Sane nets again as City stay top of the table
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