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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 25 June 2018

Premier League results: Kevin de Bruyne's stunning strike for Manchester City sinks Chelsea

Four goals each for Tottenham and Manchester United in respective wins over Huddersfield and Crystal Palace while West Brom beat Watford

Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne, right, scored the only goal of the game against former club Chelsea when the sides last met in September. Eddie Keogh / Reuters
Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne, right, scored the only goal of the game against former club Chelsea when the sides last met in September. Eddie Keogh / Reuters

Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City

Man City: De Bruyne (67')

Match-winner Kevin de Bruyne came back to haunt former club Chelsea as Manchester City defeated the Premier League champions 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to reclaim top spot.

De Bruyne, who left Chelsea for Wolfsburg in January 2014, struck from outside the box midway through the second half, securing a victory that cemented City's status as the early title favourites.

City recovered first place from Manchester United on goal difference and move six points clear of Antonio Conte's Chelsea, who were beaten at home for a second time after their shock opening-weekend loss to Burnley.

It represented a forceful return to earth for Chelsea after their excellent Uefa Champions League win at Atletico Madrid and their disappointment was compounded by an injury to prolific new striker Alvaro Morata.

Harry Kane, right, scores Tottenham's third goal against Huddersfield Town. Carl Recine / Reuters
Harry Kane, right, scores Tottenham's third goal against Huddersfield Town. Carl Recine / Reuters

Huddersfield Town 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs: Kane (9', 23'), Davies (16')

A Harry Kane masterclass ensured Tottenham Hotspur cruised to a 4-0 victory against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Tottenham beat Cypriot champions Apoel Nicosia 3-0 courtesy of a brilliant Kane hat-trick on Tuesday and he was just as impressive in West Yorkshire, killing off Huddersfield inside the opening 20 minutes with two superbly taken goals.

Ben Davies put Tottenham farther ahead early on and substitute Moussa Sissoko added a late fourth as the London side blew away David Wagner's men.

The early kick off gave Tottenham a chance to keep in touch with the Premier League leaders and they gleefully took that opportunity against a Huddersfield team with plenty of heart but little real quality.

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, left, gathers the ball from Bournemouth's Jermain Defoe. Matthew Childs / Reuters
Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, left, gathers the ball from Bournemouth's Jermain Defoe. Matthew Childs / Reuters

Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester City

Bournemouth were denied a clear penalty as they wasted numerous chances to secure a convincing victory in a 0-0 draw at home to Leicester.

Danny Simpson's handball sent Marc Pugh's early goal-bound shot wide and went unpunished, but even amid that sense of injustice, the hosts were so dominant and their visitors so poor that that should have had little influence on the outcome.

Instead Bournemouth will reflect on the costly way they dropped two points and Leicester leave relieved at avoiding defeat.

Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring his side's third goal against Crystal Palace. Andrew Yates / Reuters
Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring his side's third goal against Crystal Palace. Andrew Yates / Reuters

Manchester United 4-0 Crystal Palace

Man United: Mata (3'), Fellaini (35', 49'), Lukaku (85')

Marouane Fellaini's first Manchester United double helped Jose Mourinho's men to another comprehensive victory, leaving Crystal Palace reeling from a seventh straight Premier League defeat without so much as a goal.

Saturday's Old Trafford encounter was a complete mismatch between two teams on opposing trajectories.

Fellaini's double was sandwiched between Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku goals in a comprehensive 4-0 win that saw United equal their record tally of 19 points after seven Premier League matches as embattled Palace fell to another loss.

Palace are the first team in English league history to lose their first seven matches without scoring.

Stoke City's Saido Berahino, left, saw a first-half penalty saved by Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster. Craig Brough / Reuters
Stoke City's Saido Berahino, left, saw a first-half penalty saved by Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster. Craig Brough / Reuters

Stoke City 2-1 Southampton

Stoke: Diouf (40'), Crouch (85')

Southampton: Yoshida (76')

Peter Crouch gave Stoke City a 2-1 home win over his former club Southampton.

Senegal forward Mame Biram Diouf put Stoke ahead five minutes before half time.

Moments later Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk conceded a penalty with a foul on Saido Berahino, but the striker's spot-kick was saved by Fraser Forster.

Japan defender Maya Yoshida equalised for Southampton with a blistering volley in the 75th minute, but Stoke substitute Crouch grabbed the 85th-minute winner.

West Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson, right, in action with Watford's Andre Carrillo. Rebecca Naden / Reuters
West Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson, right, in action with Watford's Andre Carrillo. Rebecca Naden / Reuters

West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Watford

WBA: Rondon (18'), Evans (21')

Watford: Doucoure (37'), Richarlison (90+5')

Richarlison's late leveller earned Watford a 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion.

Albion had scored only four times in their previous six league matches, but Salomon Rondon put them ahead in the 18th minute at The Hawthorns and the hosts doubled their lead three minutes later through Jonny Evans.

However, Abdoulaye Doucoure gave Watford a lifeline in the 37th minute and Richarlison equalised in the closing seconds.

West Ham United's Manuel Lanzini, right, in action with Swansea City's Kyle Naughton. Hannah McKay / Reuters
West Ham United's Manuel Lanzini, right, in action with Swansea City's Kyle Naughton. Hannah McKay / Reuters

West Ham United 1-0 Swansea City

West Ham: Sakho (90')

Diafra Sakho came in from the cold to hit a last-minute winner and dig West Ham manager Slaven Bilic out of a hole.

The London Stadium was almost in open revolt following an insipid 89 minutes from the home side against Swansea.

But Sakho, who if he had got his way on transfer deadline day would now be in France playing for Rennes, climbed off the bench to secure a 1-0 win and bail out his manager.

Even Bilic had branded this a "must-win" game, and he should know - so precarious has his position looked at times that West Ham have had about 10 in the last 12 months.

Yet West Ham are somehow now out of the bottom three, and with games against Brighton, Burnley and Crystal Palace coming up, Bilic will feel they can climb further away from trouble.

Sunday's fixtures (UAE time):

  • Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion, 3pm
  • Everton v Burnley, 5.15pm
  • Newcastle United v Liverpool, 7.30pm