50th goal in the Holland League + first goal → Arnold equalizes late in the second half… ‘1st’ Man City and ‘2nd’ Liverpool draw 1-1.

November 26, 2023 | by

Elling Holland scored his 50th league goal to give Manchester City the lead. However, Trent Alexander-Arnold equalized for the Reds and the game ended in a draw.

City and Liverpool played to a 1-1 draw in the 13th round of the 2023-24 Premier League (PL) at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, on May 25 at 9:30 p.m. ET. The result keeps City atop the league with 29 points, while Liverpool remains in second place with 28 points.

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On the day, City lined up in a 3-2-4-1 formation. Elling Holland started up front, with Jeremy Dookoo, Bernardo Silva, Julian Alvarez, and Phil Foden supporting him. Rodriguez and Manuel Akanji formed the midfield, while the back three was Nathan Ake, Ruben Dias, and Kyle Walker. Ederson wore the goalkeeping gloves.

The reserves included Oscar Bobb, Sergio Gomes, Rico Luis, Scott Carson, Calvin Phillips, John Stones, Yosuco Gvardiol, and Stefan Ortega.

In response, Liverpool went with a 4-3-3 formation. Diogo Jota, Darwin Nunes, and Mohamed Salah formed the back three, with Curtis Jones, Alexis McAllister, and Dominik Soboslaj in the midfield. The back four was Constantinos Chimikas, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, and Trent Alexander-Arnold, with Alisson Becker in goal.

On the bench were Luis Díaz, Harvey Elliott, Cody Gakpo, Jarel Kwansa, Ryan Grabenbergh, Joe Gomes, Wataru Endo, Ibrahima Konate, and Caoimhin Kellerher.

Both teams are coming off a big game. Currently, City is in first place in the league with 9 wins, 1 draw, and 2 losses in 12 PL games. They have 28 points. Liverpool is in second place with 8 wins, 3 draws, and 1 loss in 12 league games. They have 27 points, just one point behind City. Arsenal is tied with Liverpool on points, but Liverpool has a +1 goal difference.

In the end, the outcome of this match could change the top team in the league. For City, a win over Liverpool would put them over the 30-point mark and keep them at the top of the table. Of course, they can also draw and remain in first place. The gap to Liverpool would remain at one point. Also, if Arsenal fails to win at home against Brentford, Man City will still be in first place.

Liverpool will be looking for a win to regain the lead. For now, they need to win to swap places with City. Arsenal’s big win over Brentford could put Liverpool in second and Arsenal in first on goal difference, but in any case, a win for Liverpool would put them in the lead for a while, or at least until the next round.

The matchup between City and Liverpool will also feature a matchup between Holland and Salah. Holland joined City ahead of last season. Having already proven himself at Salzburg (Austria) and Dortmund (Germany), he is considered one of the favorites to win the next Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

Since joining City, he has been nothing short of spectacular. He quickly became the club’s top scorer in his first season with 36 goals in the PL and was also top scorer in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) with 12 goals. With Holland at the helm, City won the league and UCL, as well as the FA Cup, to complete the treble. It’s only the second time an English club has ever done so (and the first since Manchester United).

Holland has also quickly become the league’s leading scorer this season. He has started all 12 games and scored 13 goals. He could have missed the Liverpool game after picking up an injury during the A-match in November, but was fortunately named to the starting lineup again.

Salah is currently the second highest scorer in the league behind Holland. Salah has scored 10 goals in 12 league games. In third place is Son Heung-min (8 goals). Salah joined Liverpool ahead of the 2017-18 season. There were some doubters at first, as he hadn’t been a standout player in his previous stint at Chelsea.

However, Salah quickly silenced the doubters in his debut season. In his 36 PL appearances, he scored 32 goals and provided 11 assists. Since then, he has consistently scored around 20 league goals a season, establishing himself as a key part of Liverpool’s attack. In 2021-22, he was the league’s joint top scorer alongside Son Heung-min.

Holland and Salah, the league’s top two scorers, will be aiming for the opposition’s goal. Holland will be supported by the likes of Foden, Silva, and Alvarez, while Salah will partner with Núñez and Zotta. Defensively, Liverpool is a bit better. They have conceded 10 goals in 12 games. City has conceded 12 goals in 12 games.

The matchup between City and Liverpool will also feature a matchup between Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp. They are two of the best managers in the world. They’ve faced off on the German stage many times, and in recent years, they’ve led City and Liverpool to intense matches. So far, Klopp has a slight edge over Guardiola with 12 wins, five draws, and 11 losses in 28 games. It could be leveled this time, or Klopp could go further ahead.

[HALFTIME] City on the attack, Holland finishes…his 50th league goal.

Liverpool had a crisis in the buildup. In the 10th minute, Alisson miscued a kick and Foden intercepted it. Foden collected the ball inside the penalty box and immediately fired a left-footed shot straight at Alisson.

Liverpool had the decisive chance. In the 16th minute, center-back Matip tried to overlap, sprinted forward and slipped a pass to Salah on the right. Salah immediately sent a sharp cross into the box. Núñez met it with a header, but Ederson threw himself to make the save.

Liverpool made another poor pass at the back. In the 19th minute, Jones was under pressure inside the penalty box and slipped a pass to Alisson, but he couldn’t get it right. Luckily, the ball was cleared and Chimikas used his speed to counterattack. After some maneuvering, Soboslaj received the ball and tried to shoot, but his effort was blocked by the defense.

City continued to attack Liverpool’s right flank. In the 22nd minute, Dokou used his pace to beat Arnold before sending in a ground-ball cross. Luckily, Alisson made the save and it didn’t lead to a City shot on goal.

Eventually, City took the lead. In the 27th minute, Alisson’s goal kick didn’t reach a Liverpool player. Instead, the ball was collected by Ake, who played a sublime pass through the defense. Holland took advantage of the opportunity. With a quick left-footed shot, the ball slipped through the hands of Alisson and into the back of the net.

After conceding the lead, Liverpool fought back. In the 33rd minute, on a counterattack, Núñez reached the penalty box and laid the ball off to Salah. However, Ake was there to block Salah’s shot and he was unable to convert. Then, in the 34th minute, Núñez got on the end of a pass from Soboslav, but his shot went into the side netting.

Liverpool were left to swallow their disappointment. In the 40th minute, after Arnold denied Doku, a counterattack ensued. Salah picked up Arnold’s pass and cut the ball straight forward. It found Núñez, but he was offside. City didn’t back down. In the 42nd minute, the ball was blocked as Liverpool continued to attack. City quickly counterattacked with Dokou, but Alvarez’s shot from Dokou’s pass was off target.

City came out firing on all cylinders. In the 44th minute, Foden cut into the middle of the box from the right side of the penalty area and unleashed an incisive left-footed shot that Alisson stretched out to block. Just before halftime, Liverpool had another chance. In the 45th minute, Soboslaj played a forward pass from Salah that found its way through the defense and into the corner of the goal, where Ederson threw himself to make the save.

[Second half] Liverpool use all five of their substitutions and Arnold’s equalizer earns them a point! 캡틴토토 도메인

City’s chances came early in the second half. In the seventh minute, Dokou made a quick run down the left flank. He then cut back to Alvarez. Alvarez wasted no time in taking a shot, but it went over the crossbar. Liverpool had a change of scenery. Nine minutes into the second half, Jota went off with an injury and was replaced by Dias. Also, Gravenbergh came on for Jones.

City continued to attack. In the 10th minute, Rodri sent in a cross from the right. It was blocked by Arnold before it reached Silva. From the rebound, Holland had a chance to finish, but he didn’t get a good grip on the ball and it went over the crossbar. Then, in the 13th minute of the second half, Rodri’s long pass found Walker. Walker’s cut-back was met by Foden, who tried to shoot but was blocked by the defense.

It was City again. In the 19th minute, Dokou used his pace to break down the left flank. He sent in a cross that Holland couldn’t quite get to. The rebound was picked up by Rodri and he unleashed an audacious mid-range shot that deflected off the defense and just missed the post.

City’s goal was disallowed. In the 22nd minute of the second half, Dias had a chance from a corner kick. However, the goal was disallowed when Akanji was found to have fouled Alisson. City pushed forward and in the 25th minute, Silva headed home a free kick from Alvarez. Silva’s cross was met by a diving header from Rodriguez, but it was off target.

Liverpool also created their first good chance in a while. In the 26th minute, Salah played a penetrating pass to Nunes. Núñez immediately followed up with a shot that was saved by Ederson. Liverpool made another change. In the 28th minute, Soboslav went off and Gakpo came on.

City took their chances. In the 30th minute, from a free kick, the ball was headed in by Holland. But it went just over the crossbar. It was City again. In the 34th minute, Dokou sent in a ground ball cross from the left flank. It was met by Holland with a sensational redirected shot that was saved by Alisson.

Liverpool equalized. In the 35th minute, Dias crossed the ball from the left flank to the other side. Salah collected it and played a pass to Arnold, who was rushing into the box. Arnold rattled the net with a sharp shot. Liverpool made another substitution. In the 39th minute, Núñez and McAllister came off and Elliott and Endo came on.

Eight minutes of extra time were awarded. However, no further goals were scored in a fiercely contested match between the two sides. Just before the end of the game, City had the decisive chance. From a corner, Holland tried to head in a rebound, but the ball went just wide of the post. In the end, City and Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw and took a point each.

Man City and Liverpool battled for the league lead. The hard-fought match ended in a draw. Holland scored his 50th goal in 48 league games to give City the lead. But Liverpool didn’t back down. They went all out, using all five of their substitute cards, and eventually found the equalizer.

With the win, the gap between City and Liverpool remained at one point. While the two teams are still in first and second place, the standings could change depending on future results. A win for Arsenal, who travel to Brentford, would give them a 30-point cushion at the top of the table. Tottenham can also overtake Liverpool with 29 points if they beat Aston Villa.

The highest-rated player for both teams in the match was Dockoo. He was named Man of the Match with an 8.7 rating on soccer stats site While he didn’t create any offensive points, his explosive speed and dribble-breaking ability energized the City attack. In the match, he attempted a whopping 15 dribbles, completing 11 of them.

Second in the ratings was Arnold, who scored the equalizer. Arnold was overwhelmed by Doku’s dribbling attack early in the game. However, he continued to do his best to contain Doku and showed his ability to move forward in attacking situations. The equalizer came from Arnold’s positioning, overlapping in front of the penalty box, and one sharp shot.

Holland followed with a 7.6 rating. Holland made PL history when he scored the first goal of the game. He became the fastest player to reach the 50-goal plateau in 48 games. The previous record was held by Manchester United legend Andy Cole (65 games). He was followed by players like Arlene Shearer and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

The players who scored offensive points had a rating of 7 or higher. Most other players had ratings in the low 6s. Alisson (6.4) made more saves (4 to 2) than Ederson (7), but his low rating was due to a missed pass early in the game. There was also an inaccurate kick that led to the opening goal.

Soccer stats site Sofascore’s ratings were similar, with Doku, the “strongest dribbler,” topping both teams with an 8.6 rating. However, unlike, Holland, who scored the opening goal, had a higher rating of 7.7 than Arnold (7.3), who scored the equalizer. In addition, every City player had a rating of 7 or higher except for Akanji (6.9). Conversely, Liverpool players all had ratings in the 6s except for Salah (7.3), who provided an assist alongside Arnold.

With a point apiece, both City and Liverpool are still better off than they were after winning the league. Before this game, City was the favorite to win the title according to soccer stats provider Opta. They had a whopping 84.3% chance of winning the title. Liverpool was at 9.3% and Arsenal at 5.7%. And Tottenham had just 0.3%. City’s probability of winning the title was higher than the probability values of the other four teams combined.

Man City have been league champions for the last three seasons in a row. They are clearly the 0 favorite to win the title. And Liverpool is the favorite against every opponent. A draw between the two teams could change the odds, but City and Liverpool are still the favorites.

Now, City hosts RB Leipzig in the fifth leg of their UCL group stage on May 29, followed by Tottenham the following weekend. After that, they’ll play Aston Villa and Luton Town three or four days apart. Then, in mid-December, they’re off to the Club World Cup.

Liverpool have a UEFA Europa League match against LASK on the first of next month. After that, they face relatively easy opponents. They face Fulham, Sheffield United, and Crystal Palace. Liverpool doesn’t have a tough game until December 18 against Manchester United.


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