Leroy Sane scores winner as Man City close in on Liverpool with pulsating victory
Just 11 millimetres – less than half an inch. It may be the margin between this Premier League title race being over, with Liverpool the champions-elect, and back on, as Manchester City dug deep to reduce their rivals’ lead to just four points when it could have been 10.
That would have felt like a chasm, a daunting gulf, but City fought back like the champions they are while the raw, baying atmosphere inside the Etihad was extraordinary.
On a night of high drama, Pep Guardiola’s side inflicted Liverpool’s first league defeat of the season, after 21 matches, but had John Stones not astonishingly cleared the ball off the line when the game was goalless then the destiny of the title could have been settled already.
Goal-line technology showed Stones did so before the remaining 11 millimetres of the ball had crossed. Maybe City would have surged back but once ahead, recent history has shown Liverpool are extremely difficult to peg back and a draw would have been good enough for them.
Fine margins, as they say, and few have been finer – and almost as fine was City’s winning goal, struck by Leroy Sane, whose shot actually hit both posts before trundling over the goal-line.
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