Manchester City four points away from armory At the top Premier League beating on saturday leeds united 2-1 with a pair of almost identical goals ilke gundoganThough not without a dose of subsequent drama.
City created several excellent scoring chances around Leeds before Gundogan fired in a pass from the edge of the 18-yard box in the 19th minute. Riyad Mahrez, Mahrez struck a carbon copy of his first goal after eight minutes when Gundogan struck again.
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However, Gundogan missed a penalty on 84 minutes, which would have given him his first career hat trick, and Leeds quickly responded rodrigo Target. However, Pep Guardiola’s team closed out the match to extend their winless league run to 10 games.
“It shows how good and generous Erling is. If it’s 4-0 with 10 minutes remaining, fine. But at 2-0? Erling is the best penalty taker at the moment, so he has to take it, Guardiola told the BBC afterwards. match.
With four matches left, City have 82 points to Arsenal’s 78, putting more pressure on Arsenal, who play Newcastle United on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Leeds, playing their first game under interim manager Sam Allardyce, are in 17th place — all three teams below them have a game in hand.
Despite numerous scoring chances, and the Etihad Stadium crowd cheering him on, Haaland was unable to extend the Premier League single-season record of 35 goals set on Wednesday.
The Norway international, who is having a rough run on the record books in his debut Premier League season, could have scored at least two goals on Saturday, one shot off the crossbar, the other off the post, and a few others missing. Was. To which he kept shaking his head in dismay.
“We played an extraordinary game,” said Guardiola. “Our possession game was really good. The first half was exceptional. We probably weren’t as clinical as we should have been.
“The second half, we can’t forget that it’s three games in six days with a lot of mental pressure. In the end, the game could end with a penalty. But they score and we have to suffer. But we Played really, really well.”
treble-chasing Manchester City, who play real Madrid Tuesday into the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals, having remained unbeaten in 20 games through all competitions.