Erling Haaland describes penalty as ‘one of the most nervous moments of my life’ as Manchester City defeat Fulham | Football news

Erling Haaland admitted his 95-minute penalty against Fulham was “one of the most nervous moments of my life”, while Pep Guardiola praised how his Manchester City side channeled their fury to move to the top of the Premier League.

Haaland came off the bench and scored a stoppage time penalty as 10-man City took a hard-fought 2-1 win against the battling Cottagers.

The visitors appeared to frustrate the champions after a penalty from Andreas Pereira overturned an early attack by Julian Alvarez at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. City were left behind for more than an hour after Joao Cancelo was sent off for a foul on Harry Wilson, which led to Pereira’s equalizing goal.

Typically Haaland, fit again after illness and foot injury but not ready to start, had the last word. It was his 23rd goal in his 17th appearance for City since joining the club in the summer.

The Norwegian told Sky Sports: “It’s fantastic. I was nervous [for the penalty]. It was one of the most nervous moments of my life, but fantastic. A penalty in the last minute, of course I would be nervous. But it’s a great feeling. I love it. I’ve been injured for a week and it’s very important to win.”

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When asked if it was great to be back, Haaland added: “I want to play every game. It was hard [to be on the sidelines] but in the end we needed three points and we got it. I’m so tired, but so happy. You have no idea.”

Pep: We played with the right anger

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was in jubilation after Haaland’s late winner against Fulham sacked them back to the top of the Premier League

Prior to his intervention, it had looked like City would experience a chaotic period before the break as they relinquished their lead and their composure and control of the game. Fulham, even without the threat of key striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, had proved more than a handful.

Cancelo’s sacking meant City played with 10 men for 64 minutes, the earliest red card they’ve received in a Premier League game they’ve won since March 2014.

Guardiola was furious on the sidelines and his mood had barely improved as Pereira made no mistake in leveling the scores – but the relief was palpable as the Catalan joined in the celebration full-time.

Andreas Pereira celebrates equalizing goal for Fulham
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“My heart is still alive. It was just two games, 11 against 11 we played very well, but we played 65 minutes 10 against 11 and against Fulham it is not easy,” he said.

“With and without the ball we had to play at the right pace and at the right times. It was really good and one of the best experiences we’ve ever had here.”

“You saw how we came together at the end and so it was a great afternoon for us. They missed Mitrovic, who is really important to them, but the way we played 65 minutes was great.

“We had more chances, more control and showed personality. We played with the right amount of anger and disappointment for many reasons.”

Silva: We have to use defeat to grow

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Fulham boss Marco Silva says losing to Manchester City late is hard to take but he wants his side to grow out of it

Guardiola turned to Haaland and Phil Foden in the 64th minute and the Norwegian appeared to have made the breakthrough when he headed home from a cross from Kevin De Bruyne but was ruled offside by VAR.

City applied even more pressure but were unable to test Bernd Leno until Antonee Robinson snapped De Bruyne into the area in stoppage time. Haaland banged home from the spot.

Fulham boss Marco Silva said: “It was really tough for us, tough, tough, tough.

“We have to use it to grow, that’s the only way. We have to grow in maturity in these situations and understand that mistakes can happen at times.

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Image: Harrison Reed shows his dejection full time

“The commitment, the attitude, everything was there. The penalty is tough to take. The game was completely under control when the penalty came.”

“We know the reality because we know the type of team we are playing against – it was much more than just Haaland, both on the pitch and on the bench.

“We wanted to start differently by being a bit more courageous on the ball and preparing our attacks better from the first minute, but the effort was there.”

What’s next? Wednesday 9 November 19:00 Kick-off 20:00

Manchester City will host Chelsea live on Sky Sports in the Carabao Cup third round this Wednesday. The broadcast starts at 7:30 PM on Sky Sports Main Event with kick-off at 8:00 PM.

City then complete their pre-World Cup Premier League games at home to Brentford on Saturday 12 November. Kick-off is at 12:30 PM.

Sunday 13 November 16.00 Kick-off 16.30

In the final Premier League game before the World Cup, Fulham will host Manchester United on Sunday 13 November, live on Sky Sports with kick-off at 4.30pm.

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