Manchester Metropolis fell to their first residence defeat of the season as Ivan Toney snatched three factors for Brentford with a 98th-minute winner on Saturday lunchtime.
The neglected England worldwide put his aspect forward towards the champions earlier than Phil Foden levelled on the cusp of half-time. Metropolis had been restricted to irritating efforts from vary earlier than Toney struck proper on the demise with the hosts caught upfield from their very own set-piece.
Pep Guardiola spent a lot of the pre-match buildup batting away strategies that his international-littered aspect would undergo a dip, unconscious or in any other case, forward of the upcoming World Cup. As a substitute, his hesitations resided with the 12.30 pm begin time. “Early kick-off,” Guardiola mused, “at all times slightly extra sophisticated.” And so it proved.
Brentford uncovered Metropolis’s sluggishness twice within the opening six minutes. Frank Onyeka’s burst from midfield wasn’t tracked by a sky-blue shirt as David Raya went excessive of Metropolis’s press with a protracted punt. Ederson was swiftly off his line to smother the midfielder earlier than he was referred to as into motion moments later.
Rico Henry led a breakaway down the left, tossing a cross into the field which Bryan Mbeumo squared for Toney. Regardless of the shocking glut of area inside Metropolis’s penalty space, Toney rushed his sweep in direction of aim which Ederson pawed away.
Brazil’s quantity two was lastly crushed by the striker Gareth Southgate deemed unworthy of a World Cup slot. Raya fizzed a set piece from deep which Ben Mee nodded in direction of Toney. Giving Aymeric Laporte a sly nudge within the again, Toney looped a Sixteenth-minute opener over Ederson.
The Bees had been fast to drop right into a 5-3-2 off the ball however had been reluctant to passively sit again. But, the urgency and accuracy of a Metropolis aspect trailing pushed the guests onto the toes of their goalkeeper.
Half an hour into an incident-ridden first half, Brentford survived a squall of penalty appeals. Henry was maybe essentially the most lucky to flee the scrutiny of the video display. Bernardo Silva scooped the ball onto the wingback’s arm however VAR deemed that there was “no clear proof” to show the offence befell contained in the penalty field.
Brentford could not cling onto their benefit till the half-time whistle. Kevin De Bruyne’s stoppage-time nook kick bounced by means of to Foden, popping up for the England worldwide to belt a brilliantly crisp half-volley into the roof of the web.
A prolonged harm delay as Laporte had a minimize on his eyebrow handled punctuated a staccato begin to the second half. Nonetheless, Metropolis strung collectively a bewitching sequence dripping in fluency shortly after the hour mark. A zig-zagging burst of passes interwoven between Brentford gamers dedicated to press culminated with Ilkay Gundogan squandering a uncommon, unobstructed sight of aim.
The guests had been firmly on the again foot after taking the lead however intermittently reminded Metropolis of the counter-punch they possess. One other laser-like go from Raya set Henry scampering into Metropolis’s penalty space, forcing Laporte right into a determined clearance with Toney lurking on his shoulder contained in the six-yard field.
With everybody tossed ahead within the dying embers of a day to overlook, Metropolis had been twice caught utterly uncovered on the break. Toney tucked away Josh Dasilva’s sq. go on the first time of asking however missed the prospect to seal his hat-trick within the ultimate of ten added minutes. However, it proved sufficient for Brentford to earn their first victory over Metropolis since 1989, condemning the hosts to a second-place place this Christmas.
GK: Ederson – 8/10 – Saved Metropolis within the contest with some wonderful stops from point-blank vary. Pressured right into a raft of commanding catches.
RB: John Stones – 4/10 – Lumbered unconvincingly again in direction of his personal aim when compelled to retreat in transition.
CB: Manuel Akanji – 3/10 – Out-jumped by Mee for Brentford’s opener as Metropolis conceded their third set-piece aim of the season. They solely let in a single final time period.
CB: Aymeric Laporte – 6/10 – Rather more assured when the ball was on the deck fairly than difficult Brentford’s aerially adept forwards.
LB: Joao Cancelo – 3/10 – The whole lot was compelled, together with a poorly executed dive which he was rightly booked for.
CM: Kevin De Bruyne – 6/10 – Romped and roamed throughout the turf in a characteristically all-action show however the finish product was missing.
CM: Rodri – 7/10 – All the time out there as Metropolis’s stress valve towards Brentford’s intermittent press.
CM: Ilkay Gundogan – 4/10 – Lax when monitoring Brentford’s ahead runners from midfield and missed Metropolis’s clearest likelihood after charging upfield himself.
RW: Bernardo Silva – 5/10 – Struggled when compelled right into a one-on-one with Henry however floated into area away from the wingback.
ST: Erling Haaland – 4/10 – Repeatedly charged into an invariably strong set of purple and white stripes.
LW: Phil Foden – 6/10 – Took his aim fantastically however wasn’t overly concerned in any other case.
SUB: Julian Alvarez (87′ for Cancelo) – N/A
Supervisor: Pep Guardiola – 4/10 – Did not make his first substitution till the 87th minute as he tweaked the positions of his beginning XI however with out a lot pleasure towards stubborn foes.
GK: David Raya – 8/10 – Arguably essentially the most penetrative passer on the pitch this afternoon, bypassing Metropolis’s press along with his devastatingly correct lengthy kicks.
CB: Mathias Jorgensen – 6/10 – No nonsense along with his method to defending his personal field.
CB: Ethan Pinnock – 6/10 – Stable in a show spent largely clearing his strains.
CB: Ben Mee – 7/10 – Adept at positioning his body in the way in which of a sky blue shirt taking purpose.
RWB: Mads Roerslev – 5/10 – Stood agency towards the tough problem of Foden.
CM: Frank Onyeka – 5/10 – Began brightly however light from the foreground.
CM: Vitaly Janelt – 6/10 – Sweeping up because the ballast in Brentford’s midfield.
CM: Mathias Jensen – 5/10 – Struggled to exert a long-lasting influence on proceedings.
LWB: Rico Henry – 8/10 – Took a hands-on (slightly too actually at occasions) method to defending his reverse winger however was a relentless menace spearing into the ultimate third.
ST: Bryan Mbeumo – 6/10 – On his record-breaking fiftieth Premier League look for Brentford, Mbeumo scurried and harried across the ultimate third selflessly.
ST: Ivan Toney – 8/10 – A menace within the air as he thrived because the link-man up towards Metropolis’s fretting centre-backs.
SUB: Christian Norgaard (62′ for Janelt) – 5/10
SUB: Yoane Wissa (74′ for Mbeumo) – N/A
SUB: Josh Dasilva (87′ for Onyeka) – N/A
Supervisor: Thomas Frank – 7/10 – Set his aspect as much as defend doggedly but in addition posed a potent menace going ahead.