July 26, 2022
Leeds United v Manchester City – Football Match Report – 30 April 2022

Manchester City cruised 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 with a sublime free-kick routine ending with Rodri finding the net, before Nathan Ake, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus added the extras after the break.

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Leeds gave the Premier League champions a good challenge but struggled to keep the ball in key areas.

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

Leeds started strong and had an early chance when Joao Cancelo slipped down the halfway line, allowing Rodrigo to run 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 finally taking the lead in the 13th minute when Rodri eyed Leeds keeper Illan Meslier from a free-kick by Phil Foden.

City continued to pressure the home side but Leeds were undeterred and squandered a chance in the 35th minute when an unmarked Junior Firpo connected with a Luke Ayling cross, his attempt flying at the above the bar.

Leeds came out with a shot in the second half, but it was City who scored first, Ake returning it with another free-kick in the 54th minute. Foden whipped in a corner, which Ruben Dias headed towards the Dutch international to give City control.

Gabriel Jesus sealed the visitors’ victory when he pounced on a through ball from Foden and fired it past Meslier in the 78th minute, despite a late surge of energy from Leeds.

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

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