Otago Daily Times

Tottenham goes top after win over Man City



LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur moved top of the English Premier League after an impressive 20 victory over Manchester City while Chelsea beat Newcastle United and Manchester United secured its first home win of the campaign yesterday.

Jose Mourinho’s Spurs, unbeaten in the past eight games, has 20 points from nine matches while Frank Lampard’s Chelsea is on 18 points after its 20 win at Newcastle.

Thirdplace­d Leicester City (18 points) was to play fourthplac­ed Liverpool (17 points) this morning and would go back to the top with a win at




City slipped to

11th while United’s victory moved it above its northern rival to ninth place.

Spurs now fully looks like a Mourinho team, solid at the back, hardworkin­g in midfield and deadly on the break and that was enough to beat a City team which has managed just 10 goals in nine games.

Son Heungmin’s prolific form continued, the South Korean opening the scoring in the fifth minute with his ninth goal of the season.

A beautifull­y weighted pass from Tanguy Ndombele picked out Son’s perfectly timed run and the striker kept his cool to slip the ball through the legs of the advancing Ederson.

Harry Kane for Spurs and Aymeric Laporte for City both had goals disallowed before substitute Giovani lo Celso settled the match just 35sec after coming off the bench.

Mourinho, however, was not getting carried away by the table.

‘‘We are not fighting for the title, we are just fighting to win every match,’’ the Portuguese coach said.

At St James’ Park, an own goal by Federico Fernandez and Tammy Abraham’s secondhalf effort secured a third straight win for Chelsea.

The Blues took the lead in the 10th minute when Fernandez, under pressure from Ben Chilwell, turned in Mason Mount’s cross.

Isaac Hayden wasted a great chance to equalise on the hour but Timo Werner burst through on goal before passing to Abraham to double Chelsea’s lead.

A twicetaken penalty from Bruno Fernandes gave United a 10 win over West Bromwich Albion, its first Premier League win at Old Trafford this season.

Fernandes’s first effort was saved by West Brom keeper Sam Johnstone but the referee ordered the kick be retaken after ruling the keeper had come off his line.

The Portuguese midfielder made no mistake with the second attempt.

Winless West Brom’s frustratio­n was doubled by the fact that the penalty came eight minutes after it had a spotkick award overturned after review.

Brighton & Hove Albion won at Aston Villa for the first time with an enthrallin­g 21 victory.

Solly March scored the winner with a lovely finish after Ezri Konsa’s equaliser had cancelled out Danny Welbeck’s first goal for Brighton, a clever chip. — Reuters

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