Reds back in front

Liver­pool thrash Bournemouth to leap ahead of Man United

The Free Press Journal - - FPJ SPORTS -

Liver­pool FC re­gained the English Premier League (EPL) top spot by rout­ing vis­it­ing Bournemouth 3-0 in a Match­day 26 con­test here.

The re­sult at An­field sta­dium here on Satur­day was a bounce-back ef­fort for the Reds, who had set­tled for draws in their pre­vi­ous two con­tests.

Sene­galese winger Sa­dio Mane and Dutch mid­fielder Ge­orginio Wi­j­nal­dum gave the hosts a 2-0 lead at half­time be­fore Egyp­tian star Mo­hamed Salah net­ted an in­sur­ance goal just af­ter the break.

Liver­pool (65 points) had played to 11 draws against Le­ices­ter City and West Ham United in their pre­vi­ous two Premier League matches on Jan­uary 30 and Fe­bru­ary 4, re­spec­tively, al­low­ing de­fend­ing cham­pion Manch­ester City (62 points) to briefly take over the stand­ings' lead on goal dif­fer­en­tial.

But now the Reds have their nose back in front and still have a game in hand on Manch­ester City.

With the win, the Red Dev­ils pro­vi­sion­ally hold the fourth spot in the stand­ings with 51 points, pend­ing Sun­day's clash pit­ting fifth-placed Chelsea (50 points) against Man City.

In other Premier League ac­tion Satur­day, sixth-placed Ar­se­nal (50 points) con­tin­ued to give chase by earn­ing a 2-1 away vic­tory over last-placed Hud­der­s­field Town.

Cardiff City topped host Southamp­ton 2-1 to win their sec­ond straight Premier League game and move fur­ther away from the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Crys­tal Palace and

West Ham United ended their con­test Satur­day tied at 1-1, while Wat­ford scored a 1-0 vic­tory over Ever­ton, who lost their third straight Premier League game.

Real ahead

Madrid: Real Madrid climbed into sec­ond place in La Liga and gave them­selves re­newed hope of a ti­tle run with a 3-1 away vic­tory over crosstown ri­val Atletico Madrid in Match­day 23 ac­tion.

San­ti­ago So­lari's men (45 points) now pro­vi­sion­ally trail league-lead­ing FC Barcelona by five points pend­ing the Cata­lans' match on Sun­day against

Ath­letic Bil­bao.

Two of the four goals re­quired the con­fir­ma­tion of the video as­sis­tant ref­eree (VAR) staff on Satur­day, while what could have been the first goal by Atletico new­comer Al­varo Mo­rata was dis­al­lowed for off-side.

Atletico came out ag­gres­sively in the open­ing min­utes with a high press, but it was Real Madrid who drew first blood at Wanda Metropoli­tano Sta­dium shortly af­ter the quar­ter-hour mark on their first scor­ing chance.

De­fend­ers rose up on the play to pre­vent Span­ish in­ter­na­tional Ser­gio Ramos from head­ing a cor­ner kick by Ger­man mid­fielder Toni Kroos, but the ball then ric­o­cheted softly to an un­marked Casemiro, who scored on a half­bi­cy­cle kick past Jan Oblak.

Napoli stum­ble

Rome: Napoli could fin­ish the week­end trail­ing

Serie A lead­ers Ju­ven­tus by 11 points af­ter Carlo Ancelotti's waste­ful side stut­tered to a

0-0 draw at Fiorentina, as Lau­taro Mar­tinez scored the only goal to get In­ter

Mi­lan back win­ning against pro­moted Parma.

Both sides start their Europa League cam­paigns this week af­ter crash­ing out of the Cham­pi­ons League with Napoli trav­el­ling to FC Zurich and In­ter Mi­lan away to Rapid Vi­enna in their round of the 32, first leg ties.

Fiorentina goal­keeper Al­ban La­font pro­duced a string of saves to deny Piotr Zielin­ski and Dries Mertens as Napoli failed to score away from home for the third game run­ning.

Ancelotti's side have now been held twice in the past three games while hosts Fiorentina drew for the 11th time in 23 matches this sea­son to sit ninth, but just six points off the Cham­pi­ons League berths.

Rob­bie Fowler holds Liver­pool’s and Bar­clays Premier League record of scor­ing the fastest hat-trick in just 4 min­utes and 33 sec­onds

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.