Sensational strike sinks Reds

A sensational volley by Tony Yeboah sent Leeds top of the embryonic Premiership table - but had Liverpool still bemoaning the penalty that was not given.The 3.4 million pound Ghanaian capture from Eintracht Frankfurt smashed a quite unstoppable effort from 25 yards to make it three in two games and continue the Elland Road side's 100% start.

Yet Roy Evans' men were still furious about the tackle by John Pemberton on Stan Collymore that forced the British record signing to limp off with a damaged ankle. Pemberton clattered into the 8.5 million pound striker as he advanced deep into the box in only the sixth minute, scything him to the ground with the ball out of the frame. Yet referee David Elleray saw nothing wrong.

Insult was added to injury when the limping Collymore - who had opened his Liverpool career with a stunning goal against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday - had to make way for substitute Robbie Fowler. And Anfield anger was only intensified by the magnificient Yeboah strike which captured the points.

Yeboah had begun the hugely-anticipated proceedings with a rising drive from 25 yards that did not trouble David James. Then came the Pemberton-Collymore clash, the only memorable moment of a woeful first period. Collymore drifted deep to take possession, instantly laid off to Ian Rush and sprinted for the return, taking the ball into the box. Pemberton raced across and clearly caught the former Nottingham Forest man's ankle as he lunged in with the balllong gone. Yet while both referee Elleray and his linesman were well-placed, neither reacted. Collymore grasped his ankle as he lay on the ground,struggling onto a stretcher and requiring lengthy treatment, from which he emerged decidedly gingerly.

The striker did recover sufficiently to fire at John Lukic from a tight angle, but another hefty challenge, this time from Tony Dorigo, proved the end. Collymore shook his head as he limped around the field, departing - for a precautionary x-ray - to a chorus of jeers from the home fans in the 21st minute, with the newly-blond Robbie Fowler coming on.

The robust Pemberton, not before time, was then booked for going right through the substitute, who looked lively indeed. But for all the physical intensity there was precious little incident. But all that was forgotten when Yeboah took the roof off Elland Road six minutes after the restart.

Dorigo hit the ball to the edge of the box, Rod Wallace nodded back and Yeboah unleashed a quite ferocious strike which flew past James and in off the bar. The moment of magic might have been out of keeping with the dross that had gone before, but it was exactly what was needed as Liverpool responded by picking up their game. Steve McManaman elected - and failed - to find Rush when he could have dinked over the advancing John Lukic after a dreadful Pemberton back-pass and then a raking left-footer by Fowler forced the best from the goalkeeper.

Midway through the half, Mark Wright nodded forward and Rush stretched out a foot to send the ball trickling inches outside the goal, although good work by Wallace then provided an opening for McAllister, the precision of whose side footer was matched by the athleticism of James.

In the 72nd minute, Rob Jones, still awaiting his first Liverpool goal, took a McManaman pass to let fly from distance, his shot deflecting off John Barnes and crashing against the upright with Lukic a spectator.

James then kept his side in the contest when he somehow parried a point-blank header from Brian Deane but there was to be no rescue act for the Reds.

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