Sunday's EPL: As It Happened
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Manchester City's title defence appears to be hanging by a thread as they were held at home by Liverpool, while Spurs beat WBA.
Sunday's Cross Channel Football
Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool
West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Scottish Cup fifth round result:
Raith Rovers 0-3 Celtic
So that's it for another afternoon of EPL action. Not great games but some excellent goals. United by nine at the top of the table...
Full-time Man City 2-2 Liverpool
GOAL The champions have been awoken and what a great finish from Aguero from a ridulous angle as Reina tries to edge him towards the by-line...The Argentinian, with his back to goal, swivels and flicks it back into the empty net from about 25 yards out and only about two yards from the by-line. What a finish...
GOAL And sure enough....Liverpool grab the lead with another master strike by Stevie Gerrard... Joe Hart was nowhere near it as it zips into the far corner from the best part of 30 yards...A bit slow going down?? Perhaps... A quality strike?? No doubt. The laughter from the other side of the city can almost be heard at The Etihad...
65mins City starting to take control of the game and putting good pressure on Liverpool. Great run by Aguero into the Liverpool box but loses his footing and ball is cleared.
55mins Great pace to the second half and, if anything, Liverpool are looking the more likely to score... Sturridge picked up a yellow card for simulation in the box...
Half-time Man City 1-1 Liverpool
30mins GOAL... Liverpool hit back and it's City old boy/Liverpool new boy Daniel Sturridge who smashes it home from about 22 yards... Joe Hart has no chance and no celebration from Sturridge....respect
24mins GOAL... City work the ball in on the left and Milner beats the offside trap and smashes a great ball across that good old corridor of uncertainty...Dzeko times his run to perfection and it's an easy tap-in for the big centre-forward...
14mins Sturridge's excellent first touch from a long high ball over the top takes him around the keeper but Zabaleta slides in to block his effort and prevent a certain goal... 0-0
11mins David Silva's early effort is the closest either side have come to grabbing an opener... Scoreless at the Etihad
Game on at Eastlands...
Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic returns to the centre of defence as one of two changes for the visit of Liverpool.
The Serbian recovered from a knee injury which kept him on the bench for the midweek goalless draw at QPR with Edin Dzeko also returning as Samir Nasri and Carlos Tevez make way.
Liverpool make just one change with Jose Enrique returning at left-back, meaning Glen Johnson switched to his usual position on the right with Andre Wisdom dropping to the bench.
The teams are in ahead of the 4pm clash at The Etihad Stadium:
Man City v Liverpool
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Lescott, Nastasic, Clichy, Milner,
Javi Garcia, Barry, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko.
Subs: Pantilimon, Maicon, Nasri, Sinclair, Kolarov, Rodwell, Tevez.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Agger, Carragher, Jose Enrique,
Lucas, Gerrard, Downing, Henderson, Suarez, Sturridge.
Subs: Jones, Allen, Borini, Sterling, Shelvey, Skrtel, Wisdom.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)
It's all over at The Hawthorns as Spurs ease to victory after playing against ten men for most of the second half. Bale's goal was worthy of winning any contest...
So that's the Minor match over with....on to the main event as Liverpool look to win the league title for Manchester United as they take on second place Man City who currently sit ten points off the top of the table...
FULL-TIME West Brom 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Last few minutes and West Brom not looking likely to get an equaliser... If anything it will be Spurs who grab a second... The Baggies have run out of steam and are just seeing out the last few minutes...
GOAL Ten-man West Brom were getting deeper and deeper and were eventually punished as Gareth Bale makes some space for himself on the edge of the box and smashes home an unstoppable effort to give Spurs the lead with 22 minutes to play... WB 0-1 TOT
Goran Popov has been sent off for apparently spitting at a Tottenham player.
Full-time: Raith Rovers 0-3 Celtic
The second-half kicks off in the midlands. Spurs playing without an out and out striker, they will look to Dempsey and Bale to create something.
Raith 0-3 Celtic (Charlie Mulgrew 86)
Raith 0-2 Celtic (James Forrest 83)
Decent half at the Hawthorns - Spurs will worry where the goal will come from after Defoe went off. The home side have looked threatening through Long and Lukaku but no goals so far.
Half-time: West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Gareth Bale almost puts Spurs in front on the stroke of half-time as he sends a dipping shot just under the crossbar with Ben Foster pushing it away.
Big blow for Tottenham as Jermaine Defoe limps off with injury - Spurs are already short up front. Lewis Holtby comes on, Dempsey will play in a more central attacking role.
Gareth Bale skies a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area high into the stand.
Raith 0-1 Celtic (Kris Commons Pen 56)
Hugh Lloris denies Shane Long - a perfect pass from Graeme Dorrans gives the Republic of Ireland international room to shoot at goal but the goalkeepers gets down to make a save.
Lukaku has shown some excellent touches in the first 20 minutes, linking well with Shane Long. Chances have been few and far between, yet both sides have threatened. Two evenly-matched teams.
A typical powerful run by Gareth Bale sees the winger fire past the West Brom defence but his attempt at goal is headed away for a corner.
Shane Long fails to take advantage of a good chance to give West Brom the lead in the third minute.
Lukaku heaeds on to send Long through on goal but his control was poor and eventually the ball was run out of play before the Republic of Ireland international could shoot at goal. A positive start nonetheless.
Half-time: Raith Rovers 0-0 Celtic
Underway at the Hawthorns with West Brom looking to end a run of six games without victory against the opposition today.
After losing two players yesterday, Giovanni Trapattoni will hope to see Shane Long comes through today unscathed.
Spurs can move to within a point of Chelsea in third place with victory today.
West Brom head coach Steve Clarke makes three changes for the home Barclays Premier League clash against Tottenham.
He recalls Irish duo Shane Long and Steven Reid, plus midfielder Claudio Yacob.
Striker Peter Odemwingie was not considered after his move to QPR fell through while midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu was ruled out with the knee injury suffered on African Nations Cup duty.
Tottenham boss Andres Villas-Boas keeps faith with the side which drew 1-1 at Norwich in mid-week with transfer window signing Lewis Holtby again named amongst the substitutes.
West Brom: Foster, Reid, Olsson, McAuley, Popov, Dorrans,
Yacob, Morrison, Brunt, Long, Lukaku.
Subs: Myhill, Ridgewell, Rosenberg, Thomas, Jones, Tamas, Fortune.
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto,
Lennon, Dembele, Parker, Bale, Dempsey, Defoe.
Subs: Friedel, Huddlestone, Gallas, Naughton, Sigurdsson, Holtby, Livermore.
Celtic's Scottish Cup tie with Raith is underway, no goals so far.
Raith: McGurn, Thomson, Mensing, Ellis, Malone, Grant Anderson,
Stuart Anderson, Walker, Smith, Graham, Spence.
Subs: Laidlaw, Clarke, Hamill, Callachan, Donaldson.
Celtic: Zaluska, Matthews, Lustig, Wilson, Mulgrew, Commons, Ledley, Wanyama, Kayal, Watt, Hooper.
Subs: Fasan, Brown, Forrest, Nouioui, Stokes.
After Manchester United opened up a 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League, attention turns to their rivals Manchester City who know they need a win this afternoon against Liverpool.