Erling Haaland stored the day for Manchester Town and spared Joao Cancelo’s blushes because the striker’s last-gasp penalty secured a 2-1 win over Fulham within the Premier League.
Cancelo had left Town short-handed after an embarrassing pink card, which got here in a while after Julian Alvarez gave the Etihad Stadium hosts a deserved early lead.
Town have been in quest of a thirteenth consecutive win towards Fulham throughout all competitions, but their hopes nosedived quickly after the opener when Cancelo was once ordered off for a deficient problem on Harry Wilson, handing Fulham a spot-kick that Andreas Pereira tucked away.
Fulham have been moments clear of some extent, however then Kevin De Bruyne was once tripped through Antonee Robinson and a 2nd penalty of the sport was once awarded. Replace Haaland’s kick within the 5th minute of stoppage time was once nearly stored through Bernd Leno, however the ball squirmed beneath the goalkeeper, sending Town above Arsenal on the best of the desk.
Alvarez headed broad from a tight probability within the 3rd minute after a scrumptious move from De Bruyne. De Bruyne then had a normally sizzling 20-yard pressure tipped over the bar through Bernd Leno sooner than Fulham won any form of foothold.
A mauling regarded at the playing cards, and Alvarez thrashed within the opener off the bottom of the bar within the seventeenth minute after Ilkay Gundogan’s move set him transparent.
John Stones had a tap-in disallowed for offside, however the recreation modified within the twenty fifth minute when Cancelo was once red-carded for an absurdly lazy barge within the penalty house on Wilson, with Pereira slotting the spot-kick previous Ederson.
Ten-man Town remained dominant, but half-chances got here and went sooner than Pep Guardiola summoned Haaland and Phil Foden from the bench within the sixty fourth minute.
Haaland shot broad from a hard alternative, however then his second regarded to have come within the 74th minute, with De Bruyne’s supply from the left a factor of good looks and the striker’s close-range header simply fatal.
But the synthetic was once marginally offside, the VAR verdict saving Fulham. Simply as they regarded set to grasp on for a valued level, the foul on De Bruyne and Haaland’s cool head tilted the sport again Town’s manner.