Manchester City 1-2 Brentford: Ivan Toney sends message after England snub with brace in shock win

Response: Ivan Toney shrugged off England snub with a brace against Manchester City  (AFP via Getty Images)
Response: Ivan Toney shrugged off England snub with a brace against Manchester City (AFP via Getty Images)

Ivan Toney responded to being left out of England’s squad for the World Cup by scoring twice in Brentford’s win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium as the champions lost ground in the Premier League title race.

Ivan Toney responded to being left out of England’s squad for the World Cup by scoring twice in Brentford’s win over Manchester City at the Etihad.

The striker made the most of a bright start by Brentford, breaking the deadlock in the 16th minute when Ben Mee headed back across the box and Toney sent a looping header over Ederson and into the net.

City had a strong shout for a penalty turned down for a handball before they equalised on the stroke of halftime when Kevin De Bruyne’s corner was flicked on and Phil Foden drilled home a superb half-volley for his eighth league goal of the season.

City racked up goal-scoring chances in the second half but Toney fired home to round off a stoppage-time counter-attack and secure a stunning victory for Brentford.

Losing ground: Manchester City could be five points off Arsenal when the Premier League resumes (Getty Images)
Losing ground: Manchester City could be five points off Arsenal when the Premier League resumes (Getty Images)

City stayed second in the table on 32 points, two behind leaders Arsenal who play Wolverhampton Wanderers later on Saturday. Brentford are 10th on 19 points.

Additional reporting from Reuters