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Tuesday 24 September 2013

On this day in 2005: Cisse penalty saves Liverpool

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the Reds snatching a draw at Birmingham City

  • Birmingham's Mikael Forsell and Liverpool's Dietmar Hamann battle for the ball

  • Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez gives instructions to his team

  • Steven Gerrard reacts after a chance goes begging at St Andrew's

  • Djibril Cisse celebrates his equalising penalty rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 24 September 2005 - Cisse earns a draw at Birmingham

Liverpool claimed a point at St Andrew's thanks to a late penalty from striker Djibril Cisse.

Rafael Benitez's team had to settle for a third straight draw after they had gone behind with 15 minutes left to play. Luis Garcia opened the scoring on 68 minutes when he slotted in from Steven Gerrard's pass but the home side responded through a headed own goal from Stephen Warnock and a goal from Walter Pandiani, who pounced when goalkeeper Pepe Reina fumbled.

But with seven minutes to go, Neil Kilkenny received a red card for handling the ball on the line, and Cisse stroked home the spot-kick.

"We had good chances to win the game and in the end it is two points lost for us," said Benitez. "We lost the advantage in the space of five minutes but after the penalty we had two or three real good chances.

"To draw away from home is not the best result but it is not the worst. Last season we conceded a lot of goals away from home and this year the team is more consistent.  We need to improve small details but then you always think that. We are certainly creating more chances than last season."

Liverpool gradually improved after their sticky start and won 12 of their final 14 matches to finish third in the Barclays Premier League table. It was not such a good end for Birmingham, who were relegated with a match to go after a 0-0 draw against Newcastle United.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Liverpool claimed a 2-2 draw against Birmingham City