Aguero pow­ers 10-man City to win as Reds are held

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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

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