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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

Southampton hammer Everton, late Sanchez penalty earns Arsenal win: Premier League round-up

Watford continued their fine away form with a thumping win at Newcastle United, while Crystal Palace picked up three precious points against Stoke City.

Charlie Austin celebrates scoring his second and Southampton's third goal in the win over Everton on Sunday. David Klein / Reuters
Charlie Austin celebrates scoring his second and Southampton's third goal in the win over Everton on Sunday. David Klein / Reuters

A round-up of all the results and reports from this weekend's Premier League action. All kick-off times UAE (+4 GMT).

SUNDAY

Southampton 4 Everton 1

Southampton: Tadic (18'), Austin (52', 58'), Davis (87')

Everton: Sigurdsson (45')

  • Charlie Austin’s second-half double helped to earn Southampton a 4-1 win over Everton. Southampton took the lead at St Mary's in the 18th minute after Dusan Tadic finished off a fine team move but, just before the break, Everton levelled with a bolt from the blue as Iceland's Gylfi Sigurdsson thundered a strike from distance in off the crossbar, his first league goal for the club. The goal did little to settle a nervous-looking Everton and they were soon behind again as Austin, making his first league start of the season, headed home in the 52nd minute before getting on the end of a left-wing cross to make it 3-1 six minutes later. Captain Steven Davis fired home a late fourth as Southampton strolled to just their fifth home win of 2017 to move them up to 10th in the table, while 16th-placed Everton’s woes continue and David Unsworth’s chances of getting the manager’s job on a permanent basis were dealt another big blow.

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Burnley 0 Arsenal 1

Arsenal: Sanchez (90'+2 pen)

Alexis Sanchez scores the penalty for Arsenal. Andrew Yates / Reuters
Alexis Sanchez scores the penalty for Arsenal. Andrew Yates / Reuters
  • Alexis Sanchez's controversial late penalty earned Arsenal a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Burnley and moved Arsene Wenger's side into fourth place in the Premier League. Sanchez struck in the first minute of stoppage-time after Burnley defender James Tarkowski was judged to have pushed Aaron Ramsey in the back as he competed for a cross. It was a decision which infuriated Burnley players and supporters alike, but the Arsenal striker kept his composure superbly to convert the spot kick into the bottom left-hand corner. Arsenal' second successive league win keeps alive their faint title hopes, although a top four finish looks a more realistic goal.

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Still to come:

Huddersfield Town v Manchester City (8pm)

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SATURDAY

Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1

Liverpool: Salah (65')

Chelsea: Willian (85')

In his first match against his former club, Mohamed Salah, left, scores with opening goal for Liverpool against Chelsea. Rui Vieira / AP Photo
In his first match against his former club, Mohamed Salah, left, scores with opening goal for Liverpool against Chelsea. Rui Vieira / AP Photo
  • An 85th-minute goal by substitute Willian denied Liverpool a morale-boosting victory as Chelsea rescued a 1-1 draw at a chilly Anfield. Looking to bounce back from the trauma of letting a 3-0 lead slip in their 3-3 draw at Sevilla in the Uefa Champions League, Liverpool went ahead in the 65th minute through former Chelsea man Mohamed Salah. But with Jurgen Klopp's side heading for their first win over a major rival of the campaign, Willian lobbed Simon Mignolet to earn Antonio Conte's champions a share of the points. Willian's goal was only the second Liverpool had conceded at Anfield in the league this season and stemmed a run of three successive league wins for the home side. Chelsea remain third, three points clear of Liverpool.

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Manchester United 1 Brighton and Hove Albion 0

Man United: Dunk (66' og)

Ashley Young celebrates after creating the chance that led to Manchester United's decisive goal against Brighton and Hove Albion. Alex Livesey / Getty Images
Ashley Young celebrates after creating the chance that led to Manchester United's decisive goal against Brighton and Hove Albion. Alex Livesey / Getty Images
  • Manchester United stayed on the tail of Premier League leaders and rivals Manchester City after a Lewis Dunk own goal gave them a laboured 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion. United wing-back Ashley Young let fly from the the edge of the penalty area in the 66th minute and his shot took a heavy deflection off Dunk, leaving visiting goalkeeper Mathew Ryan rooted to the spot. The winner settled an uneventful contest as Brighton's packed defence foiled waves of attacks by United. But Brighton, who had several dangerous raids down Young's flank, failed to clear a corner and the home side took advantage to stay second in the standings on 29 points from 13 games, five behind City.

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Crystal Palace 2 Stoke City 1

Palace: Loftus-Cheek (56'), Sakho (90'+2)

Stoke: Shaqiri (53')

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, front, scored Crystal Palace's opening goal. Mike Hewitt / Getty Images
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, front, scored Crystal Palace's opening goal. Mike Hewitt / Getty Images
  • Defender Mamadou Sakho struck deep into stoppage time to snatch a badly-needed 2-1 win for the Premier League's basement club Crystal Palace over Stoke City at Selhurst Park. Xherdan Shaqiri gave Stoke the lead with a sensational solo goal early in the second half, picking up the ball on the halfway line and racing through a thicket of defenders before curling home a left-footed shot. The lead lasted only three minutes as Ruben Loftus-Cheek stole in at the back post to tuck home Andros Townsend's cross to equalise for Palace. Ryan Shawcross missed a great late chance for Stoke and Palace made the most of it, with Yohan Cabaye hitting the post before Sakho rifled home the rebound in the 92nd minute to give Roy Hodgson's side just their second victory of the season.

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Newcastle United 0 Watford 3

Watford: Hughes (19'), Yedlin (45'+1 og), Gray (62')

Watford striker Andre Gray slides in to score his team's third goal. Lee Smith / Reuters
Watford striker Andre Gray slides in to score his team's third goal. Lee Smith / Reuters
  • Watford's Portuguese manager Marco Silva enhanced his reputation further as his side consolidated eighth place with a dominant performance in a 3-0 win at Newcastle United. It was their fourth away win and maintained a run of having scored at least two goals in every game on the road this season. Will Hughes, the midfielder who got his first Premier League goal last week, added another one in the first 20 minutes, steering in a cut-back by Marvin Zeegelaar. Just before half-time Zeegelaar forced an own goal by American DeAndre Yedlin, and striker Andre Gray added the third, made by the impressive Brazilian Richarlison.

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Swansea City 0 Bournemouth 0

Swansea City defender Martin Olsson, left, and Bournemouth winger Jordan Ibe. Catherine Ivill / Getty Images
Swansea City defender Martin Olsson, left, and Bournemouth winger Jordan Ibe. Catherine Ivill / Getty Images
  • Swansea City produced a vastly-improved performance and ended a run of four straight Premier League losses with a 0-0 draw against Bournemouth. Swansea midfielder Leroy Fer missed a chance to seal the win in the final 10 minutes, shooting straight at goalkeeper Asmir Begovic before missing with his second attempt, while teammate Tammy Abraham had a penalty appeal denied late on. Wilfried Bony provided the game's other talking point just before half-time when the Swansea striker curled a shot into the top corner but his effort was disallowed after Jordan Ayew was adjudged to have fouled defender Nathan Ake in the build-up.

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Tottenham Hotspur 1 West Bromwich Albion 1

Tottenham: Kane (74')

West Brom: Rondon (4')

Tottenham's Harry Kane heads over the bar against West Brom. Hannah McKay / Reuters
Tottenham's Harry Kane heads over the bar against West Brom. Hannah McKay / Reuters
  • Harry Kane scored his 40th goal of the year to salvage a 1-1 draw for Tottenham Hotspur against managerless West Bromwich Albion at Wembley. Salomon Rondon handed the visitors a fourth-minute lead by out-muscling Davinson Sanchez and rolling a low shot past Hugo Lloris. Tottenham dominated possession but looked unlikely to score against a well-drilled Baggies team until Kane steered home Dele Alli’s cross in the 74th minute. West Brom, who had Gary Megson in caretaker charge following Tony Pulis's sacking last Monday, remain 17th in the standings, one point above the relegation zone, while Spurs close their gap to leaders Manchester City to 10 points but have played a game more.

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