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Manchester City v Fulham Live Commentary, 05/11/2022

FT
2 - 1
MCI
FUL
J. Álvarez (16)
E. Haaland (90+5 pen)
Andreas Pereira (28 pen)
Etihad Stadium

Commentary

That's all for the live text commentary for this match. Until next time, goodbye.
City host Brentford at Etihad Stadium next Saturday in their last fixture before the break for the World Cup. Fulham welcome Manchester United to Craven Cottage the following day.
City earn a hard-fought win against Fulham. They took the lead through Alvarez only for Fulham to equalise through Pereira's penalty following Cancelo's red card. Haaland thought he had won the game for the home side in the second half, only for his goal to be disallowed for offside, before he did it for real, right at the death, when he converted a late penalty. The result is huge for Pep Guardiola's side because it means they leapfrog Arsenal to take top spot - until tomorrow, at least.
90' + 8' FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 2-1 FULHAM
E. Haaland
Yellow Card
Manchester City
90' + 7' Haaland has been booked for taking his shirt off while celebrating.
Rúben Dias
İ. Gündoğan
Manchester City
90' + 6' Dias has replaced Gundogan to shore up the defence.
E. Haaland
Penalty Goal
Manchester City
90' + 5' GOAL! Haaland converts his penalty to put City back into the lead. The Norwegian went to the left side and, even though Leno got a hand on it, it nestled in the bottom corner of the net.
90' + 3' PENALTY! City have been awarded a penalty after Robinson fouled De Bruyne inside the box.
90' + 2' City are just lacking their usual sharpness in the final third - and it could cost them two points.
90' There will be five minutes of additional time at the end of this second half.
A. Robinson
Yellow Card
Fulham
90' Robinson is booked.
L. Harris
Andreas Pereira
Fulham
88' Harris has replaced Pereira, who's worked hard today and was the author of Fulham's equaliser.
86' City, for all their possession, are struggling to carve out many clear-cut chances.
84' Fulham, however, are continuing to dig in and defend with real tenacity.
82' City are trying to ramp up their pressure as the game enters its final stages.
K. Mbabu
Willian
Fulham
80' Mbabu has replaced Willian in a straight swap.
78' Haaland's goal, even though it was disallowed, has given City renewed confidence.
T. Cairney
Carlos Vinícius
Fulham
76' Cairney has come on for Vinicius to lead the line.
D. James
H. Wilson
Fulham
76' James has replaced Wilson to add a little more energy down the right flank.
74' GOAL DISALLOWED! City have the ball in the net after Haaland scores from De Bruyne's cross - but VAR subsequently rules it out for offside.
72' Fulham have enjoyed a couple of decent spells of possession.
70' Stones lifts the ball to the back post and Haaland, even though he's stretching, manages to catch it with a volley. This time, however, his effort is wide of the mark.
68' The introduction of Foden and Haaland has given the home crowd a clear lift.
66' Tete shoots from distance, trying his luck, but Ederson makes a comfortable save to deny him.
E. Haaland
J. Álvarez
Manchester City
64' Haaland has come on for Alvarez as the central striker.
P. Foden
J. Grealish
Manchester City
64' Here come the big guns. Foden replaces Grealish in a like-for-like change.
K. Tete
Yellow Card
Fulham
63' Tete is booked after a coming together with Grealish.
62' Wilson is played in down the right flank, in plenty of space, but fails to connect properly with his effort and sees the ball slide wide of the far post.
60' City are continuing to see the majority of the ball but haven't cut Fulham open as many times as they would have liked.
58' Fulham do well to break down the right side, with Reed and Willian trying to arrow the ball into the box. City manage to cope with their threat and clear their lines, however.
56' Alvarez does superbly to get in behind Fulham's defence and win a corner - the Argentine showed real girt and tenacity. The set-piece comes to nothing, however.
54' Fulham are continuing to defend resolutely. They appear determined to take at least a point back to London with them.
52' De Bruyne finds Ake at the back post with a fine, lifted ball. But the Dutchman's header is easily dealt with by Leno.
50' City have started this second half with real intensity. They want to put this to bed as soon as possible.
48' Haaland earns a rousing reception as he warms up for the first time.
46' We're back underway at Etihad Stadium.
City have largely adapted to going down to ten men well, but they are beginning to show signs of frustration. They'll need to reset for this second half if they want to secure all three points - because this Fulham team is digging deep and fighting for a result.
All square at the break here at Eithad Stadium. City took the lead through Alvarez and looked to be in cruise control only for Cancelo's red card to derail what had otherwise been a straightforward afternoon's work. Pereira converted the resulting penalty to set up what looks to be an intruiging second half of Premier League football.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 1-1 FULHAM
Bernardo Silva
Yellow Card
Manchester City
45' + 3' Silva is booked for dissent.
45' There will be three minutes of additional time at the end of this first half.
H. Reed
Yellow Card
Fulham
45' Reed is booked after a coming together with De Bruyne.
42' CHANCE! City break superbly, doing well to beat Fulham's press and then funnelling the ball into Grealish's feet on the left flank. His effort, however, flies just wide of the target.
40' It's raining heavily here at Etihad Stadium.
38' City have recovered well from losing Cancelo and are beginning to get on the ball more frequently once again.
36' CHANCE! De Bruyne finds Alvarez with a beautiful long pass, but the Argentine is blocked down by Ream when he gets his shot off.
34' The game has certainly opened up since City went down to ten men.
32' City have re-organised to cope with Cancelo's absence. Rodri appears to have dropped to centre-back with Ake playing on the left of the back four.
30' City are back on the ball, seeking to re-assert their superiority and regain their lost lead.
Andreas Pereira
Penalty Goal
Fulham
28' GOAL! Pereira converts his penalty and gets Fulham back on level terms. The Brazilian sends Ederson the wrong way and calmly places his effort into the bottom left corner of the net.
João Cancelo
Red Card
Manchester City
26' RED CARD! Cancelo has been sent off for fouling Wilson inside the box and Fulham have been awarded a penalty.
24' CIty have the ball in the net once again, Stones scoring after the ball fell to him in the box following an excellent free kick from Gundogan. But the referee has ruled it out a foul in the buildup.
22' Fulham are holding their shape well in the face of City's dominance.
20' Fulham are trying to show fight, snapping into challenges, but they just can't get on the ball for any meaningful period of time.
18' City look a side in cruise control right now.
J. Álvarez
Goal
Manchester City
16' GOAL! City take the lead through Alvarez. Gundogan slides through a perfectly-weighted pass to the Argentine, who finishes confidently.
İ. Gündoğan
Assist
Manchester City
16' Gundogan played a smart ball to find Alvarez.
16' City are beginning to turn up the heat.
14' Gundogan registers a scuffed shot on target after a smart switch by De Bruyne from the right side. Leno is again on hand to save it, however.
12' Cancelo wins a corner after smart work by Alvarez, De Bruyne and Grealish. It comes to nothing, however.
10' The pattern has very much been set in these opening ten minutes - City are going to dominate possession while Fulham will endeavour to hold their shape, keep things tight and break whenever the opportunity presents itself.
8' CHANCE! De Bruyne tries his luck from distance, catching a superb shot perfectly and drawing a fine save from Leno.
Andreas Pereira
Yellow Card
Fulham
7' Pereira is booked for a rather nasty foul on Rodri.
6' Fulham try to beat City's press and play out from the back only for De Bruyne to steal it back. It could be a long afternoon for the London side.
4' City threaten, a smart period of build-up play culminating in Silva directing a lifted effort toward the far post only for Leno to get a hand to it.
2' City are moving the ball with typical confidence in these opening minutes.
1' We're underway here at Etihad Stadium.
City have won their last 10 home Premier League games, scoring at least three times in every single victory (43 goals in total). They could become the first top-flight side to win more than 10 such home games in a row since Aston Villa between December 1930 and September 1931 (13 in a row).
City are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League games against Fulham, winning 11 and drawing three. They’ve won each of their nine against them in the competition, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last five.
Fulham have made three changes from the team that drew with Everton last weekend - Tete has come in for Reid, Wilson has replaced Neeskens Kebano and Vinicius starts instead of Alexander Mitrovic.
City have made only one change from the side that beat Leicester City last weekend - Ake has replaced Laporte.
FULHAM SUBS: Marek Rodak, Layvin Kurzawa, Tosin Adarabioyo, Shane Duffy, Kevin Mbabu, Tom Cairney, Daniel James, Josh Onomha, Luke Bernard Harris.
FULHAM (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Kenny Tete, Issa Diop, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson; Harrison Reed, Joao Palhinha; Harry Wilson, Andreas Pereira, Willian; Vinicius.
MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Stefan Ortega, Rico Lewis, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Sergio Gomez, Phil Foden, Cole Palmer, Erling Haaland, Riyad Mahrez.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; John Stones, Manuel Akanji, Nathan Ake, Joao Cancelo; Kevin de Bruyne, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan; Bernardo Silva, Julian Alvarez, Jack Grealish.
Fulham come into this one seventh in the Premier League having started the season superbly following their promotion. A trip to Etihad Stadium will be a great way of measuring the progress they've made under Marco Silva.
City come into this one second in the Premier League and two points behind Arsenal. If they can beat Fulham today they'll leap-frog the league leaders and sit at the top of the table until the London side lock horns with Chelsea on Sunday.
Hello and welcome to the live text commentary for the Premier League clash between Manchester City and Fulham.