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Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

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Liverpool missed out on the opportunity to return to the top of the Premier League after they drew 1-1 with Manchester City in a thrilling game at the Etihad Stadium.  

Despite taking the lead with a Mohamed Salah penalty early in the first half, Jurgen Klopp’s men were pegged back by a well taken Gabriel Jesus goal to leave The Reds third in the Premier League table, a point behind first-place Leicester City, going into the international break.

Man City, who are now on an unbeaten run that stretches back eight games, will rue not coming away with three points, with Kevin De Bruyne firing wide from the penalty spot just before half time.

Pep Guardiola’s side were second best to a well organised and energetic Liverpool side for much of the first half. With a brilliant first twenty minutes capped off when Sadio Mane was bundled over by Kyle Walker in the penalty area. With the resulting penalty despatched by Salah low to the keepers left.

City recovered well and equalised through a moment of magic when Jesus flicked a De Bruyne pass through Trent Alexander-Arnold’s legs, before poking the ball past Alisson Becker and into the net.  

But they could not capitalise after referee Craig Pawson went to the VAR monitor to check a potential handball from Joe Gomez of a whipped De Bruyne cross.

Pawson controversially awarded the penalty, but the Belgian could not capitalise and despite sending Alisson the wrong way, fired well wide of the post. City are now in 11th position, six points of top place.

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May 2024