Manchester City to brink of Premier League title
- Jesus scores early
- Gundogan converts controversial PK
- Eriksen pulls one back before half
- City out shoots Spurs 17-7
Raheem Sterling won a penalty kick and later scored a goal of his own as Manchester City rebounded from a nightmare week to belt Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan also scored for City, who is now two points from the Premier League title and would clinch Sunday if West Brom upset Manchester United.
Christian Eriksen scored for Spurs, whose 67 points are three back of third place Liverpool with a match-in-hand.
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Man City almost had a stunner right off the bat, with David Silva slipping Raheem Sterling to the right end line. Sterling crossed for Leroy Sane, who belted a gorgeous side volley off the post from 15 yards.
Jesus put City ahead in Route One fashion from Vincent Kompany, and it was only 1-0 for a short period of time.
Jon Moss awarded a penalty to City when Hugo Lloris barreled over Raheem Sterling on the edge of the 18, and Gundogan scored about as a pretty a penalty as you’ll see, kissing it off the post to make it 2-0 in the 25th minute.
Ben Davies went studs-up into Kompany and drew the Belgian’s ire and a yellow card.
Kane sent Eriksen through on goal, and the Danish attacker got a fortunate bounce for a fine finish to make it 2-1 in the 42nd.
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4 - Christian Eriksen has scored in each of his last four games in all competitions for Tottenham, netting five times - his best scoring run for the club. Great.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 14, 2018
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City grew back into the match over the first 15 minutes of the second half, but both Jesus and Sterling wasted prime chances to restore the two-goal advantage.
Sterling butchered a chance to make it 3-1 by dribbling around a prone Hugo Lloris only to get his shot blocked by an also prone Kieran Trippier.
Yet he’d score off the ensuing corner kick when Lloris palmed Jesus’ effort onto Sterling’s path. 3-1, 72'.
Ederson collected a low Eriksen shot in the 87th minute, and parried a Lucas Moura effort in stoppage time.
3 - Tottenham have conceded three goals in a Premier League home game for the first time since March 2015 (4-3 v Leicester City). Trio.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 14, 2018