Newcastle strike back to deny Liverpool full points in Premier League clash at Anfield
Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback are on target for Magpies, while Eden Hazard’s double for Chelsea snaps year-long goal drought and Southampton pour more misery on Villa
Newcastle United fought back from two goals down at half-time to stun a Liverpool side already shocked by news that their defender Mamadou Sakho is being investigated by Uefa after failing a drugs test.
Goals from Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback, his first of the season, secured Newcastle a vital point to move them level with Sunderland on 30 points, but still in 19th place in the relegation zone.
“It’s a good point for us. Each one counts. At half-time we said we had to keep going and keep believing,” Colback told Sky Sports.
“We’ve been in positions like that this season where we’ve gone on and lost. But the belief is there and everyone is working hard for one another.”
Liverpool had gone into the interval sensing victory after two excellent strikes from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana put them in control.
But Newcastle looked a different side after the break and ensured that former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez enjoyed a happy return to Anfield.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said: “No, I’m not angry. It doesn’t feel like we won a point. It feels like we have lost it. It’s not our best day.
“It was an intensive game. Newcastle had two shots and two goals. We had a few more shots and could have scored more goals but didn’t and have to take what we can get.”
Elsewhere, Manchester City thrashed Stoke City 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium to leapfrog Arsenal into third place in the Premier League.
City’s 19-year-old Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho scored twice, in the 64th and 74th minutes, and was brought down for the penalty in the 43rd minute from which Sergio Aguero scored has 16th goal in as many games this year.
Fernando headed City’s opener from Jesus Navas’ 35th-minute corner.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini paid tribute to the performance of Iheanacho, who will be hoping to retain his starting slot for City’s Champions League semi-final first-leg game against Real Madrid at the Etihad on Tuesday.
“He is an important young player with a lot of future,” Pellegrini said. “He scores lots of goals, but he is not just a penalty-box player. I am sure that his role in this team will be very important.”
Stoke have now conceded four goals in each of their last three Premier League games.
“Once again we have conceded poor goals, which is a recurring theme,” manager Mark Hughes said.
“We were a million miles away from where we need to be in the first half. We are lacking the pace and power you need in key areas of the field.”
Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard scored his first Premier League goals of the season, nearly a year after he netted his last one, as outgoing champions Chelsea overcame Bournemouth 4-1.
Spanish forward Pedro put the visitors ahead in the fifth minute, hooking in a left-footed shot after being teed up by Cesc Fabregas.
Bournemouth, who shocked Chelsea 1-0 in the reverse fixture in December, were 2-0 down after 34 minutes when Hazard latched on to a Fabregas backheel to end a drought going back 356 days.
The chants that welcomed the scoring return of last season’s Player of the Year, with three games remaining, were cut short when Bournemouth hit back two minutes later through a Tommy Elphick header.
Willian made it 3-1 with a right-foot shot as Fabregas completed a hat-trick of assists and Hazard added his second from close range in stoppage-time.
Dusan Tadic scored twice as Southampton handed relegated Aston Villa their 10th successive league defeat with a 4-2 win that kept alive their European hopes.
Striker Shane Long, who laid on both Tadic’s goals, put Saints ahead when he nipped in behind the static Joleon Lescott in a leaky Villa defence to head in Ryan Bertrand’s cross after a quarter of an hour.
Southampton increased their lead when Tadic tapped in Long’s square ball as angry Villa fans, their team’s relegation settled last weekend, waved cards saying “Proud History, What Future?”
Villa, their enterprise in attack contrasting with their woeful defending, pulled two goals back through midfielder Ashley Westwood either side of Tadic’s 71st-minute strike and substitute Sadio Mane completed the visitors’ win with a stoppage-time header.