Manchester City retain Premier League lead after Liverpool draw

Manchester City maintained their slim lead at the top of the Premier League when their decisive clash with title rivals Liverpool ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw.

Kevin De Bruyne fired the champions into a five-minute lead at the Etihad Stadium, but Diogo Jota equalized eight minutes later for the second-placed Reds.

Gabriel Jesús restored City’s lead before the break, but Sadio Mane marked his 30th birthday with the second equalizer for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Raheem Sterling thought he had put City ahead for the third time against his former club, but VAR ruled against him on a tight offside decision and substitute Riyad Mahrez hit the post late.

The result ended Liverpool’s run of 10 consecutive league wins and left City a point clear with just seven games remaining in the season.

Goals from Pierre Lees-Melou and Teemu Pukki helped reinvigorate Norwich’s slim hopes of survival with a 2-0 home win over relegation rivals Burnley.

The Canaries were 10 points from safety before kick-off, but Lees-Melou’s early deflected shot gave Dean Smith’s men a valuable lead and Pukki’s composed finish late secured their first Premier League victory. in nine attempts.

It could be too late for bottom side Norwich, who remain in a dangerous position but have at least kept 18th-placed Burnley within easy reach and dealt a heavy blow to the visitors’ chances of overcoming relegation.

Teemu Pukki scored for Norwich as they beat Burnley

Teemu Pukki scored for Norwich as they beat Burnley (Adam Davy/PA)

Bryan Mbeumo and Ivan Toney combined to sink West Ham 2-0 and surely banish any lingering relegation fears for Brentford.

Two second-half goals lifted the Bees 12 points out of the Premier League relegation zone after a Sunday afternoon stroll in the west London sun.

Mbeumo lashed out for the first goal after being pestered by Toney and then returned the favor for his strike partner when Toney scored his 14th goal of the season.

For West Ham it was another dent in their hopes of finishing in the top four, and they too took a potentially massive hit with Thursday night’s Europa League second leg against Lyon in mind when defender Kurt Zouma was forced. to limp out of the action. half of the first half.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall inspired Leicester to a narrow 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace.

The midfielder’s first Premier League goal came after a sublime assist for Ademola Lookman’s opening goal to give the Foxes perfect preparation for Thursday’s trip to PSV.

They go to Eindhoven for the Europa Conference League quarter-final second leg tied 0-0, but have momentum after just two defeats in their last 10 outings.

Kasper Schmeichel saved two penalties from Wilfried Zaha, after VAR ordered a replay, only for the striker to head in on the rebound of the second to give Palace hope in the second half.

But a leveler never came and the Foxes move above Palace to ninth in the Premier League. The Eagles saw a seven-game unbeaten run come to an end, taking them to Wembley for next week’s FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea.

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