Praesidium

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool

Not a great performance, with Sunderland if anything having the better of the first-half, but then you'd expect them to be up for it. We restricted them to few chances, although without creating too many of our own. Sadly, Keane's most telling contribution was to block Torres' shot after both of them went for the same rebound. That's a partnership that needs more work...

Torres, however, proved that he's the type of player that can have a quiet game and then win it with one moment of brilliance (not that this was up with his best goals). Not pretty but first game of the season, away from home, I'll take a 1-0 win any way it comes. Maybe a little harsh on Sunderland, but then we were denied a penalty when Chimbonda bundled Benayoun off the ball in the first half (the ref bottled it and pulled play back for an earlier foul on Gerrard outside the area, despite seemingly having played advantage - and then allowed Diouf to encroach on and block the free kick).

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