March 20, 2019

English Premier League review: Liverpool extends lead to seven points

English Premier League review: Liverpool extends lead to seven points

Liverpool moved seven points clear at the top of the English Premier League with a hard-fought 1-0 away win at Brighton.

Jurgen Klopp’s side did not manage a shot on target in the first half but was ahead early in the second after Pascal Gross fouled Mohamed Salah in the area and the Egyptian fired in the spot-kick.

The victory extended Liverpool’s advantage at the summit ahead of third-placed Tottenham’s match with Manchester United on Sunday and second-placed Manchester City’s meeting with Wolves on Monday.

United will start their match with their eye on fifth place after Arsenal slumped to a 1-0 defeat at West Ham in the lunchtime English Premier League kick-off.

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Declan Rice scored his first career goal to settle the contest in favour of Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

Arsenal’s slip-up allowed Chelsea to go six points clear in fourth place with a 2-1 win over struggling Newcastle.

Ciaran Clark’s header five minutes before the break cancelled out Pedro’s ninth-minute opener, but Willian curled in what proved to be the winner from a tight angle in the 57th minute.

Elsewhere in the English Premier League, Burnley recorded a fourth straight win in all competitions despite not having a shot on target as they came from behind to beat Fulham 2-1 courtesy of a pair of own goals at Turf Moor.

Andre Schurrle fired Fulham ahead just two minutes in with a stunning strike which crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.

But, just after Chris Wood had struck a post for the hosts, they were level in the 20th minute when Jeff Hendrick’s shot deflected off Joe Bryan to find the net.

And three minutes later they were ahead as another Hendrick shot this time deflected off Denis Odoi to beat Sergio Rico.

Watford struck a post twice in the opening five minutes against Crystal Palace and their failure to score looked like costing them dear seven minutes before the break when a goalmouth scramble ended with a Craig Cathcart own goal.

But Cathcart made amends in the 67th minute when he scored at the other end to level and seven minutes later Tom Cleverley smashed a loose ball into the top corner to set Watford on their way to a 2-1 victory.

It finished goalless between Cardiff and Huddersfield, with Huddersfield angered late on when referee Lee Mason initially awarded a penalty for a foul on Florent Hadergjonaj, only to change his mind after talking to his assistant.

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