28 Aug 2023

10-man Liverpool beat Newcastle, City on top

7:09 am on 28 August 2023
Darwin Nunez of Liverpool celebrates

Darwin Nunez of Liverpool celebrates Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Darwin Nunez came off the bench to score twice as Liverpool snatched a sensational 2-1 Premier League win over Newcastle United as the Reds bounced back from a straight red card in the first half for captain Virgil van Dijk.

Having picked up an early yellow card, Trent Alexander-Arnold gifted Newcastle the opener in the 25th minute when he mis-controlled the ball, allowing Anthony Gordon to run onto it and slot it past Alisson Becker.

Van Dijk was sent off just over two minutes later, with referee John Brooks showing him a straight red card for fouling Alexander Isak on the edge of the box, and Newcastle looked set to end a run of 13 Premier League games against Liverpool without a win.

The home side dominated possession but they failed to kill the game off, and in the 81st minute Nunez pulled them level before scoring an almost identical second in stoppage time to snatch the three points.

Manchester City moved to the top of the table with a 2-1 win at Sheffield United after Rodri scored an 88th-minute winner to secure their third win of the season.

With the scores level at 1-1 and the clock winding down, the ball came to Phil Foden in the United box and although the English midfielder had no control over it, Rodri stepped in to power a half-volley into the top corner.

Champions City continued their perfect start as they moved on to nine points, two ahead of West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Newcastle have three points.

Sheffield United are 17th in the standings without a point from three games.

Defender Matty Cash scored twice in the first half as Aston Villa won 3-1 at Burnley.

Villa are in seventh spot with six points, while Burnley have none.