English Premier League Roundup, Apr. 17

BY foxsports • April 17, 2011

Dirk Kuyt equalized with a penalty kick in the 12th minute of injury time to give Liverpool a dramatic 1-1 draw at Arsenal and frustrate the Gunners' chances of winning the Premier League title.

With time added on because of a second-half injury to Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, Robin van Persie had only just put the home side in front with another penalty when Emmanuel Eboue shoved Lucas Leiva over in the area.

Kuyt stepped up to smash in the resulting penalty with the last kick of the match and leave Arsenal six points behind Premier League leader Manchester United with six games remaining. Chelsea is two points further back in third place.

With captain Cesc Fabregas struggling to impose himself on the match, Arsenal had struggled to open a defense hit by injuries to Fabio Aurelio and Carragher.

Theo Walcott hit a drive at visiting goalkeeper Pepe Reina and Laurent Koscielny headed against the bar early on, but that was largely all Arsenal created until Van Persie drew saves from Reina in the last six minutes of normal time with a header and a close-range shot.

Otherwise impressive midfielder Jay Spearing fouled Fabregas with a tackle from behind and Van Persie scored the resulting kick in the eighth minute of injury time to send the home supporters wild.

 

But Dirk Kuyt almost equalized straight from the kickoff with a shot from halfway that goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny saved and, following a free kick on the very edge of the area, Eboue shoved Lucas to give away the crucial penalty.


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