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City ease past Sunderland, Spurs edge Everton

  • Published at 06:31 pm March 5th, 2017
City ease past Sunderland, Spurs edge Everton
Sergio Aguero's close-range effort separated the sides at halftime and Leroy Sane gave City breathing space with a fine finish just before the hour mark at the Stadium of Light. City remain third with 55 points from 26 games, eight behind Chelsea who are at West Ham United on Monday. Tottenham Hotspur, who have played a game more, are second with 56 points. Sunderland had done a decent job at containing City and Jermain Defoe struck the post but Pep Guardiola's side went ahead after 42 minutes when Aguero nipped in to dink Raheem Sterling's cross into the net. Sane effectively sealed a fourth consecutive league win for City when he fired home after being played in by David Silva. Sunderland offered little threat after that and remain bottom with only 19 points - six adrift of safety. Earlier at White Hart Lane, Tottenham beat Everton 3-2. Kane went to the top of the Premier League scoring charts with a goal in each half to take his tally for the season to 19 - one more than Everton's Romelu Lukaku whose 80th-minute goal sparked a lively finale. Second-placed Tottenham's ninth consecutive home league victory took them to 56 points from 27 games. Tottenham's fans ironically sang: "He's just a one-season wonder" as England striker Kane made it 14 goals since the turn of the year in all competitions, a burst that included two hat-tricks in his last three appearances. Despite Kane's marksmanship, it still needed a crafty stoppage-time goal from Dele Alli to make sure of the points, with Enner Valencia stabbing in an even later consolation for Everton whose nine-game unbeaten league run was ended. A sizeable chunk is missing from the corner of the ground where Tottenham's new 61,000-seat stadium is rising, but Mauricio Pochettino's side have made White Hart Lane a fortress. With 35 points from a possible 39 at home before kickoff there was a confidence about Tottenham's play but they were kept quiet for 20 minutes by a tenacious Everton. [caption id="attachment_50678" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane nets one of his two goals against Everton at White Hart Lane REUTERS[/caption] Then, Kane took matters into his own hands. There looked to be no real danger when he received the ball midway inside Everton's half but he advanced into space before unleashing a ferocious 25-metre drive that flashed past the diving Joel Robles. Kane almost struck again a minute later when he danced inside Leighton Baines but saw his shot stopped by Robles with Christian Eriksen blazing the rebound over. Eriksen fired another effort wide and Victor Wanyama's shot struck a post as Tottenham marauded forward. There was a calm authority about Tottenham's play and they doubled their lead in the 56th minute when Everton's Morgan Schneiderlin was harried into losing the ball and Alli's pass released Kane to shoot under Robles. Kane looked poised to score a hat-trick for the third successive Sunday when Kyle Walker nodded into his path but Robles blocked his shot with the offside flag up anyway. Tottenham were cruising until Lukaku showed there were two lethal strikers on the pitch, to put Everton back in the game. Taking advantage of a stumble by the otherwise impressive Jan Vertonghen, the Belgian burst forward and beat Hugo Lloris with a low shot for his 18th league goal of the season. Tottenham's nerves were eased when Alli touched in a clever free kick by Harry Winks before a lapse by Eric Dier allowed Valencia to touch in from close range. RESULTS Tottenham 3 (Kane 20, 56, Alli 90+2) Everton 2 (Lukaku 81, Valencia 90+3) Sunderland 0 Man City 2 (Aguero 42, Sane 59)   POINTS TABLE Teams P W D L GD Pts Chelsea 26 20 3 3 36 63 Tottenham 27 16 8 3 33 56 Man City 26 17 4 5 24 55 Liverpool 27 15 7 5 24 52 Arsenal 26 15 5 6 24 50 Man Utd 26 13 10 3 17 49
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