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Man City 2-1 Fulham: Erling Haaland's 95th-minute penalty seals dramatic win for hosts after Joao Cancelo sending off

Report and free match highlights as Erling Haaland's stoppage-time penalty breaks Fulham hearts; Manchester City had been reduced to 10 men when Joao Cancelo was sent off as the last man with Andreas Pereira cancelling out Julian Alvarez's opener; City move top, above Arsenal by a point

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester City's win against Fulham

Erling Haaland's 95th-minute penalty dragged 10-man Manchester City back to the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Fulham on a day of high drama at a sodden Etihad Stadium.

Haaland kept his composure to tuck away his 18th league goal of the season after Kevin De Bruyne was fouled by Antonee Robinson in stoppage time to deny Fulham an unlikely point.

Julian Alvarez blasted the hosts in front on 17 minutes after relentless pressure, but referee Darren England's decision to send off Joao Cancelo and award Fulham a penalty turned the game on its head.

Andreas Pereira dispatched the spot-kick (28) to haul the visitors level, but, after a marginal VAR call had already frustrated Haaland, the Norwegian restored City's lead by converting his penalty underneath Bernd Leno with virtually the last kick of the game.

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 an amazing feeling. I love it. I have been injured for a week and it is really important to win."

The result means City move above Arsenal on 32 points with the Gunners facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Fulham slip to eighth on 19 points after their four-game unbeaten run was ended.

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

Player ratings

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

Subs: 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 embraced Alvarez and Jack Grealish on the pitch underpinned the spirit of champions.

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City are now unbeaten in their last 15 Premier League games against Fulham, winning 12 including their last 10 against them in the competition, but they could not have left victory No 10 any later.

Team news

  • Erling Haaland was named on the Manchester City bench as the champions hosted Fulham in the Premier League. The prolific Norwegian, who has scored 22 goals in just 22 City appearances, was not deemed fit enough to play 90 minutes after missing his side's last two matches due to illness and a foot problem.
  • Julian Alvarez therefore retained his place up front with Jack Grealish and Ilkay Gundogan the only other players remaining from the side that played Sevilla in midweek. Kevin De Bruyne was among those to return.
  • Fulham were without star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, meaning Carlos Vinicius came into the attack. Kenny Tete and Harry Wilson came in for the suspended Bobby De Cordova-Reid and injured Neeskens Kebano.

Alvarez was handed a 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 from 25 yards was pushed away by Leno inside 10 minutes.

Fulham arrived in Manchester having won just two of their 15 Premier League away games against reigning champions, although they did win their most recent such match 1-0 at Liverpool in March 2021. They were without their nine-goal talisman Aleksandar Mitrovic due to ankle pain as Carlos Vinicius led the line.

Julian Alvarez wheels away after putting Man City ahead against Fulham
Image: Julian Alvarez wheels away after putting Man City ahead against Fulham

Pereira had been somewhat fortunate not to have seen red for a late challenge on Rodri early on, but it did not take long for City to establish a lead.

Ilkay Gundogan collected the ball in space from Rodri and, after piercing the Fulham defence, Alvarez kept his composure to flash a right-foot shot into the net via the underside of the crossbar.

Leno had not covered himself in glory, anticipating a shot across goal as he went to ground, but Alvarez was rewarded for his lightning movement. City looked in complete control, and might have doubled their lead when John Stones nudged in from close range but Rodri was offside in the build-up from De Bruyne's free-kick.

Joao Cancelo is shown a straight red card
Image: Joao Cancelo is shown a straight red card

Less than a minute later, Fulham were awarded a penalty.

Vinicius did well to suck in Nathan Ake and release Harry Wilson through on goal before a blatant barge from Cancelo led to inevitable consequences.

Referee England had no hesitation in awarding the spot-kick and sending off Cancelo, deemed to have made no attempt to play the ball as the last man. The Citizens had gone 40 league games without having a player sent off before that.

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

Periera kept his cool to send Ederson the wrong way. The mood of the home supporters turned as filthy as the weather and, spurred on by a sense of injustice, Grealish twice went close before the interval with one effort curling wide before another shot deflected just over.

City ought to have restored their lead before the break when Manuel Akanji rose unmarked to head straight at Leno from point-blank range. It was the fifth attempt in fact City had after Pereira's leveller and it was not long before Haaland was being readied after the restart with Fulham happy to use the extra man to hold City at bay.

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

The visitors remained compact and combative, allowing City the ball in their own half, with Wilson's tame effort on the transition failing to trouble Ederson as Phil Foden and Haaland were summoned in a double change shortly after the hour mark.

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

But, in keeping with City's day, VAR Stuart Attwell advised referee England to chalk off the goal with Haaland just the wrong side of Issa Diop's back leg. City were not to be denied, however, as, after Robinson dangled a leg at De Bruyne, England became the Etihad's unlikely hero - and Haaland did the rest.

When asked if it was great to be back, Haaland said: "I want to play every game. It was difficult [to be on the sidelines] but in the end we needed three points and that is what we got. I am so tired, but so happy. You have no idea."

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Erling Haaland admitted he was nervous before scoring a late winner from the penalty spot as Manchester City overcame Fulham to return to the Premier League summit.

Pep: We played with right anger

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was in jubilant mood after Erling Haaland's late winner against Fulham fired them back to the top of the Premier League.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola: "My heart is still alive. It was like two games as 11 vs 11 we played really good but we played 65 minutes 10 vs 11 and against Fulham it's not easy.

"With and without the ball then we had to play at the right tempo and in the right moments. 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 for them, but the way we played for 65 minutes was amazing.

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

Silva: We must use defeat to grow

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Fulham boss Marco Silva says losing late to Manchester City is tough to take but he wants his side to grow from it.

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

"We have to use it to grow, that is the only way. We have to grow in terms of maturity in these situations and understand that in some moments, mistakes can happen.

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

"We know the reality as we know the type of team we're 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 brave on the ball and prepare our attacks better from the first minute but the effort was there."

'Haaland's timely intervention written in the stars'

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

Sky Sports' Ben Grounds:

There were scenes of relief as the Etihad erupted at the final whistle. When news broke that Aleksandar Mitrovic would not be involved due to a slight ankle issue, Manchester City supporters must have felt they were in for a routine afternoon against Fulham.

Julian Alvarez continued his encouraging run of form to open the scoring, but there would be nothing routine about this 10th straight home win in all competitions for Pep Guardiola's side.

What is it about 3pm kick-offs at Eastlands? City have often taken their eye off the ball when the UK television cameras are not watching, but it was a firm refereeing decision - not complacency - which turned this contest into a right dogfight in the driving rain.

Erling Haaland is mobbed after scoring an injury-time penalty for Manchester City
Image: Haaland is mobbed after his injury-time penalty

Guardiola did not look happy after Joao Cancelo's red card, but despite the numerical advantage for Fulham, City would enjoy 71 per cent of the ball and register 16 attempts to their opponent's four.

Alvarez looks an outstanding young talent who was unfortunate to be the man replaced as Haaland entered the fray but Guardiola would be vindicated.

This was a below-par performance from his side - only De Bruyne kept up his form - but winning is all that matters as we edge towards the enforced World Cup break.

For both of City's goals here Bernd Leno could be questioned, with Haaland's penalty squirming underneath his body, but having missed the last two games through injury, it was a dramatic denouement written in the stars.

Haaland equals record - Opta stats

Haaland came on after 64 minutes
Image: Haaland came on after 64 minutes
  • Manchester City have won each of their last 13 games against Fulham in all competitions, only ever having 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've gone on to win since March 2014 vs Hull (2-0, Vincent Kompany sent off in the 10th minute).
  • Manchester City's Erling Haaland has scored 16 goals in his last 10 Premier League appearances. It's the joint-most goals a player has scored across a 10-game period in the competition, alongside Luis Suárez's 16 goals ending in December 2013.
  • Since netting on his Manchester City debut as a substitute at the King Power Stadium, each of Julián Álvarez's five goals for the Citizens have come at the Etihad in games he's started.

FPL Stats: Man City vs Fulham

Goals Alvarez, Pereira, Haaland
Assists Gundogan, Wilson, De Bruyne
Red card Cancelo
Bonus points Alvarez (3 pts), De Bruyne (2 pts), Haaland (1 pt)

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