PLAYER RATINGS: Luke Ayling and Kevin De Bruyne were majestic in titanic tussle at Elland Road but Benjamin Mendy was badly exposed
- Ayling (8) recovered from difficult start to drive on his side in epic encounter
- De Bruyne (8) was at the heart of City’s best moves at the start and end of match
- Mendy (3) was shaky and even had an inadvertent hand in the Leeds equaliser
Rodrigo’s first Premier League goal gained Leeds a deserved point in a pulsating 1-1 draw against Manchester City at Elland Road.
Raheem Sterling’s drilled finish was all City had to show for a dominant first half and Leeds’ club-record £27million signing Rodrigo equalised from close range in the 59th minute.
Sportsmail’s Ian Whittell rated the players on Saturday night.
Defender Luke Ayling recovered from a difficult start to drive on his side in epic encounter
Illan Meslier – 7
Nearly caught out by early De Bruyne free-kick but, on a busy night, emerged with credit, good one on one save from Sterling.
Luke Ayling – 8
Tortured by Sterling for the first 20 minutes but recovered heroically. Linked well going forward as the game wore on.
Robin Koch – 6
Made a couple of key blocks while City dominated and did well with City’s pace and mobility through the middle.
Liam Cooper – 6
Badly at fault for the opener but survived a torrid opening half hour by City and finished better.
Stuart Dallas – 6
Mateusz Klich produced a strong showing in the middle with a couple of key contributions
Great block denied Torres in the first half and became a major attacking force as Leeds fought back. But lucky to escape a late red.
Kalvin Phillips – 7
Over-run in midfield early and hounded off the ball but grew into the game and his corner led to equaliser.
Helder Costa – 6
Couple of promising moments and much more prominent as Leeds took over the game after the break.
Mateusz Klich – 7
Strong showing in the middle with couple of key contributions and needed to be, with City’s skills going forward.
Tyler Roberts – 6
Sacrificed as Bielsa went looking for goals and failed to make a major impact in a busy midfield
Rodrigo came off the bench to collect a deserved point for Leeds in a pulsating 1-1 draw
Ezgjan Alioski – 5
Brought in to replace on-loan City winger Harrison and came close with one header but replaced at the break.
Patrick Bamford – 6
First game this season without a goal but no lack of work rate, just lacked a lucky break of the ball.
Ian Poveda (for Alioski, 45) – 8
Rodrigo (for Roberts, 55) – 9
Leif Davis (for Klich, 76) – 6
Subs not used: Llorente, Struijk, Davis, Caprile, Shackleton.
Man City (4-3-3)
Ederson – 5
Great saves from Dallas, Alioski and Rodrigo but what a nightmare for the equaliser.
Kyle Walker – 5
Ball watching as Alioski ran past him to head over early which summed up an evening when full-backs struggled.
Ruben Dias – 5
Debut for the club record signing and almost scored from an early set-piece but the lack of shape exposed him.
Aymeric Laporte – 5
Back from his Covid positive and looked solid early on before the weakness at full-backs saw him over run.
Ruben Dias made some vital blocks and was an aerial threat on his debut for the visitors
Benjamin Mendy – 3
Picked up a silly first half booking and Poveda was brought on to exploit him. Even had an inadvertent hand in the equaliser.
Phil Foden – 6
Quiet game by his standards and finishing was wayward when presented with a couple of half chances before the break.
Rodri – 7
Preferred to Fernandinho as the holding midfielder in a three and had a busy afternoon. Strong in the tackle and good with the ball.
Kevin De Bruyne – 8
Majestic when City were on top early but faded under Leeds pressure before inspiring his team to a strong finale.
Raheem Sterling was clinical for his opener but missed a handful of other good chances
Ferran Torres – 5
Quiet game for the newboy and the obvious one to make way a City looked for the winner.
Riyad Mahrez – 6
Played through the middle as a “false nine” and threatened with a couple of decent shots.
Raheem Sterling – 7
Clinical for his opener but missed a handful of other good chances. But was always selflessly looking to play in others.
Bernardo Silva (for Torres, 64) – 7
Natan Ake (for Mendy, 71) – 7
Fernandinho (for Mahrez, 77) – 7
Subs not used: Stones, Steffen, Delap, Palmer.
Referee: Mike Dean 7
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