Premier League: Man City held by Newcastle, Liverpool go 11 points clear

Manchester City have suffered another setback in the title race as Newcastle hold them to a 2-2 draw. Jetro Willems and Jonjo Shelvey cancelled out leads for the defending champions to earn a precious point for the Magpies.

Raheem Sterling with his 15th goal of the season put Pep Guardiola’s men ahead after 22 minutes. The lead lasted only three minutes as Willems found the bottom corner past Ederson to level.

Man City created chances but found it difficult to get past the solid defensive shape of the home side. It took a sensational thunderbolt from Kevin de Bruyne on the edge of the box to break Newcastle’s resistance on 82nd minute.

The visitors looked to be leaving Tyneside with all three points until Fernandinho gave away a free kick outside the box. Christian Atsu teed up Shelvey who c the ball beautifully into the net, sending the Geordie faithful into a frenzy.

Liverpool took advantage of the dropped points by their main rivals to go 11 points clear on top of the table. The 10-man reds held on for a nervy 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield. Virgil van Dijk bagged a brace as he headed home two set pieces from Trent-Alexander Arnold in the first half.

Jurgen Klopp’s men took their foot off the gas and lost the ball frequently when in possession. This encouraged the Seagulls to be daring going forward.

Goalkeeper Alisson saw red from referee Martin Atkinson after handling the ball outside his box. Lewis Dunk pulled a goal back  for Brighton with a quickly taken free kick to beat substitute keeper Adrian who was still arranging his defensive wall. It made for a tense atmosphere around Anfield with 10 minutes remaining as Brighton dominated until the final whistle.

Elsewhere, two goals from Dele Alli and a volley from Moussa Sissoko gave Tottenham a 3-2 win over Bournemouth. Victory on Jose Mourinho’s home debut in the league takes Spurs up to 5th on the table with 20 points.

West Ham shocked Chelsea with a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge, thanks to a second half strike by Aaron Creswell. It eases pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini as the Hammers were without a win since September.

Crystal Palace were 2-0 winners away to Burnley with goals from Wilfred Zaha and Jeffery Schlupp. Southampton came from a goal down to beat bottom side Watford at St. Marys.

 

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