Goalkeeper Bernd Leno said goodbye to the long break after missing the World Cup ticket with another setback. The ex-Leverkusen player lost to Manchester United on Sunday (13.11.22) with FC Fulham in the English Premier League with 1-2 (0-1).
Danish captain Cristian Eriksen (14th) scored with his first competitive goal for United and 18-year-old Alejandro Garnacho (90+3) scored for Manchester and held the table fifth (26 points) within striking distance of the champions-League places. Promoted Fulham (19) is ninth.
Because national coach Hansi Flick had decided to bring only three goalkeepers to the World Cup, nine-time international Leno was not included in the nomination on Thursday.
Man United again without Ronaldo
Man United started again without ex-world footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese missed the League Cup against Aston Villa (4-2) due to illness, just like during the week he could have played his last game for the Red Devils – a substitution in the winter is not unlikely.
Man City fail
English football champions Manchester City blundered in the last game before the World Cup break. Arsenal FC extended their lead in the Premier League as Newcastle United approach City from behind. Liverpool and Tottenham won.
When Erling Haaland returned to base, Manchester City suffered their first home defeat since February with a 1-2 (1-1) defeat to FC Brentford on Saturday (11/12/2022).
Double pack Toney irritates Man City
Brentford striker Ivan Toney made the decision in the seventh minute of added time. The Englishman, who had hoped in vain for a World Cup nomination, gave the guests the lead before half-time (16th). The English World Cup driver Phil Foden (45+1) equalized.
The game had to be interrupted for a long time because City defender Aymeric Laporte suffered a serious bleeding to the head in a collision in the second half. The Spaniard could continue to play with an association. Ten minutes were replayed. City overwinter in second place with 32 points.
Arsenal use the template
League-leader Arsenal took the opportunity to extend the lead to five points on Saturday evening with a 2-0 (0-0) win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Norwegian Martin Ödegaard scored the goals for the visitors from London in the 55th and 75th minutes.
Newcastle get closer to Manchester
Newcastle United also won 1-0 (0-0) against Chelsea, moving up two points in the rankings behind Manchester City, who played one game less. The goal by Joe Willock (67′) kept Newcastle third in the league at least until Christmas.
For Chelsea FC with German World Cup driver Kai Havertz, it was the third Premier League defeat in a row and the fifth game in a row without a win.
Newcastle United’s Bruno Guimaraes tackles Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic
Liverpool rise to European ranks
Liverpool FC with coach Jürgen Klopp moved up the international ranks with a 3-1 (3-1) win over Southampton FC, where Ralph Hasenhüttl had been released at the start of the week. Darwin Nunez (21st/42nd) with a brace and Roberto Firmino (6th) scored for the “Reds”. Che Adams, meanwhile, had equalized.
Tottenham and Leeds delivered a goalscoring spectacle for the Londoners at 4:3 (1:2). The “Spurs” turned a deficit into victory three times. Harry Kane (25′) and Ben Davies (51′) equalized twice before Rodrigo Betancur (81’/83′) became the match winner. Crysencio Summerville (10′) and Rodrigo (43’/76′) scored the goals for Leeds. Former Leipzig Tyler Adams was sent off with a yellow card three minutes before the end.