Fans in New York were treated to a great night of soccer as Manchester City and Liverpool finished the regulation 90 minutes tied before Liverpool won in a penalty shootout.
Despite City dominating play for the first half and the majority of the second, Liverpool clawed their way back from down 2-1 to get the equalizer in the 85th minute from Raheem Sterling, leading to the shootout.
Neither side started off the shootout very well, with both sides missing their first shots. Yaya Toure missed City’s second shot, while Emre Can netted his to take the lead. Jesus Navas’ attempt from the spot was saved by Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet, and Jordan Henderson gave Liverpool a commanding 2-0 lead.
Despite Kelechi Iheanacho calmly getting City on the board, Liverpool ended the contest with Lucas giving the reds and insurmountable lead.
It was City who controlled the game, who finished with 28 shots to Liverpool’s 15. However, the reigning champions of England could not break through in the first half, heading into the locker room tied at 0-0.
The second half started much of the same, with City getting down the wings with Navas and fullbacks Aleksander Kolarov and Gael Clichy, the trio whipping in crosses left and right. A Navas cross in the 53rd minute led to the opening goal, as Steven Gerrard’s failed clearance set up Stevan Jovetic for the opener.
However, against the run of play, Liverpool leveled things up, Jordan Henderson collecting a loose ball and putting it past Joe Hart. After a handful more of chances for City, Jovetic once again put the ball into the back of the net, again on the favorable side of a deflection before poking the ball past Mignolet.
Liverpool turned the tide back into their favor over the final 20 minutes leading up to Sterling equalizer and the subsequent shootout.