Sunday, December 27, 2009

Boxing Day Matches

Two Boxing Day games that I was glued to:

In the Celtic-Hamilton match, Glenn Loovens opened the scoring when he volleyed in a Barry Robson corner (13). The home side went on to dominate for long spells, but Accies keeper Tomas Cerny made great saves to thwart the Bhoys, until Celtic settled the game for good with a 18-yard sizzler from substitute Niall McGinn (90+1).

And down south, the match that Liverpool must win, against Wolverhampton – for obvious reasons. I loved the ‘Inside Sport’ headline in UK’s The Independent on Sunday: “Gerrard finds his form to feast on the Wolves”. Unfortunately, it was not as dramatically one-sided as that – even though the Reds won. Liverpool had to wait until Wolverhampton were down to 10 men before they could convert their dominance into a lead but I suppose it will take small steps like this to get their season back on track.
Liverpool’s Emiliano Insua sped down the left to send over a fine hanging cross that allowed team-mate Steven Gerrard to shrug off the back-tracking Milijas to firmly head into the corner of the net (62). And then Yossi Benayoun collected Fabio Aurelio's deep cross from the left and beat Wolves goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, thanks to a deflection from Wolverhampton substitute George Elokobi (70). Liverpool won 2-0 and hopefully, Gerrard will start working with Torres and form the lethal partnership that they were meant to be.

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