Phil Foden’s First-Half Strike Was Enough To Earn Manchester City A 1-0 Victory At Brentford On Wednesday Night

The win puts the Cityzens eight points clear at the Premier League summit, capitalising on Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat at Leicester the night before and Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Brighton that kicked off earlier on Wednesday evening.

It was a laboured performance from Pep Guardiola’s men, but one that signals ten consecutive league wins and one that cements their place at the top of the standings heading into 2022.

In what were tight opening exchanges, City breathed a sigh of relief after Ederson showed great reflexes to keep out Yoane Wissa’s deflected cross out of his net before Joao Cancelo cleared off the line from the resulting corner.

Overcoming that spell of Brentford pressure, Guardiola’s side broke forward and immediately took the lead. Kevin De Bruyne’s deliciously inch-perfect and first-time cross laid the ball on a plate for Foden, who produced a neat finish to convert from close range.

The starlet thought he’d doubled his side’s lead five minutes into the second half, heading in Gabriel Jesus’s whipped cross, only for a clear offside to be called by the linesman. The visiting side looked the likeliest to get the game’s second goal thereafter, and very nearly did as De Bruyne struck the upright with a daisy-cutter of a left-footed strike

A 19th goal in four games wasn’t to materialise, however, with Aymeric Laporte also seeing a header disallowed with three minutes of the match remaining.

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