Premier League: Manchester City keep pressure on Arsenal with Bournemouth win, Crystal Palace hold Liverpool
Manchester City kept the pressure on Arsenal with a 4-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday as Erling Haaland was back on the scoresheet. Arsenal had defeated Leicester City 1-0 thanks to a fine strike from Gabriel Martinelli.
Haaland was back on the scoresheet as City kept the pressure on Arsenal (Courtesy: Reuters)
By India Today Sports Desk: Erling Haaland was back on the scoresheet as Manchester City kept the pressure on Arsenal by smashing Bournemouth 4-1 on Saturday.
Apart from Haaland, Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden were on the scoresheet as Chris Mepham was unfortunate to score an own goal to gift Pep Guardiola’s team all three points.
City had started the brighter of both teams and took the lead in the 15th minute through Alvarez. 14 minutes later, Haaland made it 2-0 to give City full control of the game.
Foden scored just before half-time to seal the deal for the reigning Premier League champions. Mepham then put the ball through his own net in the 51st minute.
Bournemouth did get a consolation goal in the 83rd minute of the match through Jefferson Lerma.
Liverpool’s recent woes continued on Saturday as they were held to 0-0 draw by Crystal Palace as their top four hopes took another hit. It has been a miserable week for Jurgen Klopp’s men as they were thrashed by Real Madrid at home.
Palace had two good chances in the first half, with Marc Guehi heading wide and Jean-Philippe Mateta hitting the crossbar. Mohamed Salah hit the woodwork for the visitors in the second half but Palace held on to pick up a well-deserved point on the day.
The draw meant that Liverpool moved up to seventh in the table and they’re six points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
Earlier on in the day, Arsenal defeated Leicester City at the King Power Stadium to keep themselves on top of the Premier League table. The first half saw Leandro Trossard’s fine strike get ruled out by VAR.
In the end, Gabriel Martinelli’s 46th minute strike proved to be the difference as the Gunners moved to 57 points, two ahead of Manchester City. Arsenal do have a game in hand and can extend the lead in the table to five points.