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EPL PHOTOS: More heroics from United's Rashford in Manchester derby win

Last updated on: March 21, 2016 00:05 IST

Marcus Rashford

IMAGE: Winning goalscorer Marcus Rashford of Manchester United, right, and teammates Anthony Martial and Timothy Fosu-Mensah celebrate. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images.

Manchester United teenager Marcus Rashford wrote another chapter in his fairytale introduction to top-flight football, scoring a brilliant goal to secure a 1-0 win in his first derby match against Manchester City on Sunday.

The 18-year-old local hero, who also netted on his Europa League debut and in his first Premier League game, endeared himself further to United fans with a dazzling piece of skill after a quarter of an hour to stun the Etihad Stadium crowd.

After being freed by Juan Mata, Rashford sped past Martin Demichelis, leaving the defender on his backside, before side-footing coolly past the advancing Joe Hart, and the youngster should have been awarded a penalty just before halftime after another rash challenge from the hapless Demichelis.

The home side piled on the pressure in the second half, with Sergio Aguero three times coming close to an equaliser, but failed to find an equaliser and the defeat virtually ends City's last lingering hopes of regaining the title they won in 2014. They are fourth, 15 points behind leaders Leicester City and one point clear of their sixth-placed Old Trafford neighbours.

Kane double helps Tottenham stay in touch at the top

Harry Kane

IMAGE: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates as he scores during the Premier League match against Bournemouth. Photograph:Paul Gilham/Getty Images.

Harry Kane moved top of the Premier League scoring charts this season with a brace to keep his side on leaders Leicester City's coat tails.

Kane needed only 44 seconds to connect with Kyle Walker's cross and put Spurs ahead before he took his goal tally to 21 after 16 minutes when Dele Alli picked him out and the England striker calmly slotted home left-footed past Artur Boruc.

Bournemouth, bidding for a fourth straight league win to all but secure a second top-flight season, made little impression and Tottenham extended their lead seven minutes after the break when Boruc parried Kane's shot and Christian Eriksen was on hand to convert.

Second-placed Tottenham could have further bolstered their goal difference but cruised through the final stages to move back within five points of Leicester with seven matches left.

Mane scores twice as Southampton hit back to beat Liverpool

Martin Skrtel of Liverpool

IMAGE: Martin Skrtel of Liverpool jumps with Graziano Pelle of Southampton during the Premier League match at St Mary's Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Alex Broadway/Getty Images.

Southampton staged a remarkable recovery from 2-0 down with Sadio Mane scoring twice to damage Liverpool's hopes of moving into top-four contention in the Premier League on Sunday.

Philippe Coutinho's curling shot past Fraser Forster gave Liverpool the lead after 17 minutes and they doubled their advantage four minutes later when Daniel Sturridge finished off a swift counter-attack.

 Sadio Mane of Southampton (10)

IMAGE: Sadio Mane of Southampton (10) celebrates with teammates as he scores their third goal. Photograph: Alex Broadway/Getty Images.

Liverpool were well worth their lead but Southampton were a different proposition after the break. Mane had a penalty saved by Simon Mignolet in the 49th minute but he made amends with a close-range finish just past the hour mark.

Graziano Pelle equalised with a powerful 20-metre strike seven minutes from time and Mane snatched the points three minutes later with a precise low finish to move Southampton into seventh place on 47 points, three more than Liverpool.

Mitrovic ends Newcastle's wretched streak in Sunderland draw

Aleksandar Mitrovic

IMAGE: Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images.

Aleksandar Mitrovic headed a late equaliser to end Newcastle's miserable losing run against fiercest neighbours and rivals Sunderland but the 1-1 draw still leaves both teams deep in the Premier League relegation mire.

The Serb soared at the far post to nod Georginio Wijnaldum's 79th-minute chipped cross back into the opposite corner just as the home fans at St James' Park were preparing for a seventh straight defeat at the hands of the Black Cats.

Sunderland had gone ahead a minute before halftime when Jermain Defoe volleyed in his 12th goal of the season and they had held out under plenty of Newcastle second-half pressure, even clearing off the line through Yann M'Vila soon after the break.

Described as one of the most important of the 156 Tyne-Wear derbies with relegation this season expected to cost 100 million pounds ($144.79 million), the draw pleased neither Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce nor his old sparring partner, Newcastle's new boss Rafael Benitez, with both sides still left in the relegation zone.

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