LONDON (AP) — Phil Foden marked his return to Manchester City's starting team with a goal that sent the champions into the new year with an eight-point lead in the Premier League.
Foden’s 16th-minute strike was enough for City to secure a 1-0 win at Brentford on Wednesday and tighten its grip on the title race after slip-ups by Liverpool and Chelsea over the last two days.
A look at what’s happening in the English Premier League on Wednesday:
BRENTFORD vs. MANCHESTER CITY
City manager Pep Guardiola might be ready to recall Phil Foden and Jack Grealish to the team after leaving them out of the last two starting lineups for disciplinary reasons.
LONDON (AP) — Seven goals — even without a recognizable striker. A seventh successive victory. Manchester City is looking ruthless in its Premier League title defense.
Kevin De Bruyne struck twice, while Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez, John Stones and Nathan Ake also got on the scoresheet as the champions overpowered Leeds 7-0 on Tuesday.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City inflicted Leeds’ largest-ever Premier League loss to show why the champions are well-placed for another title.
A 7-0 rout by the league leaders was begun by Phil Foden guiding in a shot from outside the box in the eighth minute.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Sunday:
Manchester City could be without three of its key attackers for a home match against Everton in the Premier League. Kevin De Bruyne is definitely missing after contracting the coronavirus while England players Jack Grealish and Phil Foden were hurt during the international break and are doubts.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Kevin De Bruyne contracted the coronavirus while on international duty with Belgium and is isolating, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said Friday.
Guardiola said De Bruyne found out on Wednesday that he had tested positive.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It took only seven minutes of the Manchester derby to be in no doubt about the parlous state of United.
When Eric Bailly clumsily intercepted João Cancelo’s cross to divert the ball into his own net, it was the start of another agonizing Old Trafford encounter with a now far superior rival.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Raheem Sterling ended his scoring drought as Manchester City netted three second-half goals Wednesday to move closer to the Champions League knockout rounds with a 4-1 win over Club Brugge.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City slumped to a second loss in its Premier League title defense as goals by Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher earned Crystal Palace a 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Manchester City's four-year reign as English League Cup titleholder is over.
City lost 5-3 to West Ham in a penalty shootout in the last 16 on Wednesday after the game finished 0-0 after 90 minutes at the London Stadium.
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Phil Foden led a masterful first half from Manchester City in a 4-1 win at Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.
The defending champions were untouchable before halftime as Phil Foden scored in the 28th and 31st minutes after the recalled Ilkay Gundogan had opened the scoring at Amex Stadium.
Chelsea and Manchester City didn't field a recognized striker between them for their Premier League games on Saturday.
It didn't stop them combining for 11 goals in ominous displays by the two title contenders.
BRUGGE, Belgium (AP) — Manchester City put on a dominant display of slick passing and movement to rout Club Brugge 5-1 on Tuesday in the Champions League.
Following its loss to Paris Saint-Germain last month, Pep Guardiola's team recovered in style, making things look easy against opponents who were overwhelmed from the start and were forced to defend throughout the match.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne scored as Manchester City claimed a hard-fought 2-0 win over Burnley in the English Premier League on Saturday.
City's players were not at their fluid best after manager Pep Guardiola rang the changes for the first game after the international break but they still did enough to earn a customary home win over the Clarets, who had lost 5-0 in their last four trips to Etihad Stadium in all competitions.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Mohamed Salah was too busy being asked about his wonder goal to get the chance to savor it again for himself so soon after full time at Anfield.
“I have to watch it to see,” the Liverpool striker said.
Bidding to win the English League Cup for a fifth straight season, Manchester City’s players fell behind during a game in the competition for the first time in nearly four years on Tuesday.
The Latest on soccer’s European Championship:
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sent his best wishes to the “incredible” England soccer team ahead of the European Championship final against Italy.
BURTON-ON-TRENT, England (AP) — Arriving at England's base for the European Championship with his hair bleached platinum blond, Phil Foden knew the comparisons he would be inviting — and he reveled in them.
Any European Championship offers young players a chance to make their name on the international stage. Even more so this time.
The coronavirus pandemic means three years have passed since the World Cup, so more players are making their major tournament debuts.
A squad bristling with young and exciting talent. Home advantage through the final. A strong recent tournament record.
England has much going in its favor heading into the European Championship, putting one of the world’s underachieving soccer teams among the favorites.
Pushing the European Championship back a year because of the coronavirus pandemic has given some teams a chance to rebuild or integrate new players. Others have had their squads hit by injuries and retirements.
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Manchester City paid heavily for the 10th-minute sending-off of Joao Cancelo as the newly crowned Premier League champions squandered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at Brighton on Tuesday.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — A post on Twitter between high-profile soccer players after a Champions League game has backfired, highlighting the perils of sports stars handing over control of their social media accounts to third parties...
LONDON (AP) — The coach of England’s under-21s has quit after the team was eliminated from the European Championship at the group stage...
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Pep Guardiola shared an emotional moment with goal scorer Phil Foden as Manchester City ended its run of failure in the Champions League quarterfinals Wednesday, beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 for a 4-2 aggregate win...
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — When Manchester City scored the first goals the Premier League had seen in 100 days, only medics were in the stands to applaud...