Manchester City 1 Leeds United 2 - Ten-men Whites stun runaway leaders through Stuart Dallas brace
STUART DALLAS bagged a memorable brace as ten-men Leeds United produced an incredible 2-1 victory at runway leaders Manchester City in Saturday's early kick-off at the Etihad.
Dallas fired Leeds ahead three minutes before the break but the Whites were reduced to ten men just four minutes later when captain Liam Cooper was sent off for a high follow-through to a challenge on Gabriel Jesus, despite winning the ball.
After some heroic Whites defending, City finally equalised in the 76th minute through Ferran Torres but incredibly Leeds countered in the 91st minute to bag all three points through a cool finish from Dallas following Gjanni Alioski's through ball.
Leeds began well and created a particularly good opening in the 16th minute when Raphinha played in Tyler Roberts whose cross from the right flashed behind Patrick Bamford.
Four minutes later, Raheem Sterling cut inside at the other end but his low shot was easily saved by Illan Meslier.
Two huge blocks from Cooper and Bamford then kept out fierce drives from Torres and Gabriel Jesus from a City corner.
Torres then sent a free header over the bar before Sterling wasted a golden chance by firing wide from just inside the box following Fernandinho's pull back.
But Leeds went ahead four minutes before the break when fine work from Helder Costa and then Bamford created an opening for Dallas who fired home a low drive from the edge of the box that beat 'keeper Ederson off the inside of the left hand post.
Yet just four minutes later the Whites were reduced to ten men when Cooper was eventually given a straight red card following a high challenge on Jesus which initially earned him a booking.
Referee Andre Marriner was then advised by the VAR David Coote to check his monitor and the replays did for Cooper as Marriner wiped out the booking and replaced it with a straight red, even though Cooper won the ball.
Patrick Bamford was sacrificed as Pascal Struijk was brought on as the replacement centre-back and City almost immediately equalised when John Stones sent a header wide.
City immediately began the second half on the attack but Leeds held firm as Meslier produced a fine save to keep out a firm drive from Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Sterling then fired wide under pressure from Diego Llorente who also got in the way before a powerful Bernardo Silva shot flew narrowly wide.
Tyler Roberts was then sacrificed for another defender as Robin Koch was introduced and a volley from City substitute Ilkay Gundogan flew over soon after.
A rising drive from Fernandinho was also tipped over by Meslier who proved equal to a drive from Joao Cancelo as the clock hit 72 minutes.
City finally equalised three minutes later as the hosts worked the ball to Torres who fired past Meslier from the middle of the box.
Fernandinho fired wide from the edge of the box shortly after but Raphinha could have put United back ahead in the 86th minute when racing clear only to be denied by a sliding tackle from City keeper Ederson.
A rising drive from Bernardo then flew just wide at the other end before Fernandinho sent a header straight at Meslier.
But incredibly Leeds were to provide one final twist as Alioski's through ball sent away Dallas who stormed in on goal before producing a cool finish to slide the ball past Ederson for a 91st-minute winner.
Manchester City: Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Ake (Gundogan 59), Mendy (Foden 73), Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Bernardo, Torres, Sterling, Jesus. Subs not used: Steffen, Walker, Dias, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Garcia.
Leeds United: Meslier, Ayling, Llorente, Cooper, Alioski, Phillips, Dallas, Raphinha (Shackleton 90), Costa, Roberts (Koch 63), Bamford (Struijk 45). Subs not used: Casilla, Berardi, Klich, Poveda, Hernandez, Gelhardt.
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Thank you Laura Collins