Sunday was a day of draws in the Premier League. The early kick-off saw QPR and Reading draw 1-1 at the Madejski Stadium.
Both teams have now failed to win any of their opening Premier League matches.
The home side started nervously and Reading took advantage. Former-Hoops defender Kasper Gorkss volleying home superbly, after Sean Morrison’s header had hit the crossbar. QPR came into the game in the second half and got their reward in the 66th minute.
Striker Djibril Cisse stabbed home a Jose Bosingwa cross from close range to level the scores. Reading keeper Alex McCarthy was superb in the Royals goal and parried a Esteban Granero free-kick onto the bar.
Both teams remain in the bottom three of the Premier League and the pressure has now increased on Hoops boss Mark Hughes.
In the late kick-off Liverpool and Newcastle also drew 1-1 at Anfield. The first half was a bit of a damp squib until the 43rd minute. Mercurial French midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa raced down the wing and produced a good cross, which compatriot Yohan Cabaye met with a superb volley.
Liverpool probably edged the first half on possession, but failed to create much in the way of clear-cut chances. However Liverpool were on level terms in the 67th minute. Full-back Jose Enrique hit a hopeful ball forward and Suarez controlled the ball on his chest, held off Coloccini, before rounding Tim Krul and finding an empty net.
Suarez was again involved in the 84th minute. Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini had a nightmare afternoon dealing with the Uruguayan and it got worse, as the Argentinian was shown a red card for kicking out at Suarez. Replays showed that Coloccini didn’t make contact with the player, but the defender was sent-off for the intent.
Liverpool couldn’t capitalise on the one man advantage and Newcastle will probably feel happy taking home a point in the circumstances.
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