Premier League: Son Heung-min, Lo Celso on target as Tottenham stun Manchester City; Chelsea beat Newcastle United – Sports News , Firstpost


Spurs ended the day at the top of the table for the first time in six years as goals from Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso saw through a toothless town at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

London: Tottenham rose to the top of the Premier League with an impressive 2-0 win over Manchester City, while Chelsea are in second place after their victory at Newcastle on Saturday.

Manchester United stay away from pace in the ninth, but managed a first home Premier League win in seven games as Bruno Fernandes’ two-time penalty kicked weak West Brom 1-0.

Spurs ended the day at the top of the table for the first time in six years as goals from Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso saw through a toothless town at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Tottenham took the lead after five minutes as Son ran over Tanguy Ndombele’s loft pass, beat City’s offside trap and scored a cool finish under Ederson for already his 11th goal of the season.

City dominated possession but struggled to create chances and were opened again for the second Spurs with just their second shot on target.

Lo Celso came off the bench to score just 35 seconds after his introduction as he ran over Harry Kane’s sublime pass to pass Ederson.

On the first anniversary of Jose Mourinho’s appointment, Tottenham are undefeated in their last eight league games since losing to Everton on opening weekend, raising hopes of a real challenge for the title.

“The players gave their all and followed a strategy. They were amazing,” said Mourinho.

“We found a way to play and it was wonderful to see them play the way they did.”

Tottenham, who last won the top flight title in 1961, lead Chelsea by two points, with the two set to face each other next weekend.

City languished in 11th place, eight points behind the leaders, but with a game in hand.

Pep Guardiola extended his contract at the Etihad until 2023 this week, but his squad look like the shadow of the swaggering outfit that won successive league titles in 2018 and 2019.

Twelve points in eight games is City’s lowest total at this point in a Premier League campaign since 2008-09.

“We had more chances than them but we lost. Mourinho’s teams are like that, you make a mistake and they punish you on the counterattack,” Guardiola said.

‘Stay humble’

Chelsea maintained their fine form with homeward Federico Fernandez’s own goal in the first half and Tammy Abraham’s strike sealed a 2-0 victory at St James’ Park.

Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham celebrates after scoring her team’s second goal against Newcastle United on Saturday. AP Photo

Frank Lampard’s side are unbeaten in nine games in all competitions and haven’t lost in their last six league games.

With five clean sheets in their last six outings in all competitions, Chelsea’s third straight league win was the perfect way to start a hectic period leading up to Christmas.

The pressure from the visitors was rewarded in the 10th minute when Mason Mount whipped up a low cross and Fernandez turned it into his own net under pressure from Ben Chilwell.

Chelsea put the result beyond doubt in the 65th minute when Timo Werner accelerated away from the Newcastle defense and slipped a pass to Abraham, who guided his shot off the post.

“I won’t be excited to be top of the table for five minutes,” Lampard said. “It’s important to be humble and know it’s a long race.”

United still have a long way to go to find themselves in the title race as they once again flattered themselves to cheat at Old Trafford despite a long-awaited victory.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men got two slices of fortune, with West Brom getting a first kick early in the second half when Fernandes challenged Connor Gallagher.

However, after consideration, referee David Coote overturned his original decision.

Moments later, the Red Devils were awarded a handball penalty from Darnell Furlong.

Fernandes’ first effort was saved, but he got a second chance as Sam Johnstone jumped out of his line before the Portugal international’s kick.

Fernandes slammed the reprieve, but was still not happy to miss the place for the third time this season.

“Ok, I scored the second but I have to score the first,” he said. “Three points is the most important thing, but we know we can do a lot better and we will do it for sure.”

Earlier, Aston Villa missed the opportunity to gain the upper hand for a few hours as Brighton ended a seven-game winless streak with a 2-1 win at Villa Park.

Solly March scored the winner after Ezri Konsa called up Danny Welbeck’s opener.

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