Moon Soccerround – 12/13th Jan 2016

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Soccer

Premier League

Liverpool hold league leaders in six goal thriller

LIVERPOOL 3 ARSENAL 3

Liverpool held league leaders Arsenal to a draw in a thrilling end to end game at Anfield.The homes side struck first after Peter Cech could only parry Emre Can’s strike into the path of Roberto Firmino to drive the ball home. Arsenal only took three minutes to level though as Aaron Ramsey was put through by Joel Campbell to equalise. Firmino curled a strike from range to give Liverpool the lead again however on the half hour Olivier Giroud got a touch to poke home from a corner after some awful Liverpool defending to make it 2-2 at the break.

Both Firmino and Giroud could have had hat-tricks, Firmino hit the bar with a strike and Giroud missed a sitter after being perfectly set up via a wonderful passing move involving Campbell and Theo Walcott. Giroud’s second came after a fine turn and strike into the corner from the edge of the box to give the Gunners the lead for the first time. Liverpool pushed forward putting Christian Benteke and new signing Steven Caulker up front and bringing on Joe Allen. It was two of those subs combining who got the equaliser in the last minute, Benteke knocked the ball down into the path of Allen who scored with a placed finish to earn Liverpool a point at the death in what may be the Premier League game of the season so far.

Huth header keeps the Foxes in title hunt

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0 LEICESTER CITY 1

After the 2-2 cup draw both sides made several changes for the second meeting in four days between the two clubs. With Arsenal only getting a draw at Anfield this was a chance for Leicester to go back level on points at the top and despite leaving it late, they took full advantage. Robert Huth headed home a Christian Fuchs corner seven minutes from time to give the Foxes the win. Harry Kane had a shot tipped onto the post by Kasper Schmeichel which was the closest Tottenham came. The two sides meet again in the cup replay in a weeks time, but in the Premier League meeting, it’s Leicester who came out on top.

Howard helps Everton earn a point at the Etihad

MANCHESTER CITY 0 EVERTON 0

Tim Howard was the hero for the Toffeemen as they held Manchester City to a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium. The first half was fairly even with the best chance falling to Gerard Deulofeu bringing a good save from Joe Hart. City dominated the second half and Howard was forced to make excellent saves twice from Sergio Aguerro as well as from Raheem Sterling. The Everton defence also did an excellent job in a rearguard action as city pushed forward throughout. City were convinced they should have had a penalty when John Stones appeared to have brought down Sterling but it wasn’t given.  Overall Everton will be very pleased with this draw, they meet again in two weeks time in the second leg of the League Cup Semi-Final, the same result would see Everton into the Final.

Championship

Derby drop two points with draw against Reading

DERBY COUNTY 1 READING 1

Derby County will be disappointed to have dropped two home points after taking the lead against Reading on Tuesday. Jason Shackell gave the Rams a perfect start after freeing himself to head home Tom Ince’s corner. However reading were level at the break after Hai Robson-Kanu crossed for Danny Williams to head home. Reading looked the more likely winners in the second half as Robson-Kanu has a shot turned onto the post, the nearest ether side got to a winner. The draw means Derby are now six points behind Middlesbrough at the top, and are two ahead of Hull in third, but the team from Humberside have a game in hand.

Forest draw in the league yet again

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1 BIRMINGHAM CITY 1

Nottingham Forest have drawn for the fourth game in a row after it finished 1-1 against Birmingham City at the City Ground on Tuesday. Forest nearly took the lead when Ben Osbourn hit the post after working himself some space. It was the visitors who took the lead though when Spanish midfielder Jon Torai stooped low to head in Paul Caddis’ cross. The lead only last six minutes thanks to Matt Mills who rose above everyone to head in David Vaughan’s free kick. Vaughan was sent off in what proved a quiet second half and Birmingham could not take advantage of the extra man with the game ending level. eleven points off the drop zone and twelve points off the play off places, Forest need to keep their cup run going, as it increasingly look as if they have little to play for at either end of the league table this season.

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Premier League

Liverpool (2) 3 (Firmino 2, Allen) Arsenal (2) 3 (Ramsey, Giroud 2) At Anfield, Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur (0) 0 Leicester City (0) 1 (Huth) At White Hart Lane, Haringey, London

Manchester City (0) 0 Everton (0) 0At The Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Championship

Derby County (1) 1 (Shackell) Reading (1) 1 (Williams)At Pride Park, Derby

Nottingham Forest (1) 1 (Mills) Birmingham City (1) 1 (Torai)At The City Ground, West Bridgford

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