Title protection opens up as Chelsea ends Metropolis’s unbeaten begin

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LONDON (AP) — For 45 minutes Chelsea was below siege, pinned again in its personal half by Manchester Metropolis. With halftime approaching, Chelsea lastly managed a shot from an unlikely supply and broke by means of the impervious champions.

Simply when he gave the impression to be struggling to adapt to a extra superior attacking midfield position, N’Golo Kante obtained into house in entrance of purpose to be arrange by Eden Hazard and sweep the ball into the online.

So wasteful within the first half, Metropolis then allowed Chelsea to grab the initiative as its unbeaten begin to the Premier League title protection got here to an finish.

“Everybody needs to beat us,” Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola stated.

David Luiz made positive of that, heading in from Hazard’s nook within the 78th minute to seal Chelsea’s 2-Zero win on Saturday.

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“It was an awesome sport and we’ve got to be trustworthy enjoying in opposition to the perfect workforce in Europe or the world in the mean time,” Luiz stated. “They’ve nice gamers, so we had plenty of humility and tried to take our possibilities to attain, so we did our plan nicely.”

Not solely did Metropolis lose for the primary time within the league this season but it surely additionally misplaced high spot to Liverpool, which moved a degree forward after Mohamed Salah’s hat trick impressed a 4-Zero victory at Bournemouth.

Chelsea nonetheless has plenty of work to do to maneuver again into rivalry. Having misplaced two of its final three league video games earlier than the go to of Metropolis, Maurizio Sarri’s fourth-placed aspect is eight factors behind Liverpool. Tottenham remained two factors forward of Chelsea in third place however solely six factors from high spot after profitable 2-Zero at Leicester.

UNITED REBOUNDS

The go to of last-placed Fulham allowed Manchester United to finish a four-match winless run as Jose Mourinho’s aspect claimed a 4-1 victory.

Ashley Younger struck into the highest nook to place United forward within the 13th minute, Juan Mata slotted in from Marcus Rashford’s cutback within the 28th and Romelu Lukaku ended his 997-minute look ahead to a purpose at Previous Trafford within the 42nd.

Substitute Aboubakar Kamara’s penalty lowered the deficit from the spot however Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s sending off within the 68th was adopted by Marcus Rashford netting for United within the 82nd.

The title stays removed from United’s ideas, with Liverpool 16 factors forward.

SALAH TREBLE

For the primary time this season, Salah scored greater than as soon as in a league sport. It’s a reminder of how the ahead received the Golden Boot final season.

At Bournemouth, Salah broke the impasse within the 25th minute when he responded to a parried shot. The Egyptian stayed on his ft below a problem from Steve Prepare dinner earlier than drilling dwelling in fashion, earlier than netting three minutes into the second half.

Prepare dinner one way or the other back-heeled previous his personal goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic, when making an attempt to clear Andy Robertson’s cross. A mazy dribble preceded Salah finishing his hat trick within the 77th.

GAMBLE PAYS OFF

With Tottenham enjoying at Barcelona within the Champions League on Tuesday, Mauricio Pochettino gave Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen some relaxation by beginning them on the bench at Leicester.

It paid off, because of the contribution of Son Heung-min.

The South Korean struck the opener from long-range on the stroke of halftime after which supplied a cross for Dele Alli to go within the second within the 58th minute.

ARSENAL ADVANCES

Lucas Torreira acrobatically volleyed into the underside left nook within the 83rd minute as Arsenal beat Huddersfield 1-Zero to increase its club-record unbeaten run to 21 matches in all competitions. Arsenal remained fifth, behind Chelsea on purpose distinction.

LOSING START

Ralph Hasenhuettl made his presence felt at Southampton with six modifications from the aspect that misplaced to Tottenham on Wednesday.

Nevertheless it was a well-known shedding story for Mark Hughes’ successor.

Hasenhuettl’s first sport in cost was spoiled by Callum Paterson pouncing on a poor again move to attain within the 74th minute for Cardiff.

WEST HAM FIGHTBACK

Crystal Palace has just one win in 11 league video games after conceding the result in lose 3-2 to West Ham in a London derby.

Robert Snodgrass, Felipe Anderson and Javier Hernandez scored for West Ham.

BURNLEY BOUNCES BACK

Burnley registered its first win in 9 league matches. Jack Cork hit a shot and the ball went in off James Tarkowski’s chest to offer Burnley a 1-Zero victory over Brighton.

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