Sane nets again as City stay top of the table

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MANCH­ESTER City continued their su­perb start to the sea­son with a 3-2 win at West Bromwich Al­bion yes­ter­day which kept them five points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Leroy Sane put City ahead af­ter 10 min­utes with a left-foot shot into the cor­ner of the net for his eighth goal of the cam­paign.

West Brom equalised quickly when Jay Ro­driguez got in be­hind the de­fence but City re­took the lead through Fer­nand­inho af­ter the Brazil­ian’s long shot took two de­flec­tions be­fore hit­ting the post and rolling into the net.

City sub­sti­tute Ra­heem Ster­ling added the third, tap­ping in from close range af­ter a cross from Kyle Walker at the end of a pa­tient move be­fore Matt Phillips snatched a late con­so­la­tion for West Brom fol­low­ing a mis­take by Ni­co­las Ota­mendi.

Winger Wil­fried Zaha scored in the 97th minute to sal­vage a 2-2 draw for Crys­tal Palace against West Ham United at Sel­hurst Park.

Eng­land goal­keeper Joe Hart was beaten by Zaha’s low shot into the bot­tom cor­ner af­ter mak­ing sev­eral fine saves that had seemed enough to give Ham­mers vic­tory.

Striker Javier Her­nan­dez fired the vis­i­tors ahead af­ter half an hour from Aaron Cress­well’s cross and An­dre Ayew put them two up be­fore half­time with a shot from out­side the box into the top cor­ner.

Palace pulled a goal back with Luka Milivo­je­vic’s penalty in the 50th minute, be­fore Hart saved Yo­han Cabaye’s free kick and an ear­lier ef­fort by Zaha.

Stoke bat­tled to a 1-0 vic­tory over high-fly­ing Wat­ford at Vicarage Road.

Mid­fielder Dar­ren Fletcher scored his first goal for Stoke with a su­perb vol­ley from a Xher­dan Shaqiri cor­ner to put the vis­i­tors into a 16th-minute lead.

Wat­ford cre­ated plenty of chances in the sec­ond half, but failed to find an equaliser.

Ar­se­nal came from be­hind to beat Swansea City 2-1, with sec­ond-half goals from Sead Ko­lasinac and Aaron Ram­sey help­ing them over­come the in­jury-weak­ened vis­i­tors.

Swansea took the lead in the 22nd minute when Sam Clu­cas raced into the area and slot­ted the ball neatly be­neath Ar­se­nal goal­keeper Petr Cech.

Bos­nian left back Ko­lasinac equalised in the 51st minute, be­fore Ram­sey put the home side ahead in the 58th with his third goal of the sea­son.

Liver­pool breezed past Hud­der­s­field Town 3-0 with Daniel Stur­ridge’s goal set­ting up the vic­tory.

Mo­hamed Salah missed a firsthalf penalty for Liver­pool but Juer­gen Klopp’s side raced away af­ter the break. Stur­ridge’s cool fin­ish in the 50th minute put Liver­pool ahead, be­fore Roberto Firmino dou­bled the lead with a header eight min­utes later.

Ge­orginio Wi­j­nal­dum ri­fled home Liver­pool’s third.

Manch­ester United man­ager Jose Mour­inho could per­haps be ex­cused for the ‘fin­gers to the lips’ ges­ture at the con­clu­sion of his side’s 1-0 win over Tot­ten­ham.

The dis­grun­tled re­ac­tion from his own fans when he took off Mar­cus Rash­ford was per­haps not what Mour­inho ex­pected. Rash­ford had looked lively and sharp while his strike part­ner Romelu Lukaku had lit­tle to show for his ef­forts.

What­ever the mer­its of Mour­inho’s de­ci­sion, the end re­sult was that – af­ter Lukaku headed against the post, he pro­vided the flick on to An­thony Mar­tial for the 81st minute win­ner. – Reuters

Leroy Sane and Ra­heem Ster­ling

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