Tuesday 24 October 2017

Sadio the main Mane as Liverpool seal impressive win over Tottenham

Liverpool 2 Tottenham 0

Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring his side's second goal
Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring his side's second goal

Sadio Mane's two goals in three first-half minutes set Liverpool on their way to a 2-0 Premier League victory at home to Tottenham.

Mane, the Reds' top goalscorer this season, was missed during his African Nations Cup campaign with Senegal last month - and made a telling early impact in Saturday's evening kick-off, only his second start since returning.

Liverpool had previously failed to win any of their five league matches this year and lost 2-0 to struggling Hull last week.

But Jurgen Klopp's men are back up to fourth, on goal difference above Manchester City and only a point behind Tottenham, after ending their visitors' nine-match unbeaten run thanks to winger Mane's two right-foot shots from inside the box in the 16th and 18th minutes.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane scores their second goal
Liverpool's Sadio Mane scores their second goal

Two goals from Alexis Sanchez got Arsenal back on track as they moved up to third with a hard-fought 2-0 success at home to Hull.

After consecutive defeats, and against visitors stuck deep in relegation trouble despite last week's win over Liverpool, Arsenal had to battle for their three points in their lunchtime kick-off.

Sanchez's first-half opener was controversial, going in from close range off his hand after a ricochet off Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic.

The Chilean forward then doubled the scoring from the penalty spot in stoppage time, after Tigers' midfielder Sam Clucas was sent off for handball on the goalline.

Manchester United kept in touch with Arsenal and the rest of the pack chasing runaway leaders Chelsea thanks to a 2-0 win over Watford at Old Trafford.

United dominated the first half and had their reward in the 32nd minute when Juan Mata side-foooted them in front, before Anthony Martial's third goal of the season doubled the advantage on the hour.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp with Sadio Mane as he is substituted
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp with Sadio Mane as he is substituted

A string of saves by Ben Foster helped West Brom retain their five-point cushion over West Ham, in eighth and ninth, with a 2-2 draw at the London Stadium.

A rare goal from Nacer Chadli put West Brom in front after just six minutes in the visitors' first attack of the match.

Sofiane Feghouli saw a goal ruled out for offside before breaking through in the 63rd minute after Foster saved Manuel Lanzini's initial shot, before Lanzini netted four minutes from time - but Gareth McAuley levelled in the fourth minute of added time.

A famous surname from Sunderland's past came back to haunt them, with memories of last week's 4-0 win at Crystal Palace banished as Southampton beat them by the same scoreline.

It was Manolo Gabbiadini, not Marco, who first put a dampener on proceedings for David Moyes' men at the Stadium of Light.

The Italian forward, a January signing from Napoli, got the last touch for the opening goal on the half-hour - and then just before the break he made it two with a shot on the turn to beat his compatriot Vito Mannone again.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates after Sadio Mane scores their second goal
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates after Sadio Mane scores their second goal

Two late goals rubbed salt in the Black Cats' wounds, Jason Denayer into his own net in the 89th minute and then Shane Long making it 4-0 in the 90th.

Crystal Palace completed the misery for the bottom three, who all lost.

Palace's trip to Stoke brought them no respite thanks to Joe Allen's 67th-minute winner as Mark Hughes' mid-table hosts prevailed 1-0.

Everton remain unbeaten in eight league matches, since their defeat in the Merseyside derby before Christmas - but Ronald Koeman's men might have hoped for better from their visit to the Riverside, where Middlesbrough managed to hold them to a stalemate.

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