Saturday 21 October 2017

Manchester City v Liverpool - story of the match

Leroy Sane came off the bench to score twice for Manchester City
Leroy Sane came off the bench to score twice for Manchester City

Manchester City took advantage of Sadio Mane's controversial sending off to thrash Liverpool 5-0 in an eventful Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.

Mane was shown a straight red card in the first half for a high challenge on Ederson that led to the City goalkeeper being carried off on a stretcher.

City were already leading at this point through Sergio Aguero but Gabriel Jesus and substitute Leroy Sane then both struck twice in a commanding performance.

City later reported that Ederson was not concussed and was checked for facial fractures at the medical institute adjacent to their training complex before returning to the stadium.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Rubbish decision to send off Mane. Rubbish." Match of the Day present Gary Lineker firmly in the 'referee Jon Moss got it wrong' camp.

STAR MAN

Kevin De Bruyne: Provided assists for both goals and generally ran the midfield. A classy performance from the Belgian.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Sending off of Sadio Mane for a high foot on goalkeeper Ederson, who was carried off on a stretcher. A decision by Jon Moss which polarised opinions.

DATA POINT

Sergio Aguero has now scored in all six home league appearances against Liverpool. His 124th strike made him the all-time leading non-European Premier League goalscorer, overtaking Dwight Yorke.

PLAYER RATINGS

Manchester City

Ederson: 6

John Stones: 6

Nicolas Otamendi (replaced by Mangala, 71): 4

Danilo: 6

Kyle Walker: 6

Benjamin Mendy: 7

Fernandinho: 7

Kevin De Bruyne: 8

David Silva: 7

Gabriel Jesus (replaced by Sane, 57): 7

Sergio Aguero: 7

Substitutes

Claudio Bravo (on for Ederson, 45): 5

Eliaquim Mangala (on for Otamendi, 71): 5

Leroy Sane (on for Jesus, 57): 7

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet: 7

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 4

Joel Matip: 5

Ragnar Klavan: 4

Alberto Moreno: 5

Jordan Henderson: 5

Georginio Wijnaldum (replaced by Milner, 58): 4

Emre Can: 5

Mohamed Salah (replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain, 46): 6

Roberto Firmino (replaced by Solanke, 67): 5

Sadio Mane: 5

Substitutes

James Milner (on for Wijnaldum, 58): 5

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (on for Salah, 46): 5

Dominic Solanke (on for Firmino, 67): 5

WHO'S UP NEXT?

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