West Ham 3-1 Liverpool (20.09.2014) Live Commentary

We have seen a great game today, let’s hope the players will be able to maintain these high levels of play in order to keep fans entertained in future games. We have witnessed dominance of the home side in today’s game. Both sides tried to combine well and to keep the ball on their feet.
The referee blows his whistle for the final time to end this match.
James Collins (West Ham) with an overly-aggressive challenge, and referee Craig Pawson blows his whistle for a foul.
Liverpool hold the ball and are exchanging some long passes.
Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) takes a quick throw-in so that his teammates can outnumber the defenders in the penalty box.
There will be a minimum of 4 min. of added time.
Morgan Amalfitano (West Ham) connects with a pass inside the box and slams home, into the bottom right corner. The goalkeeper was helpless.
Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) blasts the ball high over the crossbar.
The attendance for today’s match is 34977.
Liverpool hold the ball and display nice passing from player to player.
Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) hasn’t suffered any serious injury which wouldn’t allow him to stay on the pitch. He’s back in the game now.
Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) requires medical treatment, so the referee stops play and signals for the physio to come onto the pitch.
Mario Balotelli (Liverpool) is fierce enough to get to the ball and produces a header from close range. The direction wasn’t the best, the middle of the goal, Adrian didn’t have a hard time stopping the attempt as it wasn’t very strong either.
Adam Lallana (Liverpool) is about to take a corner kick.
Substitution. James Collins (West Ham) in, Enner Valencia out.
Players from Liverpool keep the ball on their feet as they are exchanging some long passes. They controlled the ball until one of the players produced an inaccurate pass one which led to a loss. The ball went out of play. Liverpool will have a chance to score from a corner.
Substitution. Rickie Lambert (Liverpool) receives a signal from the referee and is now allowed to enter the pitch as Fabio Borini walks off.
Good clearance! Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) receives a brilliant short pass and finds himself in a good position inside the box, but he’s been robbed of the ball by one of the defending players.
Fabio Borini (Liverpool) floats the ball in from the corner which is intercepted.
Liverpool are passing the ball across the pitch and keep possession. However, the opponent intercepts one pass, and the situation changes. The ball is out of bounds. Liverpool win a corner kick.
The goalkeeper punched the ball away after Adam Lallana (Liverpool) took the corner.
Mario Balotelli (Liverpool) wasted a huge opportunity! The fans already began to celebrate as he produced a shot from the edge of the box after a brilliant solo effort. The ball went towards the left side of the goal, but Adrian made an astonishing save! Liverpool earn a corner.
The manager has decided to make a substitution and Morgan Amalfitano (West Ham) walks off the pitch to be replaced by Alex Song.
Liverpool keep the ball well and push forward with purpose, but here comes an interception from the opposition.
Carl Jenkinson (West Ham) sees a yellow card from Craig Pawson after he sent one of the opposing players to the ground.
Fabio Borini (Liverpool) gets into a good scoring opportunity. He creates himself some space and tries his luck from distance, aiming to the bottom right corner. His decent effort is denied by Adrian (West Ham) who makes a great save!
Here comes a substitution. Tired Guy Demel (West Ham) left the pitch, and Carl Jenkinson (West Ham) is coming on to help his team.
What a big chance! Fabio Borini (Liverpool) picks up an inch-perfect pass inside the box and fires the ball just over the crossbar. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for West Ham.
Stewart Downing (West Ham) attempts to find a teammate with the corner, but their effort is stopped by the goalkeeper. The ball goes out-of-play and Liverpool will have a goal kick.
West Ham are showing great team-chemistry. They are passing the ball around seamlessly but finally one of the defending players makes an intereception. The ball is out of bounds. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for West Ham.
Oh, this didn’t go well. Mario Balotelli (Liverpool) tried his luck from the edge of the box, but his effort directed to the right side of the goal was too weak to get past Adrian, who keeps it out easily.
Good defending. Alexandre Song (West Ham) tries to find Guy Demel (West Ham) inside the box, but the pass is cut out.
Adam Lallana (Liverpool) takes the corner kick and sends the ball among the huddle of players inside the penalty area, but one of the defenders clears it to safety.
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) attempts to find some of his teammates with a dangerous pass from the edge of the box. The opponent’s defence intercepts the effort and clears the ball to safety. Liverpool have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
Fabio Borini (Liverpool) is the one to unleash a good effort, aiming towards the bottom right corner. His shot, however, is denied by the goalkeeper. What a save! The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for West Ham.
Craig Pawson interrupts the game. It was a tactical foul from Aaron Cresswell (West Ham).
Fabio Borini (Liverpool) plays a one-two with Alberto Moreno (Liverpool), but the move breaks down.
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) crosses the ball forward but it is intercepted.
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) creates himself a good chance and goes for goal from mid-range, but he misses the right post by a whisker.
Fabio Borini (Liverpool) with a slide tackle, but referee Craig Pawson calls for a foul.
Substitution. Adam Lallana (Liverpool) on for Lucas Leiva.
The half-time break is over and the second half is about to start.
It was a good decision to watch today’s encounter. There has already been more to be seen on the pitch prior to the half-time break than there is in most of the average games during the full 90 minutes. The home side is dominant and dictates the tempo of the game, mainly because of their higher activity and more accurate passing. The home team makes a lot of passes and attempts to maintain possession. The same goes for the away side.
There will be nothing more to see in the first half. The whistle blowing of Craig Pawson has ended it.
The resulting corner, taken by Stewart Downing (West Ham), comes to nothing.
Enner Valencia (West Ham) shoots from outside the box, but his effort is blocked. The ball goes out-of-play and it will be a corner kick.
Mark Noble (West Ham) swings in the corner, but fails to find any of his teammates. One of the defenders reacts superbly to get it clear.
Enner Valencia (West Ham) crosses the ball into the box from the free kick, but the defence clears the danger. The ball goes behind for a corner. West Ham will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) handles the ball and everyone in the stadium shouts for a foul to be given. West Ham win a free kick and they are able to continue with another attacking move.
Good clearance! Enner Valencia (West Ham) received a low pass, but he didn’t catch to do anything before quick stealing from one of the defenders.
7:5 – this is the current statistic of shots on target.
Fourth official shows 6 min. of added time.
James Tomkins (West Ham) finds enough space to climb high and plants a header well wide of the left post. What a poor effort.
Mark Noble (West Ham) goes over to take the corner kick and it looks like he will swing the ball into the penalty box.
West Ham hold the ball and display nice passing from player to player. Their movement didn’t last so long as they lost the ball. The ball is out of play, and the assistant referee points at the corner flag. West Ham will take it.
Enner Valencia (West Ham) receives a low pass just outside the box and unleashes a fine strike towards the left post. Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) pulls off a reflexive save to block his effort. Nice piece of goalkeeping skill, indeed.
Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) seems to have picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue playing.
Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) is having a really harsh time now. We are about to find out how serious his injury is.
The corner from Stewart Downing (West Ham) is intercepted by the defence.
Enner Valencia (West Ham) whips a long ball in from the free kick which is intercepted by Simon Mignolet. The assistant referee points to the corner flag, West Ham are going to take it.
Dangerous play by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool). Craig Pawson blows his whistle for a foul. West Ham have a free kick.
Craig Pawson shows a yellow card to Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) who can’t be surprised because his tackle was really hard.
Goal! Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) was in the right place at the right time to get to the rebound inside the box, and he fires the ball low inside the left post. It is 2:1.
Mario Balotelli (Liverpool) received a pass inside the box, sent a dangerous shot on goal, but celebration has been thwarted by one of the defenders who stepped in and blocked his effort. It’s hard to say whether the keeper would have been there.
Enner Valencia (West Ham) seems to be alright and is okay to carry on.
The game is interrupted now, Enner Valencia (West Ham) picks up a knock and the physio has to come.
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) attempts to find one of his teammates inside the box with a chip pass, but one of the defending players reacts superbly and intercepts the ball.
Javier Manquillo will be replaced by Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool).
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) steps up to take the corner, but the ball sails only among the defenders.
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) fires the ball towards goal from outside the penalty area, but it is blocked by one of his teammates. It will be a corner kick. It is a great opportunity for their players who are good in the air to get into the penalty area.
Mark Noble (West Ham) whips in the corner, but one of the defending players gets ahead of it and intercepts.
Mark Noble (West Ham) was just about to receive a beautiful pass into a promising position. However, one of the defenders came with a clearance just in time. Good work from West Ham as they win a corner.
Mario Balotelli (Liverpool) is awarded a yellow card for his tackle. He doesn’t seem to agree with the decision, but Craig Pawson won’t hear any protests.
Today’s referee Craig Pawson rightly decides to book Adrian (West Ham) for his harsh tackle.
Stewart Downing (West Ham) wasted a huge opportunity! The fans already began to celebrate as he produced a shot from the edge of the box after a brilliant solo effort. The ball went towards the middle of the goal, but Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) made an astonishing save!
A beautiful low pass from aside is received by Fabio Borini (Liverpool) waiting for his chance. However, the opponent’s defence is alert and spanks the ball away.
Some great controlled play and passing from West Ham. They are increasing the possession of the ball and waiting to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
The resulting corner from Stewart Downing (West Ham) is averted by the opposition’s defence.
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) fashions a shot from the edge of the box after receiving an accurate pass. Simon Mignolet makes a stunning save and denies his effort which is headed for the bottom right corner. The referee blows his whistle, West Ham are awarded a corner kick.
James Tomkins (West Ham) makes a rough challenge and Craig Pawson blows his whistle for a foul.
Diafra Sakho (West Ham) collects a sweet pass inside the penalty box and smashes the ball inside the left post. What a clinical finish!
Stewart Downing (West Ham) sends a low pass from outside the box to Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham). He lines up a shot, but the defence intercepts at the last moment.
Winston Reid (West Ham) can’t expect anything else than a yellow card for his hard tackle. And a yellow it is. Craig Pawson doesn’t think twice to pull it out of his pocket.
It’s in the back of the net! James Tomkins (West Ham) flights the free kick into the box, where Winston Reid (West Ham) peels off his marker and heads home from the edge of the six-yard box, low into the center of the goal. He makes it 1:0.
The first half of this match is about to start.
Craig Pawson got the nomination for today’s game and will try his best to be a fair judge and not to do any mistake.
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