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szdaily -> Sports -> 
Man City on verge of title after beating Spurs
    2018-04-16  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

MANCHESTER City moved to within touching distance of a fifth English league title after bouncing back from a bitterly disappointing week to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday.

Defeat for Spurs handed Chelsea a glimmer of hope in the fight for Champions League places after they came from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2, but Liverpool strengthened its position in the top four as Mohamed Salah scored his 40th goal of the season in a routine 3-0 win over Bournemouth.

City blew the chance to seal the title by losing 3-2 at home to local rival Manchester United last weekend, and were then dumped out the Champions League at the quarterfinal stage 5-1 on aggregate by Liverpool in midweek.

However, Pep Guardiola’s men showed why they have been compared with the all-time great teams of the Premier League era by inflicting the Spurs’ first league defeat since the sides last met at the Etihad in December.

“I said after 10-15 minutes we will be champions,” said Guardiola of his side’s fast start. “After what happened and how the people reacted, these guys are fantastic. They are awesome, they are incredible.

“What they lived in the last week was so unfair but they deserve to win the league and now we have a match ball. We had the first one against United, we could not do it and now we have another one against Swansea with our 60,000 people and we are going to try to be champion.”

City hosts Swansea next Sunday but could be confirmed as champions as early as late yesterday if United lost at home to rock bottom West Brom.

Gabriel Jesus raced in behind an unsettled Spurs defense to drill home the opener on 22 minutes and Ilkay Gundogan slotted home the second from the penalty spot three minutes later as Hugo Lloris wiped out Raheem Sterling, although replays suggested the contact took place outside the area.

Just like against United last weekend when a 2-0 half-time lead disappeared in 16 minutes, City threatened to let another promising position slip away when Christian Eriksen brought Spurs back into the game just before the break with a bit of fortune when Aymeric Laporte’s clearance ricocheted off the Dane and past the helpless Ederson.

However, this time there was no second-half collapse as City should have ran out even more convincing winners.(SD-Agencies)

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