Sunday, March 6, 2016

It Happened in England: Benteke flop gives Liverpool a win, United drop at West Brom

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool
Palace seem to be struggling in the worst way lately. Their inability to score goals has led to them plummeting down the table to 15th place with the worst form in the Javier over the past five or so games. They welcome in Liverpool, who are fresh of their vengeance against Manchester City on Wednesday. While the Reds held nearly two thirds of the ball in the first half, it was the Eagles with the better of the chances. Of their eight shots. Emmanuel Adebayor's 11th minute shot off the woodwork was the best off them. Liverpool failed to get any shot on target in the goal free first half.

The second half started off perfectly for the home team. After some light pressure on the Liverpool goal, Joe Ledley pounced on a loose ball which he rolled into the back of the net for the 48th minute opener. It got better for Palace in the 62nd when James Milner's late table from behind warranted a second yellow card and a sending off. That would not get the visitors down, however. Roberto Firmino took advantage of a poor pass out from goalkeeper Alex McCarthy for an easy equalizer. The ending of this match probably encapsulated Palace's recent form. Christian Benteke was chasing a ball towards the Palace end line when he felt the pressure of an oncoming Damien Delaney. The Belgian striker flopped to the ground, was gifted the penalty, and buried the ten man Liverpool winner deep in stoppage time.

The highway robbery victory leads the Reds into seventh place with 44 points, six back of a spot in the top four.

West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Manchester United
Don't look now, but Manchester United are within touching distance of the top four. Things didn't get started right for the Red Devils here and Juan Mata is a big reason why. He managed to grab Josef if two yellow cards within four minutes to get himself sent off in the 26th. The first was for intentionality obstructing a free kick and the second for a late, needless standing table. Full strength West Brom was still unable to take advantage inn the first half. They pressured some right after the sending off, but that fizzled out and United started to attack a little more after.

With good old fashioned Tony Pulis determination, West Brom got their go ahead goal in the 67th minute. Salomon Rondon rolled a low shot home amidst some strong attacking play. This forced Louis Van Gaal's short handed troops too penetrate a well trained and disciplined defense, something they couldn't exactly take care of, or even threaten to do.

United misses a chance to go back level with City for fourth place ave are stuck in sixth. West Brom jumps into 11th, one point back of Chelsea.

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