Ederson, Awoniyi Involved in Altercation As Manchester City Defeat Nottingham Forest

Ederson, Awoniyi Involved in Altercation As Manchester City Defeat Nottingham Forest

Babajide Orevba
September 25, 2023 at 11:50 AM
  • Ederson and Taiwo Awoniyi had an altercation when Nottingham Forest visited Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium
  • Both players almost clashed heads after the Nigerian striker clattered into the Brazilian
  • The referee showed the pair yellow cards each, but City had already done the damage with two first-half goals

Manchester City goalkeeper and Taiwo Awoniyi of Nottingham Forest were involved in an altercation during a Premier League clash.

There was a bit of a melee after the striker missed an opportunity, with the City goalkeeper unhappy at what he felt was his opponent trying to win a penalty.

The Brazil international clattered into the Nigerian international, and both went into the book for an astonishing head-to-head confrontation.

Taiwo Awoniyi, Ederson, Nottingham Forest, Premier League
Ederson and Taiwo Awoniyi were involved in a row as Man City defeated Nottingham Forest in a Premier League clash. Photo: Michael Regan
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The incident occurred in the 59th minute after Awoniyi got behind the defence and lobbed an effort over. He clattered into Ederson, who took offence and squared up to the striker. They clashed heads and both got booked, SunSport reports.

The damage had already been done in the early parts of the first half courtesy of Phil Foden and Erling Haaland, who scored in the 7th and 14th minutes, respectively.

The reigning champions, Manchester City, are renowned for their accurate build-up and incisive passing in the final third.

They exhibited and executed that again during the encounter, especially with the first goal, which included a dizzying 46 passes before Foden tucked home the opener.

Erling Haaland made it two in the 14th minute after receiving a nice through-ball to send Matheus Nunes to the byline.

The ball was chipped across onto the head of an unmarked Haaland, who powered the header into the back of the net.

Haaland a strong contender for Ballon d’Or

Sports Brief earlier reported that Haaland and Lionel Messi emerged as the frontrunners for the 2023 Ballon d’Or award after an outstanding year for Manchester City and Argentina respectively.

The Norwegian forward transferred to the Citizens last summer from Borussia Dortmund in one of the most high-profile transfers and has quickly become a household name for the English giants.

Haaland won the treble with Man City, but his Norway manager believes the former Borussia Dortmund striker will lose out to Messi for the prestigious award when the winner is announced.

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