Foden stars as Man City beat Bournemouth to close gap on Liverpool

Manchester City moved one point behind leaders Liverpool at the top of the Premier League as Phil Foden inspired the champions to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

With Liverpool in Carabao Cup final action this weekend, it was an ideal opportunity for Pep Guardiola's side to close the gap and they took full advantage of their game in hand thanks to Foden's 24th-minute opener.

The England international impressed throughout and scored his 16th goal of the season - and netted for the fourth consecutive Premier League game against Bournemouth - by tapping in after Erling Haaland, who had fired wide earlier in the game, saw his initial effort parried by Neto.

Bournemouth had their moments against the champions. Andoni Iraola's team should have equalised early in the second half, but Marcus Tavernier lacked composure on two occasions in quick succession while Dominic Solanke and new signing Enas Unal went agonisingly close with headers.

But it was City and Guardiola's night. The victory was their 13th in 14 games across all competitions and puts them on 59 points, four clear of third-placed Arsenal, who take on Newcastle at the Emirates later on Saturday.

Bournemouth have now lost all 14 of their top-flight games against City and are 14th in the table, eight points above the relegation zone.