goal Luis Suárez
GOAL! A superb strike from Suarez, after the striker had played a one-two with Rodriguez, he then curled the ball around the helpless Thomas Sorensen from the edge of the area and into the ball of the next
Shotton tries his luck with an effort from well outside the box for Stoke, but unfortunately for the winger his strike goes wide of Reina's right hand post and out for a goal kick.
Still both side continue to play the ball in the centre of the park, without being able to breakthrough, either due to the opposition defence, or due to their own slack passing.
Yellow Card Glenn Whelan
Liverpool are failing to get forward enough, with Luis Suarez lying very deep due to the way in which the Stoke defence have started in the opening quarter of an hour.
Peter Crouch gets the first chance for Stoke as he peels off at the back post after a cross in from the right, but his header lands safety in the arms of Pepe Reina in the Liverpool goal.
The ball is in the middle of the park for the first ten minutes, with netiher side being able to get a real chance on goal so far.
A couple of early knocks for players so far in the game, with Matthew Etherington going down under challenge from Martin Kelly and now Liverpool skipper Gerrard has gone down after a foul from Ryan Shotton.
Yellow Card Martin Kelly
Liverpool have started off the brighter of the two sides as they go in search of their second trophy of the season so far.
The home side have the first chance of the game as Steven Gerrard whips in a free kick from the left wing that Maxi Rodriguez manages to get his head to, but the ball goes wide of goal.
Liverpool get the first half underway, the Reds are in their traditional red home kit, while Stoke are wearing blue and black vertical strips.
Stoke City’s subs are: Nash, Jones, Pennant, Upson, Delap, Jerome, Palacios.
Stoke City line-up is as follows: Sorensen; Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson; Shotton, Whitehead, Whelan, Etherington; Walters, Crouch.
Liverpool’s subs are: Doni, Henderson, Coates, Kuyt, Adam, Flanagan, Shelvey.
The Liverpool team for today is: Reina; Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Jose Enrique; Maxi, Gerrard, Spearing, Downing; Suarez, Carroll.
Stoke City made it to this stage with away wins over lower league opposition, defeating Gillingham, Derby and Crawley, as the look for their second semi-final appearance in two years, beating Bolton 5-0 before succumbing to Manchester City in last year’s final.
Liverpool made it into the quarter final stages of the FA Cup with home victories over Oldham, Manchester United and Brighton, which sees Kenny Dalglish’s side only one step from a Wembley return, were they picked up the League Cup against Cardiff last month.
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com’s live commentary of the FA Cup quarter final between Liverpool and Stoke City, my name is Matthew Harold and I will be guiding you through the next 90 minutes of action.
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