Erling Haaland scored his fiftieth aim of the season on Sunday as Manchester City beat Fulham to return to the Premier League summit, with Newcastle and Manchester United successful to shut in on a top-four end. Liverpool maintained their unlikely pursuit of a Champions League place by beating Tottenham 4-3 in a thriller however Southampton and Leeds are staring into the abyss. City’s 2-1 win at Craven Cottage left Pep Guardiola’s males a degree away from long-time leaders Arsenal, with a recreation in hand.
The defending champions, chasing their fifth Premier League title in six seasons, have been forward within the third minute when Haaland scored from the penalty spot after Julian Alvarez was fouled.
Haaland’s thirty fourth Premier League aim of the season equals the competitors document held by Andy Cole and Alan Shearer — set within the days of 42-game campaigns.
The Norwegian is the primary participant to succeed in a half-century of objectives throughout all competitions in a single English top-flight season since 1931.
“Before Winston Churchill was Prime Minister? Wow. Sounds a long time ago. Congratulations to Erling,” stated City boss Guardiola.
Fulham equalised within the fifteenth minute by way of Carlos Vinicius however Alvarez restored City’s lead 9 minutes earlier than half-time.
Treble-chasing City, on prime for the primary time in 10 weeks, have gained their previous eight league video games and are unbeaten of their previous 18 matches in all competitions.
They are red-hot favourites to retain their title, taking full benefit of Arsenal’s stumbles — the Gunners are winless of their previous 4 matches.
Arsenal host struggling Chelsea on Tuesday, with City at dwelling to West Ham the next day.
“It’s important but on Tuesday Arsenal will play,” stated Guardiola. “Important is the West Ham game, it’s a game in hand. After that we’ll be top of the table and it will be more real.”
Callum Wilson got here off the bench to attain twice as third-placed Newcastle fought again to beat Southampton 3-1 and edge their opponents in direction of relegation.
The England ahead was unnoticed of Eddie Howe’s beginning line-up regardless of scoring twice at Everton in midweek however produced the proper response.
He cancelled out Stuart Armstrong‘s first-half opener after which helped himself to a second after Theo Walcott‘s personal aim had given the Magpies the lead.
The win retains Newcastle two factors forward of Manchester United however Southampton are anchored on the foot of the desk, six factors from security with simply 4 video games to play.
Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United edged in-form Aston Villa 1-0, courtesy of a first-half aim from Bruno Fernandes.
“We look from game to game and next we have Brighton so we need to work hard again,” Ten Hag instructed the BBC.
“We need to show passion again and not worry about the table. We are totally in control (in the race for the top four). It’s all about us and it’s in our hands.”
The match got here simply two days after Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani and Jim Ratcliffe submitted their third, and what are anticipated to be closing, gives to purchase United from unpopular American house owners the Glazers.
Other events are fascinated about minority funding, and it was reported that Joel and Avram Glazer may stay stakeholders beneath one deal being proposed by British billionaire Ratcliffe.
A gaggle of United followers marched to Old Trafford on Sunday in protest towards the Glazers, with a large banner studying “Full Sale Only”.
Seven objectives at Anfield
In the later kick-off, Liverpool hit managerless Tottenham with a three-goal blitz within the first quarter-hour however the guests stormed again and Richarlison scored an inconceivable equaliser within the 93rd minute.
Just when it appeared that Spurs had grabbed a dramatic level Diogo Jota gained the sport, leaving the Reds in fifth spot, seven factors behind fourth-placed Manchester United having performed a recreation extra.
“We got away with it thank to Diogo Jota — it makes it spectacular and everybody goes home buzzing,” Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp instructed Sky.
Colombia midfielder Jefferson Lerma scored twice in 4 first-half minutes as Bournemouth moved 10 factors away from the relegation zone with a 4-1 dwelling win over Leeds, who stay in serious trouble.
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