Manchester City withstood the pressure and achieved a valuable victory (3-1) on a visit to Leeds United, this Wednesday at the close of matchday 17 of the Premier League, allowing Pep Guardiola’s team to retake second place .
The Spanish Rodri opened the path to victory for the ‘Citizens’ at the last moment of the first half (45+1′), while the Norwegian Erling Haaland later sentenced with a doublet (51 and 64 minutes).
Leeds, 15th in the standings, closed the gap on the scoreboard at 73′ through the Dutchman Pascal Struijkbut could not advance further towards the comeback.
Haaland was the star of the night on his return to Leeds, the city where he was born in 2000when his father Alfie played for that club.
⚽️Erling Haaland has scored 20 goals in 14 Premier League games 🏴
⚽️It is a historical record of the tournament
⚽️ It takes more than 9! teams, including Chelsea
⚽️82 cries and 18 goal passes in his last 81 games between PL-Bundesliga
⚽️No, it’s not a joke for April Fool’s Day
MONSTROUS. 🤖🔵 pic.twitter.com/gsjSjjm4ZI
— VarskySports (@VarskySports) December 28, 2022
The City add 35 points and advance in the table to newcastle (now third, with 33), who on Monday had won 3-0 at Leicester with a great goal from Miguel Almiron and had provisionally displaced him from second place in the standings.
But above all, Pep Guardiola’s team managed to keep their distance from him Arsenal (leader with 40 points), who beat West Ham 3-1 on Monday and had distanced themselves in the table. The result of this Wednesday once again leaves the difference between the two at five points in favor of the Londoners.
In the Premier League goalscoring table, Haaland already has 20 conversions in his first season in the English leaguewidening his distance from his most direct pursuer, Harry Kane, who has 13.
City had gone into the World Cup break with a worrying defeat at home to Brentford, but after Qatar-2022 they seem to be getting reassuring results. Before this victory, last Thursday they had beaten Liverpool 3-2 in the round of 16 of the English League Cup.
Both Manchester City and Leeds have another league game in the remainder of 2022, which they will play on Saturday, December 31, against Everton and Newcastle, respectively.