Manchester City 1-0 Brentford: Holland strikes again to clean up for champions

Erling Holland returned to scoring and Manchester City returned to winning ways as the Norwegian striker scored for the English champions in a 1-0 win over Brentford to lift them to 2nd place and -1 behind Liverpool.

Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw by Chelsea on Saturday night (their first defeat after 11 consecutive wins in all competitions) and Erling Holland was the center of criticism after failing to put the ball in the net with three big chances. To do so.

For his part, Pep Guardiola completely shut him down by saying that “He will score in the next game” And 24 hours later justice came to Catalonia. In particular, in the postponed match against Brentford at the “Etihad” stadium for the 18th matchday of the Premier League, the citizens missed one chance after another in the first half, but in the 71st minute, the Norwegian player Gordon broke the tie and gave them. Give the three points that matter in the title race.

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Manchester City entered strongly with a goal of locking in the drawer with a 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea a few days ago. dominated most statistical categories in the first half (1.68-0.32 xgoals, 69%-31% possession, 17-5 finals, 6-2 finals home, 6-0 corners) have gone with the Brentford players themselves as they fail to put the ball in the net. Locker room for halftime with smiles on their faces.

Their lack of goals in terms of chances hurt Pep Guardiola's men and they didn't make many strides in the second half, however, the Bees' defensive blunders were enough to break through. Gordian knot.

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That happened in the 71st minute, when Ajar slid in after Alvarez's vertical pass and Holland was alone against Flecken, beating him with a left-footed cross from the top of the box to make it 1-0 and his 17th Premier League goal. 22nd overall for the year and all competitions.

The final 20 minutes of normal time and seven extra minutes of stoppage time failed to produce another goal as the English, European and world champions grabbed gold with a 1-0 win over the Londoners and celebrated a hat-trick after overcoming Arsenal. A solo climb to 2nd place, now a point behind Liverpool.

  • Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Diaz, Akanji, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Pop (Toku 61), Alvarez (Kovacic 89), Foden, Holland
  • Bradford: Flecken, Janka, Ager, Mee, Rehrslev (89' Godos), Onega (89' Damsgaard), Norgaard, Janelt (77' Jensen), Regillen (78' Lewis-Potter), Toni, Vissa (68' Mobbett). .

26th match day programme

  • 21/02 21:30 Liverpool – Luton
  • 24/02 17:00 Crystal Palace – Burnley
  • 24/02 17:00 Aston Villa – Nottingham
  • 24/02 17:00 Manchester United – Fulham
  • 24/02 17:00 Brighton – Everton
  • 24/02 19:30 Bournemouth – Manchester City
  • 24/02 22:00 Arsenal – Newcastle
  • 25/02 15:30 Wolves – Sheffield United
  • 26/02 22:00 West Ham – Brentford

* The Chelsea-Tottenham match has been postponed.

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