Monday, November 28, 2022

PL: Brentford stuns Manchester City as Toney stars

Ivan Toney issued the perfect response to being omitted from England’s World Cup squad by scoring both goals in Brentford’s shock 2-1 Premier League win at Manchester City on Saturday.
The striker was left out of Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for Qatar, with Newcastle’s Callum Wilson selected ahead of him.
But he showcased the quality his country will miss out on when putting the visitors ahead in the first half and then firing a 98th-minute winner.
The result means Arsenal is guaranteed to top the Premier League until the season resumes at Christmas – while Toney’s performance is sure to spark a debate over whether Southgate was right to leave him behind.
“There was disappointment, but I know what I’m capable of,” Toney told BT Sport after the game at the Etihad Stadium. “It won’t put me down. I will keep going.”
Defeat for City gives Arsenal a prime opportunity to extend its lead at the top of the table to five points with a win at Wolves on Saturday evening. Just a week after a late Erling Haaland penalty secured victory against Fulham, the reigning champion was on the receiving end of stoppage-time drama.
Toney put Brentford ahead after 16 minutes with a powerful close-range header after beating Aymeric Laporte in the air.
His winner saw him beat Ilkay Gundogan to turn home Josh Dasilva’s cross from the right.
He might have had a hat trick moments later but Kevin de Bruyne cleared off the line.
Phil Foden had fired City level in first-half stoppage time with a half-volley into the top corner – but Brentford and Toney saw a host of chances repelled, with Ederson repeatedly called into action as the forward stretched the home team’s defense. On a day when Haaland cut a subdued figure, it was Toney who won the battle of the frontmen with the type of performance that may have Southgate thinking twice about his decision.
“Fantastic,” said Brentford manager Thomas Frank.. “I can’t praise him enough. What I would say, most importantly, is how good a person he is. How emotionally intelligent he is about his teammates. “But what a player. What a striker. He scored two and should probably have scored one more. Imagine a hat trick here. I thought that was just for Haaland.”
Meanwhile, Morgan Gibbs-White grabbed the only goal as Nottingham Forest beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at the City Ground on Saturday to ensure that they won’t spend Christmas at the bottom of the Premier League.
Liverpool’s South American strikers Darwin Nunez and Roberto Firmino propelled the team to a 3-1 home win over Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday in their final match before the season pauses for the World Cup.
Everton slumped to a second resounding loss to Bournemouth in the space of four days as a Jordan Pickford error set the hosts on their way to a comfortable 3-0 win at the Vitality Stadium.
Two late goals from Rodrigo Bentancur earn Tottenham a remarkable victory over Leeds, who surrendered the lead on three separate occasions.
Leicester City beat West Ham United 2-0 with goals from James Maddison and Harvey Barnes on Saturday to complete a hat-trick of away wins in the Premier League and move up to 12th in the standings going into the mid-season break.

MATCH RESULTS
Bournemouth 3 0 Everton
Liverpool 3 1 Southampton
Nottm Forest 1 0 Crystal Palace
Tottenham 4 3 Leeds
West Ham 0 2 Leicester

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