Leeds United entertained Manchester City at Elland Road earlier this evening as they hoped to grind out a result at home. The Whites made a lackluster start to the game and conceded the opening goal in the 13th minute when Rodri scored with a good header. However, Jesse Marsch’s men showed some fight and went into the half-time break 1-0 down on the scoreline.
Nathan Ake doubled Man City’s advantage with a good finish in the 54th minute. Gabriel Jesus ended up killing the contest off in the 78th minute before Fernandinho got his name on the scoresheet with a powerful strike from outside the penalty box. The match finished with Leeds suffering a poor 4-0 loss in Yorkshire.
Let’s take a look at how each Leeds United player performed during the clash against Man City.
GK: Illan Meslier – 5.5/10
The Whites goalie made a couple of stops but won’t be pleased after allowing four goals this evening.
RB: Stuart Dallas – 5.5/10
He was sloppy with the ball and struggled to cope with Man City’s attacks. He picked up a serious injury and got replaced in the 51st minute.
CB: Luke Ayling – 5.5/10
Ayling got stuck in with some solid tackles and made a few important clearances at the back. However, he failed to keep the opposition attackers quiet during the 90 minutes.
CB: Robin Koch – 6/10
He cleared the danger when needed but looked shaky at the back at times in the second half.
CB: Pascal Struijk – 6/10
Struijk made plenty of solid tackles and even blocked a couple of shots. However, his efforts were mostly in vain as Man City still ended up scoring four goals this evening.
LB: Junior Firpo – 6/10
He had a tough time while defending inside his half and offered very little in the opponent’s half.
RW: Raphinha – 5.5/10
The Brazilian winger caused a few problems for the Man City defenders but lacked quality in the final third.
CM: Mateusz Klich – 6/10
He worked hard in both halves and was one of Marsch’s best players on the field.
CM: Kalvin Phillips – 6.5/10
Phillips made a lot of tackles and even completed a good dribble with the ball from midfield.
LW: Jack Harrison – 6/10
He worked hard defensively but never got a sniff at goal.
ST: Rodrigo – 6/10
The Spaniard got himself into some dangerous positions but lacked the cutting edge up top.
CAM: Daniel James – 6/10
He added more pace and energy to Marsch’s frontline.
ST: Joe Gelhardt – 6/10
Gelhardt went close to scoring but got denied by a super save from Ederson late in the game.
ST: Sam Greenwood – N/A
He didn’t get enough time to make an impact.