Premier League: Casemiro scored a dramatic late equaliser for Manchester United at Chelsea on Saturday as Erik ten Hag’s men retained their 5th spot on the league table after Liverpool were stunned by Nottingham Forest.
Casemiro netted a late equaliser for United at Chelsea (Reuters Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Struggling Nottingham Forest pulled off a stunning 1-0 win over Liverpool to claim only their second victory of the season in the Premier League on Saturday while Manchester City enjoyed a comfortable home win.
Meanwhile, Manchester United, who took a trip to Chelsea without sanctioned Cristiano Ronaldo, managed to deny the Blues a victory after Casemiro scored a late equaliser. It was the first goal for the Old Trafford club for Casemiro as he headed one in stoppage time.
It was a dramatic end to a scrappy match at Stamford Bridge as Manchester United rescued a point after Scott McTominay conceded a penalty with 6 minutes left on the clock by dragging Chelsea substitute Broja to the ground. Jorginho stepped up for the penalty and gave Chelsea the lead before Casemiro pulled off the late equaliser.
The hard-fought contest also saw Raphael Varane leave the field in tears after picking up an injury that could put his participation in next month’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar in doubt.
The 1-1 draw meant Chelsea retained their place in the top 4 while United held on to their 5th spot on the league table.
NOTTINGHAM STUN LIVERPOOL
Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi got the only goal of the game in Nottingham in the second half when he followed up his own shot to score from close range, coming back to haunt Liverpool after joining the club in 2015 but never playing a competitive game for them.
Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson made an impressive save deep in added time to keep out a header from Virgil van Dijk, securing his side’s first win since they beat West Ham United on Aug. 14, while Liverpool sank to a third defeat of the season.
The result brought Liverpool back down to earth after last week’s 1-0 win over Manchester City and another 1-0 success over West Ham in midweek and underlined Juergen Klopp’s side’s struggles away from home this season, with only two points from five matches on their travels.
“Massive, massive blow because I have no idea how we can lose this game to be honest,” Klopp said.
“The performance I can kind of explain, the result not. We had to put the game to bed to be perfectly honest.”
Forest coach Steve Cooper said: “This is a big win but only a win. We’ve got to build on that and carry on. To win a game against someone like Liverpool, you need to have very good moments at both ends. We’ve done that today.”
Liverpool are seventh in the standings on 16 points after 11 matches, 11 behind leaders Arsenal, who visit Southampton on Sunday.
CITY BEAT BRIGHTON
Champions City reduced the gap with Arsenal to one point as two goals from Erling Haaland and one from Kevin De Bruyne secured a 3-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.
Haaland used his strength to win a physical battle with Brighton’s Adam Webster and score the opening goal, then converted from the penalty spot for the second.
Brighton, who had a courageous game plan and pressed City deep in their own half, pulled back a goal through Leandro Trossard before De Bruyne made sure of the three points.