Premier League: Manchester City crush Southampton 6-1, Chelsea climb to 2nd spot

first_imgRaheem Sterling’s brace powered Premier League leaders Manchester City to a crushing 6-1 win over Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.This was the fourth time Pep Guardiola’s men have scored five or more goals this season out of 11 games.City, who now have a two-point lead over second-placed Chelsea, took just six minutes to open the scoring. David Silva passed the ball to Leroy Sane on the left and the German’s drilled low cross was turned in by Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt.Six minutes later, City went 2-0 up after Bernardo Silva did very much the same on the right flank and this time it was Raheem Sterling, who drilled in a low cross that found Sergio Aguero and the Argentine scored his 150th Premier League goal with ease. It was also his 17th goal in his last 13 home games.The game was virtually over by the 18th minute when Sterling’s cross from the right eventually found David Silva whose left-foot drive flew past the helpless Alex McCarthy.HIGHLIGHTS!!!City slickers hit Saints for six…SHORT https://t.co/67Fg8G8w8RLONG https://t.co/2cMrKADPvR #mancity pic.twitter.com/hPgdpphC9SManchester City (@ManCity) November 5, 2018Southampton got a little encouragement when Danny Ings was brought down by City keeper Ederson and rose to convert the spot kick in the 30th minute but on the stroke of half-time City restored their three-goal advantage when Aguero passed to Sterling inside the box and he took his time before firing home.advertisementSterling struck again to make it 5-1, drilling into the bottom corner after being slipped in by the unselfish Aguero and Sane completed the rout in stoppage time.CHELSEA 3 – 1 CRYSTAL PALACEAlvaro Morata netted a brace to help help Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 3-1 and jump to the second spot.The result helped Chelsea overtake second-placed Liverpool with goal difference separating the two giants on 27 points.Palace, meanwhile, have won just twice in the league this season and remain 14th with eight points.Great job!! Great win at home with our fans!! Happy to score again!! Go Chelsea!! pic.twitter.com/ELrG1Z2uasÁlvaro Morata (@AlvaroMorata) November 4, 2018Chelsea also extended their unbeaten start to the season to 11 matches with Manchester City and Liverpool being the only other two teams to remain unbeaten.After Liverpool drew at Arsenal on Saturday, Chelsea knew victory would send them second and in-form Spain forward Morata saw them on their way with two smart finishes.First the 26-year-old skilfully controlled and converted Pedro’s cross in the 32nd minute, then — after Andros Townsend equalised — the often maligned Morata lashed home from a tight angle in the 65th minute for his fourth goal in four league matches.Pedro then sealed the victory five minutes later, ghosting into the box to convert Marcos Alonso’s cross in the 70th minute for a Chelsea side, who also welcomed back Eden Hazard as a second-half substitute.”I can score a hat-trick so it was not the perfect day but we will take the three points,” Morata, who spurned a golden opportunity for a third in the dying stages, told Sky Sports.”We want to fight until the end for the Premier League. It is very hard because the Premier League is the most competitive league in the world. It will be very difficult. We want to take all the points. It is the only way to try to fight for the league.”Chelsea talisman Hazard was fit enough only for a place on the bench following injury but under Maurizio Sarri the Blues are no longer solely reliant on the brilliant Belgian.Despite impressing so far this season though, Chelsea had to weather a spirited start from a Palace side who had won two of the previous three meetings between the sides.Chelsea slowly wrestled the impetus away from their London rivals and Morata fired the Blues ahead before Wilian had a goal ruled out for offside just minutes later.Palace started the second half stronger and a lovely, dinked through ball from James McArthur saw Townsend surge clear before unleashing a low drive into the bottom corner to restore parity in the 53rd minute.But that prompted the introduction of Hazard to a rapturous reception, and the 27-year-old’s presence was enough for Chelsea to finish comfortable winners with quickfire goals from Morata and Pedro.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more