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Football: Gerrard scores twice from spot as Liverpool crush United

Published on Mar 16, 2014 11:51 PM
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring his second penalty against Manchester United during their English Premier League match at Old Trafford on March 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Two Steven Gerrard penalties helped Liverpool to a crushing 3-0 victory at bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday, to leave them breathing down the necks of Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Gerrard's strikes either side of half-time put the visitors in control and Luis Suarez sealed only Liverpool's second win at Old Trafford in nearly 10 years with a well-taken third.

The Reds skipper could have completed a rare hat-trick of spot kicks but struck the post after Nemanja Vidic was red-carded for tripping Daniel Sturridge shortly before Suarez completed the rout.

Gerrard's first penalty after 33 minutes followed a deliberate hand-ball by Rafael that could have earned the defender a second yellow card, while his second shortly after the break was for a clumsy Phil Jones challenge on Joe Allen.

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