(Manchester City – Liverpool 3-2) Great entertainment is often provided when Manchester City and Liverpool meet. Thursday’s League Cup match was no exception.
Celebrating the goal at which Manchester City drew the last straw ensured that the team secured the quarter-finals of the tournament.
In the third final hurdle to the League Cup title, the Light Blues face Southampton player Mohamed El Younoussi away from home.
And Erling Braut Haaland (22) is one of those who will be credited with the quarter-finals in the penalty area.
It has been 40 days since he last played a meaningful game, but he took just ten minutes to score his 24th goal in 19 appearances for Manchester City in all competitions.
While many Liverpool and Manchester City stars have played in the World Cup, Haaland has not played since November 12 against Brentford.
After just ten minutes of play, Haaland stabbed in a cross from Kevin De Bruyne after he had punished the sleeping Norwegian Joe Gomez.
Haaland is doing a good job. He gets out of defenders’ line of sight and before you know it, he’s right in front of you. The perfect striker, says Dion Dublin, Coventry’s hero striker of the 1990s BBC radio broadcast.
– It’s great from Haaland, says Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher Sky Sports broadcast.
Haaland was substituted after 73 minutes of play but, somewhat strangely, there was only one goal on Thursday night.
Liverpool were given a warning after just 15 seconds of play.
Haaland played during the match against goalkeeper Kawemehen Kelleher with a full half distance.
The Norwegian somewhat surprisingly kicked the ball wide of the goal.
But after ten minutes it became easy to recognize him.
Joe Gomez mercilessly punished De Bruyne’s cross.
Haaland hid behind the back of the Liverpool stopper, hit the post and started to cross the goal.
Ten minutes later, Liverpool goalkeeper Joel Matip was on his usual adventure.
He picked James Milner and crossed to Fabio Carvalho, who finished safely in the corner.
Then he really took off in the second half.
A minute passed when Rodri hit a smooth cross for Riyad Mahrez.
The first touch of the latter was also great – when he caught Andy Robertson on the bed, cut the ball and bent it into the far corner. beautiful!
The home crowd barely had time to sit down after Mahrez’s lunge before there were cheers at the far leg.
Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored beautiful Off pass to Darwin Nunez, who cut into the City goal.
He served Mohamed Salah, who was given the simple task of controlling the ball in the open goal.
The Christmas cheer subsided a bit after Liverpool’s second goal of the game – but only for 10 minutes. Very energetic Kevin De Bruyne hit repeatedly Nice cross by Nathan Aké in the back post.
There were none of the Liverpool players around to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup who could score the fifth goal of the evening.
There were great chances for both teams but it ended 3-2.
Liverpool play away to Aston Villa in the league on Boxing Day at 6.30pm, while Manchester City play away to Leeds United at 9pm on Wednesday 28 December.
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