LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Charlie Adam of Liverpool is challenged by David Silva of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on November 27, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Premier League 2011, Week 13: Joe Hart Rescues Point For Manchester City Against Liverpool

Vincent Kompany put the league leaders ahead at Anfield with a brilliant header, but a terrible own goal gave the Reds a draw. Mario Balotelli was sent off late, but Joe Hart stopped every shot of a Liverpool onslaught.

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Liverpool Vs. Manchester City, 2011 Premier League: Full Time, Citizens Squeak Out A Point

Manchester City are still unbeaten in the Premier League, but only by the very slimmest of margins. Joe Hart was the clear man of the match for his side against Liverpool, as they survived a late onslaught to clinch a point in a 1-1 draw. Liverpool's one goal was a completely unsavable own goal by Joleon Lescott as Joe Hart was absolutely flawless, making a number of world-class saves.

City scored the opening goal in the 31st minute, with Vincent Kompany scoring on a brilliant header. David Silva delivered the set piece into the box for Kompany, who did well to rise above Dirk Kuyt and place a header into the back of the net at the far post.

Their lead did not last long, as Lescott gifted Liverpool an equalizer. On a shot by Charlie Adam that was either going just wide of the post or going to be easily saved by Hart, Lescott stuck out his foot and deflected the ball into the back of the net, just 90 seconds after City had taken the lead. Both teams continued to attack throughout the first half, but went into halftime without any further scoring.

While the first half was very even, Liverpool were the better side for almost the entirety of the second half. Shots were even with possession leaning towards City in the first half, but Liverpool finished the match with 10 more shots on the game and a majority of the possession. The Reds managed six shots on target, all of which were saved by Hart.

Sensing he needed a more athletic player in the game against a fast and physical Liverpool side, Roberto Mancini brought on Mario Balotelli for Samir Nasri in the 65th minute. It took very little time for that move to backfire, as it was the childish and immature Balotelli that showed up on the day. He picked up his first booking for pulling down Glen Johnson in the 77th minute, then was sent off for a forearm into the face of Martin Skrtel in the 83rd minute. It was an absolutely shocking performance, but at the same time, hardly out of the ordinary.

With 10 men for the remainder of the match, City faced an absolute onslaught from Liverpool as they pumped crosses and shots into the box, over and over again for the final 10 minutes of the match. Having already made a number of solid saves earlier on, Joe Hart saved his best work for last, making an absolutely stunning save on Andy Carroll in the third minute of stoppage time, then saving Luis Suarez's attempt on the rebound less than five seconds later to preserve a point for his side.


Liverpool Vs. Manchester City, 2011 Premier League Week 13: City Look to Extend Their Lead

Premier League leaders Manchester City travel to Anfield hoping to extend their lead over their rivals.


Manchester United Vs. Newcastle United, 2011 Premier League: Tim Krul, Linesman Deny Home Win

Newcastle United may have had their unbeaten start to the season ended by Manchester City, but the Magpies weren't about to let that get them down against old friends Manchester United. After a controversial match at Old Trafford, the visitors emerged with a 1-1 draw and a point, and United weren't very happy about it.

It's not difficult to understand why - the hosts were ahead and in control of the match when Rio Ferdinand dispossessed Hatem Ben Arfa with what seemed like an entirely fair sliding challenge, but referee Mike Jones, on the advice of the linesman, pointed to the spot and Demba Ba was able to convert, cancelling out Javier Hernandez's rather fortuitious opening goal.

There was more drama to come as Jonas Gutierrez found himself sent off for a rash challenge on Nani, and United would subject their guests to a late onslaught. Tim Krul was called into action on several occasions in the last few minutes and Danny Simpson was forced into a goalline clearance before the hosts regained the lead only to find the goal ruled out thanks to offside. There wasn't enough time to score for real, and at the final whistle several frustrated red shirts surrounded Jones demanding an explanation for the draw. Dropping two points means that Manchester City are now four clear at the top of the table, with the chance to make that seven when they play against Liverpool on Sunday.

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