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Manchester City Ties 2-2 at Liverpool in League, Arsenal Draws

Defending champion Manchester City twice recovered from being a goal behind to tie 2-2 at Liverpool in English soccer’s Premier League yesterday. Stoke City and Arsenal had a scoreless draw.

Martin Skrtel and Luis Suarez scored for Liverpool, with Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez getting goals for the visitors at Anfield, a stadium where City has not won in the league since May 2003.

“We had a good performance, we played well,” City manager Roberto Mancini told Sky Sports. “When you don’t win you’re always disappointed, but it’s always hard to play at Anfield.”

Chelsea, the only team to have played three matches, tops the standings with nine points, while Swansea and Everton have six points from two games. West Bromwich Albion and City follow with four points, Stoke and Arsenal are 11th and 12th with two points, with Liverpool in 16th after its first point.

Liverpool suffered an early injury blow, with Lucas pulling a muscle after four minutes. Jonjo Shelvey replaced the Brazilian in midfield.

The home team had an opportunity to take the lead on 18 minutes. Raheem Sterling, a 17-year-old winger making his first league start, crossed toward Fabio Borini, who struck his shot just past the post.

A minute later, City came even closer when Tevez slipped a shot past goalkeeper Pepe Reina only for the ball to roll along the line before hitting the far post. Reina recovered to gather.

Balotelli Chance

Liverpool continued to hold most of the possession, although City should have done better on a breakaway after 32 minutes when Mario Balotelli fired high over the bar when he had teammates in support.

Almost immediately at the other end of the field a Steven Gerrard cross was almost deflected into his own net by City captain Vincent Kompany.

From the resulting corner, Skrtel made a late burst into the penalty area to power a header past Joe Hart.

City introduced Jack Rodwell and Edin Dzeko for Samir Nasri and Balotelli early in the second half and was level on 63 minutes. Tevez battled his way into the area and hit a cross that Reina failed to gather. The ball then hit defender Martin Kelly and dropped for Toure to score.

Parity lasted for three minutes before Suarez curled a 30- yard (27 meter) free kick around the defensive wall and into the bottom corner of the net.

Skrtel’s Error

City earned a point with 10 minutes remaining following a back pass by Skrtel that was intercepted by Tevez. The striker took the ball around Reina to slide in his 100th goal for English clubs.

City has trailed at some point during all three of its matches this season. Unlike the 3-2 victories against Chelsea in the Community Shield and Southampton in the league, it was unable to secure a winning goal yesterday.

“Sometimes the best team can’t always win but if you don’t win it’s important you don’t lose,” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers told reporters.

At the Britannia Stadium, Arsenal had its second straight scoreless draw. The Gunners and Stoke, which has also tied both of its games this season, struggled to create chances.

“We lost two points again,” Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta told Sky Sports.

Arsenal, which was rarely troubled in defense, has yet to score since the sale of Robin van Persie, who led the league with 30 goals last season.

Arsenal Chances

Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski, two of Arsenal’s new attacking signings, started. Giroud had his best effort from a long-range lob after 89 minutes that just cleared the crossbar.

Podolski had an effort early in the game blocked by Andy Wilkinson, while Santi Cazorla tested goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from 25 yards. Abou Diaby failed to score from close range.

Stoke, the lowest-scoring team in the league last season, had a goal ruled out for offside on six minutes when Jonathan Walters put the ball into the net. Walters also had a late opportunity that he failed to convert.

Two days ago, Chelsea defeated Newcastle 2-0, Everton won 3-1 at Aston Villa, Swansea beat West Ham 3-0, and Manchester United won 3-2 against Fulham.

Wigan beat Southampton 2-0, Tottenham tied 1-1 against West Brom, while Norwich and Queens Park Rangers drew 1-1. The match between Sunderland and Reading was postponed.

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