Man City 2-1 Fulham: Haaland spot-kick gives 10-man City victory
Fulham fell to an away defeat at the hands of Manchester City at Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Man City were keen to hang onto their position at the top of the table and extend their winning run after winning their previous two matches in the league. The most recent was against the Leicester City away (1-0), the other to Brighton & Hove Albion at home (3-1). Fulham had managed to pick up a point in their matchup with Everton. Man City are now in 1st place on the table and have 32 points while Fulham sit in 8th with 19 points after 15 matches.
It was an impressive opening from Cityzens, when Julian Alvarez gave them the lead, 16 minutes in. However, their celebrations were kept brief, as Andreas Pereira equalised for The Cottagers, 28 minutes in and saw the first half out 1-1.
Man City once more applied the pressure in the second period and were rewarded, thanks to a goal from Erling Haaland just before the final whistle, leaving the final score at 2-1.
Substitutions for Man City included Phil Foden, Erling Haaland and Ruben Dias for Jack Grealish, Julian Alvarez and Ilkay Gundogan, respectively. Fulham brought on Tom Cairney, Daniel James, Kevin Mbabu and Luke Harris, to replace Harry Wilson, Tom Cairney, Willian and Andreas Pereira.
The referee booked Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland from Man City and Joao Cancelo went off with a red card, while Fulham’s Andreas Pereira, Harrison Reed, Kenny Tete and Antonee Robinson also received a yellow.
Man City next face Brentford while Fulham are at home to Manchester United.
|Manchester City:||Ederson, John Stones, Nathan Ake, Manuel Akanji, Joao Cancelo, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan (Ruben Dias, min.90), Bernardo Silva, Jack Grealish (Phil Foden, min.64) and Julian Alvarez (Erling Haaland, min.64)|
|Fulham:||Bernd Leno, Kenny Tete, Issa Diop, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson, Harry Wilson (Tom Cairney, min.76), Andreas Pereira (Luke Harris, min.88), Harrison Reed, Joao Palhinha, Willian (Kevin Mbabu, min.80) and Carlos Vinicius|
|Goals:||Julian Alvarez (1-0, min. 16), Andreas Pereira (1-1, min. 28) and Erling Haaland (2-1, min. 90)|