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Leeds 0-4 Manchester City

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The full-time whistle brings the game to an end, and despite it being end-to-end throughout, City’s quality made their chances count, with the Citizens adding three goals in the second half to put the game well beyond Leeds’ reach.

Ake’s goal saw Leeds rally again, but a late double from Jesus and Fernandinho saw Leeds’ fire go out, and it’s another big scoreline against the league’s leakiest defence.

Starting lineup:

LEEDS UNITED (4-1-4-1): Illan Meslier; Luke Ayling, Robin Koch, Pascal Struijk, Junior Firpo; Kalvin Phillips; Raphinha, Stuart Dallas, Mateusz Klich, Jack Harrison; Rodrigo Moreno.

LEEDS UNITED SUBS: Kristoffer Klaesson, Diego Llorente, Daniel James, Lewis Bate, Joe Gelhardt, Charlie Cresswell, Sam Greenwood, Jamie Shackleton.

MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Nathan Ake; Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan; Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling; Gabriel Jesus.

MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Zack Steffen, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez, CJ Egan-Riley, Luke Mbete, James McAtee.

Goals:

GOOAAALL!!! City, take the lead!!! The free-kick is curled across the face of the goal by Foden, and Rodri gets across his man to glance a header beyond Meslier and into the bottom corner! 1-0 to the reigning champions and Leeds’ frailty from set-pieces is exploited!

GOAL!!! City doubles their lead!!! Dias rises to head down the corner, and it’s poked home at the front post by Ake!! 2-0 up and City can start to relax a bit here!

GOAL! The city has a third! Cancelo plays it inside to Foden, and Jesus escapes Ayling to receive the ball in space. His first touch sets him to shoot, and the second sees him fire it beyond Meslier to make it 3-0 to City! That might be the goal that puts Leeds to bed!

GOAL!!! City, get another!!! Sterling goes down in the box, but the referee waves away any penalty appeals. Struijk only half-clears it through as Fernandinho rifles it back in, and Meslier, despite getting a hand to it, can’t keep it out of the bottom corner! 4-0, and it’s only getting worse for Leeds.

So, what’s next?

That eventually resounding victory sees City return to the top of the table after being briefly unseated by Liverpool’s win over Newcastle.

There’s just one point, and this title race is set to go right to the wire. At the other end of the table, Leeds dropped to 17th on goal difference after this loss is, coupled with Burnley’s late win over Watford.

They’re still five points ahead of 18th-placed Everton, but Leeds’s leaky defence and worrying attack may see them slip further before the season’s end.

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