Sheffield United 1-2 Man City: Rodri scores late winner to earn victory for champions

27 August 2023 0 By Total Football News

Erling Haaland scoring Manchester City's opening goal against Sheffield UnitedErling Haaland headed the opening goal after missing a first-half penalty

Rodri scored a terrific late winner to earn Manchester City victory over battling Sheffield United at Bramall Lane and send the champions top of the Premier League.

Jayden Bogle thought he had earned the Blades a point with a drilled equaliser after 85 minutes, but Spain midfielder Rodri blasted into the top left corner three minutes later to give City the win.

Erling Haaland earlier missed a first-half penalty before heading the opener from Jack Grealish’s cross just after the hour mark.

The win was Pep Guardiola’s 200th Premier League win as City manager in just his 269th game, the quickest any boss has reached 200 wins in English top-flight history.

Although he was absent from the touchline, recovering from back surgery, Guardiola has been pulling the strings from afar in recent days.

This result also marked the first time City have won the first three games of a campaign since the Spaniard’s first season as manager in 2016-17.

City leave it late to snatch points

City, with assistant boss Juanma Lillo giving orders, deserved to take all three points after dominating possession and creating the better chances.

However, they very nearly paid for unusual profligacy in front of goal.

They had 79% of possession and 30 efforts at goal but were frustrated for much of the game by a stubborn United defence, with captain John Egan and goalkeeper Wes Foderingham impressing.

Haaland spurned a chance to put City ahead when his first-half penalty hit the inside of the right post and bounced to safety, though he made no mistake later when converting Grealish’s inviting cross from the left.

Bramall Lane erupted when United capitalised on a mistake by former Blades defender Kyle Walker to equalise through Bogle, but City responded almost immediately.

Walker atoned for his error by breaking into space down the right and putting in a dangerous cross that hit substitute Phil Foden before landing in the path of Rodri, who fired in a venomous shot.

Foden had been dropped despite his fine performance in the win over Newcastle, but his late introduction immediately after Bogle’s leveller gave City much-needed impetus.

Battling Blades have something to build on

This is just the fourth time Sheffield United have lost their first three league games in a season, but they can take heart from a defiant defensive display that very nearly earned them a point.

Even after falling behind they did not fold and began to create openings, with Gus Hamer’s shot well blocked by Ruben Dias and substitute Oli McBurnie heading just wide from the corner.

After Rodri put City back in front, Yasser Larouci lashed a late effort over from a tricky angle as the home side threatened a second equaliser, with Anel Ahmedhodzic squandering a close-range chance.

McBurnie and fellow substitute Bogle were making their first appearances of the season as United’s injury list begins to ease, though Ben Osborn was forced off with what looked like a groin strain in the first half.

There was a pre-match boost for Paul Heckingbottom’s side, with England Under-21 striker Cameron Archer paraded on the pitch after completing a reported £18m move from Aston Villa.

Player of the match

HamerGustavo Hamer

with an average of 6.89

Sheffield United

  1. Squad number8Player nameHamer

    Average rating

    6.89

  2. Squad number20Player nameBogle

    Average rating

    6.78

  3. Squad number18Player nameFoderingham

    Average rating

    6.68

  4. Squad number2Player nameBaldock

    Average rating

    6.47

  5. Squad number11Player nameTraoré

    Average rating

    6.45

  6. Squad number15Player nameAhmedhodzic

    Average rating

    6.43

  7. Squad number12Player nameEgan

    Average rating

    6.40

  8. Squad number21Player nameVinicius Souza

    Average rating

    6.38

  9. Squad number16Player nameNorwood

    Average rating

    6.32

  10. Squad number19Player nameRobinson

    Average rating

    6.30

  11. Squad number23Player nameOsborn

    Average rating

    6.26

  12. Squad number32Player nameOsula

    Average rating

    6.25

  13. Squad number9Player nameMcBurnie

    Average rating

    6.18

  14. Squad number27Player nameLarouci

    Average rating

    5.85

  15. Squad number6Player nameBasham

    Average rating

    5.83

Manchester City

  1. Squad number47Player nameFoden
    Average rating

    6.79

  2. Squad number10Player nameGrealish
    Average rating

    6.07

  3. Squad number16Player nameRodri
    Average rating

    5.90

  4. Squad number20Player nameBernardo Silva
    Average rating

    5.71

  5. Squad number19Player nameÁlvarez
    Average rating

    5.70

  6. Squad number3Player nameRúben Dias
    Average rating

    5.67

  7. Squad number8Player nameKovacic
    Average rating

    5.62

  8. Squad number2Player nameWalker
    Average rating

    5.62

  9. Squad number24Player nameGvardiol
    Average rating

    5.61

  10. Squad number6Player nameAké
    Average rating

    5.60

  11. Squad number31Player nameEderson
    Average rating

    5.56

  12. Squad number9Player nameHaaland
    Average rating

    5.48

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

Formation 3-5-2

  • 18Foderingham
  • 15Ahmedhodzic
  • 12EganBooked at 83mins
  • 19Robinson
  • 2BaldockBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBogleat 71′minutes
  • 21de Souza CostaBooked at 77mins
  • 16NorwoodSubstituted forBashamat 80′minutes
  • 8Hamer
  • 23OsbornSubstituted forLarouciat 17′minutes
  • 32OsulaBooked at 59minsSubstituted forMcBurnieat 71′minutes
  • 11Traoré

Substitutes

  • 1Davies
  • 5Trusty
  • 6Basham
  • 9McBurnie
  • 17Coulibaly
  • 20Bogle
  • 27Larouci
  • 34Marsh
  • 35Brooks

Man City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 6Aké
  • 24Gvardiol
  • 16Rodri
  • 8KovacicSubstituted forFodenat 86′minutes
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 19Álvarez
  • 10Grealish
  • 9Haaland

Substitutes

  • 4Phillips
  • 11Doku
  • 18Ortega
  • 21Gómez
  • 47Foden
  • 52Bobb
  • 80Palmer
  • 82Lewis
  • 87McAtee
Referee:
Jarred Gillett
Attendance:
31,336

Match Stats

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Manchester City 2.

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Manchester City 2.