Manchester City Title Bid Rocked By Everton Draw, Leeds Hold Newcastle

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Manchester City’s Premier League title defense suffered a major blow as Everton were held to a 1-1 draw against the champions. Marcus Rashford Responded to his benching for missing a team meeting with a late strike in Manchester United’s 1-0 win away to Wolves on Saturday. City needed a win at the Etihad Stadium to keep Arsenal under pressure ahead of the leaders’ trip to Brighton in Saturday’s final game. But Pep Guardiola’s second-placed side blew their lead through Erling Haaland Demarai Gray Scored an eye-catching equalizer for Everton.

City are four points behind Arsenal after failing to win for the second time in their last three league games.

Haaland has scored eight more goals than Everton’s entire squad in the first 16 Premier League games this season.

And inevitably it was Haaland who put City ahead in the 24th minute with his 27th goal in 20 competitive appearances since his close-season move from Borussia Dortmund.

Riyad Mahrez A dazzling run and pin-point pass assisted the Norwegian striker, who slotted past Jordan Pickford in brutal fashion.

However, Everton equalized when the City midfielder was snapped up in the 64th minute of the game. RodriCut in from the right and curl a blistering strike into the top corner, buying the boss under-fire in the process. Frank Lampard Some much needed breathing space.

While City toiled, their Manchester rivals survived an eventful day that began when United manager Erik ten Hag sent off Rashford because of an “internal discipline” problem that broke “our rules”.

The 25-year-old’s exile only lasted until half-time when he was sent off at The Hague in a move that proved the catalyst for United’s fifth straight win in all competitions.

Rashford was determined to prove Ten Hague wrong as he rampaged through the Wolves defense to score his 11th goal in all competitions this season and his third in three games since the World Cup.

In a televised post-match interview, the England forward said he was disappointed to be dropped after missing the meeting due to oversleeping.

Rashford’s ‘correct answer’

But both Ten Haag and Rashford are ready to bury the hatchet and move on.

“We’re drawing a line under it and moving on. I was a bit late for a meeting. I overslept but it can happen,” said Rashford.

“Obviously it’s a team rule. I made a mistake. I’m obviously disappointed not to play but I understand the decision and I’m happy we won anyway. I think I’m in a good place.”

Ten Haag added: “It’s good after the decision. I think it happens often. He came in bright, lively, he scored a goal and it’s the right reaction.

“Of course (it’s the last) rule to match everyone. That’s the right answer.”

United moved up to fourth in the Premier League, two points clear of Tottenham who have a game in hand, as they bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Third-placed Newcastle’s six-match winning run came to an end with a 0-0 draw against Leeds at St James’ Park.

Fabian Scar and Dan Burn Glorious wasted chances to put Newcastle ahead, but Eddie Howe’s side still go into 2023 in good shape after their unexpected top four finish.

Joao Palhinha’s last-gap goal secured a 2-1 win for Fulham against Southampton, who sit bottom of the table after a fifth successive defeat.

Andreas Pereira’s long-range strike deflects off the Southampton midfielder. James Ward-Prowse For an own goal in the 32nd minute.

Ward-Prowse equalized with a superb free-kick in the 55th minute, but Palhinha headed in an 88th-minute corner to win for Fulham, whose striker Aleksandar Mitrovic Gavin Bajunu had his stoppage-time penalty saved.

Crystal Palace won 2-0 at Bournemouth as Patrick Vieira’s side ended their three-match goal drought thanks to Jordan Ayew and Iberechi Eze.

(This story was not edited by NDTV staff and was generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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