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Manchester City Return To Top Of The League For The First Time Since February

Manchester City are top of the Premier League for the first time since February 17 thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Gatekeepers News reports that Pep Guardiola’s men were pushed until the end by Fulham, who stuck doggedly with the in-form champions throughout the match.

Erling Haaland netted his 50th goal of the season from the penalty spot after just three minutes. However, Fulham managed to find a leveler a little over 10 minutes later through Carlos Vinicius, who has struggled for goals since he became a regular starter in the absence of the suspended Aleksandar Mitrovic.

It took a touch of class from Julian Alvarez to restore the visitors’ advantage in the first half, superbly curling home what proved to be the winner.

Fulham had a chance to score a second leveller when Vinicius was played in down the left side of the box, but Ederson denied the forward a shot at what would have been an empty goal.

Tempers flared briefly between Grealish and Kenny Tete as Fulham felt they should have been given a penalty when Bobby De Cordova-Reid was brought down in the box, but Hooper waved play on.

It was Fulham who looked most likely to score again as the game neared its conclusion, but City held on to move above Arsenal.

The game finished in tense fashion, but City are back at the summit of the Premier League – a point ahead of the Gunners having played a game fewer.

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