Manchester_City – #Brentford -Played on 11/12/ 2022
Manchester City went with everything in search of victory, but in an agonizing counterattack, the visitors achieved 2-1.
With Julián Álvarez in the final minutes, Manchester City drew 1-1 with Brentford for the 16th round of the Premier League but was looking for victory in the final minutes with the Argentine and Erling Haaland. An agonizing and lethal strike from the Bees left him empty-handed after the 2-1 loss and gave Arsenal the chance to cut himself off at the top.
One week before the start of the World Cup, with ten of its eleven starters called up for Qatar, City was prey to ‘pre-World Cup panic’, that unconscious feeling that any situation can frustrate the most important event of the year, and Brentford he wanted to take advantage of what was probably his only chance at the Etihad.
The visitors had not won on the road and Pep Guardiola‘s men had reached the club’s home record, with 16 consecutive games undefeated in all competitions.
At 16 minutes into the first half, Toney opened the scoring with a header and surprised the Ciudadanos. He tried to activate himself from Guardiola’s team, mainly through the Portuguese Bernardo Silva, but Erling Haaland was run over and disconnected, he finished the first half with more calls for penalties than shots on goal. Phil Foden
In the second half of the scare of seeing Laporte lying on the pitch bleeding, after a collision with an opponent’s elbow did not prevent him from continuing to play with a bandage on his head, nor the feeling of being vulnerable to counterattack – Laporte himself avoided an empty goal shot from Toney (m.71)-, despite the fact that he multiplied his arrivals in the area. David Raya, furthermore, continued to prolong Brentford’s hopes of scoring, so with Haaland unrecognizable, Guardiola turned to the Argentine Julián Álvarez for the final siege.
The added ten minutes that the referee gave served Ivan Toney to finish disarming City against, with a goal (m.98) that did not end in a triplet due to a clearance almost on the line by De Bruyne, in the chaotic final minutes of a City that arrives in trouble at the World Cup break.