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EPL PIX: Firmino and Mane keep Liverpool in the race; Arsenal beat United

Last updated on: March 11, 2019 00:30 IST
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Liverpool

IMAGE: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring their second goal. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Two goals each for Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane helped Liverpool to keep in touch with Premier League leaders Manchester City with a 4-2 win over lowly Burnley at Anfield on Sunday.

Juergen Klopp's side move to 73 points, one behind City, who beat Watford 3-1 on Saturday. Both teams have eight games remaining.

 

The visitors took a surprise lead in the sixth minute, with Ashley Westwood scoring direct from a corner although Burnley's James Tarkowski looked to have impeded Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker.

Liverpool drew level when Tarkowski and Clarets keeper Tom Heaton made a mess of a low cross from Mohamed Salah and Firmino was left with the simplest of tap-ins.

Sadio Mane then put Liverpool ahead with a fine, curling finish after a poor clearance from Jeff Hendrick was blocked by Adam Lallana.

Burnley started the second half well but the outcome was put beyond doubt in the 67th minute when Heaton poorly kicked straight to Salah, the Egyptian bursting into the area, and Charlie Taylor's sliding tackle fell kindly to Firmino who made no mistake.

Substitute Johann Berg Gudmundsson pulled back a goal in stoppage time for 17th-placed Burnley who remain two points above the relegation zone but then Mane added a fourth to make sure of the three points.

Arsenal beat Man United

Arsenal

IMAGE: Granit Xhaka, right, celebrates. Photograph Courtesy: Arsenal FC/Twitter

Arsenal hand Manchester United their first Premier League defeat since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solakjaer in December 2018.

The victory ensured the Gunners overtake the Red Devils at the fourth position with two points better than the visitors. United got the first clear chance to score in the match but Romelu Lukaku's effort was denied by the woodwork.

Granit Xhaka opened scoring for the Gunners in the 12th minute with a bent shot from long range having received a precise pass from Alexandre Lacazette.

Seven minutes after, the Red Devils were however denied another clear chance by the wood works after Fred fired home a low but powerful shot in the 19th minute.

Hazard salvages point for Chelsea in 1-1 draw with Wolves

Eden Hazard

IMAGE: Hazard smashed the ball past Rui Patricio in the 92nd minute. Photograph Courtesy: Chelsea FC/Twitter

An injury-time goal from Eden Hazard salvaged a point for Chelsea against a dogged Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Sunday after Raul Jimenez had put the visitors ahead with one of their only two shots on goal.

Hazard smashed the ball past Rui Patricio in the 92nd minute after constant pressure from the home side, who are bidding for a top-four place.

Chelsea had been stunned in the 57th minute when Jimenez burst out of defence with Diogo Jota and the pair sliced through Chelsea's ranks before the Portuguese laid off the ball from wide for Jimenez to slot home.

Patricio made a sharp save shortly afterwards from striker Gonzalo Higuain and another from Willian in the dying minutes. Chelsea had 22 shots to the visitors' two and also enjoyed 76 percent of possession.

The result leaves Chelsea in sixth, level with Arsenal and behind Manchester United who were playing each other later on Sunday.

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