Monday, August 17, 2015

Monday Night Football: Liverpool slip past Bournemouth

Liverpool 1-0 AFC Bournemouth
Liverpool have back to back 1-0 wins to open their season, but this one probably should have been by a couple more goals. The one goal came from Christian Benteke opening his Liverpool scoring account in the 26th minute. The goal was somewhat questionable. He booted home a cross from Jordan Henderson that cause a little controversy. Although not making a touch, Philippe Coutinho did make a solid attempt at landing the cross for himself, although he was yards offside. The goal probably should have been disallowed because of Coutinho's offside position, for he made himself part of the play.

Bournemouth had their chances to score. In the fifth minute they had a goal taken away for an unnecessary foul. Tommy Elphic rose to head a corner into the net, but he pulled Dejan Lovren at the shoulders to aid in his effort. They would force a great save out of Simon Mignolet just five minutes into the second half. They would take 13 shots total, but none found their way in the net.

Liverpool become the fourth Premier League side to win their first two games. Neither once was exactly convincing. The only reason they didn't bore themselves into a draw in the opener at Stoke was Coutinho's golazo in the dying minutes. They were lucky to have their goal today counted and that their opposition never scored any of their own. Overall, the Reds can't complain about their start. Six points from six possible is good for anyone.

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