Cisse double punch knocks out Reds, Spurs beat Swansea
Papiss Cisse scored both goals as Newcastle United continued their surprise push for a top-four finish in the Premier League on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Liverpool, who had keeper Pepe Reina sent off late on. EPL resultssports Updated: Apr 02, 2012 01:26 IST
Papiss Cisse scored both goals as Newcastle United continued their surprise push for a top-four finish in the Premier League on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Liverpool, who had keeper Pepe Reina sent off late on.
The Senegal striker headed the first from a Hatem Ben Arfa cross before sidestepping Reina and side-footing home for a clinical second.
It was a miserable afternoon for an out-of-sorts Liverpool, who felt they should have been awarded a first-half penalty when Danny Simpson appeared to handle on the line, while Cisse looked offside in the build-up to Newcastle's second.Liverpool had Reina sent off with seven minutes remaining when he was judged by referee Martin Atkinson to have headbutted Newcastle's James Perch after being tripped up by the defender.
Replays showed that Perch made the most of whatever contact there was when the two players came together in an angry confrontation.
Newcastle remain sixth, while Liverpool are eighth, a point behind local rivals Everton.
Liverpool striker Andy Carroll was making his return to his former club and was given an indication of the tough afternoon he was facing when he was roundly booed stepping off the bus. The £35-million striker, who has scored only five EPL goals since his move last January, did not help his cause with the home fans when he was booked for diving after 10 minutes following a theatrical fall in the area.
In London, Emmanuel Adebayor grabbed two late goals as Tottenham beat Swansea 3-1 to move level on points with north London rival Arsenal in the battle for the third Champions League spot in the Premier League. The Togo striker planted home headers in the 73rd and 87th minutes to take his tally for the campaign to 13 goals.