Friday 22 February 2013
Joao Carlos Teixeira scored the winner as Liverpool closed the gap on Elite Group leaders Tottenham Hotspur with victory over West Bromwich Albion.
Teixeira latched on to Suso's through ball to calmly slot home with 14 minutes left to give the Reds their third win from four matches in the second phase of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.
Liverpool midfielder Jordon Ibe had earlier scored on 19 minutes from Adam Morgan's cut-back to register his first goal for the Under-21s. West Brom hit back in the second half when Adil Nabi scored on 55 minutes after Liverpool had failed to clear a corner.
The Reds are now on nine points in the Elite Group table, four behind Spurs who have played a match more.
Everton recorded their third win in a row in Group 1 with victory over Middlesbrough.
The Toffees made the early running and after Boro keeper Connor Ripley saved well from Apostolos Vellios on 10 minutes, they took the lead when John Lundstram fired in a low drive eight minutes later.
Lundstram went close at the start of the second half before Everton wrapped up the points when Ross Barkley slotted home after a strong run on the left.
The result maintains Everton's unbeaten start to the second phase of the Under-21 campaign and they are top of Group 1 with nine points, level with Chelsea who have played a match more.
Sunderland missed out on the the opportunity to climb off the bottom of Group 1 as they lost 2-1 against Blackburn Rovers at Leigh Sports Village. Though Jordan Laidler gave the visitors the lead with a 20-yard free-kick, Anton Forrester struck twice to give Gary Bowyer's side, featuring the returning Leon Best and Dickson Etuhu, a second successive win following their defeat of Chelsea last week.
Reading moved to the top of Group 2 thanks to a 3-2 home win against Crystal Palace, who took the lead on eight minutes through Sulaiman Kaiai, before Ryan Edwards, Lawson D'Ath and Nick Arnold were on target for the Royals, who also scored an own goal.
Bolton Wanderers are up to fourth after their fisrt win of the second hase – a 2-0 success at Norwich City. Tom Eaves and Adam Blakeman scored the goals as Jamie Fullarton’s side ran out comfortable winners.
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Sunday 17 February
West Bromwich Albion (Nabi) 1-2 Liverpool (Ibe, Teixeira)
Everton (Lundstram, Barkley) 2-0 Middlesbrough
Monday 18 February
Blackburn Rovers (Forrester 2) 2-1 Sunderland (Laidler)
Norwich City 0-2 Bolton Wanderers (Eaves, Blakeman)
Reading (Edwards, D'Ath, Arnold) 3-2 Crystal Palace (Kaikai, *)
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* Scorer of own goal for Crystal Palace unconfirmed.