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JUST-IN: De Bruyne strike leaves Chelsea title hopes in tatters as Man City win

Kevin De Bruyne scored a stunning solo goal as Manchester City beat Chelsea 1-0 to go 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

The Belgian’s strike gave City a deserved win after a tactical battle between two defensively rock solid teams which yielded few chances.

Pep Guardiola’s side controlled the pace and tempo, particularly in midfield, and had the better chances with Jack Grealish spurning the best of them.

The Blues failed to register a shot in the first half with Romelu Lukaku wasting a good opportunity in a rare attack when instead of shooting, he overhit his pass to Hakim Ziyech who was offside.

The Belgian striker, who was starved of service despite making several good runs, had a great chance to break the deadlock at the start of the second half but his first-time effort was beaten away by Ederson.

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But City continued to dominate the second period with Raheem Sterling firing a shot narrowly wide.

Thomas Tuchel brought on Timo Werner and Callum Hudson Odoi but almost instantly City took the lead when captain De Bruyne went past N’Golo Kante and curled a wonderful shot into the bottom corner from outside the box.

And City held on to make it 12 wins in the league in a row, giving Pep an early birthday present for Tuesday, while Chelsea remain second.

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