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Anfield | 6th February 2010 12:45

Liverpool v Everton

Everton endured the most frustrating of derby defeats, going down 1-0 to Liverpool at Anfield.

The Blues had the majority of possession and the numerical advantage for almost an hour after Sotirios Kyrgiakos was dismissed in the first half.

Marouane Fellaini was injured in that incident and then Liverpool scored a 55th minute winner through Dirk Kuyt.

Misery was compounded at the death when Steven Pienaar was also sent off, this time for two yellows.

A couple of early Leighton Baines corners caused problems but it was Emiliano Insua who rifled the game's firt chance over after Tim Howard had beaten out Steven Gerrard's free kick inside four minutes.

Steven Pienaar and Dirk Kuyt battle for the ballSteven Pienaar and Dirk Kuyt battle for the ball

Five minutes later an awkward volley from Tim Cahill looped well wide and then Daniel Agger lashed another half-chance over with his weaker right foot following a Gerrard corner.

Baines went closer still midway through the half when his free-kick was tipped over, then Gerrard had a shot from range deflected just wide.

Quickfire yellows for Pienaar and Jamie Carragher ensued then David Ngog fired wide from the edge of the box after a swift Liverpool counter.

Then came the drama when, 33 minutes in, Kyrgiakos was dismissed after a horrific two-footed lunge on Fellaini.

Liverpool's Sotirios Kyrgiakos leaves the pitch after being red carded for a tackle on Marouane FellainiLiverpool's Sotirios Kyrgiakos leaves the pitch after being red carded for a tackle on Marouane Fellaini

Referee Martin Atkinson had no choice but to issue a red card, and after several minutes of treatment, the Belgian was unable to resume and Mikel Arteta entered the fray.

Arteta received a fabulous reception from the Everton fans but it was the ten men who went closest next - Gerrard skimming the bar with a free kick from 25 yards.

But Cahill had the best chance of the half, heading over when unmarked six-yards out in added time.

The Aussie tested Pepe Reina early on in the second period and Landon Donovan shot wide as well before Ngog served notice of the hosts' threat on the break.

Marouane Fellaini lies in pain after the tackle from Sotirios Kyrgiakos.Marouane Fellaini lies in pain after the tackle from Sotirios Kyrgiakos.

Indeed, it was from his foray that Liverpool forced a succession of corners and subsequently took their 55th minute lead, Kuyt glancing Gerrard's corner past Tim Howard.

Everton struggled to create against the compact Liverpool defence and with 20 minutes left David Moyes introduced Yakubu and Victor Anichebe to boost his attacking options.

The pair replaced Louis Saha and Leon Osman and Everton's new front pairing both went close late on

Yak's left-footer was tipped over expertly by Reina with two minutes left and Anichebe shrugged off his marker in injury time before Reina again repelled his effort - meaning the Blues' nine-game unbeaten league sequence is over.

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