Leeds United could not stop the rot at the Etihad in Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge, as Gungogan’s double was enough for the champions-elect.
It took 20 minutes for City to break the deadlock, as the City captain waited patiently on the edge of the box while Mahrez opened up room to cut the ball back to him. Once the ball arrived, Gundogan fired the ball into the bottom right corner with a perfect strike.
Seven minutes later, the home side made a carbon copy of their opening goal, only their captain found the Robles’ other corner, with the same result.
Leeds’ hanging on to just a two-goal deficit was partly down to Erling Haaland’s off-day in front of goal, as the record-breaking top-scorer missed a handful of good chances.
That said, the Whites’ did show some defensive improvements until Pascal Struijk came off the bench to concede a penalty kick. Gundogan had a chance to score his first career hat-trick but cracked the ball off the outside of the post with ten minutes to go.
Moments later, Leeds had some hope as Firpo’s flick-on was poorly cleared by Akanji, opening a path for Rodrigo to drive in on goal and slot the ball into the bottom left corner.
WOW! Leeds pull one back with six minutes to go! pic.twitter.com/2xySZgSzIm— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 6, 2023
But it was too little, too late, as City starved Leeds of the ball in the final minutes and secured all three points.
Very different reception to 6 days ago on the south coast.#LUFC | @BBCWYS pic.twitter.com/E3C7ei3jQu— Jonathan Buchan (@jonathanbuchan) May 6, 2023