FOOT­BALL ROUND-UP Real go top af­ter scrappy vic­tory

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Madrid, Spain - Real Madrid climbed above Barcelona to top Span­ish League on Sat­ur­day as Casemiro scored twice in a gritty 2-1 win over Sevilla at the San­ti­ago Bern­abeu.

Casemiro's dou­ble proved the dif­fer­ence amid a three-goal flurry early in the se­cond half, with Luuk de Jong briefly draw­ing Sevilla level.

Sevilla stay fourth, eight points off the top. Barca can re­claim first place on Sun­day when they face Granada at Camp Nou, where Quique Se­tien will be over­see­ing his first game since be­ing ap­pointed early last week.

Zine­dine Zi­dane Madrid side are now 17 games un­beaten, a streak that has in­cluded them win­ning the Span­ish Su­per Cup in Saudi Ara­bia last week­end.

Ramos, who is still re­cov­er­ing from an an­kle in­jury, pa­raded the club's lat­est tro­phy on the pitch be­fore kick-off.

Palace hold Man City, Spurs in goal­less draw

Lon­don, UK - Pep Guardi­ola's 49th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions went flat as Fer­nand­inho's late own goal forced Manch­ester City to set­tle for a 2-2 draw against Crys­tal Palace, while Tot­ten­ham's hopes of fin­ish­ing in the top four were dented by a goal­less stale­mate at Wat­ford on Sat­ur­day.

On a busy day of top-flight ac­tion, the pitchside VAR mon­i­tor was used in the English Premier League for the first time at Nor­wich and Arse­nal were held to a 1-1 draw by Sh­effield United.

City trail Liver­pool by 13 points ahead of the run­away lead­ers' clash with ri­vals Manch­ester United on Sun­day.

Palace’s Cenk To­sun, the Turk­ish striker, net­ted a close-range strike from Martin Kelly's flick in the 39th minute. Ser­gio Aguero drew level in the 82nd minute when the Ar­gen­tine striker bagged his 250th goal in 360 games for the club. He then put City ahead in the 87th minute be­fore Fer­nand­inho turned Wil­fried Zaha's cross into his own net in the 90th minute. Other re­sults: Brighton 1 As­ton Villa 1, Nor­wich 1 Bournemout­h 0, Southamp­ton 2 Wolves 3, West Ham 1 Ever­ton 1.

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