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Man City, Liverpool play out thrilling draw in top-of-the-table clash

MANCHESTER City kept their one-point lead at the top of the Premier League table on Sunday as they battled to a brilliant 2-2 draw with closest rivals Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.

The clash was hyped up all week leading to Sunday and it did not disappoint as England’s top two sides served up a delicious fare of high-quality football and kept the title race open.

Hosts City started brightly and took an early lead through Kevin de Bruyne’s deflected strike in the fifth minute, moments after Raheem Sterling had missed a big chance.

Liverpool were quickly back on level terms though when Diogo Jota turned home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s pass in the 13th minute.

Pep Guardiola’s side dominated a brilliant first half but were unable to convert a host of chances before Gabriel Jesus sneaked in behind Alexander-Arnold to restore their lead from Joao Cancelo’s cross nine minutes before the break.

Liverpool flew out of the blocks in the second half, equalising when Sadio Mane celebrated his 30th birthday by scoring from Mohamed Salah’s perfect pass just one minute after the restart.

Sterling then had a goal ruled out for a tight offside after VAR review as both sides went for a winner in the thrilling match.

City substitute Riyad Mahrez almost won it at the death but he wasted a chance in the dying seconds as he lifted his finish over the top.

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