The Sports Matrix: Monday 5 November 2012


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Suarez rescues Liverpool as Coloccini sees red

Luis Suarez made the headlines for the right reasons yesterday when his fine late equaliser rescued a point for Liverpool in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle at Anfield. Yohan Cabaye's fine control and finish gave Alan Pardew's side the lead just before half time, taking down Hatem Ben Arfa's cross before beating Brad Jones with style.

Suarez levelled halfway through the second half, taking Jose Enrique's long ball on his chest before rounding Tim Krul and slotting into an empty net. The Urug-uayan forward was later fouled by Fabricio Coloccini, an act which earned the Newcastle captain, above, a straight red card.

Elsewhere, QPR and Reading played out another 1-1 draw at Loftus Road. Kaspars Gorkss gave the visitors the lead after 16 minutes, with Djibril Cissé prodding home an equaliser with 25 minutes to go. Both sides remain without a league win this season. MORE

Murray keen to lock horns with Novak

Andy Murray is relishing the chance to renew rivalries with Novak Djokovic at the ATP World Tour Finals. "Most of the matches I've played with him this year have been incredibly close," the Scot said. "They have been incredibly physical matches, very, very tough." MORE

Raikkonen takes flag in Abu Dhabi

Kimi Raikkonen took his and his team's first victory of the season in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Sebastian Vettel stormed to third from the back of the grid and maintained his lead in the driver standings. He holds a 10-point advantage over Fernando Alonso with two races left. MORE

Broad injury adds to England worries

England suffered further injury worries ahead of the first Test with India as they continued their latest tour match. Stuart Broad was due to undergo a scan on his foot after being forced to leave the field against Mumbai A. Steven Finn is also suffering from a thigh injury. MORE

Celtic regain lead despite late slip

Celtic moved back to the top of the table, despite late goals forcing them to settle for a point at Dundee United. The visitors led 2-0 with two minutes left through Miku and Tony Watt goals, only for Gary Mackay-Steven and an own goal to salvage an unlikely point. MORE

Polished Poulter takes HSBC title

Ian Poulter rose 11 places in the world rankings after winning the HSBC Champions by two shots. The 36-year-old hit a final round 65 to take his first victory of the year. "I'm riding that [Ryder Cup] wave as much as I possibly can," he said. MORE

Trump towers over Robertson for win

Newly-installed world No 1 Judd Trump beat Neil Robertson 10-8 to take the inaugural International Championship in Chengdu. The 22-year-old recovered from an 8-6 deficit in the final to secure the £125,000 first prize. MORE

Great Scott leads Welsh to victory

London Welsh upset the form book to record a 16-9 victory over Bath at the Kassam Stadium yesterday. Nick Scott took advantage of a late misplaced pass from Stephen Donald to score the winning try in the final minute of the game. MORE

Tomkins hoping to face France again

Sam Tomkins is confident he will be fit to face France again next Sunday after returning from a knee injury to score two tries against the same opponents. Gareth Ellis's participation will be decided by an international review panel today. MORE

Melbourne lures Europe's finest

With European challengers failing to pay their way in the weekend Breeders' Cup turf races in California, attention turns to the rich – and ostensibly easier – pickings on offer in tomorrow's Melbourne Cup. MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

Liverpool should have pulverised Newcastle United and you have to believe they would have done so if Brendan Rodgers had not been left so short of resources in front of goal. MORE