Manchester City turn screw in title race as Norwich add to Rafael Benitez woes

Kevin De Bruyne scored a stunning winner as Manchester City went 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Chelsea.

he Belgian playmaker passed Kepa Arrizabalaga from wide range to settle a close game at the Etihad Stadium with 20 minutes remaining.

It was a moment of magic worthy of winning any game, but it was the least City deserved to have dominated against the team that beat them in the Champions League final last season.


Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga couldn’t stop Kevin de Bruyne’s strike in the second half (Martin Rickett/PA)

The win may have ended the Londoners’ title chances. Liverpool, 14 points behind City but two games less, are now perhaps the only team that could reasonably hope to deny Pep Guardiola a fourth crown in five years.

Joao Pedro snatched a priceless victory at the hands of Newcastle as Watford drew 1-1.

The Portuguese leader headed the Hornets level three minutes from time to stun St James’ Park in the fight for Premier League survival.

Eddie Howe’s men appeared to have prevailed thanks to Allan Saint-Maximin’s superb 49th-minute strike, but fell back as the visitors looked to get back into the game, and eventually had to pay for their inaction.


Allan Saint-Maximin celebrates for the hosts after putting Newcastle ahead (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Norwich secured their first league win since November with a 2-1 win over Everton at Carrow Road to put more pressure on Rafael Benitez.

The traveling fans were calling for Benitez to leave before the game started and two back-to-back goals, Adam Idah adding to a Michael Keane own goal, did little to improve their mood.

Richarlison pulled one back for the visitors with a perfectly timed bicycle kick, but the Toffees failed to salvage a point and have gone without a league win since early December.

Wolves survived a late fightback from Southampton to maintain their European push.

Raul Jimenez’s penalty, Conor Coady’s first Molineux goal in six years and Adama Traore’s injury-time effort earned them a 3-1 win.


Wolves moved ahead of Southampton in the table after a 3-1 win at Molineux (Bradley Collyer/PA)

James Ward-Prowse’s superb free kick netted a goal for the Saints and Romain Perraud hit the bar just before Traore sealed the hosts’ victory.

Bruno Lage’s side weren’t at their best, but it was enough to overtake the Saints and claim eighth place.

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