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Manchester City tighten grip on Premier League

Sports Desk, Feb 17 (efe-epa).- Manchester City lead the Premier League by 10 points after besting Everton 1-3 on Wednesday, a record-extending 17th straight win in all competitions for Pep Guardiola’s squad.

With the Toffees’ renewed emphasis on defense under Carlo Ancelotti, City dominated possession – 71 percent – and put seven shots on target to two for the hosts at Goodison Park.

Phil Foden opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with a volley that Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford may well have stopped if it hadn’t taken a deflection off Seamus Coleman’s foot.

Five minutes later, luck was on Everton’s side, as Ederson’s block of a Lucas Digne shot caromed off the post onto Richarlison’s leg and into the net to make it 1-1.

The teams were still level as the match passed the hour mark, but Riyad Mahrez broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute with an assist from Bernardo Silva, who went on to add a goal with 13 minutes left.

City improve to 56 points, 10 ahead of Manchester United and Leicester City. Everton are seventh on 37 points.

In Wednesday’s other match, Burnley and Fulham drew 1-1 at Turf Moor. Ola Aina put the visitors ahead in the 49th minute and Ashley Barnes answered for the Clarets three minutes later.

Fulham remain 18th with 19 points, 6 from safety. Burnley are in 15th place on 27 points. EFE

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