Mohamed Salah scored a goal and made another to lead his Liverpool team to a 2-2 draw with Fulham during the match that brought them together today, Saturday, in the first round of the English Premier League.
Fulham advanced with a goal scored by Alexander Mitrovic in the 33rd minute, and Liverpool equalized through Daron Nunez in the 64th minute, then Mitrovic scored the second goal for him and Fulham in the 72nd minute from a penalty kick, before Mohamed Salah scored the equalizer for Liverpool in the 80th minute.
This is the sixth time in a row that Salah scored a goal in the opening match of Liverpool in the English Premier League.
Each team scored its first point in the league this season.
The start of the match came at a mediocre level, and, contrary to what was expected, Fulham launched successive attacks on the Liverpool goal, but it did not pose a real danger to the Liverpool goal, which started the match quietly to absorb the enthusiasm of the opposing team’s players.
Over time, Liverpool entered the atmosphere of the match and imposed its control over the course of the meeting, and Fulham exchanged attacks, but without creating a real danger.
Play remained confined to the center of the field until the 15th minute, in which Liverpool scored a goal that was canceled by the referee when Andrew Robertson received a through ball to be unique to Marek Rodak, Fulham goalkeeper, and hit a powerful ball that was blocked by the goalkeeper and bounced back to Luis Diaz inside the penalty area to hit a wonderful ball into the goal, But the referee canceled the goal due to Robertson’s offside.
After that opportunity, the Fulham team continued its strong performance and control of the match and launched attacks, but without a real threat to Liverpool’s goal, which did not have a noticeable offensive presence in the first half hour of the meeting.
Although there were attempts by both teams, the danger completely disappeared and the play was confined to the midfield.
And in the 33rd minute, Fulham scored the goal of the advance when Kenny Titi crossed from the right side into the Liverpool penalty area, Alexander Mitrovic rose to it and met it with a header into the goal.
After the goal, Liverpool intensified its offensive attempts in search of a equalizer, while the Fulham team retreated a little to its midfield to maintain its lead.
Liverpool almost equalized in the 39th minute when Luis Diaz received the ball inside the Fulham penalty area from the left side to hit a powerful ball, but his ball hit the crossbar.
Liverpool’s attacking attempts continued, but they did not produce anything, so the referee blew the whistle at the end of the first half, with Fulham advancing with a clean goal.
With the beginning of the second half, the Liverpool team intensified its offensive attempts in search of a equalizer, on the other hand, the Fulham team retreated to its midfield and relied on narrowing the spaces with counter-attacks.
However, the first minutes of this half did not witness any danger to the two goals, so play was limited to the midfield until the 57th minute, which almost witnessed Fulham scoring the second goal, when Kenny Titi hit a powerful ball from the edge of the Liverpool penalty area from the right side, but his ball hit the right post. For goalkeeper Alison Becker.
Liverpool almost equalized the result in the 61st minute when Mohamed Salah passed a cross from the right side, which Darwin Nunez met with a backheel shot, but goalkeeper Marek Rodak starred and saved it.
And in the 64th minute, Liverpool scored the equalizing goal when Salah fired the ball from the right side and passed a ground cross, which Nunez met with a back-heeled shot into the goal.
Liverpool almost scored the second goal in the 67th minute when Nunez received the ball inside the penalty area on the left side and hit the ball the moment the goalkeeper came out of his line, but Tim Reem, the defender of Fulham, pushed it away in front of the goal.
After the goal, Liverpool imposed control over the course of the meeting and continued its offensive attempts in search of a second goal, on the other hand, the Fulham team retreated to its midfield to absorb the enthusiasm of the Liverpool players while relying on counter-attacks.
In the 70th minute, contrary to the course of the game, the referee awarded a penalty to Fulham after Virgil van Dijk blocked Alexander Mitrovic inside the penalty area, and Mitrovic Jah scored the second goal for Fulham in the 72nd minute.
Liverpool’s attacking attempts continued in search of a match in the midst of a strong and organized defense by the Fulham players.
Liverpool’s attacks resulted in adjusting the result in the 80th minute when a long ball was played behind the defenders of Fulham to be touched by Tim Reem with his head before hitting Nunez’s foot the moment the goalkeeper came out of his net to reach Mohamed Salah, who easily put it into the goal.
Jordan Henderson almost scored the winning goal for Liverpool in the fourth minute of overtime for the match when he hit a powerful ball from outside the penalty area, but his ball hit the crossbar.
The remaining time of the second half passed without anything new, before the referee blew the whistle at the end of the match, imposing a 2-2 tie between the two teams.
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