Algeria's Mahrez scores again, City beat Brentford for 12-point lead

AP , Thursday 10 Feb 2022

Riyad Mahrez scored for the seventh straight game for Manchester City in its 2-0 win over Brentford on Wednesday that moved the Premier League champions into a 12-point lead.

Riyad Mahrez
Manchester City s Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez shoots a penalty kick and scores a goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Brentford at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on February 9, 2022 (AFP)

Kevin De Bruyne also netted for the fourth home game in succession in the league as City extended its unbeaten run to 14 matches in a title defense that is on course to finish in a sixth championship in 11 seasons.

Second-place Liverpool does, though, have two games in hand on City and plays at home to Leicester on Thursday.

City wasn't at its fluent best up against a Brentford team that defended deep and in numbers at Etihad Stadium.

However, after a tight opening half-hour, City started to create a flow of chances and eventually went ahead after Raheem Sterling was tripped by Mads Roerslev near the byline.

Mahrez, back on domestic duty after playing for Algeria at the African Cup of Nations, converted the penalty in the 40th minute to continue his stunning run of scoring for his club.

Starting against Leipzig in the Champions League on Dec. 7, the right winger has scored in every game he has played for City, with four penalties included in a haul of eight goals. With City having no out-and-out striker this season, Mahrez is proving to be the team's most reliable source of goals.

City goalkeeper Ederson had to be alert to keep out a couple of shots on Brentford counterattacks but De Bruyne killed the game off with the second goal, which stemmed from a mistake by Brentford keeper David Raya.

His pass out from his area went straight to Sterling, whose shot was saved by the sprawling Raya. The ball came out to De Bruyne, who stroked it low into an unguarded net in the 69th.

All of the Belgian's recent goals have come at the Etihad, including a winner against Chelsea last month.

City has 14 games left to play in the league.

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