Sergio Aguero’s 20th Premier League aim of the season left Manchester Metropolis simply two wins from the title after a hard-fought 1-Zero victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday.
Aguero, who has now scored 9 instances in his previous eight appearances towards Burnley, struck within the 63rd minute, with a shot that solely simply crossed the road regardless of the perfect efforts of defender Matt Lowton to maintain it out, though goal-line expertise was wanted to award the aim.
The win takes Metropolis on to 92 factors, one forward of Liverpool, with two video games to play.
Victories at dwelling to Leicester every week on Monday, and away at Brighton the next Sunday will see Pep Guardiola’s facet retain their English title.
For the primary time in months, Metropolis’s elimination from the Champions League means they’ll crucially have a free midweek to arrange for these key matches.
Against this, Liverpool should journey to Newcastle subsequent weekend, both facet of the 2 legs of their Champions League semi-final towards Barcelona, earlier than internet hosting Wolves on Could 12.
Metropolis have now received 12 consecutive Premier League video games however they needed to work to keep up their composure towards the Clarets.
Heaton frustrates Metropolis
Guardiola’s facet loved the majority of possession, however discovered creating clear possibilities tough. Once they did, Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton was in wonderful kind.
Heaton, a former Manchester United reserve, made two wonderful saves within the opening minutes of the second half. He was alert at his close to submit to beat away Aguero’s shot, after Raheem Sterling’s neat flick had created the opening, earlier than beating out Bernardo Silva’s snap shot on the finish of a goalmouth scramble.
Sean Dyche’s facet knew earlier than kick-off they had been mathematically sure of Premier League survival, but performed as in the event that they too had been combating for the title.
Burnley even induced Metropolis the occasional first-half downside.
Jack Cork chested down a ball on the sting of the penalty space after which hit a shot that struck visiting captain Vincent Kompany full within the face.
As the house followers appealed for handball and screamed for a penalty, referee Paul Tierney put his whistle to his lips as if contemplating awarding one. Tv replays, although, confirmed he was proper to not.
The Clarets’ greatest opening fell to Chris Wooden, who was left to rue a poor first contact that denied him his huge second.
Performed via by Jeff Hendrick, the New Zealand ahead allowed the ball to squirt away, and Ederson was bravely out at his toes to smother.
At instances, Metropolis’s frustration threatened to boil over.
Within the closing moments of the primary half, Aguero over-hit a go down the left for Leroy Sane, ensuing within the ball rolling out of play, and the German responded by turning to his team-mate and flinging his arms out in despair.
Ultimately, although, Metropolis’s persistence was rewarded. Bernardo Silva’s low ball into the center discovered Aguero, who, along with his again to aim and minimal house to work with, managed to style a shot that beat Heaton.
Lowton, on the road, seemed to have blocked the shot along with his chest, however the ball looped up and simply crossed the road earlier than he might recuperate to clear it.
If Metropolis had been hoping that aim would supply the platform for a snug last half-hour, although, they had been to be dissatisfied as Burnley continued to provide all the pieces.
Few gamers had been extra dedicated than Burnley’s Ben Mee, the boyhood Metropolis fan who used to captain their youth group.
He produced a unprecedented goal-line clearance to disclaim the guests a second aim, stretching to hook the ball clear after substitute Gabriel Jesus collected Kyle Walker’s crossfield go, and had gone spherical Heaton to shoot in the direction of what he thought was an empty internet.
After that, Metropolis had been content material to run down the clock as they stored their cool to depart their northwest rivals with all three factors.
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