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Suarez, Sturridge pair for Liverpool double before halftime

Sep 29, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

Daniel Sturridge AP

Sunderland, despite impressing at times on the attack, have found themselves 2-0 down as halftime beckons at the Stadium of Light.

Daniel Sturridge and season-debutant Luis Suarez each have the goals, and Sturridge assisted his strike partner’s score.

Sturridge opened the game’s account in the 28th minute as he directed Steven Gerrard‘s corner into the back of the net. Replays showed he used his shoulder to hit the ball in, but nobody on the pitch complained of handball and referee Howard Webb did not address the possible infraction.

Suarez’s strike came eight minutes later, when Steven Gerrard threaded through Sturridge on the right edge of the penalty area, and he sent the ball across the mouth of the goal to the Uruguayan lurking at the far post for the easy finish.

The goal is the first of Suarez’s season, and was a fitting finish as the two of the men up front for Liverpool paired wonderfully in the first half.

Sunderland showed the ability to attack, but haven’t unlocked the Sunderland defense yet and will need to do so to have any chance of a comeback.

  1. billobrienschindimple - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Sunderland was really unlucky on the goal by Sturridge. Clearly it hit his arm, but I don’t think you can blame anybody for the allowance of said goal. Howard Webb had an angle that prevented him seeing it cleanly because of Sturridge’s body position. As you said, the Sunderland players made no complaints. The angle shows that the linesman should have been able to make the call. But look at the angle of the sun during that moment. The light was coming over the top of the stadium, essentially blinding the linesman from anything that occurred anywhere except in front of him. I am pretty sure if that corner occurs 5 minutes later in the match the linesman spots it and the goal is disallowed. In the end, Sunderland were hard done by, but there really isn’t anyone that blatantly missed the call. It is pretty obvious that Daniel had no intention of it hitting his arm, he just whiffed off the head.

  2. footballer4ever - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Goal! Sunderland!

  3. godsholytrousers - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Good game by Altidore, hope Sunderland play some proper bottom dwellers to get some form for the first time this season.

    Warrior has got the worst kits in football. Those unis were disgusting, cheap or tacky, it is hard to describe that look. Liverpool must have made a killing on that deal, but c’mon, there has to be something that doesn’t look that horrid.

  4. footballer4ever - Sep 29, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    @godsholytrousers

    I agree with you on Liverpool’s ugly uniforms. Mind you, football clubs make revenues with the sponsored Football jerseys, but wouldn’t it be a good idea that your own fans have some say on it since they will pay to buy your jerseys.

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