Manchester City extend lead, Manchester United slow down

Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to five points with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Watford thanks to the magic of Riyad Mahrez on Tuesday. We defended very well and these games are never easy. "If it found something, the club will make a statement and I like that because we'll know exactly how we're going to finish", he said. Instead they were caught short of numbers at the back for Fraser's crucial goal, allowing the 24-year-old a free run through to beat Lossl. We suffered, but that is what it is. I was pleased to see our attacking play looking so risky early in the game.

The Hornets have now lost four of their last five matches, but Foster believes they will take confidence from their fightback against the league leaders.

With the pace of Wilson and Joshua King, Howe's side always had an outlet on the counter, when they were able to get on the ball.

However, Gracia's side also had chances before the break against a City defence that appeared to miss Aymeric Laporte as the Frenchman was rotated for the first time in the league this season.

Foster then made great saves to deny Sane and Mahrez when one-on-one, but the best stop of the opening half came down the other end when Ederson stretched out his left foot to block Troy Deeney's effort from point-blank range.

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster made five saves as Pep Guardiola's side struggled to put the game to bed, and Abdoulaye Doucoure's strike in the 85th minute set up a tense finale.

City got uncharacteristically slack in the final quarter, though, and were made to pay when Doucoure finally turned home after a goalmouth scramble.

'Anyone in the top four can still win the league, ' said Mahrez.

'We created more chances and tried to kill the game but in football when you are 2-0 up and the opposition scores, the crowd get behind them and it's hard, so we were very happy to win and get the three points'.

"A lot of relief".

Terence Kongolo pulled a goal back for the visitors before half-time but for all their running and hopeful balls into the penalty area, Huddersfield lacked the sort of clinical finish that Wilson has delivered so often for Bournemouth this season, helping the Cherries pick up all three points.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said this week that Europe's governing body was "assessing the situation" around City, adding: "We have an independent body working on it".

Lucas Perez scored his first Premier League goal in 700 days as he netted a brace in West Ham's 3-1 victory against Cardiff.

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