Sturridge rescues point for Liverpool at Newcastle

Daniel Sturridge earned a point for Liverpool in a 2-2 draw with

10-man Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday, maintaining the

England striker’s prolific start to the season.

Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was red-carded for hauling

down Luis Suarez in the 40th minute, allowing Steven Gerrard to

convert a penalty for his 100th league goal and make it 1-1.

Substitute Paul Dummett restored the lead for Newcastle against

the run of play in the 57th but Sturridge headed home Suarez’s

cross 15 minutes later, meaning he has scored in seven of

Liverpool’s eight league matches this season.

Yohan Cabaye had put Newcastle ahead with a dipping shot from

long range after 23 minutes.

Liverpool provisionally leads the league by a point from

Arsenal, which plays Norwich later Saturday, but will rue not fully

capitalizing on having an extra man for 50 minutes.

The balance of the game changed on the sending-off of

Yanga-Mbiwa, who was only playing because of an injury to captain

Fabricio Coloccini on international duty with Argentina. The France

international lost Suarez as the Uruguay striker ran in behind the

defense to meet a lofted pass from Sturridge, and was clearly

pulled back just inside the area.

After a long wait while Newcastle players remonstrated, Gerrard

coolly slotted home low to Tim Krul’s right to become the 24th

player to reach triple figures in goals in the Premier League, and

third for Liverpool after Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.

Up until that point, Newcastle had made arguably its best start

to a match this season, harrying its opponents in possession and

deservedly taking the lead when Cabaye sent a fierce shot from 30

yards past Simon Mignolet’s despairing dive.

Although it was a different story after the break, with

Liverpool dominating territory and the busy Suarez coming more into

the game, Newcastle still managed to go ahead again.

Cabaye floated in a free kick that brushed the top of Kolo

Toure’s head and landed at the feet of Dummett, who had come on at

center back following Yange-Mbiwa’s dismissal. The young local kept

his composure to steer in a volley at the back post.

Sturridge grabbed Liverpool’s second equalizer by heading in

from close range after good play down the left by Suarez, who

grazed the crossbar with a volley soon after.

Liverpool’s best chance in the final 10 minutes fell to

Sturridge, but the England striker misjudged a volley from

Gerrard’s cross.

Newcastle’s battling performance may appease a section of home

fans who showed their dissatisfaction with the regime of owner Mike

Ashley by marching in protest from the city center to St. James’

Park before kickoff.