Winner in Leeds (1-3), Manchester City took the opportunity to take second place in the Premier League from Newcastle. Erling Haaland scored twice.
After victories over Arsenal and Newcastle at the weekend, Manchester City had to come out on top to stay in touch in the title race, and that’s what the Citizen have done brilliantly. Despite some scares at the end of the match, Pep Guardiola’s men delivered a successful match where the score could have been much more severe with a better finish. They take second place in the Premier League from Newcastle.
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The match: 1-3 In a one-sided first half, Manchester City searched for the fault for a long time, without success. Imprecise in the last gesture, De Bruyne (7th), Gundogan (20th, 35th) or Grealish (32nd, 40th, 42nd), were all three omnipresent in the game and hurt the opposing defenders very badly. The score was released just before the break. On a fine counter-attack from De Bruyne, Rodri finds Mahrez who stumbles on goalkeeper Illan Meslier, Rodri recovers and pushes the ball into the back of the net.
After the break, Haaland scored two new goals on two assists from Grealish (51st, 64th) bringing his total to 20 goals in the Championship this season. Led to the score and pushed by his supporters, Leeds wake up and finally manage to enter the opposing area. In the 73rd minute, Struijk reduced the header from a Greenwood corner. Then, despite some scares, the Citizen defense remained solid. Manchester City regains its position as runner-up to Arsenal.
Author of a double, Erling Haaland allowed Manchester City to win in Leeds (1-3). (Reuters)
The player: Erling Haaland, again The Norwegian did not lose the rhythm during the World Cup which he observed from his sofa. Author of his 19th and 20th goals in the Premier League in 14 matches, the Citizen is already at 26 goals in all competitions. For his return to his hometown – his father played with Leeds when he was born – the Citizen has long come up against Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier (1st, 31st, 78th), author of a very good match and who saved his team from shipwreck.
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It was before the break that he finally found the fault. Grealish intercepts a dangerous side pass from Cooper before fixing the French goalkeeper of the Whites and offering the goal to Haaland, who concludes in the empty goal (51st). It was again on a decisive pass from Grealish that the former Dortmund striker crucified Leeds by scoring the 3rd goal (64th).