Salah ex­tends Liver­pool lead as Arse­nal suf­fer Ham­mers blow

Liver­pool go seven points clear at the top, teenager Rice scores his first West Ham goal in a 1-0 win at home to Lon­don ri­vals Arse­nal

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Mo­hamed Salah’s sec­ond-half penalty was enough to give Premier League lead­ers Liver­pool a 1-0 win away to Brighton yes­ter­day that saw them go seven points clear at the top of the ta­ble.

Jur­gen Klopp’s men were en­dur­ing a frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon on the south coast un­til Egypt for­ward Salah con­verted a spot-kick af­ter be­ing brought down in the box by Pas­cal Gross at the Amex Sta­dium.

Sec­ond-placed reign­ing cham­pi­ons Manch­ester City, fresh from a 9-0 rout of Bur­ton Al­bion in the first leg of a League Cup semi-fi­nal, will look to close the gap at home to Wolves — who knocked Liver­pool out of the FA Cup — to­mor­row.

Yes­ter­day’s early kick-off saw teenage mid­fielder De­clan Rice score his first West Ham goal in a 1-0 win at home to Lon­don ri­vals Arse­nal.

Vic­tory, in front of a Lon­don Sta­dium record crowd of over 59,000, ce­mented the Ham­mers’ place in the top half of the ta­ble.

Rice’s 48th-minute strike saw the mid­fielder give him­self an early present ahead of his 20th birth­day to­mor­row.

West Ham’s Marko Ar­nau­tovic waved to home fans when sub­sti­tuted in the 71st minute which suggested the Aus­tria for­ward, linked with a move to the Chi­nese Su­per League, may have played his last game for the club.

“We will see what hap­pens in the next days,” Manuel Pel­le­grini, the Ham­mers man­ager, told Sky Sports when asked about the fu­ture of Ar­nau­tovic.

De­feat dented Arse­nal’s bid for Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball ahead of next week’s clash at home to Chelsea.

The fourth-placed Blues will be six points clear of the Gun­ners if they beat strug­glers New­cas­tle in Satur­day’s late kick-off at Stam­ford Bridge.

“This af­ter­noon is a bad re­sult for us,” said Arse­nal man­ager Unai Emery.

10-MAN SAINTS BEAT LE­ICES­TER

At the other end of the ta­ble, 10man Southamp­ton moved a point clear of the bot­tom three with a 2-1 win away to Le­ices­ter.

James Ward-Prowse’s penalty, awarded af­ter Nam­palys Mendy fouled Shane Long, gave the Saints an 11th-minute lead.

But the vis­i­tors found them­selves a man down when Yann Valery was shown a red card for a sec­ond book­able of­fence af­ter tug­ging the shirt of Marc Al­brighton.

Southamp­ton still dou­bled their lead just be­fore half-time when Long pounced on a mis­take by goal­keeper Kasper Sch­me­ichel.

The Foxes scored a sec­ond-half goal through Wil­fried Ndidi but it wasn’t enough and de­feat saw Le­ices­ter, man­aged by for­mer Saints boss Claude Puel, booed by their own fans come full-time at the King Power Sta­dium.

Ful­ham re­mained in the rel­e­ga­tion

zone af­ter a 2-1 loss to Burn­ley that saw them con­cede two own-goals in three min­utes at Turf Moor as the Clarets — who didn’t have a shot on tar­get — moved three points clear of the drop.

An­dre Schur­rle put Ful­ham ahead in just the sec­ond minute but Burn­ley equalised in the 20th minute through Joe Bryan’s own-goal and were soon in the lead when De­nis Odoi also put through his own net.

Craig Cath­cart scored at both ends as Wat­ford won 2-1 away to Crys­tal Palace in a match co­in­cid­ing with the sec­ond an­niver­sary of for­mer Hor­nets man­ager

Gra­ham Tay­lor’s death.

Wat­ford de­fender Cath­cart gave Palace, whose man­ager Roy Hodg­son is also a for­mer Eng­land boss, a 38th-minute lead with an own-goal.

But he equalised mid­way through the sec­ond half be­fore Tom Clev­er­ley’s vol­ley into the top cor­ner won the game for Wat­ford with 16 min­utes left.

Hud­der­s­field re­mained bot­tom of the ta­ble fol­low­ing a goal­less draw away to rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Cardiff.

Third-placed Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur face Manch­ester United at Wem­b­ley to­day when Ever­ton are at home to Bournemouth.

(Reuters)

Liver­pool’s Mo­hamed Salah (left) scores from the penalty spot dur­ing the English Premier League match against Brighton & Hove Al­bion in Brighton, Eng­land, yes­ter­day.

(Reuters)

West Ham’s De­clan Rice cel­e­brates af­ter the vic­tory over Arse­nal at the Lon­don Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

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