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Football-Man City restores six-point lead, United held by Watford

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February 26, 2022

By Martyn Herman and Simon Evans

Man City (Reuters) – Manchester City have a six-point lead in the Premier League but need a late goal at Everton and a bit of luck to keep their fate in their hands on Saturday.

Phil Foden scored the only goal in the 82nd minute to break Everton’s block but City breathed a sigh of relief when Rodri let the ball touch shortly afterwards as VAR denied Everton a penalty.

Manchester United’s hopes of getting into the top four were dashed when they were held to a 0-0 draw against the threatened relegation-threatened Watford.

Denmark international Christian Eriksen has made an emotional return to action as a substitute for Brentford, eight months after suffering a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.

But Brentford fell 2-0 at home to Newcastle United as their transition continued under Eddie Howe.

Leeds United’s slide continued as they suffered a 4-0 home defeat by Harry Kane-inspired Tottenham Hotspur.

With Liverpool set to play in Sunday’s League Cup final against Chelsea, City know that only victory over Everton will keep the title race in their hands.

When pushed back by Everton, it looked like Pep Guardiola’s men were about to open the door for Liverpool, but Foden showed up late to turn around after Bernardo Silva’s cross.

City have moved to 66 points from 27 games against Liverpool with 60 points from 26 games. The two sides meet at Etihad Stadium in April.

“We searched. We tried and there we were. We got lucky. Everton have top players. Their quality is there, we know it,” said Guardiola.

Currently, Everton are only 1 point behind third place team Burnley and have had a good week with a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Burnley has 21 points with Everton on 22, both teams have played 24 games. Leeds has 23 points in 16th place and has played two more games while Brentford has 24 but has played three more games than Burnley and Everton.

Watford, in 19th place, have 19 points after a fight for a point at Old Trafford.

Cristiano Ronaldo hit the post five minutes into the game and there was an effort that was disallowed for offside but United managed to create enough clear chances against Roy Hodgson’s side.

Bruno Fernandes failed to convert two good chances in the first half and Anthony Elanga missed the target with the best opportunity after the break.

United are still fourth but only two games ahead of Arsenal, who have three in their hands.

“We did everything beyond the score. It’s hard to get that result,” said United interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

“We need to be sharper in front of goal, you can hardly create more chances than we did today.”

Eriksen’s return to the pitch was a moment of happiness in a bleak weekend of news but he failed to inspire Brentford’s return after coming on as a substitute.

“If you take away the results. I am a happy man. Going through what I’ve been through, being back is a great feeling,” Dane said.

Brentford let Josh Dasilva be sent off after 11 minutes for a poor tackle and Newcastle took advantage with Joelinton and Joe Willock scoring before half-time as Newcastle climbed to 14th, only to be ranked second. bottom of the table three weeks ago.

Leeds fell apart at Elland Road when Matt Doherty and Dejan Kulusevski put Spurs in the driver’s seat within 15 minutes.

Kane scored his third goal in the 27th minute, making Leeds the second team in Premier League history to concede three or more goals in five consecutive games after Sunderland in November 2005.

Son Heung-min completed the late phase.

Burnley earned a point at Palace when home defender Luka Milivojevic turned Aaron Lennon into an own goal.

Aston Villa won 2-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion thanks to goals from Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins.

Many players showed their support for Ukraine as the Russian invasion continued. At Goodison Park, the Everton team wore Ukrainian flags while the City players wore T-shirts with the slogan “No war”.

(Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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