With Tottenham in the top four on Sunday, Manchester City saved a crucial point in a 2-0 draw with West Ham to keep the Premier League title alive . City travelled to the London Stadium knowing they would need a maximum of four points from their final two games of the season to guarantee a fourth title in five years. However, the Hammers made the most of City’s injury crisis at the back, with Jarrod Bowen’s pace and composure putting Liverpool back in the title race.
Guardiola was without Ruben Dias, John Stones and Kyle Walker, and the makeshift defence could easily be cut off on the counter-attack.
Bowen smashed into Pablo Fournals’ ball from the top, rounded Ederson and put Manchester City behind for the first time in the league since February.
City failed to learn their lesson as Bowen broke the offside trap again in the closing seconds of the first half with a low shot past Ederson.
The champions panicked, but responded, taking the fate of the champions into their own hands.
Jack Grealish failed to live up to his £100m ($123m) price tag, but within four minutes of the second period he came up with his biggest City goal to start the comeback.
West Ham still had a good chance of regaining their two-goal lead as Bowen hit the side-net from a tight angle and Mikhail Antonio’s lob went wide and only Ederson could beat.
Manchester City had the honour of levelling when Vladimir Kufar put Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick into his own net.
But Guardiola’s men missed the chance to complete the comeback and were on the verge of winning when Mahrez’s penalty was saved by Lukas Fabianski four minutes later.
Manchester City are four points clear of Liverpool at the top of the table, but the four-game winning streak travel to Southampton on Tuesday.
Guardiola said: “There is no debate about goal difference now, as long as we win our games, we will be champions.”
“Our stadium will be sold out and we will give our lives. This is a great opportunity to win a game and become champions.”
Spurs apply pressure
At Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Harry Kane’s penalty put Spurs in fourth place with a 1-0 win over Burnley.
Antonio Conte’s side are two points ahead of their north London rivals Arsenal, who travel to Newcastle on Monday, in the race for a place in next season’s Champions League.
Tottenham still need the Gunners’ mistakes to get back into the Champions League next season, but that adds to the pressure on Mikel Arteta’s men.
“The situation is still in their hands because they have two games to play, but you know very well in England it’s not easy to win,” Conte said.
Burnley fell into the relegation zone after Leeds drew 1-1 at home to Brighton.
An unfortunate first-half stoppage time ruined Burnley’s brave performance.
Devinson Sanchez’s flick brushed Ashley Barnes’ outstretched arm.
There were few live appeals at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but the incident was picked up by VAR and given after a review.
Kane was deadly as usual on the spot, with the England captain scoring his 23rd consecutive penalty.
Son Heung-min’s attempt to beat Mohamed Salah for the Premier League Golden Boot was thwarted after two brilliant saves from Nick Pope.
When Barnes hit the post from long range, his heroic act could have saved his team a point.
Leeds late draw
Burnley will now need something from their last two games to survive as Pascal Struic’s late equaliser at Elland Road gives Leeds hope.
Danny Welbeck put Brighton in shape in front, but he then missed a great chance to double Brighton’s lead when Struic scored a stoppage-time header.
“Nothing is easy for us. We seem to be digging holes and then have to figure out a way to get them out,” said Leeds manager Jesse Marsch.
Leeds dropping points means Everton are guaranteed survival if they beat Brentford later on Sunday.
Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes each scored twice as Leicester City beat relegated Watford 5-1, while Aston Villa and Crystal Palace drew 1-1.
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