MATCHS DU JOUR 23
The English Premier League is into the final sprint with the number of matches growing fewer towards the end of the season. It is clearly a two horse race at the top as Manchester City and Liverpool are tied at 86 points with the team from Manchester having a delayed game to play. No room for error.
It had all the makings of a trap game, and Liverpool suffered until the end. The Reds had a tricky trip to Aston Villa in the 33rd round of the Premier League. But Jürgen Klopp's men finally won 2-1, thanks in particular to Sadio Mané and Joel Matip.
Aston Villa opened the scoring in the third minute through Douglas Luiz after a goal mouth tussle. The home side put their foot on the accelerator from the kickoff. Much more was at stake. Villa's coach Steven Gerrard is considered one of the best ever footballers to wear the Red jersey of Liverpool and also one of the longest serving captains at the club. It was a huge and crucial reunion between Gerrad and Liverpool.
Joel Matip put the two teams back on level terms three minutes later still from a goal mouth tussle. Then things settle down thereafter with Liverpool bringing in captain Jordan Henderson to replace injured Fabinho in the first half. The reds gain majority possession as expected but the scoring chances were fewer.
Sadio Mané then scored a header in the 65th minute. It was the Senegalese's 15th league goal. Liverpool are now level with Manchester City at the top of the table (86 points).
Another tricky fixture for the current title holders Manchester city who travel to play Wolves this Wednesday May 11th. Nothing short of a win will keep Pep Guardiola's men happy and alive.