Man City, Liverpool looted in a thrilling title fight
MANCHESTER, England – Manchester City are one point away from Liverpool at the top of the Premier League after the Giants’ much-anticipated 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
The match was about his billing as Liverpool came out of the City trap in the fifth minute after Kevin de Bruyne’s strike had been converted by a pass from Liverpool goalkeeper Allison.
City, playing with high pressure intensity which is famous for their opponents, could have taken the lead a while ago but Rahim Sterling made a soft shot towards Allison from a glorious position.
J ঘrgen Klopp’s side were shaken by the house crowd, however, Liverpool showed their talent when they regrouped and eight minutes later Diego equalized through a shoe, with the help of a perfectly-cushioned Trent Alexander-Arnold pass.
The pace was relentless, the action gripping and the pace changed again when Gabriel Jesus restored City’s lead at 36.M Minutes
Liverpool only cleared a corner up to Joao Cancello and the Portuguese returned the full back ball deep into the box where Jesus was on the side, bypassing Alexander-Arnold and passing the ball past Allison’s side.
Liverpool fell behind for the first time in a Premier League break this season, but it didn’t take them long to regain parity, scoring 46 seconds after the start.
Mohamed Salah picked up the ball from the right side and Sadio split the City’s defense with a great pass to Mann who bounced off the goal before converting with his traditional accuracy.
City were stunned but Pep Guardiola’s side regained control of midfield for most of the second half and they came very close to winning the game.
Rahim Sterling thought he had given the hosts another 63-yard advantagerd In the minute, the ball raced to the great De Bruyne, only for the former Liverpool forward offside after a VAR review.
In the 90’sM In the minute, City substitute Riyad Mahrez shaved off the post with a free kick and had a great chance to win the Algerian game in stoppage time but his effort failed to hit the target.
It was a questionable decision from Mahrez when the results of a more conventional approach could be found, but CT had to digest a point that changed little with the run.
“It’s a great opportunity. Riyadh chose to chip in and if it does, it’s a wonderful goal, “said De Bruyne.
“We played very well, I think we were on top. The rest of the season will have to play like this. I know people say that whoever wins will win the title. But it is very difficult, the schedule is very difficult for both teams to win every match, but we will try, “added the Belgian.
The result was a repeat of the October scoreline at Anfield, with City scoring the first goal and not winning the Premier League this season.
The fourth Premier League crown in five seasons is in City’s hands, although they have moved up 74 points, one ahead of their title rivals, but with seven games left for both teams there is still a lot of work to be done.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said: “Of course, we knew we would be under pressure at first. They were a great team.”
“It simply came to our notice then. It’s nice that we’ve come from behind twice. We have to focus on ourselves and win as many matches as possible. If they slip, we have to stay behind them. We will continue till the end, ”he added. – Reuters
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