Balotelli the hero as Liverpool top Tottenham

Published Tuesday, February 10, 2015 3:59 PM by Jordan Tatum
Balotelli the hero as Liverpool top Tottenham

Tuesday offered us another monster match in the English Premier League.  Tottenham visiting Anfield to face Liverpool.  Two teams in top form of late.  Spurs led by young Harry Kane who has notched nine goals in his last nine games.  Liverpool unbeaten in their last eight matches.  Could Tottenham break a dry spell against Liverpool that has seen them lose their last three against the Reds by a combined score of 12-0?

The first chance of the game fell to Daniel Sturridge as he latched onto a poor Mason back pass in the 9th minute.  Sturridge raced in on goal but scuffed his shot allowing Hugo Lloris to go down and make the easy save.   A minute later Steven Gerrard curled a 25 yard free kick just off target.  Early signs of the Liverpool intent.

The chances kept coming as another Sturridge shot called Lloris into action.  Anfield was humming and Tottenham would have to weather the storm.  They were unable though as Markovic put Liverpool ahead in the 15th slipping the ball just past Lloris who really should have done better with the shot.

Tottenham began the fight back immediately though.  They would not go quietly on this Tuesday night and in the 26th minute they were all even.  A long string of passes left Harry Kane in on goal where he easily finished.  Can't give Kane that much time in front of goal.

Liverpool almost gabbed the lead back in first half stoppage time as Ibe got down the right and rolled a ball in to Sturridge who surprised Lloris with a clever back heel that had the keeper beaten.  The post was in the way though and the ball bounced away.  1-1 at the break.

The second half left everything to play for.  Tottenham looking to solidify their top 4 standing while Liverpool pushing desperately to close the gap from 7th place.  Seven minutes into the half and we had a huge decision.  Daniel Sturridge went down in the box a the feet of Danny Rose.  Referee Phil Dowd hesitated to make the call, but his linesman flagged and helped him to the penalt decision.  It was the correct call as Rose clearly tripped Sturridge.  That left money man Steven Gerrard for the spot kick where he is basically automatic to place it home.  2-1 Liverpool and Tottenham to chase again.

Just a minute later Lamela looked to have tied the match a he ripped a shot from the 18.  He was left hands on head though as Mignolet sprawled to tip the drive just over the crossbar. A stunning save to preserve the lead.

A couple of minutes later Mignolet was unable to keep the ball out as Spurs leveled once again.  The Liverpool keeper made a diving save on a Christian Eriksen free kick.  The rebound fell to Harry Kane who squared across the face of goal for Dembele to knock home.  Mignolet's protest for offside went to deaf ears and we were all even at two.

What a game!

All we needed now was a bit of Balotelli which we got in the 74th minute.  Scoreless in his last twelve hours and forty minutes of soccer.  That's right almost 13 hours!

Under fifteen minutes to play.  Could anyone break the deadlock and claim the massive three points?  The answer was yes and it was none other than Mario Balotelli.  A prefect low cross from Lallana  was poked home from close range and suddenly Mario Balotelli was the hero after so long the goat.

Tottenham couldn't recover from going behind a third time on the night.  Three huge points for Liverpool a they chase a Champions League berth.  What a race we have in the EPL as third through seventh are only a single game apart. Three points separate five teams!