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Football: Liverpool and City win without shining, Schär scores again

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Football: Liverpool and City win without shining, Schär scores again

Updated10. February 2024, 11:44 p.m.

Football: Liverpool and City win without shining, Schär scores again

The Reds retained the lead in the Premier League thanks to a difficult victory against Burnley (3-1). The Cityzens also won against Everton (2-0). Manuel Akanji returned to action and Fabian Schär scored for Newcastle.

Fabian Schär scored one of Newcastle’s three goals at Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening.

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Liverpool slow to start

Liverpol did not put in his best performance against Burnley but he won, thanks in particular to a goal from his striker Darwin Nunez.

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6 days after its defeat at Arsenal (3-1), which followed a show of strength against Chelsea (4-1), Liverpool was expected to turn the corner against the promoted and 19th, Zeki Amdouni’s Burnley.

While the threat from Manchester City becomes clearer from week to week, the players of Jürgen Klopp, who recently announced his departure from the club at the end of the season, took a long time to enter the match and were hanging on at mid-point. time (1-1) after Diogo Jota’s opener (32nd) at the half-hour mark followed by Dara O’Shea’s equalizer just before the break. The Reds regained some of their momentum in the second half with goals from Luis Diaz (52nd) and Darwin Nunez (79th) but could also have been reached on two opportunities from David Fofana. The victory (3-1) nevertheless remains logical.

Starting at kick-off, Amdouni gave up his place in the 86th minute.

Liverpool (54 points) remains at the top of the championship, 2 points ahead of Manchester City, who have a match in hand to play on February 20 against Brentford.

Haaland pulls City out of trouble

Erling Haaland scored both goals for Manchester City against Everton on Saturday.

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In the meantime, the Cityzens are confirming their rise in power, like every year at the same time. If their victory against Everton (2-0) was difficult, it is still the tenth in a row, in all competitions. It also marks the end of the forced hibernation of Erling Haaland, scoring for the first time since the end of November, after a long injury. His double (71st and 85th) allows him to regain the lead in the scorers’ ranking with 16 goals, 2 more than the Egyptian Salah.

Three days before his trip to Copenhagen for his Champions League round of 16 first leg, Pep Guardiola was once again able to see that his playing master Kevin De Bruyne had lost none of his vision, with his fourth assist in four matches, and only playing the last 35 minutes.

As often since last season, the Cityzens started the match by patiently rotating the ball in midfield. Perhaps too much, since we had to wait until the half-hour mark approached to see them threaten Jordan Pickford. The detonator was Jérémy Doku, whose two incursions on the left side almost proved decisive. Manchester City’s first two shots on target, at the end of the match, were ultimately the right ones.

This meeting also marked the return to the game of Manuel Akanji. Hit in an ankle at the start of January, the Zurich defender was started and played 57 minutes, before being replaced by Walker.

Despite an honorable performance, Everton remains stuck in the relegation zone with 19 points, one less than Luton, who have a game in hand. The promoted player, who had scored eight goals at Brighton (4-0) and Newcastle (4-4), was this time surprised by bottom-place Sheffield United (1-3).

The Toffees, who suffered a withdrawal of 10 points due to breaches of financial fair play rules, are also two lengths behind Nottingham Forest, beaten on Saturday at home by Newcastle United (2-3), including a goal by Fabian Schär, his 3rd of the season after his double at Aston Villa at the end of January. The Saint-Welsh defender found the fault with a subtle recovery with the flat of his right foot at the entrance to the area, following a free kick kicked by Kieran Trippier.

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Tottenham at the end of the suspense

Joined against the run of play in the very last moments last Saturday at Everton (2-2), Tottenham had much better luck this time against Brighton (2-1) by scoring in the 6th minute of added time, while the Seagulls looked set to crack Spurs.

This final goal from Brennan Johnson allows Tottenham to count 47 points and temporarily move back ahead of Aston Villa (46 points, which hosts Manchester United on Sunday). For the first time in three months, Ange Postecoglou was able to field his typical team, with the return of Heung min Son from the Asian Cup, a decisive passer and triumphantly greeted by 60,000 spectators when he came into play.

(AFP)

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