Skrtel's error costs Liverpool against City
Liverpool, England (Sports Network) - Martin Skrtel scored the opening goal for Liverpool against Manchester City on Sunday, but he also gifted City the equalizer 10 minutes from time in a 2-2 draw between the two sides at Anfield.
Skrtel scored on a thumping header from Steven Gerrard's corner kick in the 33rd minute to put Liverpool in front after Carlos Tevez hit the post for City earlier in the first half.
However, City leveled the match shortly after the hour mark when a cross from Tevez sailed over the head of goalkeeper Pepe Reina and deflected off of defender Martin Kelly, leaving Yaya Toure with an easy tap in from seven yards.
Liverpool's lead was restored three minutes later and it came from a brilliant free kick by Luis Suarez, who bent the ball around the wall and tucked it inside the right post from nearly 30 yards.
A win would have been a big result for the Reds after the club slumped to a 3-0 defeat against West Bromwich on the opening weekend of the season, but a poor backpass from Skrtel cost the club as Tevez cut the ball off and rounded Reina to finish off the gift.
Stoke City 0, Arsenal 0
Stoke-on-Trent, England - For the second successive week, Arsenal was held to a frustrating 0-0 draw, this time at Stoke City on Sunday.
A 0-0 home draw with Sunderland opened the campaign for the Gunners, and Arsene Wenger's side left the Britannia Stadium without a goal once more, despite dominating possession.
The loss of striker Robin van Persie to Manchester United was once again evident on Sunday, as the best chance that Arsenal was able to carve out in the first half came from a 25-yard effort from Santi Cazorla, which forced a good diving save from goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
New striker Olivier Giroud nearly scored a fantastic goal in the closing minutes as he tried to catch Begovic off his line with a long-range chip that skimmed the top of the crossbar.