LONDON ( Associated Press) — A dramatic penalty kick may have kept the fight for the Premier League title alive.
When Riyad Mahrez planted himself for a 12-step strike in the 86th minute for Manchester City, the Algerian striker knew he was within reach of virtually sealing another league championship for his side.
But Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski saved the shot and City had to settle for a 2-2 draw at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday — after coming back from 2-0 down — to keep Liverpool with a glimmer of hope.
City leads by four points over Liverpool, who visit Southampton on Tuesday forced to pick up at least one point to extend the title race until next Sunday.
But the best thing will be to win at Southampton, as City have a superior goal advantage of plus 7 over Liverpool.
City will close at home against Aston Villa — the same team managed by Steven Gerrard, a Liverpool idol who never managed to win the title. But now he could shake hands with them as a coach.
Liverpool will end the campaign at home against Wolverhampton.
The situation is just as tense at the other end of the table.
Thanks to a goal in the second minute of stoppage time, Leeds salvaged a 1-1 draw with Brighton to climb out of the relegation zone at Burnley’s expense.
Earlier in the day, Burnley lost 1-0 away to Tottenham and were third from last, a point behind Leeds.
But Burnley have a couple of games to go, while Leeds have just one left.
Everton could ensure retention if they beat Brentford later.
A penalty from Harry Kane in the early stages gave Tottenham a win that allowed them to displace their classic rival Arsenal in the qualifying zone for the next Champions League.
Kane awarded the penalty in the eighth minute of added time after video refereeing confirmed that a shot by Colombian defender Davinson Sánchez hit the outstretched arm of Burnley striker Ashley Barnes.
That was enough for Spurs to pick up a hard-fought victory – three days after beating Arsenal in the North London derby – to drop to fourth place.
Arsenal were fifth, two points behind, and will try to answer with an away win against Newcastle on Monday. Afterwards, the teams will have a game to play — on the final day of the season — when Tottenham take on relegated Norwich and Arsenal host Everton.
When Tottenham managed to break through Burnley’s defensive wall, they ran into an exceptional goalkeeper Nick Pope. He stretched out a leg to fend off Son Heung-min’s strike and fended off another shot from the South Korean international who was trying to catch up with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah at the top of the scoring charts.