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Manchester City leave it late; Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool all win


Manchester City leave it late; Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool all win

Manchester City leave it late; Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool all win

Premier League leaders Manchester City snatched a late, late win on Wednesday as they beat Southampton 2-1 to reopen an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Raheem Sterling was the hero for the second match running, snatching a 12th straight league victory for Pep Guardiola’s side with the winner in the sixth minute of injury time.

“It was an astonishing end to the game,” Guardiola said. “It means a lot.

“They had 10 guys in the box, it was so complicated to attack them.

“At the end our momentum kept going, Raheem scored a fantastic goal.

With 40 points after 14 games, City are eight points ahead of Manchester United, who won on Tuesday, while Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are all in touch after respective wins on Wednesday.

It looked as if City were about to drop points for only the second time all season when Oriol Romeu equalized City’s opener, scored via an own goal by Virgil van Dijk.

But Sterling, who had a goal disallowed moments before, popped up again to pinch the win for City with a brilliant curled finish.

Chelsea squeezed out a 1-0 win over struggling Swansea, Antonio Ruediger scoring his first Premier League goal to claim all three points for Antonio Conte, who was sent to the stands early on for arguing.

Mesut Oezil was the inspiration for Arsenal, coming off the bench to score once and provide two assists as they romped to a 5-0 win over Huddersfield.

Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring after just three minutes and though Huddersfield held out for just over another hour, Arsenal pulled away for a 12th straight home win in the league.

Olivier Giroud scored twice and Alexis Sanchez got the other goal as Arsenal stayed one point behind Chelsea in fourth.

“The last 20 minutes became comfortable but I would say Huddersfield did fight very well,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.

“In the second half I felt at some stages it could have been 1-1 but when we scored the second goal the game changed completely.

Liverpool are two points further back after a 3-0 win at Stoke, Sadio Mane opening the scoring and substitute Mohamed Salah grabbing the other two for his 16th and 17th goals of the season.

Stoke were aggrieved when Liverpool goalkeeper was only given a yellow card for a foul on the edge of the area when the score was 1-0.

But Salah made the difference, hammering in the second goal and then using his pace for the third.

“Thank you is all I said to Mohamed Salah,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said.

“With Peter Crouch on the pitch it made it difficult and they are good on the ground but we had to keep fighting for the second ball. It was very deserved and we are very happy.”

Wayne Rooney scored his first ever Everton hat-trick, including a brilliant goal from inside his own half, much to the pleasure of Sam Allardyce, who is set to be confirmed as manager in the coming hours.

“I think it’s one of the best, if not the best, goals that I’ve scored,” Rooney said of his third goal. “I think I hit as well as I’ve ever hit a football.”

Ashley Williams added a late fourth to lift Everton away from trouble, up to 13th, leaving West Ham still in the bottom three.

Chris Wood and Robbie Brady scored the goals as Burnley won 2-1 at Bournemouth to go sixth in the night’s other match, leapfrogging Tottenham in the process.

“Where we are in the league, everyone will be surprised by that,” Burnley manager Sean Dyche said. “(But) I see the players work all the time and have great belief in this squad.”

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