Thursday, December 8, 2022

City move to top; Brighton thump Chelsea 4-1

Kevin De Bruyne fired Manchester City to the top of the Premier League as the Belgian’s sublime free-kick sealed a 1-0 win against lowly Leicester on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s side were without Erling Haaland at the King Power Stadium after the Norwegian failed to recover from an ankle injury.
But De Bruyne ensured the prolific striker wasn’t missed by the champions as he netted with a superb set-piece in the second half.
City’s first away win in their last four games moved them one point above second placed Arsenal, who host Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
Leicester’s first defeat in four matches leaves them one place above the relegation zone.
With Haaland sidelined, Julian Alvarez came in for his second league start of the season and City seemed unfazed in a vibrant start.
Danny Ward had to save Ilkay Gundogan’s header before De Bruyne whipped a corner towards Rodri, whose header was tipped over by the Leicester keeper.
City had failed to score in their previous three away games, but De Bruyne finally ended that drought in the 49th minute.
Taking aim from 25 yards, the Belgian star unleashed a superb free-kick that curled around the Leicester wall as it flashed into the top corner via the post.
Brighton cruise past Chelsea
Graham Potter endured a nightmare return to Amex Stadium as Brighton thrashed Chelsea to claim a first victory under their new manager Roberto de Zerbi.
In a chaotic opening, Leandro Trossard’s calm finish put the home side in front after Thiago Silva – who had already produced two goalline clearances to deny the Seagulls – surrendered possession cheaply in his own half.
Two own goals extended Brighton’s lead before the break, Ruben Loftus-Cheek putting through his own net from a Solly March corner before Trevoh Chalobah slid Pervis Estupinan’s low cross past Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Kai Havertz nodded in Conor Gallagher’s exquisite cross to give the visitors hope two minutes after the interval, but a second-half Chelsea recovery failed to materialise.
Pascal Gross capped a miserable afternoon for Potter and his players with a close-range finish after Edouard Mendy – who had replaced the injured Arrizabalaga at half-time – parried Julio Enciso’s shot into the German’s path.
The victory lifts De Zerbi’s side up to seventh, while Chelsea stay fifth after suffering their first defeat of Potter’s tenure.

Bournemouth 2-3 Tottenham
Brentford 1-1 Wolves
Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton
Newcastle 4-0 Aston villa

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