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Leaders Chelsea held to Utd draw as City go second

Sports Desk || shiningbd

Published: 14:19, 29 November 2021  
Leaders Chelsea held to Utd draw as City go second

Premier League leaders Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United Sunday as Manchester City moved to within a point of top spot following a 2-1 win over West Ham United in swirling snow.

Blues midfielder Jorginho rescued a point as the Italian's penalty atoned for the error that allowed Jadon Sancho to put the visitors in front at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea fell behind when poor control from Jorginho allowed Sancho to score early in the second half.

But Jorginho made amends when he scored from the penalty spot after Aaron Wan-Bissaka fouled Thiago Silva.

It was an impressive result for United under former midfielder Michael Carrick, standing in following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United are set to hire former RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick as their interim manager until the end of the season in the coming days.

Not that Carrick, who took the bold decision to leave Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench, was delighted with the performance.

Free-scoring Liverpool hammered Southampton 4-0 Saturday to move to within one point of Chelsea.

But reigning champions City stayed in touch with victory at home to the high-flying Hammers.

City took the lead shortly after the half-hour mark when a Riyad Mahrez ball into the box was deflected into the path of Ilkay Gundogan, before substitute Fernandinho made it 2-0 late on.

Manuel Lanzini pulled one back deep into stoppage time but it was not enough for David Moyes' team to avoid a second successive defeat.

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy reminded Claudio Ranieri of his enduring quality even in his mid-30s, scoring twice at a snowy King Power Stadium in a 4-2 win against Watford. 

Ranieri, who won the Premier League title with unfancied Leicester in 2016, received a rapturous reception on his first return to the stadium as an opposition manager since leaving the club early the following year.

Midfielder James Maddison gave Leicester an early lead only for Josh King to level from the penalty spot in the 30th minute after Wilfred Ndidi brought down Emmanuel Dennis in the area.

Leicester regained the lead through Vardy four minutes later and the former England striker grabbed his second three minutes before the break when he glanced in Maddison's corner.

Dennis pulled a goal back just after the hour but Ademola Lookman scored from close range to restore Leicester's two-goal lead.

Brentford heaped the pressure on Rafael Benitez by beating Everton 1-0 to secure their first Premier League win since early October, courtesy of a first-half penalty from Ivan Toney.

Everton, who have taken just two points from their past seven league matches, face Liverpool in a daunting test in midweek.

The game between Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur was called off a little under an hour before kick-off because of heavy snow at Turf Moor in northwest England.

RESULTS

Brentford 1 (Toney 24-P) Everton 0

Chelsea 1 (Jorginho 69-P) Man Utd 1 (Sancho 50)

Leicester 4 (Maddison 16, Vardy 34, 42, Lookman 68) Watford 2 (King 30-P, Dennis 61)

Man City 2 (Gundogan 33, Fernandinho 90) West Ham 1 (Lanzini 90+4)

Burnley v Tottenham - postponed due to bad weather

 

Dhaka Tribune

 

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