Man City extend winning run in EPL

LONDON, FEB 14 (IANS) | Publish Date: 2/14/2021 12:51:39 PM IST

Manchester City defeated Tottenham 3-0 to strengthen their grip at the top of the Premier League in their latest encounter to extend their already record-breaking winning run.

Saturday’s game showed how things have changed since Spurs beat City 2-0 on November 21 to go top of the league and left City with 12 points from eight games as Pep Guardiola’s side won with ease against a rival that is now struggling to qualify for Europe, reports Xinhua news agency.
City’s record 16th consecutive win was inspired by Ilkay Gundogan, who won the penalty that allowed Rodri to open the scoring from the penalty spot, before scoring himself in the 50th and 66th minutes to assure what was a very comfortable home win. Liverpool’s title defence continues to fall apart and coach Jurgen Klopp admitted it was over after they suffered their third consecutive defeat 3-1 after looking to be in a winning position against Leicester City. Mohamed Salah put Liverpool ahead in the 67th minute after a good assist from Roberto Firmino, but James Maddison’s free kick in the 78th minute (given after consultation with the VAR) was the start of Liverpool’s collapse.
Keeper Alisson Becker was at fault again after a collision with debutant Ozan Kabak, ended with him kicking the ball to Leicester’s Jamie Vardy, who gleefully slotted home before an error from Salah gifted the ball to Leicester allowing Harvey Barnes to seal the points five minutes from time.
Emi Martinez was Aston Villa’s hero with nine saves as his side withstood a constant wave of attacks from Brighton for a goalless draw in a game where the home side probably still don’t know how they didn’t win. Burnley took another step towards safety thanks to a 3-0 win away to Crystal Palace in a game they were winning 2-0 after just 10 minutes with goals from Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Jay Rodriguez, before Matthew Lowton assured the win soon after the break.
West Brom hold Man United 1-1
Bruno Fernandes’ stunning volley salvaged a point for Manchester United 1-1 at struggling West Brom, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lost further ground in the Premier League title race.
United moved back above Leicester in second place, but are now seven points behind leaders Manchester City, who also have a game in hand.
The Baggies took a shock lead after just 83 seconds as on-loan striker Mbaye Diagne outmuscled Victor Lindelof to head in from Conor Gallagher’s cross. United where finding it difficult to make inroads in a lacklustre opening period until Fernandes hooked Luke Shaw’s cross into the top corner with his weaker left foot. The visitors improved in the second half, Mason Greenwood testing Sam Johnstone with a low strike and Scott McTominay seeing his follow up cleared off the line.
With time running out, skipper Harry Maguire leapt to send his header towards the top corner, but Johnstone tipped the effort against the post to deny United an injury-time winner.
Though they claimed a draw, West Brom remain in deep trouble at the wrong end of the table, second from bottom and 12 points from safety. 
Southampton lost its sixth Premier League match in a row as Wolverhampton Wanderers mounted a second-half comeback to beat them 2-1 on Sunday and avenge a 2-0 loss to the Saints in the FA Cup on Thursday.

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