Man City host Fulham at the Etihad in a Premier League clash that sees a home debut for new signing Jeremy Doku.
With Pep Guardiola still recovering from minor back surgery, Lillo takes charge for the second time this season.
As the clock struck 3pm (UK), the game got underway.
In the opening twenty minutes, the Blues sought control through possession. However, with sloppy passing and a lack of cohesion, Fulham won the ball too easily.
Without any real trouble for Fulham to deal with, they were able to to get up the pitch and oppose themselves somewhat.
A tactical switch by Lillo saw Doku and Foden swap sides to bring them into the game.
The Blues have illustrated dominance over Fulham in recent times with 14 out of 14 wins in all competitions.
GOAL! Alvarez on 31 minutes. Akanji picks the ball up in the middle, plays it to Kovacic who places a lovely line-brekaing pass and Haaland picks up an assist as Alvarez does not miss!
It took just minutes before Fulham equalised through Ream after some hectic in-box action.
33 minutes in and it was Manchester City 1 – 1 Fulham.
Despite the goal and equaliser, the Blues continue to look out of sorts. Fulham could have entered half-time arguably happier than Man City.
But in additional time, Ake makes it two for the Blues in a controversial decision to allow the goal.
Fulham boss Marco Silva is furious and believes the goal should have been ruled out for offside.
“It just can’t stand!” 😠
Should Man City’s second goal have been disallowed?
Mike Dean is NOT happy! 😤 pic.twitter.com/4GT7W0ewhn
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While it is Ake that gets the goal, Akanji is accused of interfering with the Leno’s line of sight. Following a lengthy check, VAR allow the goal to stand.