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AS IT HAPPENED: Liverpool vs Manchester City

11 April 2014, 18:08Sean Parker

Welcome to News24 NIGERIA'S scoring and interactive commentary on the potential English Premiership decider between league leaders Liverpool and third-placed Manchester City from Anfield.


13TH APRIL 2014

Kick-off: 13:37

Updates by Sean Parker Follow me on Twitter: @Spaga23


15:30 90th min - LIVERPOOL HAVE DONE IT! They have beaten Manchester City!

15:28 90th min -
Jordan Henderson is RED CARDED for a dangerous challenge, it looked to have been two-footed but it was clumsy from the young englishman.

15:27 90th min -
City need to use the five minutes of added time to create chances to score. Two of the five have been used.

15:24 89th min -
Victor Moses replaces the potential match-winner Coutinho with one minute ofr regulation time to go. Five minutes of added time has been held up by the fourth official.

15:20 85th min -
We're into the last five minutes of normal time in this frenetic match, Liverpool have their tails up after Brazilian Coutinho restored their lead. The players are getting lethargic as the pace of the match is catching up with them. City need to score two in the last four minutes to walk away with a win.

15:15 80th min -
What an amazing game! Liverpool strike back, and the pendulum swings back in their favour.


15:09 75th min -
David Silva is fast becoming the difference this afternoon, he almost gives City the lead, gathering a ball from Ageuro the diminutive Spaniard can't force the ball into the net.

15:02 68th min - 
Edin Dzeko is replaced by Sergio "Kun" Ageuro, City's top scorer with 26 goals in all competitions. Pellegrini is clearly going for the jugular. 

14:59 65th min - City have drawn level in 5 minutes, Silva again in the action. The Spaniards shot deflecting off Johnson and past Mignolet. Liverpool now have to thwart a confident City side.

14:57 63rd min - GOAL!!!! Glen Johnson (OG)

14:52 58th min - GOAL!!!! David Silva halves the deficit.

14:48 54th min 
- Suarez and Demichelis clash again, but the Urugyuan seems to have made a meal of the challenge, he is very lucky to still be on the pitch.

14:45 50th min - Pellegrini does make his change of the match, James Milner on for Jesus Navas. Milner's workhorse and more robust approach is what the manager needs. 

14:43 48th min - Manuel Pellegrini does have Milner, Aguero and Negredo warming up. When he introduce a more attacking option is the key.

14:40 45th min - City get us underway , chasing the match after Liverpool took a 2-0 lead in under 20 minutes.  

HALF-TIME SCORE: Liverpool 2 - 0 Manchester City

14:23 45th min - Liverpool win a corner on the stroke of half time, Hart comes out to punch and Clattenburg ends the half.

14:21 43rd min - 
City have been thwarted by some heroics on the Liverpool goal line, in which Glen Johnson cleared the ball off the line before Mignolet jumped and claimed the ball.

14:18 40th min - 5 minutes to go till half time and the City back four are still being pegged back by Sturridge, Suarez and Sterling. Coutinho makes an impressive run straight at the City defence, and Demichelis steps back and allows Coutinho to shoot, but he drags his shot wide past Hart.

14:13 35th min - City finally have a decent spell of possesion and they win a dangerous free-kick just outside the box, but Silva can't get it through the red brick wall.

14:08 30th min - A third of the match has gone by in a flash, the football has been fast and furious at Anfield today.

14:06 28th min - Liverpool are ripping City to shreds with brilliant diagonal runs by SSS, Sterling, Sturridge and Suarez.

14:03 25th min - GOAL!!!!! SKRTEL doubles the lead, with a great header!

14:02 24th min - Steven Gerrard almost doubled his teams lead, when he had a free header tipped over the cross bar by Joe Hart.

13:5618th min - Toure has been replaced by Javia Garcia, and the Spanish midfielders first interaction is a challenge of Henderson which earns the substitute a yellow card.

13:53 15th min - 
Liverpool are piling the pressure on City. Toure seems to have a groin problem and it doesn't look like he can continue. 

13:50 12th min - Sterling's goal was Liverpool's 100th this season. City have their first shot at goal, via the Yaya Toure, but it's horribly off target.

13:47 9th min - Liverpool have made an explosive start to this potential title-decider at Anfield, in front of the Kop.

13:43 6th min - GOAL!!!! RAHEEM STERLING gives Liverpool the lead

13:42 5th min - A few early clashes between Suarez and Demichelis. Mark Clattenburg has booked Suarez , under 5 minutes played.

13:37 1st min- Liverpool get us underway at Anfield , after an emotional silence to remember the 96 people who lost their lives 25 years ago.

Here are some comments from our readers:


Starting line-ups:

LIVERPOOL:22 Simon Mignolet (G) 37 Martin Skrtel  (D)17 Mamadou Sakho (D) 38 Jon Flanagan  (D) 2   Glen Johnson (D) 14 Jordan Henderson (M) 10 Philippe Coutinho (M) 8 Steven Gerrard (M) 7 Luis Suarez    (F) 15 Daniel Sturridge (F) 31Raheem Sterling (F)



Liverpool will win their first Premier League title since 1990 if they win their remaining five matches, including this potential title decider against Manchester City on Sunday. The match comes two days before the anniversary of the Hillborough disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives.  City have two games in hand over the home team and four points adrift.

Recent games:

Liverpool have the chance to break a record as they aim for their 10th consecutive league win, their last one was a close 2-1 result over West Ham, courtesy of two Steven Gerrard penalties.

City have two games in hand over the home team and four points adrift. Manuel Pellegrini's expensively-assembled squad crushed Southampton 4-1 last weekend, incidentally the Saints are the only team to have beaten Liverpool at home this season.

Team news:

Luis Suarez is only three goals away from setting a new scoring record for a 38-game Premier League season - not bad considering he was still serving a ban for biting when it started. Read more here: Suarez on brink of EPL record

The home side will welcome back Daniel Agger, who missed the win at Upton Park with a knee injury, while Jose Enrique has been forced out for the rest of the season also with a knee injury.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is set to make his return from injury against Liverpool after being named in the squad for the crucial Premier League match between two of the title favourites at Anfield on Sunday. Aguero makes timely City return for trip to Liverpool


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