Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool (16.03.2014) Live Commentary

90+5′
The fans on the stadium don’t have to regret buying the tickets as they have witnessed a great game today. The visiting team was controlling the game most of the time. Both teams attempted to hold onto the ball for as long as possible.
90+5′
 
That is the end of the match.
90+3′
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) takes the free kick and unleashes a strong shot from the edge of the box. Unfortunately for him, the ball curls inches over the crossbar. What a squandered chance! The ball is out-of-play. Goal kick.
90+3′
Mark Clattenburg blows the whistle. Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) committed a foul when he hit the opponent’s legs instead of the ball. Manchester United win a free kick. A promising situation for a direct shot.
90+3′
Robin van Persie (Manchester United) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area. The opposition’s defence is alert, and one of the defenders clears the ball away.
90+2′
 
The referee gives a time for a substitution. Daniel Sturridge will be replaced by Iago Aspas (Liverpool).
90+1′
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) receives a pass and tries his luck with a shot from 22 metres out. The effort, which is aimed towards the middle of the goal, is denied by David de Gea (Manchester United) who pulls off a comfortable save.
90′
Some great controlled play and passing in the middle of the pitch from Liverpool.
89′
 
This is how the both teams are doing in shots on target – 1:7.
88′
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) makes a yard for himself and unleashes a stunning shot from 25 metres out. His great effort, however, goes painfully wide of the left post. Here are some relaxing moments for the players. That will be a goal kick.
87′
 
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United) replaces Mata.
87′
 
The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) comes onto the pitch so that Steven Gerrard can be given a rest.
86′
It looks like Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) was seeing red according to his tackle. Mark Clattenburg won’t tolerate such behaviour on the pitch and blows for a foul. A free kick is given to Liverpool.
86′
Luis Suarez (Liverpool) crosses the ball forward but it is intercepted.
85′
 
Is that a yellow card in the referee’s hand? It is! Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) gets booked.
84′
 
Luis Suarez (Liverpool) connects with a pass inside the box and slams home, inside the left post. The goalkeeper was helpless.
84′
 
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates as he overhits the effort.
83′
Luis Suarez (Liverpool) takes the ball, nicely zig-zags through the defence, but his shot to the middle of the goal was perfectly denied by David de Gea. Liverpool force a corner. They send men into the box.
82′
The flag goes up and the referee blows his whistle – another offside by Robin van Persie (Manchester United). It is not surprising because he already has got caught several times today.
81′
A beautiful low pass from aside is received by Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) waiting for his chance. However, the opponent’s defence is alert and spanks the ball away.
78′
 
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) fails to score from the penalty spot! His effort crashes against the left post.
77′
 
Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) receives his second yellow card of the match and is sent off by the referee! The referee points to the penalty spot. Liverpool are awarded a penalty kick!
76′
 
Substitution. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) has come on for Adnan Januzaj.
76′
 
The manager has decided to make a substitution and Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) walks off the pitch to be replaced by Marouane Fellaini.
75′
Robin van Persie (Manchester United) meets a cross from Wayne Rooney, but he cannot keep his header on target. It goes well wide of the right post. The ball ends up behind the goal line. A goal kick will follow.
74′
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) gets a shot away from distance, but wasn’t really set to take it and fires high and wide. The ball is out-of-play. The goalkeeper is going to restart the game with a goal kick.
74′
 
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) floats the ball in from the corner which is intercepted.
74′
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) fires a powerful shot which is blocked. The ball is out-of-play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Liverpool.
72′
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) tries to hit a shot towards goal from long-range, but he miskicks the ball and it flies high over the crossbar. The ball goes out-of-play. Here is a goal kick.
72′
 
Substitution. Raheem Sterling makes way for Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).
71′
 
Mark Clattenburg shows a yellow card to Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) for a tough tackle.
71′
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) attempts to scoop the ball into the box through the defence, but one of the defending players produces a timely intervention.
70′
Luis Suarez (Liverpool) attempts to find one of his teammates inside the box with a chip pass, but one of the defending players reacts superbly and intercepts the ball.
69′
Patrice Evra (Manchester United) didn’t hesitate to clip a neat cross into the box from near the side line. It didn’t find its way to any of his teammates.
68′
The assistant referee raises his flag. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) is adjudged offside.
66′
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) unleashes a shot towards the goal, but his effort isn’t precise at all and it flies high over the bar. The ball goes to play from a goal kick.
66′
Mata (Manchester United) decides to strike the ball towards goal, but his effort fails to threaten the goalkeeper after being well blocked by one of the defenders.
66′
Patrice Evra (Manchester United) aims a lovely cross into the penalty area. Nevertheless, the opponent’s defence is alert and averts the danger with a brilliant clearance.
65′
Jon Flanagan (Liverpool) makes a rough challenge, and the referee blows for a foul.
64′
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) tries his luck and takes a shot from inside the box. His effort on goal is blocked by a defender.
62′
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) commits a foul during an attacking move.
61′
Luis Suarez (Liverpool) attempted to create a dangerous situation in front of the goal by putting a cross into the box, but the outcome differed from his intention, and no danger occurred.
61′
Luis Suarez (Liverpool) produces a quality pass into the box, the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball and spanks it away.
61′
The ball goes wide. Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) takes a goal kick.
58′
Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) attempts to slip the ball through the defence, but is unable to find any of his teammates.
58′
Daniel Agger (Liverpool) seems to have picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue playing.
56′
 
The game is interrupted now, Daniel Agger (Liverpool) picks up a knock and the physio has to come.
56′
Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) gets his head on the corner, but he can’t find the target as his header flies high over the crossbar. The ball crosses the byline and it is going to be a goal kick.
55′
 
Mata (Manchester United) will try to put the ball on the head of one of his teammates from a corner kick.
55′
Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent’s defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out. Manchester United have been awarded a corner kick.
54′
 
Mark Clattenburg shows a yellow card to Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) who can’t be surprised because his tackle was really hard.
54′
Luis Suarez (Liverpool) attempts to set up his teammate into a scoring opportunity with a fine chip pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders intercepts his effort.
54′
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) sends a pass which fails to reach any of his teammates.
52′
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) sends a sweet pass into the penalty area, but one of the defenders averts the danger.
51′
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) trips an opposition player, and Mark Clattenburg signals a foul.
50′
 
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) sends a poor cross from the corner and Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) has no trouble to gather it.
50′
None of the attacking players in the penalty area were able to connect with the lofted pass from Rafael (Manchester United). He’ll need to improve his accuracy for the next time. It will be a corner kick for Manchester United.
46′
 
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) steps up to take the penalty and leaves the keeper helpless with his shot into the bottom right corner.
46′
 
Phil Jones (Manchester United) makes a bad challenge and the referee blows his whistle for a foul. Liverpool are about to take a penalty!
46′
 
The referee blows his whistle to signal the start of the second half.
45+3′
Well, that wasn’t the best of halves. Both sides struggling to produce some outstanding performance. It has been a tight contest so far. Both teams are attempting to play possession play.
45+3′
 
The referee blows his whistle to end the first half, so the players are now heading to their dressing rooms.
45+3′
Juan Mata (Manchester United) sends a cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence quickly intercepts the ball.
45+1′
Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) strikes from the edge of the box, but hits it really poorly and sends the ball way wide of the right post.
45′
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) unleashes a bullet of a shot that is blocked by a defender.
44′
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) connected with a pass around the edge of the box, aimed and struck. His attempt went towards the underside of the crossbar, but Simon Mignolet was alert and didn’t let the score change.
42′
 
There’s an opportunity for Mata (Manchester United) to deliver the ball into the box from a corner. Patrice Evra (Manchester United) reacts well near the penalty spot to connect with the resulting corner, but fails to direct his header into the back of the net. The ball goes well wide of the right post. A goal kick is following.
42′
Wow, what an escape. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) has an effort from inside the box but it’s brilliantly blocked. The referee signals for a corner kick, Manchester United are awarded.
41′
The ball is behind the sideline and Manchester United will take a throw-in.
39′
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) sends a cross into the box that is cleared.
38′
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) hasn’t suffered any serious injury which wouldn’t allow him to stay on the pitch. He’s back in the game now.
38′
Robin van Persie (Manchester United) fails to beat the offside trap and the linesman puts his flag up.
37′
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) crosses the ball into the box from the free kick, but the defence clears the danger.
37′
 
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) sees a yellow card from Mark Clattenburg after he sent one of the opposing players to the ground.
36′
 
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) requires medical treatment, so the referee stops play and signals for the physio to come onto the pitch.
34′
 
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) smoothly converts the penalty with a stunning effort which ends up inside the right post.
33′
 
Rafael (Manchester United) probably handled the ball inside the penalty area. It’s a penalty for Liverpool!
32′
 
Mark Clattenburg shows the yellow card to Rafael (Manchester United) for a heavy challenge.
32′
Robin van Persie (Manchester United) takes the free kick but it is cleared by the first man.
31′
 
Today’s referee Mark Clattenburg rightly decides to book Jon Flanagan (Liverpool) for his harsh tackle.
29′
What a wasted opportunity by Joe Allen (Liverpool)! He creates some space for himself inside the penalty box and unleashes a decent strike towards the middle of the net, but David de Gea (Manchester United) makes a comfortable save to thwart the effort.
29′
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) is unable to feed a through ball into the path of his teammates.
27′
Glen Johnson (Liverpool) is obviously not following the Golden Rule: „Treat others as you want to be treated.“ He makes a bad challenge, and Mark Clattenburg is left with no other option than to blow for a foul.
27′
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) produces a long ball across the pitch to find his teammate, but he fails. David de Gea (Manchester United) starts an attacking effort of his team with a goal kick.
26′
 
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) whips in the corner, but one of the defending players gets ahead of it and intercepts.
25′
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out. Liverpool have a corner.
25′
Dangerous play by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United). Mark Clattenburg blows his whistle for a foul.
20′
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) beats a few defenders in the penalty area and drives a low shot towards the right side of the goal, but the goalkeeper reacts superbly to make a wonderful save.
19′
Patrice Evra (Manchester United) tripped an opposition player and a free kick is given.
19′
Robin van Persie (Manchester United) finds himself free inside the box and pulls the trigger, but his effort is brilliantly thwarted by one of the defending players.
17′
A cross into the penalty area from Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) would have to be more accurate in order to create a goal-scoring opportunity for his team.
17′
Rafael (Manchester United) attempts to send a cross in order to find one of his teammates. The opposition’s defence averts the danger by intercepting the effort.
12′
A cross from the side of the pitch flies into the box, but it doesn’t reach its intended target. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) would have to aim better in order to get more out of it.
12′
Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) commits a rough foul. Mark Clattenburg stops the game and makes a call.
11′
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge by Jon Flanagan (Liverpool). He attempted to win the ball, but he was too aggressive according to the referee.
10′
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) was just about to receive a beautiful pass into a promising position. However, one of the defenders came with a clearance just in time.
10′
Robin van Persie (Manchester United) slips past one challenge, but is unable to feed a low pass into the path of his teammates.
10′
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) will take the free kick.
9′
Rough tackle by Jon Flanagan (Liverpool). The referee blows his whistle for a foul. Manchester United have been awarded a free kick.
8′
Glen Johnson (Liverpool) aims a low effort to the middle of the goal, but his shot is denied by the goalkeeper with a comfortable save.
6′
Flag up against Luis Suarez (Liverpool). He had space to move into behind the defence, but he went too soon.
6′
 
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) takes the corner kick but the ball finds only the head of an opponent.
5′
Good clearance! Luis Suarez (Liverpool) received a low pass, but he didn’t catch to do anything before quick stealing from one of the defenders. Corner kick. Liverpool will have an opportunity.
4′
Referee Mark Clattenburg sees tripping by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) and doesn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
4′
Luis Suarez (Liverpool) with a through ball which would have led to a great opportunity, if it hadn’t been stopped by the defence.
3′
Jordan Henderson slides a brilliant pass to Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), who takes a shot from inside the box but it goes by a whisker wide of the right post. None of the defensive players touched the ball. It’s going to be a goal kick.
1′
A pass, produced by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), ends up in the no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
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The first half has just begun.
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