Late goals hurt Man City, boost Liverpool

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One stoppage-time goal slowed Manchester City's march to the Premier League title.

Another ignited Liverpool's push for the Champions League qualification positions.

A day of dramatic finishes in England's top flight began with City losing 2-1 to 10-man Leeds, whose winning goal - scored by Stuart Dallas for his second of the match - came from a breakaway in the first minute of added-on time at Etihad Stadium.

City's fourth league defeat of the season should only delay the inevitable as they close in on regaining the title. Pep Guardiola's team leads by 14 points with six matches remaining, though second-place Manchester United have two games in hand.

"We have incredible confidence in the guys and defeat is sometimes is necessary to understand how difficult it is," City manager Pep Guardiola said.

At Anfield, Liverpool were heading for another disappointing result at home when right back Trent Alexander-Arnold curled a stunning effort into the corner in the first minute of stoppage time to secure a 2-1 win over Aston Villa.

The Reds, who had lost their past six league games at Anfield, moved to fifth place.

They are two points behind Chelsea, who jumped to fourth with a 4-1 win at Crystal Palace which included a double from Christian Pulisic.

Leeds played the entire second half against City with 10 men after the sending-off of centre back Liam Cooper for a tackle on Gabriel Jesus that saw him get the ball but follow through, with his studs showing, into the striker's leg.

The red card turned what had been an end-to-end game into one resembling a training-ground exercise of attack vs. defence, with Leeds bidding to protect a 42nd-minute lead earned by Dallas after a mistake by Joao Cancelo.

Leeds, one of the Premier League's flair teams, demonstrated unlikely resilience to hold off City until Ferran Torres' goal in the 76th but Dallas had the final say.

He ran onto a pass from Ezgjan Alioski, pierced the centre of City's defence, and slid a low shot past Ederson.

Alexander-Arnold is playing with a point to prove after his recent axing by England.

"He has to challenge himself, but not because of the national team but because as a young player he has to challenge himself," Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said.

Liverpool rallied from conceding the opening goal in the 43rd to Ollie Watkins.

Mohamed Salah equalised in the 57th with his 19th goal of the league campaign, drawing him level with Harry Kane at the top of the scorer's chart.

At Selhurst Park, Kai Havertz and Kurt Zouma joined Pulisic in scoring for Chelsea.