Stuart Dallas late for the winner as Leeds 10-man stuns Manchester City | premier league


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Pep Guardiola picked a Manchester City close to the second string and saw their elected champions fall to a dying defeat to a 10-man side from Leeds who perhaps would have allowed Manchester United to dream a little again of revising their local rivals.

The winner came when Stuart Dallas sprinted down the left and beat Ederson with a finish as cool as his opening, which came as the break approached. City had been knocked out due to the siege they mounted on their opponent’s goal following Liam Cooper’s deserved red card for a dangerous cut to Gabriel Jesus ‘leg moments after Dallas’ opening goal.

It was just a second loss for City in their last 24 league outings, and at the end of the games they remain the favorites to win the third title in Guardiola’s reign.

Yet when Oleksandr Zinchenko and John Stones are the powerful threats to Guardiola’s squad, it underscores the disjunction caused by his seven changes. Leaving out Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Ilkay Gündogan in particular, the City coach had his eye on Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at Borussia Dortmund. Guardiola can, however, be accused of losing his focus on a Leeds challenge that always promised to be awkward due to the ‘organized chaos’ in which Marcelo Bielsa is educating his players.

Liam Cooper fouls Gabriel Jesus after clearing the ball, a challenge which resulted in a red card for the Leeds player.
Liam Cooper fouls Gabriel Jesus after clearing the ball, a challenge which resulted in a red card for the Leeds player. Photographie: Richard Pelham / NMC Pool

By the 73rd minute, both Foden and Gündogan had been introduced as Leeds still held the Dallas opener. This, too, came from City’s lax focus. The culprit was João Cancelo whose insane high ball defense allowed Helder Costa to enter along the left. Suddenly the winger found Patrick Bamford kicking the ball in Dallas, whose 20-yard shot rang to Ederson’s right post.

From there, Leeds hung on – until Foden continued on his way, as his presence alongside Gündogan sufficiently corrected City’s imbalance. A push from Fernandinho ended with a pass to Bernardo Silva who transferred the ball to Ferran Torres, and his equalizer was adamant.

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But in the downtime came the clincher from Dallas and Leeds ended up deserving the maximum credit for a scintillating victory. City still need just 10 points to be crowned champions, thanks to a much higher goal difference than United. This is unlikely to be the case.

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