Manchester City produced the perfect response to English Premier League title rivals Liverpool by outclassing Leeds United to regain top spot.
City needed the win after Liverpool had overtaken them earlier in the day with a 1-0 victory at Newcastle – and they produced a highly impressive display in Elland Road’s hothouse that also prolonged the relegation worries for Jesse Marsch’s side.
The reigning Premier League champions went ahead in the 13th minute when Rodri glanced home Phil Foden’s free-kick and while Leeds were spirited, they barely tested visiting keeper Ederson until the game was lost.
City doubled their advantage nine minutes after the break from another set-piece, Nathan Ake pouncing from close range when Foden’s corner was headed down by Ruben Dias.
Foden was City’s brilliant orchestrator and he was involved again when he set up the third for Gabriel Jesus with 12 minutes left, before Fernadinho added the fourth with virtually the last kick of the game.The win means City are a point ahead of Liverpool, with four games left for both teams.