Manchester City 3 Liverpool 1 – Jovetic at the double for impressive champions
Stevan Jovetic bags a brace for City as they put Liverpool to the sword
August 25th, 2014
For the first thirty minutes of Monday night’s game at the Etihad Stadium, Liverpool were comfortably containing Manchester City although the champions got the breakthrough before half-time and it was plain sailing in the second half for Manuel Pellegrini’s team.
Stevan Jovetic was the match winner for City having struggled to make an impact last season although the former Fiorentina forward is now match-fit and he capitalized on some slack defending to break the deadlock tonight.
Dejan Lovren headed a cross down in the penalty area and Alberto Moreno was slow to read the danger, with Jovetic nipping in to collect the ball and fire past Simon Mignolet from close range.
Previously to this, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge were causing problems for the visitors, with the latter beating Vincent Kompany in the area although his shot from a tight angle was beaten away by Joe Hart.
However, City were in control of the game in the second half, with Jovetic doubling his team’s lead in the 55th minute after a fine team move which saw the Montenegrin free in the penalty area and his shot was powerful enough to find the net.
Sergio Aguero was introduced in the 69th minute and the Argentine took only seconds to score his team’s third after beating Lovren to the ball before slotting it home, with Pellegrini’s side threatening to run riot.
However, it was Liverpool who scored the fourth goal of the game when the impressive Sturridge found Rickie Lambert at the back post and the new Liverpool forward was able to bundle home after Hart had saved his initial effort.
This City team look like challenging for the title this term, while Brendan Rodgers will wonder where it all went wrong after containing the opposition during the opening exchanges.