The hero of tonight’s matchup was Ilkay Gundogan, the prolific German midfielder, who has been bossing the Citizens’ midfield since Kevin De Bruyne picked up an injury.
Gundogan scored two goals and forced a penalty, making himself the focal point of Guardiola’s team tonight. It was yet another astonishing performance of the Sky-Blues No.8.
Premier League goals in 2021:
Gundogan – 9
Liverpool – 8 pic.twitter.com/KGWZjhHAyk
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His show started in the 23rd minute, once he extorted a penalty. City’s goalkeeper Ederson wanted to take the responsibility, but Guardiola didn’t allow that, picking Rodri, who had lots of luck while scoring a goal. Hugo Lloris was on the ball, yet fortunately for the Citizens, it managed to hit the back of the net.
That one hit was the only goal in the opening 45 minutes. However, Gundogan continued with his dance in the second half.
He and Raheem Sterling had a one-two pass, before German’s routine execution, five minutes into the second half. In the 66th minute, Ederson took the ball and passed it over the entire field to Gundogan, who would seal the match, crowning his superb performance.
As for the guests from London, they had a chance to grab the lead before City’s opening goal. Harry Kane took a beautiful free-kick, that hit the left post of Ederson’s goal. It was the best chance for Mourinho’s guys, who experienced their fourth defeat in the previous five EPL matches, continuing to slip down the standings.
Right now, they have 36 points, while City sits first with 53, seven more than Leicester, who has a game more. The Foxes beat Liverpool earlier today with 3-1, even though Mohamed Salah drew the first blood, handing the Reds a 0-1 lead. In some seven minutes, everything fell apart for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Jamie Vardy played the corner flag like a guitar 🎸🎶 pic.twitter.com/oPejoQBgXA
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James Maddison, Jamie Vardy, and Harvey Barnes scored three goals that completely turned this match upside down.
One other surprise was seen at Selhurst Park, with Crystal Palace losing to Burnely, 0-3. The hosts were the favorites in this one, but the Clarets rolled over them, scoring all three hits in the opening 45 minutes, and posting their best performance of the year so far.
This is an extremely big win for Burnley, who now has 11 points more than Fulham, the first team in the relegation zone.