Manchester City vs Liverpool: Brilliant Nathan Ake Header Sent Liverpool Out of Carabao Cup

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    Manchester City vs Liverpool: Nathan Ake’s header sent last season’s Carabao Cup holders Liverpool out of the tournament in a five-goal thriller to reach the quarterfinals.

    Erling Haaland, who hasn’t played any football competition since the beginning of the FIFA World Cup, wasted a glorious chance in the 3rd minute.

    Riyad Mahrez after scoring the second goal

    Haaland took advantage of Virgil van Dijk’s absence as Joel Matip and Joe Gomez struggled to deal with the Norwegian striker.

    Mohammed Salah is a very depressive mood

    Haaland almost set up the opener for Cole Palmer in the 5th minute, but the midfielder missed a clear chance.

    Haaland put the ball at the back of the net in the 10th minute of the match after receiving an excellent cross from the man of the moment Kevin De Bruyne.

    His Carabao Cup goal against Liverpool moves his goal tally to 24 this season, and we are not yet into the half season.

    Manchester City vs Liverpool Highlights

    Former Fulham attacker Fabio Carvalho cancelled out Haaland’s goal in the 20th minute after receiving a well-placed pass from James Milner.

    Both teams had opportunities to go ahead before half time, but Caohmin Kelleher made a brilliant low stop to deny Ilkay Gundogan, and Darwin Nunez of Liverpool squandered two opportunities.

    Nathan Ake celebrates after the match

    Two minutes after the first-half break, Riyad Mahrez put Manchester City ahead. But 47 seconds later, Mohammed Salah got Liverpool level after Darwin Nunez cut back on the counterattack.

    Manchester City vs Liverpool
    Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland

    An unmarked Ake scored a beautiful header in the 58th minute after receiving an excellent cross from the Belgian Kevin De Bruyne. 

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    Nathan Ake jubiliate after scoring

    It was De Bruyne’s second assist of the match; the first one came in for Haaland for the first goal. De Bruyne, who experienced difficulties in the World Cup, is happy to be back home, where he plays at his best.

    Nunez blew another golden opportunity in the second half, continuing his miserable start to life in a Liverpool uniform after the World Cup break. Liverpool would have won the match easily if Nunez had converted those chances.

    Manchester City vs Liverpool
    Erling Haaland celebrates after scoring the opener

    Manchester City ended Liverpool’s five-match unbeaten record in the tournament and are linked to be favorites. Manchester City faces Premier League side Southampton in the Carabao Cup Quarter finals.

    The quarter finals start on January 9, 2023.

    Manchester City vs Liverpool
    Erling Haaland celebrates with other Manchester City players

    Who Won The Man of The Match

    De Bruyne got the highest post-match rating; he was a completely different player in the match with his ability to play different wings, and he seems to be Pep Guardiola’s most destructive weapon.

    What Next For Manchester City and Liverpool

    Manchester City travel to Leeds United on December 28, 2022, as they hope to catch up with Premier League leaders Arsenal. Guardiola wants to close the gap between them before it gets intense.

    Liverpool will face Aston Villa on December 26, 2022. The Unai Emery side has been in excellent form, and the Reds will find it very difficult to stop them from winning.

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