Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge Scoring with Edin Dzeko 'Injured' Was Right Call
The Premier League in England hosted just two matches on Sunday and Gareth Bale must have thought he had the day's best goal nailed on after his long range strike in the early fixture, where Spurs beat West Brom 1-0—but Liverpool and Manchester City served up a terrific game which saw four goals scored, three of them hugely impressive.
One of them caused a certain amount of rancour inside the stadium, but there was nothing warranted about the reaction from Manchester City.
City and Liverpool would both have been hoping for a full compliment of three points from the game as they aim for their respective objectives for the season, but the spoils were shared at full time after a late misjudgement from Pepe Reina gave Aguero the chance to equalise.
That goal came just six minutes after Steven Gerrard had volleyed Liverpool ahead with a goal from range.
Much earlier, in the first half, it was Edin Dzeko who showed good movement and anticipation to tap his team ahead from close range, and the striker was left injured on the ground in the build-up to Liverpool's equaliser.
City wanted a free kick awarded in the first instance and then for the ball to be put out of play so the Bosnian could get some treatment afterwards—but the referee ruled Daniel Agger's challenge was fair and the Reds maintained possession to give Daniel Sturridge the chance to rifle home the equalising goal at the Etihad.
Roberto Mancini was unhappy on the sideline, the home fans were apoplectic in the stands and the City players vented their frustrations toward the officials, but once the referee had deemed the challenge not a foul there was no reason for Liverpool to put the ball out.
Players staying down, often feigning injury after the most mild of challenges, is too frequently used as a way to prevent the opposition counter-attacking, and given there was no head injury to Dzeko there was quite obviously no reason to think the game should be stopped.
Indeed, once Sturridge had belted the ball hard and low past Joe Hart, the City striker was up on his feet so quickly, without any mobility problems whatsoever, that he was booked for the strength of his protestations to the assistant referee.
It is the responsibility and the decision of the referee whether to stop the game for a perceived injury, and any City fans thinking their team were wronged need to perhaps take another look at the situation.
Ultimately, City got a point from the game which they perhaps didn't deserve, after Liverpool played most of the match as the more adventurous and dangerous side. Daniel Sturridge played a big part in that, putting in a man of the match display, and his goal was just reward for his efforts.
And was perfectly legal, reasonable and, most importantly, well-finished.
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