September 23, 2012
Man. U come from behind to down Liverpool
By Sports Network
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Manchester United surrendered the opening goal at Anfield on Sunday but stormed back to claim a 2-1 win over 10- man Liverpool and climb back into second place.
Jonjo Shelvey erased his fine performance in Europa League play on Thursday by picking up a red card for a rash, two-footed challenge on Jonny Evans in the 39th minute.
Despite playing down a man, Liverpool still managed to grab the lead shortly after the halftime break when Steven Gerrard smashed a half-volley past Anders Lindegaard from 12 yards out.
United answered quickly as Rafael equalized in the 51st minute through a superb curling shot from a tough angle with his weaker left foot.
The comeback was complete nine minutes from time when Antonia Valencia marched down the right flank with pace and drew a foul from Glen Johnson's challenge in the box. Robin van Persie banished any lingering doubt about United's impotence from the penalty spot this season, hammering the ensuing kick past Pepe Reina for his fifth goal of the campaign.
United restores its second-place position by improving to 12 points on the season, while Liverpool remains third from bottom on two points as the fabled club continues its quest for a first league victory under manager Brendan Rodgers.
Arsenal 1, Manchester City 1
Manchester, England - Arsenal and Manchester City both remained unbeaten on Sunday as the two sides played to a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium with the Gunners scoring the equalizer in the 82nd minute through Laurent Koscielny.
City grabbed the lead five minutes before halftime when David Silva's corner kick was played into the six-yard box for Joleon Lescott, who got up to head the ball home after Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone judged the cross poorly.
The visitors pressed for an equalizer in the second half, and after City goalkeeper Joe Hart did well to keep out a shot from Santi Cazorla, Arsenal scored on the ensuing corner kick.
Cazorla's cross wasn't properly cleared by a City defender and it fell for Koscielny to slam past Hart from 10 yards.
Newcastle 1, Norwich City 0
Newcastle, England - Demba Ba's fourth goal in five games was enough to hand Newcastle its second win of the season on Sunday, a 1-0 home victory against Norwich City.
Ba was on target for the Magpies in the 19th minute when he finished off a nice ball from Hatem Ben Arfa, while Newcastle had a chance to extend its lead before halftime.
Norwich's Steve Morison knocked over Newcastle's Michael Williamson inside the penalty area, handing the hosts an opportunity from the spot to double the lead.
However, Papiss Cisse fired over the crossbar from 12 yards, although his team still held on for the win.
Tottenham 2, QPR 1
London, England - QPR is still searching for its first win of the campaign after the club suffered a 2-1 defeat against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
The visitors jumped out to a 1-0 halftime lead when Bobby Zamora finished off Alejandro Faurlin's through ball.
But Faurlin gave the goal back in the 59th minute when he redirected a headed pass into his own net from inside the six-yard box.
The winning goal arrived two minutes later and it came on the break as Gareth Bale's shot was saved onto the crossbar by goalkeeper Julio Cesar, only for Jermain Defoe to score on the rebound.