Haaland king at the Palace, keeps City on title hunt
Erling Haaland's second-half penalty has proved enough to earn Manchester City a crucial, hard-earned 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park which keeps them on the trail of Premier League leaders Arsenal.
Haaland's league-leading 28th top-flight goal this season from the penalty spot in the 78th minute ensured the champions eventually eked out the victory on Saturday that puts them just two points behind the London pacesetters.
But the Gunners can restore the advantage to five when they play at Fulham on Sunday.
Elsewhere, Chelsea may finally be finding their stride under Graham Potter - but Liverpool's up-and-down season has taken another nosedive.
Chelsea made it three straight wins in all competitions for the first time since October by winning 3-1 at Leicester in another sign that the expensively assembled team is starting to gel under Potter.
Liverpool, though, followed their record 7-0 win over arch rivals Manchester United by losing 1-0 at relegation-threatened Bournemouth -- a team they beat 9-0 at home in August.
That threw away much of Liverpool's recent momentum after a woeful first half of the season, and Jurgen Klopp's team are now six points behind fourth-placed Tottenham in the fight for the final Champions League place, albeit with a game in hand.
Tottenham kept up the pressure by beating Nottingham Forest 3-1 at home after Harry Kane scored twice in the first half.
Bournemouth began the day in last place but climbed up to 17th in the 20-team league, with Everton also leaving the relegation zone after Dwight McNeil scored just 35 seconds into their 1-0 win over Brentford.
But Leeds fell to 19th despite rallying for a 2-2 home draw against Brighton.
The battle against the drop is exceedingly tight, though, with only four points separating Leeds from 12th-placed Palace.
After knocking out Borussia Dortmund from the Champions League to reach the quarterfinals, Chelsea followed with a first away win in the league since October 16.
Kai Havertz netted one of the best goals of the day to make it 2-1 just before halftime by volleying in a delicate lob over the goalkeeper after being teed up in the area by another lofted ball from record signing Enzo Fernandez.
Ben Chilwell put Chelsea ahead in the 11th minute after meeting a high cross into the area with a low first-time shot from a difficult angle. Patson Daka equalised in the 39th before Mateo Kovacic added the third for Chelsea in the 78th.
Taken off the air, Gary Lineker went into the stands to watch the match.
The former England star attended the game at his old club amid a growing crisis at the BBC after the popular presenter of the highlights show 'Match of the Day' was suspended by the broadcaster for comments criticising the British government's new asylum policy.
He can't have liked what he saw as Leicester succumbed, with Wout Faes, the defensive partner of Socceroo Harry Souttar, getting sent off late in the game for the Foxes.
Chelsea remained 10th but are now just five points behind fifth-placed Liverpool after Klopp's side showed their inconsistency once again.
Philip Billing scored the only goal in the 28th minute after being teed up in the box by Dango Ouattara as Bournemouth managed to contain a Liverpool attack that was so rampant against United last weekend.
Mohamed Salah summed up a frustrating afternoon for the Reds when he missed a penalty in the 70th by sending his effort wide, the first time he has failed to hit the target from the spot in the Premier League.