April 15, 2021

Rodrigo earns battling Leeds 1-1 draw towards Man Metropolis – soccer

Leeds United’s Rodrigo Moreno struck his first objective for the membership to earn a 1-1 draw at dwelling to Manchester Metropolis within the Premier League on Saturday as visiting Pep Guardiola was denied victory towards one of many males who impressed him to be a coach.

Metropolis’s Spanish boss has usually spoken extremely of Leeds’ Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa, who Guardiola took recommendation from earlier than going into administration at Barcelona, with the 2 tacticians assembly for the primary time in England.

Metropolis had been dominant early on as they regarded to shortly overlook their shock 5-2 dwelling defeat by Leicester Metropolis final trip, with Kevin De Bruyne virtually opening the scoring with a intelligent free kick within the third minute — the submit denying the Belgian.

Guardiola didn’t have to attend lengthy, nonetheless, for his aspect to take the lead, with Raheem Sterling darting inside earlier than firing dwelling his first league objective of the season into the underside nook within the 17th minute.

Metropolis continued to create probabilities, ending the primary half having had 12 photographs at objective, however Leeds improved after the break, with Rodrigo pouncing on a mistake from Metropolis goalkeeper Ederson to equalise within the 59th minute.

The objective was Rodrigo’s second Premier League objective and first since January 2011 when he scored for Bolton Wanderers whereas on mortgage — 9 years and 272 days in the past. It’s the second longest hole between a participant’s first two objectives within the competitors.

Leeds even had probabilities to win, with Ederson tipping a goal-bound Rodrigo header onto the bar, however Metropolis weathered the storm. The end result leaves Leeds in fifth place on seven factors from 4 video games forward of Metropolis in 10th with 4 factors from three matches.

“That was good, huh?,” Guardiola mentioned. “When each groups need to assault, it’s a very good sport. We made an unimaginable first 30 minutes once we may have scored the objectives we wanted.

“It’s not straightforward to play towards them. They’ve confirmed how good they’re.”

Within the pouring Yorkshire rain, Metropolis had been unlucky to not add to their whole within the first half, with Leeds greater than good worth for the draw after the break.

“It might not have been honest if we gained this sport,” Bielsa mentioned. “It was potential to win the sport however it will not have been honest.

“We needed to put in an immense bodily effort to be on even phrases with Metropolis. We performed our half for the sport to be a stupendous one.”