Leeds United vs. Manchester City – Football Match Report – April 30, 2022


Manchester City stormed to a comfortable 4-0 win over Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s side took the lead in the first half thanks to a sublime free kick routine ending in Rodri finding the net, before Nathan Ake, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus added the extras after the break.

Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (U.S. only)
– Don’t have ESPN? Get instant access

Leeds put up a good challenge to the Premier League champions, but struggled to keep a hold on the ball in key areas.

The victory sees City reclaim a one-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, after slipping down to second place when Liverpool beat Newcastle 1-0 earlier on Saturday.

Leeds started strong and had an early chance when Joao Cancelo slipped on the halfway line, allowing Rodrigo to race forward on the counter, but the Spaniard’s attempt was blocked by Ilkay Gundogan in the box.

City recovered well and had a string of chances in front of the home side’s goal before they eventually took the lead on 13 minutes when Rodri glanced the ball past Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier from a curling Phil Foden free kick.

City continued to pile pressure on the home side but Leeds were undeterred, and missed a chance on 35 minutes when an unmarked Junior Firpo connected with a Luke Ayling cross, with his attempt flying over the bar.

Leeds came out firing in the second half, but it was City who scored first, Ake turning it in from another set piece on 54 minutes. Foden whipped in a corner, which Ruben Dias headed down to the Dutch international to put City in control.

Gabriel Jesus sealed the victory for the visitors when he jumped on a Foden through ball and fired it past Meslier on 78 minutes, despite a late burst of energy from Leeds.

With one minute left in extra time, Fernandinho added a fourth for City.



Source link