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Man City reached the top of EPL after Chelsea lost to West Ham

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LONDON – Defending champions Manchester City topped the Premier League for the first time this season.

And if Pep Guardiola’s side continue to play like this, it will be difficult to beat City – even in a tight title race that sees three different teams top the standings on Saturday.

In a day in which previous leaders Chelsea faltered, City showed complete dominance in a 3-1 win over Watford, showcasing a smooth passing play that helped Guardiola’s side win three of the tournament. last four championships.

Bernardo Silva scored twice after Raheem Sterling’s early opener as City proved once again that they could be completely fine without a recognized striker in their squad. It was Man City’s 5th consecutive win, 1 point ahead of Liverpool and 2 points from Chelsea after 15 rounds.

“It’s always better to be first in the league than second, third or fourth, but it’s still early,” Silva said.

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West Ham rocked the title race by beating Chelsea 3-2 at home in the early game, and Liverpool then needed a stoppage-time goal from Divock Origi to clinch a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton. , bringing Jurgen Klopp’s side to the top of the table. few hours.

City, though, took the lead early on in the late game.

Sterling opened the scoring in the fourth minute when City capitalized on a loose pass and Phil Foden crossed midway for Sterling to head in. Silva then doubled the lead in the 31st minute by slicing past two defenders before knocking out goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann.

City dominated in the first half, with 81% of possession, and could have scored more before Silva hit the third with a deft cut into the top corner in the 63rd minute.

Watford pulled back a goal thanks to Cucho Hernandez, who took the shot himself after it hit the post, letting Pep Guardiola’s side keep a ninth clean sheet of the season.

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CHELSEA STUMBLES

West Ham are proving to be quite in the way before the top English teams.

David Moyes’ side let Liverpool lose their only game of the tournament, beating Tottenham, and knocking both Manchester clubs out of the League Cup. The win cemented the Hammers’ own top-four title, although it required a late goal to complete the comeback.

Arthur Masuaku unleashed a speculative cross in the 87th minute from the left, widening into goal and surprising Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy. Mendy dashed to keep the ball but only managed to push it into his near corner.

“It was a bit of a lucky goal,” admitted Moyes, “But you have to get the ball in the box, you have to try.

Chelsea took the lead twice thanks to a Thiago Silva header and a superb volley from Mason Mount, but West Ham came back both times thanks to a Manuel Lanzini penalty and Jarrod Bowen’s low strike from edge of the box.

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Mendy was also at fault for the penalty conceded and coach Thomas Tuchel knew his side could not afford to miss more after dropping five points in their last three games, post-match. 1-1 draw with Manchester United last weekend.

“It’s difficult to play here but we made too many individual mistakes. We did against Man United and against Watford and got punished,” said Tuchel. If you want results at this level, you have to make as few mistakes as possible. “

LIVERPOOL LETS OUT

Liverpool’s forward attack looks like it’s finally been controlled by a stubborn Wolves side. Then Origi made another crucial late goal.

Mo Salah cut the ball back for the player to come on as a substitute in the 4th minute of injury time, Origi turned before finishing to knock down goalkeeper Jose Sa.

Liverpool have not scored in the league since March and have scored four times in each of the last three. But the Reds struggled to make the most of their pressure against a determined Wolves, with Salah, Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara also missing opportunities as they struggled to win.

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However, Origi continued to thrive at key moments. The striker has rarely started under Klopp but was added to a list of late scores, including a 96th-minute winner in the 2018 Merseyside derby and the winner of the 2019 Champions League final against Tottenham.

NEWCASTLE WIN FINAL

Newcastle finally have a win in the Premier League, after 15 games in the season.

Callum Wilson scored late in the first half and Newcastle beat Burnley 1-0 in a match between the relegation fighters.

Wilson scored in the 40th minute after Burnley’s Nike Pope couldn’t control Joe Willock’s cross.

It was also Newcastle’s first win under new manager Eddie Howe, who was hired last month to replace sacked Steve Bruce.

Burnley was undefeated for five games but could only hit one shot on target at St. James’ Park.

Neal Maupay’s goal in the 8th minute of injury time saved the 1-1 draw for Brighton at Southampton.

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Maupay reacted fastest to score from close range after Jakub Moder’s free-kick, to deny Ralph Hasenhuttl’s victory on his third anniversary as Southampton manager. Armando Broja’s smart finish put Southampton ahead in the 29th minute.

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