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Bellamy at the double as Liverpool sink Newcastle

Published: Friday 30 December 2011, 22.46CET
Craig Bellamy scored twice against his former side as Liverpool FC came from behind to overcome Newcastle United FC 3-1 and move up to fifth place in the Premier League.
Bellamy at the double as Liverpool sink Newcastle
Craig Bellamy scored twice as Liverpool came from behind to defeat Newcastle ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 30 December 2011, 22.46CET

Bellamy at the double as Liverpool sink Newcastle

Craig Bellamy scored twice against his former side as Liverpool FC came from behind to overcome Newcastle United FC 3-1 and move up to fifth place in the Premier League.

Liverpool FC moved level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea FC after a 3-1 victory against Newcastle United FC at Anfield.

Though Newcastle – without a league win at Anfield since 1994 – took the lead through Daniel Agger's 25th-minute own goal, Craig Bellamy scored twice against his old club before Steven Gerrard settled the contest 12 minutes from time.

Alan Pardew's charges took the lead when Ryan Taylor's deep cross was flicked on by Yohan Cabaye and Agger, under pressure from Demba Ba, wrong-footed Pepe Reina from eight metres. However, the visitors' lead lasted just four minutes as Bellamy pounced on a poor clearance to rifle his 150th goal in English football through a crowded area from 15 metres.

The hosts edged ahead midway through the second half when Bellamy's long-range free-kick eluded a host of players to find the net and an eventful second period then produced a wonderful goal-line clearance by Agger from Ba on 70 minutes and a header against the bar by another former Newcastle favourite Andy Carroll. Second-half substitute Gerrard completed the scoring from a tight angle to take the Reds above Arsenal FC and level on 34 points with Chelsea.

Last updated: 30/12/11 23.12CET

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English Premier League 2011/12

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Last updated: 30/12/2011 22:43 CET

30/12/2011

LiverpoolLiverpool3-1NewcastleNewcastle

Bellamy 29, 67, Gerrard 78

Agger 25 (o.g.)

Venue: Liverpool

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