Phil Foden’s sublime finishing puts Manchester City eight points clear after beating Brentford 1-0.
Phil Foden’s sublime finishing puts Manchester City eight points clear as league leaders after beating Brentford 1-0.
Early in the first half, Phil Foden put the game to bed with his fifth league goal of the season, a fantastic first-time finish off a Kevin de Bruyne cross.
As of this writing, City have won their last 10 games to maintain their dominant lead over their rivals. In 2011-12 and 2017-18, when Manchester City finished December in the top spot in the Premier League, they went on to win the title.
Even though they were hoping to equal the club’s best-ever goal-scoring streak, City were rarely able to break down a determined Bees team.
A fortunate escape for Ivan Toney for catching Fernandinho on the ground with his studs just before half-time.
A second De Bruyne-Foden combination almost doubled the visitors’ lead shortly after the break, but Foden headed his teammate’s cross wide of the goal.
Goals from De Bruyne and Dias were both disallowed for offside, but Foden’s first-half strike was enough to secure victory.
As for Brentford, they stay in 14th place with 20 points, nine points clear of the relegation zone.
To be fair to City, the decisive goal arrived just seconds after the hosts came within inches of equalizing, but Ederson saved them both with an excellent save when Ruben Dias’ deflected cross sailed straight at City goalkeeper Ederson.