City nail United in derby

Otamendi strike clinches crucial victory

City nail United in derby

Manchester City surged 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League as Nicolas Otamendi's strike clinched a crucial 2-1 win at title rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola's side took the lead through David Silva's goal before Marcus Rashford equalised for United in first-half stoppage time.

Otamendi won it for City soon after the interval in the 54th minute, giving the leaders a record-equalling 14th successive Premier League victory -- matching the previous mark set by Arsenal between February and August 2002.

Earlier, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp slammed referee Craig Pawson for a controversial penalty decision that allowed Everton to escape with a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby. Klopp was furious that Pawson awarded a 77th-minute spot-kick for Dejan Lovren's barge into Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Wayne Rooney converted the penalty to claim his first Merseyside derby goal and cancel out Mohamed Salah's superb first-half opener.

"I don't understand why the ref is doing that. Lovren doesn't make a challenge. Calvert-Lewin makes a step. The hand is on the back," Klopp said.

Arsenal held

Olivier Giroud's last-gasp header salvaged a point for Arsenal in a 1-1 draw at Southampton as Arsene Wenger's side avoided a second successive Premier League defeat.

Wenger's team appeared destined to follow last weekend's home loss to Manchester United with another setback when they trailed to Charlie Austin's third-minute goal.

But France striker Giroud conjured a response with two minutes left when he directed Alexis Sanchez's cross past Fraser Forster shortly after appearing as a substitute.

A single point, though, denied Arsenal the chance to climb into the top four.

"It was a difficult game and I felt that we paid a heavy price for a slow start. We kept going. It was a game of high intensity," Wenger said. "In the second half it was all us but they defended well. Overall, I think the spirit was great. We were relentless to the end."

Southampton can consider themselves unfortunate to have seen Austin's fourth goal in three starts cancelled out late on, but Mauricio Pellegrino's side have won just one of their last seven games.

After seeing his side ship two early goals in the United defeat, Wenger had demanded concentration from the start. Unfortunately for Wenger, it appears his words went unheeded.

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