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Premier League: Darwin Nunez plays head-master, helps Liverpool edge Nottingham Forest

Nunez’s 99th-minute goal put Liverpool four points clear of second-placed Manchester City with 63 points from 27 matches, although Pep Guardiola’s side have a game in hand

Our Bureau, Reuters Nottingham Published 03.03.24, 07:42 AM
Darwin Nunez (No. 9) of Liverpool heads in the late winner in their Premier League match against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in Nottingham on Saturday.

Darwin Nunez (No. 9) of Liverpool heads in the late winner in their Premier League match against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in Nottingham on Saturday. Getty Images

Darwin Nunez headed in a last-gasp winner as Premier League leaders Liverpool snatched three points with a 1-0 victory over relegation-threatened Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday.

Nunez’s 99th-minute goal put Liverpool four points clear of second-placed Manchester City with 63 points from 27 matches, although Pep Guardiola’s side have a game in hand.

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Forest, whose outraged staff and players surrounded the officials after the final whistle, are 17th, four points above the relegation zone.

Liverpool dominated possession, but struggled in the final third against Forest’s diligent defensive effort and the game looked destined for a draw.

Liverpool continued to press and Forest goalkeeper Matz Sels made some terrific late saves but could not stop Nunez’s heroics that had the Liverpool bench and manager Juergen Klopp leaping to their feet in celebration.

Disasi earns a point

Chelsea fought back to earn a point against Brentford in a 2-2 draw after defender Axel Disasi headed an 83rd-minute equaliser in the West London derby at the Brentford Community Stadium.

Chelsea took the lead with a clinical header by Nicolas Jackson in the 35th minute but Brentford looked on course for a comeback win after Mads Roerslev pounced on a loose ball in the Chelsea box in the opening minutes of the second half.

Yoane Wissa smashed a shot into the net with an acrobatic scissor kick in the 69th minute before Chelsea’s Cole Palmer crossed for Disasi to level.

The draw left Chelsea’s expensively assembled team
11th in the table, while Brentford are six points above the relegation zone.

Werner’s first

Timo Werner’s first goal for Tottenham Hotspur sparked a 3-1 comeback victory at home against Crystal Palace to revive their top-four hopes.

The German, on loan from RB Leipzig, converted from close range in the 77th minute to cancel out Eberechi Eze’s superb free kick that had given Palace the lead.

Having struggled for most of the game to create chances, Tottenham were suddenly rejuvenated and they went ahead three minutes later when Cristian Romero headed in. Captain Son Heung-min completed the job with a typically clinical finish. Victory lifted fifth-placed Tottenham to 50 points from 26 games, two behind Aston Villa.

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