Gabriel Jesus rescues a point for Man City on Premier League Return

Spoils were shared at the Etihad as Manchester City hosted Premier League champions, Liverpool, to a 1-1 draw in a highly-anticipated Super Sunday clash.

Both City and Liverpool came into this clash following impressive mid-week wins in the UEFA Europa League.

Diogo Jota hit his first hat-trick for the Reds as they demolished Serie A side Atalanta 5-0, while Manchester City cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory at home against Olympiacos.

The visitors took a new-look four-man attack, with in-form forward Diogo Jota joining the trio of Mane, Salah, and Firmino in what looked like a 4-2-4 formation.

Central defender Joel Matip also made his return from injury, as he paired with Joe Gomez in the heart of the defence.

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Gabriel Jesus made his first Premier League appearance for the hosts since picking up a hip injury in Manchester City’s opening day win at Wolves.

In a tightly-contested clash, Liverpool settled in quicker than the hosts and were deservedly rewarded with a penalty just 13-minutes from kick-off.

Sadio Mane was brought down in the penalty box by a back-tracking Kyle Walker after he was caught by a swift interplay between Mane and Robertson.

Mohamed Salah stepped up and smashed home his 7th goal of the season to give the Reds a 1-0 lead.

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Liverpool came close to doubling their lead moments later when Mo Salah set up Sadio Mane at the end of another quick counter-attack. However, the Senegalese’s shot was blocked by City’s new man Ruben Dias.

Man City gradually grew into the game and soon, Alisson Becker would be called to action.

Raheem Sterling cut inside and fired a shot at goal after bringing down Kevin De Bruyne’s whipped in cross at the far post. The Liverpool shot-stopper did just enough to maintain the Red’s lead.

Manchester City finally drew level in the 31st-minute when Kevin De Bruyne found Gabriel Jesus in the box.

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There was still much to be done by the 23-year-old striker, who skillfully beat his marker with a mouth-watering first touch, before tucking the ball into the back of the net.

Manchester City were handed a glorious chance to go-ahead 10-minutes later when, after a lengthy review, the Video Assistant Referee awarded a penalty for a controversial handball by Joe Gomez.

However, Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne dragged his spot-kick off-target, missing from the penalty spot for the first time since 2018 and bringing an end to a nerve-cracking first half of football.

 

In a less entertaining second half, both Manchester City and Liverpool created decent chances for themselves, but it would be the host that came closest to scoring.

Goalscorer Gabriel Jesus failed to guide his header on target after Jao Cancelo floated in a dangerous cross from the left-hand side.

With both sides unable to grab a second goal, the buzzing tempo of the match fizzled out and both teams ultimately settled for a draw.

Manchester City, who have been unconvincing this season, sits 10th in the league, after picking up 12 points from a possible 21 while Liverpool moves up to 3rd, one point behind league leaders Leicester City.

Ojele Joshuahttps://www.premierleaguecentral.co.uk/
Bona Fide football fan with a passion for writing.
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