In a thrilling clash at Fulham, Manchester City ascended to the pinnacle of the Premier League standings, a position they haven’t occupied since February. This victory was marked by Erling Haaland’s continued record-breaking exploits, as they triumphed 2-1.
The prodigious Norwegian striker found the net within the opening three minutes, slotting home a penalty for his 34th Premier League goal of the season. With this feat, he matched the single-season record held by legends Alan Shearer and Andy Cole. Moreover, Haaland became the first player since Tom Waring in 1931 to notch up 50 goals in all competitions within a single English top-tier season.
City’s lead was neutralized in the 15th minute when Fulham’s Carlos Vinicius drove a powerful shot past Ederson. However, City remained resilient, creating numerous opportunities. Jack Grealish rattled the crossbar, and Julian Alvarez’s long-range strike restored City’s advantage.
Despite multiple attempts to increase their lead, City were held at 2-1 after the break, leading to a few tense moments. Yet, they managed to secure their eighth consecutive league victory, which elevated them to the top with 76 points, one more than Arsenal, with an additional game in hand.
City’s recent 4-1 rout of Arsenal had already marked them as strong contenders for their fifth English title under Pep Guardiola in six seasons. Guardiola commended his team’s performance, despite the narrow win, emphasizing the importance of their upcoming match against West Ham.
The scoring started with a penalty awarded to City as Fulham captain Tim Ream fouled Alvarez. Haaland confidently converted the spot-kick. However, Fulham’s Vinicius quickly retaliated, netting a goal past Ederson to level the match.
City continued to create opportunities, and Alvarez’s stunning strike from the edge of the box gave them the lead once again. Despite Haaland’s near miss for a record-breaking goal and some late pressure from Fulham, City navigated through the eight minutes of added time and held on for the victory. Now leading the table, the sky blues appear set to claim yet another Premier League trophy next month.