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Leeds 0 Arsenal 0 LIVE REACTION: Marcelo Bielsa's side play out pulsating stalemate with 10-men Gunners – latest updates

ARSENAL and Leeds played out an entertaining draw at Elland Road as Nicolas Pepe was sent off for the away side for a head butt on Ezgjan Alioski.

Leeds dominated the possession and hit the woodwork on three occasions but failed to capitalise on the personnel advantage as both sides struggled to end their winless streaks.

  • Score: Leeds 0-0 Arsenal
  • TV/Live stream: Sky Sports Football/Premier League
  • Leeds XI: Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Alioski, Raphinha, Klich, Harrison, Bamford.
  • Arsenal XI: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Ceballos, Xhaka, Willian, Willock, Pepe, Aubameyang

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  • Sam Dymond

    BIELSA REACTION

    Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has been speaking to the press after this afternoon's game, and has declared himself pleased with his side despite failing to break down Arsenal's ten men.

  • Sam Dymond

    KALVIN FINE

    The return of Kalvin Phillips was most welcome for Leeds United this afternoon, and the midfielder certainly covered a lot of ground after a month out with injury as his heat map shows.

  • Sam Dymond

    ARTETA’S REACTION

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been chatting to Sky Sports after their goalless draw and labelled the actions of Pepe as “unacceptable.”

    “Considering how early Pepe was sent off, we have to take it. I never like a draw but considering the circumstances, it’s a point.

    “The first half was two different periods. The first 25 minutes we were dominant and created a lot of issues, and then the game broke.

    “We started to give balls away in difficult areas which leads to them having the space to break and they’re good at it.

    “With ten men, it was a matter of defending well, staying patient and using the pace of our players in the spaces they were leaving.

    “[Saka’s] was the best chance of the game. The keeper did really well but, on another day, we could have won the game.

    “I really liked the personality of our team. When Pepe let the team down, we suffered together, we stuck to what we had to do and still believed that we could win the game.”

  • Sam Dymond

    GUNNERS MISFIRING

    It's almost eight hours since Arsenal scored a goal in the Premier League from open play.

  • Sam Dymond

    LEEDS IN NEED

    Has anyone got the number of a goalscorer?

  • Sam Dymond

    FT: LEEDS 0-0 ARSENAL

    It ends goalless, but your guess as to how is as good as mine. Leeds battered Arsenal, but couldn't find the breakthrough as they hit the woodwork three times and were kept out by a string of fine saves by Bernd Leno. The visitors, unadventurous throughout, were not helped by the sending off of Pepe early in the second half for a petulant headbutt.

    Kieran Tierney is clearly frustrated by his side's performance and clashes with Ezgjan Alioski as the players make their way off the field.

  • Sam Dymond

    PEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!

    IT'S ALL OVER AT ELLAND ROAD!

  • Sam Dymond

    LEEDS 0-0 ARSENAL

    90+7. Leeds win a corner. Is there time?

    The home side take it short and the whistle blows.

  • Sam Dymond

    LEEDS 0-0 ARSENAL

    90+5. Post! Leeds hit the woodwork for the third time in this half!

    A cross from the right travels all the way through to Raphinha, who is off balance.

    Falling back, the Brazilian manages to dig a sliced shot out that clatters the near post as Leno watches on.

  • Sam Dymond

    LEEDS 0-0 ARSENAL

    90+3. He's back! Kalvin Phillips is booked for a poor challenge on Ceballos.

    The Leeds midfielder catches the Real Madrid loanee on the ankle with his studs.

    “Any higher and he would have been in real trouble,” suggests Gary Neville on commentary.

  • Sam Dymond

    LEEDS 0-0 ARSENAL

    90+2. Saka has been a lively contributor since his introduction, but he's not going to make it until the end.

    The young substitute has taken an unintentional whack on the knee from Alioski, and won't be able to continue.

    He's replaced by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

  • Sam Dymond

    LEEDS 0-0 ARSENAL

    90. The clock strikes 90 minutes as Arsenal smuggle away a Leeds corner, but there is going to be a minimum of five added minutes.

    Can the home side find a deserved winner?

  • Sam Dymond

    LEEDS 0-0 ARSENAL

    87. Bamford heads against the post!

    The forward gets up highest to meet Poveda's cross from the right, and can only watch in anguish as his downward header clips the base of the post and comes back into play.

    Rodrigo is sniffing around for the rebound but he is unable to connect with the loose ball.

    Perhaps it just isn't going to be Leeds' day.

  • Sam Dymond

    LEEDS 0-0 ARSENAL

    86. Liam Cooper is yellow carded for a foul on Ceballos.

  • Sam Dymond

    LEEDS 0-0 ARSENAL

    84. Was that the chance for Arsenal?!

    The Gunners nearly claim a classic smash and grab after Bellerin's brilliant run and through ball for Saka.

    The substitute outstrips the Leeds defence to go one-on-one with Meslier, but takes the ball too wide as he attempts to go around the goalkeeper.

    Recovering, the French stopper manages to get up and block the eventual shot. Leeds breathe a huge sigh of relief.

  • Sam Dymond

    LEEDS 0-0 ARSENAL

    81. Arsenal ask for a penalty after Aubameyang's shot is blocked by the elbow of Cooper at close quarters.

    VAR take a look at it but aren't interested.

    If that had been given, we may as well have all packed up and gone home.

  • Sam Dymond

    LEEDS 0-0 ARSENAL

    79. Rodrigo crashes a shot against the crossbar!

    The substitute had fired a warning to the Gunners moments earlier with a long range effort that bent wide and now he's gone even closer.

    Receiving a slick pass from Koch, the Spaniard took a touch on the edge of the box before unleashing a brilliant curler that beat Leno but cracked the woodwork.

  • Sam Dymond

    LEEDS 0-0 ARSENAL

    78. Yet again Kieran Tierney has been one of Arsenal's most admirable contributors.

    After a long period of defending, the Scot somehow finds the energy to burst forward from the back and win his side a corner.

    He needn't have bothered though, the delivery from Nelson is awful, failing to beat the first man.

  • Sam Dymond

    LEEDS 0-0 ARSENAL

    75. A rare opportunity for Arsenal as Xhaka is unnecessarily bundled over by Cooper 25 yards from goal.

    The Swiss international opts to take it himself and blasts the free-kick over the crossbar.

    A let off for the Leeds skipper.

  • Sam Dymond

    LEEDS 0-0 ARSENAL

    73. Another chance, this time for Bamford.

    The striker is well challenged by Tierney as they compete for a lofted cross, and the Leeds man heads over.

  • Sam Dymond

    LEEDS 0-0 ARSENAL

    72. Raphinha goes for goal himself, but his blast on the turn is blocked by one of Arsenal's many defenders.

  • Sam Dymond

    LEEDS 0-0 ARSENAL

    70. Right place. Right time. Wrong man.

    Leeds patiently work the opportunity after a lengthy spell of possession when Raphinha slips a ball back from the touchline to an unmarked teammate ten yards from goal.

    Unfortunately for Leeds that teammate is Ayling, who miscontrols and allows the chance to run away.

    It's the defender's last contribution as he is replaced by record signing Rodrigo.

  • Sam Dymond

    LEEDS 0-0 ARSENAL

    68. Hector Bellerin foul throws.

    Again.

  • Sam Dymond

    LEEDS 0-0 ARSENAL

    67. Leeds have had close to 80% of the possession since Pepe's sending off, but Arsenal are holding firm.

    The visitors have dropped deep in numbers and you feel as though the remainder of this game will be played in much the same fashion as a 11 v 10 training game.

  • Sam Dymond

    LEEDS 0-0 ARSENAL

    64. Excellent stop by Leno!

    Raphinha slips a pass across to Dallas and the midfielder lets fly from 20 yards.

    Diving high to his right, the Arsenal goalkeeper soars to tip one-handed over the bar.

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Crystal Palace vs Leeds: Tips, prediction and odds – Betting preview for Premier League clash

LEEDS travel to Selhurst Park for their Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

The two sides have enjoyed mixed success in their opening seven games of the season and SunSport are here to provide all the tips, odds and our prediction in this betting preview.

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Roy Hodgson and Marcelo Bielsa's sides have both collected 10 points and share identical league records having registered three wins, three defeats and a draw.

We expect Saturday's 3pm showdown to be a similarly close affair and that's why we're backing a draw with both teams to score at 13/4*.

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The forward has scored SIX top-flight goals this season and netted in all three of The Whites' away fixtures against Liverpool, Sheffield United and Liverpool.

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Draw: 9/4

Leeds: 29/20

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Wilfried Zaha: 5/1

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Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa could soon be TV star and become face of Yorkshire Tea after falling in love with drink

LEEDS United’s tongue-tied boss Marcelo Bielsa could soon be lifting cups on telly… as the face of Yorkshire Tea!

The Spanish-speaking Argentine coach still barely speaks a word of English since landing the Elland Road job two years ago 

And the Leeds chief is also unfamiliar with the nation’s love of a cuppa.

But now the eccentric manager – renowned for watching matches perched on an upturned bucket along the touchline – admits he’s rapidly warming to teabags rather than coffee.

Staff at the newly-promoted Premier League club have noticed how much Bielsa, 65, looks forward to sipping several mugs of tea a day before and after training. 

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And the suppliers of his favourite beverage hope he’ll soon be telling TV viewers, “Me encanta una Buena taza de té de Yorkshire” – which means “I love a nice cup of Yorkshire Tea.”  

Bielsa, who lives near Wetherby Racecourse in West Yorkshire, told one interviewer back in his homeland: “It is true I am learning the way of life since moving to England.

“Everybody drinks a lot of tea and I am finding myself enjoying this too.”

Yorkshire Tea bosses believe he would be ideal to promote their brand, and spokesman Ben Newbury said: “The fact Mr Bielsa insists on a proper brew cements his status as an honorary Yorkshireman.

“Being a strategic genius is thirsty work, so we’re not surprised he gets through plenty of tea every day.”  

And a Leeds club source added: “Despite the language problems Marcelo is really trying hard to engage with the British way of life, and he’s keen to blend in with those around him.

“When he first arrived he was very much a coffee drinker, but slowly he’s developed a real taste for Yorkshire Tea and drinks it both at work and at home. He would be a great ambassador for it.”

The drink, produced by Taylor’s of Harrogate since 1977, is the most popular brand of black tea in the UK and boasts celeb fans including rocker Noel Gallagher, 53, and comedian Alan Carr, 44.

Bielsa is nicknamed El Loco – The Madman – for some of his bizarre antics.

These include making his players pick up street litter for three hours to show them how life can be for some fans.

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Leeds Rhino star shares Motor Neurone Disease fight in BBC documentary

Rugby star Rob Burrow, 38, reveals the devastating toll Motor Neurone Disease is taking on his body less than a year after diagnosis, saying: ‘First it comes for your voice, then your legs’

  •  Ex Leeds Rhinos and Great Britain scrum-half Rob Burrow, 38, was diagnosed with MND last Christmas – and his deterioration has been rapid
  • In a new BBC documenatary Burrow and his wife Lindsey, who share three young children, reveal how she’s become his full-time carer in recent months 
  •  He tells BBC Two show, airing tonight at 7pm, that disease can’t ‘sap his spirit’

A moving new BBC2 documentary, which airs tonight, reveals the devastating impact Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is having on former Leeds Rhino rugby star Rob Burrow, who was diagnosed with the disease in December 2019.

The rugby legend, a scrum-half who also represented Great Britain, has seen a rapid deterioration in his health – including weight loss and poor speech – in recent months.

The 30-minute programme follows his progress during the pandemic, showing how MND has dramatically affected life with his wife of 20 years, Lyndsey, and their three young children, Macy, nine, Maya, five, and Jackson, two.

The documentary Rob Burrow: My Year With MND, presented by Sally Nugent, sees interviews with his former teammates and his parents, including his father who says he’s questioned ‘Is it our fault he played rugby?’ and his mother, who says she ‘blamed’ the sport after her son’s shock diagnosis.  

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Burrow playing during a testimonial for Leeds Rhinos in January 2020, pictured with his children Macy, far left, Jackson, centre, and Maya, far right, at Emerald Headingley Stadium, Yorkshire

The documentary charts Burrow’s deterioration since his diagnosis including weight loss and poor speech; the former Leeds Rhino hooker says MND ‘can’t sap his spirit’

Burrow’s wife of 20 years and mother to his three young children, Lindsey says she’s now her husband’s carer in the 30-minute documentary

Fans have raised nearly £350,000 to ensure that Rob, Lindsey and their family have security going forward

In the emotional programme, which airs tonight, Burrow, 38, describes how MND has taken over his body, saying: ‘First it comes for your voice, then it takes your legs’. 

He adds that while his body is being diminished by the illness, a degenerative condition which affects how nerves in the brain and spinal cord work, it won’t ‘sap his spirit’ and says: ‘My mind is so strong and positive’.  

Burrow, who was often the smallest man on the pitch but could outrun much bigger oppoonents during his 17 seasons with Leeds Rhino, was first diagnosed following problems with his speech last year and doctors initially put down his slurring to a viral infection.

At the time, he said: ‘I was expecting to go and get medication and get on with life.’ 

Burrow believes the first warning sign was there last September, when his former captain Kevin Sinfield approached him at the Rhinos’ end-of-season awards night. ‘I was giving the Academy Player of the Year award and I got up on stage and the word I struggled with was ‘consistency’. 

Now needing full-time care, Burrow is seen enjoying a day out in Yorkshire this summer with his two youngest children, Jackson, left, and Maya

‘Kev came up and said, “Are you all right? Have you been drinking?” I said, “No, what are you on about?” I hadn’t even realised at the time that I’d slurred the word.’

It was a similar story two months later when Burrow was moving house. ‘The word I couldn’t say then was ‘solicitor’. That’s when I thought something was up, but I thought it might just be stress or anxiety from moving, or the long-term use of painkillers for my shoulder injury.’

He began to do his own research and read about MND. But after the club took him to hospital for testing, the eight-time Super League winner was told by his doctor to ignore his self-diagnosis.

‘The doctor said, “Why are you saying that? We are not testing for that”. They thought I might have something called myasthenia gravis, which can be treated. Then I got my MRI scan back, which was fine, so I thought I was home and dry. I thought it might be something like an infection.’

Burrow retired from playing in 2017 and was just two years into a coaching role when he was diagnosed with the illness

Just before Christmas last year, he and Lindsey gathered their three children – Macy, then eight, Maya, then four, and then one-year-old Jackson – at home to tell them the news. ‘The kids were running around and we had to say, “Sit down, we want to tell you something”.

‘We told them loosely, “Daddy is poorly”. We didn’t name what it was, apart from saying there’s no cure.

‘And Maya just said, “What are you telling us that for? That’s boring”. That was just perfect. I thought telling them would be the hardest thing to do, but when Maya said that, it lightened the mood.’

Fans have raised nearly £350,000 to ensure that Rob, Lindsey and their family have security going forward since the scrum-half revealed he had the illness. 

Donations can be made here: www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/robburrow

Rob Burrow: My Year With MND, airs on BBC2 tonight at 7pm

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1pm Leeds United transfer news LIVE: Cuisance BLAST over ‘failed’ medical, Phillips impresses for England again – The Sun

LEEDS announced the signing of Raphinha for £21million on Deadline Day – and they may yet have more deals in the pipeline with EFL clubs.

Meanwhile Whites target Todd Cantwell has been left out of Norwich's last two matches with boss Daniel Farke admitting the midfielder is "not fully focused" on the Canaries in a boost to the Yorkshire side.

Stay up to date with all the latest from Elland Road below…

  • Kiro Evans

    HELDER HELP IN HAND

    Helder Costa is helping Raphinha to settle in at Elland Road and has taken the winger under his wing, say reports.

    They are both Portuguese speakers and have been spotted collaborating during training sessions with some of the squad absent due to international duty, according to Leeds Live

    Raphinha will be looking to adapt fast and have some involvement in Leeds first game after the break against Wolves.

  • Kiro Evans

    TV BOOST FOR FANS

    PREM clubs are today poised to agree to non-televised matches being available to all fans, Martin Lipton writes.

    But supporters will have to pay to watch with the matches only available through a special subscription service.

    Ever since the Prem’s restart in June, all matches have been available through one of the Prem’s four broadcast partners – Sky, BT, Amazon prime and the BBC.

    With fans locked out, the clubs felt they had no option to ensure supporters were able to watch their teams in action.

    But there are concerns that the two main broadcasters’ patience over the loss of their prized exclusivity is not boundless and that there could be a knock-on impact with the companies demanding a further rebate.

    Prem clubs already face having to pay back £330m over the next two seasons as a result of the pandemic and a further cut in income would be a savage blow.

  • Kiro Evans

    COMING UP

    While it can sometimes feel like the international breaks are never-ending, the Premier League will eventually return and Leeds have some interesting fixtures coming up.

    First up is a mouth-watering home clash with Wolves who, like Marcelo Bielsa's side, are tactically aware, difficult to beat and play with intensity.

    Then they go to the Liverpool slayers Aston Villa, who still have a 100% record, before hosting Leicester City in what should be a great game.

    Their final match before the next international break is away at Crystal Palace.

  • Kiro Evans

    A TEAM OF TACKLERS

    Stats in recent days have shone a light on the incredible pressing game of Marcelo Bielsa's side.

    Just a reminder of how extraordinary and aggressive their style of play is, with the newly-promoted side leading several Premier League tackling stats this season.

  • Kiro Evans

    AM HAPPY TO SEE YOU

    Leeds are weighing up a move for Hamburg centre-back Stephan Ambrosius in January, reports say.

    The Yorkshire club are believed to have been eyeing the defender on deadline day but the German side fended off interest.

    When the window reopens, Marcelo Bielsa's side could be keen on reinforcements at the back.

    Ambrosius' contract runs out next summer, meaning Leeds' could sign him up on a pre-contract from January 1 2021.

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING LEEDS FANS

    The Whites are reportedly eyeing the development of Hamburg defender Stephan Ambrosius.

    Leeds ended their window having signed Raphinha as well as bringing in Diego Llorente and Robin Koch at centre-back.

    They were also interested in Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol and Brighton's Ben White.

    But according to Hanuaer Anzeiger, Ambrosius is their latest target for the winter window.

    Elsewhere, Leeds are still hoping to bring in Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell, according to reports.

    The Whites have made a sensational start to life back in the Premier League, but boss Marcelo Bielsa seemingly still wants more additions.

    The Express reports that Cantwell is very much in the Argentine's thoughts.

    And finally, Simon Jordan has hailed Marcelo Bielsa’s ability to inspire the Leeds squad.

    He told talkSPORT: “As an owner you sit back and think ‘that’s my guy’ – and Bielsa is doing the job. They’ve got a coach people say and think is one of the best thinkers in the world – I’m not surprised they are on the front foot.

    “Bielsa is, from what I can see, an incredible coach and he gets the players attention – which is what I believe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not do.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FIGHT TO SURVIVE

    Former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson told LUFC: “If Leeds keep playing how they are doing in the final third of the field, they will have no problems this season.

    “I’ve been really impressed with how Leeds have started, especially Patrick Bamford as well, a lot was said about him not taking chances, but he’s been brilliant, he’s really taken on the mantle, the manager has given him a vote of confidence and his performance as well as his goals have been fantastic this season.

    “There are not many teams who will go to Anfield and dominate possession and have more tackles, Leeds did to Liverpool what Liverpool do to other teams.

    “I think the biggest surprise this season will be for other teams when they see the way Leeds play, they don’t stop they are relentless.

    “Robin Koch has settled now and he has Liam Cooper next to him and they both seem to have a real understanding already.

    “Leeds don’t change the way they play for anybody, we’ve seen Leeds change to a back three or four at times, but the same ethos and philosophy is always there, work hard, press high and win the ball and when they do get the ball attack on the break quickly.

    “I think Leeds will more than survive with the way that they play, approach games and with the squad which is being built.

    “The recruitment has been outstanding, you have to give the owner a lot of credit for what he has done, realised the squad needed strengthening and it has been with a lot of quality players.

    “I can quite easily see Leeds finishing in mid-table, but I would take 17th place right now.”

  • Joe Brophy

    HEAD START

    Former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson has admitted he has been impressed by the club's Premier League start.

    He told LUFC: “It’s been nice to read and listen to other managers and other people in the media talking about Leeds, in the light they have done as well.

    “It was good to get the clean sheet at Sheffield United, because you can get carried away with the great performance at Anfield, but we still conceded four goals, so what really pleased me was the defensive performance at Bramall Lane.

    “I think if the Fulham match was at home was a 4-1 result and it was a convincing win, it wouldn’t have been an issue, but obviously shipping goals may be a problem and with the way that we play, open and going forwards there are going to be times this season where we might concede a few goals.

    “But, if Leeds keep playing how they are doing in the final third of the field, they will have no problems this season.

    “I’ve been really impressed with how Leeds have started, especially Patrick Bamford as well, a lot was said about him not taking chances, but he’s been brilliant, he’s really taken on the mantle, the manager has given him a vote of confidence and his performance as well as his goals have been fantastic this season.”

  • Joe Brophy

    COURT IN THE BUFF

    Belgium are in crisis after Thibaut Courtois became the THIRD goalkeeper ruled out for Sunday's game against England.

    Roberto Martinez's side travel to Wembley for the Nations League clash with the Real Madrid star initially set to start.

    But, ahead of Thursday's friendly against Ivory Coast, it was confirmed that Courtois had left the camp.

    And the hip injury will keep the 28-year-old out of action as the Group B favourites go head to head on Sunday.

  • Joe Brophy

    LEEDING FROM THE FRONT

    Simon Jordan has hailed Marcelo Bielsa’s ability to inspire the Leeds squad.

    He told talkSPORT: “As an owner you sit back and think ‘that’s my guy’ – and Bielsa is doing the job. They’ve got a coach people say and think is one of the best thinkers in the world – I’m not surprised they are on the front foot.

    “Bielsa is, from what I can see, an incredible coach and he gets the players attention – which is what I believe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not do.”

  • Joe Brophy

    PHIL YOUR BOOTS

    Leeds star Kalvin Phillips has been named in the starting line-up for England's friendly against Wales.

  • Joe Brophy

    CUISANCE NO NUISANCE

    Michael Cuisance has firmly denied a failed medical put the kibosh on his switch to Leeds from Bayern Munich.

    And the midfielder’s claims have reportedly been backed by Marseille officials who say the player they signed on loan three days after his move to Elland Road collapsed is ‘100%’ fit.

    The Frenchman told Goal: “'There was no problem with the medical, the one with Marseille went very well, I am in form and ready to play.

    “At Leeds, there was no problem from my side.'’

  • Joe Brophy

    COR BLIMEY

    England U19s' friendly clash against Scotland has been abandoned at HALF-TIME following a positive Covid-19 test during the match.

    The Young Lions went into the break at St George's Park leading 3-1, only to be told that the fixture has been called off.

    Players were told that a member of the backroom staff had received a positive test, leading the referee to call a halt to the proceedings.

    Commenting on the matter, an FA spokesperson said: “England U19's match with Scotland at St. George's Park this afternoon was abandoned in the first half as a precaution in line with COVID protocol.

    “We are not in a position to comment further at this time.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WALK ON

    Kyle Walker admitted some of his England team-mates have made mistakes during the coronavirus pandemic – but insists they all know their responsibilities.

    The 30-year-old – who himself breached coronavirus rules FOUR times during lockdown – says Gareth Southgate has spoken to the Three Lions about their duties.

    Speaking to The ITV Football Football Show podcast ahead of the friendly clash against Wales, Walker said: “He [Gareth Southgate] has reminded us.

    “We had a meeting and he talked about our roles and responsibilities – not just on the field but off the field.

    “Obviously we're in a difficult period for everyone, but representing England we have to take that on our shoulders and take the burden of that.

    “We should know what's right and what's wrong. But I feel that also people do make mistakes.

    “Off the field does play a big role in it, but we need our best players to play for England.

    “Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho, Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell – they're all fantastic, top quality players that are playing for big teams.”

  • Joe Brophy

    GATE OPEN

    Gareth Southgate is set to welcome Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho back into England training on Friday.

    The trio broke coronavirus guidelines by attending Chelsea striker Abraham's surprise birthday party at the weekend, creating the England boss' latest pandemic headache.

    After Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden were dropped from this month's squad for their coronavirus gaffe in Iceland, Southgate chose to delay the arrival of Sancho, Chilwell and Abraham by a few days.

    Ruled out of tonight's friendly against Wales, all three are now due back on Friday to link up with Leeds star Kalvin Phillips, according to Sky Sports.

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Leeds are reportedly eyeing the development of Hamburg defender Stephan Ambrosius.

    Leeds ended their window having signed Raphinha as well as bringing in Diego Llorente and Robin Koch at centre-back.

    They were also interested in Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol and Brighton's Ben White.

    But according to Hanuaer Anzeiger, Ambrosius is their latest target for the winter window.

  • John Hutchinson

    GOTT TO MOVE

    Swindon look like the favourites to sign Leeds youngster Robbie Gotts on loan.

    Speaking to the Swindon Advertiser, coach Tommy Wright said: “I’ve watched Robbie quite a lot for Leeds – I know Leeds well having been there as a player.

    “He’s a good young player. You can see me smiling as I say that. I’m not saying it’s definite, but there is a bit of interest there from our point of view. But I think there is quite a bit of interest from plenty of other clubs too in Robbie.”

  • John Hutchinson

    BAM FOR YOUR BUCK

    Leeds striker Patrick Bamford has made a stunning start to the season.

    This fan account checks out the big man's stats, and it makes for happy reading.

    He is keeping £30m record signing Rodrigo out the team.

  • John Hutchinson

    CANT BE RULED OUT

    Leeds are still hoping to bring in Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell, according to reports.

    The Whites have made a sensational start to life back in the Premier League, but boss Marcelo Bielsa seemingly still wants more additions.

    The Express reports that Cantwell is very much in the Argentine's thoughts.

  • John Hutchinson

    BAZZA OFF?

    Blackburn and Watford are leading the chase for out-of-favour Leeds full-back Barry Douglas.

    The 31-year-old hasn't even made the matchday squad yet this season as the Whites have made a terrific start to life back in the Premier League.

    And with EFL clubs still permitted to do business with the top-flight, the Scot could be playing Championship footballs soon.

  • John Hutchinson

    WHAT'S THE STORY?

    Mystery continues to surround Michael Cuisance's failed move to Leeds from Bayern Munich.

    It was reported by Sky Sports that the Frenchman had failed a medical.

    But he since joined Marseillle, and has refuted the earlier claims.

    He said: “There was no problem with the medical, the one with Marseille went very well. I am in form and ready to play.

    “At Leeds, there was no problem from my side.”

  • John Hutchinson

    EXCITED MUCH?

    Leeds fans are drooling over two of their summer signings.

    Diego Llorente and Rodrigo, as reported earlier, both played for Spain in their 0-0 draw against Portugal.

    Here is just a taster of how Whites fans viewed it… optimistic for sure!

  • John Hutchinson

    STU BEAUTY

    Leeds star Stuart Dallas is looking forward to feature in Northen Ireland's Euro qualifier against Bosnia & Herzegovina tonight.

    The versatile player has made an impressive start to life in the Premier League and will be hoping to transfer this onto the international stage.

  • John Hutchinson

    DOUBLE TROUBLE

    Leeds pair Diego Llorente and Rodrigo both featured for Spain in their 0-0 draw with Portugal last night.

    The duo have not yet made their mark for the Whites, but Marcelo Bielsa looks like the man to get them up to speed.

  • John Hutchinson

    KOCH ROCKS

    New Leeds signing Robin Koch played the full 90 for Germany in a 3-3 draw with Turkey last night.

    He looked to be heading for victory until Kenan Karaman netted a 94th minute equaliser for the Turks.

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Leeds transfer target Raphinha flying to UK tomorrow to complete £21million move from Rennes

LEEDS transfer target Raphinha will fly to the UK tomorrow to complete his £21million move from Rennes.

Marcelo Bielsa's side – who played out a thrilling 1-1 draw with Man City yesterday – were originally believed to have bid around £15.5m for the 23-year-old winger.

But that was bumped up to the £21m mark with the addition of add-ons.

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And Rennes, who have also lost Edouard Mendy to Chelsea in this window, said that was good to seal a deal.

Derby were also keen on Brazilian Raphinha but the lure of the Premier League far outweighed that of the Championship.

Raphinha scored five goals and registered three assists in 22 appearances in the French top flight last season.

And the former Sporting star has hit the ground running this season too with two assists for the table-toppers, who are unbeaten through five games with four wins.

Leeds failed in their bid to bring in Manchester United's Daniel James with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer unwilling to let the Welshman go.

And the Elland Road side looked like they were going to land Michael Cuisance from Bayern Munich before a move broke down.

Bielsa appeared to have an £18m deal for the midfielder wrapped up – only for them to fall back to square one.

The Championship winners were desperate to sign another attacking player before the European transfer deadline kicks in tomorrow night and Raphinha looks to fit the mould.

Leeds have shown themselves to be shrewd operators in the transfer market this summer.

Club-record signing Rodrigo scored in the draw against City and looks to have adapted quickly to life in the Premier League.

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10pm Leeds United transfer news LIVE: Cantwell £15m deal ‘back on’, James £25m BID, Boetius interest as Cuisance OFF – The Sun

LEEDS UNITED are still in the hunt for transfers ahead of Monday's transfer deadline.

The Whites have reportedly made a £25m bid for Daniel James with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said to be keen to sell, and are also looking at signing Todd Cantwell.

Stay up to date with all the latest from Elland Road below…

  • Ian Tuckey

    ELL OF A GAME

    Gary Neville, not for the first time, has found a way to sum up the collective footballing mood of the country – after Leeds fought back to hold Manchester City. at Elland Road.

    Leeds in the Premier League is so much fun.

    What a game of football! ❤️
    — Gary Neville (@GNev2) October 3, 2020

  • Kiro Evans

    SALIBA LOAN?

    Both Fulham and Leeds are weighing up a move for William Saliba on loan, reports say.

    Journalist Fabrizio Romano told AFTV that the 19-year-old could be sent to either Craven Cottage or Elland Road to help further his development this season.

    The defender has also been linked with a loan move to France.

  • Kiro Evans

    TWO DAYS LEFT

    Leeds are still in the market for new players despite their impressive start to life in the Premier League.

    Marcelo Bielsa's boys went toe-to-toe with Man City this evening and gave Liverpool an almighty scare on the opening day of the season.

    But the club are still keen to add more and there multiple transfer rumours flying about.

    Most immediately are the reports that came from France this afternoon, claiming the Yorkshire club are interested in Brazilian playmaker Raphinha, 23 from Rennes.

    They have also been linked to other attacking names such as Arsenal's young forward Sam Greenwood (no relation to Man United's Mason) and Daniel James.

    Look out also for Leeds' pursuit of Norwich's Todd Cantwell, with the rumours growing in intensity.

  • Kiro Evans

    KALVIN CALLS IT

    Kalvin Phillips has been reacting to Leeds' engaging 1-1 draw with Man City.

  • Kiro Evans

    NEVILLE KNOWS

    Gary Neville, not for the first time, has found a way to sum up the collective footballing mood of the country.

    Leeds in the Premier League is so much fun.

  • Kiro Evans

    WHAT A GAME

    It's finished 1-1 … somehow.

    Multiple chances at the both ends and a relentless pace right to the end.

    Follow all the reaction and analysis here:https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/12827629/leeds-man-city-live-stream-tv-watch-premier-league-online/

  • Kiro Evans

    EQUALIZER

    LEEDS ARE LEVEL! Rodrigo has scored his first goal for the club after Edison makes a mess of a corner.

    1-1

  • Kiro Evans

    SECOND HALF TO COME

    The second half is just kicking off with Leeds still trailing 1-0 after Sterling's goal.

    They improved as the 45 went on and will now be hoping to inflict some real damage on Guardiola's far-from-perfect team.

    Follow every bit of action here: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/12827629/leeds-man-city-live-stream-tv-watch-premier-league-online/

  • Kiro Evans

    GOAL

    Manchester City's fast start has paid off as they take a 1-0 lead.

    It's a brilliant individual goal by Raheem Sterling who evaded the Leeds defence and tucked the ball into the bottom corner.

    Bielsa's side need to wake up here.

    Blow-by-blow updates can be followed on our game live blog: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/12827629/leeds-man-city-live-stream-tv-watch-premier-league-online/

  • Kiro Evans

    LEEDS 0-0 MAN CITY

    Kevin De Bruyne hit the post early on but it remains goalless at Elland Road after 13 minutes.

    Follow full coverage from here: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/12827629/leeds-man-city-live-stream-tv-watch-premier-league-online/

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    DARN JAMES

    Leeds have reportedly put the brakes on their summer chase for Manchester United starlet Daniel James.

    The Yorkshire giants have been mulling over a summer bid for the Wales ace, but club owner Andrea Radrizzani has ruled out the move.

    Leeds chief Radrizzani is said to have admitted James is his club’s top target but claimed officials won't be making a move for him this summer.

    Radrizzani told Stretty News: “Dan [James] is on top of our list but seems he will be staying at Man Utd. There is nothing.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    A 'PHIN CHOICE

    Leeds are interested in signing Brazilian playmaker Raphinha, 23, according to reports in France.

    The winger has two assists in five games this season, as well as five goals and three assists in Ligue 1 last term.

    And now Marcelo Bielsa is interested in bringing the right winger to Elland Road and continue his revolution.

    He signed for Rennes only a year ago after moving from Vitoria Guimaraes to Sporting Lisbon club in 2018.

    But Bielsa is ready to bring his fellow South American to Yorkshire.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    FRESH SEED AT LEEDS

    18-year-old former Arsenal player Sam Greenwood is stealing the headlines and hearts of the Leeds camp.

    He continues to impress as again he was on target for the reserves against Middlesborough where the Whites ran out 1-0 winners.

    It looks to be a steal of a deal which only cost Leeds £3m to snatch him away from the Gunners.

    According to HITC, a fan even went as far as to say “Why Arsenal would let him go is beyond me”.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    CANT BE SERIOUS?

    Leeds are going hard to try and sign Todd Cantwell, according to reports.

    Marcelo Bielsa's side are being tipped to land the Norwich playmaker after the Canaries were relegated last season.

    According to Football Insider, they are “back in” for the £15million-rated ace.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    MORE PEP ON BIELSA

    Bielsa won league titles in Argentina before going on to manage his national team and Chile.

    He also took charge of clubs in Spain and France before guiding Leeds to their long-awaited promotion.

    Guardiola said: “It is a good present, a good gift, to have him here in the Premier League because his teams are always a joy to watch.

    “They always want to attack and produce some good football for spectators. That is good news for England.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    WHO 'ELS COULD I ADMIRE?

    Pep Guardiola claims he still has some way to go to match the stature of Marcelo Bielsa in the world game.

    The Manchester City manager has often spoken of how he has regarded the veteran Argentinian coach as an inspiration throughout his career.

    The pair meet for the first time in England on Saturday as Guardiola takes his City side to Bielsa's Leeds, who are back in the Premier League this season after a 16-year absence.

    Guardiola said: “He is probably the person I admire the most in world football – as a manager and as a person.

    “I think he is the most authentic manager all the time, in terms of how he conducts his teams, he is unique. Nobody can imitate him, it's impossible, especially his behaviour as a person off the pitch.

    “When I get the pleasure to spend time with him, it's always inspirational for me. The value of the manager does not depend on how many titles or prizes you won. It is about his knowledge as a manager.”

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    BOET TO SET SAIL

    Leeds are poised to sign Jean-Paul Boetius for £4.5million after missing out on Michael Cuisance.

    The Mainz winger has attracted interest from Marcelo Bielsa after the Bayern Munich ace failed to pass his medical in Yorkshire.

    According to BuliNews, Fulham and Leeds are both interested in Dutch winger Boetius.

    Leeds also remain interested in Manchester United’s Daniel James.

    And at just £4.5million, nobody can blame them.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    SETTING UP 'CAMP

    Manchester United will launch a bid for Sevilla attacker Lucas Ocampos after being frustrated in their chase for Jadon Sancho, according to reports.

    Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had also tried to pursue Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele on loan after hitting a wall with Borussia Dortmund.

    The Germans value England international Sancho at £109million.

    So now United are looking at plan C to get in back-up for Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood before next week's deadline.

    Ocampos, a 26-year-old Argentine, has been at Sevilla since 2019 and helped the LaLiga side win the Europa League last term.

    ESPN claim Sevilla are ready to sell him for £35m.

  • Alan Scott

    GOOD MORNING, LEEDS FANS

    Pep Guardiola has hailed Marcelo Bielsa as the world’s most authentic manager ahead of Man City’s clash with Leeds.

    Pep beamed: “He is probably the person I admire the most in world football – as a manager and as a person.

    “He is the most authentic manager in terms of how he conducts his teams. He is unique. Nobody can imitate him, it's impossible.

    “I don't see him quite as much but when I get the pleasure to spend time with him, it's always inspirational.”

    Meanwhile, Leeds have set their sights on signing Daniel James from Manchester United. 

    The winger is expected to be allowed to leave Old Trafford if the Red Devils sign a replacement winger. 

    But it has been widely reported that James would rather stay at United to fight for his place.

     

    He made 33 Premier League appearances last season, scoring three goals and making six assists.

    Finally, Leeds’ record signing Rodrigo has described boss Bielsa as a “scientist” of football.

    The £36million man told BT Sport: “Bielsa, he has a totally different way of training – he’s like a scientist. He analyses everything, everything he does in training is for a reason.

    “We did something in training today called ‘murderball’, so the names say everything.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    ROD REST

    Leeds’ record signing Rodrigo has described Marcelo Bielsa as a “scientist” of football.

    The £36million man told BT Sport: “I’m very happy to be here, it’s an important challenge for me at this moment of my career.

    “I’m 29, probably the best years of my career and I think this is a good moment for me.

    “Bielsa, he has a totally different way of training – he’s like a scientist. He analyses everything, everything he does in training is for a reason.

    “We did something in training today called ‘murderball’, so the names say everything.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    NEW LOOK

    Marcelo Bielsa is eyeing up a move for Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez.

    Tuttomercato claims the Uruguay star has emerged as the man to replace Michael Cuisance.

    Bielsa is desperate to strengthen in the middle of the park.

    And Nandez has emerged as a prime target after Cuisance's move from Bayern Munich collapsed.

  • Anthony Chapman

    TAKING THE MIC

    Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan admits he is disappointed a deal for Michael Cuisance collapsed.

    He told Football Insider: “Look, we definitely needed to get more bodies into Elland Road, I guess this is where the medicals work.

    “We don’t want to be bringing in a player who’s not going to be fit and might be struggling with an injury that might put him out, we’re going to need everyone fit and firing for the Premier League campaign.

    “We don’t want another Augustin episode where he’s injured, overweight, this is why medicals are there, to show any kind of issues or worries over a player you’d be paying a lot of money for.

    “I think everyone was getting quite excited, 21-years-old from Bayern Munich, big prospect so on that front, very disappointing. It is a setback, absolutely.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    PEP TALK

    Marcelo Bielsa has lavished praise upon Pep Guardiola ahead of their meeting this weekend.

    Bielsa said: “I do not feel like a mentor to Guardiola. It's not just how I feel, it has been evidenced to not being the case.

    “If there's a manager who is independent in his own ideas, that is Guardiola.

    “It's not just because I say it is, it's because his teams play like no other team.

    “Many believe that [Guardiola's Barcelona team] is the best club team ever created.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    SCORE REEL

    Leeds have set the Premier League alight since their highly-anticipated return.

    Indeed, they've scored EIGHT goals in their first three games.

    But which one is your favourite?

  • Anthony Chapman

    SOL SEARCH

    Ole Gunner Solskjaer is reportedly willing to listen to offers for Daniel James in a bid to raise up funds for Manchester United's desperate Jadon Sancho pursuit. 

    However, the Old Trafford board are reluctant to sign off on a possible £25million sale of the Welsh star, according to ESPN. 

    And the outlet claims club chiefs believe United’s reputation for developing players could be damaged if they let their young signing depart so quickly.

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Leeds vs Man City LIVE SCORE: Rodrigo cancels out Sterling strike after Ederson howler in Premier League – The Sun

LEEDS have drawn level against Manchester City after Rodrigo capitalised on a howler from Ederson.

The visitors had dominated the first half but only had a one-goal lead through Raheem Sterling's cool finish.

  • Jim Sheridan

    LEEDS UNITED 1-1 MANCHESTER CITY

    77. Two further substitutions.

    Bielsa makes his final change by sending on Leif Davis for Klich while Fernandinho replaces Mahrez.

    Everyone would want to be involved in this encounter.

  • Jim Sheridan

    EDERSON'S REDEMPTION

  • Jim Sheridan

    LEEDS UNITED 1-1 MANCHESTER CITY

    74. Two tactical geniuses?

    “Tactics have gone out of the window,” laughs Gary Neville. “It's Rocky versus Apollo Creed.”

    Leeds land the latest punch on their opponents as Bamford steers in a shot at the near post, but it's saved by Ederson.

  • Jim Sheridan

    LEEDS UNITED 1-1 MANCHESTER CITY

    72. Now City pass up a huge opportunity!

    Sterling gets the better of Koch to bear down on goal but rather than shooting when one-on-one with Meslier, he cuts back inside and allows the Leeds keeper to smother the chance.

  • Jim Sheridan

    LEEDS UNITED 1-1 MANCHESTER CITY

    71. Another change for City sees Nathan Ake on for Mendy.

    The recent arrival from Bournemouth is more comfortable in the middle of defence, but has played left-back throughout his career.

  • Jim Sheridan

    LEEDS UNITED 1-1 MANCHESTER CITY

    70. The woodwork saves City again!!

    Ederson makes amends for his error by tipping Rodrigo's header onto the crossbar.

    This is frantic, thrilling stuff.

  • Jim Sheridan

    LEEDS UNITED 1-1 MANCHESTER CITY

    68. It's all action at Elland Road.

    From a set-piece, Leeds hit the frame of the goal again, this time through Liam Cooper – but the flag is up for offside.

  • Jim Sheridan

    RODRIGO TO THE RESCUE

  • Jim Sheridan

    LEEDS UNITED 1-1 MANCHESTER CITY

    65. Manchester City make a first chance with Bernardo Silva replacing Ferran Torres.

  • Jim Sheridan

    LEEDS UNITED 1-1 MANCHESTER CITY

    64. Phillips has a go from 25 yards, but this time Ederson manages to get two hands on the ball – and keep them on it.

    Seconds later, De Bruyne darts in from the left at the other end, and blasts a low shot wide of the far post.

  • Jim Sheridan

    LEEDS UNITED 1-1 MANCHESTER CITY

    62. City look to take charge again as their captain, Kevin De Bruyne, attempts to wrestle free of two defenders in the box.

    The hosts stand their ground and the best the Belgian can manage is a corner.

  • Jim Sheridan

    59. On for just a couple of minutes, Rodrigo has hit the woodwork and now he's equalised!

    It's a poor mistake from Edersen, who punches the corner into the back of Benjamin Mendy.

    But it's pure instinct from Rodrigo, who turns smartly to knock the loose ball into the empty net.

    What an introduction from the substitute!

    LEEDS UNITED 1-1 Manchester City

  • Jim Sheridan

    GOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL!!

    RODRIGO LEVELS IT UP!!

  • Jim Sheridan

    LEEDS UNITED 0-1 MANCHESTER CITY

    58. Rodrigo clips the top of the crossbar!

  • Jim Sheridan

    LEEDS UNITED 0-1 MANCHESTER CITY

    56. Leeds' big-money signing Rodrigo is on for Tyler Roberts.

    Meanwhile, the heavy rain is starting to have an affect on the pitch with short passes behind held up.

    These conditions are primed for a calamitous defensive error.

  • Jim Sheridan

    LEEDS UNITED 0-1 MANCHESTER CITY

    55. Bamford sprints into the City penalty area…

    ….but forgets to take the ball with him.

  • Jim Sheridan

    LEEDS UNITED 0-1 MANCHESTER CITY

    52. Poveda is in the action again following a fine run from Dallas.

    The ball is then switched from left to right, where the substitute feeds the overlapping Ayling.

    Leeds' forwards demand a good delivery, but the right-back sends his disappointing cross behind.

  • Jim Sheridan

    LEEDS UNITED 0-1 MANCHESTER CITY

    50. Leeds are trying to up the tempo at the start of the second half.

    The message to Poveda on the right is clear: get on the ball and be direct.

  • Jim Sheridan

    LEEDS UNITED 0-1 MANCHESTER CITY

    47. Bielsa is back to squatting on the touchline.

    I've no idea how he manages it for so long. I tried it while looking for a wok in the back of the kitchen cupboard earlier and had to give up after about 45 seconds.

  • Jim Sheridan

    LEEDS UNITED 0-1 MANCHESTER CITY

    46. Leeds make one change as they begin the second half.

    Ian Poveda, the England U20 winger signed from Manchester City in January, is on for Alioski.

    The substitute makes an immediate impression, attacking Mendy down the right, and wins a corner when his low cross is turned behind.

  • Jim Sheridan

    PEEEEEEP!

    MIKE DEAN'S WHISTLE STARTS THE SECOND HALF!

  • Jim Sheridan

    LEEDS RUE BIG CHANCES

    City have racked up a huge number of attempts in that first half, but the best opportunities have come at the other end of the pitch.

  • Jim Sheridan

    THE DIFFERENCE

  • Jim Sheridan

    STERLING ON THE MONEY

    Raheem opens the scoring with a fine individual effot.

  • Jim Sheridan

    HT: LEEDS UNITED 0-1 MANCHESTER CITY

    Raheem Sterling's goal separates the sides.

    Had they taken their chances, City could have had this game won within the opening 25 minutes.

    As it is, they can count themselves fortunate to be ahead at the break.

    It's all to play for in the second half.

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