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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Carroll lifts Liverpool past Blackburn


BLACKBURN, England — Andy Carroll scored an injury-time header to give 10-man Liverpool a 3-2 win at relegation-threatened Blackburn on Tuesday, but the Reds lost another goalkeeper to suspension ahead of this weekend's F.A. Cup semifinal.

Liverpool looked headed for an easy victory after Maxi Rodriguez scored twice to leave the visitors up 2-0 by the 16th minute. But the game changed completely when Liverpool goalkeeper Alexander Doni was given a straight red card for bringing down Junior Hoilett in the area after the Blackburn player pounced on a sloppy back pass from Jon Flanagan.

While substitute goalkeeper Brad Jones stopped Ayegbeni Yakubu's tame spot kick, the striker made up for it by scoring twice to draw Blackburn level by the 61st. Jones was lucky not to get sent off himself when he pushed Yakubu over in the area for another penalty that led to the second goal.

But Carroll's leaping header in injury time gave Liverpool the win and left Blackburn mired in the relegation zone.

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