NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Daniel Sturridge earned a point for Liverpool in a 2-2 draw with 10-man Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday, maintaining the England striker's prolific start to the season.
Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was red-carded for hauling down Luis Suarez in the 40th minute, allowing Steven Gerrard to convert a penalty for his 100th league goal and make it 1-1.
Substitute Paul Dummett restored the lead for Newcastle against the run of play in the 57th but Sturridge headed home Suarez's cross 15 minutes later, meaning he has scored in seven of Liverpool's eight league matches this season.
Yohan Cabaye had put Newcastle ahead with a dipping shot from long range after 23 minutes.
Liverpool provisionally leads the league by a point from Arsenal, which plays Norwich later Saturday, but will rue not fully capitalizing on having an extra man for 50 minutes.
The balance of the game changed on the sending-off of Yanga-Mbiwa, who was only playing because of an injury to captain Fabricio Coloccini on international duty with Argentina. The France international lost Suarez as the Uruguay striker ran in behind the defense to meet a lofted pass from Sturridge, and was clearly pulled back just inside the area.
After a long wait while Newcastle players remonstrated, Gerrard coolly slotted home low to Tim Krul's right to become the 24th player to reach triple figures in goals in the Premier League, and third for Liverpool after Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.
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