EPL 2013-14: Liverpool vs Newcastle United - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Dattaraj Thaly
90+5' The game is over. Liverpool finish second. The season is over for them. They put up a spirited fight. But no winners medal for Gerrard.
90+2' Liverpool are passing the ball around.
90' Four minutes added on by the assistant.
89' Clumsy challenge by Leiva. He too is being booked by the ref.
RED Another player sent off for Newcastle. Ryan Dummett is red carded for taking down his opponent instead of the ball. Poor tackle. Deserved a sending off.
86' Phil Dowd is being kept busy by the players. Agger commits a foul compelling the ref to blow his whistle and stop the play.
84' Sam Ameobi is warned by Phil Dowd. Lets him go with just a warning for a sliding tackle.
82' Now Newcastle make their change as well. Tiote off. Dummett on.
80' Liverpool are making a change here. They bring on Lucas Leiva for Sturridge who goes off to a round of applause.
SUBSTITUTION Gouffran is off. He has had a decent game. On comes Sam Ameobi.
77' Krul takes the free-kick and sends one deep into the Liverpool half.
76' Sterling commits a foul. Free-kick to Newcastle.
74' YELLOW Sam Ameobi goes into the ref's book.
73' Anita's free-kick had power but lacked accuracy and went straight to Mignolet.
SUBSTITUTION Steven Taylor is being replaced by Luuk de Jong.
71' Cheik Tiote is down. The medical staff is on the ground to assist him.
69' Cissokho was through on goal but the flag is up. Off-side.
This perfectly sums up Newcastle's season. Great first half and complete self-destruction in the second half.
66'RED! Shola Ameobi sent off after a verbal duel with the ref after he was shown a yellow. Early end of the season for him.
Gerrard's free-kick finds Sturridge who scores after a lovely first touch.
66'GOAL! Sturridge makes is 2-1. Liverpool have turned it around in a matter of minutes.
Agger converts a close range effort. Assist for Gerrard. 1-1.
64' GOAL! Daniel Agger scores for Liverpool.
63' YELLOW. Second yellow card of the match. Anita makes it to Dowd's book.
62' Coutinho's corner is cleared by the defense.
60' Nothing has been happening for Sturridge today. Another effort sailing wide off the target.
SUBSTITUTION Joe Allen off. Coutinho on.
59' Krul has been called into action again off Suarez's free kick.
58' Williamson makes a poor tackle. The game is stopped by Phil Dowd to award a free-kick to Liverpool.
58' Anita tries to find a teammate with a long ball but the danger has been cut out by the Liverpool defense.
56' Gerrard takes the free-kick and lofts a long ball ahead. Poor effort from Stevie G.
56' Steven Taylor need to be careful here. He commits another foul and has been warned by the ref.
55' Gerrard meets the corner ball. Unfortunately the effort is wide. Good effort.
54' Liverpool have won a corner. All they key players in the final third. Suarez to take it.
53' Newcastle defense is alert to the danger of a Johnson ball that could have found Sterling in a dangerous position.
52' Newcastle seem to be growing in confidence now. They are masterfully stroking the ball across the field and frustrating the home fans. Liverpool seem to be deflated and demoralised.
Kompany has scored a second goal for City.
49' Corner to Liverpool. Suarez to take it.
46' SUBSTITUTION Cissokho on for Flanagan.
46' Second half is underway.
Half time at Anfield, and the Premier League trophy should stay in Manchester as things stand. Yes, the blue half of Manchester. Sturridge's brutal miss was the only clear scoring opportunity for Liverpool. It has been a cagey affair so far with the ball mostly stuck in the midfield. Liverpool need to come out with a positive frame of mind, which may not be easy considering City are winning easily at Eithad. However, stranger things have happened on the last day of the Premier League.
45+3' That is the end of the first half. Liverpool 0-1 Newcastle.
45+1' Raheem Sterling's long switch pass doesn't meet his man.
45' TWO minutes of added time has been signalled by the assistant ref.
45' Ameobi latches on to a good low ball and released the shoot fairly quickly. Good thinking by Ameobi but the effort is wide off the right post.
42' Haidara hadles the ball. Ref blows the whistle. Good call by Phil Dowd there.
41' Sturridge is getting involved in this game now, almost scores the equalizer by meeting a lovely Gerrard pass with his head. The effort though does not do justice to the quality of the ball. Wide
40's CORNER. Gerrard's corner is punched away from danger by Krul.
40' Daniel Sturridge can't make the most of a good ball. Poor control from Sturridge.
Samir Nasri has just put City ahead against West Ham.
37' Throw-in for Newcastle.
35' YELLOW! First yellow card of the match is handed out to Debauchy by Phil Dowd.
34' Suarez is onto a superb through-ball that completely split the Newcastle defense. Smart save by Krul who pushes the effort preventing the ball from entering the bottom left corner of the Newcastle goal.
32' Suarez's effort hits straight into the Newcastle wall.
31' Suarez on the ball gain. 25-metres between him and the goal.
31' Foul has been called by the ref on Steven Taylor. Clumsy challenge by the Newcastle defender.
29' Quick free-kick by Suarez. Makes a short pass to pu things quickly in motion.
29' Gouffran has missed a great chance here. The home fans though they had their second goal. Great solo effort from Gouffran ending up with a wondeful save by Mingnolet who has been excellent for Liverpool this season.
25' Shola Ameobi is now caught off-side at the other end. Dowd blows the whistle.
24' Liverpool win a corner. Gerrard to take it. Agger meets Stevie G's corner and works the goalkeeper. Decent effort, good save by Krul.
20' GOAL- Oh dear, Skrtel has scored an own goal while attempting to prevent a cross. You have to feel for the defender there. Anfield is sstunned. That's Skrtel's 4th own goal in this season.
18' Long distance effort from Glenn Johnson is met with easily by the defender.
16' Sterling powerful shot is off the mark. Nothing to worry for Krul in goal.
14' Newcastle are keeping hold of the posession but the Liverpool defense is firm and resolute.
12' Gerrad's freekick is booted out by the Newcastle defense
9 Johnson is muscled off the ball
8 Agger makes a superb tackle intercepting Sissoko's pass.
5' Gouffran's corner does not pose any threat to Liverpool. Ball out for a throw-in.
4' First corner of the match is awarded to Newcastle
3' Flanagan's decent ball is cleared by the defense.
2' Liverpool seizing control of the ball and playing it around nicely.
1' The first half is underway
The final day of the Barclays Premier League is upon us. The best team in the land will be crowned today. Liverpool fans are hoping for a favour from the Hammers today. If Liverpool beat Newcastle and West Ham shock City at the Etihad, the scousers will be crowned champions for the first time since the inception of league in 1992.
The season has turned on its head for Liverpool after dropping points against Chelsea and Crystal Palace. From front runners, now they no longer control their fate. It is City who will have the final say on the destination of the beautiful Premier League trophy. Of course unless Big Sam and his West Ham team have other plans.
Liverpool are two points and 13 in goal difference behind City. After winning 11 successive matches, Liverpool were firm favorites to win the league and hand Steven Gerrard a much deserved opportunity to win his first winners medal. However, if things don`t go as per plan, Liverpool will take positives from a second place finish, which is an improvement from their woeful seventh place finish last year.
Alan Pardew on the other hand was handed a seven-year deal last year. Pardew had to guarantee a top 10 finish, which he has done. But the fans seem to have lost faith in the manager and have repeatedly called for Pardew`s head in the last few months. The St. James` Park faithful have been left disappointed with club earning just 16 points in 2014 from their 18 games.
Newcastle have nothing to play for especially since they have performed far better during this campaign than previous one. Liverpool are almost certain to beat them, which is why all scousers will have their attention set on the events at the Etihad. It is West Ham who will be kingmakers this season is what every Liverpool fans is hoping for.