Aguero capitalises on Reina mistake to snatch the win from Liverpool

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Sunday 03 February 2013 - 4:00 pm
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Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool

Liverpool dominated their second encounter of the season with Man City, but the current Champions manaaged to snatch a draw after a Pepe Reina error.

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Liverpool made once change from the team that picked up a point against Arsenal midweek by replacing Andre Wisdom with returning left back Jose Enrique, freeing up Glen Johnson to return to the right back position.

The game was a brisk entertaining affair from start to finish.  Man City were without Vincent Kompany and the two Toure's who are playing in the African Cup of Nations.

This no doubt helped Liverpool assert some control over the midfield that was ineffectual against Arsenal earlier in the week.

It was City who got the games opener.  James Milner was played onside by Daniel Agger and then the resulting cross beat the Liverpool defender and Dzeko was on hand to poke the ball past Reina.

Minutes later and Daniel Agger and Edin Dzeko clashed in the middle of the park.  City's players appealed for a free kick whilst the ref waved played on.  Javi Garcia failed to clear the ball with conviction and Daniel Sturridge smashed a left footed rocket in to the corner of the net to draw level.

Zabaleta almost scored an own goal in a defensive mix-up with Joe Hart as Liverpool showed plenty of attacking purpose in the remained of the half.

Liverpool came out in the second half looking the team more likely to score - with Suarez and Sturridge causing plenty of nervy moments for the City defence.  The reds tactic of shooting on site kept Hart on his toes, and it was Steven Gerrard who saw one such attempt hand Liverpool the lead.

His powerful low shot was drilled right in to the bottom corner, and Hart couldn't get near it.

It looked like and felt like the match winner.

But not for the first time this season, a defensive blunder allowed Aguero to score a fine angled shot.

Skrtel failed to track Aguero down the channel and Reina mistakenly took this as a sign for him to charge out of the penalty box.  When Aguero went past the Spanish keeper, he shot from a narrow angle and levelled the scores at 2-2.

Liverpool looked the side more likely to score again, but the final whistle was never far away and Liverpool can reflect on two away draws, filled with some positive attacking signs and some less positive defending.

After some internationals in midweek, Liverpool will face West Brom next Monday evening desperate for revenge for an opening day humiliation.

2 comments on
Aguero capitalises on Reina mistake to snatch the win from Liverpool

  1. How is Pepe Reina to blame? We have seen him close down and stop the oppositions forwards time and time again. Rather a one in a million finish from Aguero.

    • A ‘one in a million’ finish?

      Helped Aguero massively that it was an empty net no?

      I’d say the title of the match report is fairly accurate.

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