Friday, May 24

Liverpool hold City after De Bruyne’s penalty miss

Premier League winners Liverpool played a 1-1 draw in a fiercely contested game against Manchester City in the match played at the Etihad on Sunday.

An early penalty from Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool the advantage, but City returned to the game with a glimpse of individual brilliance from Gabriel Jesus. Kyle Walker’s bad decision in the 11th minute after he stuck a leg over Sadio Mane who dropped to the turf saw Liverpool granted an early penalty. Salah made no mistake from the spot-kick as he shot past Ederson into the far-left corner.

Raheem Sterling had an opportunity to level the score in the 25th minute but his shot was saved by Alisson. In the 31st minute, Jesus gave City a deserved equalizer. His turn and shot off De Bruyne’s pass deceived Allison on goal.

In the 40th minute, Referee Craig Pawson awarded a second penalty after replays by VAR revealed that De Bruyne’s cross had struck Joe Gomez’s outstretched arm. De Bruyne failed miserably as his shot went wide of the goal post.

The game stayed equal heading into the break. The end to end dynamic of the game persisted in the second half. In-form Diogo Jota pushed Ederson into a save in the 50th minute after the keeper struggled to clear Salah’s initial shot.

After pulling up with a calf problem while chasing Sterling, Trent AlexanderArnold was forced off in the 63rd minute. As the rain started to drop in Manchester, the game slowed and neither side managed to find a winner. The share of spoils meant Liverpool lost a chance to reach the top of the table while Manchester City remained in 11th place going into the international break.

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