Kewell Scores A Gem As Liverpool Win Again
Qantas Socceroo Harry Kewell broke his goals drought with a gem of a strike that saw Liverpool win 1-0 at home against Tottenham Hotspur.
Qantas Socceroo Harry Kewell broke his goals drought with a gem of a strike that saw Liverpool win 1-0 at home against Tottenham Hotspur. Kewell (pictured celebrating with Steve Finnan), making steady progress since his return from a serious groin injury, hit a left foot volley from a narrow angle in the 59th minute that both managers described as special. The news though was not so good for young West Australian Brad Jones, who was replacing transfer-seeking Qantas Socceroo goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer in the Middlesbrough goal. Jones though could do little to stop the Arsenal onslaught with the final score finishing at 7-0, as Schwarzer watched sympathisingly from the bench. Qantas Socceroo striker Mark Viduka was replaced midway through the second half, as Boro-s miserable season continued. However all the talk on Merseyside was about Kewell-s stunning finish, his first goal since December 2004. Kewell met Steve Finnan-s cross from the right with a first time volley that gave Paul Robinson no chance and further emphasised to Liverpool fans what he can do when he near to full form. "If you want to win a game 1-0 then that is the kind of goal you want to score,” said Rafael Benitez on Kewell-s winning strike. “For Harry it was important to score in front of the Kop after his problems last season and it was the perfect finish. He deserved it and it was amazing to see Harry score the goal he is capable of at the Kop. "Harry is training well every day and repeating games. He hasn't had pain and he is playing at the level we saw before he had the problems." Meanwhile on the blue side of Merseyside, Qantas Socceroo midfielder Tim Cahill played another full game, as Everton again eased their Premiership relegation fears with a gritty 1-0 away win at fellow strugglers Portsmouth. The win saw them jump nine points clear of their match opponents, who lie in 18th place and in the relegation zone. Also in the relegation zone is Stan Lazaridis Birmingham City side, who went down 2-0 away at Charlton Athletic. Qantas Socceroo defender Lazaridis, played a full game for the Blues. Qantas Socceroo pair of Lucas Neill and Brett Emerton both started for Blackburn Rovers in its 0-0 draw at home with Bolton Wanderers, with Neill playing a full game and Emerton coming off midway through the second half. In the League Championship, Qantas Socceroo Tony Popovic (hamstring injury) was not in the Crystal Palace squad that continues on its winning way, winning 2-1 at struggling Hull City. Two other players that will be hoping that they might get a call up for the Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain next month, Paul Reid and Patrick Kisnorbo, had differing fortunes. Reid scored Brighton & Hove Albion-s opening goal, as they scored an upset 2-1 win against promotion-chasing Leeds United. The win lifted Brighton outside of the relegation zone at the expense of Kisnorbo-s Leicester City, who played lost 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday, with Kisnorbo playing a full game. In League One action, Qantas Socceroo midfielder Luke Wilkshire had to be content with a place on Bristol City bench, as they drew 1-1 at home against Scunthorpe. City are just one place the relegation zone. Elsewhere another Qantas Socceroo hopeful Danny Invincibile, did his chances no harm with a goal for Kilmarnock, but alas it was not enough to help his side to a result, as they went down 4-2 to Scottish Premier League leaders Celtic.
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