Manchester City secured a 2-1 win over Norwich City at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon to remain ahead of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table on goal difference.
Yaya Toure added a late penalty to seal the victory, but this impressive effort from Nicolas Otamendi opened the scoring to set the hosts on their way.
Cameron Jerome thought he had earned his side a point after finding the net in the 83rd minute following a blunder from Joe Hart, but Russell Martin was sent off and City were awarded their spot kick with just a minute remaining in normal time.
Toure made no mistake as he made the three points safe as he made it nine in nine from the spot in the Premier League, although boss Manuel Pellegrini will undoubtedly look at the scare as a warning for his side of how precarious their position at the top of the table is.
With Arsenal also winning on Saturday, the two clubs remain level on 25 points at the summit of the standings, while they hold a three-point lead over surprise package Leicester City who also secured a victory.
Nevertheless, these two sides will look at the four-point gap that has opened up over Manchester United as a significant aspect of the weekend’s results, with Louis van Gaal’s side being held to a goalless draw at Crystal Palace.
The focus for Pellegrini and his side now switches to the Champions League as they take on Sevilla looking to build on their win over the Spanish side last time out, which in turn would boost their chances of advancing to the knockout stages of the competition.
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