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“A game of goals” – The Internet reacts to a wild 2-2 draw between Man City and West Ham

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 17:08, 15 May 2022

In a dynamic and delirious afternoon, Manchester City were held to a 2-2 draw by West Ham to tighten up the title race.

City are four points clear of Livepool with just one game left to play, but the Reds have two games in-hand so anything less than a win on the final day could let the Reds in. But for a long time at The London Stadium it looked like things would swing Liverpool’s way as West Ham took an early lead thanks to Jarrod Bowen.

Aymeric Laporte’s defending was particularly risible for the goal, as he played Bowen onside.

West Ham’s 1-0 lead already had Matthew Stanger thing about a potential final day shoot-out for the title.

 

Meanwhile Jarrod Bowen’s goal drew him level with West Ham legend Paulo Di Canio:


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Right at the end of the first-half, things got worse for City and better for Liverpool:

Daniel Storey was less than impressed by City’s defensive efforts:

The nature of the goal, with Antonio controlling a long pass before sending Bowen through with a lovely flick, delighted Michael Cox.

Amid Bowen being linked with Liverpool, the nature of his second goal made some people recall Mohamed Salah:

 

While Gary Lineker recalled Sir Alex Ferguson:

Others cracked jokes about Pep:

While West Ham fans could already sense that their side had peaked:

Aaron West was not impressed with Jack Grealish’s first-half:

Pep Guardiola would not have felt confident about his side turning it around:

Michael Caley lamented the absence of defensive anchor and “free safety” Kyle Walker.

While Ian Wright championed Jarrod Bowen:

Miguel Delaney was loving the drama-filled nature of the title race:

And Ryan Catanese tried to “reassure” City fans that a loss wouldn’t see Liverpool win the title on goal difference.

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler got his hopes up…



Minutes into the first-half, a stunning strike from Jack Grealish after a lovely Rodri knock-down dragged Manchester City back into the game, his first away Premier League goal for City:

Aaron West tried to style it out given his earlier criticism:

Zito Madu was surprised by the identity of the goalscorer:

Others loved Grealish’s fighting spirit:

While others wanted Pep to use Rodri as a target man again:

Pep Guardiola chanelled his inner-Wong, trying to make sure this isn’t the universe where City choke the title away.

As City took control of the game, Review Football had eyes on the quality on their bench.

That quality eventually told and a brilliant free-kick from Riyad Mahrez forced an own goal from Vladimir Coufal, and Barney Ronay made the predictable (but nevertheless amusing) joke:

Poor Coufal scored his first Premier League goal in the wrong net:

Carl Anka focused on West Ham not “double-tapping” City to finish them off when they had them down.

A lovely moment punctuating all the drama as Mark Noble came on for his last ever home appearance:

Former West Ham loanee Jesse Lingard took to Twitter to honour Noble:

Following a West Ham miss, Zito noted that Bowen was much more sloppy in this half (but did so in typical Zito style):

Pep Guardiola didn’t make a single substitute for the entire game:

Craig Dawson then brought down Gabriel Jesus in the area, but initially the referee didn’t give anything.

Top Trevor, however, sensed that Riyad Mahrez wouldn’t convert the spot-kick and give City the win:

And of course, he didn’t.

Legendary director and Liverpool fan Asif Kapadia was very happy:

Nubaid Haroon got a bit hyped for Lukasz Fabianski:

Tom Marshall-Bailey couldn’t figure out why Mahrez took the spot-kick ahead of Kevin De Bruyne:

Review Football agreed:

Others noted Liverpool’s penalty luck this weekend after their FA Cup final win on spot-kicks:

Everyone’s favourite funny man Tosin made his typically sharp joke, while also layering in some set-up:

Then delivering the punch-line:

Poor Pep Guardiola looked crestfallen on the bench:

As the game drew to a close, Gary Lineker simply exalted the magnificent entertainment on offer from this season:

The final whistle blew at 2-2, officially making this Manchester City’s best Premier League comeback under Pep Guardiola.

The final word can go to Michail Antonio who, pre-match, correctly predicted how the game would go. “A game of goals,” he said.

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