Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United (22.03.2015) Live Commentary

The fans could demand a bit more entertainment for their money. There haven’t really been much to see but for an occasional opportunity now and then. The away side was dominant and dictated the tempo of the game. The home side was creating their opportunities using lightning-fast counter-attacks. The tactic of the away side was slow build-up play.
That is the end of the match.
Daley Blind (Manchester United) will be replaced by Marcos Rojo (Manchester United).
Penalty saved! Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) sends the penalty towards the left hand side of the goal, but Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) pulls off a wonderful save to deny the effort.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) is going to take the penalty!
Emre Can (Liverpool) should calm his temper, this was too much! He robbed the opponent of the ball, but Martin Atkinson calls for a foul. The referee blows the whistle after chaos inside the box. Manchester United have been awarded a penalty!
Manchester United are showing great team-chemistry. They are passing it around beautifully. Excellent team work.
4 additional min. will be played.
The free kick from long range. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) sends over a cross but the defence is alert.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) makes a foul. At least that’s what referee Martin Atkinson signals. Liverpool are awarded a free kick.
An opponent raises on his feet after being downed by Joe Allen (Liverpool). Martin Atkinson saw his sliding tackle and calls for a foul.
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) launches a powerful cross from the corner into the box, but the ball is intercepted by the defender.
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area which is cleared by an opposing player. The ball goes out-of-play. Liverpool are awarded a corner kick.
The referee gives a time for a substitution. Ander Herrera (Manchester United) will be replaced by Falcao (Manchester United).
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) lifts the ball into the box from the corner, but one of the defending players gets there first to head it clear.
Joe Allen (Liverpool) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out. The ball is out-of-play. Liverpool will have a chance to score from a corner.
Mario Balotelli (Liverpool) with a through ball which would have led to a great opportunity, if it hadn’t been stopped by the defence. It’s a throw-in for Liverpool.
Manchester United are bossing possession at the moment by exchanging some precise passes from player to player.
Mario Balotelli (Liverpool) hits the ball from the free kick, but he can’t send it through a well-placed wall of defenders. His effort didn’t meet with a success.
Martin Atkinson blows the whistle. Chris Smalling (Manchester United) committed a foul when he hit the opponent’s legs instead of the ball. Liverpool are awarded a free kick from a dangerous position.
Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) is able to continue to play.
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Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. How serious is his injury is yet to be found out.
Angel Di Maria (Manchester United) sends the ball into the penalty area from a free kick few yards outside the box. The cross was very nice, but the goalkeeper showed himself in good light as he leaps high to intercept the ball.
Dangerous play by Joe Allen (Liverpool). Martin Atkinson blows his whistle for a foul. A free kick to Manchester United. They can move closer towards the goal.
Goal! Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) provides Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) with a nice pass inside the box. It allows him to finish with a precise effort inside the right post. 1:2.
Today’s referee Martin Atkinson rightly decides to book Mario Balotelli (Liverpool) for his harsh tackle.
Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) comes off the pitch to be replaced by Mario Balotelli (Liverpool).
A pass by Angel Di Maria (Manchester United) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
It’s a goal! Mata (Manchester United) shows his great skills as he volleys the ball from inside the box into the left side of the target. The assistance goes to Angel Di Maria (Manchester United), the score is 0:2.
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) takes the free kick but it is cleared by the first man.
Phil Jones (Manchester United) sees a yellow card from Martin Atkinson after he sent one of the opposing players to the ground.
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Angel Di Maria (Manchester United) comes onto the pitch for Ashley Young (Manchester United).
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wastes a big chance! He unleashes a shot from the edge of the box and it goes narrowly over the crossbar.
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) clips a neat ball into the box in the direction of Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), but he can’t get on the end of a pass. The ball goes out-of-play and Manchester United will have a goal kick.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) should know this behaviour is beyond the rules. He was too careless with his challenge and made Martin Atkinson blow the whistle.
The expression of the main referee Martin Atkinson is crystal clear. This behaviour won’t be tolerated. Ander Herrera (Manchester United) is shown a yellow card.
What a stupid reaction by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool). The referee gives him a fully deserved red card and he has to leave the pitch. Today’s match ended for him.
Brendan Rodgers has made a change at the break. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) has come on in place of Adam Lallana (Liverpool).
We are entering into the second half.
Most of the fans probably aren’t overly pleased with the development of the game. It hasn’t been very exciting show so far. The visitors mostly control the match and make it pretty difficult for the opponent to keep pace. The home team’s main weapon are fast counter-attacks, while the away side attempts to hold onto the ball for as long as possible.
The end of the first half.
Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) blocks a long-range effort from Michael Carrick (Manchester United), which was directed towards the right side of the goal.
We will have 2 min. of added time.
An offensive foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) was seen by Martin Atkinson who didn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
The game is interrupted as Mata (Manchester United) is flagged for offside.
The statistics of shots at goal – 1:4.
Mata (Manchester United) sends in the corner, but he fails to find the head of any of his teamamtes, and the the defence makes a clearance.
Daley Blind (Manchester United) can’t slip the ball through and the move breaks down. Manchester United have been awarded a corner kick.
This one will not go through. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) lines up a shot from the edge of the box and goes for goal, but the effort is well blocked by a defender.
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) commits an ugly tackle on his opponent, but there is no caution from the referee.
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) slides a brilliant pass to Adam Lallana (Liverpool), who takes a shot from inside the box but it goes by a whisker wide of the left post.
Martin Atkinson has a clear vision and sees a foul from Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) attempts to create a scoring opportunity with a wonderful long ball, but his pass is blocked.
Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) with a teasing cross into the area, but David de Gea (Manchester United) intercepts the ball.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) hammers the ball from far out, but unfortunately for him, the ball hit an opposing player on its way who reacted brilliantly to block that shot.
Mata (Manchester United) takes the corner and sends it into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and makes a good clearance.
Ander Herrera (Manchester United) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge. Manchester United get a corner.
Daley Blind (Manchester United) sends the ball into the box from the side of the pitch, but his cross is blocked.
Neat passing move from Manchester United in order to create new attacking opportunities.
Adam Lallana (Liverpool) has picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue.
The game is interrupted now, Adam Lallana (Liverpool) picks up a knock and the physio has to come.
Phil Jones (Manchester United) makes a rough challenge and Martin Atkinson blows his whistle for a foul.
Like an avalanche. Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) is penalised for his attacking foul. Martin Atkinson has a clear vision and blows the whistle. Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) is arguing, but the referee’s decision cannot be changed.
Mata (Manchester United) whips in the resulting set piece which has been cleared.
Martin Atkinson pulls out a yellow card to show it to Joe Allen (Liverpool) for a tough tackle.
What a chance by Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) as he produced a stunning snap shot from the edge of the box! The goalkeeper was a bit lucky as the ball goes inches over the crossbar.
The assistant referee signals offside, and the main referee confirms his decision. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) is the one who was caught offside.
Ander Herrera (Manchester United) passes the ball into the penalty area. Mata (Manchester United) connects with it and quickly sends it to the bottom left corner as it bounces in off the post! The goalkeeper was helpless. 0:1!
Flag up against Wayne Rooney (Manchester United). He had space to move into behind the defence, but he went too soon.
Phil Jones (Manchester United) is penalised for tripping, a poor challenge. Martin Atkinson, blowing his whistle for a foul, makes it clear he won’t tolerate such behaviour.
Some neat passing and movement from Manchester United as they are producing short passes in order to create a new attacking opportunity.
The free kick is taken by Mata (Manchester United), but the delivery it’s cleared.
Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) with a rough challenge, Martin Atkinson blows his whistle for a foul. Manchester United are awarded the free kick.
Michael Carrick (Manchester United) sends a long ball in, but Simon Mignolet comfortably gathers the ball.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked.
Mata (Manchester United) launches the ball from the resulting corner, but one of the defenders is first to the ball and averts the threat.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears. Manchester United will take a corner kick.
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The players are out and the match is about to start. Manchester United will have the kick-off.
Martin Atkinson is introduced as the main referee for today’s match.
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