Darwin Nunez’s Thursday started with probably good (only for him) news: Roberto Firmino has been injured and will be out for more than a week with a calf injury. Darwin was not an iron starter in the first part of the season, so an attack by a position competitor seemed to reflect favorably on his mentality.
However, Nunes again had an unsuccessful match. Holland plunged already in the 10th minute, so it was necessary to answer – the Uruguayan caught the opponent’s line of defense great and ran one-on-one with Ortega without getting offside.
In the first half, Nunez had one more moment – he punched at close range, but again unsuccessfully. And in the second half, he inexplicably missed another big moment. Here’s a cut of all of Darwin’s misses:
In 90 minutes, Darwin shot four times: none on target, three off target and one on a defender. However, there is also a positive moment – in the second half he ran away from Laporte and rolled Salah with an assist.
The score became equal (2:2), but after 10 minutes Ake scored the third goal and issued City a ticket to the 1/4 League Cup.