Sergio Agaero’s Sergio Agaero double did not end the 49th anniversary of English champions Manchester City with manager Pep Guardiola’s goal in the 90th minute to give the Citizens a 2-2 (0-1) victory over the underdogs Crystal Palace.
The gap with league leaders Liverpool is 13 points for ManCity, with coach Jurgen Klopp Reds having home rights in a duel with record holders Manchester United on Sunday and can extend their lead. Bayern Munich’s next champions, Chelsea, are already 22 points behind the Reds after a 0-1 draw (0-0) at Newcastle United thanks to Isaac Hayden’s late goal (90.-4).
Argentina’s Agaero (82nd/87th) had turned an 0-1 deficit into a 2-1 lead for the defending champion with his late double-pack. Ex-Frankfurter Cenk Tosun (39th) led the guests.
Star team manager Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, has been waiting for a win with Tottenham Hotspur for four games. On the 23rd day of the Premier League, Spurs could not go beyond a goalless draw at Watford and were lucky not to leave the field losing.
In the 70th minute, Troy Deeney of Watford scored on a penalty for Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga. Jan Vertonghen had touched the ball with his hand in the penalty area. More recently, Tottenham had lost twice in a row and lost the connection to the best teams. Watford remained unbeaten for the sixth game in a row.
Premier League: Matches of the 23rd day
Watford 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Bes. Incident: Deeney scores a penalty for Watford (70′)
Arsenal 1-1 Sheffield United
Objectives: 1-0 Martinelli (45′), 1:1 Spot (83′)
Brighton v Hove Albion 1-1 Aston Villa
Objectives: 1-0 Trossard (38′), 1:1 Grealish (75′)
Manchester City 2-2 Crystal Palace (0:1)
Objectives: 0:1 Tosun (39th), 1:1 Agaero (82nd), 2:1 Agaero (87th), 2:2 Fernandinho (90th, goal)
Norwich City 1-0 AFC Bournemouth (1-0)
Objective: 1-0 Pukki (33rd, penalty)
Red cards: Cook (31st, Bournemouth), Godfrey (76th, Norwich)
Southampton – Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 (2-0)
Objectives: 1:0 Bednarek (15th), 2-0 Long (35th), 2:1 Neto (53rd), 2:2 Jimenez (65th, penalty), 2:3 Jimenez (76th)
West Ham United 1-1 Everton
Objectives: 1-0 Diop (40th), 1:1 Calvert Lewin (44′)
Newcastle United 1-0 Chelsea (0-0)
Objective: 1-0 Hayden (90.-4)
The Premier League table
|3.||City of Leicester||22||47:21||26||45|
|14.||Brighton and Hove Albion||23||26:31||-5||25|
|16.||West Ham United||22||26:34||-8||23|