The City complicates the title

Guardiola’s team does not go beyond a draw against Everton and Arsenal’s victory opens a gap of seven points between the two

When least expected, playing at home against an Everton that came with bad feelings, Manchester City did not go beyond a tie and left two points that could be essential in the fight for the title. The truth is that it was not the best game for the sky blues despite the fact that Haaland’s goal in the twenty-fourth minute gave him a certain peace of mind. The qualifiers are over with the Norwegian, who reached 21 goals in the Premier in 15 games. Before the break, the citizens were able to put land in the middle with a header from Stones, but it crashed into the wood. In the second half, City did not worry and in a counter came the tie. In a common mistake, with the defender leaving excessive meters to the attacker in an effort to prevent the pass into space, Gray whipped out a whip that entered Ederson’s top corner. City had to put on their work overalls again and despite the fact that they never played brilliantly they came close to victory, first in a jumbled play in the area, and then in discount, with a header from Rodri that went wide. The puncture of the current champion left the way free for Arsenal, who did not miss the opportunity. They clearly beat Brighton in a match that they dominated from minute one, when Saka put the Gunners ahead, and put land in the middle of the fight for the Premier.

Manchester United opened the day with a victory in a match whose clear protagonist was Marcus Rashford. The English attacker, who is going through his best moment after many years of drift, fell asleep for the call, and Ten-Hag decided to make him a substitute. United struggled to create chances against combative Wolves and the goal only came when Rashford came onto the field. In a beautiful combination with Bruno Fernandes, the Englishman beat Jose Sá. Later he scored another goal, but the VAR annulled it by hand. A last-minute save by De Gea saved United, who are still in good shape and don’t seem to miss Cristiano Ronaldo.

In the rest of the day, Fulham beat Southampton 2-1, a result that sinks the saints further into the standings. The Londoners, for their part, add two victories after the World Cup, and are close to European positions. Crystal Palace won at home against Bournemouth (0-2) and is recovering from the fateful match of the previous day, in which they had to play with nine players for more than half an hour. Finally, Newcastle did not go beyond a draw against Leeds, in a result that leaves no one satisfied. The whites can’t get away from the bottom of the table, while the magpies see United closing in, just two points away.


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