City beat the Cherries, as the Saints hold United - Soccer Times

City beat the Cherries, as the Saints hold United


Saturday’s Premier League games in gameweek 14 saw Manchester City break clear at the top of the table, while Southampton held Manchester United in an entertaining encounter on the south coast. Here is what happened in Saturday’s biggest games:

Champions extend their lead at the top of the table

Reigning champions Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the table to five points with a 3-1 home win over Bournemouth.

City took just 16 minutes to take the lead, as Bernardo Silva fired home from 15 yards after Asmir Begovic had parried away Leroy Sane’s cross-cum-shot. However, the Cherries replied just before half time, as Callum Wilson headed home from a Simon Francis cross.

Raheem Sterling hit the post early in the second period but did get on the scoresheet on 57 minutes. The England international was on hand to score from a few yards out after Begovic had spilt a Danilo shot.

City sealed the points on 79 minutes, as Ilkay Gundogan score from close-range from a Leroy Sane cross. The win was deserved, but Bournemouth deserves credit for staying in the game for so long.

The Citizens are now five points clear of second place Liverpool, who play Everton in the Merseyside derby later today. Pep Guardiola’s team are still clear favourites to win the Premier League title. Bournemouth are now ninth place after four straight defeats in the Premier League.

United produce comeback to rescue a point from the south coast

Manchester United had to come back from two goals down to rescue a 2-2 draw against Southampton at St Marys in the late kick-off.

The home side took the lead on 13 minutes. Michael Obafemi found Stuart Armstrong and the midfielder fired past David de Gea into the far corner of the net. The Saints doubled their lead seven minutes later. Marcus Rashford fouled Mario Lemina and Portuguese international Cedric Soares struck the free-kick over the wall and into the top corner.

Romelu Lukaku halved the home sides lead on 33 minutes, latching on to Rashford’s through ball to fire home his first goal for the club since mid-September. Jose Mourinho’s team equalised six minutes later, as Ander Herrera flicked the ball past Alex McCarthy after a good pullback by Rashford.

United then looked to be in the ascendency, as Marouane Fellaini headed wide of goal and Luke Shaw missed the target from the edge of the area. However, it was Southampton who looked the more likely to find a winner in the latter stages of the contest.

Armstrong headed wide of goal, while David De Gea in the United goal was called into action by long-range strikes from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Nathan Redmond.

The draw means that the Saints have recorded just one win in 15 top-flight games. The team from the south coast are 18th place in the table. The Red Devils moved up to seventh place, behind sixth-place Everton courtesy of an inferior goal difference.

Saturday’s other Premier League results

Crystal Palace 2-0 Burnley

Huddersfield 1-2 Brighton

Leicester 2-0 Watford

Newcastle 0-3 West Ham

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