Manchester City hosted Liverpool on Sunday in the most anticipated match of the Premier League weekend, and the match lived up to the hype. It was absolutely thrilling, but it didn’t have a winner. Instead, the two teams had to settle for a 1-1 draw.
1. The entertainment value was off the charts
The match was wide open from the start and with the pace of these two teams — not to mention the lack of good defenders — it made for one of the most entertaining matches you will ever see. The two teams were flying up and down the pitch for 90 minutes, creating chances left and right. It was amazing that every player didn’t cramp up with all the sprinting they did. If the two teams finished better, it would have been a near-perfect match to watch.
Simply, it was marvelous.
2. It could have been 4-4
It took 50 minutes for the first goal of the game and the match finished with just two total, but there could have been many more. Not only did referee Michael Oliver repeatedly turn down penalty shouts, but there were hit posts and shoddy finishing that kept the scoreboard quiet despite a slew of great chances.
Liverpool, in particular, will be left wondering “what if?” After all their misses, they had a gorgeous move with 10 minutes remaining that set Adam Lallana up for a tap-in that he inexplicably missed.
3. Michael Oliver missed some blatant penalties
There could have been at least three penalty kicks in this match, if not four. But for whatever reason, Oliver didn’t want to point to the spot and let would-be goal scoring opportunities go by the wayside.
Oliver finally did award one spot kick and James Milner buried it, but both sides will be wondering how that was the only one.
4. Manchester City’s goal was a work of art
Manchester City didn’t score because of any individual brilliance, or even any one extraordinary thing. It was just a series of perfect, pinpoint passes that were perfectly timed and tore apart the Liverpool defense. It was so good.
5. The rest of the top six will be thrilled with this result
A win for either Manchester City or Liverpool would have made the top four race much tighter. Instead, the two teams drew and neither made much of a move in the table. Tottenham, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea (not that they’re really worried) were all rooting for a draw in this one and that’s exactly what they got.
All of that means neither Manchester City nor Liverpool will be happy.