Salah hat-trick in Liverpool stroll keeps pressure on City
Leinster ride their luck
MOHAMED SALAH scored a hat-trick as Liverpool kept up the pressure at the top of the Premier League table with a comfortable 4-0 win at Bournemouth. The Reds equalled their club-record run of 17 unbeaten Premier League matches and edged a point ahead of overnight leaders Manchester City, who played Chelsea in the evening kick-off.
Salah broke the deadlock at the Vitality Stadium on 25 minutes, slotting home after Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic had spilled Roberto Firmino’s shot, although replays confirmed the Egypt striker was offside.
There was no argument around his second soon after the restart when Salah rode an attempted trip from behind by Steve Cook to go on and slide the ball into the far corner. It was 3-0 on 68 minutes when Cook turned Andrew Robertson’s low cross into his own net before the rampant Salah completed his treble with a magnificent dribble to wrap things up with 13 minutes left.
Elsewhere in yesterday’s 3pm kickoffs, Manchester United ran out 4-1 winners over bottom club Fulham, who finished with 10 men at Old Trafford.
Defender Ashley Young put the home side ahead early on and Juan Mata doubled United’s lead after 28 minutes. Romelu Lukaku added a third from close range just before the break.
Fulham pulled a goal back with a penalty on 67 minutes through Aboubakar Kamara, but the Cottagers were soon reduced to 10 men when midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa collected a second yellow card. Marcus Rashford scored a fourth for United with seven minutes left.
Ralph Hasenhuttl started his reign as Southampton manager with a 1-0 defeat at Cardiff, which leaves his new side second bottom. Cardiff, who climb to 14th, broke the deadlock on 74 minutes after Callum Paterson robbed Saints defender Jannik Vestergaard on the edge of the box.
Arsenal left it late to beat Huddersfield 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium with an acrobatic goal from Lucas Torreira on 84 minutes. The Uruguay midfielder’s bicycle kick was enough to see Unai Emery’s side go unbeaten in 21 games in all competitions, winning 16 of them, to move above north London rivals Tottenham into third place.
West Ham came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at the London Stadium. James McArthur put the Eagles in front on six minutes after the home defence failed to deal with a free-kick.
The Irons were level three minutes into the second half when Scotland midfielder Robert Snodgrass curled in a 20-yard effort.
Javier Hernandez put West Ham ahead when the Mexico forward turned the ball home from close range on 62 minutes after Wayne Hennessey parried Felipe Anderson’s free-kick.
Before Palace could regroup, they were 3-1 down on 65 minutes as Brazilian Anderson clipped the ball into the top corner.
Substitute Jeffrey Schlupp’s header gave the Eagles hope with 15 minutes left, but there was to be no dramatic finale.
Burnley moved out of the bottom three with a 1-0 home win over Brighton. Defender James Tarkowski deflected in a shot from Jack Cork to give the Clarets the lead five minutes before half-time, which proved enough for maximum points.
Bath 10, Leinster 17 Jordan Larmour celebrates after scoring Leinster’s second try during the Heineken Cup match against Bath at the Recreation Ground.