Rodrigo earns battling Leeds 1-1 draw in opposition to Man City

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Leeds United’s Rodrigo Moreno struck his first purpose for the membership to earn a 1-1 draw at residence to Manchester City within the Premier League on Saturday as visiting Pep Guardiola was denied victory in opposition to one of many males who impressed him to be a coach.

City’s Spanish boss has usually spoken extremely of Leeds’ Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa, who Guardiola took recommendation from earlier than going into administration at Barcelona, with the 2 tacticians assembly for the primary time in England.

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City had been dominant early on as they appeared to rapidly overlook their shock 5-2 residence defeat by Leicester City last day out, with Kevin De Bruyne virtually opening the scoring with a intelligent free kick within the third minute — the put up denying the Belgian.

Guardiola didn’t have to attend lengthy, nonetheless, for his aspect to take the lead, with Raheem Sterling darting inside earlier than firing residence his first league purpose of the season into the underside nook within the 17th minute.

City continued to create probabilities, ending the primary half having had 12 shots at purpose, however Leeds improved after the break, with Rodrigo pouncing on a mistake from City goalkeeper Ederson to equalise within the 59th minute.

The purpose was Rodrigo’s second Premier League purpose and first since January 2011 when he scored for Bolton Wanderers whereas on mortgage — 9 years and 272 days in the past. It is the second longest hole between a player’s first two targets within the competition.

Leeds even had probabilities to win, with Ederson tipping a goal-bound Rodrigo header onto the bar, however City weathered the storm. The consequence leaves Leeds in fifth place on seven factors from 4 games forward of City in 10th with 4 factors from three matches.

“That was good, huh?,” Guardiola mentioned. “When both teams want to attack, it’s a good game. We made an incredible first 30 minutes when we could have scored the goals we needed.

“It’s not easy to play against them. They’ve showed how good they are.”

In the pouring Yorkshire rain, City had been unlucky to not add to their whole within the first half, with Leeds greater than good worth for the draw after the break.

“It would not have been fair if we won this game,” Bielsa mentioned. “It was possible to win the game but it would not have been fair.

“We had to put in an immense physical effort to be on even terms with City. We played our part for the game to be a beautiful one.”

[Attribution HT.]

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