Football Round-Up: Arsenal & Man City Stay On Pace, PSG Win La Ligue

Arsenal were able to keep their hope alive for the Premier League title with a 3-2 win at Tottenham on Sunday. They got off to a terrific start, racing to a 3-0 halftime lead before holding off a late comeback by the Spurs.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored the first goal of the match via an own-goal in the 15th minute to put Arsenal ahead. Bukayo then doubled the lead just 12 minutes later to put Arsenal in a dominating position. Kai Havertz added a third in the 38th and everything seemed to be going perfectly for the top placed team.

The second half was a different story though, as Cristian Romero pulled a goal back for Tottenham after driving back a bad David Raya kick. Declan Rice then brought down Ben Davies in the box to give the Spurs a late penalty on a VAR review. Son Heung-min converted the penalty to set up a nervous last 10 minutes of the game.

In the end, Arsenal were able to hold off Tottenham and pull off a much required win to give themselves a chance of taking the title this year.

Man City Handles Nottingham Forest, 2-0

Erling Haaland made his much anticipated return to Man City with a goal in the team’s victory against Nottingham Forest last night. The Norwegian striker missed two games through injury and came off the bench in the 62nd minute. He didn’t waste much time getting into the action, slotting a ball into the left corner just 9 minutes later to give his team a 2-0 lead.

City opened the scoring in the 32nd minute when Josko Gvardiol scored with a strong near-post header which came off a Kevin de Bruyne corner.

Despite the score, Nottingham Forest made it quite uncomfortable for City,  breaking the reigning champions flow and creating a number of opportunities with numbers. 

Chris Wood headed one just over the bar and missed a simple tap-in on an open net when Gonzalo Montiel cut a ball back into him. He also had an opportunity to score with Anthony Elanga carved one to him but his effort from 10 yards out was saved by Ortega. 

Nottingham Forest are currently in 17th position in the EPL and are in danger of being relegated if they fall one place. With games against Sheffield United, Chelsea and relegation rivals Burnley left, they have everything to play for in the next few weeks. Based on their performance against City they do however seem to be playing some of their best football of the season at the moment.

City is still chasing Arsenal and is looking likely to need to win out their last four matches to retain the title. The big positive for Pep Guardiola’s team is that they will have control over their destiny, not relying on other team’s results.

Next up for City will be the Wolves on May 4th at Etihad Stadium, a game they will see as a must-win to keep up with Arsenal. 

PSG Clinch Ligue 1 With Win Over Monaco

Paris St-Germain clinched their third consecutive Ligue 1 title after second-placed Monaco lost to Lyon 3-2 on Sunday. 

PSG are 12 points ahead of Monaco which they will not be able to catch up in just the three games remaining in the season. PSG had the chance to seal the title on Saturday but could only manage a draw against La Havre.

PSG has absolutely dominated Ligue 1 in the recent past, winning their 12th record-extending title and their 10th in the past 11 years. They are also on course for a clean sweep of trophies this season, with the French Cup final against Lyon on May 25th and the French Champions Trophy already in their trophy case.

Next up for PSG though will be the Champions League where they will be playing their first semi-final first leg away to Borussia Dortmund in Germany on Wednesday. The second leg of the semi-final will be played in Paris on Tuesday, May 7.

If they can get through Dortmund, PSG can book themselves a place in the Champions League final on June 1st.