Brentford achieved a heavy-caliber surprise by returning from Manchester City 2-1 at the opening of the sixteenth stage of the English Football Championship, depriving his opponent of taking the lead, even if temporarily.
The Citizens’ tally stood at 32 points, two points behind Arsenal, who later played at Wolverhampton.
It is the second big result for Brentford this season after he inflicted a severe loss at home against Manchester United by four clean in the second round.
The star of the match was Brentford’s top scorer Evan Toni, who was not chosen by England coach Gareth Southgate in the official squad to participate in the World Cup in Qatar, despite his remarkable brilliance this season, by scoring the two goals of the match.
Manchester City entered the meeting with a perfect record at home this season locally after winning its seven matches since the beginning of the current season, but Brentford put an end to this series.
The loss is also the first for City since it fell to Liverpool 0-1 on October 16, after which it won the victory in the last three matches over Brighton 3-1, Leicester City 1-0 and Fulham 2-1 in the league, and also knocked Chelsea out of the League Cup by winning it 2- Zero last Wednesday.
Manchester City’s top scorer, Arling Halland, returned to the starting line-up after his absence from the last match against Chelsea in the League Cup (2-0) midweek, assisted by Phil Foden and Portuguese Bernardo Silva on the sides.
The meeting was the third between the two teams, and Brentford won its first after two losses.
Brentford started the match strongly and was a stubborn opponent of the hosts and succeeded in opening the scoring through top scorer Evan Toni, who invested a cross to head it into the net despite the intervention of Spanish international defender Aymeric Laporte.
City found it difficult to penetrate the organized defense of Brentford and did not hit the goal for the first time only in the 39th minute through Foden, but Spain goalkeeper David Raya saved his attempt brilliantly.
However, Raya was helpless when Foden fired a powerful ball with his left on the fly to hug his net (45 + 1).
Manchester City pressed at the beginning of the half, but did not succeed in threatening the Brentford goal, which would have almost advanced again had it not been for Laporte’s intervention at the last minute to remove a cross that almost reached Tony stalking in front of the goal (65).
City threw his weight at the end of the match and his Spanish coach, Pep Guardiola, involved his young Argentine striker, Julian Alvarez, in an attempt to settle the result, but Brentford took advantage of a quick counter-attack amid City pressure to take advantage of Tony’s cross from Joshua da Silva and followed it from close range into the net ((90 + 8) in the middle A shock at Al-Ittihad Stadium, Tony raised his score to 9 goals in the league this season.