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Aleksandar Mitrovic Nets Twice as Fulham Hold Liverpool to 2-2 Draw

Aleksandar Mitrovic’s brace of targets was cancelled out by strikes from Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah as newly promoted Fulham held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw within the sides’ opening sport of the Premier League season at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

The house facet took the lead on 32 minutes after they broke down the proper, and Kenny Tete’s cross was met by the bustling Mitrovic, who out-jumped Trent Alexander-Arnold on the far submit to head house.

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Luis Diaz got here shut to levelling a couple of minutes later, flashing a shot throughout the face of the aim, however the ball bounced again off the far submit as final season’s runners-up struggled to cope with Fulham’s physicality within the opening 45 minutes.

Fulham virtually doubled their benefit within the 57th minute as the ball was labored out to the proper and Neeskens Kebano unleashed a thunderous shot that smacked off the far submit.

Tipped to be among the many title challengers once more this yr, Liverpool’s fortunes turned with the introduction of latest signing Nunez within the second half, and the Uruguayan wasted no time in exhibiting why Liverpool paid Benfica an preliminary €75 million for his providers.

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Nunez tried to tee up his strike companions shortly after approaching earlier than levelling with a superb flicked end simply after the hour mark.

Despite having barely threatened after the break, Fulham had been quickly again in entrance as Mitrovic, who scored 43 targets in 44 Championship video games final season, was tripped within the field by Virgil van Dijk, and the striker stepped up to stroke house from the penalty spot to make it 2-1.

However, Liverpool refused to capitulate and Salah put them degree once more, poking house from shut vary. Jordan Henderson virtually grabbed all three factors for the guests with a stoppage-time strike however his shot got here again off the crossbar.

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