latest football news in Nigeria

MCity 1-1 Liverpool: Spoils shared in exciting game

EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 19/03/2017

Manchester City and Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw in an exciting Premier League game on Sunday evening.

Manchester City and Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw in a thrilling encounter at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday evening.

James Milner opened scoring for Liverpool from the spot in the second half, but Sergio Aguero cancelled out the goal with yet another strike against Liverpool as both sides shared the spoils in a game that had so many clear-cut opportunities which both sides failed to convert.

First Half

These two teams went into this game with the knowledge their places in the top are far from guaranteed, especially with Tottenham winning earlier in the day to keep their second place, while Manchester United won to finally climb above the sixth position, with a two game advantage.

But it was City who began brightly, pressing Liverpool back with their high pressing game, and they kept the ball for long periods, as the Reds chased. But City’s early dominance notwithstanding, there were no clear cut chances created up until the 20th minute of the encounter.

David Silva found himself within the six yard box of Liverpool’s area, and did well to meet a rebound, but his effort was disappointing, as it went awfully off target and the Spaniard was obviously furious with himself.

Then four minutes later, it was the turn of Liverpool to go close, Sadio Mane finding space and time to shoot, his effort was on target, but it was poor and ended in the arms of City goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

But at this point, Jurgen Klopp’s men were beginning to grow into the game, but it was Fernandinho at the other end who went close, he was put through on goal but his effort ended by the side netting and Liverpool were once again left off the hook.

And just before the half time break, Adam Lallana was next on the efforts list, his attempt looked to be going into the roof of the net, but Caballero was once again forced into a fine save to keep the scoreline level, and both sides went into the break with the score 0-0.

Second Half

Unlike the first half, it was Liverpool who began brightest here, and within two minutes of the restart, they had a chance to go in front, Mane with a good chance to make it 1-0, but his header from close range went over the goal.

But the Reds will get another opportunity two minutes later, when Gael Clichy was adjudged to have brought down Roberto Firmino inside the box, and former City midfielder Milner stepped up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way, as Liverpool took the lead in this one.

Klopp’s men were looking better than they were in the first period, and once again, another opportunity came their way when Firmino was gifted another opportunity, but the Brazilian somehow forced a save from Caballero instead, when he should have stuck the ball in the back of the net.

And they will be made to pay for that shortly after when Aguero received a pass inside the Liverpool area, and slotted home, beating Simon Mignolet for a goal to draw City level.

After that equalizer, it became more of a rollercoaster, as both sides began to tire and open up defensively, and more and more chances were being created by either side. Kevin De Bruyne went close, and so also was Lallana again for Liverpool, the England international missing a gilt-edge opportunity with only the goalkeeper at his mercy.

But in the end, nothing more would come of the game as both sides settled on the one point with Chelsea the biggest beneficiary of the result.