English Premiership

Man City's title hopes fade

2011-02-27 20:03
Mark Hughes offers a handshake. (AFP)

Manchester - Manchester City's Premier League title hopes were dealt a blow on Sunday after Fulham rallied to a 1-1 draw.

Mario Balotelli put City in front with his ninth goal of the season in the 26th minute but Damien Duff equalized shortly after the interval at Eastlands.

Third-placed City now trails league leader and archrival Manchester United by 10 points, having played a game more.

City manager Roberto Mancini did not appear to look at Manchester City's coach Mark Hughes at the post-match handshake, leading to Hughes - fired as City manager 14 months ago - pulling his hand away.

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