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Manchester City climb to top

21 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Manchester City climb

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Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal against Tottenham Hotspur during their English Premier League match at Etihad Stadium in Manchester on Saturday. Manchester City won 1-0. — AFP PHOTO

Manchester City edged closer to the Premier League title as they avenged their European exit to Tottenham by beating them 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, report agencies.

Phil Foden scored his first Premier League goal for City to bounce back from Champions League heartbreak and move a step closer to retaining their domestic crown.

Spurs ended City’s European adventure on Wednesday despite losing 4-3 in a controversial and thrilling encounter at the Etihad, but they were unable to dent the champions’ title defence as Pep Guardiola’s men clinched a measure of revenge.

An entertaining first period saw just the one goal despite several opportunities at both ends, with Foden – making only his second top-flight start – opening his Premier League account in the fifth minute, though City did lose Kevin De Bruyne to injury.

Spurs were aggrieved to not be awarded a second-half penalty and that ultimately proved crucial as City held on to the slender victory, taking them back above Liverpool to the Premier League’s summit ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Manchester United.

Although Spurs started by going close through Son Heung-min, City took an early lead as they did in midweek, Foden nodding in after Sergio Aguero headed a Bernardo Silva delivery back across goal.

Spurs responded well as Christian Eriksen tested Ederson and Aymeric Laporte had to make a last-ditch tackle to deny Son, but City looked purposeful in attack and should have won a penalty when Jan Vertonghen sent Silva tumbling in the 20th minute.

City continued to grow as the first half progressed, though they lost De Bruyne to what appeared to be a knee injury just before the break, handing Spurs a boost.

The best player on the pitch, by some distance. Silva constantly caused Ben Davies problems on the right flank, while his darting runs inside helped open up gaps in the Spurs defence, as was the case for Foden’s goal. A fine display.

Manchester City have won 25 home games in all competitions this season, the most they’ve ever won in a single campaign and the most by an English top-flight club since Man Utd in 2010-11 (26).

Most people identified two matches in City’s run-in that could see them slip-up; Tottenham at home and away to United. They are now past the first hurdle relatively unscathed. It is seemingly only bitter rivals United that stand between City and a second successive Premier League triumph.


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