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Haaland scores as Man City beat Brentford to close gap on Liverpool

Erling Haaland’s second-half goal moved Manchester City one point behind Premier League leaders Liverpool as they beat Brentford 1-0.

City endured a tense evening until Haaland broke through Brentford’s stubborn backline to open the scoring after 71 minutes, putting the frustration of Saturday’s nine missed chances against Chelsea behind him.

Bernardo Silva’s glaring first-half miss and Ben Mee’s clearance off the line to deny Oscar Bobb on his first Premier League start only added to the anxiety at the Etihad until Haaland struck his 17th league goal of the season.

Brentford had their chances but were wasteful again as Frank Onyeka and Yoane Wissa failed to take their opportunities when through in the first half. Thomas Frank’s side are five points above the relegation zone after just two wins in their last 11 league games.

City move a point above Arsenal having taken advantage of their game in hand, while keeping the pressure on Liverpool who host Luton on Wednesday night in the Premier League. The champions have now won seven of their last eight games in the league.

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City travel to Bournemouth on Saturday Night Football (kick-off 5.30pm), while Brentford visit West Ham United on Monday Night Football (kick-off 8pm), with both games live on Sky Sports.

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