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Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure points to the sky after scoring what proved to be a consolation goal for the Hornets.

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Elsewhere on the day, Southampton picked up a crucial lone goal win over Brighton to keep their survival hopes alive, not to be outdone, Burnley boosted their survival hopes with a 2-0 win over Wolves, and ...
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The English Premier League returned from the international break today with leaders, Manchester City, turning up the pressure on closest title contenders, Liverpool, to win against Tottenham Spurs on Sunday, following a 2-0 win over Fulham.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his reign as permanent manager at United start out with a labored win over Watford that vaulted his side into the fourth spot, Leicester City continued their impressive start under Brendan Rodgers with a comfortable 2-0 win over Bournemouth, and Huddersfield Town confirmed their exit from the Premier League following a 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace

Elsewhere on the day, Southampton picked up a crucial lone goal win over Brighton to keep their survival hopes alive, not to be outdone, Burnley boosted their survival hopes with a 2-0 win over Wolves, and Everton took advantage of a "complete disaster" of a performance from West Ham to cruise to a 2-0 victory.

And on Sunday, Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld's late own goal gave Liverpool a priceless victory that saw them stay the course for the Premier League title as they reclaimed the top spot from Manchester City who have a game in hand. And Chelsea staged a remarkable late revival to snatch a controversial victory at relegation-threatened Cardiff City.

Arsenal strengthened their bid for a top four finish with a 2-0 win over Newcastle that saw them climb above Tottenham into third on 63points, two better than the Spurs, who lost to Liverpool on Sunday.

2019 EPL week32 standings

Monday

Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle

Arsenal seized the initiative in the race for the top four as a 2-0 victory over Newcastle on Monday Night Football lifted them above Tottenham and Man Utd into third in the Premier League.

Goals in either half from Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette secured a deserved win which saw Unai Emery's side equal last season's points total under Arsene Wenger with seven games to spare.

The scoreline was generous on Newcastle, who registered just a single effort on target and were indebted to goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, who kept the Gunners at bay with a string of saves.

A 10th successive home league victory - the first time Arsenal have achieved this May 1998 - moves them two points above Spurs and United and into pole position to secure qualification for the Champions League.

Sunday

Ruben Loftus-Cheek headed home in stoppage time as Chelsea escaped South Wales with a controversial 2-1 win over Cardiff.

 

Loftus-Cheek, on as a second-half substitute, steered his header into the corner of the net from Willian's cross (90+1) to seal Chelsea's comeback after Cesar Azpilicueta's header from an offside position had cancelled out Victor Camarasa's fine opener.

Cardiff, who also saw two good penalty shouts turned down, had looked set for a precious three points in their fight against relegation when Camarasa clipped a fine first-time effort past Kepa Arrizabalaga on 46 minutes, prompting boos and jeers from the visiting fans towards Maurizio Sarri.

But Azpilicueta, two yards offside when Marcos Alonso flicked the ball into his path, levelled on 84 minutes and after Antonio Rudiger was fortunate to escape a red card for hauling down Kenneth Zohore, it was left to Loftus-Cheek to leave Cardiff boss Neil Warnock fuming on the touchline.

The result lifts Chelsea to within a point of the top four, with Cardiff five points adrift of safety, albeit with a game in hand on Burnley.

Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Spurs

Toby Alderweireld's last-gasp own goal gave Liverpool a huge 2-1 victory over Tottenham as they returned back to the top of the Premier League on Super Sunday.

The Spurs defender nudged the ball over the line after Hugo Lloris had parried Mo Salah's header into his path (90), meaning that with six games remaining Liverpool lead Manchester City by two points, though Pep Guardiola's side do have a game in hand.

Liverpool took the lead through Roberto Firmino's glancing header (16) from Andrew Robertson's superb delivery, but Spurs levelled controversially with 20 minutes left through Lucas Moura's tap in, though replays were inconclusive as to whether the ball was in motion from Harry Kane's free-kick to start the move.

Spurs should have score a second late on as Moussa Sissoko blazed over having found himself through, before Anfield went wild with the sloppy winner on 90 minutes. Spurs remain third on 61 points, same number of points as Manchester United.

 

Saturday

Fulham 0-2 Manchester City

Manchester City moved to the top of the Premier League until Sunday evening at least with a 2-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday.

City shot 18 times in the first half, the most by any Premier League away team in a first half this season, and were successful with two; man-of-the-match Bernardo Silva's low effort from 20 yards (5) put them ahead, before Sergio Aguero's dinked finish from an angle doubled the advantage (27).

There was a slight concern as Aguero was taken off with what looked like a minor knock before the hour mark as City prepare for a heavy run of fixtures, though Pep Guardiola said after the match it was a precaution and he will be assessed on Sunday. It stayed 2-0 as Fulham remain 19th, 13 points off safety with just six games remaining.

Brighton 0-1 Southampton

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored the only goal of a tense encounter as Southampton beat Brighton 1-0.

Hojbjerg calmly slotted the ball past Mat Ryan in the 53rd minute following a quick Southampton counter-attack.

Brighton almost equalised through Martin Montoya in the 72nd minute, but his sweetly-struck effort from the edge of the box smashed off the crossbar to deny him his first goal for the club.

Southampton's third win in their last four league matches moves them up into 16th on 33 points, level with 15th-placed Brighton.

Burnley 2-0 Wolves

Burnley boosted their Premier League survival hopes with a hard-fought 2-0 win over a lacklustre Wolves at Turf Moor on Saturday.

The hosts made a dream start in the Lancashire sunshine by opening the scoring after just two minutes thanks to Conor Coady's own goal, although in truth there was little the Wolves captain could do to prevent it.

And Burnley wrapped up the points when the impressive Dwight McNeil doubled their lead with 13 minutes to go, the 19-year-old's fifth goal of the season.

As a result, the Clarets moved five points clear of 18th-placed Cardiff - albeit having played two more games than their rivals - after ending a run of four straight defeats.

Crystal Palace 2-0 Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town's Premier League relegation was confirmed after a 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace combined with wins for Southampton and Burnley.

The Terriers had the better chances in an end-to-end first half, only denied the lead as Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita produced two wonderful saves to deny Chris Lowe.

But Palace dominated the second half and after a number of wasted chances, Luka Milivojevic (76) opened the scoring from the spot, before Patrick van Aanholt (88) then secured victory with a fine finish.

The Eagles are eight points clear of the relegation zone, while Huddersfield become only the second Premier League side in history to be relegated with six games remaining.

Leicester 2-0 Bournemouth

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said his side were "outstanding" after comfortably beating Bournemouth 2-0 to earn a third consecutive win.

Wes Morgan put the hosts ahead in the 11th minute - his second goal in as many games - by flicking Ben Chilwell's shot in off the post with the inside of his boot.

Leicester controlled the game and missed a number of chances before Jamie Vardy sealed the three points in the 82nd minute by heading Youri Tielemans' cross in off the bar.

Leicester climbed to eighth in the table while Bournemouth remain 12th.

Manchester United 2-1 Watford

Manchester United got their top-four challenge back on track after edging past Watford 2-1 at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first game in permanent charge of United was far from comfortable as Watford dominated for large periods and had 20 shots compared to eight from the home side.

However, Marcus Rashford scored on the counter-attack in the 28th minute and Anthony Martial bundled in a second in the 72nd minute to put United in control.

Abdoulaye Doucoure replied with a slick goal in the 90th minute but United, who had lost to top-four rivals Arsenal last time out, held on to move into fourth place in the Premier League.

West Ham 0-2 Everton

Everton boosted their European qualification hopes with a dominant 2-0 victory against a lacklustre West Ham at the London Stadium.

First-half goals from Kurt Zouma and Bernard saw the Toffees continue their revival under Marco Silva as they secured back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since October.

West Ham, without captain Mark Noble and talisman Felipe Anderson, lacked leadership and creativity as they relinquished a six-game unbeaten home run.

The victory sees Everton climb above West Ham into ninth position, a point behind seventh-placed Wolves, with the Hammers now 11th.

 

EPL Week 32 Scores

 

Saturday

Fulham 0-2 Manchester City

Brighton 0-1 Southampton

Burnley 2-0 Wolves

Crystal Palace 2-0 Huddersfield

Leicester 2-0 Bournemouth

Manchester United 2-1 Watford

West Ham 0-2 Everton

Sunday

Cardiff City 1-2 Chelsea

Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Spurs

Monday

Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle

 

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

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