- Liverpool vs Man Utd

Sunday 23 September 2012 | Anfield | Referee: Mark Halsey | Attendance 44,263

  • Steven Gerrard (46)
1 - 2
Man Utd
  • Rafael (51)
  • Robin van Persie (81 Pen)
Man Utd

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Robin van Persie's late penalty earned Manchester United a 2-1 victory against 10-man Liverpool in their Barclays Premier League match at Anfield.

The Dutch striker secured the win when he fired his spot-kick past Pepe Reina after Glen Johnson had brought down Luis Antonio Valencia and it moved United into second spot in the table with 12 points, one point behind leaders Chelsea.

The first match at Anfield since the Hillsborough report cleared Liverpool's fans of blame for the deaths of 96 of their number at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final, sparked into life after 39 minutes when Liverpool’s Jonjo Shelvey was red-carded for a lunge on Jonny Evans.

However, the home side went ahead straight after half-time through Steven Gerrard's shot in the area. United hit back after 51 minutes through Rafael Da Silva's curling shot before Van Persie's late strike meant that after five games Liverpool are still looking for their first league win of the season.

One of the fiercest rivalries in football was briefly put to one side before kick-off as players and fans from both clubs respectfully marked a tribute to those killed in the Hillsborough tragedy.

Once the whistle went, it was Liverpool who settled down quicker, controlling the much of the first period. Gerrard went close to giving them the lead while Fabio Borini had a half chance.

After 39 minutes Liverpool's hopes of a first league victory were hit when Shelvey went in feet first in on Evans and was shown a red card by referee Mark Halsey.

The red card looked like turning the match in United's favour but it was Liverpool who took the lead a minute into the second period. Johnson surged into the United area and when the ball looped up to Gerrard, the Liverpool captain had time to slam a precise left-footed shot past Anders Lindegaard.

The celebrations around Anfield were soon silenced when Rafael equalised six minutes later, curling a left-foot shot beyond the reach of Reina from a tight angle on the right.

Making their extra man count, United began to enjoy more possession although Liverpool, despite being down to 10 men, continued to show a threat.

Luis Suarez blasted a shot across the face of goal, but as Liverpool continued pushing men forward in search of victory Valencia seized possession in his own half and set off on a run that was ended by a foul in the penalty area from Johnson.

Van Persie, who missed from the spot this season for United, had to wait four minutes as Daniel Agger received treatment but he kept his cool to send a left-footed effort into the corner despite Reina almost saving it.

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Line-up All Fans BFR
25. José Reina - -
5. Daniel Agger - -
2. Glen Johnson - -
37. Martin Skrtel - -
34. Martin Kelly - -
31. Raheem Sterling - -
8. Steven Gerrard - -
33. Jonjo Shelvey - -
24. Joe Allen - -
29. Fabio Borini - -
7. Luis Suárez - -
Substitutes All Fans BFR
30. Suso - -
23. Jamie Carragher - -
4. Nuri Sahin - -
1. Bradley Jones - -
11. Oussama Assaidi - -
3. José Enrique - -
14. Jordan Henderson - -
Line-up All Fans BFR
13. Anders Lindegaard - -
2. Rafael - -
3. Patrice Evra - -
6. Jonny Evans - -
5. Rio Ferdinand - -
26. Shinji Kagawa - -
7. Antonio Valencia - -
11. Ryan Giggs - -
17. Nani - -
16. Michael Carrick - -
20. Robin van Persie - -
Substitutes All Fans BFR
22. Paul Scholes - -
14. Javier Hernández - -
1. David De Gea - -
19. Danny Welbeck - -
28. Alexander Büttner - -
8. Anderson - -
23. Tom Cleverley - -

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