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Super sub Nunez gives 10-man Liverpool comeback win at Newcastle

27 Aug 2023
Newcastle United v Liverpool FC - Premier League

Darwin Nunez is the hero as the Reds win 2-1 despite playing with 10 men at St James' Park

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Substitute Darwin Nunez scored two dramatic late goals as Liverpool earned a 2-1 win at Newcastle United despite playing most of the match with 10 men. 

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Liverpool had fallen behind to Anthony Gordon's 25th-minute goal before Virgil van Dijk received a straight red card just three minutes later. 

But Nunez came off the bench in the 77th minute and smashed in two brilliant goals to give Liverpool an incredible turnaround win and become the first player to come on as a substitute in a Premier League match for Liverpool and score both an equaliser and winner.

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Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
1 Arsenal ARS 34 +56 77
2 Liverpool LIV 33 +43 74
3 Manchester City MCI 32 +44 73
4 Aston Villa AVL 34 +21 66
5 Tottenham Hotspur TOT 32 +16 60
6 Newcastle United NEW 32 +17 50
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How it unfolded

Unbeaten in 13 matches against Newcastle heading into the match, Liverpool nearly suffered a nightmare start as Trent Alexander-Arnold was booked six minutes in for throwing the ball away and could have received a second yellow just moments later for stopping a counter-attack.

Alexander-Arnold's start didn't get any easier. In the 25th minute he let a Mohamed Salah pass sneak under his foot, allowing Gordon to race in on goal and score with a shot through Alisson's legs. 

Things got worse for Jurgen Klopp's side just three minutes later, as Van Dijk was sent off for denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity following a foul on Alexander Isak. It was the Dutchman's first red card for Liverpool and first in the Premier League since playing for Southampton in 2016.

Newcastle hadn't lost any of the last 22 Premier League matches in which they took the lead, but Liverpool were the last team to buck that trend, and they gained a foothold in the second half following the introductions of Diogo Jota and Harvey Elliott, the former replacing new signing Wataru Endo on his full debut. 

But it was the arrivals of Nunez and 20-year-old defender Jarell Quansah with 13 minutes remaining that changed the course of the match. 

Within five minutes of coming on, Nunez took advantage of another defensive error, this time by Sven Botman, who later went off injured, to get in on goal and smash past Nick Pope from a difficult angle. 

The equaliser came shortly after Miguel Almiron, who had an effort incredibly saved by Alisson in the first half, had struck a post. 

Not content with a draw, the 10 men of Liverpool continued to come forward, and they saw their bravery rewarded in the third minute of stoppage time, when Salah slipped in Nunez to score with another powerful finish and extend the Reds' incredible run over Newcastle, this time in sensational circumstances. 

It was the 42nd winning goal in the 90th minute or later by Liverpool in the Premier League, the most by any team in the competition’s history.

Unbeaten in 14 consecutive matches, the longest active streak in the Premier League, Liverpool rise to fourth, with seven points from three matches. 

A stunned Newcastle side drop to 13th, with three points from as many matches, having suffered back-to-back defeats.

See: What happened in Sunday's early matches

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