If only his handling had been as firm at the hour mark. Leeds maintained their momentum once both sides re-emerged, with new signing Rodrigo particularly lively. The substitute first forced Ederson to parry his shot from a narrow angle against the crossbar, then was on hand to poke into an unguarded net after the City goalkeeper failed to clear the resulting corner, punching down into the ground rather than up and away.
City were all at sea. The control, the composure, the certainty of their superiority that had defined the early stages had entirely disappeared.
Once level, Guardiola’s side rediscovered some of their former attacking brio but still created little of note. A penalty shout for Sterling against Cooper went unheeded by Dean and VAR. Other than that, Leeds just about hung on.
Guardiola will not be happy with how his side have started the campaign but once the final whistle blew on this thrilling game, and as he embraced his old friend on the touchline, even he was smiling.
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