Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Defoe Defies Liverpool While City Close the Gap

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Defoe Defies Liverpool While City Close the Gap

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JERMAIN Defoe denied Liverpool a fifth successive Premier League victory with a penalty double as Sadio Mane went from hero to villain at Sunderland.

The Senegal international, playing his final game before heading off on African Nations Cup duty, looked to have won the game 18 minutes from time after Defoe had cancelled out Daniel Sturridge's opener from the spot.

However, his handball with five minutes left on the clock handed Defoe the opportunity to score his 11th goal of the season, and he obliged nervelessly to secure a 2-2 draw at the Stadium of Light.

Liverpool stay second in the table but Manchester City are now just two points behind them after they won on Monday.

Pep Guardiola's team overcame another Fernandinho red card to beat Burnley 2-1 with goals from Gael Clichy and substitute Sergio Aguero.

City had to play almost two thirds of a fractious encounter at the Etihad Stadium with 10 men after Fernandinho was dismissed for a third time in six games after a two-footed tackle. …

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