1-2 City Ivan Toney’s injury-time winner stuns champions at the Etihad.
Brentford beat Man City 2-1 thanks to two goals from Ivan Toney, including an injury-time winner. Phil Foden’s half-volley equalises for City before halftime. Erling Haaland unhappy on return to lineup
Brentford beat Manchester City 2-1 thanks to Ivan Toney’s two goals, including an injury-time winner.
The Brentford skipper stunned the defending champions to leave Arsenal top of the league at Christmas.
Foden’s first-half volley tied the game following Toney’s 16th-minute header.
Toney concluded a statement display by tapping in a 97th-minute winner for City, who lost the chance to go top of the Premier League.
Brentford should have led before Toney scored. Ederson stopped Frank Onyeka’s fourth-minute breakaway and later blocked Toney’s effort.
Toney outjumped Aymeric Laporte to volley Ben Mee’s free-kick over the goalie.
VAR denied the hosts a penalty. Rico Henry controlled the ball outside the area before Kevin De Bruyne went down under his challenge.
Foden rescued City with a first-half half-volley. The goal led to domination at the start of the second half, but Ilkay Gundogan squandered a great chance and Erling Haaland struggled to get into the game.
Brentford’s talisman took centre stage. Toney was denied by Ederson at the opening of 10 minutes of added time – granted for a long injury delay to Laporte during the second half – but he never missed from close range when Josh Dasilva produced a superb pass across the six-yard box. Toney’s hat-trick was blocked in the last minute.
Pep: Lost long balls influenced our play.
Pep Guardiola: “We battled early and couldn’t handle their long balls. This wasn’t a normal ball-pressing game. They defended so successfully ” We lacked dynamism today due to lost long balls. The game was tough. They were better than planned “We fared well in Champions League and Premier League. We’ll return to second-half preparations.”
Frank: Hounslow bus stop
Thomas Frank: “Playoff final was one of our most rewarding triumphs, taking us to the promised land. But it’s up “To some club members, this is the club’s biggest ever result, as we have one of the lowest budgets in the division. Hounslow bus stop” ” Considering the odds, it was well-deserved. They’re gone. I’m ecstatic. Four starters are absent. Wow!”
Toney: “I love him so much. His emotional intelligence with teammates and club personnel. What a stud! Wow! He scored two, but may have scored another. I believed only Haaland could score a hat-trick.”
Brentford-Haaland: “We discussed eliminating Haaland. We halted his supply and defended superbly in the box.”
Toney loves late.
• This was Manchester City’s first home defeat since February, ending a 20-game undefeated streak (2-3 vs Tottenham).
Brentford won their first away league game. London clubs have won the last five away Premier League titles (Chelsea and Fulham against Liverpool in March 2021, and Crystal Palace and Tottenham against Man City last season).
Brentford’s Ivan Toney scored the latest Premier League winning goal against Manchester City at 97:16. (2006-07). It’s the third-newest winning goal since then. Manchester City had 29 shots, their highest in a Premier League home game they lost since April 2021 (2-1 against Leeds).
After the World Cup, Manchester City visits Leeds at 8pm on December 28 and Brentford hosts Tottenham at 12.30pm on Boxing Day.
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