Metropolis are counting all the way down to their third title in 4 seasons, however Stuart Dallas’ strike in stoppage nonetheless leaves them needing 11 factors from their final six video games to clinch the crown.
Chelsea began off brilliantly towards Crystal Palace and led 3-0 in half an hour. AP
Manchester Metropolis’s march to the Premier League title was blocked on Saturday as Leeds at 10 beat the runaway leaders 2-1, whereas Liverpool ended a six-game dropping streak at Anfield when the late strike from Trent Alexander-Arnold sealed a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.
Chelsea took the lead over Liverpool within the battle for a Champions League spot subsequent season, nevertheless, because the Blues beat Crystal Palace 4-1 at Selhurst Park.
Metropolis are counting all the way down to their third title in 4 seasons, however Stuart Dallas’ strike in stoppage time nonetheless leaves them needing 11 factors from their final six video games to clinch the crown.
A fourth lack of the season within the league for the leaders got here after Pep Guardiola made seven adjustments after his Champions League quarter-final first leg win in midweek towards Borussia Dortmund.
With Kevin De Bruyne on the bench on the Etihad, Metropolis had been under their finest and had been pressured to pay by a vigorous Leeds facet who positioned ninth of their first top-flight return season after 16 years of absence.
“We’ve not created sufficient for the attackers. It is a part of the sport,” Guardiola stated.
“After they defend like they had been, you need to cease them from working and we did not.”
Leeds took the lead three minutes earlier than half-time when Dallas picked up Patrick Bamford’s layoff on the sting of the zone and hit a agency low shot that left Ederson rooted in place as he bounced off the publish.
Moments later, Leeds defender Liam Cooper was sacked for a foul on Gabriel Jesus.
Referee Andre Marriner initially booked Cooper after catching the Brazilian within the knee, however modified his choice to a purple card after reviewing the incident on the sector monitor.
Metropolis equalized within the 76th minute when Bernardo Silva threw the ball into Ferran Torres’ path and the Spaniard lower his shot previous Illan Meslier.
However within the first minute of stoppage time Metropolis had been caught by the good Leeds scorer.
Dallas ran over a pleasant deep ball from Ezgjan Alioski and guided a cool end previous Ederson.
Liverpool late present
Liverpool are desperately making an attempt to avoid wasting their troubled marketing campaign by qualifying for subsequent season’s Champions League by way of a high 4.
Jurgen Klopp’s males hadn’t gained at residence since December, however the Reds avenged their humiliating 7-2 loss at Villa in October when Alexander-Arnold discovered himself at residence on a stoppage.
“I am unable to bear in mind the final time we did it simply, but it surely’s good in our scenario after dropping six video games at residence,” stated a relieved Klopp.
Villa ahead Ollie Watkins netted a hat-trick within the October rout and he was again on the scoresheet after 43 minutes with a low shot that squirmed underneath Alisson Becker’s weak save try.
Liverpool had been denied the equalizer moments later when Roberto Firmino’s level clean end was known as off by VAR for an especially tight offside towards Diogo Jota within the preparation.
However Mohamed Salah equalized within the 57th minute with an in depth vary header after Andrew Robertson’s shot was parried in his approach by Emiliano Martinez.
The Villa Trezeguet winger hit the publish within the second half, however Alexander-Arnold gained it in stoppage time when the right-back jumped residence from the sting of the field.
Chelsea ensured Liverpool’s passage to the highest 4 was transient as they took a 3-0 lead in half an hour towards Palace.
Kai Havertz solely scored his second Premier League purpose earlier than Christian Pulisic grounded the roof of the web.
Kurt Zouma’s header on Mason Mount’s free-kick closed a dominant first half as Thomas Tuchel’s males have 12 wins in 16 video games because the German took management in January.
“The primary half hour we had been wonderful, very hungry, very aggressive,” stated Tuchel.
“I got here to England to get the goal to complete within the high 4. It was the problem and the problem remains to be there, there’s nonetheless an extended option to go.”
Christian Benteke struck out a purpose for Palace after the break, however Pulisic transformed Reece James’ deflected cross on the again publish to finish the scoring along with his second.