MADRID, Jan. 22 (Royals Blue) –
Manchester City ended its streak of nine consecutive victories after drawing this Saturday (1-1) with Southampton at St Mary’s, in a match corresponding to day 23 of the Premier League that allows its pursuers, Liverpool and Chelsea, able to close the gap with his solid leadership.
Pep Guardiola’s team has a 12-point advantage over Jurgen Klopp’s team and 13 over Thomas Tuchel’s team, a more than enough cushion to ‘afford the luxury’ of being able to draw in matches like this Saturday’s, which has been complicated since the start with an early goal from Walker-Peters in the 7th minute of the game.
The ‘citizens’ took possession of the ball, as usual, and were absolute dominators of the match with the best chances, but it was not until the 65th minute when Laporte balanced the contest with a header from a free kick. Earlier, former athlete Rodrigo crashed the ball into the crossbar with a very precise shot from the edge of the box.
City, who claimed a controversial move as a penalty on De Bruyne, was harmed by the VAR and saw how the locals ended with a tie that tastes like victory. The entire stadium ended up singing the mythical ‘When the saints’ after having stopped the ‘almighty’ leader of the Premier League.
At Old Trafford, Manchester United narrowly defeated West Ham (1-0) in a vital game in the fight for the ‘Champions’ positions. Ralf Rangnick’s team scored the only goal of the match in the 93rd minute after a move led by Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese handed the ball to Edinson Cavani, already in a box position, and he gave the goal to Marcus Rashford, who only had to push it free of a mark at the far post. A goal that is worth more than three points and that allows the ‘red devils’ to be in fourth position to the detriment of their victim this Saturday, who falls to fifth.
In addition, in other matches of the day, Wolverhampton got three golden points to get closer to the European positions after storming the Brentford Community Stadium (1-2) thanks to goals from the Portuguese Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves, who were exchanged the roles in both targets being mutual assistants.
For its part, Everton still hasn’t taken off after the dismissal of Spanish coach Rafa Benítez and fell this Saturday (0-1) at home against Coutinho’s Aston Villa, once again the protagonist as a starter. A goal from Emiliano Buendía was enough for Steven Gerrard’s men to win. At the celebration, former culé Lucas Digne, who was returning to Goodison Park, and Pole Matty Cash were hit by a bottle thrown from the stands.
-RESULTS AND PROGRAM OF THE DAY.
Everton-Aston Villa 0-1.
Brentford 1-2 Wolverhampton.
Leeds United 0-1 Newcastle.
Manchester United 1-0 West Ham.
Southampton-Manchester City 1-1.
Arsenal v Burnley 3:00 p.m.
Crystal Palace-Liverpool 3:00 p.m.
Leicester-Brighton 3:00 p.m.
Chelsea-Tottenham 5:30 p.m.