A day without too many surprises ended with a bitter outcome for Emiliano Martinez. To your team, astonvillethe victory he was getting against at Anfield Liverpool. The draw 1 to 1, in a match corresponding to the penultimate date of Premier Leagueleft the Birmingham side out of the qualifying positions for the next edition of the european championshipbut with the possibility of entering the Conference League.
In their 35th game this season in the English league (they only missed the two games after the World Cup in Qatar), The 30-year-old from Mar del Plata spent 80 minutes without having to rollthough at the time he showed his usual solidity in summoning every cross that fell in his area.
If the goalkeeper of the Argentina national team had little work in almost the entire duel because Liverpool, coming to this engagement on the strength of a seven-game winning streak in the domestic tournament, he showed a rather fuzzy version and only reacted when defeat seemed certain.
The team led by the Basque Unai Emerywho had beaten Tottenham 2-1 in his last performance, took advantage of his rival’s pallor, especially in the first half, in which he took the lead on the scoreboard after 27 minutes with a goal from Jacob Ramsey, after a cross from the right by the Brazilian Douglas Luiz. Some time earlier, their striker Ollie Watkins had missed a penalty.
In the complement, the local, without Jürgen Klopp on the bench (The manager was suspended for two games for questioning referee Paul Tierney’s integrity following his side’s win over Tottenham on April 30), he was a little more enthusiastic but had difficulty converting that momentum in good plays and risk maneuvers .
only in the last few minutes the alarm went off at Anfield and Liverpool threw everything at Martínez’s goal (he had already received a yellow card for late play). In one of those attacks, matched with a goal from Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian said goodbye in the best way to the stadium where he has shone in the last eight seasons: his club has already announced that he will let him leave when the season ends and his contract expires.
With this draw, Aston Villa who had Emiliano Buendia in the field the last 25 minutes, reached 58 points and he jumped up to seventh by replacing Tottenhamwho had previously lost 3-1 to Brentford and was left with 57. Although Brighton & Hove Albion also collects 58 units, has two fewer parties: the set of Alexis McAllister They will receive relegated Southampton on Sunday and face leaders Manchester City in a duel on Wednesday ahead of matchday 32.
Therefore, definitely the sixth place, which gives passage to the Europa Leagueand the seventh, which delivers a ticket to the Conference League, will settle on the last date of the tournament between Aston Villa, who will host Brighton & Hove, and Tottenham, who will visit Leeds United.
For their part, Liverpool, who have 66 points, have already secured a place in the Europa League and retain a tiny chance of snatching fourth place from Manchester United (69) and thus accessing the Champions League. To do this, they will have to beat Southampton next weekend and hope that the red devils lose the two remaining games: Thursday against Chelsea (waiting for matchday 32) and Sunday against Fulham.
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