Thursday, June 17, 2021

Phil Foden grabs winner as Manchester City edge out dogged Brighton

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Manchester City’s Phil Foden in action with Brighton & Hove Albion’s Ben White during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion, at Etihad Stadium, in Manchester, Britain, on January 13, 2021. Photo: Pool via Reuters

MANCHESTER, January 14: Manchester City moved to within four points of the Premier League summit as Phil Foden’s goal earned them a nervy 1-0 victory over struggling Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday.

Foden’s clinical finish just before halftime on a sodden night at the Etihad Stadium proved enough for City to claim a fourth successive league win, but it was far from comfortable.
City had chances in the second half to stretch their lead with keeper Robert Sanchez and the woodwork coming to Brighton’s rescue but the visitors finished strongly.
The hosts could have eased the tension in stoppage time but substitute Raheem Sterling blazed a penalty over the crossbar.
City held on, however, to move into the top four with 32 points from 16 games, four behind leaders Manchester United and one behind champions Liverpool having played one match less.
Ivan Cavaleiro leads way as Fulham battle back to draw at Spurs

Fulham’s Ivan Cavaleiro scores their first goal.

Portuguese forward Ivan Cavaleiro rescued a precious point for an impressive Fulham on Wednesday as they came from behind to draw 1-1 at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
Fulham started brightly with long spells of possession, but it was Spurs who took the lead in the 25th minute. A long ball from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg found Sergio Reguilon down the left and he put in a perfectly weighted cross which Harry Kane dived to head in for his 11th league goal of the season.
Scott Parker’s side resumed the second half like they began the first, pressing and keeping hold of the ball. They made their breakthrough in the 74th minute when Cavaleiro rose highest to head in a cross from Ademola Lookman.
Spurs, looking tired and short of ideas, failed to retake the lead and the draw left them sixth in the standings, six points off the top. Fulham remained in the bottom three but are only two points from the safety zone. (Reuters)