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Manchester City reclaim top spot after Liverpool win as Norwich go down

Manchester City answer to Liverpool short again top position in the First League by beating Leeds 4-0 to restore their one-point lead on a day when Norwich’s relegation was finally confirmed.

Jürgen Klopp’s lateral blow newcastle 1-0 thanks to Naby Keita’s goal at lunchtime to put pressure on their title rivals, but the answer was clear.

Rodri put the defending champions ahead in the first half and goals after the break from Nathan Ake, Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho secured a comfortable win.

The defeat for Leeds left them looking over their shoulders with concern, with 18th-placed Everton five points behind with two games in hand.

Norwich’s return to the championship was stamped after the defeat at AstonVilla after Burnley came from behind to beat fellow contenders Watford.

The Canaries needed at least a point to retain their Premier League status for another week and hope Burnley’s revival doesn’t last when they travel to Vicarage Road.

Dean Smith’s return to villa park failed to get off to a solid start for the first time since his release in November Leon Bailey saw Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul hit the bar.

Villa took the lead through Ollie Watkins five minutes before the break, while substitute Danny Ings was also on the scoresheet in added time to hand the former boss, who had taken over from Daniel Farke at Carrow Road, the first relegation.

Burnley climbed to 16th – five points ahead of Everton, who have two games in hand – after they fought back at Watford to win 2-1.

The Hornets took an early lead with an own goal from the Burnley captain James Tarkowski after the ball bounced off the crossbar onto his back in the eighth minute.

Burnley were awarded a penalty for a foul on Dwight McNeil by Moussa Sissoko but the decision was overturned by VAR, with a free kick awarded on the edge of the box instead.

Ashley Barnes’ header hit the bar before the Clarets were level when Jack Cork nodded eight minutes from time.

However, there was still time for Josh Brownhill to deliver a late winner from 20 yards, confirming Norwich’s relegation and also leaving Watford on the sidelines.

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substitute Wilfried Zah scored an injury-time winner as Crystal Palace beat Southampton 2-1.

Oriol Romeu headed the Saints ahead nine minutes into the game from a James Ward-Prowse corner.

Eberechi Eze equalized on the hour mark when he volleyed a Nathaniel Clyne cross and Zaha scored in added time to complete the turnaround.

Brighton missed a first-half penalty but still won 3-0 at Wolves.

Wilfried Zaha came off the bench and scored a goal in added time (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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The visitors had a chance to take the lead from the penalty spot after VAR handballed Romain Saiss – but Alexis Mac Allister saw his shot just hit the post.

The Seagulls then got another penalty five minutes before the break for a foul on Danny Welbeck and this time Mac Allister hit the back of the net.

Leandro Trossard added a second for Brighton with 20 minutes to go before Yves Bissouma ended things late with a 25-yard swing.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/manchester-city-liverpool-burnley-james-tarkowski-leeds-b2069191.html Manchester City reclaim top spot after Liverpool win as Norwich go down

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