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Liverpool lose ground at Birmingham

Published: Sunday 4 April 2010, 20.00CET
Birmingham City FC's reputation of troubling the top sides continued as they held Liverpool FC to a 1-1 draw but there was better news for fellow UEFA Europa League hopefuls Fulham FC.
Liverpool lose ground at Birmingham
Liverpool's Fernando Torres (right) was substituted against Birmingham ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 4 April 2010, 20.00CET

Liverpool lose ground at Birmingham

Birmingham City FC's reputation of troubling the top sides continued as they held Liverpool FC to a 1-1 draw but there was better news for fellow UEFA Europa League hopefuls Fulham FC.

Liverpool FC were frustrated in their attempt to close on fourth-placed Manchester City FC in the chase for a UEFA Champions League spot as they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Birmingham City FC in the Premier League.

St Andrews has proved a fortress for the home side this season with none of the top five sides managing to depart with maximum points, but Rafael Benítez's men appeared on course for a crucial success when Steven Gerrard swept them into the lead two minutes after half-time. However, that advantage lasted a mere nine minutes as Liam Ridgewell bundled in at the back post to leave the Anfield outfit four point behind Manchester City in sixth, having played a game more.

Liverpool will be joined in UEFA Europa League quarter-final action on Thursday by Fulham FC, but the London club fared better in preparation for their return to continental competition, battling back from behind to overcome Wigan Athletic FC 2-1. Striker Jason Scotland scored his first league goal for Wigan at the 29th time of asking to give the Latics an interval lead, but Stefano Okaka Chuka levelled soon after the break and Brede Hangeland headed the winner on 58 minutes to leave the visitors four points above the drop zone.

West Ham United FC are now three points behind Wigan after an entertaining 2-2 draw at Everton. The hosts were targeting an eighth straight home win and started brightly as Diniyar Bilyaletdinov nodded in a 24th-minute opener. Gianfranco Zola's charges, on a run of six consecutive defeats, suffered further woe when Mido missed a penalty but they did draw level through Manuel Da Costa on the hour. Ayegbeni Yakubu's header five minutes from time then looked decisive for Everton, only for a diving effort from Ilan to earn a vital point for the capital strugglers.

Last updated: 04/04/10 20.39CET


English Premier League 2009/10

Last updated: 02/07/2011 07:01 CET


Man. CityMan. City5-0SunderlandSunderland

A. Johnson 9, Tévez 15 (p), Silva 63, Vieira 67, Yaya Touré 73

Venue: Manchester



Zamora 23, 28, Etuhu 72

Venue: London



Venue: London


West BromWest Brom2-1LiverpoolLiverpool

Brunt 62 (p), 88 (p)

Škrtel 50

Venue: West Bromwich



Venue: Wigan



Walters 8

Drogba 33

Venue: Stoke


EvertonEverton2-2Aston VillaAston Villa

Osman 38, Baines 83 (p)

Bent 47, 68

Venue: Liverpool



Phillips 4, Gardner 59

Elmander 70

Venue: Birmingham



Nolan 22, Ameobi 45, Løvenkrands 50, Gutiérrez 90+3

Ebanks-Blake 58

Venue: Newcastle


West HamWest Ham2-4Man. UnitedMan. United

Noble 11 (p), 25 (p)

Rooney 65, 73, 79 (p), Hernández 84

Venue: London


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