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Paul Pogba spearheaded a sensational Manchester United comeback to deny Manchester City a chance to win the Premier League title in a 3-2 win on Saturday.
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It was a dramatic game of two halves on Saturday afternoon as Manchester United went down by two goals in the first half but rebounded with three goals of their own to deny Manchester City the opportunity of winning this year’s Premier League title at the Etihad.

In the Merseyside derby, Liverpool failed to strengthen their grip on the third spot as they played to a drab goalless tie with Everton.  Game in hand Tottenham Spurs took a big step towards the third spot held by Liverpool with victory at relegation threatened Stoke, Newcastle distanced themselves further from the relegation places with a surprising 1-2 win over Leicester, and Burnley fought back from a goal down to beat Watford with two goals in three minutes.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Bottommost West Brom ended their eight-game losing run by drawing with Swansea, Huddersfield earned a crucial point at Brighton to keep their relegation hopes alive, and relegation wary Crystal Palace were denied the full 3points by a late equalizer from Bournemouth’s Joshua King.

And on Sunday West Ham picked up a valuable point following a 1-1 tie with Chelsea, while Arsenal overcame relegation threatened Southampton by three goals to two.

Sunday

Chelsea 1-1 West Ham

Javier Hernandez's second-half strike cancelled out Cesar Azpilicueta's opener as West Ham secure a valuable point with a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea, who paid heartfelt tribute to their late captain Ray Wilkins before and during the game, dominated the opening 45 minutes and were deservedly ahead when Azpilicueta tapped home from close range in the 36th minute.

Antonio Conte's side's dominance continued after the break but the second goal never came as West Ham stayed in the game, and they were rewarded when substitute Hernandez (73) snatched a point for the visitors.

The draw sees David Moyes' side move six points clear of the relegation zone, while Chelsea are 10 points behind Tottenham in the race for fourth with six games remaining.


Arsenal 3-2 Southampton

Danny Welbeck scored twice as Arsenal recovered from a series of setbacks to claim a 3-2 victory over Southampton and keep Mark Hughes' side deep in relegation trouble.

Charlie Austin looked to have earned a hard-fought point when he equalised (73) with only his second touch from the bench, but Welbeck scored his second of the game just eight minutes later and the header proved decisive.

The result was tough on a Saints side that had punished a defensive mix-up to take a surprise lead through Shane Long (17), before further first-half goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (28) and Welbeck (38) wrestled the contest back in Arsenal's favour.

Arsenal remained sixth with the tie but moved 3points closer to 5th placed Chelsea.

 

Saturday

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Everton's search for a Merseyside derby win extended to 17 games as they played out a 0-0 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.

Both Jordan Pickford and Loris Karius produced brilliant saves to keep the scores level in the first half, with Dominic Solanke, James Milner and Yannick Bolasie all denied.

Everton missed two glorious chances late on through Seamus Coleman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and in the end Liverpool were holding on for a point. The result means Liverpool stay in third in the Premier League, while Everton are ninth.

Watford 1-2 Burnley FC

Sam Vokes' goal 22 seconds after coming on inspired Burnley to a 2-1 turnaround win at Watford.

Vokes was presented with the perfect opening when Adrian Mariappa nodded Ashley Westwood's free-kick towards his own goal, cancelling out Roberto Pereyra's opener when he slotted in a loose ball nine minutes earlier (61).

The Hornets had dominated both the game and the chances at Vicarage Road up to that point, but were stunned when Kevin Long headed another Westwood delivery back across goal, where Jack Cork nodded in (73) despite Orestis Karnezis' impressive palm away, which was adjudged to have been behind the line.

The Clarets' win is their fourth straight top-flight victory, a feat they last achieved in 1968, while Watford have lost when scoring first for the fourth time this season.

West Brom 1-1 Swansea

Tammy Abraham denied managerless West Brom a first Premier League win since January as Swansea battled to a 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

Jay Rodriguez broke the deadlock in the 54th minute for bottom club West Brom, who were playing under caretaker manager Darren Moore after Alan Pardew left by mutual consent on Monday.

However, the Baggies' winless run was extended to 10 league games when Abraham met Sam Clucas' corner (75), in what was the forward's first league goal since October.

A first point in nine games leaves West Brom 10 points from safety, while Swansea remain in 15th,

Leicester 1-2 Newcastle

A goal in each half was enough to earn Newcastle a 2-1 victory at Leicester to move 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

Newcastle were by far the better side in the first half, and deservedly took the lead 18 minutes in through Jonjo Shelvey - his first Premier League goal for Newcastle.

With Leicester pressing for an equaliser, Newcastle caught the hosts cold on the counter with Ayoze Perez making it two, with a helping hand from Leicester's defenders, in the 75th minute.

Jamie Vardy's goal, six minutes from time made for a nervy ending, but Newcastle held on to record their third win in a row, to move up to 10th and within touching distance of safety. Leicester stay eighth.

Stoke City 1-2 Tottenham

Christian Eriksen's double left Stoke deep in relegation trouble as Tottenham won 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.

The Dane stroked home the opener seven minutes after half-time and his free-kick on 63 minutes proved to be the winner, even though Harry Kane claimed he got the final touch on its way past Jack Butland.

In between those goals, Mame Biram Diouf had equalised for Stoke (57), capitalising on a mistake from Hugo Lloris before stroking into an unguarded net.

The win sees Tottenham move level on points with Liverpool, but they remain in fourth place on goal difference, while Stoke remain in 19th and are four points from safety with five games to play.

Brighton 1-1 Huddersfield

Huddersfield missed the chance to create breathing space between themselves and their relegation rivals as they were held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Brighton.

The Seagulls took the lead on 29 minutes after Solly March's left-footed shot hit the post and trickled over the line via Jonas Lossl's arm. But Huddersfield responded immediately, courtesy of a woeful attempted back-pass from Shane Duffy, with Steve Mounie making no mistake to compound the error with a cool finish having rounded Mat Ryan.

Davy Propper was shown a straight red card following a late challenge on Jonathan Hogg (74), and both teams had their opportunities to go on and seal all three points in the second half, but there remains a three-point gap between them in the fight for Premier League survival. Brighton remain 13th  with Huddersfield in 16th.

Bournemouth 2-2 Crystal Palace

Josh King's 89th-minute strike salvaged a point for Bournemouth as they came from behind twice to draw 2-2 against Crystal Palace at the Vitality Stadium.

After a goalless first half, Crystal Palace took the lead just two minutes into the second half as Luka Milivojevic whipped a wonderful free-kick into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Bournemouth struck back through Lys Mousset's effort, before Wilfried Zaha restored Palace's one-goal advantage with a moment of individual brilliance. But Bournemouth rescued a point in the final stages as King prodded in from close range from a corner to leave Palace ruing more dropped points. Palace has the 17th spot on 31points and Bournemouth the 11th on 38.

Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United

Paul Pogba spearheaded a sensational Manchester United comeback to deny Manchester City a chance to win the Premier League title in a 3-2 win on Saturday.

City knew a win would be enough for their third Premier League title and goals from Vincent Kompany (25) and Ilkay Gundogan (30) looked to have sealed the deal.

Pep Guardiola then watched his team waste numerous chances with Raheem Sterling particularly culpable and Pogba, who was offered to Manchester City in January according to Guardiola, put the champagne on ice with a quick-fire double just after half-time (53, 55) before Chris Smalling (69) completed a miraculous comeback.

In a quite pulsating game that produced nine yellow cards, tempers boiled over late on with City being denied what seemed a clear penalty for a dangerous tackle from Ashley Young on Sergio Aguero and David de Gea produced a world-class save to deny the Argentine striker.

The result still leaves Guardiola's men in pole position for the title as they require just six points from their remaining six games (if United keep winning) - four of which come against relegation-threatened teams. This means they cannot secure the title at Wembley against Tottenham next.

Sunday

Arsenal 3-2 Southampton

Chelsea 1-1 West Ham

 

 

Game day reports from BBC and skysports were used in this compilation.

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