April 19, 2024

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Foden Double Inspires Manchester City to a Derby Day Win

Manchester City came from behind to defeat Manchester United at Etihad Stadium, with Phil Foden scoring twice in the second half.

In a game stacked with international stars, two local boys provided the pivotal moments. Marcus Rashford’s sensational 30-yard strike in the eighth minute gave the visitors the lead. Foden, on the other hand, took center stage in a City-dominated contest.

His second-half equalizer sparked some controversy. United manager Erik ten Hag was booked for arguing that his team should have had a free kick in the City half after Rashford was brought down by Kyle Walker’s challenge.

Contact was minimal, and Foden curled a spectacular shot past Andre Onana in seconds.

Foden then burst away from a static Casemiro to score City’s second goal from Julian Alvarez’s return pass, before Erling Haaland completed the scoring in stoppage time after missing an open goal from three yards.

It was City’s sixth win in seven meetings against United, who suffered their 11th Premier League defeat this season.

More importantly, the result brings Pep Guardiola’s side within a point of leaders Liverpool ahead of next week’s trip to Anfield.

United remain sixth in the table but are now 11 points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa and six behind Tottenham, who could finish fifth in the Champions League after playing one more game.

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