Premier League: Man City thrash Leeds United 7-0. There were six different goalscorers for the hosts, who put in a sensational attacking performance. For Leeds, this was a humbling result that they’ll want to forget quickly.
Complete domination showed by Manchester City over Leeds. By taking 31 shots towards goal it looked from the beginning like it was a city win.
The first goal was scored by Phil Foden. It was a poor goal for Leeds to concede. Rodrigo rode a number of challenges and found himself clean through. Meslier rushed out to knock it away from the midfielder, but it fell to Foden on the edge of the box and the attacker slotted it past Dallas’s despairing block and into the net.
Soon after the first goal was scored the second goal followed through a corner. Leeds struggled to clear a City corner and eventually, Mahrez swung in an inviting cross that an unmarked Grealish headed beyond Meslier from close range.
The third goal was a pure master class from City. Foden dropped a pass into Rodrigo who instantly threaded it through to De Bruyne with an incisive pass. De Bruyne showed no mercy and thundered a low, angled finish beyond Meslier from eight yards.
Mahrez continued the scoring rally for City in the second half of the match. Gundogan fed Mahrez on the edge of the box and the Algerian cut inside before drilling a 20-yard strike that deflected off Firpo before nestling in the bottom corner.
5th goal was something else from De Bruyne, It was a brilliant goal from the Belgian. He received a neat pass from Gundogan, before spinning and absolutely hammering a 25-yard strike beyond Meslier and into the roof of the net. It was past the goalkeeper in a flash.
Manchester City continued to score even after scoring 5. Laporte thumped a header against Meslier from De Bruyne’s cross, but it fell to Stones. The defender fired one effort against Meslier, before collecting the next rebound and slotted it into the roof of the net.
That just kept getting worse for Leeds after conceding the 7th and there was still time for more. This time Foden threw in an out-swinging corner and Ake rose highest to plant a firm header beyond Meslier from eight yards.
Phil Foden’s opener was Man City’s 500th Premier League goal under Pep Guardiola, in just his 207th game in charge, the fastest any manager has seen their sides reach 500 goals in the competition (previously Jürgen Klopp, 234).
This was Manchester City‘s joint-second largest-ever top-flight league win, behind only their 8-0 victory over Watford in September 2019.
Leeds United suffered the joint-heaviest defeat in their history as a Football League/Premier League club in all competitions, alongside seven-goal defeats to Stoke (1-8 in Aug 1934), West Ham (0-7 in Nov 1966) and Arsenal (0-7 in Sep 1979). It was also the first time boss Marcelo Bielsa had conceded seven goals in a single match in his 568-game club management career.