Premier League Saturday Roundup: Haaland Makes History in City Win, Liverpool Draw Against Palace

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Manchester City closed the gap between them and league leaders Arsenal after a convincing 4-1 away win against Bournemouth in the Premier League


The Premier League title race is stiff between Arsenal and Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s team have however played one more game compared to the Gunners, who got a hard-earned victory against Leicester City on Saturday.

At the Vitality Stadium, City took the lead in just 15 minutes through Julian Alvarez who capitalized off Erling Halaand’s shot hitting the woodwork.

Manchester City’s top scorer then doubled the lead in the 29th minute when Gundogan’s cross ricochets off Phil Foden, falling kindly for Haaland who taps in the historic goal that makes him City’s top scorer in a single campaign. His 27th goal of the season in just 24 league games, albeit after a lean spell of one goal in six.

With the floodgates open, Manchester City found the back of the net from a howler by Philip Billing whose pass was intercepted by a poaching Foden who is clinical enough to put it past Neto in Bournemouth’s goal.

Few minutes past the break and the Cityzens and looking to put the game to bed. Rico Lewis’ cross is cleared, falling kindly for Foden who whips in a cross for Julain Alvarez. Alvarez attempt on goal is deflected into the net by Bournemouth defender Chris Mepham.

Bournemouth got a consolation goal late in the game through Jefferson Lerma and they remain 19th on the log.

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Liverpool Held at Palace

A stalemate Premier League draw saw Liverpool travel to Crystal Palace for a mid-table fixture. Liverpool are in 7th whereas Palace are in 12th. Despite the 0-0 scoreline, the fixture saw the woodwork hit 3 times, close to Everton against Liverpool in September (4).

Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah hit the woodwork for Liverpool before Crystal Palace forward Jean-Philippe Mateta also hit the crossbar.

The draw is not the favorable result for both sides with manager Jurgen Klopp noting that his side are a shadow of their former selves,

“I see it in your eyes and in the players’ eyes as well. It looks like we lost the game – we didn’t.

“We’ve spoiled ourselves with a lot of things, but we cannot suffer because of our own history. That would really be a joke.

“This will not be the season in the history books that people want to look at again and again and again.

“There will not be big movies about it, but we have to go through it anyway.

“It’s clear that we have to do something in the summer. For now, we just have to go through this.”

Liverpool were hoping to gain some confidence after the 5-2 loss against Real Madrid in the midweek UEFA Champions League fixture.

Diogo Jota's header hits the post against Crystal Palace in the Premier League (Photo: Getty)
Diogo Jota’s header hits the post against Crystal Palace in the Premier League (Photo: Getty)

Palace on the other hand needed a win to steer clear of the relegation zone. They are just 6 points away from the drop zone and have difficult fixtures in March- they face Manchester City and Brighton before facing league leaders Arsenal.

In other Premier League Fixtures;

Everton (0)-(2) Aston Villa

Leeds United (1)-(0) Southampton

West Ham (4)-(0) Nottingham Forest

Leiester City (0)-(1) Arsenal

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