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Manchester City 2 Liverpool 2: Steven Gerrard slips again as Stevan Jovetic continues fine pre-season form
Thursday 31 July 2014
Manchester City and Liverpool continued their preparations for the new Premier League season with a lively 2-2 draw at the Yankee Stadium in New York.
In a game with came to define so much of the previous campaign - fine goals, attacking football and a costly slip from Steven Gerrard - the two English giants entertained an enthusiastic American crowd.
While both sides look set to compete for far bigger prizes this season, with Manuel Pellegrini and Brendan Rodgers eyeing domestic and European success, the Reds now have a decent chance of playing bitter rivals Manchester United in the final of the International Champions Cup.
Stevan Jovetic has emerged as a very real candidate to star in City's Community Shield clash with FA Cup winners Arsenal in just over a week's time after bagging another brace last night.
After a goalless first-half, the former Fiorentina man put the English champions ahead after yet another unfortunate error from Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.
After allowing Chelsea's Demba Ba to score at Anfield last May, in a game which all but destroyed the Reds' title hopes, the England international then inadvertently glanced on a long ball into Luis Suarez's path at the World Cup in a tie which knocked his country out.
Jesus Navas ran the line brilliantly, before crossing in towards Jovetic, but Gerrard made a hash of clearing the Spaniard's ball and allowed it to trickle through to the City forward.
Joe Hart, the England goalkeeper, was on fine form - keeping the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling quiet for long periods.
He could do nothing about the equaliser, however, as Gerrard’s pass hit Fernando and fell perfectly into the Liverpool Brazilian star's path moments later.
Jordan Henderson, in the 59th minute, took over and applied the finish to pull Rodgers' men back into the tie despite Dedryck Boyata's best efforts to halt him in his tracks.
Bruno Zuculini, the 21-year-old youngster, then almost reestablished City's lead after firing a thunderous drive against the bar just moments later.
They only had to wait until the 67th minute, though, when Kelechi Iheanacho’s low shot fortunately hit Jovetic's legs on its way towards goal and the Montenegrin finished the move off comfortably.
It was Jovetic’s fourth goal in just two games following his brace against AC Milan in Pittsburgh last time around.
Stefan Jovetic continued his fine pre-season form for Manchester City after being used sparingly last year Hart would have been forgiven for thinking he had secured victory after superbly saving from Mamadou Sakho’s close-range header, but the Reds were on hand to snatch a draw with just five minutes to spare.
Lucas, ever-reliable in the centre of midfield, produced a delightful touch to play Daniel Sturridge’s cross into Sterling and the 19-year-old guided the ball past his England colleague.
Penalties soon followed but, with Aleksander Kolorov, Yaya Toure and Navas all missing from the spot, it was always going to be Liverpool who ran out as victors.
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