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Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to 12 points with a 2-0 victory over Brentford, while Tottenham’s top four hopes were dealt a blow with a dramatic 3-2 defeat to Southampton on Wednesday.
Pep Guardiola’s team extended their league unbeaten run to 14 games with a first-half penalty from Riyad Mahrez and a second-half strike from Kevin De Bruyne at the Etihad Stadium.
City were pushed to a 1-1 draw at Southampton in their previous league game, but they recovered to put pressure on second-placed Liverpool, who face Leicester on Thursday in one of their two games remaining against the champions.
City made six changes from the side that defeated Fulham in the FA Cup last weekend, with Jack Grealish and Kyle Walker being withdrawn just days after Guardiola was forced to defend the duo after a night out in Manchester.
Grealish, Walker, and Mahrez are seen on social media outside a Manchester event.
City seemed unconcerned by the uproar as they dominated from start to end, eventually scoring after 40 minutes.
Raheem Sterling’s move attracted a harsh sliding challenge from Mads Roerslav, resulting in a penalty that Algeria winger Mahrez confidently converted.
In the 69th minute, City scored the game-winning second goal when Brentford goalkeeper David Raya passed directly to Sterling.
While Raya saved Sterling’s shot, Kevin De Bruyne pounced on the rebound and finished coolly into the empty net.
“I’m quite pleased with the performance. When they defend deep with ten guys, it’s difficult “Guardiola remarked.
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