Manchester City lost ground to local rivals Manchester United in the Premier League title race after twice giving up the lead in a 2-2 draw away to Birmingham on Tuesday. A share of the spoils at St Andrew’s left Roberto Mancini’s men eight points behind leaders United, having played a game more than the table-toppers.
New Liverpool striker Luis Suarez marked his debut by coming off the bench to score the Reds’ second goal in a 2-0 win over Stoke. Victory saw the Merseysiders continue their resurgence under Kenny Dalglish.
Liverpool went ahead in the 47th minute at Anfield when Raul Meireles crashed the ball in after Stoke had failed to clear a Steven Gerrard shot.
Suarez, a 22.6 million pounds (36.3 million dollars) signing from Ajax on transfer deadline, came on for Fabio Aurelio shortly after the hour mark.
And in the 79th minute he sealed Liverpool’s third straight clean sheet win under Dalglish when he rounded the keeper and rolled the ball in despite a despairing attempt by Andy Wilkinson, who deflected the strike into his own net, to hack clear.
“We’re all delighted with that result - and three clean sheets in a row is a great return,” Dalglish said.
“Everyone’s pleased for Luis too. He hasn’t even trained with us yet but he showed what he’s all about tonight and I can’t wait to get working with him.”
West Ham climbed off the bottom of the table with a 3-1 win away to Blackpool.
Real to play Barca in kings cup final
Madrid: Real Madrid will face arch rivals Barcelona in a mouthwatering Kings Cup final after Jose Mourinho’s Madrid side defeated holders Sevilla 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday to reach their first final since 2004.
Togo forward Emmanuel Adebayor scored his first Real goal deep in stoppage time to add to an 81st minute strike from German international midfielder Mesut Ozil, as Real won the semi-final tie 3-0 on aggregate and eased the pressure on coach Mourinho.
The Portuguese now has the chance to win his first trophy with the club by lifting Madrid’s first Kings Cup since 1993.