10-man Leeds stun Man City as a Rampant Chelsea brush aside Palace
EPL Matchday 31 of 38 – Saturday, April 10, 2021
Manchester City 1 Leeds United 2
Table-toppers Manchester City, needing 11 points from their next six outings to become Premier league champions, succumbed to a rare defeat to a Leeds United side down to ten men at the Etihad stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Tyler Roberts and Helder Costa were constant threats down the flanks as the latter took advantage of some callous defending on the part of Joao Cancelo to essay a critical pass to Patrick Bamford.
The Leeds' striker then teed up Stuart Dallas whose low drive from the edge of the area struck the inside of Ederson’s right-hand post and rolled into the goal to give the visitors to Etihad the lead in the 42nd minute of play.
City quite expectedly piled on pressure on their numerically inferior rivals after the break with Raheem Sterling coming close on a couple of occasions, Oleksandr Zinchenko bringing off a full-length diving save from Illan Meslier and Bernardo Silva's goalbound shot being deflected wide.
The game that so far had Leeds landing only one shot on target, then saw Dallas sprint between John Stones and Fernandinho, burst through on a one-on-one with Ederson and finish between the City goalkeeper’s legs in injury time.
Crystal Palace 1 Chelsea 4
Early goals from Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic set the tone for Chelsea's 1-4 thrashing of Crystal Palace away at Selhurst Park on Saturday evening. This followed their convincing 2-0 Champions League quarter-final first leg win over Porto in the mid-week.
Kai Havertz opened the scoring for the Blues, getting his first goal after October 17th, as he bore down from the right and let loose a lovely left-footed shot to the bottom corner with barely 8 minutes of the match gone.
Tuchel's men started the second half in sloppy fashion, giving the ball away in dangerous areas and were made to pay for their callousness.
Roy Hodgson's Eagles pulled one back in the 63rd minute when Jeff Schlupp sent in a probing ball into the area that Christian Benteke had no problem in heading in from close range. But the hosts' brief confidence was snuffed out when substitute Reece James found space down the right and relayed a cross that was blasted in from close range by Pulisic for his second of the night in the 78th minute.
Results from other games of Saturday, April 10, 2021
- Liverpool 2 – Mohammad Salah 57″, Trent Alexander-Arnold 90+1″, Aston Villa 1 – Ollie Watkins 43″
- Fulham 0, Wolves 1 – Adama Traore 90+2″
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