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Palace stun Chelsea, City rout Stoke

Palace stun Chelsea, City rout Stoke

LONDON: Manchester City maintained their blistering start to the season as the Premier League leaders demolished Stoke City 7-2, while champions Chelsea crashed to a shock 2-1 defeat at lowly Crystal Palace on Saturday.

With second placed Manchester United settling for a drab stalemate at Anfield earlier in the day, it was their Manchester rivals who provided the thrills as City moved two points clear at the top.

Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring side struck three times in the first 27 minutes at Eastlands, securing their sixth successive league win in swashbuckling style.




City took the lead through Gabriel Jesus in the 17th minute and Raheem Sterling doubled the advantage two minutes later with a tap-in that capped a flowing move.

David Silva got City’s third with a simple finish after another incisive raid in the 27th minute.

Stoke’s Mame Biram Diouf reduced the deficit with a deflected effort in the 44th minute and City’s defence was breached for just the fourth time in the league this season when Kyle Walker scored an own goal two minutes after the interval.

But Jesus’s second goal in the 55th minute restored order and his compatriot Fernandinho put the result beyond doubt five minutes later.

City reached six goals in a game for the second time this season as Leroy Sane netted in the 62nd minute.

Bernando Silva’s first City strike, in the 78th minute, made it 24 goals in his team’s last five league games.

Bottom of the table Palace had lost their opening seven league games without scoring a goal, the worst start to a season in English top-flight history.

But stunningly it was Chelsea who were the victims as they finally ended that goal drought at Selhurst Park.

Palace took the lead in the 11th minute when Yohan Cabaye’s effort was deflected in for an own goal by Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta.

Tiemoue Bakayoko equalised for Chelsea seven minutes later as the midfielder headed his first Premier League goal from a Cesc Fabregas corner.

But Wilfried Zaha restored Palace’s lead with a fine curling strike in first half stoppage-time.

At Anfield, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was left infuriated by United boss Jose Mourinho’s ultra-cautious game-plan.

Mourinho’s team had just six touches in Liverpool’s penalty area as United goalkeeper David De Gea made a superb save from Joel Matip to maintain the visitors’ unbeaten start to the season.

Klopp’s spluttering side have only one win in eight games in all competitions.

Tottenham Hotspur finally won for the first time at Wembley in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side had failed to win their first three league games since moving into Wembley but Christian Eriksen’s deft 47th minute finish ended that frustrating streak.

Chris Wood’s 85th minute equaliser rescued Burnley in their 1-1 draw against 10-man West Ham United at Turf Moor.

Michail Antonio gave West Ham the lead in the 19th minute, but Hammers striker Andy Carroll was sent off after catching Mee with an elbow less than two minutes after being booked for the same offence.

Swansea climbed out of the relegation zone as Tammy Abraham’s brace sealed a 2-0 win against Huddersfield.

Published in Dawn, October 15th, 2017

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