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Spectacular Sane guides Man City to group crown

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Leroy Sane scored two beautiful goals as Manchester City came back from an early deficit to beat Hoffenheim 2-1 and claim its UEFA Champions League group on Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium.

City is the lone Premier League side to win its group.

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Kramaric curled a wonderful ball toward the City goal, but Ederson tipped it wide of the far post with an outstanding effort.

City conceded a penalty on the ensuing corner when Laporte took down Benjamin Hubner in the box, allowing Kramaric to converted the 16th minute penalty.

Gabriel Jesus nearly equalized two minutes later, heading a Leroy Sane corner kick off the post. Oliver Baumann then made a sprawling save on John Stones.

Sane answered with a beauty before halftime, bending a wicked free kick over and around the wall.

The Premier League champions were much better in the second half, with Raheem Sterling and Sane continuing their season-long danger.

Sterling then led a 3v1 break, passing to Sane who got a bit too unselfish with a layoff to Bernardo Silva, who was stymied by the goalkeeper. It was an astounding miss.

But Sane did the thing himself, playing a sensational low pass onto the path of Sterling before getting the ball returned and touching around Baumann to make it 2-1.

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Watch Live: Everton v. Watford

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Marco Silva and Richarlison face their former club as Everton hosts Watford to close out this exciting week in Premier League action. (Watch live at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com)

Both Everton and Watford are winless in their last three games, with the Hornets having lost each game in that span, making tonight’s match even more important for the two clubs. With a win, Everton can jump past Manchester United (on goal difference) into sixth place, while Watford can catapult itself into the top ten with three points.

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Richarlison starts up top for Everton while Theo Walcott, Bernard and Michael Keane return to the lineup. On the other side, Ken Sema and Domingos Quina take Will Hughes and Nathaniel Chalobah‘s spots in the starting XI.

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Watch Live: Chelsea vs. Manchester City

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Manchester City’s unbeaten Premier League season heads to Stamford Bridge for match-up with wobbly Chelsea (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

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The Blues have claimed just four of 12 points this season, and will look to find their way forward with in-form Ruben Loftus-Cheek on the bench. Alvaro Morata is not in the 18.

Sergio Aguero is rested again for Man City, and Vincent Kompany starts the match on the bench.

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Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Pedro, Hazard. Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Emerson, Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley, Giroud.

Manchester City:  Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph, Fernandinho, D. Silva, Mahrez, Sane, Bernardo, Sterling. Subs: Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Gundogan, Otamendi, Jesus, Foden.

Insane late goal gifts Liverpool derby win

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The Merseyside Derby had been goal-free for 186 minutes when Divock Origi followed a ball that bounced off the cross bar twice to give Liverpool a 1-0 win over Everton in the Merseyside Derby at Anfield on Sunday.

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The Reds stay two points back of Man City, while Everton is sixth with 22 points (eight back of fifth place Spurs).

Scroll down to see the insane winner, which Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford kept in play and hit the cross bar twice before landing for Origi on the goal line.

Yerry Mina just missed heading a Lucas Digne free kick across goal in the fourth minute.

At the other end, Sadio Mane blazed over the bar in the 12th minute after a Mohamed Salah flick.

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Yet Everton had an even better chance, with Andre Gomes’ point-blank header stopped by Alisson Becker before the Portuguese midfielder saw the rebound hit him and creep to the goal line where Joe Gomez cleared it. Gomez on Gomes crime.

Roberto Firmino stung the gloves of Jordan Pickford in the 30th minute, and Theo Walcott set up Richarlison for a chance at the other end moments later. The Brazilian looked to have been fouled by Virgil Van Dijk, but no call arrived in favor of Everton.

Salah then cued up Shaqiri for a good chance on Pickford, but the Everton man blocked the shot.

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Liverpool’s Egyptian wizard picked up where he left off to start the second half, spinning a shot just wide of the left post from atop the arc.

Mane missed another chance when a through ball left him a harsh angle on Pickford.

Bernard screwed a 66th minute chance wide of the far post as Everton bid for an opener.

Divock Origi hit the bar in the 87th minute, moments before an unheeded handball shout in the box. But he followed up Van Dijk’s flubbed bid to win it by picking the second bounce off the cross bar.

Watch Live: Liverpool vs. Everton

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Marco Silva and Jurgen Klopp match Merseyside Derby wits for the first time when Everton visits Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday (Watch live at 11:15 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Xherdan Shaqiri, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho start in the midfield for Liverpool, while Idrissa Gueye and Andre Gomes will try to thwart the vicious Reds attack.

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Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri, Salah, Mane, Firmino. Subs: Mignolet, Matip, Moreno, Milner, Keita, Origi, Sturridge.

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne, Gomes, Gueye, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Richarlison. Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Zouma, Tosun, Davies, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman.