City keep Liverpool in sights with win over Chelsea
November 24 2019 12:00 AM
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Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (left) and Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic vie for the ball during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester yesterday. (Reuters)

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Manchester City kept Premier League leaders Liverpool in their sights yesterday after battling back to beat Chelsea. Leicester saw off Brighton 2-0 to stay in second place, eight points behind Jurgen Klopp’s men, while struggling Arsenal needed a stoppage-time goal to draw 2-2 with lowly Southampton.
Liverpool’s hard-fought 2-1 win at Crystal Palace meant City went into their evening match against high-flying Chelsea 12 points behind the pacesetters. Frank Lampard’s men had the better of the early stages in Manchester and N’Golo Kante gave them a deserved lead midway through the first half.
But the lead lasted only eight minutes before Kevin De Bruyne equalised after a wicked deflection off defender Kurt Zouma left goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga helpless. Pep Guardiola’s City were soon in the lead after Riyad Mahrez cut inside from the right to fire a low left-footed shot through Fikayo Tomori’s legs and into the far corner and they held on to seal a vital 2-1 win.
Earlier, Liverpool once again demonstrated their knack for scoring last-gasp winners, with Roberto Firmino finishing from close range following a goalmouth scramble. Liverpool had looked set to drop points for just the second time this season after Wilfried Zaha cancelled out Sadio Mane’s opener in the 82nd minute.
The European champions, chasing their first top-flight title for 30 years, have now won 12 of their 13 Premier League matches this season and are unbeaten in 30 league games. “We are not out there to show we invented football,” said Klopp. “We have a job to do to get results. We did that again. I have no problem that we were not brilliant today. You just have to make sure you are ready to fight for the result and we were that from the first minute.”
Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester kept up their dogged pursuit of the leaders, with second-half goals from Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy giving them a fifth successive league win.
In the early kick-off at the London Stadium, Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane were on the scoresheet for Spurs as Jose Mourinho won his first game in charge 3-2 days after replacing the sacked Mauricio Pochettino. The win — the club’s first away league victory since January — will help to endear Mourinho to a sceptical Spurs support, who were sad to see Pochettino dismissed just six months after leading the club to a first-ever Champions League final.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is under increasing pressure after another limp display. They are now winless in five Premier League matches. Southampton took an early lead at the Emirates through Danny Ings only for Alexandre Lacazette to level. James Ward-Prowse restored Southampton’s lead in the second half but Lacazette saved Unai Emery’s blushes with a goal deep into stoppage time.
In-form Wolves won 2-1 at 10-man Bournemouth courtesy of a Joao Moutinho free-kick and Raul Jimenez’s goal to climb to fifth in the table. Norwich lifted themselves off bottom spot in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory away to Everton while Burnley won 3-0 at Watford, who are now bottom. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United face Sheffield United today.

Premier League results
Arsenal 2 (Lacazette 18, 90+6) Southampton 2 (Ings 8, Ward-Prowse 71); Bournemouth 1 (Cook 59) Wolves 2 (Moutinho 21, Jimenez 31); Brighton 0 Leicester 2 (Perez 64, Vardy 82-pen); Crystal Palace 1 (Zaha 82) Liverpool 2 (Mane 49, Firmino 85); Everton 0 Norwich 2 (Cantwell 54, Srbeny 90+2); Manchester City 2 (De Bruyne 29, Mahrez 37) Chelsea 1 (Kante 21); Watford 0 Burnley 3 (Wood 53, Barnes 82-pen, Tarkowski 88); West Ham 2 (Antonio 73, Ogbonna 90+6) Tottenham 3 (Son 36, Moura 43, Kane 49)
Playing today: Sheffield United v Manchester United (1630)
Tomorrow: Aston Villa v Newcastle (2000)



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