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Foden stars as Man City beat Bournemouth to close gap on Liverpool

Manchester City moved one point behind leaders Liverpool at the top of the Premier League as Phil Foden inspired the champions to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

With Liverpool in Carabao Cup final action this weekend, it was an ideal opportunity for Pep Guardiola’s side to close the gap and they took full advantage of their game in hand thanks to Foden’s 24th-minute opener.

The England international impressed throughout and netted for the fourth consecutive Premier League game against Bournemouth when he tapped in after Erling Haaland, who had fired wide earlier in the game, saw his initial effort parried by Neto.

Phil Foden celebrates his goal for Man City
Image: Phil Foden’s 24th-minute strike was the difference on the south coast

Bournemouth had their moments against the champions. Andoni Iraola’s team should have equalised early in the second half, but Marcus Tavernier lacked composure on two occasions in quick succession while Dominic Solanke and new signing Enas Unal went agonisingly close with headers.

But it was City and Guardiola’s night. The victory was their 13th in 14 games across all competitions and puts them on 59 points, four clear of third-placed Arsenal, who take on Newcastle at the Emirates later on Saturday.

Bournemouth have now lost all 14 of their top-flight games against City and are 14th in the table, eight points above the relegation zone.

The game’s big moments

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Erling Haaland missed a big chance to give Manchester City the lead before Foden’s opener

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Foden tapped in from close range to put Manchester City in front

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Ederson did well to keep out a header from Dominic Solanke as Bournemouth pushed for an equaliser in the second half

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Enes Unal’s header went just wide of the post as Bournemouth put Manchester City under late pressure

What’s next?

Sunday 3rd March 12:00pm Kick off 1:00pm

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Bournemouth host Leicester City in the FA Cup fifth round on Tuesday at 7.30pm before visiting Burnley in the Premier League on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 1pm.

Manchester City travel to Luton Town in the FA Cup on Tuesday; kick-off 8pm. They return to Premier League action on Super Sunday when they host Manchester United, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 3.30pm.

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