Haaland frees City at Palace, Spurs take advantage of Liverpool slip up
Manchester City remains on Arsenal’s trail. Visiting Crystal Palace won with minimal difference (0-1), leaving the difference between the top two teams in the Premier League two points.
Erling Haaland scored from a penalty fifteen minutes before time, already his 28th league goal of the season.
Knowing that Arsenal have a tricky derby at Fulham coming up on Sunday, City were anxious to increase the pressure on the leaders beforehand. But despite a huge advantage, the liberating goal for City fell late.
After a foul on Ilkay Gündogan, the ball went on the dot and Haaland took responsibility, even though the Norwegian had killed off some chances earlier in the match.
Expensive points loss Liverpool
Big loser of the day was Liverpool, which went down a week after its 7-0 win over Manchester United at Bournemouth (1-0).
The Dutch were not happy. Virgil van Dijk saw a header saved just before the goal line and a goal by Cody Gakpo was disallowed for offside. But especially Mo Salah will have had a bad feeling about this afternoon, on which he hopelessly missed a penalty midway through the second half.
Philip Billing had already scored the only goal by then, after escaping Van Dijk’s attention.
Liverpool’s defeat put Tottenham Hotspur three points out of contention for Champions League tickets.
Harry Kane (twice) and Son Heung-min provided the London production at home against Nottingham Forest, which saved the honor (3-1) just before time through Joe Worrall. Arnaut Danjuma remained on the bench for the entire match at Spurs.