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Thursday , August 13 2020

Mane and Salah fire Liverpool top of EPL

Watford ease past Huddersfield, Newcastle winless start reaches 10 games

LIVERPOOL, Oct 27, (Agencies): Sadio Mane scored a brace of goals and Mohamed Salah continued his return to form as Liverpool moved to the summit of the Premier League with a comfortable 4-1 victory against lowly Cardiff City at Anfield on Saturday.

Salah ended any suggestion he was suffering a ‘goal drought’ when he converted from close range after Mane’s shot was parried in the ninth minute – his fourth goal in three matches.

Liverpool enjoyed 86 percent possession and had 12 shots in a commanding first half, the only surprise being that Juergen Klopp’s side did not add a second goal before the break.

It took until the 66th minute for Liverpool to add a second, with Mane wriggling through a couple of challenges before unleashing a fierce drive into the corner with his left foot.

Cardiff City set up a potentially nervy finish when Callum Paterson scored in the 77th minute, but Xherdan Shaqiri and Mane put the game to bed with late efforts.

Liverpool, still unbeaten and winners of eight of their 10 matches, have 26 points – three clear of champions Manchester City who will reclaim top spot if they beat Tottenham Hotspur on Monday evening.

Neil Warnock’s Cardiff side remain 17th with just five points from their opening 10 matches.

Watford 3, Huddersfield 0

Roberto Pereyra and Gerard Deulofeu were both on the scoresheet as Watford beat Huddersfield Town 3-0 in the Premier League on Saturday to leave their opponents still searching for a first victory of the season after 10 games.

Argentine Pereyra gave Watford the lead in the 10th minute at Vicarage Road when he picked the ball up near the left touchline and dribbled through a crowd of defenders before sliding it under goalkeeper Jonas Lossl from close range.

Deulofeu doubled Watford’s lead with another fine individual effort in the 19th minute, getting the better of two defenders as he cut inside from the right before sending a powerful shot across Lossl and into the far corner of the net.

Huddersfield almost found an immediate response but Ben Foster got his fingertips to Chris Lowe’s swerving shot from distance.

Deulofeu spurned a glorious chance to extend Watford’s lead five minutes after the restart when he shot narrowly wide after finding himself clean through on goal.

Lossl denied Will Hughes in the 60th minute after an intricate Watford passing move on the edge of the Huddersfield box, but Isaac Success added a third for Watford 10 minutes from time following a set-piece.

The defeat sent Huddersfield to the bottom of the standings, below Newcastle United on goal difference, while Watford stay in seventh place.

 Brighton 1, Wolves 0

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray bounced back with a poacher’s goal after being carried off on a stretcher a week ago to clinch a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in a pulsating Premier League clash on Saturday.

Murray, who suffered a concussion after a clash of heads in last week’s win over Newcastle United, netted his 100th goal for the south-coast club early in the second half to give Chris Hughton’s mid-table side their third 1-0 league win in a row.

Wolves’ Portuguese head coach Nuno Espirito Santo made a rare change to his starting lineup after last week’s loss to Watford. He brought in forward Adama Traore in place of Diogo Jota for the visitors, and they pummeled Brighton from the off.

Matt Doherty almost gave Wolves the lead in the 33rd minute but he curled his left-foot outside of the far post, and Brighton’s Shane Duffy went close with a trademark towering header towards the end of a scoreless first half.

The home side broke the deadlock three minutes into the second period, with Murray helping the ball on from a throw-in and then steering it deftly into the net when it was played back to him by full back Bruno. They are now in 11th spot.

Brighton keeper Matt Ryan was forced to pull off a string of fine saves as Wolves poured forward looking for an equalizer, and he managed to protect the lead and consign the ninth-placed Midlands side to their second league defeat in a row.

Fulham 0, Bournemouth 3

Fulham suffered their fourth consecutive Premier League loss and remain mired in the bottom three as a brace from Callum Wilson helped Bournemouth stay sixth with an impressive 3-0 victory at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

The away side opened the scoring from the penalty spot after 14 minutes when Wilson was brought down inside the area by Fulham defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

The Bournemouth striker picked himself up and made no mistake striking the ball past Fulham keeper Sergio Rico for his fourth Premier League goal of the season.

Fulham’s Denis Odoi wasted a golden chance to equalise when he headed the ball wide of the post just before halftime and Bournemouth made them pay as talented youngster David Brooks added the crucial second after 72 minutes.

It was a fantastic counter-attack from Eddie Howe’s side as Wilson’s challenge on the halfway line allowed Bournemouth to break clear and Ryan Wilson showed great awareness to release Brooks who slotted the ball through the legs of Rico.

Fulham’s Kevin McDonald was shown his second yellow card of the game in the 73rd minute for a foul on Brooks and the hosts’ misery was compounded when Wilson added his second of the game after 85 minutes when he raced onto a pass from Ryan Fraser and beat the keeper at his near post.

Newcastle 0, Saints 0

Newcastle climbed off the bottom of the Premier League despite extending its winless start to the season to 10 games after a 0-0 draw at Southampton on Saturday.

Rafa Benitez’s team continued to set unwanted club records for the poorest start to a campaign and it never looked likely to break its winning duck on the south coast.

But Newcastle was able to pick up a third point of the season – and go immediately above last-place Huddersfield – thanks to some determined defending, and wayward finishing from a Southampton team which is almost as poor.

Southampton has not scored in the league for more than a month but it had its chances against Newcastle.

Leicester City 1, West Ham 1

Leicester left it until the closing minutes to draw 1-1 at home to 10-man West Ham in Saturday’s late kick-off.

Fabian Balbuena gave the Hammers a 30th-minute lead but eight minutes later the London club saw captain Mark Noble shown a straight red card for a studs-up, sliding tackle on Wilfred Ndidi.

Leicester pressed for an equaliser against their mid-table rivals and it arrived a minute from time when Ndidi scored with a deflected shot.

Results/Standings

LONDON, Oct 27, (Agencies): British soccer results and standings after Saturday’s matches.

English Premier League

Watford                3  H’field             0

Liverpool              4  Cardiff             1

Fulham                0  Bournemouth      3

Saints                 0  Newcastle         0

Brighton               1  Wolves            0

Leicester              1   West Ham         1

Championship

M’boro                 1  Derby              1

West Brom            1  Blackburn         1

Preston                1  Rotherham         1

Bolton                 0  Hull                1

Swansea              2  Reading           0

Bristol                 0  Stoke              1

Sheff Utd              4  Wigan             2

Norwich               1  Brentford           0

Birmingham           3  Sheff Wed         1

Millwall                3  Ipswich            0

Leeds                 1  Nott Forest         1

League One

Accrington            1  Portsmouth        1

Rochdale              1  Charlton           0

Fleetwood             3  Blackpool         2

Barnsley              1  Bristol Rovers     0

Scunthorpe            1  Plymouth          4

Sunderland            3  Southend          0

Gillingham            4  Bradford           0

Coventry              2  Doncaster         1

Burton                 1  Peterborough      2

AFC Wimbledon      0  Luton              2

Walsall                3  Wycombe         2

Oxford Utd             3  Shrewsbury        0

Scottish Premiership

Kilmarnock            1  Hamilton           1

St Johnstone          2  St Mirren           0

English Premier League

                P   W   D   L   GF   GA   Pts

Liverpool     10    8    2    0   20     4   26

Man City      9    7    2    0   26     3   23

Chelsea       9    6    3    0   20     7   21

Arsenal        9    7    0    2   22    11   21

Tottenham     9    7    0    2   16     7   21

B’mouth      10    6    2    2   19    12   20

Watford      10    6    1    3   16    12   19

Everton        9    4    3    2   15    12   15

Wolves      10    4    3    3     9     9   15

Man Utd       9    4    2    3   15    16   14

Brighton      10    4    2    4   11    13   14

Leicester     10    4    1    5   16    16   13

WHU         10    2    2    6     6    15    8

Burnley        9    2    2    5   10    17    8

Palace        9    2    1    6     5    11    7

Saints        10    1    4    5     6    14    7

Cardiff        10    1    2    7     9    23    5

Fulham       10    1    2    7   11    28    5

Newcastle   10    0    3    7     6    14    3

H’field        10    0    3    7     4    21    3

Championship

                P   W   D   L   GF   GA   Pts

Sheff Utd     15    9    2    4   27    18   29

Leeds        15    7    6    2   26    12   27

M’boro       15    7    6    2   17     8   27

Norwich      15    8    3    4   20    17   27

WBA         15    7    4    4   33    23   25

Derby        15    7    4    4   22    16   25

Nott Forest   15    5    8    2   22    16   23

Swansea     15    6    5    4   17    11   23

Birmingham  15    5    8    2   19    14   23

QPR          15    7    2    6   15    19   23

Bristol        15    6    4    5   18    15   22

Blackburn    15    5    7    3   18    20   22

Stoke        15    5    5    5   19    20   20

Wigan        15    6    2    7   18    22   20

Sheff Wed   15    5    4    6   21    26   19

Brentford     15    4    6    5   23    20   18

Villa          15    4    6    5   22    23   18

Millwall      15    4    4    7   19    23   16

Bolton        15    4    4    7   11    20   16

Preston      15    3    5    7   24    29   14

Rotherham   15    3    5    7   11    21   14

Reading      15    3    3    9   19    25   12

Hull          15    3    3    9   12    21   12

Ipswich      15    1    6    8   11    25    9

League One

                P   W   D   L   GF   GA    Pt

Portsmouth  16   10    5    1   27    14   35

Peterborough 16   10    3    3   33    21   33

Sunderland  15    9    5    1   30    13   32

Barnsley     15    8    4    3   28    14   28

Luton         16    8    4    4   27    19   28

Accrington   16    7    6    3   20    18   27

Coventry     16    8    3    5   19    17   27

Doncaster    16    7    4    5   25    22   25

Walsall      15    7    4    4   18    19   25

Fleetwood    16    6    5    5   24    16   23

Southend    16    7    2    7   21    21   23

Blackpool    14    5    7    2   17    12   22

Charlton      15    6    4    5   22    20   22

Rochdale    16    5    4    7   22    31   19

Wycombe    16    4    6    6   22    24   18

Burton        15    5    3    7   19    21   18

Scunthorpe  16    4    5    7   23    34   17

Gillingham   15    4    3    8   23    28   15

Shrewsbury  16    3    6    7   14    19   15

Bristol Rovers 16    3    5    8   11    14   14

Oxford Utd   16    3    5    8   17    24   14

Plymouth    16    3    4    9   18    27   13

AFC          16    3    2  11   10    24   11

Bradford      16    3    1  12   12    30   10

Scottish Premiership

                P   W   D   L   GF   GA   Pts

Hearts        10    8    1    1   19     7   25

Kilmarnock  10    6    2    2   16    10   20

Celtic          9    6    1    2   17     6   19

Livingston     9    5    3    1   12     5   18

Rangers       9    5    2    2   22     9   17

Hibernian      9    5    2    2   21    10   17

St Johnstone 10    4    2    4   10    18   14

Aberdeen      9    3    3    3   10     9   12

Hamilton     10    2    1    7     8    21    7

Motherwell    9    1    2    6     8    18    5

St Mirren     10    1    1    8     5    21    4

Dundee      10    1    0    9     5    23    3

Note: Standings read as played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, against, points.

 

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