A whole half with a goal advantage but with one man less. Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds held out at the Etihad Stadium until the last minute: they took the lead in the first half thanks to a goal with their only shot on goal in 45 minutes and stopped the best attack in the Premier League throughout the second half. Manchester City, who still drew through Ferran Torres with their ninth goal this season, were emphatically seeking victory and fell prey to their own anxiety. In discount time, Dallas culminated a perfect counterattack and delivered the final 1-2 when no one could imagine it. Leeds took all three points from the Etihad Stadium and climbed to ninth in the league.
In the middle of the week of Champions League matches, there was no doubt on the part of Pep Guardiola when it came to rotating his squad. For this reason, Manchester City presented nine changes with respect to the line-up that played against Borussia Dortmund, thus leaving a dream bench with people like De Bruyne, Gündogan, Mahrez, Foden, Rodrigo or Ruben Dias. In addition, neither Agüero nor Laporte entered the call for physical discomfort.
Stuart Dallas made it 0-1 for Leeds, who however received some bad news before the break. A very tough entry by Cooper on Gabriel Jesus ended with the visiting center expelled by a direct red and with Bielsa desperate on the touchline, imagining a plan with which to put up with Guardiola’s men. The entire second half was a Manchester City monologue with the ten Leeds players behind the ball defending the result in favor. This led to unusual scenes such as Stones carrying the ball to the front of the area, Mendy playing as a winger and Sterling or Gabriel Jesus hovering around Meslier’s goal.
It was like this one play after another, closer and closer to danger and with 29 shots from City, until Ferran Torres scored the tying goal with fifteen minutes to go. However, Leeds had one cartridge left. Raphinha wasted a heads up against Ederson but then, in discount, Dallas did not miss and converted the final 1-2. Two shots for Leeds, two goals.
Pascal Struijk (47′, Bamford), Gündogan (58 ‘, Aké), Robin Koch (62′, Roberts), Foden (73 ‘, Benjamin Mendy), Jamie Shackleton (95′, Raphael)
0-1, 41′: Dallas, 1-1, 75′: Ferran Torres, 1-2, 90′: Dallas
Arbitro: Andre Marriner
Arbitro VAR: David Coote
What (34 ‘, Yellow) Liam Cooper (45 ‘, Roja) Alioski (65 ‘, Yellow) Bernardo silva (82 ‘, Yellow) Fernandinho (92 ‘, Yellow