Real Madrid strengthens its lead… Manchester City sweeps Luton Town with 5 goals

Aurelien Chouamini scored a goal at the beginning of the second half, giving Real Madrid a 1-0 victory over its host Mallorca in the Spanish Premier League on Saturday.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti decided to rest two key players in the match against Mallorca in preparation for facing Manchester City in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

With this victory, Real’s tally rises to 78 points, an 11-point difference over its rival Barcelona, ​​before the confrontation between the two teams next week at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Chouamini scored the only goal of the match in the 48th minute, with a powerful shot from outside the penalty area that hit one of Mallorca’s defenders and deflected its path into the net.

Mallorca, runner-up in the Spanish King’s Cup, is ranked 15th in the league with 31 points, six points behind the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, the Girona team continued its series of decline in the Spanish League, after suffering a new defeat against its host Atletico Madrid by three goals to one at the “Metropolitano” stadium in the 31st round of the competition.

Manchester City temporarily takes the lead in the English Premier League

In another match, Manchester City temporarily took the lead in the English Premier League, after achieving a landslide victory over its host Luton Town by 5 goals to one at Etihad Stadium, on Saturday, in the thirty-third round of the competition.

The first half of the match ended with City leading with an unanswered goal, accidentally scored by Japanese Daiki Hashioka in the second minute, after Norwegian Erling Haaland’s shot hit him and diverted towards the net.

In the second half, City added 4 goals through Croatian Mateo Kovacic, Haaland from a penalty kick, Belgian Jeremy Doku, and Croatian Joshko Gvardiol in the 64th, 76th, 87th and 93rd minutes, while Ross Barkley scored Luton Town’s goal in the 81st minute.

The victory is the third in a row for the Citizens, raising its score to 73 points, ahead of first place, two points ahead of runner-up Arsenal and third-placed Liverpool, which will host Aston Villa and Crystal Palace in the same round, tomorrow, Sunday.

On the other hand, Luton Town’s suffering continued, as it sought to escape the specter of relegation to the First Division, after its score froze at 25 points, occupying eighteenth place.

In the same round, Brentford beat its guest, Sheffield United, with two clean goals, scored by Ollie Arblaster by mistake, and Nigerian Frank Onyeka, in the 63rd and 90th minutes.

Nottingham Forest and its guest Wolverhampton tied with two goals to the same, as Morgan Gibbs-White and Brazilian Danilo scored for Nottingham in the 45th and 57th minutes, while Wolverhampton’s Brazilian Matheus Cunha scored in the 40th and 62nd minutes.

Burnley and its guest Brighton also tied 1-1, with the hosts taking the lead first through Josh Brownhill in the 74th minute, and the visitors equalizing the score with an own goal in the 79th minute through Burnley’s Kosovo goalkeeper, Arjanit Muric.

In addition, Newcastle inflicted a painful loss on its guest, Tottenham, and scored a clean 4-0, on Saturday, at St. James Park.

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