Aguero powers 10-man City to win as Reds are held
SERGIO Aguero came off the bench to score as Manchester City made light of playing for an hour with 10 men to beat Burnley 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium yesterday.
City, needing a quick response after defeat at title rivals Liverpool on Saturday, suffered a blow when Brazilian Fernandinho was red-carded just past the half hour mark for a wild-looking tackle on Burnley’s Iceland midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
The hosts dominated after the break, however, and took the lead after 58 minutes when Gael Clichy’s low shot crept past Burnley keeper Tom Heaton and into the far corner.
Aguero, introduced as a second-half substitute, doubled City’s lead with a fine finish from a tight angle four minutes later but Ben Mee halved the deficit to set up a tense finale.
Jermain Defoe kept up Sunderland’s fight to avoid relegation as he converted two penalties to give the Black Cats a 2-2 home draw with Liverpool after the visitors led twice in a riproaring Premier League clash.
Defoe took his league tally to 11 goals, cancelling out a 19th minute opener by Daniel Sturridge and then a 72nd minute Sadio Mane tap-in, with both Liverpool goals coming after poor Sunderland defending at corner kicks.
However, Liverpool returned the favour with a clumsy Ragnar Klavan challenge on Didier Ndong for Defoe’s first spot kick and then with a dreadful Mane error for the second when a free-kick hit the Senegal winger’s outstretched arm.
The result left secondplaced Liverpool five points behind leaders Chelsea, who visit London rivals Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow, while Sunderland stay in the relegation zone although the draw took some of the pressure off manager David Moyes.
At Goodison Park substitute Enner Valencia scored his first Everton goal to break Southampton’s resolve and send the home side on their way to a 3-0 win, with Leighton Baines and Romelu Lukaku also finding the net.
Valencia had not scored in the Premier League since getting two goals for West Ham United against Manchester City last January, but secured the breakthrough in the 73rd minute when he bundled home the rebound after Fraser Forster had saved Lukaku’s header.
Ronald Koeman’s side had struggled to find solutions to prise open his former employers but killed off the contest in the 81st minute when Baines beat Forster from the spot after Maya Yoshida clumsily brought down Lukaku.
Everton ran riot as Southampton crumbled and Lukaku signed off a dominant second half when he slammed an emphatic effort into the top corner from just inside the visitors’ box in the 89th minute.
The win keeps Everton in seventh on 30 points while Southampton remain on 24 points.
In another match yesterday, West Bromwich Albion came from a goal down to beat Hull City 3-1 as second-half goals by Chris Brunt, Gareth McAuley and James Morrison piled on the misery for Mike Phelan’s struggling side.
Robert Snodgrass gave Hull the lead at the Hawthorns in the 21st minute, sliding in to volley Ahmed El Mohamady’s cross into the net and the Tigers were good value for their lead at the break.
But West Brom started the second half strongly and equalised four minutes in after sustained pressure yielded a corner which Brunt dispatched into the net with a powerful header.
McCauley struck in the 62nd minute and Morrison scuffed a left-footed shot home 11 minutes later.
Champions Leicester City drew goalless with Middlesborugh. – Reuters