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John Stones Couldn't Believe How Close Liverpool Came To Scoring Against Manchester City

Manchester City players analyse a replay of what would have been a comical own goal against Liverpool
Manchester City players analyse a replay of what would have been a comical own goal against Liverpool

It was a match which had everything.

Manchester City's 2-1 win over Liverpool on Thursday is already being talked about as the game of the season and it could have a massive impact on the title race.

One of the game's biggest talking points was when Liverpool almost forced the ball into the City net for what would have been a farcical own goal. The ball looked to be crossing the line but the video replays showed the ball had not completely crossed the line - 11mm short to be exact.

Such was the frenetic nature of the goalmouth scramble which preceded the scrape, the City players were keen to watch the incident back on video. Today, the club's Twitter account posted John Stones' reaction as he saw how close Liverpool came to scoring at the Etihad Stadium.

Sadio Mane looked like he was going to score but the shot hit the post. Stones' clearance only found his goalkeeper Ederson and with the ball heading for the goal, Stones managed to get back with an unbelievable clearance.

Stones and Ederson watched back his clearance and saw just how close the pair came to scoring an own goal.

"Hadouken" exclaimed a relieved Stones after seeing the video, a phrase from a special move on the video game Street Fighter.

Stones was interviewed about the incident on Sky Sports: "I tried to just take everything, to be honest. I'm glad I reacted quite quickly, and I've heard it's quite tight. I'm happy it just didn't go over the line, to be honest. I tried to take Ederson and the ball, but it deflected off him. I just had to react quickly, and I think those sorts of things can change games."

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