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Sadio Mane volleys the ball goalwards with his left-foot, with the ball taking a deflection off Palace's Gary Cahill into the net.

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Elsewhere on the day, Arsenal maintained their recent winless run with a come-from-behind 2-2 tie against lowly Southampton that heaped ...
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The English Premier League continued this afternoon following a week’s break with Liverpool extending their unbeaten run to thirteen consecutive games on the heels of a nervy and dramatic 2-1 away victory over Crystal Palace, who lost a third straight in as many outings.

Jamie Vardy maintained his brilliant scoring streak as Leicester beat Brighton for their fifth successive Premier League win to strengthen their hold on second spot, but champions – Manchester City – moved closer following a 2-1 comeback victory over Chelsea that saw them reclaim the third spot, and Jose Mourinho enjoyed a winning as Spurs manager with a 3-2 London derby victory over West Ham.

Roberto Firmino struck with his left foot after the ball fell to him in the six-yard box following a goalmouth scramble

Roberto Firmino struck with his left foot after the ball fell to him in the six-yard box following a goalmouth scramble

Elsewhere on the day, Arsenal maintained their recent winless run with a come-from-behind 2-2 tie against lowly Southampton that heaped more pressure on their beleaguered coach – Unai Emery. Norwich condemned Everton to a 2-0 defeat at home and Burnley added to the woes of bottommost Watford with a 3-0 drubbing.

And on Sunday, Sheffield United’s  McBurnie’s 90th minute equalizer denied United a thrilling comeback, following a late Blade’s capitulation.

On Monday Night Football, Conor Hourihane starred in Aston Villa’s 2-0 win over Newcastle.

EPL Week 13 Standings

West Ham 2-3 Tottenham

Jose Mourinho made a winning return to management as Tottenham withstood a West Ham fightback to win 3-2 at the London Stadium.

Spurs had not won an away Premier League game since January 20 at Fulham, but first-half goals from Heung-Min Son (36) and Lucas Moura (43) put them in a commanding position.

Harry Kane extended Tottenham's lead with a trademark header four minutes after the restart to move above Martin Chivers in third place on the list of the club's all-time scorers on 175 goals.

West Ham reduced the deficit through substitute Michail Antonio (73) and Angelo Ogbonna headed in a late second (90+6), but Spurs held on for the win.

Arsenal 2-2 Southampton

Arsenal were booed off at the Emirates despite rescuing a point with a late Alexandre Lacazette equaliser in a chaotic 2-2 draw with Southampton.

The Gunners were facing an embarrassing home defeat after goals from Danny Ings (9) and James Ward-Prowse (71) put Saints on the verge of their first Premier League win away at Arsenal.

Lacazette, who had already equalised earlier (18), grabbed a last-gasp leveller (90+6) but it was met by underwhelming Arsenal celebrations with their team second best for large periods, and the pressure intensifies on boss Unai Emery.

Relegation-threatened Saints, who registered 21 shots on goal, should have wrapped the points up in injury time but substitute Moussa Djenepo squandered two huge opportunities leaving his side without a win in the Premier League in their last eight matches.

Bournemouth 1-2 Wolves

Wolves moved up to fifth after edging past 10-man Bournemouth to seal a 2-1 victory at the Vitality Stadium.

The wolves led 2-0 at the break as Joao Moutinho curled a stunning free-kick into the top corner (21) before a quick set-piece caught out the hosts and Raul Jimenez (31) tapped in Adama Traore's cross.

Bournemouth's miserable first half was compounded in the 37th minute when Captain Simon Francis was sent off for a second bookable offence.

The hosts did produce a much-improved second-half performance and they were rewarded when Steve Cook headed home to give them a lifeline in the 59th minute, but Wolves withstood some late pressure to get over the line to secure a valuable three points. Victory sees Wolves move three points clear of Bournemouth, who drop down to 11th after just one win from their last seven league fixtures.

Brighton 0-2 Leicester

Leicester battled to a 2-0 win against Brighton, with VAR making a dramatic late penalty call, and extended their winning Premier League run to five games.

A goalless first half was followed by an incident-packed second and Leicester took the lead in a classic counter-attack which was finished off coolly by Ayoze Perez (64).

Leicester were awarded a penalty in the 78th minute, won by Demarai Gray just seconds after coming on, but VAR drama ensued. The technology confirmed it was a spot-kick, but Vardy saw his first effort saved before James Maddison nodded home the rebound.

However, the goal was disallowed by Graham Scott at Stockley Park for encroachment from both teams and the penalty was retaken. Vardy did not miss a second time, sending Mat Ryan the wrong way and wrapping up the win.Leicester remain second and Brighton 12th.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool escaped Crystal Palace with a chaotic and dramatic 2-1 victory thanks to a late Roberto Firmino strike that maintained their healthy lead at the top of the Premier League.

After Wilfried Zaha looked to have grabbed Palace a point (82), Firmino coolly swept home following bedlam in the penalty area to keep Liverpool eight points clear of Leicester, and nine clear of Manchester City.

Controversy arrived at the end of a listless first half when James Tomkins' far-post header was ruled out by VAR for a Jordan Ayew shove on Dejan Lovren, and Liverpool capitalised on their fortune as Sadio Mane squeezed home for the opener (49).

Palace levelled late on as Zaha found the far corner from 15 yards (82), before Firmino's late winner had reverberations around the country.

Everton 0-2 Norwich

Norwich scored their first away goals since the opening weekend of the season as they produced an impressive performance to beat Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park.

Both sides played high lines in a combative first half that produced few chances as they prioritised possession over attack, with Onel Hernandez going closest for the Canaries when he forced an outstanding save by Jordan Pickford.

But the visitors broke the deadlock when Todd Cantwell (55) was played clean through on goal by a tireless Teemu Pukki, before Dennis Srbeny doubled their lead in stoppage time and secured all three points.

Norwich climb off the bottom into 18th while Everton drop to 15th, four points clear of the relegation zone.

Watford 0-3 Burnley

Burnley overcame struggling Watford 3-0 at Vicarage Road to increase the pressure on returning boss Quique Sanchez Flores, whose side are now bottom of the Premier League.

The visitors opened the scoring through Chris Wood's close-range finish eight minutes after half-time, before Ashley Barnes's VAR-assisted penalty doubled their lead with eight minutes to go.

With two minutes left, James Tarkowski's first goal of the season confirmed Burnley's first top-flight away win since April as the Clarets moved up to sixth, while Watford dropped to the foot of the table as their struggles at home continued.

Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea

Manchester City returned to winning ways with a morale-boosting 2-1 victory over Chelsea at the Etihad on Saturday.

A fortnight on from their damaging defeat at Anfield, City found themselves 12 points behind leaders Liverpool following their dramatic win at Crystal Palace, and their title challenge looked set to receive another blow when N'Golo Kante put Chelsea into a deserved lead midway through the first half.

But a deflected equaliser from Kevin De Bruyne hauled the champions level against the run of play before a brilliant solo goal from Riyad Mahrez completed the City comeback before half-time, while Raheem Sterling had a late third controversially ruled out for offside.

The victory sees City leapfrog Chelsea into third and brings the gap to Liverpool back down to nine points, while a third defeat of the season brings Chelsea's six-game winning run to an end.

Sunday

Sheffield United 3-3 Manchester United

Oli McBurnie's 90th-minute equaliser arrested a second-half Sheffield United capitulation as they salvaged a point in thrilling 3-3 draw with Manchester United at Bramall Lane.

Substitute McBurnie's effort was allowed to stand after a VAR review found no evidence of handball, sparking delirious scenes as the Blades rescued themselves from the jaws of defeat in the most dramatic of finales.

Sheffield United looked set to pile more away-day misery on the visitors when goals in either half from John Fleck and Lys Mousset left the Blades 18 minutes away from claiming another huge Premier League scalp.
But Brandon Williams' first Manchester United goal sparked a late collapse from the hosts that saw substitute Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford score in the space of seven minutes.

However, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side within touching distance of completing a stunning turnaround, along came another twist as McBurnie's shot squirmed past David de Gea, leaving both sides to settle with a point when they had three seemingly in their grasp.

Monday

Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle

Conor Hourihane scored one and made one for Aston Villa in a 2-0 win over Newcastle as the midfielder haunted Steve Bruce, who signed him for Villa.

It was an inspired decision from current Villa boss Dean Smith to start Hourihane as he looked to arrest a run of three straight Premier League games. The Irishman curled home the opener with a clever free-kick (32) before laying on the second for Anwar El Ghazi (37) via a delicious left-wing set-piece.

Chances came and went at both ends in an entertaining second half but it was Villa that held on for victory and got one over their former boss Bruce, who was returning to Villa Park for the first time since being sacked in 2018.

EPL Week 13 Scores At A Glance

West Ham 2-3 Tottenham

Arsenal 2-2 Southampton

Bournemouth 1-2 Wolves

Brighton 0-2 Leicester

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Everton 0-2 Norwich

Watford 0-3 Burnley

Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea

Sunday

Sheffield United 3-3 Manchester United

Monday

Aston Villa vs. Newcastle

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

 

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