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Man City return to the top, Newcastle near safety

Manchester City have exacted a bit of revenge on Tottenham Hotspur and returned to the top of the English Premier League.

Teenager Phil Foden's first goal gave City a 1-0 win over Spurs which lifted them one point above Liverpool with four games left.

Phil Foden was on target for City.Credit:AP

The teams' second meeting in three days failed to match their European Champions League quarter-final thriller, which City won 4-3 but saw Tottenham go through on away goals.

But the defending champions made it 10 straight league wins and put the pressure back on Liverpool, who visit relegation-threatened Cardiff on Monday (AEST).

"It was a real tough game after our mental defeat [in the Champions League] on Wednesday," manager Pep Guardiola told the BBC.

"We could have lost the Premier League today – after Wednesday it was really tough.

"As a footballer, I could not have done what my players have done today. The title is still in our hands."

Foden, an 18-year-old making just his second league start, finished off a nice team goal in the fifth minute.

Silva sent a ball into the area that the unmarked Sergio Aguero headed back across goal for the equally unmarked Foden to nod home.

Tottenham remain third, one point above Arsenal and Chelsea, despite their fifth straight away defeat in the league.

Defeat may prove costly for the North Londoners with three points separating them from sixth-placed United, who have played one game fewer.

"It was an amazing game again," Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said.

"It was tough again. Both teams competed really well and I think we deserved more. [City keeper] Ederson was man of the match.

"I am happy, disappointed with the result but so happy with the performance – we were always in the game."

At the back end of the table, Newcastle all but guaranteed their top-flight status next season and Socceroos goalkeeper Mathew Ryan kept a clean sheet to help Brighton & Hove Albion earn a valuable point towards safety.

Ayoze Perez's hat-trick led Newcastle past Southampton 3-1 in a matchup of teams with relegation worries.

Ayoze Perez, right, celebrates Newcastle’s first goal.Credit:PA

The win lifts the Magpies up three spots to 12th, 10 points above Cardiff who sit at the top of the drop zone.

Newcastle's safety will be confirmed if Cardiff fail to beat Liverpool, while Southampton stay five points clear of the Welsh side with four games left.

Brighton are now three points above Cardiff after drawing 0-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

"In the context of things, it's almost like three points," Brighton's Ryan said of the draw.

"With our superior goal difference to what Cardiff have, that point can go a long way to making the difference come the end of the day."

Gerard Deulofeu scored twice as Watford beat bottom side Huddersfield 2-1 and relegated Fulham had their second straight win, beating Bournemouth away 1-0 thanks to Aleksandar Mitrovic's penalty.

Harvey Barnes' stoppage-time goal earned Leicester a controversial 2-2 draw at West Ham, who moments earlier had an apparent clincher wrongly disallowed for offside.

In a pair of games involving teams fighting for the top four and Champions League qualification, Manchester United visit Everton and Arsenal host Crystal Palace overnight on Sunday (AEST).

Reuters MS/MJF

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