LONDON: Roberto Firmino’s late equaliser gave Liverpool a point in a 2-2 draw with Premier League leaders Arsenal, although it could and should have been more based on the underlying numbers.
The Reds had to battle back from 2-0 down inside half an hour, with Gabriel Martinelli scoring early before turning provider as Gabriel Jesus headed in his lofted cross shortly after.
Mohamed Salah’s goal came at a crucial time just before the break, and the Liverpool forward missed the opportunity to grab his second as he sent his penalty wide in the 52nd minute.
Liverpool pushed yet had to be aware of the Arsenal counter attack, but Aaron Ramsdale was the away side’s hero with some super stops as the game approached full-time.
His remarkable fingertip save denied a deflected Salah shot in the final minutes, following it up with an incredible stop to deny Ibrahima Konaté from close range just moments later.
City host Arsenal in a huge midweek game on April 26, after which there are five more Premier League games to play.
Palace hit Leeds for five
Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace revolution continued as Leeds were humiliated in front of their own supporters in a 5-1 hammering at Elland Road.
The home side dominated the early chances but a defensive capitulation let Palace run away with the contest, with free-flowing attacks allowing the visitors’ confidence to grow.
Patrick Bamford capitalised from a set-piece situation in the first-half, but the hosts couldn’t deal with free-kicks or corners into their own box, which saw Marc Guehi strike from close range before the break.
The visitors started the second on the front foot and fully deserved their advantage through Jordan Ayew, followed by Eberechi Eze finishing off a delightful attacking move minutes later.
Odsonne Édouard made it four, and with the hosts looking as if they’re accepted the result was well beyond them, Ayew grabbed his second in the latter stages after connecting with a deflected through ball.
It was another remarkable attacking display in their second game following Hodgson’s appointment. It follows their win at home to Leicester which delivered 31 shots and 2.84 xG.
They also limited Leeds to just one effort in the second-half, with the Foxes allowed just three across 90 minutes last time out.