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Manchester City 3-1 Liverpool: Jovetic brace guides City to win

Aug 25, 2014, 4:53 PM EDT

Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium strength was back after the Citizens avenged last season’s loss to Liverpool with deadly finishing in a 3-1 win on Monday afternoon.

Stevan Jovetic scored a brace for City, both goals owing plenty to French midfielder Samir Nasri. Sergio Aguero added a goal of his own for the victors.

Rickie Lambert forced Pablo Zabaleta into an own goal late on what would’ve been the Reds forward’s first goal for his boyhood club.

With the win, City is tied for the league lead in points, but dips behind Tottenham on goal differential.

Liverpool stays mid table, their goal difference sinking to minus-1.

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The first shot of the game didn’t come until the clock turned to 7:00, with Edin Dzeko turning a mediocre low shot wide.

There were some solid moments from both defenses, with Vincent Kompany blocking a hard Daniel Sturridge shot at one end and Martin Skrtel sliding to break up a dangerous pass intended for Dzeko from Yaya Toure.

Jovetic, 24, struck before halftime, taking advantage of a less than perfect clearance from Dejan Lovren and a missed mark of Alberto Moreno. His shot clipped Simon Mignolet‘s leg on the way into the goal for a 1-0 lead.

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The Montenegrin striker struck again in the 55th minute, flicking a ball forward before collecting a cutback from Nasri and blasting a left-footed shot past Mignolet. It was 2-0 and City looked good.

How big of a team play was the tally? Check in, @OptaJoe:

source: Getty ImagesLiverpool boss Brendan Rodgers brought on Lazar Markovic for Philippe Coutinho in the 60th minute in the hopes of shaking things up.

Substitute Jesus Navas sent a gorgeous pass around the Liverpool defense that Aguero rapped home in the 69th minute, just moments after subbing into the game himself. The rout was absolutely on.

But, wait: Lambert moved past a great first save from Joe Hart to pressure Zabaleta into an own goal in the 84th minute and nearly made it 3-2 on the next Reds’ possession.

It turned out to be a momentary lapse, credit to Arlo White for the adjective/noun combo, as City picked up all three points.

Rodgers’ side faced a load of injuries late in a classic “when it rains it pours” scenario, as Moreno hit the turf late while hurting his ankle without any contact from anything but the ground. Glen Johnson had already left the pitch to make it 10 men, while Skrtel played through an injury.


Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Kompany, Clichy, Fernando, Nasri, Toure, Silva (Navas, 65′), Jovetic (Fernandinho, 80′), Dzeko (Aguero, 69′)

Goals: Jovetic 2 (42, 55), Aguero (69)

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Lovren, Skrtel, Moreno, Gerrard, Coutinho (Markovic, 60′), Henderson, Allen (Can, 75′), Sterling (Lambert, 79′), Sturridge

Goal: Zabaleta (OG, 84)

  1. Ian's Rushtache - Aug 25, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Disappointing result, but that’s Citeh at home for you. Their second was sublime.

    A few thoughts in no particular order.

    Moreno hopefully learned a big lesson today in terms of the pace of the Prem.

    How does Glen Johnson keep his place?

    I think Pool need to play with 2 up top. They were more effective last year with 2 up top than they were with either 7 or 15 on their own.

    Still early days. Can’t really look at the table until week 10.

    • hazacar145 - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      You mean thats City at home until Chelsea lays them there

      • hazacar145 - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:40 PM


    • The Kop - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      Moreno and Emre Can both looked at bit goggle-eyed at times at the pace and physicality of the game. Markovic, however, looked lively and right at home. It’s always fun to see how first timers react. Stop that, that’s not what I meant. Dirty!

      Glen Johnson seems like he might fit in on the wing in midfield once in a while. Hopefully his quad is ok.

      Agree on 2 up top. I’d love to see Balotelli and Sturridge up front together staying 10-15 yards off each other. Lambert can do that as well.

      • sa371916 - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM


      • The Kop - Aug 26, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        Looks dangerous. I like it.

  2. navyeoddavee9 - Aug 25, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Lambert’s home debut for his boyhood club?

    • Ian's Rushtache - Aug 25, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      Good catch. Skimmed right over that when I first read the article.

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