伊萬-托尼。布倫特福德前鋒向加雷思-索斯蓋特展示他所缺少的東西

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伊萬-托尼。布倫特福德前鋒向加雷思-索斯蓋特展示他所缺少的東西

伊萬-托尼的精彩表演來得太晚了,無法說服英格蘭主教練加雷斯-索斯蓋特帶他參加卡塔爾世界盃,但他的時機對布倫特福德來說是完美的,因為他們震驚了曼城。

令人費解的是,在看到他的世界盃夢想破滅之前,托尼在這兩場比賽中甚至沒有得到一分鐘的時間,因為在周四索斯蓋特任命他的陣容時,紐卡斯爾聯隊的卡勒姆-威爾遜在他之前得到了點頭,成為隊長哈里-凱恩的助手。

托尼對英格蘭來說可能是可有可無的,但他在布倫特福德是不可替代的,正如他從第一場到最後一場完全表現出的機動性和威脅,蜜蜂在阿提哈德球場當之無愧地擊敗了衛冕冠軍。

他在16分鐘後將本-米的傳球射入球門前已經讓埃德森救出,托尼一直是曼城的眼中釘,即使在半場結束前菲爾-福登的扳平球似乎已經恢復了邏輯。

埃德森在中場休息後兩次被迫採取行動阻止托尼,首先是在他的左側對一次首次進攻的犀利撲救,然後是在他的近門柱前的阻擋,在決定性的時刻,在10分鐘的暫停時間的8分鐘。

布倫特福德曾有過威脅,然後又有了最後的輝煌,喬什-達希爾瓦傳球給托尼,托尼掃射得分。曼城感到震驚和混亂,因為托尼幾乎是在比賽的最後一腳才被剝奪了帽子戲法,當時凱文-德布勞內不可能回來阻止。

托尼在本賽季輝煌的開局之後可能經歷了輕微的下滑,但這兩個進球使得他本賽季16次出場就有11個進球,所以他可以認為自己不幸運,被威爾遜在紐卡斯爾復甦時的晚期狀態所超越了。

布倫特福德的前鋒提供了額外的好處,他是比賽中最可靠的點球手之一,但最終索斯蓋特能夠抵制誘惑,選擇他。

布倫特福德的球迷在他的第一個進球後讓索斯蓋特知道了他們對他和他的決定的看法,托尼與經理托馬斯-弗蘭克進行了認真的交談,他們在這場具有里程碑意義的勝利後,在可以理解的興奮的旅行支持者面前獲得了讚譽。

弗蘭克說。"他太棒了。我對他的人品、他對隊友的情商以及他在俱樂部中的表現讚不絕口,但他也是一名優秀的球員,一名優秀的前鋒。

"生活在繼續。你會遇到像他那樣的大失望,但關鍵的事情正是我們熱愛足球的原因。第二天,太陽升起,我們又繼續前進。"

托尼至少給了索斯蓋特一個最清晰的提醒,如果英格蘭需要任何後期增援,他的名字將保留在框架中。

這看起來是曼城以最好的方式進入世界盃休賽期的完美機會,因為這是一場明顯可以贏的主場比賽。

相反,他們在開始時幾乎處於迷茫狀態,因為布倫特福德抓住了主動權,儘管有不可避免的壓力,但曼城從未真正奪回它。

多產的埃林-哈蘭德被組織良好的布倫特福德的防守擠了出去,通常他們的商標的流暢性被明顯地忽略了。

曼城在下半場有長時間的控球,但布倫特福德站穩了腳跟,瓜迪奧拉的球隊有一種脆弱的氣息,這意味着當他們被罰下場時並不令人驚訝。

這是伊萬-托尼的一天,一個完美的例子,說明足球可以提供的起伏,從周四的沮喪到周六的喜悅。

這是一個長鏡頭,但他再次展示了他的能力,以防索斯蓋特不得不調用他的後備增援名單。

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Ivan Toney's show of brilliance came too late to persuade England manager Gareth Southgate to take him to the World Cup in Qatar but his timing was perfect for Brentford as they shocked Manchester City.

It was mystifying that Toney never even got a minute in those two matches before seeing his World Cup dream snuffed out as Newcastle United's Callum Wilson got the nod ahead of him as captain Harry Kane's deputy when Southgate named his squad on Thursday.

Toney might be expendable for England but he is irreplaceable at Brentford, as he showed with a complete performance of mobility and threat literally from first to last as the Bees deservedly beat the reigning champions at Etihad Stadium.

He had already brought a save from Ederson before he headed home Ben Mee's cross after 16 minutes and Toney was a constant thorn in City's side, even after logic appeared to have been restored by Phil Foden's equaliser seconds before half-time.

Ederson was twice forced into action to stop Toney after the break, first with a sharp save to his left from a first-time strike then with a block at his near post, before the decisive moment eight minutes into 10 minutes of stoppage time.

Brentford had threatened then added a final flourish as Josh Dasilva crossed for Toney to sweep home. City were shocked and in disarray as Toney was only denied a hat-trick with almost the final kick of the game when the unlikely figure of Kevin de Bruyne got back to block on the line.

Toney might have experienced a slight drop off after a brilliant start to the season but these two goals made it 11 in 16 appearances this season so he can count himself unlucky to be overtaken by Wilson's late run of form at resurgent Newcastle.

The Brentford striker offered the added bonus of being among the game's most reliable penalty takers, but in the end Southgate was able to resist the temptation to pick him.

Brentford's fans let Southgate know what they felt of him and his decision in the fruitiest terms after his first goal and Toney was locked in earnest conversation with manager Thomas Frank as they took the acclaim in front of understandably elated travelling supporters after this landmark win.

Frank said: "He's fantastic. I can't praise him enough for how good a person he is, his emotional intelligence with his team-mates and the way he is around the club, but also what a player, what a striker.

"Life moves on. You get a big disappointment like he has had but the critical thing is exactly why we love football. The next day the sun rises and we move on again."

Toney has at least given Southgate the clearest possible reminder of what he offers by keeping his name in the frame should England need any late reinforcements.

This looked like the perfect opportunity for Manchester City to go into the World Cup break on the best possible note, with an eminently winnable home game.

Instead, they started almost in a daze as Brentford grabbed the initiative and City never truly took it back, despite inevitable spells of pressure.

The prolific Erling Haaland was crowded out by the well-organised Brentford defence and the fluency that is usually their trademark was conspicuous by its absence.

City had lengthy spells of possession in the second half but Brentford stood firm and there was an air of vulnerability about Pep Guardiola's side that meant it was hardly a huge surprise when they were punished with the winner.

This was Ivan Toney's day, a perfect example of the ups and downs football can offer, from dejection on Thursday to delight on Saturday.

It is a long shot but he has shown once again what he can do just in case Southgate has to call on his list of back-up reinforcements. • None Our coverage of your Premier League club is bigger and better than ever before - here's everything you need to know to make sure you never miss a moment

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