Both sides attacked and attacked but seemed to have forgotten that defence and being clinical is just as important. If they were clinical, this would have been a goal fest. Aguero missed the simplest of chances but it is Lallana’s that will be one for the ‘Football fails’ videos. If they remembered to defend, those two chances would have never come at all and Liverpool would have probably walked away with the three points. It was a frantic match and both sides have to share the points at the end of it.
Manchester City vs Liverpool highlights:
2352 hrs IST: FULL TIME!! Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool. Well that’s that. Two players who were part of Manchester City’s two title winning squads scored and the Sky Blues can dismiss their title dreams this season as nothing more than cruel fantasies. Their gap with Chelsea is now 12 points with just 10 matches remaining. In fact, both Liverpool and City will now be more wary of Manchester United, who have at least a game in hand on them and trail the former only by four points.
2350 hrs IST: Four minutes of stoppage time. By some complicated mathematics that only the referee knows how to work. It doesn’t feel like this match has stopped at any point.
2348 hrs IST: This has been a match of misses! De Bruyne did extremely well to go to almost level at goal and put in the cross. It finds Aguero who is ominiously unmarked and he has a big part of the goal empty in fr0nt of him. Swings at it first time and it goes a fair distance above the bar. As the ball rose, Guardiola went down to his knees.
2344 hrs IST: De Bruyne puts in a cross from the right that finds Silve who passes it further inside and Aguero tries one at the near post. It’s a tight angle and grazes the side netting.
2341 hrs IST: Calling this match breathless is a bit of an understatement. It has been frantic with freekicks and corners coming on the rarest of occassions it seems. Maybe the stats will prove that point wrong but at the moment that’s what it looks like.
2337 hrs IST: And that is an even bigger one! An absolute sitter and an even bigger blooper from Lallana! A lofted ball into the box to Firmino who puts into the path of Lallana and somehow, he is unable to control it. Caballero was completely taken out of the equation and it was an empty goal post with almost no one around Lallana and he somehow trashes it. That is one for the blooper reels of the season.
2335 hrs IST: David Silva puts a lofted ball to Sane in the left. The latter didn’t have any defender stopping him but couldn’t maintain his balance and the ball is given away.
2333 hrs IST: Oh what a chance that was! Sergio Aguero receives the ball in the box but is crowded out by red shirts. He goes down but no penalty given, the ball roles to De Bruyne who only needed to make the right connection as Mignolet was completely wrong footed, but he hits the post.
2330 hrs IST: Liverpool’s first change of the match is Divock Origi coming on for Coutinho. Firmino had a sight at goal a few seconds earlier but that misses goal by the slightest of margins.
2326 hrs IST: GOAL!! Sergio Aguero 68′, Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool. De Bruyne puts in a low cross from the right and Aguero poaches it in. He had missed an open header just a few seconds back, but this time makes no mistake. It’s game on at the Etihad now.
2322 hrs IST: Yaya Toure has been replaced by Bacary Sagna so that means Fernandinho will be playing a little farther up the field now.
2317 hrs IST: Manchester City just not able to hold on to the ball. Liverpool, on the other hand, looking dangerous every time they have the ball. Sterling danced away from Milner but was blocked by Clavan. Mignolet then released Firmino whose shot was blocked Caballero.
2309 hrs IST: GOAL!! James Milner (p) 51, Manchester City 0-1 Liverpool. Liverpool pick out Lallana inside the box and he runs forward, inviting a challenge from Gael Clichy from behind inside the box. A clear penalty that was tucked in by James Milner.
2256 hrs IST: It’s easy to forget that Aguero was even in the squad. The Argentine has had almost no touches inside the box.
2249 hrs IST: FIRST HALF ENDS and it is Manchester City 0-0 Liverpool. It has been a half that has left a lot to be desired really. Both sides made some sloppy passes and so both sides haven’t been able to challenge the other goalkeeper as much as they should have.
2244 hrs IST: Manchester City had a big miss after Silva’s cross misses Sterling and Fernandinho’s shot went wide. As first half draws to a close, it has to be said that considering the pace at which the sides are changing possession, there have been very few chances.
2233 hrs IST: Sterling tries to get in behind Milner and whips in a cross. Milner blocks it an it goes our for a corner that comes to nothing.
2229 hrs IST: Joel Matip goes off the pitch after a collision of heads with Ottamendi. Half an hour has gone and it is a surprise how no goals have gone yet.
2224 hrs IST: Sadio Mane’s sheer pace takes him past Ottamendi but he showed just a bit too much to Caballero and the City goalkeeper takes it off the feet of the Senegalese. He couldn’t hold on to it but took it in his hands before any Liverpool player could get near.
2220 hrs IST: And that was the first proper chance that has come City’s way. Sane released on the left due to Sterling’s run, takes the shot first time and Mignolet deflects it. It bounces back to Silva whose shot is wide.
2215 hrs IST: First yellow card of the match goes to Firmino for a harsh challenge on David Silva. He protests of course but can’t escape from the fact that it was a poor tackle.
2210 hrs IST: A few coming his way every time James Milner is on the ball. It seems to be a bit half hearted, understandably, booing James Milner is not something that can be justified, regardless of the reason.
2208 hrs IST: A rather balanced start this with both chances coming on both sides. As of now, City have more possession but by no means are they dominating but they have been flagged off side in the first 10 minutes already.
2202 hrs IST: Liverpool kick off the proceedings at the Etihad, attacking from left to right. City made some early inroads but it came to nothing.
2132 hrs IST: Let’s take a look at some of the other results from the Premier League this week:
West Brom 3-1 Arsenal Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford
Sunderland 0-0 Burnley Everton 4-0 Hull City
Stoke City 1-2 Chelsea West Ham 2-3 Leicester City
Bournemouth 2-0 Swansea City
Middlesbrough 1-3 Manchester United Tottenham 2-1 Southampton
2129 hrs IST: A look at how the teams line up for the match:
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2122 hrs IST: When Liverpool hosted Manchester City in the reverse fixture back in December, the flying start that the latter had made to the season had give way to a painful downward curve of results for Pep Guardiola. The result of that match was a reflection of Manchester City’s woes as Liverpool won 1-0. Jurgen Klopp hence has the chance to become the first manager to do the league double over any side managed by Pep Guardiola.
Liverpool’s record against the top 6 shows that they are a side capable of beating City in their own stomping ground. They are yet to lost a single match against Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal and that record will be an uncomfortable one for Guardiola. The Catalan also has to pick himself and his team up from the heartbreaking loss that they had suffered at the hands of Monaco that sent them out of the Champions League in the Round of 16 stage. It is the first time that any team managed by Guardiola has exited Europe’s elite football competition without reaching the quarter finals.
Manchester City host Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in the last of the all the action this week in the Premier League. A win here for City would mean that they move within 10 points of Chelsea with 10 games left to play but more importantly, it would give them some redemption from their Champions League exit at the hands of Monaco. City conceded a 2-goal advantage that they carried from the first leg within the first 45. Liverpool, on the other hand, come to the Etihad in good spirits. They recovered well from the 3-1 thrashing against Leicester City to beat Arsenal 3-1 and Burnley 2-1 at home.