Reds win, Arse­nal held by United

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT - Kieran Can­ning

LIVER­POOL closed back to within two points of Premier League lead­ers Manch­ester City by com­ing from be­hind to beat Burn­ley 3-1 as Manch­ester United and Arse­nal shared the spoils in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Old Traf­ford.

Wolves also over­turned an early deficit to in­flict just Chelsea’s sec­ond de­feat of the sea­son in a 2-1 win at Mo­lineux, al­low­ing Tot­ten­ham to move back up to third with a com­fort­able 3-1 win over Southamp­ton.

Chelsea and Arse­nal are now tied on 31 points in fourth, still eight clear of United in eighth.

Given the re­lent­less pace be­ing set by City at the top of the ta­ble, Liver­pool couldn’t af­ford any slip ups at Turf Moor de­spite Ju­r­gen Klopp mak­ing seven changes with Mo­hamed Salah and Roberto Firmino left on the bench and Sa­dio Mane miss­ing through in­jury.

Their fire­power was badly missed as Liver­pool laboured in the first half and went be­hind early in the sec­ond.

A huge er­ror by £67 mil­lion ($75 mil­lion) goal­keeper Alis­son Becker led to Burn­ley’s shock opener when Jack Cork bun­dled home after the Brazil­ian fum­bled in the wet con­di­tions.

How­ever, the vis­i­tors quickly ral­lied to stretch their un­beaten start to the league sea­son to 15 games.

James Mil­ner lev­elled just after the hour mark and then turned provider for Firmino to turn the game around just three min­utes after com­ing on as a sub­sti­tute be­fore Xher­dan Shaqiri sealed the three points late on.

Arse­nal stretched their un­beaten run to 20 games, but failed to take ad­van­tage of two gifts from the hosts as United’s win­less run in the Premier League ex­tended to four matches.

Amid an un­der­per­form­ing side this sea­son, goal­keeper David de Gea has re­mained in al­most im­pec­ca­ble form, but the Spaniard spilled Shko­dran Mustafi’s header over the line to hand Arse­nal the lead 26 min­utes in.

Four min­utes later, the hosts lev­elled when An­thony Mar­tial turned home An­der Her­rera’s cross after Bernd Leno saved Mar­cos Rojo’s cross.

Both sec­ond-half goals came in a crazy minute as firstly Rojo turned the ball off Alexan­dre La­cazette and into the United net in his at­tempts to make a last-ditch tackle.

“We scored four goals and drew 2-2! As al­ways, we made mis­takes and we paid for the mis­takes,” said United man­ager Jose Mour­inho.

Spurs go third

“To­day was more the same, but with great spirit and peo­ple ready to have a go and fight hard, it was a credit to the team.”

Arse­nal were barely done cel­e­brat­ing when the ball was in the net at the other end as a mis­un­der­stand­ing be­tween Sead Ko­lasinac and Leno al­lowed Jesse Lin­gard to nip in and equalise.

De Gea re­deemed him­self with two fine saves from Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang and Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan had a late Arse­nal goal ruled out for off­side.

Wolves reg­is­tered their first win in seven games de­spite go­ing be­hind to Ruben Lof­tus-Cheek’s 18th-minute opener for Chelsea.

“We played very well for 55 min­utes and then sud­denly we were an­other team,” be­moaned Chelsea man­ager Mau­r­izio Sarri.

Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota struck in a four-minute spell ei­ther side of the hour mark.

“This doesn’t mean all the prob­lems are solved. It means we have to main­tain these stan­dards,” said Wolves man­ager Nuno Espir­ito Santo.

Spurs took ad­van­tage of Chelsea and Arse­nal drop­ping points to move back up to third with a com­fort­able 3-1 win over Southamp­ton, whose new man­ager Ralph Hasen­huttl watched on from the stands at Wem­b­ley.

Harry Kane turned home Chris­tian Erik­sen’s cross to give Tot­ten­ham a half-time lead be­fore Lu­cas Moura and Son He­ung-min scored twice in four min­utes after the break to bounce back from a painful North Lon­don derby de­feat to Arse­nal on Sun­day.

Ful­ham edged to within a point of safety de­spite blow­ing the lead in a 1-1 draw with Le­ices­ter.

Hon­ours were also even in a 1-1 draw be­tween Ev­er­ton and New­cas­tle as Richarli­son can­celled out Salomon Ron­don’s opener.

OLI SCARFF/AFP

Jesse Lin­gard cel­e­brates scor­ing United’s sec­ond goal to equalise 2-2 dur­ing the match be­tween Manch­ester United and Arse­nal at Old Traf­ford on Wed­nes­day.

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