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26.12.06

Blackburn defeated Liverpool 1-0

Nobody in the Premiership would have predicted it. But an early second-half goal propelled Blackburn Rovers to an incredible 1-0 win over a wasteful Liverpool team.

Indeed, profligate finishing was the reason Liverpool did not score in the first half, Craig Bellamy firing wide and striker Peter Crouch forcing two saves out of Rovers goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

And it's fair to say that those misses would come back to haunt the Reds as Benni McCarthy put the side in front in the 49th minute when he tucked home a cross by Morten Gamst Pedersen after some fine initial work by Tugay.

Keeper Friedel, who had a fine performance against his former club, later saved from substitute Dirk Kuyt, but he was fortunate to see a thunderous shot by Xabi Alonso crash off the goalpost.

We must mention that Alonso then had a late shot saved beautifully by Friedel, preserving the three points for the Ewood Park outfit, helping a bit to ease their fears of relegation.

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