PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea catches Man City

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

EDEN Haz­ard scored twice as Chelsea ex­ploited a slipup by Manch­ester City to claim top spot in the Premier League by stylishly crush­ing Ever­ton 5-0 on Novem­ber 5. Marten de Roon’s stop­page-time equaliser earned Mid­dles­brough a 1-1 draw at City and An­to­nio Conte’s Chelsea took ad­van­tage to move a point clear of Pep Guardi­ola’s side at the sum­mit.

“When you win in this way it’s fan­tas­tic be­cause we played good foot­ball with good in­ten­sity,” Conte told BT Sport.

“All the play­ers played in the right way with and with­out the ball. We cre­ated many chances to score and also it’s the fifth clean sheet in a row, which is fan­tas­tic.

“It is fan­tas­tic to be top of the league.”

Arse­nal and Liver­pool could also sur­pass City be­fore the week­end is out, the for­mer tack­ling Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur in Sun­day’s North Lon­don derby and the lat­ter en­ter­tain­ing Wat­ford.

Else­where, bot­tom club Sun­der­land ended their wait for a first win of the sea­son at the 11th at­tempt by com­ing from be­hind to win 2-1 at Bournemouth de­spite hav­ing Steven Pien­aar sent off.

At Stam­ford Bridge, Chelsea pro­duced one of their most scin­til­lat­ing per­for­mances in re­cent mem­ory as the 2014-15 cham­pi­ons made it five straight wins with­out con­ced­ing a goal.

Haz­ard opened the scor­ing in the 19th minute, drift­ing in from the left to drill a shot into the bot­tom-right cor­ner, and a minute later Pe­dro Ro­driguez teed up Mar­cos Alonso for the hosts’ sec­ond.

Diego Costa made it 3-0 three min­utes be­fore half-time, slam­ming home at the back post af­ter Ne­manja Matic flicked on Haz­ard’s cor­ner to bring up his ninth goal of the cam­paign.

Chelsea’s fourth goal was a jewel, Pe­dro re­turn­ing Haz­ard’s pass with a sweet back-heel and the Bel­gian danc­ing into the box from the right be­fore lash­ing home with his left foot.

Pe­dro volleyed in the fifth, in the 65th minute, af­ter Ever­ton goal­keeper Maarten Steke­len­burg par­ried a shot from Haz­ard.

City went into their game on the back of a stir­ring 3-1 Cham­pi­ons League win over Barcelona and Boro’s for­mer Barca goal­keeper Vic­tor Valdes looked deter­mined to re­store Cata­lan pride at the Eti­had Sta­dium.

He saved bril­liantly from Ser­gio Aguero and David Silva, only for Aguero to put the hosts ahead in the 43rd minute by con­vert­ing Kevin De Bruyne’s sump­tu­ous cross for his 150th goal in 223 City ap­pear­ances.

Barnes late show Boro showed more at­tack­ing in­tent in the sec­ond half, for­mer City striker Al­varo Ne­gredo al­most catch­ing out Clau­dio Bravo with an au­da­cious lob from his own half be­fore Bravo saved smartly from Adam For­shaw.

Af­ter Aguero had squan­dered a late chance, Dutch mid­fielder De Roon met Ge­orge Friend’s deep cross with a thump­ing header to earn Boro a dra­matic point.

“We did ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing to win the game. It is a pity,” said Guardi­ola, whose side have drawn their last three home league games 1-1 fol­low­ing pre­vi­ous stale­mates against Ever­ton and Southamp­ton.

“It is a miss be­cause we have dropped six points in the last three home games, but we are still there. We have to move for­ward.”

Sun­der­land re­main bot­tom, be­low Swansea City on goal dif­fer­ence, but man­ager David Moyes be­lat­edly has a vic­tory to his name fol­low­ing a hard-fought suc­cess at Bournemouth’s Vi­tal­ity Sta­dium.

Af­ter Adam Smith had teed up Dan Gosling to bun­dle in an 11th-minute opener for Bournemouth, Vic­tor Anichebe equalised with his first Sun­der­land goal.

Pien­aar was sent off just be­fore the hour af­ter re­ceiv­ing a sec­ond yel­low card for a lunge on Ju­nior Stanis­las, but Jer­main De­foe net­ted a 74thminute win­ner from the spot af­ter Smith felled Anichebe.

“It is a big re­lief,” Moyes told Sky Sports. “We owed the sup­port­ers the vic­tory. They have kept with us.

“We needed a win, but it is only one. We need a few more.”

There was late drama at Turf Moor as Burn­ley with­stood a Crys­tal Palace fight­back to pre­vail 3-2 courtesy of Ash­ley Barnes’s 94th-minute strike.

Sam Vokes and Jo­hann Berg Gund­munds­son put Burn­ley 2-0 up, only for Palace to hit back through sec­ond-half goals by sub­sti­tute Con­nor Wick­ham and Christian Ben­teke.

But in the fourth minute of stop­page time, Gud­munds­son crossed for Barnes to fire home and con­demn Palace – who later hit the post through An­dros Townsend – to a fourth­straight de­feat.

Stoke City drew 1-1 at West Ham United, Bojan Kr­kic ex­ploit­ing an er­ror by home goal­keeper Adrian to equalise in the 75th minute af­ter a Glenn Whe­lan own-goal had put the hosts ahead. –

Photo: AFP

Chelsea’s Brazil­ian-born Span­ish striker Diego Costa (right) cel­e­brates with Chelsea’s English de­fender Gary Cahill af­ter scor­ing their third goal dur­ing the English Premier League foot­ball match be­tween Chelsea and Ever­ton at Stam­ford Bridge in Lon­don on Novem­ber 5.

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