Blackburn Holds Liverpool To A Draw

Blackburn Rovers held Liverpool to a 0-0 draw at Anfield on Sunday night in an entertaining FA Cup quarter-final clash.  The riversiders were looking to cause yet another upset having already knocked out Swansea and Stoke while the Reds were out to pave their way to Wembley in honour of their outgoing captain Steven Gerrard.  There was a bitter start to the match as Martin Skrtel landed awkwardly and needed immediate treatment.

The match was put on hold for a couple of minutes before the Slovak was stretched off the pitch with Mamadou Sakho replacing him.  The hosts looked the livelier of the two sides from the restart with Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge combining well going forward.  Despite Brendan Rodger’s men bullying their opponents, Rudy Gestede gave them a headache with his numerous attempts.

Kolo Toure thought he had found a goal in the 33rd minute after smashing the ball to the back of the net, however the Ivorian was ruled offside.  The first 45 came and went with eight minutes added following an injury to Skrtel, however neither side managed to score inside the first period.

Sturridge came close early on in the second stanza but had his shot blocked as the home side continued to dictate matters.  After the introduction of Mario Balotelli Rodgers’ frontline grew in strength and looked like scoring every time they pushed forward.  In the 83rd minute, Philippe Coutinho came close after manoeuvering his way into the box but he ended up firing in the side netting.

That turned out to be the best and last goal mouth opportunity of the match as both sides failed to find an elusive goal to put the match to rest.  It would end 0-0 on Merseyside.