Defending champions Manchester City needed a helping hand in their slender 1-0 win over Burnley as the goal line technology came to City’s rescue and stay in control in the Premier League title race on Sunday.
Forward Sergio Aguero’s slightly scuffed shot after a goalmouth scramble in the 63rd minute of the second half was saved by Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, but the ball had crossed the line by a few millimeters. Burnley right-back Matthew Lowton stretched to clear the ball but it was adjudged to have been just over 29 millimeters past the line before being kicked out.
After a couple of seconds when City players pleaded with the match referee Paul Tierney, he was given the green light in his ear-piece which saw City being awarded the lone goal of the match. Burnley did put up quite the fight to hold the league leaders but Pep Guardiola’s Citizens managed to hang on.
The win brought City back to a 1-point lead over Liverpool aren’t slowing down either and all that remains is a slip up by either team. City will clinch title if they are able to win the remaining two matches against Leicester City, which currently thrashed Arsenal 3-0 and away to Brighton.
Liverpool face Newcastle away United and Wolves at Anfield. If City draw either of their matches, Liverpool can catch up and win their first ever Premier League title.
The 1-0 win which was scored by Sergio Aguero, the Argentine has now equalled Alan Shearer’s record of scoring more than 20 goals in six seasons of the Premier League.
With City looking to claim a domestic treble – Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup, Guardiola has managed to keep the Citizens in play and in an attacking mode. But the Spaniard would have missed the presence of playmaker Kevin de Bruyne and defensive midfield Fernandinho who are kept out due to minor injuries.