Perez scores as Newcastle tops Liverpool 1-0 for third straight win

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Ayoze Perez came on at halftime to score the winner for the second straight week as Newcastle beat a lackluster Liverpool 1-0 Saturday in the Premier League.

Moussa Sissoko broke into Liverpool's penalty area in the 73rd minute at St. James' Park and tried to play in Remy Cabella. Alberto Moreno intercepted the cross but was unable to clear, and Perez lashed the ball in from 10 meters (yards).

Papiss Cisse came closest to opening the scoring in the first half for Newcastle on 37 minutes, when Glen Johnson cleared his shot off the line after Simon Mignolet had failed to claim a corner.

Three minutes later, Martin Skrtel sent a free header wide from Steven Gerrard's corner in Liverpool's only key chance in a subdued performance.

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