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Mane sparks Liverpool as Arsenal, Man United rise

  • Published at 08:09 pm February 11th, 2017
Mane sparks Liverpool as Arsenal, Man United rise
Senegalese flier Mane netted twice in three first-half minutes as Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool claimed a first league win of 2017 at the sixth attempt and ended Spurs' nine-game unbeaten run. Liverpool moved back into the top four, above Manchester City, who visit Bournemouth on Monday, and Manchester United, who briefly climbed above them after beating Watford 2-0. Tottenham remain second, but they are now level on points with Arsenal after Alexis Sanchez scored twice to earn Arsene Wenger's side a much-needed 2-0 victory over Hull City. Spurs' setback means Chelsea can move 12 points clear at the summit if they win at Burnley on Sunday. While the title seems destined for Stamford Bridge, the battle for positions below Chelsea could not be more tight, with two points separating Spurs in second and United in sixth. Liverpool badly missed Mane during his time at the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal and he gave a dazzling display of his qualities with two goals in the first 18 minutes at Anfield. For the first goal, in the 16th minute, he raced onto Georginio Wijnaldum's pass before lifting a shot past Hugo Lloris. Two minutes later he made it 2-0 with his 11th goal of the season, sparking a raid on the Spurs box by robbing Eric Dier and then slamming in after Lloris had saved from Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino. At the Emirates Stadium, Sanchez brought the under-fire Wenger some breathing space as Arsenal overcame third-bottom Hull. [caption id="attachment_46208" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez scores their second goal from the penalty spot against Hull City Reuters [/caption] The Chilean forward contentiously scored with his hand in the 34th minute and netted a stoppage-time penalty after Sam Clucas had been sent off for handball to take his tally for the campaign to 17 goals. It got Arsenal back to winning ways following successive defeats by Watford and Chelsea and left them in third place, nine points behind Chelsea. Wenger dismissed a claim by former Arsenal striker Ian Wright that he had admitted his time at the club was coming to an end.   United closed to within a point of the Champions League places by beating Watford, Anthony Martial marking his return to the starting XI by scoring and setting up the opener for Juan Mata. Jose Mourinho's side have now gone 16 league games unbeaten and while they remain sixth, they are just a point below both Liverpool and City. [caption id="attachment_46209" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Manchester United's Anthony Martial has his shot deflected by Watford's Sebastian Prodl Reuters [/caption] "Martial deserves the chance," Mourinho told the BBC. "He has worked harder than ever in the last two weeks in the way I like: silence, but hard." He added: "In the first half the football was fabulous. When I got the job, they were saying at Manchester United you need to play football in a certain way and I agree." Seventh-place Everton squandered a chance to close on the teams above them after being held to a 0-0 draw at sixth-bottom Middlesbrough. Sunderland remain bottom of the table after Southampton's new Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini scored a slick brace in a 4-0 win at the Stadium of Light. [caption id="attachment_46210" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Southampton's Manolo Gabbiadini celebrates scoring their second goal against Sunderland Reuters[/caption] Jason Denayer also put through his own goal before Shane Long completed the scoring in added time. Second-bottom Crystal Palace were also beaten, Joe Allen scoring in the second half to give Stoke City a 1-0 win that saw Mark Hughes's team climb to ninth. Gareth McAuley was credited with a stoppage-time equaliser for West Bromwich Albion in a 2-2 draw at West Ham United. After Nacer Chadli put West Brom ahead in the fifth minute, West Ham hit back through Sofiane Feghouli and Manuel Lanzini, only for McAuley to get a decisive touch to Jonny Evans's header at the death. RESULTS: Liverpool 2 Mane 16,18   Tottenham Hotspur 0 West Ham United 2 Feghouli 63, Lanzini 86  West Bromwich Albion 2 Chadli 6, McAuley 90+3 Manchester United 2  Mata 32, Martial 60   Watford 0 Middlesbrough 0  Everton 0 Stoke City 1 Allen 67  Crystal Palace 0 Sunderland 0  Southampton 4  Gabbiadini 30,45, Denayer 88(og), Long 90+2 Arsenal 2 Sanchez 34,90+3(pen)  Hull City 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Chelsea 24 19 2 3 51 17 59 2 Tottenham Hotspur 25 14 8 3 46 18 50 3 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 54 28 50 4 Liverpool 25 14 7 4 54 30 49 5 Manchester City 24 15 4 5 49 29 49 6 Manchester United 25 13 9 3 38 21 48 7 Everton 25 11 8 6 40 27 41 8 West Bromwich Albion 25 10 7 8 34 31 37 9 Stoke City 25 8 8 9 30 36 32 10 West Ham United 25 9 5 11 34 43 32 11 Southampton 25 8 6 11 28 31 30 12 Watford 25 8 6 11 29 42 30 13 Burnley 24 9 2 13 26 35 29 14 Bournemouth 24 7 5 12 35 47 26 15 Middlesbrough 25 4 10 11 19 27 22 16 Leicester City 24 5 6 13 24 41 21 17 Swansea City 24 6 3 15 29 54 21 18 Hull City 25 5 5 15 22 49 20 19 Crystal Palace 25 5 4 16 32 46 19 20 Sunderland 25 5 4 16 24 46 19
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