SOCCER SUNDAY: Battle at Anfield

Liv vs Man City.pngWe all anticipated a sweet game today and were not disappointed, when current league leaders took on Liverpool at Anfield in a 1900 hr kick off. Both teams started off strongly,with pundits pointing at a possibility of Liverpool ending City’s unbeaten run.

The first half was a 50-50 affair. Liverpool picked a loose ball midfield and Ox Chamberlain escaped his markers to back home in the far corner beyond the outstretched City’s keeper to make it 1-0.

Ox scores
CREDIT: Daily Mail

In the 41 min, Sane jested down a past on the left wing touch line, beat his markers and slotted home a fierce shot past the keeper on near post. At half-time, both teams went to rest at 1-1.

sane
Credit: Daily Mail

The second half started positively, with Liverpool showing more enterprise in the 3rd quarter of opponent’s area. Their continuous run and good balls, good striking partnership aided by poor anticipation and marking saw them rewarded  with goals from Firmino-59′ (a deft chip past Ederson;Mane-62′ (a left footed right top corner thunderbolt) and Salah’s 67′ strike.

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Sane in action for Liverpool. (Credit: Daily Trust)

Fate seemed to be against City, who were going down after such a good run in the first half of the EPL campaign.

City, never backing down from the fight, and showing discipline and resilience fought back with a series of attacks. As Gardiola barked orders and guided his team from the touchline, late goals from Silva ( 84′) and Gondugan (90+1′) brought them back to the game. A stoppage time foul kick from  De Bruyne was almost buried in by the industrious Aguero with a flying header which missed the mark by inches, kissing the side netting for a goal kick.

At the blow of the whistle signalling end of 90+1′, Liverpool emerged with the honours, deservedly beating the current league leaders in a pulsating game. The would have done more, had Mane nicked in his curling shot but still, they got the job done and took home sweet 3 points. This was far a better performance from the 5-0 annihilation back in September, 9th 2017.

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Jesus scores for Man City back in September, 2017 (Credit: Reuters)

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