Liverpool handle business in Wales (video)
- Wiljnaldum scores opener off corner
- Milner converts Salah-won penalty
- Cardiff cannot finish chances
Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner scored to put Liverpool back atop the Premier League following a 2-0 defeat of Cardiff City on Sunday.
Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds had their chances but simply lacked quality in finish. They remain three points back of Brighton and Hove Albion in the race to avoid relegation.
Liverpool is a point ahead of Man City before Wednesday’s Manchester Derby at Old Trafford.
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Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino broke the Cardiff back line, but Neil Etheridge closed down to help force the Brazilian to fire over the goal.
It was mostly Liverpool’s game, but Oumar Niasse need nearly luck into an in-tight finish after Victor Camarasa flubbed a shot into his path. Alisson Becker tipped it over the bar.
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Wijnaldum put the Reds on top about 12 minutes into the second half when he wrapped his right foot around a bounding set piece to send it flying past Etheridge.
Henderson’s would-be goal was blazed over the goal in the 61st minute. It wasn’t quite a sitter, but there was certainly some beckoning goal.
Cardiff’s Sean Morrison missed his second significant chance of the match off a 64th minute corner kick.
Roger East awarded a penalty kick to Liverpool when Morrison manhandled Mohamed Salah in the box. Milner rarely misses from the spot.
Etheridge made a tremendous save on Salah in the 90th.
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Anybody know how Sean Morrison missed that free header, with the goal gaping, from inside the six-yard box? Somehow the ball hits him on the back of the neck. What a chance for Cardiff to equalize. Huge let off for #LFC. #CARLIV 0-1 pic.twitter.com/VaxOE1exuA— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) April 21, 2019