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Weekend Football Review



Manchester City opened a yawning eight-point gap at the top of the Premier League as they continued their irresistible form with a 3-1 home victory over Arsenal before closest pursuers Manchester United lost 1-0 at Chelsea on Sunday.

City took their goals tally in all competitions so far this season to 52 as Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and substitute Gabriel Jesus ensured a ninth successive league win. Alexandre Lacazette did pull a goal back for Arsenal but Arsene Wenger's side are now 12 points adrift in sixth spot.

Jose Mourinho's third competitive visit back to old club Chelsea after being sacked three years ago ended in a third defeat as Alvaro Morata's first goal since September sealed victory for the champions at Stamford Bridge. Morata headed the winner in the 55th minute.

Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min became the Asian player with the most Premier League goals ever as he scored in the 64th minute to secure a 1-0 home win over bottom club Crystal Palace.

It was his 20th top flight goal, surpassing the mark of former Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung.

Spurs are on 23 points from 11 games, the same as United, with City racing away at the top with 31. Champions Chelsea are fourth with 22, followed by Liverpool and Arsenal on 19.

For pure drama, however, Goodison Park was the place to be as Everton clawed back a two-goal deficit against Watford to win 3-2 with a Leighton Baines penalty in stoppage time.

Watford then had a penalty of their own with 101 minutes on the clock but Tom Cleverley missed it, meaning Everton won a top-flight game from two goals down for the first time since 1994.

Victory snapped a run of five successive defeats in all competitions for Everton and took them out of the relegation zone up to 15th -- leaving West Ham United in the bottom three along with Swansea City and Crystal Palace.

City were not at their electrifying best against Arsenal but still had too much for Arsene Wenger's side. De Bruyne fired home after 19 minutes and Aguero made it 2-0 five minutes after the break with a penalty awarded when Raheem Sterling tumbled under a soft challenge by Nacho Monreal.

There was also a suspicion of offside about City's third goal which killed off Arsenal's hopes of salvaging something.

CHIEFS IN, PIRATES OUT

Bernard Parker converted a disputed penalty to give Kaizer Chiefs a 1-0 win at Chippa United on Sunday and a place in the Telkom Knockout semifinals.

The referee believed Nigerian James Okwuosa fouled Joseph Molangoane when they made contact as the Chippa captain was shielding the ball to allow it go out of play.

When heated protests from the home side finished, former Bafana Bafana star Parker scored from the spot by sending Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi the wrong way.

Quarterfinals success may have come at a heavy cost for Chiefs and South Africa, though, as goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was carried off just before full-time after colliding with Kurt Lentjies.

Khune was in line to be the national team goalkeeper in a must-win World Cup qualifier against Senegal in Polokwane on Friday.

Chiefs coach Steve Komphela said in a post-match TV interview that he did not immediately know the extent of the injury.

Chippa surrendered an eight-match unbeaten record in all competitions after wasting several chances during a bright start in southern coastal city Port Elizabeth.

In the semifinals later this month, Chiefs make the short journey from Soweto to meet Wits in Johannesburg while Polokwane City host Bloemfontein Celtic in northern South Africa.

Wits edged Baroka 1-0 Saturday through an early goal from Egyptian Amr Gamal and Celtic came from behind to win 2-1 away to Platinum Stars in northwestern mining town Rustenburg.

Polokwane upset Orlando Pirates by winning 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw following extra time in Soweto.

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STUNNING ASENSIO KEEPS REAL ON TRACK

Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio scored a stunning second-half goal as Zinedine Zidane's side put their troubles behind them by cruising to a 3-0 victory over Las Palmas in La Liga on Sunday.

Casemiro opened the scoring for the Spanish champions in the first half before Asensio and Isco scored after the break to give Real their first win in three games in all competitions.

It was a nervy opening by Madrid, who struggled to break down their lowly opponents, but once the unmarked Casemiro headed home in the 41st minute after 21-year-old Asensio's corner was flicked into his path it was plain sailing.

There appeared little danger when the ball fell to Asensio outside the box after 56 minutes but he thundered an unstoppable left-foot shot into the top corner before Isco rounded off the scoring with a sweeping move on the break 15 minutes from time.

The win took Real above neighbours Atletico, who also have 23 points, on goal difference into third spot, four off Valencia and eight adrift of Barcelona, who both won on Saturday.

Las Palmas remain second-bottom on six points

EURO LEAGUES ROUNDUP

Bayern Munich stamped their authority on the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund which means they have turned a five-point deficit into a four-point lead in four weeks.

Under head coach Jupp Heynckes, who started on October 9 after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked, Bayern have won all of their last seven games.

Bayern's display suggests they are on course for a sixth straight German League title after beating main rivals RB Leipzig and now Borussia in the space of seven days.

Meanwhile, Juventus suffered a scare before beating Italian Serie A tailenders Benevento 2-1 on Sunday to narrow the gap at the top of Serie A as leaders Napoli were held by Chievo and Inter Milan drew 1-1 against Torino.

WHAT THEY SAID….

"I believe it was no penalty. We know that Raheem Sterling dives well, he does that very well. And the third goal was offside. I am very upset because at 2-1 we were in the game. The third goal was the killer and it is by coincidence that mistakes always go for the home team, as we know.

"It is unfortunate that the game finished the way it finished. I am disappointed. You can accept if it City win in a normal way, they are a good side but this is unacceptable. Last season we lost two offside goals and it has happened again. City will be hard to stop." – Arsene Wenger after the 3-1 defeat to Man City.



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