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Sane keeps up pro­lific form as Man City stay un­beaten

Bournemout­h end los­ing streak to climb up to sixth po­si­tion


Snubbed by Ger­many for the World Cup, Leroy Sane also had to deal with be­ing dropped en­tirely from Manch­ester City’s squad early in the Pre­mier League sea­son.

How quickly things have turned round for the fly­ing winger: Back in favour for club and coun­try, he can­not stop scor­ing.

Sane chested in City’s open­ing goal in a 2-1 win over Wat­ford on Tues­day, a sev­enth straight vic­tory in the Pre­mier League that left the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons five points clear. They are un­beaten af­ter 15 games of the 38-match cam­paign.

Since re­turn­ing in­ter­na­tional break from the where he scored in back-to-back games for Ger­many, Sane has net­ted three goals in three league matches for City. He has seven goals in his last 10 games com­bined for Ger­many and City.

In a pe­riod when City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola is heav­ily ro­tat­ing his squad, Sane re­mains a con­stant in the start­ing line-up — but it’s not just down to his su­perb form. With left back Ben­jamin Mendy likely out for an­other two months be­cause of a knee in­jury, Sane is the only other player to give City gen­uine width on that flank.

Scram­bled ef­fort

Riyad Mahrez swung in the cross for Sane’s 40th-minute goal, in which he im­pro­vised by us­ing his chest to di­rect the ball be­tween the legs of Wat­ford goal­keeper Ben Fos­ter. Then Mahrez, start­ing ahead of Ra­heem Ster­ling on the right wing, dou­bled the lead ■ af­ter con­vert­ing a cross from Gabriel Je­sus.

City weath­ered a late fight­back from Wat­ford, which re­duced the deficit in the 85th through Ab­doulaye Doucoure’s scram­bled ef­fort.

A first-half in­jury to star for­ward Marko Ar­nau­tovic was the last thing West Ham wanted in its match against Cardiff. It proved to be a game-changer in a way few of the home fans could have imag­ined.

Lu­cas Perez came on as the re­place­ment for Ar­nau­tovic in the 38th minute, and scored twice early in the sec­ond half

Tues­day’s matches: Pre­mier League

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to set West Ham on its way to a 3-1 win at the Olympic Sta­dium. Michail An­to­nio scored the other goal for the hosts.

The win moved West Ham into 12th place.

Cal­lum Wil­son and Ryan Fraser set each other up for goals as Bournemout­h ended their four-game los­ing streak in the league with a 2-1 win over Hud­der­s­field. It moved the small south-coast team above Manch­ester United into sixth place.

 ?? Reuters ?? Manch­ester City’s Leroy Sane scores the first goal to set up a 2-1 win against Wat­ford on Tues­day.
Reuters Manch­ester City’s Leroy Sane scores the first goal to set up a 2-1 win against Wat­ford on Tues­day.

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