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Cash-rich Man City fail to breach Anfield fortress

Liverpool put the brakes on Manchester City's title challenge by holding the Premier League leaders to a 1-1 draw on Sunday when the death of Wales manager Gary Speed overshadowed everything that happened on the field.

sports Updated: Nov 29, 2011 01:52 IST

Liverpool put the brakes on Manchester City's title challenge by holding the Premier League leaders to a 1-1 draw on Sunday when the death of Wales manager Gary Speed overshadowed everything that happened on the field.

Speed, 42, was found hanged at his home after apparently committing suicide.

The first goal of the day came at Anfield where City, who finished the match with 10 men after substitute Mario Balotelli was sent off, took the lead in the 31st minute with a Vincent Kompany header.

Liverpool equalised two minutes later when Joleon Lescott deflected a Charlie Adam shot past goalkeeper Joe Hart.

The England keeper had an outstanding match for City and made some superb saves to keep them in the game especially when they were down to 10 men.

Balotelli, who came on in the 65th minute for Samir Nasri, was booked twice in his brief appearance, first for pulling back Glen Johnson, then for appearing to lead with his elbow when he challenged Martin Skrtel for a high ball seven minutes from time. Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish withdrew Craig Bellamy from his squad, explaining the Welsh forward was too grief-stricken after learning of Speed's death.

"It was best for me to make the decision for Craig," Dalglish told Sky Sports. "He was very close to Gary who was almost a mentor to him, someone he admired and looked up to, and he was upset. "There's no way a game of football is more important than grief."

Dalglish was pleased his side became only the second this season to take league points off City who remain unbeaten having won 11 and drawn two of their 13 games. City, on 35 points, stayed five clear of Manchester United, with Tottenham Hotspur third on 28.