Julián Álvarez sealed the win for Manchester City, who returned to the top and put the pressure on Arsenal

Julián Álvarez sealed the win for Manchester City, who returned to the top and put the pressure on Arsenal
Julián Álvarez sealed the win for Manchester City, who returned to the top and put the pressure on Arsenal

At a trot, with the forcefulness that he usually displays against rivals who are light years away from his power and with the scoring contribution of Julián Álvarez, Manchester City beat Fulham 4 to 0 as a visitor In the match that opened the 37th round of the Premier League, they regained the lead of the competition and He was two wins away from securing the title.

In the charming Craven Cottage, located on the banks of the River Thames and inaugurated in 1896 (it is the oldest stadium in London), the group directed by Josep Guardiola They dominated the game from start to finish and without much opposition against an opponent who a few weeks ago achieved their main objective of the season, guaranteeing permanence, and can no longer even dream of qualifying for a continental tournament.

The light blue team had a scorer this Saturday who is no longer so surprising: Joško Gvardiol. The defender of the Croatian national team scored the goal that paved the way to victory when barely 12 minutes had been played: he climbed up the left, threw a wall with the Belgian Kevin De Bruyne and defined as a center forward.

With that narrow lead, but without breaking a sweat, the current champion went to rest. And in the second half, stepping on the accelerator only at times, he turned his victory into a rout. At 14 minutes and after a shot by the Portuguese Bernardo Silva blocked by his compatriot João Palhinha, Phil Foden collected a ball at the entrance to the home area and scored the second.

At 26, Bernardo Silva sent a long cross from a corner kick, the Fulham defense failed and Gvardiol pushed the ball into the net at the far post. That was the Balkan defender’s second goal in the game and the fifth in his team’s last eight games. Only the Norwegian Erling Haaland (six) scored more than him in that period.

Already in added time, Julián Álvarez, who had entered at 37 of the second half for Haaland, was knocked down in the area by Issa Diop. Referee Anthony Taylor awarded a penalty and showed the Frenchman the second yellow card and immediately the red card. The forward of the Argentine national team, with a low shot and the left post of the German goalkeeper Bernd Leno, sealed the final 4-0 and made the team celebrate. Noel Gallagherwho was at one of the headers along with the rest of the visiting supporters who had traveled to London.

With this victory, which shattered the remote mathematical chances that Liverpool still had of fighting for the title, City has 85 points and surpasses Arsenal by twowho will visit Manchester United on Sunday at 12:30 at Old Trafford.

Manchester City won easily at the picturesque Craven Cottage. Photo: David Cliff / EFE / EPA.

But the Citizens They still have a meeting pending corresponding to the 34th date against Tottenham which will be played on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in London. If Guardiola’s team wins that match and also the one on the last date, at home against West Ham United on Sunday, May 19 at 12, they will become champions regardless of what Arsenal does in their two games (against Manchester United and against Everton).

This is not the only title that City aspires to in this stretch of the season, since on May 25 they will face Manchester United in the FA Cup final which will be played at Wembley.

 
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