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The Incredible 52-Pass Goal by Man. City



Manchester City’s opening goal in Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat of West Bromwich Albion in the EFL Cup has remained a talking point. An incredible 52 passes were stringed beating an earlier 20-pass move that ended with Sergio Aguero tapping in Raheem Sterling’s cross.

But last Wednesday, Manchester City stringed 52 passes in which every single Manchester City player was involved and they all touched the ball at least twice in the build up to the third minute goal.

After the staggering 52 passes, Ilkay Gundogan’s shot was saved by Ben Foster, before Leroy Sane fired in for the opening goal.

Foster’s save was the first touch of any West Bromwich Albion player in the match… after two minutes and 27 seconds. No outfield West Bromwich Albion player touched the ball until Hal Robson-Kanu kicked off, three minutes and 16 seconds into the game.

According to the compilation by America-based Sporting News, overall, Manchester City completed 479 passes in the match, meaning 11 per cent of their successful passes came in the move which ended with Sane’s goal.




Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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