Man City 2-1 Fulham: Erling Haaland’s 95th minute penalty seals dramatic victory for hosts after Joao Cancelo sending | Football news

Erling Haaland’s 95th-minute penalty dragged 10-man Manchester City back to the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 win over Fulham on a day of drama in a soggy Etihad Stadium.

Haaland kept his composure to bust his 18th league goal of the season after Kevin De Bruyne fouled Antonee Robinson in stoppage time to deprive Fulham of an unlikely point.

Julian Alvarez put the hosts up front in the 17th minute following relentless pressure, but referee Darren England’s decision to send Joao Cancelo off the field and award Fulham a penalty turned the game upside down.

Andreas Pereira sent the penalty (28) to bring the visitor level up to par, but after a marginal call from VAR had already frustrated Haaland, the Norwegian restored City’s lead by taking a penalty under Bernd Leno on almost the last kick of the match to put.

Haaland 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.”

The result means City are 32 points above Arsenal, while the Gunners face Chelsea on Sunday at Stamford Bridge. Fulham dropped to eighth place on 19 points after their four-game unbeaten run ended.

    Haaland celebrates with John Stones after scoring
Image: Haaland celebrates with John Stones after scoring

Player ratings

Manchester City: Ederson (6), Stones (6), Akanji (6), Ake (6), Cancelo (5), De Bruyne (8), Rodri (6), Gundogan (6), Silva (7) and Alvarez (7), Grealish (6).

Subs: Haaland (7), Foden (6), Lewis (n/a), Dias (n/a).

Fulham: Leno (6), Tete (6), Diop (7), Ream (6), Robinson (6), Reed (7), Palhinha (6), Wilson (7), Pereira (7), Willian (6 ), Vinicius (7).

Subtitles: Cairney (6), James (6), Mbabu (n/a), Harris (n/a).

Player of the match: Kevin De Bruyne.

How Haaland floored Fulham

Pep Guardiola’s 10-match winning home run in all competitions remains intact, and the unbridled joy that greeted the final whistle as the Catalan hugged Alvarez and Jack Grealish on the field bolstered the spirit of champions.

City are now unbeaten in their last 15 Premier League games against Fulham and have won 12, including the last 10 against them in the competition, but they couldn’t have left victory No. 10 later.

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Erling Haaland was named on Manchester City’s bench when the champions hosted Fulham in the Premier League. The prolific Norwegian, who has scored 22 goals in just 22 City appearances, was deemed unfit to play 90 minutes after missing his side’s last two games due to illness and a foot problem. Julian Alvarez therefore kept his place up front with Jack Grealish and Ilkay Gundogan, the only other players left from the side that played against Sevilla in the middle of the week. Kevin De Bruyne was one of those who returned. Fulham was without star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, so Carlos Vinicius came into the attack. Kenny Tete and Harry Wilson came in for the suspended Bobby De Cordova-Reid and the injured Neeskens Kebano.

Alvarez had the chance to impress from the start, with Haaland back fit but on the bench, but it was De Bruyne who had the opening chance as his fierce drive of 25 meters was pushed away by Leno within 10 minutes.

Fulham arrived in Manchester after winning just two of their 15 Premier League away games against the reigning champions, although their most recent such game was won 1-0 at Liverpool in March 2021. They were without their nine-goal talisman Aleksandar Mitrovic due to an ankle sore when Carlos Vinicius led the line.

Julian Alvarez drives away after giving Manchester City the lead against Fulham
Image: Julian Alvarez drives away after giving Man City the lead against Fulham

Pereira had been a bit lucky not to have seen red for a late challenge on Rodri early on, but it wasn’t long before City had a lead.

Ilkay Gundogan collected the ball into Rodri’s space and, having pierced the Fulham defence, Alvarez kept his composure to fire a shot with his right foot into the net from the bottom of the crossbar.

Leno hadn’t covered himself in glory, anticipating a shot over the goal as he went to the ground, but Alvarez was rewarded for his lightning-quick move. City were in full control and might have doubled the lead when John Stones came in from close range, but Rodri was offside ahead of a De Bruyne free kick.

Joao Cancelo gets a straight red card
Image: Joao Cancelo gets an outright red card

Less than a minute later, Fulham was penalized.

Vinicius did well to suck Nathan Ake in and let Harry Wilson pass through the goal before a blatant attack from Cancelo led to inevitable consequences.

Referee England did not hesitate in awarding the spot and sending Cancelo, who was deemed not to have made any attempt to play the ball as last man. The Citizens had played 40 league games without a player being ejected.

Pereira picks his spot for Fulham from 12 yards
Image: Andreas Perieira chooses his spot from 12 meters

Periera kept his composure to send Ederson the wrong way. The home fans’ mood became as foul as the weather and, spurred on by a sense of injustice, Grealish came close twice before half-time with an attempt wide of curl before another shot went just over.

City should have regained their lead before halftime when Manuel Akanji rose unmarked and headed straight for Leno. It was City’s fifth attempt after Pereira’s equalizing goal and it wasn’t long before Haaland was ready after the restart, with Fulham happy to use the extra man to keep City at bay.

Man City players surround England referee Darren
Image: Man City players surround England referee Darren

The visitors remained compact and combative, giving City the ball in their own half, while Wilson’s tame effort on the transition didn’t deter Ederson when Phil Foden and Haaland were called up in a double substitution shortly after the hour.

De Bruyne remained City’s bright spark as his disguised free-kick whistled just past the post, and it was the Belgian’s brilliance that seemed to have unlocked Fulham when his glorious cross was headed in by Haaland.

But, in keeping with City’s day, VAR Stuart Attwell advised England referee to cross the goal with Haaland just on the wrong side of Issa Diop’s hind leg. City couldn’t be denied, though, as after Robinson dangled a leg at De Bruyne, England became Etihad’s unlikely hero – and Haaland did the rest.

Erling Haaland is harassed after scoring a stoppage time penalty for Manchester City
Image: Haaland is harassed after his injury time penalty

When asked if it was great to be back, Haaland said: “I want to play every game. Difficult [to be on the sidelines] but in the end we need three points and we got it.

‘I’m so tired, but so happy. You have no idea.’

‘Halandand’s timely intervention written in the stars’

Haaland scores his side's second goal from the dot
Image: Haaland scores his side’s second goal from the spot

Ben Grounds from Sky Sports:

“There were scenes of relief at the Etihad. When the news broke that Aleksandar Mitrovic would not be involved due to a minor ankle injury, Manchester City supporters must have felt like they were in for a routine afternoon against Fulham.

“Julian Alvarez continued his encouraging form to open the scoring but there would be nothing routine about this tenth home win in a row in all competitions for Pep Guardiola’s side.

“What about the 3pm kick-off in Eastlands? City have often taken their eyes off the ball when the British television cameras aren’t watching, but it was a firm decision by the referee – not complacency – that turned this match into a good dogfight in the driving rain.

Erling Haaland is harassed after scoring a stoppage time penalty for Manchester City
Image: Haaland is harassed after his injury time penalty

“Guardiola didn’t look happy after Joao Cancelo’s red card, but despite Fulham’s numerical advantage, City would enjoy 71 per cent of the ball and register 16 attempts by their opponents.

“Alvarez looks like an excellent young talent who had the misfortune to become the man who was replaced when Haaland went into the fray, but Guardiola would be right.

“This was a subpar performance on his part – only Kevin De Bruyne kept up his appearance – but winning is all that matters as we head into the enforced World Cup break.

Bernd Leno could have been questioned for both of City’s goals, with Haaland’s penalty wriggling under his body, but after missing the last two games through injury, it was a dramatic denouement written in the stars.

Haaland equals record – Opta stats

Haaland came in the 64th minute
Image: Haaland came on after 64 minutes Manchester City have won each of their last 13 games against Fulham in all competitions but only had longer winning runs against Watford (15) and West Bromwich Albion (14). Manchester City played 64 minutes with 10 men today, the earliest red card they have received in a Premier League game they have won since March 2014 vs Hull (2-0, Vincent Kompany sent off in the 10th minute). Manchester City player Erling Haaland has scored 16 goals in his last 10 Premier League appearances. It is the combined most goals a player has scored in a 10-game period in the league, in addition to Luis Suárez’s 16 goals that ended in December 2013. Five goals have been scored for the Citizens at the Etihad in games he started . What now? 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 will begin 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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