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Sunday 10 March 2013

On this day: Liverpool stun Newcastle as lightning strikes twice

In series on Premier League's history, Liverpool beat Newcastle 4-3 for a second season running

  • Liverpool's Steve McManaman celebrates after his opening goal against Newcastle

  • Patrik Berger delights in giving Liverpool a two-goal cushion a minute later

  • Three minutes before half-time Robbie Fowler makes it 3-0 to the home side

  • Newcastle's Faustino Asprilla (right) made it 3-2 with three minutes remaining

  • Robbie Fowler heads in Liverpool's winner in the dying seconds of the match

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 10 March 1997 Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle United

Lightning struck twice as Liverpool edged a seven-goal thriller against Newcastle United for the second season running.

After playing in an encounter voted the Barclays Premier League’s match of the decade the previous season, few could have anticipated a repeat of that extraordinary result, yet 12 months on Liverpool and Newcastle managed that, with the Reds again snatching a last-gasp winner in another 4-3 goalfest.

Hot on the heels of leaders Manchester United, Roy Evans’s charges knew that a win would take them to within a point of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, while Newcastle stood to revive their own title prospects with a victory that would take them two points shy of their Anfield hosts.

Yet at half-time the result appeared a formality as Liverpool raced into a 3-0 lead thanks to two goals in as many minutes from Steve McManaman and Patrick Berger and a Robbie Fowler effort three minutes before the interval.

Kenny Dalglish’s charges came back as Keith Gillespie scored on 71 minutes, Faustino Asprilla added a second with three minutes to go and, less than 60 seconds later, Warren Barton produced an unlikely equaliser.

But Liverpool were not finished and much as Stan Collymore had pounced to grab a late winner 12 months earlier so cult hero Fowler, in the dying moments, summoned the ghost of April past to clinch a headed winner.

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