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Al Habsi earns Wigan 0-0 draw against Liverpool

Updated: December 21, 2011, 17:47


Liverpool's Luis Suarez, left, reacts with team mates during their English Premier League soccer match against Wigan at DW Stadium, Wigan, England, Wednesday Dec. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)

WIGAN, England(AP) Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi saved a penalty kick from Liverpool's Charlie Adam to secure a 0-0 draw on Wednesday and another valuable point in his team's fight against relegation from the Premier League.

Al Habsi had already pushed over a free kick from Luis Suarez, who started for Liverpool a day after he was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra, when Gary Caldwell handled an overhead kick from the Uruguay striker.

Adam took the resulting penalty but it was blocked by Al Habsi.

Wigan has now lost just one of its last six matches while sixth-place Liverpool has scored only three goals in its last four games.

Free to play until the appeals process against his punishment is completed, Suarez was the center of attention but remained frustrated as his side were held.

Liverpool's players warmed up for the match with shirts emblazoned with Suarez's picture as a gesture of support for their teammate, who has denied racially abusing Evra.

The squad also released a statement supporting him.

"We have lived, trained and played with Luis for almost 12 months and we don't recognize the way he has been portrayed,'' the players said. "We will continue to support Luis through this difficult period.''

The 24-year-old Suarez was involved in many of Liverpool's early attacks. Adam his a free kick into the defensive wall before Suarez, Maxi Rodriguez and Stewart Downing combined to set up Jordan Henderson, whose shot was parried by Al Habsi.

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