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[Guardian Football] Manchester City go top after Riyad Mahrez goal sinks Bournemouth

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Over to you, Liverpool. A fifth straight league victory for Manchester City, courtesy of Riyad Mahrez’s second-half goal, means that Pep Guardiola’s side can enjoy the view from the top of the table and in the process crank up the pressure on their title rivals, who face Everton tomorrow. It was a scrappy goal and a narrow victory but even a man with Guardiola’s footballing principles will accept that it is all about results and not aesthetics at this stage of the season.

The goal felt like an important one for Mahrez and not just City. It was the club-record signing’s first in the league in almost three months and came on the back of a disappointing performance in midweek, when he was taken off early in the second half. His opportunity here came from the bench, following a first-half injury to Kevin De Bruyne, and there was a mixture of jubilation and relief in the celebration that followed when the Algerian beat Artur Boruc at his near post.

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