Manchester City turn screw in title race as Norwich add to Rafael Benitez woes

Kevin De Bruyne scored the hat-trick as Manchester City took the lead with 13 points above the game. Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea.

The Belgian midfielder curled past Kepa Arrizabalaga from a distance to end the fierce competition at the Etihad Stadium with 20 minutes left.

It was a magical moment to win every game, but City were too short to control the team that beat them in the Champions League final.

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga could not prevent Kevin de Bruyne from losing in the second half (Martin Rickett / PA) (PA Wire)

This victory probably put an end to Londoners’ head-on chances. Liverpool, who have 14 points behind City but have two games in hand, could now be the only team to expect to reject Pep Guardiola’s fourth crown in five years.

Joao Pedro won a crucial victory from Newcastle as Watford drew 1-1.

The Portuguese midfielder led the Hornets to three minutes to beat St James’ Park in a bid to survive in the Premier League.

Eddie Howe’s men appear to have won through Allan Saint-Maximin’s best match in 49 minutes but returned when the visitors looked for a way back to the game, and were eventually rewarded for their disobedience.

Allan Saint-Maximin celebrates his former loss of Newcastle (Owen Humphreys / PA) (PA Wire)

Norwich secured their first league title since November with a 2-1 win over Everton at Carrow Road to put the most pressure on Rafael Benitez.

The wandering fans were calling for Benitez to leave before the game started and two goals in a row, Adam Idah in addition to his goal with Michael Keane, did little to change their minds.

Richarlison returned one of the visitors and hit the bike on time but the Toffees failed to save points and remain undefeated in the league since early December.

The Wolves survived a late Southampton defeat to continue their push for Europe.

Penalty for Raul Jimenez, Conor Coady’s first goal for Molineux in six years and Adam Traore’s injury were won 3-1.

The Wolves led Southampton to the table following a 3-1 win over Molineux (Bradley Collyer / PA) (PA Wire)

James Ward-Prowse’s surprise shot bounced back to the Saints and Romain Perraud hit the ball just before Traore sealed the victory for his team-mates.

Bruno Lage’s side were not good but it was enough to squeeze the Saints into eighth.

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