Luis Suarez Isn’t Enough Against 10 Men (Newcastle vs Liverpool)

Finishing with two assists – once setting up a penalty kick and getting a Newcastle player sent off, later finding Daniel Sturridge for another equalizing goal, and getting a chance to win the game with a dramatic free kick wasn’t enough for Luis Suarez to come off the pitch as a winner as Liverpool ended their visit to St. James’ Park in a 2-2 draw despite playing for 48 minutes with one player more.

Newcastle had to settle for a point they should be pleased with considering they played without Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from the 42nd minute, fouling Luis Suarez from behind and in the box, giving Steven Gerrard the chance to score from the penalty spot, making it 100 goals for the Liverpool captain in the Premier League.

Newcastle scored first, despite not really being in the match. Luckily for them, Liverpool seemed intent on passing in the box than actually trying to test Tim Krul, and their defensive midfield was left empty on yet another Newcastle counter attack. Yohan Cabaye, not enjoying the best of seasons, was wide open from 25 meters out, sending in a tricky shot that Simon Mignolet reacted too late to, giving Newcastle a 1-0 lead after 23 minutes.

Daniel Sturridge scoring his 8th goal of the season
Daniel Sturridge scoring his 8th goal of the season

Liverpool felt too comfortable as the second half began, as Brendan Rodgers failed to make the necessary changes in the formation, having no need for three centre backs and two more wing backs anymore. The complacency was quite evident as Paul Dummett, playing for only the second time this season, sneaked behind the disappointing Aly Cissokho and scored yet another surprising goal for the home side.

That was it for Newcastle, left to defend and fend for their points. Luis Suarez breaking through and finding a wide open Daniel Sturridge for his 8th goal of the season. Sturridge later missed in front of an open goal, while Tim Krul added some impressive saves, including one in the 95th minute, as Luis Suarez had a chance to win the game well into extra time with a 17-meter free kick.