Premier League leaders Manchester City suffered a disappointing 2-1 loss to ten-man Leeds United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Citizens ruffled the feathers from the win over Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League with Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and Sergio Aguero dropped to the bench.
Surprisingly, it was the visiting side that had the first opportunity to go ahead earlier on from a ball in the area by Patrick Bamford, but he couldn’t take it in his stride and make the Citizens pay.
The breakthrough came three minutes from halftime as a low rasping strike inside the area from Stuart Dallas struck the foot of the post en-route to arrowing the net.
Leeds’ joy were spoiled on the brink of halftime after captain Liam Cooper walked the plank following intervention from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR)for a poor challenge on Gabriel Jesus.
A quick start from the Citizens seemed on the horizon two minutes following the break from a promising free-kick outside the area by Oleksandr Zinchenko, but Leeds managed to clear.
Leeds nearly allowed the host in on 53 minutes from a powerful left-footed shot by Zinchenko from outside the area, but goalkeeper Illan Meslier stretched wide to plug out the attempt.
Change of tact from the Citizens brigade followed four minutes later and had Ilkay Gundogan introduced for Nathan Ake before Bernardo Silva volleyed a loose ball in the area wide.
Following constant probing, City got their rewards in the final 13 minutes when Ferran Torres sneaked in the centre of the area to tap home a low ball from the right-side.
Leeds regrouped after the set-back and reclaimed the lead at the death after Dallas ran onto a first-time pass for a close-range finish to suspend City’s title charge.
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