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De Bruyne Misses Penalty As City Deny Liverpool Top Spot

Premier League

Result: Manchester City 1-1  Liverpool

Date: 08 November 2020

Venue: Etihad Stadium

Gabriel Jesus' strike cancelled out Mohamed Salah's opener as Manchester City and Liverpool played to a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Jesus made a return to the City starting line-up after his injury layoff, while Joel Matip returned for the Reds and joined Joe Gomez in the heart of the defence.

Liverpool won a penalty in the 11th minute. Sadio Mane went to ground under the challenge of Kyle Walker and the referee pointed straight to the spot. Mohammed Salah stepped up and found the bottom left-corner of the net.

With 25 minutes gone, Kevin de Bruyne whipped a trademark ball across the face of goal from the right flank. It reached Raheem Sterling who, rather than square for Jesus, went for goal from a tight angle, but Alisson was quickly out to deny him.

The hosts equalised with a quickfire attack in the 31st minute that saw De Bruyne fizz the ball into the feet of Jesus, who cleverly turned away from Trent Alexander-Arnold before poking it past Alisson.

City had their tails up and went in search of a second goal in quick succession. Once again, De Bruyne was at the heart of things for the hosts; letting fly with a powerful drilled effort that went just wide of the far post.

In the 41st minute, De Bruyne's cross struck the arm of Joe Gomez and after consultation with the VAR, the referee pointed to the spot again. De Bruyne stepped but sent his penalty wide of the left-hand upright as City missed a massive opportunity to take the lead.

The second half was a rather more drab affair with chances few and far between. However, Jesus did have a wonderful chance to grab his brace when he ghosted into the area to meet Joao Cancelo's inviting cross in the 55th minute, but was unable to find the target with his header.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp brought on Xherdan Shaqiri for Roberto Firmino, while Alexander-Arnold was forced off with injury and replaced by James Milner, who ran out for his 750th career appearance.

In the end, the game somewhat fizzled out to a stalemate with neither side able to lay down a marker in the title race.

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