LONDON, England – Liverpool defeated Newcastle United 2-1 in overtime to maintain their perfect record in the Premier League. Darwin Nunez scored twice in the span of 13 minutes to cap off an incredible comeback.
Following Anthony Gordon’s goal in the 25th minute, which he scored when Trent Alexander-Arnold erred, and the dismissal of Reds center-back Virgil van Dijk in the 28th for fouling Alexander Isak as the last defender, Newcastle took control of the game.
Ten Hag is happy with United’s recovery from its “horror start.”
Soon after the hosts took the lead, Alisson, the visiting goalkeeper, made an incredible save to divert Miguel Almiron’s thunderous shot against the woodwork. The Paraguayan attacker later struck a post in the second half, during which time Liverpool went 53 minutes without a shot on goal.
With nine minutes left, Nunez, who had entered the game four minutes earlier, took advantage of a Sven Botman deflection, raced inside the penalty area, and hammered a vicious, accurate low finish past Nick Pope and in off a post.
With three minutes of added time remaining, the game was settled after more implausible drama when Bruno Guimaraes conceded the ball, Mohamed Salah cleverly supplied Nunez behind Dan Burn, and the forward delivered another merciless finish last Pope.
Van Dijk protested that he had not fouled Isak in the incident that increased Liverpool’s anguish at falling behind and was incensed with referee John Brooks for issuing the Netherlands international the second red card of his Premier League career.
With his frantic sprints either side of pounces when his defender let a straightforward pass to slide under his foot and offer the former Everton player a clear path on goal, Gordon made Alexander-Arnold’s afternoon challenging.
Gordon was one of several Newcastle players who will regret wasted opportunities before Nunez’s arrival. Almiron also blasted his effort over the crossbar when he had plenty of room inside the penalty area, despite being clearly urged to continue challenging the banned Alexander-Arnold after the interval.
Without Alisson’s quick reactions, substitute Sean Longstaff’s backheel might have given Newcastle the lead again, and Eddie Howe’s team was denied penalties in the second half when Andrew Robertson stopped a shot with his back and Alexander Isak was pulled down.
Next Sunday, when Liverpool is back in action, they will visit an Aston Villa team that has won two straight games after falling to Newcastle by defeating Burnley earlier in the day.
Results of Newcastle and Liverpool
|Newcastle||1||0||1||Anthony Gordon (25)|
|Liverpool||0||2||2||Darwin Nunez (81, 90 +3)|