Sunday Soccer - Crucial Match Manchester City vs Liverpool End in Draw
Looking for an intelligent alternative to the SuperBowl? Real action sports? Soccer Fans enjoyed the crucial Barclays Premier League match between defending league champion Manchester City and Liverpool.
FINAL SCORE: Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool
GAME UPDATE: A rather disappointing showing for Manchester City in a critical match with Liverpool ending in a 2-2 draw. While Manchester scored first, Liverpool had the clear advantage of more possession.
Liverpool stalwart Steven Gerrard performed incredibly well and set a high standard on the field, scoring a perfect goal for his team.
This was a great soccer match to top off an already exciting weekend of Premier League soccer action. Liverpool was impressive on the field after a somewhat less than stellar season and outplayed the champions ... what happened Manchester City?
Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero scored a beautiful goal and gave his team the glimmer of championship confidence with the hope of bringing home the all-important victory. But the power never surged sufficiently for Manchester City to call the critical win theirs.
HALF-TIME: Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool
Edin Dzeko goal for Manchester City took the lead as the match opened. Scored in the 23rd minute, Man City looked strong with a possible triumphant finish pending. Liverpool’s equalizing goal was scored by Daniel Sturridge – a power strike that sailed through the field finding its home easily in the back of the net.
There were several attempts on goal that were not converted and even after a massive five minutes were added on to the game, the score remained a stagnant 2-2.
Previously reported on SoccerNation News:
The “Game Before the Game” features a Manchester City (52 pts.) side that must use every remaining game to catch league leader and crosstown rival Manchester United (56 pts.) in the BPL standings. With the departure of controversial striker Mario Balotelli (AC Milan), City will rely on the offensive tandem of Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero to secure the three points it needs.
It’s second BPL match in five days, Liverpool hopes to continue its climb up the league ladder and eventually secure a European competition bid. If you can’t get to a TV, fans can track all the action live on Twitter using the hashtag #GB4G, and by following @FOXSoccer.
Manchester City v Liverpool – Sunday, 10:30 AM ET
- Luis Suarez now has 17 Premier League goals this season, only the 10th occasion a Liverpool player has reached this mark in a single BPL season.
- Liverpool is the most accurate long passing team in the Premier League this season (69%).
- Man City has kept six clean sheets in succession (all comps) for the first time since August 1999.
- Man City is five points and 18 goals worse off than it was at this point last season.
- Manchester City has won two and lost just one of the last eight Premier League meetings with Liverpool (D5).
What do FOX Soccer analysts Warren Barton and Eric Wynalda think?
Eric Wynalda on Manchester City v Liverpool: “Right now, Liverpool is a scary opponent for Manchester City. (Liverpool) is a team that looks very different than it did at the beginning of the season, and it’s not a team that anybody can take lightly right now, even though they had a little bit of a second-half collapse against Arsenal. This is a team that’s surging in the right direction. I think this is the first time that they have a legitimate case to beat a team ahead of them in the standings.”
Warren Barton on Manchester City v Liverpool: “I think this is a massive test for Liverpool. They showed on Wednesday night that they can compete with the likes of Arsenal, but Manchester City is on another level. I think for Brendan Rogers, he’s going into this game with confidence but also knowing that he’s up against a very good team. Mancini is doing another good job at the club and they’ve probably got rid of their distraction with Balotelli, and they’re really focused. They want to get the maximum three points after a disappointing result, not performance, but result against QPR. So this is a big test, and really a must-win for Manchester City.”
Wynalda on the departure of controversial striker Mario Ballotelli, and what it means for Manchester City: With his departure, there will be a lot less turmoil and it’ll be interesting to see how (Manchester City) reacts because instead of four offensive options, they will now have three. Is (Edin) Dzeko going to start? Is (Sergio) Aguero going to start? Is (Carlos) Tevez going to sit this one out? I think the mentality of the group will have a calmness to it. Balotelli’s departure is going to help them, but it may have an adverse effect on the group. I don’t know what that effect will be, but it’s why I will be just as curious as everyone else, and it’s riveting television. I want to see what happens in this game. It’s a very, very interesting game.”
Barton’s X-factor prediction for Liverpool this Sunday: “I’ve been really impressed with the combination play of Suarez and Sturridge. He obviously wants to make a point against one of his old teams, and we’re starting to see glimpses of the Steven Gerrard we know with Lucas (Leiva) being in the team. So I think we’re seeing a Liverpool team that are very much determined.”
Wynalda on which Liverpool player can steal the spotlight from Luis Suarez: “Simply, Sturridge. He missed the opportunity to be the first Liverpool player ever to score in his first three BPL appearances last match, and he missed a sitter. I think that having two weapons and having somebody you can dish the ball to will take the pressure off of Suarez; the timing is perfect. Liverpool looks good to me, I like this look. (Phillip) Coutinho is a little bit late, we don’t know what’s going to happen there, but I think this is a team that’s going in the right direction. This game is their whole season, it truly is. It’s all on this game and I think Brendan Rogers knows it.”
Barton on Mario Balotelli’s departure:
“I think (Manchester City) will be fine. I think they showed towards the end of last season that they didn’t need him. He hasn’t performed well, in my opinion, and I don’t want to speak too much about him, but he had one good game and that was against Johhny Evans at Old Trafford. For me, with the distractions off the field he didn’t really contribute too much. They’ve got enough quality with the likes of (Carlos) Tevez, (Sergio) Aguero and (David) Silva. It’s these type of games that can win you the title, so I think this is a must-win against a very strong Liverpool team.”
Barton’s thoughts on David Beckham joining PSG: “He should be made Sir David after that. You run out of superlatives to say, how generous he’s been; how much he gives, particularly with the Olympics; how much he was involved with the Olympics in the UK; and what an ambassador he is. It’s just a touching gesture by him (to donate his salary). But knowing him reasonably well, I’m not surprised, people may say he doesn’t need the money, but he’s still willing enough to do that and go on and play. I think that’s credit to him and a lot of younger players and people can take note of that.”