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Sparkling Chelsea go top after City are held

  • Published at 07:49 pm November 5th, 2016
Sparkling Chelsea go top after City are held
Chelsea crushed Everton 5-0 on Saturday to storm to the top of the Premier League with a vintage display after Manchester City were held 1-1 at home by a last-minute goal from promoted Middlesbrough. It was the first time City had been knocked off the top all season. Chelsea's sparking performance sent them a point clear, although Arsenal and Liverpool will have an opportunity to overtake them by winning home games on Sunday. Successive losses to those teams in September raised questions about whether Antonio Conte's side were ready for a serious attempt to regain the title they lost last season. But Chelsea produced an irresistible performance with Belgian forward Eden Hazard scoring twice to inspire a fifth successive win without conceding a goal. Marcos Alonso, Diego Costa and Pedro completed Chelsea's biggest victory under Conte and sixth-placed Everton's heaviest defeat by far since Ronald Koeman became manager in the close-season. All had seemed well for City when Sergio Aguero scored his 150th goal for the club, converting Kevin de Bruyne's pass, to put them ahead just before halftime. [caption id="attachment_29115" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Britain Football Soccer - Manchester City v - Premier League - Etihad Stadium - 5/11/16 Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scores their first goal Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  Please contact your account representative for further details. Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scores their first goal against Middlesbrough Reuters[/caption] City, who beat Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday, had 19 goal attempts in a dominant first-half performance but failed to make their early dominance pay and were stunned when Boro's Martin de Roon headed home powerfully in the 91st minute.
"We did absolutely everything to win the game, controlled the game and in the last minute we concede a goal. It is a pity," City manager Pep Guardiola said.
He denied, though, that his side had suffered a hangover after their thrilling triumph over Barcelona. "Not really, we started amazing and played really good in the first half. We created six or seven chances and didn't score," Guardiola said. Sunderland, bottom of the table and without a win all season, fought back for a shock 2-1 victory at Bournemouth. Victor Anichebe equalised Dan Gosling's early goal for the home side and despite being under pressure with 10 men after midfielder Steven Pienaar was sent off for a second yellow card, the Black Cats claimed three points at last thanks to Jermain Defoe's penalty. It was the former England striker's sixth goal of the season. "It's been difficult but we showed great team spirit and character," Defoe told Sky Sports. "We got a bit of luck at the right time," added manager David Moyes, who had to watch the match from the stands after being dismissed from the dugout at Southampton last week. Crystal Palace suffered a fourth successive defeat, losing 3-2 at Burnley to a stoppage-time goal after fighting back from conceding two early goals. The home side scored twice in the opening quarter of an hour through Welsh international Sam Vokes and Iceland's Johann Berg Gudmundsson. [caption id="attachment_29117" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Britain Football Soccer - Burnley v  - Premier League - Turf Moor - 5/11/16 Burnley's Johann Berg Gudmundsson shoots at goal Action Images via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  Please contact your account representative for further details. Burnley's Johann Berg Gudmundsson shoots at goal against Crystal Palace Reuters[/caption] Substitute Connor Wickham pulled a goal back for the London side early in the second half and record signing Christian Benteke equalised with a penalty. Even after Ashley Barnes put Burnley back in front in added time, Palace's Andros Townsend hit the post in a dramatic finish. A fourth home win of the season sent promoted Burnley into ninth position and pushed Palace down two places into the bottom six. "It's fantastic to be ninth in the table for a club like Burnley," Burnley manager Sean Dyche said. "There are questions asked of us in the Premier League but we're enjoying the ride." Stoke City extended their unbeaten run to six games with a 1-1 draw at West Ham. Glenn Whelan's own goal gave the home side the lead but Bojan Krkic equalised to earn a point. Arsenal meet Tottenham in the north London derby between two of the top five on Sunday, when Liverpool host Watford and Manchester United visit Swansea City. RESULTS Chelsea 5 Hazard 19,56, Alonso 20, Costa 42, Pedro 65   Everton 0 West Ham United 1 Whelan 65(og)   Stoke City 1 Bojan 75 Burnley 3 Vokes 2, Gudmundsson 14, Barnes 90+4   Crystal Palace 2 Wickham 60, Benteke 81(pen) Manchester City 1 Aguero 43   Middlesbrough 1 de Roon 90+1 Bournemouth 1 Gosling 11   Sunderland 2 Anichebe 33, Defoe 74(pen) Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Chelsea 11 8 1 2 26 9 25 2 Manchester City 11 7 3 1 25 10 24 3 Arsenal 10 7 2 1 23 10 23 4 Liverpool 10 7 2 1 24 13 23 5 Tottenham Hotspur 10 5 5 0 14 5 20 6 Everton 11 5 3 3 15 13 18 7 Watford 10 4 3 3 14 13 15 8 Manchester United 10 4 3 3 13 12 15 9 Burnley 11 4 2 5 11 15 14 10 Southampton 10 3 4 3 11 10 13 11 Stoke City 11 3 4 4 13 18 13 12 Bournemouth 11 3 3 5 13 16 12 13 Leicester City 10 3 3 4 12 16 12 14 Middlesbrough 11 2 5 4 10 12 11 15 Crystal Palace 11 3 2 6 16 19 11 16 West Ham United 11 3 2 6 11 20 11 17 West Bromwich Albion 10 2 4 4 10 14 10 18 Hull City 10 2 1 7 8 23 7 19 Swansea City 10 1 2 7 9 18 5 20 Sunderland 11 1 2 8 9 21 5
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