Yaya Toure back with a bang
YAYA Toure made a thunderous return to Manchester City with a brace to lead them to a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace as Diego Costa display predator instincts in Chelsea’s victory over Middlesbrough.
Costa scored his 10th goal of the season as Chelsea won 1-0 at Middlesbrough to record a sixth consecutive victory and take over at the Premier League summit.
Costa struck for the third straight game with half-time approaching in Sunday’s game as Antonio Conte’s side underlined their title credentials by posting a sixth clean sheet in a row.
It took them a point clear of Liverpool and Manchester City, and three ahead of fourthplace Arsenal. Meanwhile, defending champions Leicester City suffered their sixth defeat of the season in the 2-1 loss to Watford.
Liverpool relinquished their top spot with a 0-0 draw against Southampton in a weekend that saw Sunderland grab a rare victory (3-0 against Hull City), their second of the season.
The match of the weekend — Manchester United v Arsenal produced little spark as it ended 1-1. Downs on the up, Wits top Mamelodi Sundowns gave a performance befitting African champions to defeat Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 this weekend in a high-profile Absa Premiership showdown.
Trailing to a Ramahlwe Mphahlele cross-cumshot, the Caf Champions League title-holders levelled within two minutes through Tebogo Langerman.
Recent signing Sibusiso Vilakazi snatched the early second-half winner by slamming a loose ball into the net after a Percy Tau attempt to score was blocked. Although Sundowns lie 12th in the 16-club standings, the Pretoria outfit have five matches in hand on most rivals owing to postponements caused by African commitments.
A second defeat of the season left four-time former champions Chiefs four points behind pacesetters Wits, who won 1-0 at Platinum Stars, after nine rounds. Wits have 19 points with two matches in hand, Golden Arrows and Cape Town City 17 each, SuperSport United 16 and Chiefs 15.
Ronaldo hat-trick as Real surge ahead Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick delivered Real Madrid’s first success over Atletico Madrid in La Liga for three years with a 3-0 win in the last meeting between the sides at Atletico’s Vicente Calderon.
Real now lead second-placed Barcelona by four points after the Catalans paid a heavy price for the absence of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in a 0-0 draw with nineman Malaga earlier on Saturday. Ronaldo struck the decisive spot-kick as Real edged Atletico on penalties in the Champions League final in May and was the match winner once more, albeit with a slight hint of fortune. The Portuguese’s opener took a wicked deflection on its way past the excellent Jan Oblak. Ronaldo doubled Real’s lead from the penalty spot 19 minutes from time before a brilliant Gareth Bale cross teed him up for the simplest of finishes to complete his hat-trick. Barca trail leaders Real Madrid by four points after stumbling to a 0-0 draw at home to Malaga on Saturday and have lost all of their trips to Anoeta in the last three seasons. BVB stun Bayern; Leipzig stay top Borussia Dortmund stunned champions and arch-rivals Bayern Munich 1-0 on Saturday in a bad-tempered “Der Klassiker” clash to leave RB Leipzig the shock Bundesliga leaders. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang prodded in on 11 minutes at a frenzied Signal Iduna Park to propel Dortmund up to third on 21 points, three points behind Bayern, for whom this was a first defeat of the league season. RB Leipzig are top, unbeaten and three points clear of the mighty Bayern, after a thrilling 3-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen on Friday signalled another milestone in their fast, but controversial rise to the top of German football. — supersport.com