MANCHESTER, England (AP) – Manchester City’s march to the Premier League title was halted by a 2-1 loss to 10-man Leeds on Saturday, with Stuart Dallas scoring the winner in second-halffor his second goal of the game. Reduced to 10 men moments before halftime because of Liam Cooper’s straight , Leeds spent almost the entire second half camped inside its area, repelling wave after wave of attacks by City.
The runaway leaders finally got rewarded for their pressure with an equalizer by Ferran Torres in the 76th minute. Still, Dallas, who had put Leeds in front in the 42nd, burst through a gap in City’s defense and slid a finishon a breakaway.
City’s dominance showed in the stats – Pep Guardiola’s team had 29 shots compared to Leeds’ two – but that didn’t translate into one of the four wins needed to regain the league trophy.
City, which is 14 points clear of second-place, still requires a maximum of 11 points. It was a fourth defeat in the league, three , as Guardiola lost to a team coached by his mentor, Marcelo Bielsa. Cooper’s sending-off turned an end-to-end game into one resembling a training-ground exercise of attack vs. defense.
Referee Andre Marriner initially showed the Scotland international afor a tackle that saw him get the ball but follow through, with his studs showing, into the leg of Gabriel Jesus.
As a result, City center-back John Stones spent most of the second half on the edge of Leeds’ penalty area, and right-back Joao Cancelo was aright-winger.
Leeds, one of the Premier League’s flair teams, demonstrated unlikely resilience to hold off City until Torres’ goal 14 minutes from time, which came from a through ball from Bernardo Silva. But the visitors had the as Dallas ran onto a pass from Ezgjan Alioski, pierced the center of the City’s defense, and beat Ederson.
“Against these teams, you don’t get chances, so you need to be clinical,” Dallas said. “I think I took one touch and closed my eyes.” City ultimately paid the price for its heavy rotation that saw Guardiola make seven changes for a match between the two legs against Borussiaquarterfinals. Kevin De Bruyne was an unused substitute.
There was a two-minute, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Friday at the age of 99. Players wore black armbands, and flags at the stadium were lowered to half-staff.
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