Leeds United were beaten on their return to Premier League action at the hands of Manchester City at Elland Road.
The Whites put in a big shift to keep City at bay for 45 minutes. Still, all that work and lack of offensive danger felt like a waste when Rodri tapped in a rebounded ball after Meslier saved the initial effort from Riyad Mahrez in the penalty area.
The fifteen-minute break at half-time didn’t do much to temper City’s momentum as the away side snatched their second just five minutes into the second period of play. Grealish robbed possession as the ball was in transit between Liam Cooper and Robin Koch, who was caught on the blindside by the City winger. He broke forward and played the ball across to Haaland who had a tap-in of his own to double the City lead.
Another game where you're coming away from Elland Road impressed by Willy Gnonto. Still only 19, but so direct, fearless and wins fouls in dangerous areas - that's so valuable when you're up against it. Jack Harrison has a job on his hands reclaiming that shirt. #lufc pic.twitter.com/Jq66i8ijx8— Joe Donnohue (@JoeDonnohue) December 28, 2022
Leeds’ new, more offensive approach also seemed to have backfired as Grealish and Haaland combined again for the Norweigan international to seemingly put the game to bed.
The home side were down but not out as Sam Greenwood’s corner was met by the head of Pascal Struijk who nodded the ball past Ederson to give Leeds some hope for the final fifteen minutes.
Gelhardt went close but Leeds were ultimately unable to find another goal to really ramp up the pressure on the now second-placed Manchester City side.