01 May 2022 | 08:42
Manchester City came back against Liverpool in the race to the Premier League title after a 4-0 win at Leeds.
Rodri put City ahead in the first half and other second-half goals from Nathan Ake, Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho sent them back to the top of the table.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola made five changes following his side’s midweek Champions League win over Real Madrid, but it made no difference as they marched in defense domestic throne.
They clinched their third straight win for the first time in 2022, but it wasn’t a walk in the park, the scoreline would suggest against a hungry Leeds side in the fight to beat the drop point.
Leeds have improved a lot after Monday’s goalless draw against Crystal Palace, but their first defeat in six games in the league leaves them one place and five points ahead of bottom team Everton, who have two battle in hand.
Man City almost got a chill in the first few minutes when Rodrigo rushed out midway after Joao Cancelo’s slip, but Ilkay Gundogan saved his team-mate with a vital tackle in the box.
Leeds suffered another injury before kick-off when captain Liam Cooper limped in the warm-up and was replaced by Mateusz Klich.
Robin Koch switched back to centre-back alongside Pascal Struijk and Leeds’ like-new defense was demolished in the 13th minute.
Stuart Dallas was penalized for a foul on Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden’s excellent free-kick was taken by Rodri, who cleared the ball.
Leeds had little possession of the ball and failed to show cohesion when they did, until the first half started causing some problems for City.
Junior Firpo fired a shot over the bar and when Leeds revealed space in City’s final third, Raphinha threatened in and around the box.
But it took a brilliant save from Struijk to stop Sterling from scoring City’s second after Luke Ayling’s misplaced kick in the box in the 43rd minute.
The home team’s bad luck with injury this season continued into halftime injury time when Dallas twisted his knee in a 50-50 fight with Jack Grealish and was carried off on a stretcher.
Leeds started the second half well, forcing Man City to bind their feet, but the visitors were twice warned with quick counter-attacks and doubled the lead from another combination in the 54th minute.
Ruben Dias headed the corner for Foden and Ake turned to shoot from 6m in the far corner of the goal.
Ake hobbled shortly after and was replaced by Oleksandr Zinchenko before Leeds went close to Raphinha, who was punctuated by Aymeric Laporte after he darted into the box.
But City put the game to sleep with a brilliant third goal in the 78th minute. Ederson blocked Foden’s path and his pass was buried by Jesus.
Cancelo was turned down one-on-one by Illan Meslier shortly afterwards, but thanks to them, Leeds fought hard.
Daniel James and Sam Greenwood saw successive shots blocked and substitute Joe Gelhardt’s effort was thwarted by Ederson before Fernandinho, a late substitute for Rodri, scored the winner. net your team.