Liverpool 2 – Blackburn 1 (Premier League, February 28, 2009) (Longer highlights here and here.) Liverpool broke the deadlock with Blackburn after 19 minutes, Gerrard spread the play to Yossi Benayoun out wide left and, after the Israeli had maneuvered into the box, Steven Gerrard was back on the scene to slip in the opener. A cheeky handball from Jamie Carragher while grounded in the Reds’ box was seen by the officials, allowing Keith Andrews to bring Rovers level from the spot. But then Anfield saw the sight they’ve been missing for much of the season as Fernando Torres was able to restored Liverpool’s lead from a neat Maxi pass.
Tottenham 2 – Everton 1 (Premier League, February 28, 2009)Â Roman Pavlyuchenko cannot stop scoring, the Russian striker netted his fifth in a week, sliding in on a Defoe shot-cum cross after 11 minutes against Everton. Spurs’ second goal was one of realy quality, their three Croatians played keep ball down the right before Luka Modric saw his shot drift over Howard and go in off the bar. Ten minutes into the second half, Aiyegbeni Yakubu pulled a goal back as the Tottenham defence, especially Gomes, failed to deal with a corner. Spurs held on as Everton dominated the second half and substitute Landon Donovan was guilty of a shocking miss that would have squared things up.
Sunderland 0 – Fulham 0 (Premier League, February 28, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer kept out Darren Bent’s first half free-kick and then blocked Alan Hutton’s left-foot effort after the break to ensure the game ended goalless.