Premier League Week in Review (March 5th-March 11th)
While this was a weekend where some of the Premier League teams competed in the FA Cup, there were other teams whose focus was solely on the Premiership.
Liverpool vs Tottenham
Anfield played host to the Tottenham Hotspurs in what turned out to be an enthralling matchup in front of 45,000 supporters. A rare brace from Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen meant nothing in the end as Liverpool came from 2-1 down to win 3-2 thanks to two goals in the last half-hour of play.
Luis Suarez opened the scoring in the 21st minute after some brilliant play on the left by Coutinho and Jose Enrique. Behind the back double pass between those two before Coutinho eventually slipped Enrique in (who got a bit lucky with his first touch) before the Spaniard played a sublime through ball to Suarez who tapped into the near post before the onrushing Tottenham goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, could do anything about it. This goal now puts Suarez on 22 goals for the season, 3 ahead of Robin Van Persie for the race for the Golden Boot.
Vertonghen equalized from a header after receiving a beautiful wide service from Gareth Bale. Vertonghen and Tottenham’s second goal came courtesy of a weak clearance by Jamie Carragher (who made his 500th Premier League appearance on this game) before the Belgian would score in the near post leaving no chance for stand-in keeper Brad Jones.
Kyle Walker gave Liverpool a huge life-line as he played an awful ball back to Hugo Lloris from the half-way line that drew the Tottenham keeper off of his race in a foot race with Stewart Downing. He won the race, but miffed the clearance and Downing was through on goal with only Vertonghen guarding the empty net where he eventually shot the ball between his legs for the equalizer.
The game winner came off of a Steven Gerrard penalty kick in the 82nd minute after Benoit Assou-Ekotto seemingly pulled down Luis Suarez.
Why this Game was Important?
With neither Chelsea of Manchester City playing the League this weekend, Tottenham were handed a huge psychological advantage in the race for Champions League places. They soured the opportunity to move 5 points above Chelsea in 3rd and only 2 shy of Manchester City in second place. Rather, they can now be passed by Chelsea with their game in hand.
On the other side, Liverpool keeps their slimmest hopes of a top-four finish alive with this monumental win. They are in great form right now and are not the team that others want to play against with their form.
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