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Premier League: Mohamed Salah ignites Liverpool season

After an opening period that failed to live up to game’s blockbuster billing, the second half began at a ferocious pace
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (right) scores past Manchester City’s goalkeeper Ederson at Anfield on Sunday.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (right) scores past Manchester City’s goalkeeper Ederson at Anfield on Sunday.
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Reuters   |   Liverpool   |   Published 17.10.22, 04:14 AM

A superb second-half goal from Mohamed Salah earned  Liverpool  a 1-0 victory over Manchester City on Sunday as the champions lost their unbeaten start to the Premier League season in a heated thriller that saw home coach Juergen Klopp red-carded.

After an opening period that failed to live up to the game’s blockbuster billing, the second half began at a ferocious pace, with Egypt international Salah denied by a superb save from City goalkeeper Ederson moments after the break.

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City then thought they had taken the lead through Phil Foden in the 53rd minute, sparking wild celebrations on the City bench, only for it to be ruled out following a VAR review, Erling Haaland deemed to have fouled Fabinho in the build-up.

Liverpool made the most of their reprieve and kept coming at City, with the pressure eventually paying off as Salah raced clear after a mistake from Joao Cancelo to fire what proved to be the winner 14 minutes from time.

As City threw everything at Liverpool late on, tensions boiled over with Klopp sent to the stands for his over-zealous protestations against a foul he felt his side should have had.

The final pass was lacking for the visitors in the end as Liverpool held on for just their third league win of the season to move up to eighth in the standings on 13 points, 10 behind second-placed City, who trail leaders Arsenal by four points.

United held at home

Manchester United and an unusually goal-shy Cristiano Ronaldo were unable to find a way past Newcastle United at Old Trafford in a 0-0 draw.

Showing a passion and solidity sometimes lacking from their hosts, Eddie Howe’s Newcastle had the best chance of the game with an extraordinary double header from Joelinton in the first half that came first off the crossbar then off the post. Newcastle’s Callum Wilson also had a penalty shout denied.

Feted before the game for reaching 700 club goals in his career, Ronaldo twice had the ball in the back of the net. But he was offside for the first, while the second was disallowed when he cheekily nicked the ball off Newcastle to stroke it home after claiming a free-kick had been taken.

Mount shines

Graham Potter’s impressive start as Chelsea manager continued as Mason Mount’s double gave his side a 2-0 victory at struggling Aston Villa.

Chelsea are unbeaten in six games since Potter replaced Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge and the win at Villa was their fifth in a row in all competitions.

They were given a helping hand by their hosts with Mount cashing in on a horribly misguided defensive header by Tyrone Mings in the sixth minute.

Arsenal handed Leeds United their first home loss of the season with a gritty 1-0 victory in a frantic game at Elland Road.

Bukayo Saka’s first-half goal was enough to give Arsenal a spirited victory against an eager Leeds side. In a match that was suspended for 38 minutes shortly after kick-off due to a power cut at the stadium, Arsenal were under intense pressure from an energetic Leeds side who pressed hard for 90 minutes and never let the visitors settle down.

“My heart is still racing but I’m just really happy to get the three points,” Saka told Sky Sports. “It was a really tough game. Leeds did well, especially in the second half, and they put a lot of pressure on us.”

Richarlison injury

Brazil striker Richarlison faces an anxious wait to discover the extent of an injury that forced him off for Tottenham Hotspur during their win over Everton on Saturday.

Richarlison has established himself as Brazil’s No. 9 and is the favourite to lead his country’s attack in the World Cup which starts in Qatar on November 20. But he hobbled off early in the second half against his old club with a calf injury and will undergo MRI scans on Monday.

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has ruled Richarlison out for their trip to Manchester United next week but there are concerns the injury could force a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Richarlison, who has scored 17 goals in 38 appearances for Brazil, was seen leaving Tottenham’s stadium on crutches. “It’s kind of hard to say because it’s close to the realisation of my dream (the World Cup),” he said.



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