Mahrez Goal After Kepa Gift Gives Manchester City Crucial Win Over Injury-Ridden Chelsea
- World Soccer Today -
On Thursday night, Manchester City kept their Premier League title hopes alive with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The decisive moment of the match came in the 62nd minute, when Kepa Arrizabalaga gifted the ball to Riyad Mahrez with a poor clearance. The Algerian international made no mistake, slotting the ball into the back of the net to give City the lead.
The goal was a bitter pill to swallow for Chelsea, who had been on a good run of form prior to the match. The Blues were dealt a blow before the game even started, with a number of key players missing through injury. Despite this, they put in a valiant effort and were unlucky not to come away with at least a point.
The win was a crucial one for Manchester City, who are now just five points behind leaders Arsenal. With only a few games left to play, every point counts and this victory keeps their hopes of lifting the Premier League trophy alive.
As for Chelsea, the loss sees them drop to 10th in the table. It's been a difficult season for the Blues, who have struggled with injuries and inconsistency. They'll need to regroup and finish the season strongly if they want to secure a place in Europe next year.
Overall, it was a closely contested match between two of the Premier League's top teams. Manchester City will be pleased with the three points, but Chelsea will no doubt feel they deserved more. One thing is certain: the race for the Premier League title is far from over, and every team will be fighting until the very end.