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Man City still leads after draw with Liverpool

19 Apr 2022 | 08:13 | Football


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Manchester City’s Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is supported by his teammates after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northwest England , on April 10, 2022. (Photo by Paul ELLIS/AFP)

Manchester City have secured their 1-point lead at the top of the Premier League after a dramatic 2-2 draw against eponymous rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s army took the lead twice in the blockbuster match at the Etihad Stadium thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus.

Liverpool scored the equalizer on both occasions thanks to Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane, but it was City who ended up happier with the result of a high-quality encounter between two arguably the best teams in the world. .

With just seven games to go, the defending champions Man City are still in a very good position to beat second-placed Liverpool to win the title.

That would give City their fourth English title in five seasons as they aim to win the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup treble this term.

“I know in advance the threats Liverpool are facing and how difficult they are. We performed very well and I am extremely proud of our team,” said Guardiola.

“Seven games left, we have to win all of them or it will be over. We will play for that. ”

Liverpool’s hopes of winning a second title in three years were certainly gone as they failed to take three points home from Manchester.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will need a slip from Man City in running time if their plans to win an unprecedented back four come to fruition.

“What a game. Wild! You could describe it a bit like a boxing match. That’s the right result,” said Klopp.

“We will not stop chasing. That’s clear, but now we have two different competitions before we restart the Premier League.”

Since the start of the 2018-19 season, combining four campaigns, City and Liverpool have been separated by just a single point and the latest part of their title rivalry continues to go downhill.

On 15 January, the race for the title ended and went up in smoke as City were 14 points ahead of Liverpool, who had two games in their hands.

Liverpool’s 10-match winning streak in the league has dented City’s advantage, but the leaders’ ability to end that streak leaves the fate of the trophy in their hands.

City got off to a good start in the fifth minute as De Bruyne edged past Fabinho on the edge of the box and shot a shot past Joel Matip before narrowing the ball wide wide of the post.

City’s joy with De Bruyne’s sixth goal in the last six games was short-lived and Liverpool were leveled eight minutes later.

Andrew Robertson’s cross reached Trent Alexander-Arnold in the far corner and he cut the ball towards Jota, whose shot from 10 yards beat Ederson’s feeble save.

Drama title

Man City regained the lead in the 37th minute when Jesus returned Guardiola’s faith by choosing him to replace Riyad Mahrez.

Cancelo’s superb pass picked up Jesus’ track after Alexander-Arnold’s slow reaction and the Brazilian forward guided a beautiful finish from the bottom corner of the crossbar.

After half-time in a Premier League game for the first time in a year, Liverpool scored 47 seconds later.

Mohamed Salah’s delicate defensive pass found Mane’s run and the Senegal forward unleashed a calm shot into the top corner to celebrate his 30th birthday.

Away from the summit of the day, West Ham’s hopes of a top-four finish were hit hard in a 0-2 defeat to Brentford.

Goals from Bryan Mbuemo and Ivan Toney made sixth-placed West Ham 6 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, who played one game less than London rivals.

Norwich continued to feed their fading hopes as they beat the drop point with a 2-0 win over fellow defenders Burnley at Carrow Road.

Pierre Lees-Melou and Teemu Pukki scored for bottom team Norwich, who are seven points behind safety with seven games remaining.

The 3rd bottom team is Burnley, 4 points higher than the 4th team, Everton, both teams have 8 matches.

Leicester beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at the King Power Stadium when Ademola Lookman scored his first since February.

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