The Washington Post Sunday

Man City rises from first loss, returns to first place



Facing opposition decked out in royal blue for the second week running, Manchester City avoided any surprises this time round.

After watching his side crash to its first English Premier League defeat at Chelsea last weekend, Pep Guardiola was looking for a positive reaction from City on Saturday, and the home team responded in style by defeating Everton, 3-1, at Etihad Stadium.

Gabriel Jesus chose the perfect occasion to score in the league for the first time since August when he grabbed a double, and Raheem Sterling, allegedly racially abused in the loss at Chelsea, ended a difficult week on a happy note when he wrapped up the victory with the third goal.

The win took City back to the top of the standings, two points ahead of second-place Liverpool ahead of that team’s game against rival Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.

“The players responded in a marvelous way,” Guardiola said after chalking up his 100th win for the club in all competitio­ns. “Everton are a top side. Today was tricky, a dangerous, dangerous game.”

SPAIN: Antoine Griezmann scored twice, including a late winner, after setting up Atletico Madrid’s opener to help the team earn a hard-fought, 3-2 victory at Valladolid and pull level on points with La Liga leader Barcelona.

Meanwhile, Luka Modric presented his Ballon d’Or award to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium crowd before Karim Benzema’s early goal led Real Madrid’s 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano.

GERMANY: Borussia Dortmund ground out a 2-1 home win over Werder Bremen to stretch its Bundesliga lead and take the honorary title of “autumn champion.”

On the three previous occasions Dortmund finished the first half of the season as leader — in 1994, 1995, 2010 — the team went on to win the league.

ITALY: Cristiano Ronaldo rediscover­ed his scoring touch by converting a penalty to help Juventus beat city rival Torino, 1-0, in a Serie A derby.

Ronaldo failed to score in his previous two matches, the first time that had happened since September. But he netted 20 minutes from time as Juventus moved 11 points clear of second-place Napoli, which visits Cagliari on Sunday.

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