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Match Report and Player Ratings: Luton Town 1-2 Manchester City (Premier League)

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Despite the best efforts of Luton, it was Manchester City who emerged victorious at Kenilworth Road, defeating the home side 1-2 in the Premier League.

It was a predictably fast start from the away side, who carved out an early chance as Phil Foden was slipped through, forcing a save from Kaminski in the Luton goal, before Bernardo Silva scuffed the rebound wide.

City continued their period of domination by forcing Kaminski into another save, this time via an effort outside of the box by Rodrigo, forcing a strong left arm to deny the Spaniard.

The Belgian goalkeeper continued to have a busy period in the first half, as it was Foden again who drew a save, firing an effort down to the keeper’s left, as the Blues piled the pressure onto the newly promoted side.

Some brilliant work down the City left by Jack Grealish created another chance after 28 minutes, as the Englishman slipped Alvarez through this time, who lacked the deft touch, redirecting the effort wide of the net.

Luton carved out their first chance of the game through Andros Townsend, who shaped to shoot giving City fans a wave of PTSD. Fortunately, this time Ederson was able to make a routine save to deny him.

A period of possessional dominance ensued the half chance for the home side, with the away side passing Luton off the park, before a customary Kyle Walker skied effort broke the pressure piled on.

The first-half grew to a close with the perfect epitome of the opening 45 being a second foul throw of the half, as Bernardo Silva was penalised to almost cap off the half.

However, on the stroke of half-time, a lofted ball into the Manchester City penalty area met the head of Adebayo, who nodded in the opening goal, giving Luton a priceless lead against the champions.

It was a meaningful start to the second half-from the away side, who controlled the ball with purpose, pinning the home side back but were still unable to carve an opening.

The pressure was piling on Luton though, as a lofted ball into the box from a set-piece found Nathan Ake, who laid the ball into the bath of Ruben Dias, who fired the ball against the crossbar, keeping the score at 1-0.

Finally, City managed to even the scores, when Rodri made a darting run into the penalty area before being tackled, as Bernardo Silva ran onto the loose ball and fired it past Kaminski, nestling a deserved equaliser.

Quality prevailed, as it wouldn’t take long for City to take the lead, as Alvarez played the ball through to Foden, who squared it across to Jack Grealish, before finishing with aplomb on his left foot.

However, the home side continued to threaten, as Ross Barkley found himself in space on the edge of the area, firing a loose ball just wide of the target, giving a warning sign to the champions.

A Luton corner caused havoc at the back, as Ederson missed his effort to punch, causing City to defend frantically, compounding more pressure onto the away goal inside the 90th minute.

Despite a late corner which invited Thomas Kaminski up, Luton were unsuccessful in their efforts, as the away side saw the victory out, emerging as 1-2 victors on Sunday afternoon.

With that being said, here’s how we rated the players on their performances from Sunday’s victory away from home!

Player Ratings

Ederson – 6.5

Ultimately unscathed barring the Luton goal. Not much the Brazilian could’ve done to prevent the effort from close range.

Walker – 6.5

Not his finest game but filled in when necessary. A tame performance from the captain overall.

Ruben Dias – 6.5

Caught out completely for the opening goal, but did his job as expected afterwards.

Nathan Ake – 7

It was a tidy display from Ake, who remained solid throughout the game. The Dutchman looked assured in defence upon his return.

Josko Gvardiol – 7

The Croatian struggled at times but largely did his job before being replaced by John Stones after 68 minutes.

Rodrigo – 8

Offered much needed solidity in the centre of the park upon his return. A standard afternoon from the Spaniard.

Bernardo Silva – 8

Scorer of City’s equaliser, it was a customary Bernardo Silva performance, who has a knack of coming up clutch in important moments for City.

Mateo Kovacic – 7.5

A solid display from Kovacic who answered his critics, controlling possession in midfield and creating a couple of chances.

Phil Foden – 8

An overall brilliant performance from Foden, who set up the winner and carved out a lot of City’s chances in the afternoon before being replaced late on.

Julian Alvarez – 7

In the absence of Erling Haaland it was a chance to shine for Alvarez through the middle, but the Argentine was largely nullified by a resilient Luton defence.

Jack Grealish – 8.5 (MOTM)

It was an important match for Jack Grealish in the absence of Jeremy Doku, but it was a task the Englishman was more than up to. Scorer of City’s second, Grealish certainly lived up to the task at Luton.

Substitutes

John Stones – 6.5

Did his job nicely after replacing Josko Gvardiol in the second half.

Matheus Nunes – N/A

Manuel Akanji – N/A

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