Liverpool strengthens its position, Villa deepens City’s wounds, and United return
Liverpool strengthened their position in second place in the English Football League with a 2-0 win over hosts Sheffield United. 0-1, and Manchester United a hard-fought victory over its guest. Chelsea 2-1.
In the first game, Dutchman Virgil van Dijk (37) and Poland’s Dominik Soboslai (90+4) scored Liverpool’s goals.
The Reds went into the match after narrowly escaping the net of their visitors Fulham last Sunday, when they turned a 2-3 deficit into a maddening 4-3 win 10 minutes from time.
Liverpool lifted their tally to 34 points in second place, two ahead of Arsenal, who beat Luton Town 4-3 on Tuesday in the opening round of the standings, and two clear of third-placed Aston Villa. Fifth-placed City have dropped to fourth, ahead of Tottenham and United, their sixth in a row with 27 points each.
The role comes a day after Sheffield ditched their coach Paul Heckingbottom (46) and re-hired Chris Wilder.
Heckingbottom became the first manager in the league to lose his position this season after Sheffield United had managed just one win in 14 games before facing Liverpool.
Sheffield United opened the scoring 12 minutes after the opening whistle, but Liverpool’s Irish goalkeeper Gaomin Kelleher blocked James McDee’s effort following a counter-attack.
Liverpool responded by winning possession and Van Dijk was able to score after a corner kick into the area, followed by a right-footed shot past Al-Tayer (37).
Liverpool tried to settle the score early in the second half when their Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah had a dangerous chance, but the latter’s shot was successfully blocked by Sheffield goalkeeper Wesley Fotheringham (56).
Liverpool coach German Jurgen Klopp brought on Uruguayan Darwin Nunes and Harvey Elliott in place of Colombian Luis Diaz and Salah (67), aiming to disrupt attacking efforts.
Nunes added the second goal after a perfect pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold faced the goalkeeper, but the latter saved with his foot (77).
As the game was taking its final breath, Liverpool scored a convincing goal, Nunes stole the ball and passed it to Soboslaj, alone with the Sheffield goalkeeper, and he fired into the net (90 + 4).
Manchester City continued their poor run of form, failing to win for the fourth consecutive match, losing 0–1 at Aston Villa, 4–4 against Chelsea, 1–1 against Liverpool, and 3–3 against Tottenham after three draws.
Jamaican Leon Bailey (74) scored the only goal of the match.
Aston Villa have continued their performances this season as they are unbeaten in their last four matches (3 wins and a draw) and have established themselves as serious contenders for a ticket to the Champions League next season.
Aston Villa put in a good performance and outplayed their rivals for several periods, especially in the first half, where they were a dangerous side and in the 45th minute the referee disallowed a goal for Brazilian Douglas Luiz’s clearance. field during the attack.
The home side scored the winning goal just before the final quarter of an hour (74) after Bailly’s individual effort saw a powerful ball bounce off the feet of Portugal defender Ruben Dias.
Manchester United restored the winning tone after going down 0-1 at Newcastle in the last round, and beat their visitors Chelsea 2-1.
Scott McTominay scored two goals (19 and 69) for the Red Devils, Portuguese Bruno Fernandes missed a penalty kick early in the match (9), and Cole Palmer scored the Blues’ goal (45). )
Chelsea’s tie is frozen in tenth place with 19 points.
Dutch coach Eric den Haag’s side got off to a poor start to the match when they missed a penalty nine minutes after the opening whistle, which the referee awarded following a foul on Brazilian Anthony by Argentine Enzo Fernandez.
United succeeded in opening the scoring through McTominay with a shot from inside the penalty area (19), but before the end of the first half Chelsea equalized following Palmer’s shot into the right corner (45).
In the second half, McTominay stepped up to the rescue again and scored the winning goal with a header following a cross pass from Argentina’s Alejandro Carnacho (69).
Bournemouth beat Crystal Palace 2-0 and Brighton beat Brentford 2-1.
Brighton are in eighth place to increase their score to 25 points, while Brentford are eleventh with 19 points.
Nigerian Alex Iwobi (30th and 74th), Mexican Raul Jimenez (34th and 54th) and Scottish Tom Cairney (86th) scored alternately as Fulham beat Nottingham Forest 5-0.
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