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Chelsea retained top-spot in the Premier League with their seventh consecutive win against Spurs at the Bridge Saturday tea-time. They came from a goal down after Ericksen gave the visitors an early lead and were saved by two unlikely heroes, in Rodriguez who netted the equaliser on the stroke of half-time and the resurgent Moses who netted the winner seven minutes after the interval.

Manchester City kept up the pressure on Chelsea and briefly went top after defeating Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor Saturday lunch-time. They also had to come from behind after Marney gave the home side an early lead, but goals in both halves from top-scorer Aguero was enough to secure the three points and joint second place for City.

Liverpool also kept up the pressure on Chelsea and went top briefly after their hard fought 2-0 win at Anfield against bottom of the league Sunderland. The visitors fought valiantly to keep the Reds at bay for three quarter of an hour, but firt half substitute Origi, who replaced the injured Couthino, broke the deadlock on 75 minutes and Milner made sure of the three points from the penalty spot in injury time after Mane was brought down by Ndong.

The game of the afternoon turned out to be the nine goal thriller between relegation strugglers Swansea and Crystal Palace at the Liberty Stadium. Both teams went in to the break level at 1-1 and Swansea looked to have wrapped up the three points when a two minute brace from Fer gave them a 3-1 lead. However, their defensive frailties came back to haunt the hosts and they capitulated, allowing the visitors to take the lead with three goals from Tomkins, Cork and Benteke in less than ten minutes and with six minutes remaining Palace were 3-2 ahead.

As the tie headed in to injury time the visitors looked assured to leave South Wales with a 3-2 win and a valuable three points, but the hosts were far from done and as they had done midway through the second half they netted twice in the space of a few injury time minutes, this time thanks to a brace from substitute Llorente. The winner sent the home fans and players wild with joy and more importantly lifted Swansea off the bottom of the table at the expense of Sunderland.

Elswhere, Hull and West Brom and Leicester and Middlesbrough both fought out 1-1 and 2-2 draws respectively, and Leicester were the most fortunate coming from 2-1 down at the King Power to snatch a vital point, thanks to Slimani’s injury time penalty. On Sunday Stoke got back to winning ways with a 1-0 at Watford, Arsenal kept in touch with the Premier League recording a convincing 3-1 at the Emirates against Bournemouth, thanks to a brace from Sanchez.

Finally Manchester United’s star studded squad continued to struggle in the league yesterday only managing a 1-1 draw at home against West Ham and Southampton recorded their first league win in four matches securing a 1-0 win at home against Everton.


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