It was a difficult first-half for Leeds with the soon-to-be Premier League champions peppering the away goal from distance as the game went on. Sterling, Torres and Jesus caused a fair few problems but The Whites held firm and kept City away from their penalty area while Leeds looked to counter with little success.
Then, out of nowhere, Leeds United took the lead as the first-half came to a close. Cooper launched the ball down the left side, Costa controlled it and attacked the penalty area. He was challenged but managed to prod the ball into Bamford before losing his footing. Bamford laid the ball off to the oncoming Stuart Dallas on the edge of the box who drilled the ball off the inside of the near post and across the line with help from a small deflection off Ake.
A sweeping move, a clinical strike.— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2021
Stuart Dallas picks his corner and fires Leeds ahead against Man City! pic.twitter.com/BrIwP6WLwX
However, Leeds didn’t go into the break all sunshine and roses, with Liam Cooper being given his marching orders by the referee a couple minutes after the goal. He flew into a challenge ahead of Jesus to intercept. He got the ball first but his high foot ended up following through on to the leg of Jesus with VAR turning the initial yellow card into a red.
Leeds will have to hold on to their advantage with just 10 men...— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2021
Liam Cooper is given his marching orders for this challenge on Gabriel Jesus. pic.twitter.com/GSq9BbnCvH
It would be a very different approach for Leeds in the second half, sitting in and defending is not the Bielsa way but The Whites held out until the 76th minute. Bernardo Silva beat the offside trap on the right side before slipping the ball inside for Ferran Torres who finished first-time across goal and into the net.
it seemed as though City were destined to win from this point, but Leeds had other ideas. After Raphinha went through on goal and couldn’t beat the keeper, it was Dallas’ turn to go through on goal. Alioski put him through on goal and Dallas slotted the ball through the legs of Ederson and in the net to give Leeds an unexpected three points.
Stuart Dallas!— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2021
With only 10 men it looks like Leeds have won at the Etihad!
Incredible scenes. pic.twitter.com/LI24QSgt7u
This was just the first game of a triple-header of top teams in The Premier League. Next up, Leeds host the Premier League champions, Liverpool.