- Liverpool millimeters from 1-0 lead (video)
- Aguero puts Man City ahead
- Firmino ties it, 64′
- Sane registers winner 8 mins later
What a game, and it may have just kept the Premier League title race open for business.
Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane scored for reigning champions Manchester City, who ended Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League season with a 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
The win brings City back into second place, four points back of Liverpool.
Roberto Firmino scored the Reds’ lone goal.
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Liverpool thought it had gone ahead after an incredible team play found Mohamed Salah putting Mane on goal, but the Senegalese player’s shot hit the post and City’s harried clearance was saved from own goal status by John Stones at the line.
How close was it? Both teams seemed to stall in progression as referee Anthony Taylor looked at his watch.
Sterling cued up David Silva for a shot inside the Liverpool box, but the Spaniard needed an extra touch and saw his effort blocked by the Reds defense.
It was Aguero who would dent the scoreboard, racing to the corner flag for a celebratory kick moments after he thought he’d won a penalty off Virgil Van Dijk.
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City pushed for a second goal at the start of the second half, but Liverpool’s defenders proved stout.
Sterling saw a penalty appeal denied in the 52nd minute, as Anthony Taylor waved away the claim after Andrew Robertson blocked the Man City man from getting to his cutback.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was more adventurous as the game wore on, and blasted a shot into the outside of the goal.
A City error set Roberto Firmino up for an equalizer bid, but Vincent Kompany cleared the 63rd minute danger.
Firmino got the leveler within a minute, Alexander-Arnold crossing to fellow full back Robertson. The Scottish left back nodded across goal, and Firmino met the chance with his head for an easy-enough finish.
City went back ahead with a sensational finish by Sane, who took a pass from Sterling and carved out some room inside the 18 to drive a low pass off the far post and home. The angle was his only avenue into the goal.
Alisson bailed out his backs when Aguero was played 1v1 with him in the 83rd minute. And Ederson came close to meeting the quality of that stop with a flick of Salah’s bid to level the score in the 84th.
Bernardo Silva took the ball off Lovren and forced Alisson into another save, and Sterling rocketed his chance for a first goal against his former mates wide of the goal.