Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Man City held by Premier League newcomer Leeds 1-1

Leeds United's Rodrigo, centre, celebrates after equalising against Manchester City during their English Premier League match at Elland Road in Leeds, England, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. (Cath Ivill/Pool via AP).

Leeds United's Rodrigo, centre, celebrates after equalising against Manchester City during their English Premier League match at Elland Road in Leeds, England, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. (Cath Ivill/Pool via AP).

Pep Guardiola was frustrated by the strength of guru Marcelo Bielsa's Premier League newcomers as Manchester City were held 1-1 by Leeds on Saturday.

At a rainy, empty Elland Road — due to coronavirus restrictions — Rodrigo came off the bench in the second half to equalise with his first goal since joining Leeds ahead of the season in a club-record transfer.

The Spaniard pounced on a mistake by City goalkeeper Ederson to turn the ball home from close range in the 59th minute.

It canceled out the 16th-minute goal from Raheem Sterling, who cut inside on the left edge of the penalty area and drove a low shot inside the far post.

Leeds are in fifth place on their return to the top division after 16 years. But 2018 and 2019 champion Manchester City are eight points behind leader Everton in 10th place, albeit with a game in hand.

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