Man City edge close to title, Liverpool gatecrash top-four

Man City close in on Premier League title with win over Leeds, Chelsea and Liverpool also win as Klopp's men gatecrash top-four

Man City edge close to title, Liverpool gatecrash top-four
Ilkay Gundogan celebrates after handing City the lead over Leeds on Saturday. City won 2-1. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)

Man City opened a four-point lead over Arsenal with a gritty 2-1 victory over Leeds United on Saturday at the Etihad, moving closer to winning the Premier League.

Erling Haaland led the line, and Kevin De Bruyne returned to the starting lineup in an attempt to capitalise on his record-breaking performance.

But it was Ilkay Gundogan who grabbed the attention, with Riyad Mahrez serving as his accomplice the entire game.

Sam Allardyce quickly saw how difficult the task at hand was as the Algerian winger set up Gundogan for the opening goal, and the two combined eight minutes later to make it 2-0.

Until the end of the game, Leeds was unable to approach their opponents.

Rodrigo's goal with four minutes remaining in the game finally brought Man City's inability to maintain a clean sheet to the fore late in the contest.

Leeds must now earn six of their final nine points to remain unbeaten; before visiting Spurs, they will play Newcastle and West Ham away.

Other notable results on the day included Chelsea's Frank Lampard's superb triumph over Bournemouth, which kept the Cherries all but safe from the clutches of relegation for the first time since his appointment following six straight losses.

Chelsea and Liverpool also win

When the first half was halfway through, Matias Vina equalised for the hosts after Connor Gallagher had given the Blues the lead in the ninth minute.

Chelsea regained the lead through Benoit Badiashile, who replaced Wesley Fofana in defence, and Joao Felix sealed the victory late in the game.

The outcome didn't do anything to Bournemouth's top-flight position because they are already guaranteed it, but it did confirm Chelsea's for the next season.

The Blues have a game left and may begin getting ready for the following campaign.

After a spirited 1-0 victory over Brentford at Anfield on Saturday, Liverpool raised the stakes in the top-four battle.

Mohammed Salah, who has now scored thirty goals in all competitions this season for the fourth time in his seven seasons at Anfield, was once again the Kops' go-to player.

With Steven Gerrard, Salah now shares fifth place on Liverpool's all-time leading scorer list thanks to his goal.

Despite having played two more games than Manchester United, Liverpool is only one point behind them in the standings.

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Man City close in on Premier League title with win over Leeds, Chelsea and Liverpool also win as Klopp's men gatecrash top-four
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