Football, Premier League

Aston Villa vs Liverpool: Late Duran double sees Villa in driving seat for top 4 spot

After starting the game as a substitute, Jhon Duran scored twice to help Aston Villa draw 3–3 with Liverpool, virtually guaranteeing them a spot in the Champions League the next year.

Villa had the worst possible start after Emiliano Martinez’s early own goal, but Youri Tielemans pulled them even, and midway through the first half, Cody Gakpo gave Liverpool the lead again. Early in the second quarter, Jarell Quansah scored a third.

Diego Carlos made a spectacular miss close to the goal line that would have tied the score, while Ollie Watkins also had a goal disallowed for offside. However, late in the game, Duran’s outstanding intervention changed the game and allowed Unai Emery’s team to salvage a draw.

Following the comeback, Villa would guarantee their fourth place if Tottenham’s Tuesday night match against Manchester City ended in a loss. In his last away game as manager of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp had an unexpected but spectacular ending.

On Sunday, May 19, the Premier League will conclude with all games starting at 11 p.m. In Jurgen Klopp’s farewell match, Liverpool hosts Wolves, while Aston Villa plays Crystal Palace.

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