Info

Competition
Premier League
Date
21 April 2019
Game week
35
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 2

Goals

0 - 1
57' G. Wijnaldum (G) (assist by: T. Alexander-Arnold)
0 - 2
81' J. Milner (PG)

Commentary

Minute   Description
That's all from us today folks, we hope you enjoyed the game!
Liverpool move back to the top of the Premier League, two points clear of Manchester City, but they still need City to drop points somewhere down the line as they have a game in hand. The Reds will welcome Huddersfield to Anfield next on Friday night. Meanwhile Cardiff remain in the bottom three and they are three points adrift of Brighton. They travel to Craven Cottage next weekend to face Fulham.
90'+3 FULL-TIME: CARDIFF 0-2 LIVERPOOL
90'+1 Milner is booked after he pulls Murphy back, as Cardiff looked to break forward.
90' There will be a minimum of three minutes of added time played.
SAVE! Etheridge with a great stop to deny Salah the third Liverpool goal, the striker is fed through by Firmino and Salah then tries to flick the ball into the bottom corner, but the Cardiff keeper gets down well to push it around the post.
88' Just a couple of minutes left now, it looks like Liverpool have wrapped up the victory and will be heading back to the top of the Premier League.
86' Final Liverpool substitution now, with Alexander-Arnold replaced by Gomez.
83' Third and final Cardiff substitution, with Hoilett coming off and he has been replaced by Murphy.
81' GOOOAAALLL! Milner doubles Liverpool's lead from the penalty spot, it's 2-0! He doesn't miss many penalties and he slotted the ball into the bottom corner, with Etheridge diving the wrong way.
80' Gunnarsson is booked after protesting the award of the penalty. Salah went down easily, but Morrison did have his arms around Salah.
79' Cardiff are now forced into making a change, after Ralls limps off with a hamstring injury and he has been replaced by Bacuna.
77' Mendez-Laing almost gets in at the far post after a long direct ball towards the winger, he controls it and looks to fire a shot at goal, but Henderson manages to get back in time and force the corner.
75' Unfortunately Fabinho is unable to continue, just a few minutes after coming onto the pitch as the medical team decide that he's not fit to continue. Milner is his replacement.
71' Liverpool now make their first change, with Keita the man heading off the pitch and he has been replaced by Fabinho.
69' The pace of the game has dropped slightly in the last couple of minutes, with Cardiff managing to get into their shape and Liverpool look like they're running down the clock.
67' Cardiff make their first substitution of the game with Niasse coming off and he has been replaced by Zohore.
66' Cardiff have certainly improved since going a goal down, they've shown more urgency to push forward and now look dangerous in front of goal themselves.
60' Hoilett with a good strike, but it doesn't have enough pace on it to beat Alisson, who makes a comfortable save.
59' Liverpool are pushing forward in search of another goal that would surely wrap up the victory, but the game is much more open now as Cardiff try to break out of defence as well.
57' At first it looked like Alexander-Arnold had scuffed the corner, but it was a well worked move, that still required a fine finish, which Wijnaldum produced.
GOOOAAALLL! Liverpool finally have the breakthrough, Wijnaldum scores to make it 1-0! It's been coming and the Reds have a huge goal in their title push. Alexander-Arnold whips a low ball into the box, which is met at the front post by Wijnaldum, who drills the ball into the back of the net. Excellent move and goal.
55' Good strike! Alexander-Arnold with a powerful effort from 30 yards out, but it flies wide of the Cardiff goal. The visitors just can't get out of their own half at the moment.
54' The Cardiff midfield are starting to look a little tired, they've had to do an awful lot of chasing the ball and it's taking it's toll.
52' It's all Liverpool once again here, they are dominating possession and Cardiff have everyone back behind the ball defending.
48' Decent opportunity for Cardiff! Morrison with a free header at the far post after a deep cross into the box, but the centre-back fires his header over the crossbar.
46' The second half is underway!
Cardiff managed to create a good chance of their own, with Niasse forcing Alisson into a good save late on. Mendez-Laing has also been one to watch for the hosts, he has caused a lot of problems down the left wing with his electric pace. Both teams need to win here for different reasons, so it will be interesting to see how the second half turns out.
45'+3 HALF-TIME: CARDIFF 0-0 LIVERPOOL
Blocked! Alexander-Arnold steps up to take the free-kick, but he fires it straight into the wall!
45'+2 Free-kick to Liverpool in an excellent shooting position right at the end of the half. Mane is brought down by Gunnarsson around 25 yards out and it looks like Alexander-Arnold might be the one to take it.
45' There will be a minimum of two minutes added time played.
43' Good play by Hoilett. He realises that he can't get past Van Dijk, so instead tries to cross to a teammate in the box, which is blocked and goes out for a corner.
42' Cardiff will be happy to see the game out to half-time now as they've had to do a lot of defending so far. Liverpool should be ahead after the chances and amount of possession that they've had.
38' Not long left to play until the end of the first half now, can either side break the deadlock before the half-time whistle?
36' Opportunity for Cardiff now with a long throw-in, Gunnarsson launches the ball into the penalty area, but Liverpool clear the danger and set up Salah on the counter-attack. However, Manga does superbly to slow him down and it allows Morrison time to get back and they crowd Salah out.
30' Cardiff will be delighted with their performance so far, they've only given away one clear chance so far and will want to keep it goalless for as long as possible, then hope to break away on the counter-attack.
28' Firmino jinks past Gunnarsson and lays the ball out wide to Salah, who should cross into the box, but instead he opts to pass to Henderson who tries to play a quick one-two with the striker, but there isn't enough room and the ball goes out of play.
25' Mendez-Laing has the beating of Alexander-Arnold every time at the moment, the winger sprints past the right-back and gets all the way to the byline, but his cross is blocked. Liverpool might need to double up on him.
24' Liverpool are having to be patient and wait for a gap to open up at the back, but the hosts are getting everyone back behind the ball and not allowing much space. The only mistake they've made so far is the opportunity for Firmino a couple of minutes ago.
20' The home supporters are having a big impact on this game, appealing every decision and cheering every time the visitors make a mistake. Liverpool just haven't been at their best so far.
18' Liverpool look frustrated by this Cardiff defensive performance so far, they've struggled to break into the final third as the hosts hold firm.
16' Alisson fumbles the resulting corner, it pats it away and Liverpool just about manage to clear the danger. Salah then breaks up the other end, tries to round Peltier, but the right-back defends well and wins the ball back.
13' Wild effort from Mane! The striker has been in superb form recently and he tried his luck from long range, but the ball flies high and wide of the Cardiff goal.
11' Decent Cardiff attack! Niasse manages to find space down the left, but Van Dijk holds him up well and prevents him from whipping the ball into the penalty area.
10' The hosts are struggling to string a couple of passes together, with Niasse unable to hold the ball up top when it does come to him. They need him to try and slow the pace of the game down.
6' Early corner for Liverpool, which Alexander-Arnold whips in the penalty area, but it's straight onto the head of Morrison, who heads it clear.
5' There is a cracking atmosphere inside the stadium, with both teams getting behind their teams, with the Cardiff supporters spurred on by their sides recent victory over their relegation rivals.
3' Liverpool showing attacking intent early on here, they got the game underway and they've kept the ball since, forcing Cardiff to get everyone back behind the ball.
1' We're underway!
The teams are out at the Cardiff City Stadium and kick-off is just a few minutes away. Stay tuned for all of the match action!
LIVERPOOL SUBS: Simon Mignolet, Joe Gomez, James Milner, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keita; Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino.
CARDIFF SUBS: Alex Smithies, Greg Cunningham, Leandro Bacuna, Kadeem Harris, Josh Murphy, Bobby Reid, Kenneth Zohore.
CARDIFF (4-1-4-1): Neil Etheridge; Lee Peltier, Sean Morrison, Bruno Ecuele Manga, Joe Bennett; Aron Gunnarsson; Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Joe Ralls, Victor Camarasa, Junior Hoilett; Oumar Niasse.
Liverpool would move back to the top of the Premier League table with victory today, but Manchester City still have a game in hand. The Reds beat Chelsea 2-0 last time out in the league, followed by a 4-1 victory over Porto on Wednesday in the Champions League. In fact, they haven't lost a game since their 2-1 defeat against City at the start of January.
Cardiff gave their survival chances a huge boost in midweek, by beating Brighton 2-0, the side who occupy 17th spot and they are now just three points behind the Seagulls. However, time is running out for the Bluebirds and they need to pick up something against title chasing Liverpool today.
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Lineups

R
A
A
1
N. Etheridge
2
L. Peltier
3
J. Bennett
4
S. Morrison
4
V. van Dijk
5
B. Écuélé Manga
5
G. Wijnaldum
8
J. Ralls
8
N. Keïta
9
Roberto Firmino
10
S. Mané
11
Mohamed Salah
13
Alisson
14
J. Henderson
17
A. Gunnarsson
19
N. Mendez-Laing
21
Víctor Camarasa
26
A. Robertson
29
O. Niasse
32
J. Matip
33
J. Hoilett
66
T. Alexander-Arnold
10
3
7
15
11
12
C
C
C

Substitutes

Additional info

Referee
M. Atkinson
Assistants
S. Child
Fourth official
D. Coote

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Match Stats

Cardiff City Liverpool
16 Attacks (Dangerous) 46
5 Corners 10
5 Fouls 5
7 Free Kicks 9
14 Goal Kicks 5
4 Offsides 2
2 Shots (blocked) 3
2 Shots (off target) 8
2 Shots (on target) 4
0 Shots (woodwork) 0
15 Throw Ins 20

Regular Season

# Team MP D P
138+7298
238+6797
338+2472
438+2871
538+2270
638+1166
738+157
838+854
938+352
1038-352
1138-750
1238-249
1338-645
1438-1445
1538-2340
1638-2039
1738-2536
1838-3534
1938-4726
2038-5416

Cardiff City Stadium

Name:
Cardiff City Stadium 
City:
Cardiff (Caerdydd) 
Capacity:
33280