Manchester City cut the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea to just three points with a hard-fought win over Everton on Saturday evening.
With Chelsea having lost at Newcastle in the lunchtime kick off, Manuel Pellegrini's side knew they could reduce the deficit on Jose Mourinho's men, and they duly obliged with a 1-0 win.
The victory come at a cost though, with star man Sergio Aguero a doubt for Tuesday's vital Champions League clash with Roma after limping off as early as the second minute.
Even without their 14 goal striker, City sealed a fourth consecutive league win thanks to a first half penalty from Yaya Toure.
With much-needed league points in the bag, Pellegrini will now turn his attention to the fitness of his star man.
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The game had barely begun when City's night looked like it was destined for disaster. Aguero overstretched for a ball he was unlikely to ever win, and the Argentine paid the ultimate price for his efforts.
After lengthy treatment from City medics he was eventually withdrawn with knee ligament damage, to be replaced by 18-year-old Spaniard Jose Angel Pozo, and now looks likely to miss the trip to Roma in midweek.
Were it not for Aguero's hat-trick against Bayern Munich, the Rome fixture would be redundant, and the striker's tearful expression when he left the pitch was that of a man who knew he was missing a game he'd worked so hard to set up.
Things could have got worse for Pellegrini's side just 20 minutes later, when defender Eliaquim Mangala decided to attack a corner with a stupidly high foot that got nowhere near the ball, but instead planted straight into the back of Samuel Eto'o.
Thankfully for all in light blue, Andre Marriner decided a yellow card was sufficient punishment, and he'd go on to delight City fans even more.
With Aguero having long since left the pitch, it was hard to see where a breakthrough was going to come from until a moment of madness from Phil Jagielka.
The Everton skipper made what was, in truth, nothing more than a half challenge on the onrushing James Milner, but referee Marriner saw something few others had.
While Milner was picking himself up and attempting to chase the now loose ball, Marriner pointed to the spot, leaving Jagielka dumbfounded.
Though the award of the penalty was soft, Toure's effort was anything but as he took over Aguero's role as spot kick supremo to put City ahead.
Despite Toure's opener, the game failed to spark into life, with City dominating the remainder of the first half without ever really threatening.
The second half was not too dissimilar, although it was Everton who would huff and puff without breaking down any doors.
That was until the 82nd minute, when former Chelsea duo Eto'o and Romelulu Lukaku combined, creating a golden chance for the latter.
However, his fierce strike was met with a world class save from Joe Hart, who up until then had had one of the quietest nights of his Man City career.
Hart's heroics ensured City moved within three points of Chelsea, but for now all focus will be on Tuesday's crunch tie with Roma, and the nervous wait to see if the irreplaceable Aguero will make it.
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