Sports Desk, Nov 8 (efe-epa).- Liverpool and Manchester City battled heatedly, ultimately exhausting themselves, to a 1-1 result in a Sunday Premier League match that started out full of action but ended with a whimper.
The first half was full of great plays from both sides, although both seem to have slipped from their pinnacles of relative perfection since last season.
Liverpool, who went with an attacking line up after Jergen Klopp named all four of his main attackers including in-form new signing Diogo Jogo, started much stronger than their hosts.
Sadio Mane was brought down by Kyle Walker, and Moh Salah stepped up to convert the penalty past Ederson in the City goal.
Liverpool were threatening to become rampant, but City were able to fight their way back into the game.
Gabriel Jesus leveled the score with a brilliant turn and poked finish, and City should have added another goal before half time but Kevin de Bruyne missed the target from a penalty kick after Joe Gomez had handled the ball.
In the day’s early kick off, Tottenham Hotspur laboured to a 1-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion thanks to a late header from Harry Kane in a match in which the Baggies deserved more.
The Spurs, who started with Gareth Bale on the left, struggled to contain the West Bromwich onslaught and could have taken the lead in the first half when Tottenham were forced to clear a ball off the line after a cross from Callum Robinson.
Despite the home side’s dominance, Tottenham had a clear-cut chance fall to Heung-min Son, but he dallied and by the time he released the shot, the defence was on top of him.
Mourinho’s side continued to labor in the second half, and watched as a Gallagher strike clipped the post with Hugo Lloris beaten.
With Bale subbed off, Tottenham finally found their way to victory when Kane nodded in a cross from Matt Doherty ahead of the goalkeeper and sent the ball into the net.
Tottenham temporarily went to the top of the table, while West Brom remain in the relegation zone, eighteenth, with just three points from eight games.
Leicester City opened the scoring after the VAR awarded the home team a penalty for a handball by Max Kilman, with Jamie Vardy dispatching from 12 yards.
The Foxes had the chance to double their lead after a less debatable penalty was given, but Rui Patricio saved well from Vardy’s driven attempt.
The Wolves were much improved in the second half, and looked dangerous in attacking positions.
That had much to do with the introduction of Adama Traore, who can sometimes be unplayable thanks to his raw strength, skill and pace.
The game was finely poised entering the final quarter of an hour, with Leicester trying to balance their search for a second goal to seal the win with keeping enough men behind the ball to hold off Wolves’ attempts at an equaliser.
Casper Schmeichel was forced into a stunning save when Ruben Neves hit a typically rasping shot as the visitors started to heap the pressure on Leicester.
The Foxes could have doubled their lead in the final minutes but Harvey Barnes had his shot brilliantly deflected over the bar.