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Nottm Forest vs Man City: Erling Haaland Scores on Return as Man City Maintain Pressure on Arsenal

Erling Haaland made a decisive return from injury by scoring a goal as Manchester City secured victory over Nottingham Forest, keeping up the pressure on Premier League leaders Arsenal.

Haaland, who missed two games due to injury, came off the bench in the 62nd minute at the City Ground and slotted home into the left corner nine minutes later to seal the win for City.

The victory moved City back to just a point behind Arsenal, who had earlier won against Tottenham.

City took the lead 32 minutes into the game when Josko Gvardiol scored with a powerful near-post header from Kevin de Bruyne’s corner, taking advantage while Forest’s Neco Williams was receiving treatment off the pitch.

Despite Forest’s efforts to disrupt City’s flow and create chances, Guardiola’s side held on to secure the win. Forest, despite their determined display, paid the price for missed opportunities.

City faced Forest without key players like Phil Foden and Ruben Dias due to illness, while Haaland was fit enough only for the bench. Goalkeeper Ederson also left the match at halftime due to injury.

While Forest showed resilience, it was Haaland’s goal – witnessed by his father Alfie Haaland, a former player for both City and Forest – that secured the victory for City.

Despite not playing their best, City’s quality came through, with De Bruyne providing assists for both goals.

With the title race intensifying, City remain in control. If both City and Arsenal continue winning, and City capitalize on their game in hand, Guardiola’s team could clinch the title by two points.

Forest, amidst off-field distractions, rued missed chances but will need to gather strength for upcoming crucial fixtures to avoid relegation.

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