Balloon bursts Reds’ hopes

October 17, 2009

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Gabriel Metsu, Dead Cock
“Darren Bent staked a further claim for a place in England’s World Cup squad as Sunderland heaped further misery on Liverpool. However, he did so in controversial circumstances as the visitors were left fuming over the fifth-minute strike which secured the Black Cats’ first victory over a ‘top four’ team since their return to the Premier League.” (ESPN)

Darren Bent and beachball hand Liverpool third straight defeat
“Rafael Benítez must wonder what he has done to deserve such luck. Injuries in the international break stripped him of his two best players in Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard, and here his side were deflated by a beachball. Darren Bent’s crucial opening goal was deflected past Pepe Reina stray inflatable in the goalmouth and should not have stood. The result leaves Liverpool a distant eighth in the Premier League.” (Guardian)

Sunderland heap further misery on Liverpool
“Darren Bent staked a further claim for a place in England’s World Cup squad as Sunderland heaped further misery on Liverpool. However, he did so in controversial circumstances as the visitors were left fuming over the fifth-minute strike which secured the Black Cats’ first victory over a ‘top four’ team since their return to the Barclays Premier League.” (Independent)

Sunderland 1 Liverpool 0: match report
“Liverpool’s Premier League title challenge suffered another debilitating blow today – this time courtesy of a big red beach ball. In what will go down as one of the most bizarre goals since the league was launched in 1992, Darren Bent’s shot was helped in by a Liverpool-branded inflatable released by fans congregated behind the visitors’ goal.” (Telegraph)

Darren Bent bursts Liverpool bubble
“A SUNDERLAND winner scored in farcical manner — a Darren Bent shot, which sped past a perplexed Jose Reina via a red beach ball — just about epitomised Rafa Benitez’ day, indeed his week. The Liverpool manager had already been warned as to his future conduct, by an independent regulatory commission, for making a gesture with his spectacles in a “non-malicious and humorous manner”. That criticism of Phil Dowd had taken place after the first match of the season, the defeat by Tottenham. Ten games on in the Premier League and Europe and fortunes have, if anything, deteriorated. Benitez, by last night, was definitely not amused by the turn of events yesterday.” (TimesOnline)