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Leeds 1-1 Man City: Rodrigo earns Leeds a draw in entertaining game

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Elland Road
Leeds 'went to the limit' against Man City - Bielsa

Leeds United came from behind in stirring fashion to secure a thoroughly deserved point as they played out a thrilling draw with Manchester City at Elland Road.

In the battle of wits between City manager Pep Guardiola and his inspiration Marcelo Bielsa, Raheem Sterling's smart 17th-minute finish was the reward for an early siege on the Leeds goal.

In the glorious chaos of this end-to-end encounter, Leeds fought back to force two fine saves from Ederson at the feet of Stuart Dallas and Luke Ayling in the first half before his weak punch from a corner gifted substitute Rodrigo an equaliser on the hour.

Kevin De Bruyne hit the post for City in the first half and they had several near misses after the break but Leeds, bursting with energy, were a huge threat, Ederson rescuing a rocking City by turning Rodrigo's header on to the bar before saving superbly at the feet of Patrick Bamford.

Leeds will light up the Premier League

Leeds fans will have feared the worst as they were given a fearful going over in the early stages of this game, pinned back and a bag of nerves as Manchester City came out with all the anger of a team that had lost their last Premier League game 5-2 at home to Leicester City.

De Bruyne rattled the post, Sterling scored - but not for one second did Leeds let their heads drop or lose belief.

Slowly but surely, the relentless positivity and intensity that makes Bielsa's side such compelling viewing started to emerge and once they had settled they not only stood toe-to-toe with City but also dominated much of the second half.

Bamford had that great chance late on but this was once again a demonstration of the fitness and fearlessness they bring to the Premier League, standing on the front foot and refusing to compromise their attacking beliefs.

Leeds consolidated a very strong (and at times spectacular) start to the season.

Their style means there will be slips along the way of course but you cannot take your eyes off this Leeds United side under their charismatic manager.

Winners have a good perfume - Guardiola on draw at Leeds

Manchester City lose further ground

Manchester City possess a strange vulnerability for a side packed with such quality and with their track record of success.

It seems that unless City turn early supremacy into a convincing lead, they grow increasingly vulnerable - and so it proved here.

Guardiola's side were in a different class to Leeds for the first 20 minutes but with only a one-goal advantage, they suddenly looked nervous as the home side grew in confidence.

Ederson rescued City either side of the error for Rodrigo's goal and once again the continued fallibility of Benjamin Mendy was exposed, particularly with one error that almost gifted Ayling a goal.

It was a real test for new £65m defender Ruben Dias on his debut and this will feel like points lost for Guardiola, particularly after the heavy loss to Leicester.

City, in their defence, created a host of chances themselves and were furious when penalty appeals against Sterling were ignored by referee Mike Dean.

In the final reckoning, however, this is a result that will please Bielsa much more than City boss Guardiola.

'It's like perfume...'

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa speaking to MOTD: "The start and the end were with City and the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half were a bit better for us

"For them to be superior to us is pretty easy for them, it doesn't require much effort, whereas for us it requires us to go to the limit to be on their level.

"We couldn't take the ball off them and they were taking the ball off us very easily. We did it with a lot of effort, a lot of aggression to win the ball back and the confidence in our game grew.

"It wouldn't have been fair if we had won the match, it would've been possible, but not fair."

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: "It was an entertaining game for everyone. I'm incredibly proud of these players who enjoy football and come to this country and play many years at a high level. This is their first pre-season together, we couldn't do it more because the opponent was so good like all Marcelo Bielsa sides.

"Of course we are far away from the top of the league, we need to start to win games. It's a marathon, and with Champions League games, all the teams have this situation.

"Society gives credit for the winners. It's like perfume: when you win, you smell so good. When you don't, you smell so bad.

"The approach was incredible and it's nice to face a team like Leeds because they want to win, like they did with Liverpool. It's incredible entertaining football and it's interesting for the fans."

Rodrigo ends near 10-year wait for second PL goal

  • Leeds United's Rodrigo Moreno scored his second Premier League goal and first since January 2011, nine years and 272 days ago. It's the second-longest gap between a player's first two goals in the competition after Andy Johnson (nine years 276 days).
  • Leeds have lost just one of their last six Premier League games against Manchester City (W3 D2) and remain unbeaten in their last three against the Citizens in the competition (W1 D2).
  • Manchester City's Pep Guardiola remains unbeaten in all four of his managerial meetings with Leeds United's Marcelo Bielsa in all competitions (W2 D2).
  • Manchester City (D1 L1) have failed to win consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December 2018 (L2).
  • Manchester City have lost just one of their last 32 Premier League games against promoted sides (W25 D6), with that defeat coming at Norwich last season.
  • Since the start of last season, only Danny Ings (12) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (nine) have scored the opening goal in more Premier League games than Raheem Sterling (eight).
  • Manchester City's Raheem Sterling has scored more goals than any other Premier League player in all competitions since the start of last season (34).
  • Rodrigo became the first Spanish player to score for Leeds United in the Premier League, netting just three minutes and six seconds after coming on as a substitute.

Player of the match

RodrigoRodrigo Moreno

with an average of 8.29

Leeds United

  1. Squad number20Player nameRodrigo
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  2. Squad number7Player namePoveda-Ocampo
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  3. Squad number2Player nameAyling
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  4. Squad number15Player nameDallas
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  5. Squad number5Player nameKoch
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  6. Squad number23Player namePhillips
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  7. Squad number9Player nameBamford
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  8. Squad number6Player nameCooper
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  9. Squad number43Player nameKlich
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  10. Squad number17Player nameHélder Costa
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  11. Squad number1Player nameMeslier
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  12. Squad number24Player nameDavis
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  13. Squad number10Player nameAlioski
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  14. Squad number11Player nameRoberts
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Manchester City

  1. Squad number17Player nameDe Bruyne
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  2. Squad number31Player nameEderson
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  3. Squad number20Player nameBernardo Silva
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  4. Squad number3Player nameRúben Dias
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  5. Squad number7Player nameSterling
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  6. Squad number14Player nameLaporte
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  7. Squad number6Player nameAké
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  8. Squad number25Player nameFernandinho
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  9. Squad number21Player nameTorres
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  10. Squad number47Player nameFoden
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  11. Squad number16Player nameRodri
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  12. Squad number26Player nameMahrez
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  13. Squad number2Player nameWalker
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  14. Squad number22Player nameMendy
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  • 1Meslier
  • 2Ayling
  • 5Koch
  • 6Cooper
  • 15DallasBooked at 90mins
  • 23Phillips
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forRodrigoat 56'minutes
  • 43KlichSubstituted forDavisat 77'minutes
  • 10AlioskiSubstituted forPoveda-Ocampoat 45'minutes
  • 9BamfordBooked at 12mins


  • 7Poveda-Ocampo
  • 14Llorente
  • 20Rodrigo
  • 21Struijk
  • 24Davis
  • 25Caprile
  • 46Shackleton

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 14Laporte
  • 22MendyBooked at 36minsSubstituted forAkéat 71'minutes
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 16Rodri
  • 47Foden
  • 21TorresSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 65'minutes
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forFernandinhoat 77'minutes
  • 7Sterling


  • 5Stones
  • 6Aké
  • 13Steffen
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 48Delap
  • 80Palmer
Mike Dean

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamMan City
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 1, Manchester City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Manchester City 1.

  3. Booking

    Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Dallas (Leeds United).

  5. Post update

    Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Hélder Costa (Leeds United).

  7. Post update

    Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Ian Poveda-Ocampo (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Leif Davis (Leeds United).

  12. Post update

    Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Liam Cooper.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Robin Koch.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stuart Dallas.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nathan Aké.

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