Thursday July 31, 2014 July Finished

Manchester City 2 - 2
(1 - 3)
Liverpool

  • Jovetic 53’, 67’
  • Henderson 60’
  • Sterling 85’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester City
    • Liverpool
    • - FULL TIME: Manchester City 2 Liverpool 2 (Liverpool win 3-1 on penalties). Well that was an entertaining prelude to the new Premier League season. Some good stuff was played by both teams!
    • - Lucas scores his penalty kick, sending Hart the wrong way. City 1-3 Liverpool.
    • Iheanacho chips his spot kick downthe centre and scores! City 1-2 Liverpool.
    • - Henderson sends Hart the wrong way and scores! City 0-2 Liverpool.
    • - Navas sees his penalty saved by Mignolet! City 0-1 Liverpool.
    • - Can scores his penalty kick, sending Hart the wrong way! City 0-1 Liverpool.
    • - Mignolet saves Toure's spot kick! City 0-0 Liverpool
    • - Sturridge puts his over the bar as well! City 0-0 Liverpool
    • - Kolarov blasts the first penalty over the bar. City 0-0 Liverpool
    • 92' FULL TIME: Manchester City 2 Liverpool 2. We're going to a penalty shootout!
    • 91' Will there be one more twist in the game? There's still time for either side to find a winner, and Liverpool - who have been the better team in this second half - are pressing for one.
    • 90' Two minutes of stoppage time to be played.
    • 89' We're just a few minutes away from a penalty shootout to decide who will face Manchester United in the final of the International Champions Cup.
    • 88'
    • 86' That goal had been coming for the last 10 minutes or so. Liverpool had been looking dangerous on the attack, with Sterling in particular giving them more of a threat in the final third.
    • 85' GOAL! Manchester City 2 Liverpool 2 (85 mins - Raheem Sterling). Wonderful goal by the Reds! Henderson plays the ball to Sterling on the volley, who darts into the box and shapes a shot into the bottom corner.
    • 84' Sterling picks out Can with a fantastic pass, but the new signing can't quite angle is effort into the bottom corner, sending his shot just past the post.
    • 83' Hart is off his line once again, this time to prevent Henderson from giving Liverpool the lead. He made the save low down at the feet of the England midfielder. It was a good pass through.
    • 82' That's not to say that City are putting less effort in to their performance. Whenever they lose the ball they snap back into their defensive shape very quickly, and hunt down the ball.
    • 81' City are taking a rather different approach. They're passing the bal around in midfield without any real urgency. While whenever Liverpool get on the ball they're surging forward at will!
    • 80' Sturridge tries to pick out the run of Sterling with a looped cross into the box, but there's just a bit too much on the weight of the pass and Mignolet can come off his line to claim it.
    • 79' Man City come surging forward, but Toure's first time effort with his back to goal is charged down by Lucas on the edge of the Liverpool penalty area. Can either side find a winner?
    • 78' Just a reminder that if this game finishes level it will go to a penalty shootout. There will be no extra-time. It will be 10 kicks from 12 yards to decide the game. No messing around.
    • 75' Gerrard's evening is over, with Rodgers replacing the outgoing England captain with Lucas. That should be a fairly straightforward swap, with the Brazilian slotting into midfield.
    • 75' Toure batters through a few tackles, in that way he is known for, but in the end he is stopped by a combination of about four players. Never mind man marking. Four man marking.
    • 73'
    • 72' It looks like Toure will be used as a second striker for City, with Clichy replaced by Richards in the right back position. The experiment of Clichy in that position was actually quite successful tonight.
    • 70' Good chance for Liverpool, who break down the right side with Sterling, who plays it back to Coutinho just inside the box. But the Brazilian side-foots his shot just past the post.
    • 69' Manchester City subs: Gael Clichy and Stevan Jovetic OFF, Micah Richards and Yaya Toure ON.
    • 68' Jovetic's first season at Manchester City was dogged by injury but now he looks to be firing and what he prospect he could be for the champions this year. He looks sharp tonight!
    • 67' GOAL! Manchester City 2 (67 mins - Stevan Jovetic) Liverpool 1. It's another goal for Jovetic, who reacts first to a blocked strike inside the box and toe pokes the ball past Mignolet and into the bottom corner.
    • 66' Liverpool sub: Joe Allen OFF, Emre Can ON.
    • 64' OFF THE BAR! Jovetic waits and waits and plays a fantastic pass into Clichy at the by line, who picks out Zuculini a matter of yards out, who somehow manages to lift the ball onto the bar!
    • 63' You could probably make a case for Liverpool being the better team now. They're passing the ball around with ease and are holding onto it in the final third, which is something they weren't doing in the opening 45.
    • 62' The introduction of Sterling at the break has really given Liverpool more of a threat in the final third. They look very dangerous on the attack now.
    • 61' And now City are peppering the Liverpool goal with shots from Jovetic and Sinclair! But Toure and Jones stand firm to make the blocks and saves, and keep the score at 1-1 for now.
    • 60' Liverpool hit back almost immediately. The Reds stepped up their game after conceding themselves, and scored a fine goal. That's much better from Rodgers' men. They needed more of that in the first half.
    • 59' GOAL! Manchester City 1 Liverpool 1 (59 mins - Jordan Henderson). Sturridge is played through in the box, but when the tackle comes in from Boyata the ball falls to Henderson, who sweeps it home into the net.
    • 56' Everything is coming down the right for Manchester City. Navas is destroying them down that flank, although there aren't many players who could deal with his pace on the run.
    • 55' And now Liverpool come forward on the attack, with Coutinho played through on goal. However, Hart is quickly off his line to make the save at the feet of the Brazilian playmaker.
    • 54' The nightmare continues for Gerrard, after his now famous mistake against Chelsea. He should have cut out the cross, but he somehow let it slip between his legs.
    • 53' GOAL! Manchester City 1 (53 mins - Stevan Jovetic) Liverpool 0. Navas gets to the byline and squares the cross into the box. Gerrard should clear at the near post, but he can only deflect it into the path of Jovetic, who turns it home.
    • 52' Navas uses his pace to get in behind the Liverpool defence and get to the byline, but his cross is cut out before it could reach a teammate in the centre of the penalty area.
    • 51' Sturridge spins on the ball and plays an inch perfect ball through to Robinson. However, Hart is quick off his line to smother the shot and keep the scoreline goalless. Good chance for Liverpool.
    • 50' Indeed, the intensity has returned to the game after a lull at the end of the opening 45 minutes.
    • 49' Villa was on hand to perform the coin toss before the start of the game, and Lampard is in the building as well. Why? Because the Man City, Yankees owned MLS team New York City FC have just signed both players.
    • 48'
    • 47' This is a big chance for Sinclair, who must impress this pre-season. He scored during the week and must show Pellegrini what he can do before the start of the new season.
    • 46' A number of changes have been made at the break, with Sinclair and Hart coming on for Man City, and Johnson, Mignolet and Sterling coming on for Liverpool. Let's hope for some goals in this half.
    • 45' The second half is under way at Yankee Stadium!
    • - What did you make of the first half? Has Jovetic or Coutinho been the best player on the pitch? How does Rodgers get Sturridge on the ball more often? Tweet me!
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    • 45' HALF TIME: Manchester City 0 Liverpool 0. City have seen plenty of the ball and have probably been the better of the two teams, but it was Lambert who had the best opportunity of the first 45 minutes.
    • 44'
    • 43' Miler has actually been very impressive in this first half. His effort is always first rate and has drifted all over the pitch this evening. Jovetic has also been playing well, providing creativity and invention in the final third.
    • 41' City press on the edge of the box, but Milner's pass through to Dzeko is cut out by Toure. Nice idea by the England international though.
    • 40' Fantastic atmosphere here in Yankee Stadium. As I said earlier, it seems like there are more Liverpool fans here than City fans, but I suppose that's probably to be expected given the Reds' history.
    • 39' The tempo of this game has just eased off in the last five minutes or so. I expect we'll see changes from both teams at the break, with a number of fringe players given run-outs against high-quality opposition.
    • 38'
    • 36' The camera pans to Daniel Craig and Mike Myers watching the game from the Yankee Stadium hospitality booths. Not sitting in the Kop this evening, gents?
    • 35' Liverpool just can't make the ball stick when they get anywhere near the Man City penalty area. They're missing a striker with a bit of bite. Can anyone think of one? Anyone?
    • 34' Sturridge is pretty isolated in running the channels. He has Lambert up there with him, but there's no sign of any link-up play between the two players, which Rodgers told us to expect.
    • 33' City are keeping the ball very well and look dangerous in the final third as well. Jovetic is the one puling the strings all over the pitch, even from his role as a second striker, and Dzeko is playing well too.
    • 31' Sturridge tries to get a shot away but it's blocked by Boyata, who has actually been very impressive in these opening half an hour. Liverpool just look somewhat tootthless in attack, with the exception of that Lambert chance.
    • 30' It's Jovetic causing problems once again, this time playing through Navas, who squares a ball back into the six yard box from the byline. But the cross is too fast for Dzeko to handle.
    • 29'
    • 28' For a pre-season friendly, this has been quite an open game so far, Both teams have had their chances but the score remains goalless.
    • 27' Dzeko has the ball in the net, after finishing low following a through ball from Jovetic in a position on the edge of the box, but the flag is raised for offside, which was probably the correct decision.
    • 26' Well that was interesting. Enrique slips and brings down Navas on the edge of the box, but the referee waves away the loud claims for a freekick. Was that an unfortunate coming together or a genuine freekick?
    • 24' Kolarov nutmegs Kelly, who drags the City full-back back and concedes a freekick. That's the second time he's done that. Perhaps lucky not to see yellow.
    • 23'
    • 22' Inches wide of the post for Milner! The ball is played out to the England international on the edge of the box, whose shot is deflected well wide of the goal, but a goal kick is mysteriously given. That was a clear deflection.
    • 21' Milner plays a nice ball to pick out Navas down the right side, but the flying winger's shot is saved quite comfortably by Jones in the Liverpool goal. It was a good effort by the Spain international.
    • 20' Going on the noise inside the venue, there are more Liverpool fans at Yankee Stadium than City fans. Much more.
    • 19' It will be interesting to see how Dzeko features for City this season. Last season was his best for the club, scoring 26 goals, and was crucial in their title run-in. But can he hold off Aguero, Negredo and Jovetic for a starting spot?
    • 18' Coutinho has been Liverpool's most energetic player in the opening exchanges. Every time he gets the ball he has injected some tempo into his side's play.
    • 17' It was a good save by the Manchester City keeper but Lambert will have been very disappointing not to have scored there. He was a matter of yards out from goal and somehow didn't find the net.
    • 16' Right on cue, what a chance for Lambert! Liverpool come flooding forward on the attack, with Henderson digging out a cross from the byline for the big striker. But Lambert directed his header straight at Caballero from close range!
    • 15' Sturridge and Lambert have hardly seen the ball in these opening 15 minutes or so. Liverpool are just seeing so little of the ball in attack, and when they do it's through Coutinho.
    • 14' First sight of goal for Liverpool, and it falls to Coutinho. The little Brazilian picked up the ball on the edge of the box and tried to drag a shot into the near post, but his effort drifted just wide of the target.
    • 13' This pitch really is causing one or two problems for both teams. Passes aren't running true on them and is slowing up whenever any kind of tempo is injected into the contest. It's not great.
    • 12' Liverpool are just beginning to play their way into the game. Gerrard is dropping deep in between the two centre backs to collect the ball and starting moves in the midfield. They've shown little in the final third.
    • 11'
    • 10' Jovetic gets on the end of a corner kick delivery but can't get over the ball enough and angles his header over the crossbar. Liverpool will be worried about how he was afforded a free header 10 yards out!
    • 9' Looking at replays of that last chance for Jovetic, the pitch actually seemed to slow the ball up just as he lined up the shot. It gave Toure the chance to make a recovery and make the block.
    • 8' Good move between Dzeko and Jovetic releases the latter through on goal down one of the channels. But he can't get his shot away before Toure comes across and makes a block.
    • 7' City have started the better of the two teams, getting a feel for the contest with some neat passing around the midfield.
    • 6'
    • 5' The first sight of goal falls to Clichy, who is playing at right back tonight. The Frenchman cuts inside off the wing and pings a shot away at goal, but there's no real purchase behind it and it goes wide.
    • 3' This is part of the grandly named Internationa Champions Cup, and these two sides could actually meet Manchester United in the final of this competition. Or they could face Real Madrid on the other hand.
    • 3' It looks to be a very narrow pitch here at Yankee Stadium. And the surface itself isn't the greatest either. Of course, this is usually a baseball stadium and the temporary football pitch isn't the smoothest.
    • 2'
    • 1' We're under way at Yankee Stadium!
    • 12:05 TEAM NEWS: Manchester City - Caballero, Clichy, Kolarov, Boyota, Nastasic, Fernando, Navas, Zuculini, Milner, Jovetic, Dzeko. /// Liverpool - Jones, Kelly, Toure, Coates, Enrique, Gerrard, Henderson, Allen, Coutinho, Lambert, Sturridge.
    • 12:00
    • 23:55 Good evening and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE coverage of the friendly match between Manchester City and Liverpool. We'll bring you all the action and goals as they go in at Yankee Stadium. Kick-off: 12.00am.
  • Summary

    • 85' GOAL! Manchester City 2 Liverpool 2 (85 mins - Raheem Sterling). Wonderful goal by the Reds! Henderson plays the ball to Sterling on the volley, who darts into the box and shapes a shot into the bottom corner.
    • 83' Hart is off his line once again, this time to prevent Henderson from giving Liverpool the lead. He made the save low down at the feet of the England midfielder. It was a good pass through.
    • 70' Good chance for Liverpool, who break down the right side with Sterling, who plays it back to Coutinho just inside the box. But the Brazilian side-foots his shot just past the post.
    • 67' GOAL! Manchester City 2 (67 mins - Stevan Jovetic) Liverpool 1. It's another goal for Jovetic, who reacts first to a blocked strike inside the box and toe pokes the ball past Mignolet and into the bottom corner.
    • 59' GOAL! Manchester City 1 Liverpool 1 (59 mins - Jordan Henderson). Sturridge is played through in the box, but when the tackle comes in from Boyata the ball falls to Henderson, who sweeps it home into the net.
    • 55' And now Liverpool come forward on the attack, with Coutinho played through on goal. However, Hart is quickly off his line to make the save at the feet of the Brazilian playmaker.
    • 53' GOAL! Manchester City 1 (53 mins - Stevan Jovetic) Liverpool 0. Navas gets to the byline and squares the cross into the box. Gerrard should clear at the near post, but he can only deflect it into the path of Jovetic, who turns it home.
    • 51' Sturridge spins on the ball and plays an inch perfect ball through to Robinson. However, Hart is quick off his line to smother the shot and keep the scoreline goalless. Good chance for Liverpool.
    • 16' Right on cue, what a chance for Lambert! Liverpool come flooding forward on the attack, with Henderson digging out a cross from the byline for the big striker. But Lambert directed his header straight at Caballero from close range!
    • 14' First sight of goal for Liverpool, and it falls to Coutinho. The little Brazilian picked up the ball on the edge of the box and tried to drag a shot into the near post, but his effort drifted just wide of the target.
    • 8' Good move between Dzeko and Jovetic releases the latter through on goal down one of the channels. But he can't get his shot away before Toure comes across and makes a block.

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