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LONDON -- Manchester City took charge of the Premier League title race as Edin Dzeko
19.01.2018, 09:41
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LONDON -- Manchester City took charge of the Premier League title race as Edin Dzeko
LONDON -- Manchester City took charge of the Premier League title race as Edin Dzeko and Yaya Toure scored first-half goals to secure a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday. Brent Grimes Jersey . A couple of hours after leader Liverpool lost 2-0 against Chelsea at home, City cut its deficit to the Reds to three points with one game in hand. If they win their three remaining matches and keep their superior goal difference, Citys players would be crowned champions. "It was a happy day and it was very important for us," City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. "Before today we were depending on other teams. Now we continue as we were two weeks ago, depending only on what we do. But its not finished, we have to play three games more. We will see in the future who will be the best." City will play at Everton on Saturday and could knock Liverpool off its perch on goal difference before the Reds play at Palace the next Monday. "It was very important not to be thinking about the result of Chelsea vs. Liverpool," Pellegrini said. "We just needed to concentrate on ourselves, and the players did it in a very professional way, knowing that if we beat Crystal Palace we would have our future in our hands." Having recovered from a thigh problem, Toure made a spectacular return to competition in a stellar man of the match display, setting up Dzekos opener in the fourth minute with a precise cross that the striker headed home. The powerful midfielder then started and concluded a superb collective move two minutes before halftime with a curling effort. Toure has scored 19 league goals this season and his return is a massive boost to Citys ambitions. "To be honest, we were looking a little bit at the Liverpool vs. Chelsea game," Toure said. "It was a tricky game but we did well. We have just three games left and we want to focus on winning those." After Liverpools earlier slip-up, City players got off to the best possible start at Selhurst Park as the returning Toure crossed for Dzeko, who jumped between two defenders and headed past Julian Speroni from close range to open the scoring. Undeterred by the goal and having secured their topflight status last weekend, Palace put on an attacking display as Yannick Bolasie created danger on both flanks and Cameron Jerome caused havoc in Citys central defence. Palaces first real chance came in the 18th minute when Jason Puncheon tried his luck from the edge of the box but his effort was too weak for City keeper Joe Hart. Still, Pellegrinis team looked in control and City captain Vincent Kompany had a superb chance to double the title contenders lead a few minutes later but his powerful header from close range from Samir Nasris corner ended just wide. The game toughened up toward the end of the first half and referee Howard Webb had to show yellow cards to Damien Delaney and Pablo Zabaleta before Samir Nasri received treatment following a contact with Puncheon. Toure then turned from provider to scorer two minutes before the interval by finishing off a superb move he initiated on the halfway line. The Ivory Coast international played a one-two with Dzeko then passed the ball to Nasri, with the Frenchman putting it back into his path before Toure imposed his physical strength in the area and slotted home. Palace was on the front foot at the start of the second half, with Hart forced to a dive down to his right to deny Puncheons effort. But Tony Pulis players were too often wasteful with their final pass. Chamakh was among the culprits, ignoring Puncheon on his right before misfiring a long pass toward Bolasie. Jerome then wasted a superb pass from Chamakh in the back of the City defence as he took too much time after a heavy first touch. Toure was applauded by fans from both teams as he was replaced by Fernandinho after 65 minutes while Pulis tried to reinvigorate his team with the introduction of Glenn Murray and Dwight Gayle. The move did not pay off and City kept creating the best chances -- with Sergio Aguero and James Milner combining well down the right flank before Palace keeper Julian Speroni saved Dzekos deflected effort with his leg -- as Palaces record-equaling run of five consecutive Premier League wins was brought to an abrupt end. "I dont think the players played at their maximum today," Pulis said. "And the Chelsea result before the game gave City a massive boost. The players should not worry about that too much." Ryan Fitzpatrick Jersey . Off-Season Game Plan examines a team facing some challenging times as GM Bryan Murray tries to put together a roster for next season. Perhaps the first challenge facing Murray is that its expected he will be moving out Jason Spezza, a premier point producer who is about to enter the final year of his contract. Lavonte David Jersey . MLB executive Joe Torre ruled on Tuesday nights game at Wrigley Field that was called after 4 1-2 innings. The Cubs were declared the winners by a 2-0 score. Now, it is instead a suspended game that will resume at 4:05 p. .Sinclair, from Burnaby, B.C., led the Canadian team with three goals at the four-nation competition. She also earned tournament most valuable player honours.The Canadian captain scored on a penalty kick in the 63rd minute and added the winning goal a minute later.Luther Burrell is enjoying being back in the England fold after new coach Eddie Jones ended his spell in the international wilderness. Burrell is hoping to start in Sundays clash with Wales - live on Sky Sports - and stake a claim for a place on this summers tour to Australia following Manu Tuilagis withdrawal from the squad through injury.The Northampton centre was surprisingly overlooked for Englands World Cup squad by former coach Stuart Lancaster who selected Rugby League convert Sam Burgess ahead of Burrell. Englands disastrous showing at the tournament - they became the first hosts to exit at the pool stage - saw a change in coach and a change in fortune for Burrell who was recalled for their final Six Nations game. Burrell is hoping to stake a claim for a place in the tour squad Burrell did not play a part in the Grand Slam-clinching win over Ireland but is excited to feel part of Jones plans and Englands future.Its very exciting, Burrell told Sky Sports News HQ. Obviously its been long time for me.It was a disappointing period for me back in August but that was eight months ago now. Im excited to be part of this group of players and moving forward.It was a huge setback for me both on and off the field. It doesnt just affectt me, it affects people around me. Adam Humphries Jersey. Burrell has been in good form for Northampton For me I had to go back to the drawing board and strip back all that disappointment and really start again. Its been an exciting period for me. I have been in and out of the squad in the Six Nations.I was chomping at the bit to get an opportunity. It didnt quite happen. But its about here and now and Im excited to be part of this team.Burrell also expressed his sympathy for Tuilagi who was forced to pull out of the England squad after suffering a hamstring injury playing for Leicester in last weekends Premiership semi-final against Saracens.However, Burrell does accept that Tuilagis loss could be his gain.Its very disappointing for Manu, he added. Hes a good friend of mine. Hes a great player. These injuries happen, so disappointing for him. 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