English League Cup: Manchester City defeats Liverpool in the round of 16

The match: 3-2

The last 16 of the English League Cup looked on paper like a final at the Etihad Stadium, with Manchester City taking on defending champions Liverpool. Facing the Reds weakened by the absence of their “globalists” (Alisson Becker, Konaté, Van Dijk, Alexander-Arnold) and several injuries (Firmino, Jota, Diaz), Pep Guardiola’s training started with a bang on Thursday night. first opportunity wasted by Erling Haaland who missed his lob at Caoimhín Kelleher from the twentieth second.

After a quarter of an hour, Jürgen Klopp’s men did not gain much skin as the Mancunian dominance, rewarded with the opening of the scoring from Haaland, who appeared at the near post in front of Joe Gomez on a cross from De Bruyne ( 1 -0, 10. ), was scandalous. But Cole Palmer, alone at six yards, had missed the inevitable (6th) before De Bruyne topped his recovery (10th).

Minute of madness after returning from the dressing room

Failing to capitalize on their huge opportunities, Manchester City were punished in one of the Reds’ first forays into their camp as Fabio Carvalho, lonely at the penalty spot, took a cross from the right from a cross from his captain James Milner ( 1-1 , 20.). The latter had to leave his teammates due to an injury (38th). Having regained control of operations, the Skyblues stumbled on an excellent Kelleher (36th, 37th) and were not surprised before the break, but Darwin Nunez missed the target (42nd, 45th + 2).

Mohamed Salah, in the duel with Rico Lewis (D. Chesterton / Offside)

The second half started at a crazy pace. After receiving a cross from Rodri, Riyad Mahrez eliminated Andrew Robertson on his check and deceived Kelleher with a curling shot from the left (47th). Liverpool held on for the next minute after some sumptuous collective movement. Entering the game on the stroke of half-time, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found Nunez deep, whose central defense was triumphantly taken over by Mohamed Salah (48th), who played against Nathan Aké.

Due to the equalizer, the defender recovered to restore the advantage to the Skyblues with a header on a De Bruyne offering (58th). Stunned and blunted, Liverpool failed to pick up this time, Nunez wasted another opportunity on the counter (72nd).

Man of the match: De Bruyne double assist

While he had gone through the final stages of the World Cup in Qatar as a ghost, the Belgian playmaker has regained his superiority and his vision in the Manchester City shirt. Already a goalscorer and decisive passer in a friendly against Girona (Spanish D1, 2-0) five days ago, De Bruyne took care of his statistics and sent two assists on the opening of Haaland (10th) and the third goal signed Aké ( 72.). The Belgian offensive midfielder even almost made the score worse at the end of the game, but his shot was pushed back on his line by Fabinho (84th).

Kevin De Bruyne (left) and Rodri surround Darwin Nunez.  (D. Chesterton/Offside)

Kevin De Bruyne (left) and Rodri surround Darwin Nunez. (D. Chesterton/Offside)

Fact of the fight: Darwin Nunez’s triple failure

In an obvious lack of confidence in front of goal, the Uruguayan striker from Liverpool missed three huge opportunities, all of which were copy-pasted. Found deep in the game (42nd, 72nd) or on a free kick (45th + 2), Darwin Nunez, slightly off-center on the right side of the surface, each time crossed his shot from the right too much, without finding the frame of Stefan Ortega Moreno.

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