Liverpool v Man City
Lescott 33′ (og)
- FT 90 +4
- HT 1-1
Joleon Lescott's own goal cancelled out Vincent Kompany's effort as 10-man Manchester City restored their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
Mario Balotelli was sent off for two yellow cards in the space of 18 minutes after coming on as a substitute.
But City, who dropped points for the second time this term, held on to draw.
Liverpool's Wales forward Craig Bellamy was left out following the death of Gary Speed .
Reds manager Kenny Daglish took the decision to send the striker home.
He said: "It was best for us to make the decision for Craig. He was very close to Gary, who was a mentor to him, and he admired and looked up to him."
On Roberto Mancini's 47th birthday, City had the opportunity to take advantage of second-placed Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Saturday to move seven points clear at the top of the table.
They deserved their lead after Kompany headed in, only for Lescott to divert Charlie Adam's shot into his own net less than two minutes later.
But after Balotelli was shown a second yellow card with seven minutes left, City were grateful to cling on for a point.
Initially City coped well with Liverpool's high-tempo pressing game and Yaya Toure went close to giving the visitors an early lead when he thumped a shot just past the top corner after the Reds struggled to clear Samir Nasri's corner.
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Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina also had to be alert as he rushed out to get to Jose Enrique's weak back-pass ahead of Sergio Aguero.
Just after the half hour, the leaders were rewarded for their quiet authority when David Silva's corner picked out Kompany's near-post run and the ball glanced off the Belgian's shoulder and into the top corner.
Liverpool had still not managed an effort on target but their response was almost immediate and they drew level when Adam's shot, which looked like it was going well wide, deflected off Lescott and past Joe Hart.
The hosts continued to pile forward and Hart did well to turn away Adam's low drive with his foot before Glen Johnson curled wide from just outside the area.
City cut through once again when Aguero exchanged passes with Silva and his stabbed effort was blocked at the near post by Reina.
After the restart Nasri drove a cross-shot past Reina's post and at the other end Dirk Kuyt headed wide from Stewart Downing's cross.
When City failed to spot Adam taking a short corner to Daniel Agger, the Dane crossed for Downing and the former Middlesbrough man's strike was turned over the bar by Hart.
But after coming on as a substitute, Balotelli was shown a second yellow card after catching Martin Skrtel with an elbow, his third dismissal since joining from Inter Milan in the summer of 2010.
Man City thwarted
- Manchester City managed just one goal for the first time in the Premier League this season
- City only had seven shots on goal and their previous low for the season was 14 (against Villa and Newcastle)
As the hosts pressed for a winner, Hart turned Suarez's drive around the post before Silva had the chance to steal it for City after a quick breakaway.
Hart also pulled off a fine double save from Andy Carroll and Suarez deep in stoppage time.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish:
"Their keeper had a few good saves and that's what he's there for but we're delighted with the performance the boys put in, with fantastic attitude, commitment and determination and pride in playing for the football club.
"We've played both Manchester clubs here and we're disappointed only to have got one point from each, which is a mark of the improvement we've made.
"I suppose it's an unbeaten run but we don't count backwards, we look forwards and we're delighted with the way the team is playing because it's in its infancy."
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini:
"We showed strong character because it is very difficult to play here against Liverpool and also because we tried to win, we played well and only in the last 10 minutes we conceded three or four chances but Joe [Hart] saved well.
"For me the second one was not a yellow card [for Balotelli]. I don't think that the referee wanted to give a yellow card but the Liverpool players said something.
"We conceded two or three chances when we were down to 10 men but we had a good result."
- 25 Reina
- 02 Johnson
- 03 Jose Enrique
- 05 Agger
- 37 Skrtel
- 14 Henderson
- 19 Downing
- 21 Lucas
- 26 Adam
- 07 Suarez
- 18 Kuyt (Carroll - 84' Booked )
- 32 Doni
- 16 Coates
- 23 Carragher
- 34 Kelly
- 11 Maxi
- 20 Spearing
- 09 Carroll
- 25 Hart
- 02 Richards
- 04 Kompany Booked
- 06 Lescott
- 22 Clichy
- 07 Milner Booked
- 18 Barry Booked
- 19 Nasri (Balotelli - 65' Dismissed after an earlier booking )
- 21 Silva (K Toure - 90' )
- 42 Y Toure
- 16 Aguero (Dzeko - 82' )
- 30 Pantilimon
- 05 Zabaleta
- 28 K Toure
- 11 Johnson
- 34 De Jong
- 10 Dzeko
- 45 Balotelli
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.90:00 +2:20
Stewart Downing takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar. Luis Suarez has a drilled shot. Save made by Joe Hart.90:00 +2:07
Andy Carroll takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.90:00 +1:09
Centre by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Andy Carroll takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.90:00 +0:46
Jordan Henderson produces a cross, clearance by Vincent Kompany.89:07 Substitution
Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with Kolo Toure coming on for David Silva.89:07
Free kick taken by Joe Hart.89:07 Booking
Booking Andy Carroll shown a yellow card.89:03
Foul by Andy Carroll on Vincent Kompany, free kick awarded.88:47
David Silva takes a shot. Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.88:25
The ball is delivered by Jordan Henderson, James Milner manages to make a clearance.88:05
Corner from the right by-line taken by Charlie Adam, Gareth Barry makes a clearance.87:51
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.87:29
Stewart Downing crosses the ball, Gael Clichy manages to make a clearance.86:22
Glen Johnson delivers the ball, clearance by Joleon Lescott.85:51
Jose Reina takes the free kick.85:51 Booking
Booking James Milner goes into the referee's book.85:28
James Milner concedes a free kick for a foul on Sanchez Jose Enrique.83:54
Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.83:35 Substitution
Substitution (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Andy Carroll coming on for Dirk Kuyt.
Dismissal Red card for Mario Balotelli.82:04
Mario Balotelli challenges Martin Skrtel unfairly and gives away a free kick.81:21 Substitution
Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with Edin Dzeko coming on for Sergio Aguero.80:47
Sanchez Jose Enrique sends in a cross, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.80:15
Jordan Henderson sends in a cross, clearance made by Micah Richards.78:49
Dirk Kuyt fouled by Mario Balotelli, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.77:40
Jordan Henderson delivers the ball, Effort on goal by Stewart Downing from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.77:17
Foul by Gael Clichy on Dirk Kuyt, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.76:42
Martin Skrtel takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.76:00
Charlie Adam crosses the ball in from the free kick.76:00 Booking
Booking The referee shows Mario Balotelli a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.75:53
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mario Balotelli on Glen Johnson.75:02
Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.74:00
Dirk Kuyt delivers the ball, save by Joe Hart.73:10
Luis Suarez delivers the ball, Dirk Kuyt gets a block in.72:37
Corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, clearance by Gael Clichy.72:31
A cross is delivered by Glen Johnson, blocked by Gael Clichy.71:25
Vincent Kompany concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez. Direct free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.69:22
Leiva Lucas fouled by Sergio Aguero, the ref awards a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick.67:10
Foul by Mario Balotelli on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Leiva Lucas restarts play with the free kick.66:30
Corner from the right by-line taken by Charlie Adam, Daniel Agger produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.66:18
Effort from 18 yards by Stewart Downing. Save made by Joe Hart.65:57
Charlie Adam takes a short corner.65:14
The referee blows for offside against Stewart Downing. Free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.64:04
Joleon Lescott takes the direct free kick.64:04 Substitution
Substitution Mario Balotelli is brought on as a substitute for Samir Nasri.64:04
Foul by Jordan Henderson on Samir Nasri, free kick awarded.63:56
The ball is delivered by Stewart Downing, save by Joe Hart.63:15
The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.62:09
Short corner worked by Samir Nasri.59:45
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Charlie Adam, clearance made by Micah Richards.59:12
James Milner is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.58:33
Inswinging corner taken by David Silva from the right by-line, Jose Reina makes a save.58:21
The ball is sent over by Gael Clichy, clearance by Sanchez Jose Enrique.57:20
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Suarez on Gael Clichy. Joleon Lescott takes the direct free kick.56:50
Jordan Henderson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Joleon Lescott restarts play with the free kick.53:39
Sergio Aguero gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Agger. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.53:22
Luis Suarez sends in a cross, Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.52:51
Jordan Henderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Samir Nasri. Gareth Barry takes the free kick.52:06
Stewart Downing delivers the ball, Header by Dirk Kuyt from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.51:11
The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.50:19
Dirk Kuyt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry. David Silva takes the direct free kick.48:30
Shot from 25 yards by Charlie Adam. Micah Richards gets a block in.48:04
Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam, Gael Clichy makes a clearance.45:24
Shot from just outside the area by Samir Nasri misses to the right of the target.45:01
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.45:00 +1:26 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.45:00 +1:02
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.43:56
A cross is delivered by Samir Nasri, clearance made by Glen Johnson.43:25
Foul by Martin Skrtel on Sergio Aguero, free kick awarded. David Silva takes the direct free kick.42:30
Jordan Henderson has an effort at goal. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.40:58
Gnegneri Toure Yaya has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.39:25
Unfair challenge on James Milner by Stewart Downing results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Micah Richards.37:49
Glen Johnson has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.36:38
Corner taken by Charlie Adam from the left by-line, Shot from deep inside the area by Luis Suarez clears the bar.36:21
Shot by Charlie Adam from 25 yards. Joe Hart makes a brilliant save.34:26
Unfair challenge on Gareth Barry by Stewart Downing results in a free kick. Gareth Barry restarts play with the free kick.32:16
Charlie Adam takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.32:09
Assist on the goal came from Charlie Adam.32:09 Goal scored
Goal! - Joleon Lescott - Liverpool 1 - 1 Man City Joleon Lescott concedes an own goal. Liverpool 1-1 Man City.31:23
Direct free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.31:23 Booking
Booking Gareth Barry is booked.31:19
Leiva Lucas fouled by Gareth Barry, the ref awards a free kick.30:22
The assist for the goal came from David Silva.30:22 Goal scored
Goal! - Vincent Kompany - Liverpool 0 - 1 Man City Vincent Kompany finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Liverpool 0-1 Man City.29:59
Corner taken by David Silva from the right by-line played to the near post,29:04
Glen Johnson produces a cross.28:15
James Milner sends in a cross.27:52
The ball is sent over by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.27:37
Short corner worked by Charlie Adam.27:31
The ball is swung over by Charlie Adam, Gareth Barry manages to make a clearance.27:25
The ball is crossed by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.27:12
Micah Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stewart Downing. Leiva Lucas takes the free kick.26:59
Jordan Henderson crosses the ball, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.24:39
Luis Suarez fouled by Joleon Lescott, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Adam crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Micah Richards.24:02
David Silva has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.23:15
Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Adam on David Silva. David Silva delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Charlie Adam manages to make a clearance.22:52
The ball is crossed by David Silva, clearance by Sanchez Jose Enrique.22:04
Foul by Luis Suarez on Vincent Kompany, free kick awarded. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.21:29
The offside flag is raised against Sergio Aguero. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.17:38
A cross is delivered by Jordan Henderson, Joe Hart makes a comfortable save.16:09
Sanchez Jose Enrique delivers the ball, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.15:52
The ball is swung over by Charlie Adam, Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.12:49
Free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.12:49 Booking
Booking Vincent Kompany is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.12:43
Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez.11:16
A cross is delivered by Luis Suarez.9:37
Samir Nasri takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Charlie Adam.9:31
The ball is crossed by James Milner, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance.7:01
The referee gives a free kick against Samir Nasri for handball. Daniel Agger restarts play with the free kick.6:31
Unfair challenge on James Milner by Leiva Lucas results in a free kick. David Silva restarts play with the free kick.5:45
Effort on goal by Gnegneri Toure Yaya from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.5:20
Samir Nasri takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.5:15
Gael Clichy crosses the ball, clearance by Glen Johnson.0:00
The game gets underway.
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