Foden climbs to Manchester City’s Olympus | Soccer | Sports

There are days when everything comes together and there is no way to straighten it out. Unless the arguments to build a team are solid. For Manchester City, everything that could have gone wrong went worse in the derby against the struggling United, which unexpectedly took flight in its neighbor’s fiefdom. The champion was looking for explanations, but he also had the right to express a regret because he pushed and pushed in pursuit of a victory that he reached (3-1) through so much effort that it tasted better than the greatest of defeats and that leaves him a point behind Liverpool at the start of demanding time because the calendar holds consecutive crosses against the leader and the other two opponents of the title, Arsenal and Aston Villa.


Ederson Moraes, Rúben Dias, Walker, Aké, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, John Stones, Bernardo Silva, Foden (Oscar Bobb, min. 96), Erling Braut Haaland and Jeremy Doku (Julián Álvarez, min. 59)


M. United

Andre Onana, Evans (Willy Kambwala, min. 69), Varane, Nilsson-Lindelöf, Diogo Dalot, Alejandro Garnacho (Omari Forson, min. 81), Kobbie Mainoo, Casemiro, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford (Antony, min. 74) and McTominay

Goals 0-1 min. 8: Rashford. 1-1 min. 56: Foden. 2-1 min. 80: Foden. 3-1 min. 91: Erling Braut Haaland.

Referee Andy Madley

Yellow cards ten Hag (min. 56) and Varane (min. 68)

Everything went wrong for City from an electrifying start that was dynamited by Rashford with a shot that crashed into the corner of the goal defended by Ederson. They were eight frenetic minutes, of intense local pressure, local overexcitement and visiting difficulties. Also the realization that nothing is predictable in football because while the statistics were vomiting City’s superiority, Rashford appeared out of nowhere, destroyed the algorithms and gave his rival a passport to haste.

Manchester City organized themselves around the usual plan: they gathered men in the opposite field to look for combinations and openings in small spaces. He was overwhelmed because he knew how to take a step forward every time he lost the ball and suffered when he was late to take it and had to run back. This is how Rashford marked him.

Still far from the best version of many of their men, City dominated, running into the unpredictable goalkeeper Onana, who this time was a barrier to get Foden one-on-one or thwart an attempt by Rodri from the front. Manchester United held on to their goal and the collective work, but also in City’s lack of aim, evidenced by Haaland, so disconnected from his teammates that when he had the goal in front of him, he sent the ball two meters from an empty goal above the spar. The Norwegian star, who came into the match after scoring five times against Luton in a Cup match, tiptoed through the game until he redeemed himself with a goal on the hour mark.

Because the one who decided was Phil Foden, who clarified the situation for City when, after the break, he found the same cobweb that Rashford had pointed to an hour before. So with the draw, United dug an even deeper trench. Guardiola sacrificed the anarchic Doku and turned to Julián Álvarez to grease his team’s football from the inside. That’s where the victory came. An Argentinian and an Englishman agreed on a tile to give City a new derby, the seventh of the last nine. And Foden, scorer of two goals, established himself among Olés with an accent from the Islands and under the eyes of the skeptical coach Gareth Southgate as the most decisive English player in the Premier.

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