Liverpool required an injury-time goal to avoid a morale-sapping defeat to Arsenal on Sunday in a Premier League match that exposed both teams frailties as they struggle to bridge the gap to the top four. Nike Shoes Clearance Outlet .Wearing a bandage to cover up a nasty head wound, Martin Skrtel leapt high at a corner to score a powerful header in the seventh minute of stoppage time and rescue a 2-2 draw for 10-man Liverpool at Anfield.Liverpool dominated the game but again lacked a cutting edge in the continued absence of injured striker Daniel Sturridge, with Philippe Coutinhos 45th-minute opener the only reward for its effervescent build-up play until Skrtels late intervention.Despite being overrun, Arsenal came from behind through goals by France internationals Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud from the teams first two efforts on target. The visitors should have gone on to take maximum points because Liverpool substitute Fabio Borini was sent off at the start of second-half stoppage time for two quick bookings.Theres no doubt we deserved to win the game, our performance level was outstanding, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said. Our performance today was better than when we won here last (season) 5-1.Last seasons runner-up, Liverpool is in 10th place and nine points behind fourth-place West Ham heading toward the mid-point of the season.A late goal was decisive in Sundays other game, with Adam Johnson volleying home a 90th-minute winner for Sunderland in a 1-0 victory at northeast rival Newcastle. It sealed an unprecedented fourth straight derby win for Sunderland.It makes it a very special Christmas for us, said Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, whose team climbed four points clear of the relegation zone.Arsenals fragility in defence and central midfield continues to be a worry for manager Arsene Wenger, who has masterminded 17 straight seasons of Champions League football for the London club. Another top-four finish is expected, even though Arsenal is four points behind West Ham heading into the busy period of fixtures over the festive period.Its a point we are happy to take, Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini said, but we had the chance to win this game.Coutinhos goal, a low shot that went in off the post from the edge of the box, was the least Liverpool deserved from a dominant first half but Arsenal managed to go into halftime level thanks to Debuchys deflected header following a free kick.The second half started with Skrtel needing lengthy treatment after being stamped on the head by Giroud — the reason where there was nine minutes of injury time, in which Skrtel scored the equalizer.Giroud inflicted more pain on Liverpool by steering in Santi Cazorlas cross in the 64th but Arsenal could not hold on, even after Borini was dismissed for two yellow cards inside three minutes.We are disappointed to give a goal away with a free header from a corner, Wenger said.Johnson finished off a length-of-the-field counterattack with a volley inside the near post, scoring at St. James Park for the third season — each of them in wins for Sunderland.They must hate me here, he said.Since ending Chelseas unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 win on Dec. 6, Newcastle has lost three straight games. Cheap Air Max 90 Free Shipping . For the first time all night, as the Raptors were on the clock to make the 20th overall selection, no one had the slightest idea what was about to happen. No leaks, no whispers, nothing. Wholesale Vapormax Plus .In a statement released Friday, the Catalan club said the Brazil stars recovery would be monitored to determine when he can begin training again.New York Islanders 3 Winnipeg Jets 2 OT (Jets 30-26-7, home 15-11-5) – With the point, the Jets moved to within one point of Dallas for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but also find Phoenix tied with them, as the Coyotes beat Vancouver. Andrew Ladd opened the scoring, his 16th of the season. The goal coming off a faceoff with Bryan Little picking up the assist. Colin McDonald tied the game late in the period and the first period ended 1-1, the Islanders outshooting the Jets 13-9. New York took the lead early in the second with Andres Lee scoring. Lee went in on a breakaway but was stopped by Ondrej Pavelec, however Lee batted the rebound out of mid-air and after video review the call on the ice stood. Shots in the second were 17-7 in favour of the Jets but they could not beat Anders Nilsson. Jets did tie the game at 14:53 of the third, Ladd scored on a breakaway for his second of the game and 17th of the year. Olli Jokinen had the only assist, the goal coming with the teams playing four on four. The Jets pressed and had some chances but despite outshooting the Islanders 11-5 in the period, it was off to overtime. Jets again had the better chances before Michael Grabner scored on a breakaway to end it. The goal coming at 3:51 of overtime. Ladd has now scored five goals in his last six games and six goals in the last 10 games. Zach Bogosian led the Jets in ice time at 26:22. Since the arrival of Paul Maurice, Bogosian is the leader in average ice time at over 25 minutes per game. He also led thee Jets in shots on goal with six, tying a season high. Kobe Bryant Shoes Sell. Final shots on goal were 38-27. Another turning point in the game was the Jets going zero-for-five on the power play. The Jets also lost Mark Scheifele with a lower body injury, after he went knee on knee with Calvin de Haan. De Haan received a two minute tripping penalty on the play. Scheifele will be further evaluated Wednesday. Chris Thorburn was also shaken up after a first period fight with Matt Martin. The Islanders traded Andrew MacDonald earlier in the day, and scratched Thomas Vanek, the expectation being that Vanek will be traded as well. For Paul Maurice it was his 1100th regular season game as an NHL coach, and he had this to say about the game. "We came out very tight. I dont have the answers for you as to why. We did not take that team lightly. Youve got almost a group of guys that at times you wonder if they care too much, they really do. You could feel it tighten as they went. A lot of strange plays with the puck out there that I dont have an answer for how it happened. The power play was tight and things that are easy to do, werent. Wed relax, the chatter would pick up and wed play better. Handling all this and the injury is the challenge now. Our brains were going a hundred miles per hour and our feet were not. So we take this point, five of six since the break and move on. We werent winning our last 21 games." Jets play host to Los Angeles Thursday (TSN 1290), and Ottawa Saturday afternoon (TSN 1290). ' ' '
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