Leeds United vs Man City
Leeds United faced Manchester City in a Premier League match at Elland Road on October 3, 2021. Leeds, who were coming off a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa, were looking to continue their strong start to the season against a Manchester City side that had won their previous three league matches.
The match started brightly for Leeds, with the home side creating several early chances. City keeper Ederson was called into action in the fifth minute, making a strong save to deny Stuart Dallas’ shot from distance. Leeds continued to press and had a great chance to take the lead in the 15th minute when Patrick Bamford was played in behind the City defense, but his shot was saved by Ederson.
City started to find their footing as the half wore on, with Kevin De Bruyne pulling the strings in midfield. The Belgian playmaker created several chances for his teammates, but the City attack was unable to find the back of the net. Leeds also had a couple of good opportunities to score, with Raphinha going close with a long-range shot that just missed the target. (man city reddit)
The match remained goalless at halftime, but the second half saw a more attacking approach from both sides. City had the first chance of the half, with De Bruyne forcing a save from Illan Meslier with a well-struck shot from outside the box. Leeds responded with a good spell of possession, but were unable to create any clear-cut chances. (man city reddit)
In the 65th minute, City finally broke the deadlock. De Bruyne played a defense-splitting pass to Raheem Sterling, who controlled the ball and fired a low shot past Meslier to give City a 1-0 lead. Leeds tried to fight back and had a couple of chances to equalize, but City’s defense held firm.
The match ended 1-0 to Manchester City, with De Bruyne being named man of the match for his creative display in midfield. It was a frustrating result for Leeds, who had matched City for much of the match but were unable to find the back of the net. However, the performance will give Marcelo Bielsa’s side confidence heading into their next league match. (man city reddit)