At Kenilworth Road things leave little room for doubt, and one of the incentives Luton Town finds in its stadium is to complicate things for the big teams. Tottenham suffered it, Liverpool suffered it, Arsenal suffered it, and the last to experience it was Manchester City. It is true that Rob Edwards’ team did not win many games in its small home, but it made things very difficult against the big opponents that came to it.
Manchester City reached the sixteenth round of the Premier League with Rodrigo but without Haaland. In a season with doubts due to poor results, Pep Guardiola’s team faced one of the ‘Cinderellas’ of the league. However, the citizens’ team suffered more than ever due to the loss of their star striker. For Luton’s demands, a confrontation full of duels, with a wall in front of the place, and a Kaminski who is in the role of what they need to believe in permanence.
The Sky Blue team wants to push their opponents to their goal, but the Hatters are used to games where possession is something ephemeral for them, with the defense in place very little. In the first 45′, Phil Foden had the chance to put his team ahead on two occasions, although the London side went to the locker room with the score in their favour. After the resistance, in extra time it was Adebayo who celebrated with a header that ended up inside Ederson.
Chastened, Pep Guardiola’s students came out in the second half with the intention of turning things around. And although the game was not the best on the part of the Manchester team, and the locals continued to put many problems in front of any opposing attack, Manchester City quickly found situations where they be positive despite the fact that they sweat every time they propose a game.
First it was Rúben Dias who hit the crossbar with the ball, and shortly after, in about two minutes of the game, Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish came back from a confrontation that could have deepened the crisis of the results they were going through . Fatigue set in as the minutes ticked by, and although Luton Town pressed their options until the last minute of the match, Rob Edwards’ side saw again how a team from the upper zone visited again. also at Kenilworth Road and left with the smallest win.
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John Stones (68′, Josko Guardiol), Carlton Morris (71′, Andros Townsend), Albert Sambi Lokonga (71′, Amazing Nakamba), Matheus Nunes (82′, Mateo Kovacic), Tahiti Chong (83′, Ryan Giles), Jordan Clark (89′, Tom Lockyer), Manuel Akanji (92′, Phil Foden)
1-0, 46′: Elijah Adebayo1-1, 61′: Bernard Silva1-2, 64′: Grealish
Referee: Tim Robinson
Referee WHERE: Jarred Gillett, Darren Cann
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