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Premier League: Nottingham Forest shock Liverpool, Chelsea and Man United draw

Chelsea and United failed to fully capitalize on Liverpool's latest stumble after sharing the points in the late kick-off.

Forest stunned Liverpool while United drew with Chelsea. (AP)

Nottingham Forest produced a shock to beat Liverpool 1-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.

The last-place team at the start of the day secured only its second win of the season in the game at the City Ground. Taiwo Awoniyi scored the only goal of the match in the 55th minute to end Liverpool’s mini-revival, which saw it beat Rangers, Manchester City and West Ham in its previous three games. Awoniyi was on the books at Anfield for six years without ever playing for the first team, but he produced the decisive moment to lift Forest off the foot of the table. The win eases the pressure on Forest manager Steve Cooper, who also used to coach at Liverpool.

Forest took the lead 10 minutes into the second half when a free-kick found Steve Cook on the right-hand side. His cross was struck against the post by Ryan Yates, but Awoniyi was on hand to turn the rebound into an empty net. Morgan Gibbs-White then saw another effort blocked by James Milner, which would have doubled the home team’s lead.

Liverpool’s fightback saw Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson palm away a Trent Alexander-Arnold header in the final 10 minutes. In return, Alisson denied Yates late on before Henderson stopped a powerful header from Virgil van Dijk to secure the famous win.

Chelsea and Man United draw

Chelsea and United failed to fully capitalize on Liverpool’s latest stumble after sharing the points in the late kick-off.

Casemiro headed an injury-time equalizer after Jorginho had scored an 87th-minute penalty.


While the draw was not ideal for either team, it suggests Potter and Ten Hag are continuing to stamp their authority on their respective teams.

Potter is undefeated in eight games since succeeding Thomas Tuchel last month, while Ten Hag has picked up 10 points from clashes with top four rivals Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea.

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“I have to make a big compliment to my team,” Ten Hag told BBC Sport. “To fight back with a fourth game in 10 days, you see the spirit and how they deal with setbacks. Really good.”

Defending champion City brushed off the loss at Anfield with Haaland back on the score sheet.

The Norway striker’s failure to find the back of the net against Liverpool was the first time he had gone without a goal since the second game of the season.

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Haaland made up for that against Brighton, scoring twice to take his overall total since joining City to 22 goals in 15 appearances in all competitions. He has scored 17 goals in the Premier League so far this season.

He looked set to register his fourth hat trick this season, but couldn’t add a third goal, with Kevin De Bruyne sealing the victory with an impressive strike after Leandro Trossard pulled one back.

Despite his goal, City manager Pep Guardiola was critical of De Bruyne’s form.

“He is not playing at his top level, not yet,” Guardiola said. “He made a fantastic goal, but he is not playing at his best. He knows, I don’t have to tell him. His dynamic is still not perfect, I spoke with him.”

Not that Guardiola wasn’t pleased with the goal.

“The goal is outstanding,” he said. “Thanks to him we didn’t suffer in the last 15-20 minutes.”

VARANE WORLD CUP FEAR

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Raphael Varane left the field in tears after an injury that could put his World Cup hopes in jeopardy.


The France defender was in visible discomfort as he left the field after 60 minutes of United’s draw at Chelsea.

Ten Hag was not able to offer any clarity over the extent of the injury.

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“It is difficult to say how it is now because it is so soon after the game,” he told BBC Sport after the final whistle. “We have to wait 24 hours and then we will know what it is.”

CALVERT-LEWIN HURTS PALACE AGAIN

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored for the fifth time against Crystal Palace in a 3-0 win for Everton.

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Victory ended a three-game losing streak for the team managed by Frank Lampard and moves it four points clear of the relegation zone.

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Anthony Gordon and Dwight McNeil also scored.

First published on: 22-10-2022 at 19:46 IST
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