Manchester City are four points clear of Arsenal in the Premier League after beating Leeds United 2-1.
City lead Arsenal by four points in the Premier League as they beat Leeds 2-1 with two near-identical goals from Ilkay Gundogan to extend their league winning streak to 10 field.
City’s prolific striker Erling Haaland gracefully handed the ball over to Gundogan for a penalty in the 84th minute and should have scored a hat-trick in Saturday’s game, but his effort hit the post.
City ran around Leeds with numerous excellent chances to score before Gundogan struck from the edge of the 18-yard box from Riyad Mahrez’s pass in the 19th minute. Eight minutes later, Riyadh Gündoğan again copied his first goal.
Rodrigo Moreno pulled one back for Leeds United in the 85th minute.
With Pep Guardiola’s side on 82 points and Arsenal on 78 with four games remaining, City are all but clinching a glorious three-peat if the Gunners lose to Newcastle on Sunday.
Leeds, playing their first game under interim manager Sam Allardyce, parachuted in a last-ditch effort to avoid relegation and are currently 17th – and all the teams below them All three teams played one game less.
Haaland failed to extend his Premier League single-season record of 35 goals set on Wednesday, despite numerous chances and a crowd cheering him on at the Etihad Stadium.
The 22-year-old Norwegian, who broke record books in his debut Premier League season, could have scored at least twice on Saturday, with one hitting the crossbar, another hitting the post and narrowly missing the other A few made him shake his head in frustration.
On Tuesday, the Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid’s chasing triple crown Manchester City, unbeaten in 20 games in all competitions.
The odds are slim for Leeds, who have been in freefall for weeks and have the most porous defense in the top flight, conceding 69 goals in 35 appearances.
Elsewhere in the Premier League on Saturday, Chelsea beat Bournemouth 3-1 at the Vitality Stadium, Lampard’s first win in his second spell as manager. Troubled Chelsea are now mathematically safe from relegation.
Harry Kane overtook Wayne Rooney to become the Premier League’s second-highest goalscorer in Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 win over London rivals Crystal Palace.
Unai Emery’s Aston Villa lost 1-0 at Wolves, further denting Villa’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League.