DArsenal made a thrilling bid for the English Premier League title with victory over Liverpool and coach Jurgen Klopp. National footballer Kai Havertz’s side beat the leaders 3-1 (1-1) on Sunday to close the gap on the Reds to two points. Champions Manchester City can overtake both teams in the table with two games less. Manager Pep Guardiola’s side face relegation hopefuls Brentford on Monday (9pm CET on Sky).
Arsenal were clearly superior to Klopp’s side just before the break. However, despite the good chances, the Gunners failed to make it more than a 1-0 lead thanks to England striker Bukayo Saka (14th minute). Quite unexpectedly, shortly before the break, he equalized the score: Luis Diaz missed the hand of Arsenal defender Gabriel in the penalty area. After that, the ball rolled into the net and the score became 1:1 (45+3).
Defensive errors help Arsenal
After the break the match became more open. The hosts were then helped by a major misunderstanding between Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson and defense chief Virgil van Dijk: Gabriel Martinelli only needed to break into an empty net to take the lead again (67th).
In the closing stages, after Havertz was fouled, Liverpool not only had to accept the yellow-red card of former Bundesliga pro Ibrahima Konate (88th), but also had to make a decision. Leandro Trossard (90+2) sealed Klopp’s team’s second defeat of the season, scoring 3-1.
Record champions Manchester United are hoping to qualify for the European Cup after a clean sweep of rivals West Ham United 3-0 (1-0). Goals from Alejandro Garnacho (49/84) and Rasmus Hoylund (23) propelled the Red Devils ahead of West Ham into sixth place.
Former Champions League winners Chelsea are far from it. The Blues were defeated 2-4 (1-2) by Wolverhampton Wanderers. Former Hertha and Leipzig player Matheus Cunha scored three goals for the visitors. With 31 points, Chelsea is only eleventh in the table.
Source: Frantfurter Allgemeine
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