Manchester City continued their push for the Premier League title with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday, thanks to a second-half penalty from Erling Haaland. The win brought City within two points of league leaders Arsenal, who were set to play Fulham the following day.
Despite dominating possession in the first half, City were unable to break through Palace’s defense. Haaland, who had a great chance to score in the first half, missed the target from close range. However, the Norwegian striker made amends in the second half when he calmly converted from the spot in the 78th minute after Michael Olise fouled Ilkay Gundogan in the area.
The goal was Haaland’s 28th in just 27 league games, highlighting his status as one of the world’s best young talents. It was also a cleverly taken goal by City, with Gundogan receiving a short corner and Olise clumsily fouling him in the box.
Palace, who were still searching for their first victory of 2023, struggled to create any clear-cut chances throughout the match. The Eagles finished the game without a single shot on target for the third consecutive league game, highlighting their lack of attacking threat.
The defeat was a blow to Palace manager Patrick Vieira, who was hoping to do his former club Arsenal a favor in the title race. Vieira, who finished his playing career at City and started his coaching career at their sister club New York City FC, could not inspire his team to victory.
For City, the win was another important three points in their pursuit of a fifth Premier League title in ten seasons. The reigning champions have now won eight of their last ten league games, with Haaland’s goals playing a key role in their recent success.
As the title race heats up, every point will be crucial for City and their rivals. With Haaland in such impressive form, City will be confident of continuing their push towards the top of the table.