The Blue side of Manchester are standing just two victories away from retaining their Premier League title after Sergio Aguero’s second-half goal gave them a scrappy victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.
Aguero’s 64th-minute goal bundled in and given via goal-line technology despite Matthew Lowton’s attempted clearance summed up much of City’s performance as Burnley’s organisation and resilience threatened to keep them out.
Brazillian forward ‘Gabriel Jesus had another effort kicked off the line by Ben Mee and while Burnley rarely threatened, City knew only victory would do or the initiative would be handed back to Liverpool.
Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton also saved from Aguero, Aymeric Laporte and Bernardo Silva in a City performance that was average for long spells but the main priority of three points was achieved and they know victory at home to Leicester City and away at Brighton will ensure they keep the crown.
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At Kings power Stadium
At home, Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester dented Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League with a dominant victory at the King Power Stadium.
The unmarked Youri Tielemans headed in a cross from James Maddison just before the hour mark, then Vardy struck late on with a header and a tap-in from close range.
The Gunners played almost an hour of the contest with 10 men after Ainsley Maitland-Niles was sent off.
A third successive Premier League defeat left them a point behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who face Manchester United at Old Trafford at 16.30 BST on Sunday.
Leicester can still finish seventh they are three points behind Wolves with two matches left – which could earn a Europa League place depending on the outcome of the FA Cup final.