Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Man City Close In On EPL Title With Win Over Spurs

Man City Close In On EPL Title With Win Over Spurs

Ilkay Gundogan doubled City's lead three minutes later from the penalty spot, after Raheem Sterling was hacked down by Lloris.

Manchester City drew an emphatic line under a hard week by moving to within one win of the Premier League title with a 3-1 victory over Tottenham.

The dominant start was deservedly rewarded with a 22nd-minute lead and it was not out of the usual Manchester City playbook.

Three times in six days, City found themselves on the wrong end of defeats against Liverpool (twice) and Manchester United, with two of those losses coming in games City had led at half-time.

"These guys are fantastic and awesome".

"What they lived in the last week was so unfair but they deserve (to win the league) and now we have a match ball".

Given City's capitulation against United last week, Tottenham's goal changed the dynamic of the game and the hosts were camped in City's half for the opening 20 minutes after the resumption.

However, this time there was no second-half collapse as City should have ran out even more convincing winners.

After Sterling missed another fine chance, the England attacker finally got on the scoresheet in the 72nd minute when he rammed home from close range after Jesus' shot was parried to put the champagne firmly on ice.

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City's Champions League conquerors moved ever closer to sealing their place in the competition next season as Liverpool cruised past Bournemouth with Salah again taking centre stage.

"Mo knows what this means and the way we play suits him", added Klopp.

All of Liverpool's prolific front three were on target as Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino struck either side of Salah's deft header to take their combined tally for the season to 82.

Chelsea trailed to goals by Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek at St Mary's but Olivier Giroud came on as a 61st-minute substitute for the visitors to spark a stunning turnaround.

Sane nearly scored City's third goal on 29 minutes only to be denied by Davinson Sanchez who raced back to block the German's effort. Three successive defeats, something they have not experienced since February 2016 during Manuel Pellegrini's reign, have thrown a spanner in the works of the City machine.

Third-from-bottom Southampton are five points from safety after relegation rivals Crystal Palace beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-2, in a tough outing for Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan.

Swansea are five points ahead of Southampton after a 1-1 home draw with Everton.

Huddersfield are seven points better off; Socceroos star Aaron Mooy's side leaving it until injury time to clinch a 1-0 victory over Watford thanks to Tom Ince scoring the victor. At the moment we have to deliver performances, collecting points, winning.

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