Manchester City vs Brentford: Ivan Toney sent message to Gareth Southgate by scoring two goals against Manchester City in the Premier League to destroy their hope of returning to the top of the Premier League table.
The striker who was ignored for Callum Wilson in England’s World Cup list was in an impressive form as Manchester City defenders struggled against him.
The English striker scored a beautiful header to put Brentford ahead in the 16th minute of the game.
Brentford were so lucky in the 32nd minute after the ball struck the Brentford defender’s hand from Ikay Gundogan’s corner. VAR made a check, and it was not given as a penalty kick.
Manchester City got three penalties on appeal, but the VAR was not interested in giving the Premier League Champions any chance of getting a penalty.
Manchester City Phil Foden scored an excellent goal, and Brentford’s goalkeeper had no chance to stop the ball from going into the net.
It was a sign of relief from the Manchester City fans, who couldn’t believe Brentford were in front.
Manchester City medical staff had to come in to rescue Laporte after he suffered a head injury in the 56th minute. Erling Haaland and Phil Foden gave him words of comfort; Laporte’s head was stitched for a long time while play continued.
In the 57th minute, Manchester City had a penalty appeal after Cancelo went down in the six-yard box, but the referee was not interested in it, and Cancelo was given a yellow card for diving.
In the 72nd minute, Brentford were close to scoring the second goal when Henry Onyenka put the ball into the six-yard box, but Laporta was quick to stop Mbeumo from tapping in.
That same minute, Manchester City Rodri got the chance to score an excellent goal but Spanish goalkeeper Ryan made a superb save to deny Rodri.
Mbeumo picked up a yellow card and was replaced by Wissa as Brentford Manager Frank Thomas went for more attacking option.
In the 78th minute Kevin De Bruyne breaks and slides a ball through to the charging Haaland but Brentford’s defenders have their angles worked out and the Belgian’s pass was too close to Brentford’s goalkeeper Raya.
In the 80th minute, Manchester City players tried to find Erling Haaland but he was marked very well by the Brentford defenders who played exceptionally well today.
In the 91st minute, Toney ran past Laporta and shot the ball outside the six yard box and it couldn’t force Ederson into any save.
In the 98th minute, the striker scored a beautiful goal with the last kick of the match to end Manchester City chance of going to the Top of the Premier League table before Christmas.
If Arsenal wins against Wolverhampton Wanderers they are going to have a five points gap.
What Next For Manchester City
The team will travel to Abu Dhabi for a Friendly match against an Abu Dhabi team on December 5, 2022.