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MATCH REPORT | De Bruyne misses penalty as Man City held 1-1 by Liverpool
The score stayed 1-1 till the end as Liverpool and Manchester City shared the spoils. Both the teams move up a spot in the 2020-21 Premier League standings due to the result. Liverpool is third with 17 points from eight games, while Manchester City is 11th with 12 points and a match in hand.
Mohamed Salah opened the scoring for Liverpool from the spot early in the first half, however, Gabriel Jesus equalised for Manchester City, 18 minutes later. Towards the end of the first half, Kevin De Bruyne shockingly missed a penalty.
MANCHESTER CITY 1 - 1 LIVERPOOL!!!!!
AND IT'S FULL-TIME!!!
90+4' YELLOW CARD!!! Man City defender Kyle Walker is booked for a silly tackle on a Liverpool attacker. FREE-KICK FOR LIVERPOOL! Jordan Henderson floats the set-piece into the penalty box, but it's easily cleared by Laporte.
90' FOUR MINUTES OF STOPPAGE TIME TO BE ADDED ON AT THE END OF THE SECOND HALF! Liverpool keeper Alisson displays his ability to read the game and clears the danger after Gabriel Jesus threatened to latch onto a through ball from just outside the box. GOOD SAVE!!!
86' BACK-TO-BACK OFFSIDES! It was Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus at one end first and then Sadio Mane followed suit, the very next minute. Liverpool has been well organised at the back too. Klopp will be hoping that Gomez and Matip continue this form of theirs in the absence of Virgil Van Dijk.
83' ANOTHER CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL! Sadio Mane sends a pass out to Mohamed Salah from midfield, but he can't beat Man City full-back Joao Cancelo to get to the ball. The City defence, comprising of Laporte, Dias, Cancelo and Walker has been phenomenal in recent times.
79' YELLOW CARD! Man City centre-back Aymeric Laporte is booked for a messy foul. The hosts are applying a lot of pressure right now. A few moments earlier, Bernardo Silva delivered a long ball towards the box, but it lacked the necessary power to reach his teammates.
76' CORNER FOR CITY! This is the home team's first corner of the game. De Bruyne will take this set-piece too. His cross is a dangerous one and, after some struggle, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson collects the ball. The Reds defenders were a bit clueless there.
72' CHANCE FOR CITY! Kevin De Bruyne receives a good pass just outside the box, unleashes a strike from a promising position, but the shot is blocked by Joe Gomez. De Bruyne receives the rebound and fizzes over a cross which doesn't cause any problems for Liverpool.
68' CORNER FOR LIVERPOOL! Mo Salah slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away. Xherdan Shaqiri will take the set-piece. Poor pass from the Swiss midfielder. He decided to take a short corner instead of a cross into the box and messed it up.
64' INJURY CONCERN! Alexander-Arnold goes down, and this doesn't look promising for Liverpool. He's receiving treatment for a long time. SUBSTITUTION! Manager Klopp sends in the experienced James Milner to replace his injured full-back in the middle.
61' YELLOW CARD! Raheem Sterling will be the first Man City player to be booked today. He goes into the referee's book for a silly foul. CHANGE! Man City manager Pep Guardiola makes his first substitution now. Bernardo Silva comes in for Ferran Torres.
58' FREE-KICK FOR LIVERPOOL!! Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan commits a silly tackle. Alexander-Arnold will take it. SUBSTITUTION! Xherdan Shaqiri will replace Roberto Firmino in the middle for Jurgen Klopp's side.
54' SHOT!!! Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus latches onto a lofted pass from Joao Cancelo at the edge of the six-yard box, but misdirects his header and sends it just wide of the left post. Liverpool has dominated the attacking stats so far, but Firmino has been the weak link.
51' WHAT A CHANCE AND WHAT A SAVE! Liverpool forward Diogo Jota picks up the rebound inside the penalty area and drills a good shot to the middle of the goal. Ederson shows how quick his reflexes are and dives superbly to stop the effort.
48' YELLOW CARD! Liverpool centre-back Joel Matip goes into the referee's book for a pathetic tackle. INJURY! The Manchester City physio comes into the field to treat Kevin De Bruyne. Fortunately for City, it's nothing serious and the Belgian playmaker will continue to play.
THE SECOND HALF BEGINS!
Goals from Mohamed Salah and Gabriel Jesus has kept the teams level at half-time. Forty-five minutes to go. Stay Tuned!
The first 45 minutes of this game was a story of so many missed chances for both Manchester City and Liverpool. Both teams had a penalty each as well, and only one team converted. However, it's still 1-1 at half-time, and there's been nothing the separate both the sides.
AND IT'S HALF-TIME!
45' WHAT A SAVE!!! Man City keeper Ederson, with some luck, pulls off one of the saves of the season. Alexander-Arnold had time and space inside the box after picking up a neat pass, but his shot towards Jota was plucked out of nowhere by Ederson. For a second, it looked as though Jota would finish it off. THREE MINUTES OF STOPPAGE TIME TO BE ADDED ON AT THE END OF THE FIRST HALF!
42' MISSED PENALTY!! KEVIN DE BRUYNE FIRES IT WIDE!!! The 2020-21 Premier League season has seen it all. The best player in the league has missed a spot-kick. He didn't look confident with his run, and Alisson had dived in the right direction as well.
39' PENALTY FOR MANCHESTER CITY! Joe Gomez has handled the ball inside the box. The referee will look at replays now. VAR CHECK! The check is over and it will be a spot-kick for Man City. The home team's overwhelming pressure in the last few minutes have worked out.
35' VERY CLOSE!!! Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson flights in the cross, but Aymeric Laporte is alert and he clears the ball to safety. But a few moments later, Diogo Jota receives a pass on the edge of the box and shoots, however, the ball goes inches wide of the left post.
31' GOAAAAALLLLL!!!!! MANCHESTER CITY 1 - 1 LIVERPOOL!!! Liverpool defenders were caught napping here. Kyle Walker was given way too much space on the right. He passed the ball to Kevin De Bruyne, who immediately sent it towards Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian striker got past Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip with ease to equalise for his side.
28' Manchester City has dominated possession but the team's forwards aren't able to put the finishing touches in the final moments. Liverpool, despite being more effective up front, has scored only one goal so far, giving the host a chance to come back.
25' SHOT! Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was forced into action to thwart Man City winger Raheem Sterling. He found himself some space after latching on to a pass and unleashed a shot to the bottom left corner but couldn't beat the custodian.
21' WHAT A CHANCE! Liverpool should have made it 2-0 here. Man City midfielder Rodri gave away the ball cheaply and Salah, Mane and Jota were 3-on-2 against the Citizens. But Mane, instead of passing it into the middle, went for goal himself and made a huge mess of it.
17' FREE-KICK FOR MAN CITY!!! Kevin De Bruyne will take the set-piece. He attempts to find one of his teammates with a cross from the resultant free kick, but he fails to hit the ball properly and sends it off the pitch. Aymeric Laporte appeals for a penalty, and he feels Sadio Mane brought him down. But the referee waves his hands.
13' GOAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!! LIVERPOOL 1 - 0 MANCHESTER CITY!!! Ederson dived on the right side but Mohamed Salah's shot was too powerful. The Manchester City players are protesting the decision because they feel Raheem Sterling was fouled at the other end in the lead-up to the penalty. But VAR says nothing doing. Liverpool manager Klopp jumps high in the air in celebration.
10' PENALTY FOR LIVERPOOL! Liverpool forward Sadio Mane's wonderful run into the box is rewarded with a spot-kick. Kyle Walker is the man who makes the mistake. There were too many defenders inside the box and Mane was very clever with his movement.
6' CHANCE! Man City was almost in on goal. Gabriel Jesus with a brilliant run on the left flank. However, he didn't have anyone to pass it to in the middle. The Liverpool centre-back duo work well together to clear the danger.
3' Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino tries to latch onto a through ball, but it's too long. FOUL! A few moments later, Diogo Jota commits a silly foul and the referee blows his whistle. Manchester City wins back the possession here.
AND THE MATCH BEGINS!
THE PLAYERS ARE OUT!
Liverpool is currently placed fourth in the 2020-21 Premier League standings with 16 points from seven games. Meanwhile, Manchester City is 12th with 11 points in six matches.
The team line-ups are out!
MANCHESTER CITY - Ederson (G), Kyle Walker. Aymeric Laporte, Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo, Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne (C), Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Ferran Torres.
COACH: Pep Guardiola.
LIVERPOOL - Alisson (G), Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson (C), Georginio Wijnaldum, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota.
COACH: Jurgen Klopp.
Manchester City and Liverpool meet in the first blockbuster match in the Premier League this season.
The teams have split the last two titles and are expected to be the frontrunners again, though City has started slowly after mostly playing without a recognized striker at the start of this season because of injuries to Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.
Jesus could start at Etihad Stadium, while Liverpool — which will go top with a win — also has to make a decision up front with in-form Diogo Jota threatening Roberto Firmino's place in attack. If Liverpool doesn't win, Leicester could end the eighth round as the leader with a victory over Wolves.
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Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said several teams could win the Premier League this season, dismissing suggestions of a two-horse race between his side and Manchester City for the title.
“Yes, it always was (more than a two-horse race),” Klopp told Sky Sports, echoing the sentiments of Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola, who is also expecting a wide open race.
“If we look back at the previous two years, they were impressive for both teams... but that doesn’t mean this year we have the ticket to do it again, everybody has a chance,” he added.
This campaign has already proven to be unpredictable with leader Liverpool suffering a 7-2 defeat by Aston Villa and City, down in 10th place, winning only one of its opening six.
“Liverpool are the biggest favourite but with the pandemic the situation is a bit different,” Guardiola told reporters ahead of Sunday’s clash at the Etihad.
“I see other teams strong, Leicester City maintained the level from most of last season, Arsenal made a big step forward to be contenders and Tottenham, Jose Mourinho has the team that he wants. Chelsea in the beginning is so stable now and has a huge squad for rotating top players. Manchester United in this moment is there not in terms of results but we saw the quality they had last season."