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Liverpool and Chelsea play out an exhilarating draw; Man Utd suffer first defeat under Rangnick

Liverpool and Chelsea draw 2-2 in high octane clash


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Liverpool and Chelsea perhaps played the game of the season in an absolutely cracking contest at Stamford Bridge. With Manchester City winning their game against Arsenal and opening up a huge gap at the top, neither team could afford a loss or even a draw.


There were huge talking points in the first 10 minutes itself with the game starting at a frenetic pace. Sadio Mane received a yellow card just 6 seconds into the game as he struck out a hand at Azpilicueta and was lucky to be on the pitch. There were chances for both teams to take the lead as Salah was denied by Mendy and Liverpool were saved by Kelehher's heroics, who was deputizing for Alisson.


Mane scored after 9 games without a goal as he pounced on an error from Trevor Chalobah who had a forgettable day. Salah extended the lead in the 25th minute with an expert finish past Mendy. Chelsea responded with Kovacic, who scored a wonderful volley to reduce the deficit. Pulisic scored at the stroke of halftime to go into the break with the scores level.


There weren't any goals in the 2nd half thanks to the saves from both the goalkeepers. The draw was effectively a Manchester City victory as they are now 10 clear of Chelsea and 11 clear of Liverpool. Romelu Lukaku was dropped from the matchday squad in light of his recent comments about Inter Milan in an interview.


Liverpool were without 3 first-team players and their manager as Matip, Firmino, Alisson and Jurgen Klopp tested positive for COVID.


Rangnick's United stunned by Wolves


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Manchester United's problems continued as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Wolves. Much was expected of United after a good display against Burnley. But that wasn't the case as old problems reappeared once again.


Wolves dominated the ball and played most of the football in the first half. United lacked any rhythm and fluidity in their attacking display as they struggled to create clear cut chances. De Gea made some crucial saves to deny Daniel Podence twice and also Ruben Neves.


United were much better in the 2nd half, especially after the introduction of Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese was dropped from the starting line-up by Rangnick but made an instant impact after his arrival. But he couldn't give United the lead after hitting the crossbar from close range.


Wolves delivered the killer blow in the 82nd minute through veteran Joao Moutinho. He latched on to a half clearance from Phil Jones and found the bottom left corner to give Wolves a deserved lead. United are now 4 points off the top four with a game in hand.





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