there http://csanz.edu.au/wp-admin/includes/class-file-upload-upgrader.php "sans-serif";”>There was a certain inevitability to the 219th Merseyside derby from the moment the Everton manager condemned Suárez and his “history” of diving on Friday. Namely, buy more about that it would return to bite his Scottish rear. The Uruguay international inflicted two punishing blows with a central role in the Liverpool goals that sparked a vast improvement and pulsating comeback from Everton but he could, visit this site and should, have left a deeper imprint at Goodison Park. He was prevented from giving Liverpool the first major Premier League win of the Brendan Rodgers’ era only by an assistant referee’s errant flag for offside in stoppage time. But Suárez being Suárez, that was not all.
Liverpool’s self-illuminated spotlight also responding to Moyes’ criticism with a celebratory dive in front of the Everton dugout, one that sparked mock outrage and claims of incitement afterwards. Nonsense, of course. And at least Suárez can no longer use the footballers’ usual excuse of never having read the papers.
Far worse was the spiteful challenge down the back of Sylvian Distin’s ankle for which he received a yellow card from referee Andre Marriner. Moyes viewed it a red card offence. Distin was simply lucky his foot was not embedded in the pitch when contact was made, and a break was avoided.
All of which detracted from an uncharacteristic open and entertaining derby in which both teams exited with cause for regret and relief. Everton will rue their dreadful start and failure to punish an inexperienced Liverpool team during a dominant, Kevin Mirallas-inspired finale to the first half. Liverpool’s regrets lay in stoppage time and the inability to withstand Everton’s belligerent reaction to falling two goals behind.
Moyes’s team began carelessly, slack passing and an exposed midfield the features of their opening, while Liverpool appeared content to counterattack dangerously through Suárez and Raheem Sterling throughout. They opened the scoring when Marriner played a good advantage following a foul by Steven Naismith on Suso and allowed José Enrique to reach the byline. His low centre evaded the Everton defence, Leighton Baines nudged Sterling aside, a foul according to Rodgers, but the ball fell to Suárez at the far post and his low shot struck the left-back and flew in. Suárez headed straight for the Everton dugout where, arms folded across chest, he executed a dive in front of Moyes. A quiet word from Marriner sufficed.
Six minutes later Suárez had a goal of his own when the Everton defence disintegrated at a Steven Gerrard free-kick. The Uruguayan was completely unmarked in front of goal as he glanced a header beyond Tim Howard.
Everton needed an instant response to avoid another derby day spent agonising over a wasted opportunity and got one when Brad Jones punched a Baines corner straight to Leon Osman on the edge of his area. Osman drove the return through a packed goalmouth, in off Joe Allen’s heel, and the contest was back on.
Moyes’s side dominated the rest of the opening half with Mirallas the key figure as he tormented the unprotected Liverpool right-back Andre Wisdom. A combination between the Belgians, Mirallas and Marouane Fellaini, conjured a deserved equaliser when the latter drove the ball across the Liverpool goalmouth and Naismith prodded home from close range.
Besides the goals, there was enough incident to keep rivalry aflame. There was a booking for a dive by Phil Neville, embarrassingly for Moyes given his pre-match warnings and one that earned his captain a dressing down at the interval. Sterling received a warning before and after being booked for persistent misconduct, with Howard racing from goal to demand a second yellow card for a foul on Baines.
Fortunately for Wisdom, though not Everton, the injured Mirallas failed to reappear for a second half in which Rodgers switched to a three-man central defence to stifle Fellaini’s aerial threat and get the full-backs to advance. The ploy succeeded defensively. Sterling squandered a glorious chance to restore Liverpool’s lead in a second half where they remained dangerous on the break, but Everton maintained overall control. It needed a challenge in keeping with a superb display from Martin Skrtel to prevent Nikica Jelavic converting Seamus Coleman’s cross and the Croatian headed badly wide from Baines’ inviting free-kick.
Despite holding the edge, Everton grew nervous as full-time approached and Liverpool sensed punishment. Everyone thought it had arrived when Suárez converted from close range after Sebastián Coates headed down another Gerrard free-kick. Gerrard raced half the length of the field to celebrate before the Liverpool section on his knees, oblivious to play continuing behind him. The assistant referee had flagged for offside, not a foul by Coates as he won the header. Wrongly, it transpired, and Everton were spared.
Man of the match Martin Skrtel (Liverpool)