Premier League

Liverpool rescued a draw and remains one point behind City in the title race

The Premier League title will depend entirely on Manchester City.

Liverpool and City prefer a draw.
Liverpool and City prefer a draw.

Manchester City and Liverpool drew (2-2) and the Premier League is still alive, with Pep Guardiola one point ahead of Jürgen Klopp and seven rounds left for the Spanish manager to retain the title or for the German to take the crown from him.

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The derby of the last four years, the successor to Real Madrid-Barcelona as the best match, did not disappoint from the moment the ball started rolling, but despite the glimpse of an overwhelming City, superior and owner of the 90 minutes, Liverpool came out alive. And with it, the Premier League.

With no time to catch their breath, City showed muscle. Raheem Sterling missed a one-on-one in front of Alisson. Gabriel Jesus set him up with the perfect ball, but the Englishman was left with no chance in front of the keeper.

City struck first

A mistake that there was no time to even think about. Seconds later, Kevin de Bruyne picked up the ball in three quarters, dribbled past Fabinho, and shot, with the fortune that it touched Matip and the ball beat Alisson.

City struck first with a crushing pace, but the lead lasted seven minutes. With Thiago clearing balls through the middle, Andy Robertson crossed the ball into the box, Alexander-Arnold settled it and Diogo Jota equalized.

Liverpool looked ready for battle, but after a 'heart attack' caused by Ederson, fiddling with the ball on the goal line, it was City who ruled. The pressure from the Sky Blues was unbearable for Klopp's team, who were completely out of position in defense. Guardiola's side came close to a second with De Bruyne's half-volley that grazed a post and Cancelo's shot into the side netting.

Gabriel Jesus put City ahead again

It had to be the Portuguese full-back, in his role as a passer, who made it 2-1 with a cross behind the defense in which Alexander-Arnold missed the mark of Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian was alone at the far post and lifted the ball past Alisson.

City had an extra gear, they were picking apart Liverpool, a team that had won ten in a row until this Saturday. A team that needs nothing to score. The referee blew the whistle for the start of the second half and after 50 seconds Salah saw a gap between the center-backs and slipped the ball through for Mané to finish in front of Ederson.

City were caught off guard by this goal, hoping that the match would turn into a 2-1 lead, as it did in 2021 (1-4) and 2020 (4-0). Mané's goal served as a warning. City was better, but with little the Reds could jump the bench.

As the minutes ticked by, City saw that a draw was not a bad thing and allowed them to keep the one-point advantage and have the league decided by third parties. They could have come much closer, with Sterling's goal disallowed by the VAR, Mahrez's free-kick at the post in stoppage time, and the Algerian's last-second lob, but the 2-2 draw was final.

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