Liverpool top after Chelsea inflict Man City’s first league defeat

first_imgSteve Cook’s own goal then made it 3-0 before Salah sealed his hat-trick by remaining remarkably cool to dribble past Begovic twice before prodding home.“What Mo did around his two goals in the second half was just exceptional,” said Klopp. “I don’t know at the moment a lot of players who would have scored these two goals.”– Man Utd up to sixth –United ended a four-game winless run in the league with a comfortable victory over bottom club Fulham.Jose Mourinho left Paul Pogba on the bench again as he rang the changes, and three of those brought in — Ashley Young, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku — scored in the first half.“We were strong, aggressive and intense,” said a happy Mourinho. “At times it was beautiful football. The first half was perfect.”Aboubakar Kamara’s penalty pulled a goal back for Fulham, but any hope of a fightback from the visitors was ended by a red card for Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Marcus Rashford added a fourth for the hosts.Tottenham remain ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal in third courtesy of a 2-0 win at Leicester.Mauricio Pochettino could even afford the luxury of leaving Harry Kane on the bench ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Champions League visit to Barcelona as Son Heung-min and Dele Alli struck for Spurs either side of half-time.Arsenal extended their unbeaten run to 21 games but left it late to beat lowly Huddersfield 1-0 thanks to Lucas Torreira’s bicycle kick seven minutes from time. Kante goal, emphatic win. PHOTO @chelseafcLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea inflicted champions Manchester City’s first Premier League defeat of the season with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge that allowed Liverpool to go top of the table on Saturday.N’Golo Kante and David Luiz were on target for Maurizio Sarri’s men as City paid for failing to take advantage of their first-half dominance.“I am very happy with the win because it is not very easy to win against Manchester City or Pep Guardiola,” said Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.Liverpool now lead City by a point after Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick secured an impressive 4-0 win at Bournemouth.City had looked imperious in recent weeks, winning their previous seven Premier League games, and started in the same vein.However, Pep Guardiola’s men missed the injured Sergio Aguero up front as Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane wasted early chances.“Chelsea are a good team, good players but in the first half it was incredible, we were exceptional,” said Guardiola.“In general we were fantastic. I don’t have any regrets, we came and showed we wanted to win.“We created chances. They had one in 44 minutes and we conceded a goal, sometimes that happens.”Chelsea had barely been in the City half before taking the lead approaching the break, when Eden Hazard teed up Kante to fire into the roof of the net.However, it was the hosts who enjoyed the better of the second period and sealed a huge victory 12 minutes from time when Luiz’s looping header from Hazard’s corner dipped in via the crossbar.“It is difficult for us to find motivation but when we are (motivated), we are a very strong team,” added Sarri.“Today we played with a very good level of application, determination and the right level of aggressiveness.”– Salah back to his best –Salah had been rested from the start for Wednesday’s 3-1 win at Burnley that kept Jurgen Klopp’s men on City’s coat-tails, and the Egyptian looked to have benefited from a break as he looked more like the player who netted 44 goals in an incredible debut season at Anfield.The visitors were slightly fortunate to take the lead on 25 minutes when Asmir Begovic fumbled Roberto Firmino’s long-range shot and Salah’s follow-up effort was allowed to stand despite him appearing to be marginally offside.Salah made the game safe by showing determination to stay on his feet despite being fouled before finding the bottom corner early in the second half. Ralph Hasenhuttl got off to a terrible start as Southampton manager as Callum Paterson scored the only goal in a 1-0 win to move Cardiff three points clear of the bottom three and leave Saints level on nine points with Fulham.Burnley also moved out of the drop zone by beating Brighton 1-0 to win for the first time in nine games, while West Ham’s third straight win — 3-2 over Crystal Palace — moved them into the top half.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Watch: An incensed Balotelli kicks the ball straight at racist fans before storming off…

first_imgImage Courtesy: EPA/Serie AAdvertisement r4lb7NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ema6l( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) pyrWould you ever consider trying this?😱i54kCan your students do this? 🌚i6jmRoller skating! Powered by Firework Serie A has always been a place of regular racial abuse, and Mario Balotelli has always been a regular victim. Opposition fans have thrown monkey chants at the Brescia forward numerous times, and the recent slurs in the game against Hellas Verona pushed him enough to walk off the pitch. But, he gave a rigid reply to the racist supporters with a late minute screamer!Advertisement Image Courtesy: EPA/Serie AYesterday’s match at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi in Verona saw the home fans jeering at the Italian international. By the 53rd minute, the supporters were hoarding up whistles and monkey chants towards Balotelli, as the forward picked up the ball mid game and kicked it towards the stands, before deciding to leave the match. Here’s a clip of the incident below, tweeted by Yahoo Sports writer Henry Bushnell.However, the support team and players from both sides came forward to console a vexed Balotelli, as match referee Maurizio Mariani halted the game for four minutes to announce against the jeering.The 29 year old resumed the match,  and in the 85th minute scored an absolute striking out of the box goal. Befetting reply in the face of racism. Enjoy the goal below, courtesy to Serie A’s official YouTube channel.Despite Balotelli’s stunner, La Leonessa couldn’t manage a late equalizer, as the Gialloblu were already leading by 2 goals, as Eddie Salcedo Matteo Pessina netted in the 50th and 81st minute for the hosts. Advertisementlast_img read more