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Man City 7-0 Leeds: Premier League leaders go four points clear after attacking masterclass

By Chris BevanBBC Sport at Etihad Stadium
Jack Grealish heads home City's second goal
Grealish's goal was only his second in the Premier League since his £100m summer move from Aston Villa, and his first since 21 August

Manchester City tore Leeds apart with an attacking masterclass to increase their lead at the top of the Premier League to four points.

The defending champions were at their scintillating best as they racked up their biggest victory of the season and moved further clear of Liverpool and Chelsea, who both play on Thursday.

In truth, City could have had far more than their seven goals such was their total dominance and the ease they repeatedly ripped through the visitors' increasingly ragged defence.

Phil Foden opened the scoring after eight minutes, following up after Rodri's effort was saved - although Stuart Dallas should have done far better with his attempted goal-line clearance.

Foden's goal was City's 500th in the Premier League in 207 games under Pep Guardiola, with the Spaniard becoming the quickest manager to reach that landmark - the previous best was Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who took 234 matches.

It only took five minutes more before goal number 501 arrived, with Riyad Mahrez given time to bend in a cross from the right of the area for Jack Grealish to nod home a rare - for him - headed goal.

City did not stop coming forward and Kevin de Bruyne joined the party just after the half-hour mark, firing home from a Rodri pass for his first goal since mid-October.

That made sure of a seventh straight league win for Guardiola's men but they were in the mood to dish out more punishment against a side that took four points off them last season, and beat them here with 10 men.

The second half had barely started when Mahrez made it 4-0, with a low shot that deflected in off Junior Firpo, before De Bruyne made it five with the best goal of the night, a thunderous strike into the top corner from distance.

John Stones made it six at the second attempt after Aymeric Laporte's header was saved, and there was no respite for Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier as Nathan Ake headed home City's seventh from a Foden corner.

Leeds' fans were still singing at the final whistle but their defiance was not matched by their injury-hit side, who remain 15th after this demoralising defeat, and on the fringes of a relegation fight.

De Bruyne back at his best

Man City 7-0 Leeds: Pep Guardiola 'pleased and proud of his consistent side

Guardiola had said before kick-off that his players "knew they had to suffer" against a Leeds side led by his old mentor Bielsa, but this turned into an extremely enjoyable evening for the City boss.

As well as seeing his side sparkle for 90 minutes and score seven goals, there was a welcome return to goalscoring form for De Bruyne and Grealish.

Grealish's header was only his second league goal for City since his £100m summer move, and his first for the club since mid-September.

Illness and injury have meant De Bruyne has been below his best for most of this campaign but he showed his undoubted class here, notably with the unstoppable strike for his second goal.

The Belgian is still to register an assist in the Premier League this season - unusual for such a reliable creative force - but that statistic will surely not bother him much after a performance like this.

City have relied heavily on Bernardo Silva for attacking inspiration in recent weeks while waiting for Grealish to find his feet and when De Bruyne has struggled for full fitness, but this was a night when everyone shone.

Injured Phillips leaves a hole in Leeds' midfield

Man City 7-0 Leeds: There is nothing of value to take away from the game - Bielsa

Leeds, meanwhile, are left to lick their wounds because there were no positives for them to take away from a hammering like this.

They did at least trouble City goalkeeper Ederson a few times in the second half but by then the contest was already long over.

The fearless attacking play that saw them take three points here in April was nowhere to be seen, and the hole left by injured midfielder Kalvin Phillips was all too evident.

Bielsa and his players must regroup before they host Arsenal on Saturday evening, but it must be a worry for the Leeds manager that he does not appear to have many options to shuffle what is a slim-looking squad.

Player of the match

De BruyneKevin De Bruyne

with an average of 7.52

Manchester City

  1. Squad number17Player nameDe Bruyne
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  2. Squad number47Player nameFoden
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  3. Squad number20Player nameBernardo Silva
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  4. Squad number26Player nameMahrez
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  5. Squad number8Player nameGündogan
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  6. Squad number10Player nameGrealish
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  7. Squad number6Player nameAké
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  8. Squad number16Player nameRodri
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  9. Squad number25Player nameFernandinho
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  10. Squad number5Player nameStones
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  11. Squad number3Player nameRúben Dias
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  12. Squad number14Player nameLaporte
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  13. Squad number31Player nameEderson
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  14. Squad number11Player nameZinchenko
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Leeds United

  1. Squad number1Player nameMeslier
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  2. Squad number30Player nameGelhardt
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  3. Squad number10Player nameRaphinha
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  4. Squad number22Player nameHarrison
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  5. Squad number15Player nameDallas
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  6. Squad number2Player nameAyling
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  7. Squad number20Player nameJames
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  8. Squad number11Player nameRoberts
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  9. Squad number4Player nameForshaw
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  10. Squad number46Player nameShackleton
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  11. Squad number43Player nameKlich
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  12. Squad number14Player nameLlorente
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  13. Squad number37Player nameDrameh
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  14. Squad number3Player nameFirpo
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Man City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31Ederson
  • 5Stones
  • 3Rúben DiasBooked at 40minsSubstituted forAkéat 65'minutes
  • 14Laporte
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 16RodriSubstituted forFernandinhoat 56'minutes
  • 20Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forGündoganat 45'minutes
  • 26Mahrez
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 10Grealish
  • 47Foden


  • 6Aké
  • 7Sterling
  • 8Gündogan
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 13Steffen
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 56Egan-Riley
  • 80Palmer
  • 97Wilson-Esbrand


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Meslier
  • 46ShackletonSubstituted forKlichat 38'minutes
  • 2Ayling
  • 14Llorente
  • 3FirpoBooked at 20minsSubstituted forDramehat 73'minutes
  • 15Dallas
  • 4Forshaw
  • 10Raphinha
  • 11Roberts
  • 22Harrison
  • 20JamesSubstituted forGelhardtat 45'minutes


  • 13Klaesson
  • 30Gelhardt
  • 35Cresswell
  • 37Drameh
  • 38Summerville
  • 42Greenwood
  • 43Klich
  • 45McCarron
  • 47Jenkins
Paul Tierney

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamLeeds
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester City 7, Leeds United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester City 7, Leeds United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

  5. Post update

    Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aymeric Laporte.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jack Harrison.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  10. Post update

    Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cody Drameh.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Phil Foden (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Fernandinho.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Nathan Aké.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Phil Foden (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Manchester City 7, Leeds United 0. Nathan Aké (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Phil Foden with a cross following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Diego Llorente.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Manchester City 6, Leeds United 0. John Stones (Manchester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the high centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Stones (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernandinho with a cross.

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