Which teams have scored after longest passing moves?

25 Sep 2023
Manchester City v Nottingham Forest - Premier League

After Phil Foden scored from a 46-pass move, see which goal had more passes in the build-up

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Before Phil Foden's superb opener against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, Manchester City made 46 passes during the build-up, including Kyle Walker's cushioned cutback to set up the goalscorer.

But amazingly this was not the highest number of passes made before a goal in Premier League history.

Only one goal has featured more passes in the build-up since such data was gathered from the 2006/07 season.

Man City's 46 passes for Foden goal

That was the third goal and the second from Nacer Chadli, in Tottenham Hotspur's 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers in August 2014, which featured 48 passes beforehand.

Watch Chadli's goal

Perhaps not surprisingly, Foden's strike is the third goal scored by Pep Guardiola's City that gets in the top five of the longest passing sequences. 

Man City passes for Phil Foden goal

As the table of the top 10 passing sequences below shows, in total Man City have four entries of the most passes leading to a goal since such records began in 2006/07.

Player Team Opp Passes Date
Nacer Chadli TOT QPR 48 24/08/2014
Phil Foden MCI NFO 46 23/09/2023
Juan Mata MUN SOU 45 20/09/2015
Ilkay Gundogan MCI MUN 44 11/11/2018
Sergio Aguero MCI EVE 42 23/05/2021
Morgan Schneiderlin SOU NEW 40 13/09/2014
Ashley Young MUN BLB 37 02/04/2012
Mesut Ozil ARS NEW 35 16/02/2020
Luis Diaz LIV NOR 34 19/02/2022
Gervinho ARS WIG 33 03/12/2011
Julian Alvarez MCI FUL 33 02/09/2023

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