Manchester Metropolis went to the highest of the Premier League desk on Saturday however they left it late to safe a 2-1 win over Fulham on the Etihad Stadium.
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It seemed to be a typical day on the workplace for the Premier League champions when Ilkay Gundogan drove ahead from midfield earlier than enjoying in Julian Alvarez to open the scoring, however the temper on the Etihad Stadium modified when Joao Cancelo conceded a penalty and acquired a crimson card 10 minutes later. The spot kick was transformed by Andreas Pereira, however regardless of the numerical benefit, it was the Residents who maintained management of the sport.
Kevin De Bruyne was Manchester Metropolis’s brightest in a match that required all of their championship caliber. The hosts thought that they had taken the lead when the Belgium worldwide related with substitute Erling Haaland within the seventy fifth minute — just for VAR to substantiate he was marginally offside.
That seemed to be Metropolis’s closing likelihood of the sport earlier than De Bruyne then received a penalty in harm time. He left the obligation to Haaland, who made no mistake in dispatching from 12 yards to earn an vital three factors for his facet.
Pep Guardiola’s facet ensured they stored management regardless of happening to 10 males early on, they usually received their reward ultimately. De Bruyne additionally seems to be to be within the kind of kind that was essential in serving to them win the league title final season.
An pointless problem from Cancelo made issues troublesome for his facet, turning what regarded like a routine afternoon into a correct day’s work for the remainder of his teammates.
Pep Guardiola, 7 — Manchester Metropolis appeared to keep up management regardless of being a person down, and Guardiola did not panic as he made simply two substitutions earlier than harm time.
Participant scores (1-10; 10 = greatest, gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)
GK Ederson, 6 — There wasn’t an important deal for Ederson to do on the day as Fulham provided little by the use of photographs on course in open play.
DF Joao Cancelo, 3 — A sending off and penalty left his facet with all of it to do in a recreation that Metropolis have been main on the time he received his marching orders.
DF Nathan Ake, 6 — Pressured to work laborious because the opposition dedicated numbers ahead on the counter-attack down the flanks and was usually in a position to stand as much as the problem.
DF Manuel Akanji. 6 — Akanji may have performed higher together with his likelihood near half-time, when he directed a free header straight at Fulham goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
DF John Stones, 7 — Stretched the play recurrently down the precise flank with runs that have been troublesome for Fulham to choose up. A exact cross curving towards Haaland virtually noticed Stones choose up an help, however the Norway worldwide could not get his effort on course.
MF Rodri, 7 — Confirmed extra deal with his defensive duties after Cancelo was dismissed and helped preserve management for Manchester Metropolis in the course of the pitch. He not often made a incorrect choice with passing and was fast to shut down the hazard to forestall play from creating in Metropolis’s third of the pitch.
FM Ilkay Gundogan, 7 — The Germany worldwide managed play nicely all through the match, however his recreation was greatest outlined by a superb drive from midfield topped off with a exact cross to help the opener. Picked out Haaland nicely within the second half with a headed nod-down.
FM Kevin De Bruyne, 9 — Manchester Metropolis’s common talisman regarded the most probably to make issues occur from midfield as he remained on the coronary heart of all promising attacking strikes. Typically in a position to unlock his extra superior gamers with exact passing into crafty areas. He received the penalty in harm time to win the sport.
FW Jack Grealish, 6 — Appeared to create space down the channel earlier than getting crosses into the field that by no means appeared to seek out their goal. Two efforts on purpose did not bother the goalkeeper earlier than he was changed by Phil Foden.
FW Julian Alvarez, 7 — A robust strike by Alvarez noticed him put Manchester Metropolis into the lead after timing his run behind the protection to perfection. Changed simply after the hour mark by Haaland.
FW Bernardo Silva, 6 — Trickery on the precise flank noticed Silva make it troublesome for his opponents to shut him down, however the closing ball wasn’t at his regular commonplace on the day.
Erling Haaland (Alvarez, 64′), 7 — Had the ball behind the web however VAR’s intervention discovered that he was marginally offside. He made no mistake with the penalty to seal the sport with moments to spare.
Phil Foden (Grealish, 64′), 6 — Launched simply after the hour mark and performed instantly, although confronted related struggles to Grealish in attempting to create alternatives from the flanks. Appeared extra spectacular when combining in central areas.
Ruben Dias (Gundogan, 97′), N/R — Introduced on to assist see out the ultimate seconds of the sport.