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Liverpool fight back to maintain lead in Premier League

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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (2nd R) celebrates with his teammates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool and Salzburg in Liverpool, Britain on Oct. 2, 2019. Liverpool won 4-3. (Xinhua/Han Yan)

LONDON (Xinhua) – Liverpool remain six points clear at the top of the English Premier League after recovering from a Harry Kane goal after just 47 seconds to beat Tottenham 2-1 in a thrilling game on Sunday afternoon.

Tottenham had a chance to go 2-0 up early in the second half, but Son Heung-min’s shot came back off the bar and the visitors ended up paying for the miss in a game where they had less than 25 percent of possession.

Jordan Henderson equalized for Liverpool in the 52nd minute and Mohamed Salah sealed the points from the penalty spot after Serge Aurier fouled Sadio Mane

Manchester City had to be patient as it was 0-0 at halftime, before Raheem Sterling opened the scoring in the first minute of the second half at home to Aston Villa.

David Silva and Iikay Gundogan scored further goals to give what in the end was a relatively comfortable win for Pep Guardiola’s side. Nevertheless the game ended on a sour note for Guardiola as Fernandinho was sent off for a second yellow card and will be suspended for the Carabao Cup game against Southampton on Tuesday.

Christian Pulisic celebrated his first start since August with a hat-trick as an improving Chelsea cruised past a potential banana skin on their visit to Burnley.

Pulisic’s hat-trick and a goal from Willian put Chelsea 4-0 up by the hour before late goals from Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil restored some respectability to the scoreline for the home team.

Marcos Rashford and Anthony Martial both missed penalties, but atoned with goals from open play as Manchester United won 3-1 away to Norwich City.

Scott McTominay put United ahead after 20 minutes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side led 3-0 before Onel Hernandez netted a late consolation for Norwich.

Arsenal were denied a late winning goal by the VAR, which ruled out Sokratis’ late goal which would have made it 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace.

Rather than dwelling on the decision Arsenal would be better focusing on how the visitors were able to come back from goals from Sokratis and David Luiz after just nine minutes and take a point thanks to Luka Milivojevic and Jordan Ayew and also looking at Granit Xhaka’s gestures to the home fans as he left the pitch after being substituted.

 

A late own goal from defender Lucas Digne condemned Everton to a 3-2 defeat away to Brighton and keeps the pressure on coach Marco Silva.

Everton had led 2-1 with just 10 minutes left thanks to an own goal in their favor and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 74th minute goal, but Michael Keane was harshly adjudged to have fouled Aaron Connelly and Neal Maupay levelled from the spot.

The scene was then set for Digne’s 93rd minute tragedy as he slid a cross into his own net to give Brighton three points that lift them above Everton in the table.

Watford remain without a win this season as they were held 0-0 at home to Bournemouth and Watford have keeper Ben Foster to thank for a string of saves to give then a point which keeps them in touch with safety despite their dreadful start to the campaign.

Newcastle edge out of the bottom three despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Wolves. Jamaal Lascelles put Newcastle ahead in the 37th minute, but Wolves took a point thanks to Jonny Castro’s 72nd equalizer following an error from home keeper Martin Dubravka.

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