Erling Haaland’s 95th-minute penalty dragged 10-man Manchester City back to the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Fulham on a day of high drama at a sodden Etihad Stadium.
Haaland kept his composure to tuck away his 18th league goal of the season after Antonee Robinson fouled Kevin De Bruyne in stoppage time to deny Fulham an unlikely point.
Julian Alvarez blasted the hosts in front on 17 minutes after relentless pressure. Still, referee Darren England’s decision to send off Joao Cancelo and award Fulham a penalty turned the game on its head.
Andreas Pereira dispatched the spot-kick (28) to haul the visitors’ level. Still, after a marginal VAR call had already frustrated Haaland, the Norwegian restored City’s lead by converting his penalty underneath Bernd Leno with virtually the last kick of the game.
The result means City moves above Arsenal on 32 points, with the Gunners facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Fulham slipped to eighth on 19 points after their four-game unbeaten run was ended.