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Rodri-Alvarez's goal took City one step forward

 Rodri-Alvarez's goal took City one step forward

Julian Alvarez of Manchester City
Julian Alvarez of Manchester City scores their sides second goal past Wes Foderingham of Sheffield United during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Sheffield United at Etihad Stadium on December 30, 2023 in Manchester, England(Image-Getty) 

Manchester City have never lost to Sheffield United in the league. Unbeaten in last 11 matches. And City are unbeaten at home in the last 19 matches. Considering the opponent and their own ground, City, which is already ahead, played Chenna Chande in today's match as well.

Goals from Rodry and Julian Alvarez saw Sheffield United beat Sheffield United 2–0 at home. With this victory, Pep Guardiola's team has once again come forward in the title fight with 40 points in 19 matches. However, minutes later saw Aston Villa beat Burnley to move up to second in the points table.

Liverpool tops with 42 points in 19 matches, Aston Villa has equal points in 20 matches. And the current champion City is one step ahead and is in third position with 40 points in 19 matches.

There was little doubt that City would win the match at the Etihad. With City's sights on the title race, 20th-placed Sheffield United aim to avoid relegation.

City took the lead in the 14th minute. Rodri broke the Sheffield defense with the ball and beat the goalkeeper with a shot before entering the box. However, City had to be satisfied with this goal in the first half.

There was only one goal in the second half. Foden, who contributed to Rodri's goal, made Alvarez a sure goal in the 61st minute. The Argentine forward just touched his feet and put the ball into the net.

Despite having the ball for most of this half, City did not score again after that. However, a 2-0 win ended the discomfort of three consecutive draws at home.

There was another bit of good news for City in this match. Kevin De Bruyne, who has been sidelined since the start of the season due to injury, was on the bench for the first time. Although in the end he was not brought to the field.

When the City match ended, the team was second in the points table. However, minutes later Aston Villa scored a late goal to beat Burnley 3–2 to go two up.

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