Sterling Fires Brace As City Thrash Spurs To Go 14 Points Clear
Manchester City emphatically underlined their complete dominance of the Premier League on Saturday as they beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 to go 14 points clear at the top of the table.
Ilkay Gundogan put Pep Guardiola’s side ahead with a 14th-minute header from a Leroy Sane corner and while Spurs had their moments, City ran away with it in the second half. Kevin De Bruyne blasted in the second in the 70th minute and five minutes later, City missed a penalty when Gabriel Jesus struck the post.
The third came 10 minutes from the end when Raheem Sterling tapped in from close range and the England forward added a fourth after a mistake from Eric Dier left him to cheekily round Hugo Lloris and slot home.
Christian Eriksen scored an injury-time consolation for Spurs with a fine solo effort. Earlier, a blistering first-half volley by Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal a 1-0 home win over Newcastle United.
Germany midfielder Ozil unleashed an unstoppable shot past visiting goalkeeper Rob Elliot in the 23rd minute as Arsenal celebrated their 10th successive top-flight win over Newcastle, who have now taken one point from their last nine league games.
Alexis Sanchez had a shot blocked by a visiting defender and following an aerial duel, the ball fell kindly to Ozil who showed a touch of class to smash his effort into the top corner. Arsenal’s first league win in four games pleased their manager Arsene Wenger, who singled out Ozil and talented 20-year old left back Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who produced another fine performance for the Gunners.
Chelsea registered a 1-0 win over Southampton at Stamford Bridge, thanks to a Marcos Alonso goal. Alonso scored the only goal of the game by curling a long-range free-kick past goalkeeper Fraser Forster and into the bottom corner in the third minute of first-half injury time. Chelsea dominated the match for long periods and would have won by a greater margin had Forster not made a string of impressive saves.
In another match, Leicester City had midfielder Wilfred Ndidi sent off as they crashed to their worst defeat of the season, losing 0-3 at home to Crystal Palace. As good as they were on Wednesday when they won at Southampton in emphatic style, Claude Puel’s men were poor against Palace.
They claimed their first goals and away win of the season from Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha in the first half, and substitute Bakary Sako wrapped up the win in the last minute of added time.