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Chelsea 0-3 Manchester City: Aguero hits hat trick as City cruises

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  • Man City moves into third
  • City four points clear of United
  • Aguero has 21 PL goals this season
  • Courtois sees late red card

Sergio Aguero completed a hat trick with an 80th minute penalty as Manchester City moved into third place in the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.

City leads Arsenal by one point and neighbors United by four, though it’s played one more match than the Gunners (who play Sunday at home to Crystal Palace).

Chelsea remains in 10th place with 44 points.

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Gary Cahill saved Chelsea’s early bacon when he blocked Sergio Aguero’s third minute chance, which came after Jesus Navas made a lung-busting run down the field to play Kevin De Bruyne toward the end line.

The other end saw Hart making a tackle to clean up a mess in his own 18, and City and Chelsea were trading chances in a fiery start.

City was the more dangerous side in the first half hour, with De Bruyne leading the fray. The Belgian set Aguero up for the opener in the 33rd minute, his deflected pass collected and finished by the Argentine striker.

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Chelsea looked ready to level things moments after the break, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek couldn’t get good contact on an in-tight chance and City was able to clear the ball.

Aguero doubled City’s lead in the 54th minute on a breakneck counterattack, as Nasri slipped him through and the Argentine did the rest with a hard right-footed shot.

Thibaut Courtois was shown a red card when Fernandinho skipped past Cahill for a 1v1 with the keeper. Courtois slid at the City player, who went down and drew the PK.

Aguero? Yeah, he finished just fine from the spot.

Everton 1-1 Southampton: Funes Mori, Mane helps sides split points at Goodison

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  • Toffees winless in six PL matches
  • Southampton remains 7th
  • Both goals in second half

Ramiro Funes Mori‘s second-half header was met soon after by Sadio Mane‘s equalizer as Everton and Southampton drew 1-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Everton sits 11th with 41 points, while Saints are in 7th with 51.

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Shane Long remains lively for Saints, and both he and Dusan Tadic had solid chances that came to nothing.

Perhaps the most notable moment of the half is when Jose Fonte got away with what could’ve been a red card takedown of a streaking Kevin Mirallas.

Saints probably deserved to be on top by halftime, and Virgin van Dijk nearly did the trick from inside the 18. The stalwart defender, however, smashed over the bar.

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The pressure continued after the break, with Tadic blasting a shot off the crossbar.

It was the Toffees who would go in front, though, as Ramiro Funes Mori had a pair of bites at the proverbial apple off a corner kick. His second header was good, and Everton was ahead with 32 minutes to play.

Saints equalized just eight minutes later through Mane, and perhaps it was fitting that it came as Tadic just missed scoring himself. Mane was on the spot to score from six yards out after Tadic’s redirected ball fell into his path.

Newcastle United 3-0 Swansea City: Lascelles leads Magpies to huge win

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  • First NUFC win for Benitez
  • And first NUFC win since Feb. 6
  • Sissoko, Lascelles, Townsend net

Two goals off set pieces led Newcastle United to a big home win over Swansea City at St. James Park on Saturday.

Jamaal Lascelles followed up a blunt assessment of his team’s play last week with a huge goal, as the Magpies picked up a 3-0 win over Swans.

Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend also scored for Newcastle.

The loss has Swansea in 14th place, 10 points clear of the drop, while Newcastle moves to within three points of Norwich and two points of 18th place Sunderland.

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A slow start gave way to a flurry of activity when Newcastle spent some time around the Swansea 18-yard box about nine minutes into the game. It led to a shot right at Lukasz Fabianski from Andros Townsend, but the Magpies had shown some life.

Gylfi Sigurdsson lorded over a 50-yard free kick midway through the frame, but the Magpies cleared the first real bit of danger from Swansea. Within moments, there was another chance even closer. Sigurdsson laughably butchered it.

The 33rd minute saw Jack Colback into the left of the 18 off a Papiss Cisse flick, but he had no options and hit his low left-footed shot directly at Fabianski.

And then, a lead! Andros Townsend’s sweeping 40th minute corner kick was nodded in by Jamaal Lascelles for his second PL goal since arriving from Nottingham Forest.

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Lascelles almost got his second on a Townsend free kick just after halftime, and then Colback whipped a shot over the goal as Newcastle sought insurance.

Georginio Wijnaldum gave away a free kick, and Swans took it quickly. Chancel Mbemba cleared the first danger before Ashley Williams smashed wide of the frame.

Substitute Bafetimbi Gomis set Jefferson Montero up for a should-be goal, but the Ecuadorian passed the ball wide of the far post.

Newcastle made Swansea pay for the missed chances, with Sissoko finishing a close-range chance off an 82nd minute corner.

Substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic then bulled his way into the box before laying off for Townsend, who shot past a sliding Fabianski.

Sunderland 0-2 Leicester City: Vardy brace edges Foxes closer to coronation

  • Leicester 6W-1D in last 7
  • 8-plus hours without conceding
  • Vardy nabs 20th in PL
  • Sunderland can’t finish

Jamie Vardy, everybody.

The Leicester City man netted his 20th and 21st goals of the season to lift the fairytale Foxes to a 2-0 win at Sunderland on Sunday

The win lifts the Foxes to a 10-point lead over Spurs before Tottenham faces Manchester United at 11 a.m. ET.

The home loss leaves Sunderland in 18th, two points ahead of Newcastle and four behind next week’s opponents in Norwich City

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The visitors were buzzing out of the gates, with N'Golo Kante‘s relentless pressure earning an early corner from Younes Kaboul that came to nothing. Notice, however, was served.

Shinji Okazaki had a decent penalty shout when DeAndre Yedlin‘s attempted clearance caught the forward in the chest, but no call.

Kaboul powered a 15-yard header over Schmeichel and the frame in the 36th minute.

Fabio Borini got the next big chance. Fed by Defoe, the Italian took a hard shot that took a turn off Wes Morgan. An off-balance Schmeichel did very well to parry the effort.

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And how about this halftime stat?

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Borini probably could’ve netted a few times, but his finish has been off for so much of the season. He gets into fine position, but has only netted thrice in 17 starts.

Vardy found Danny Drinkwater moments later, but the latter took too hard a touch and Mannone and Yedlin closed down the danger.

Vardy’s 20th goal was a beauty and pretty much his standard, as he blazed down the left wing to collect a gorgeous ball from Drinkwater. The Englishman dinked it past Mannone to make it 1-0 with 25 minutes to play.

Jack Rodwell missed a sitter in the 82nd minute, sending it zooming by the right upper 90.

At the other end, Kante slipped Leonardo Ulloa through only to see the Argentine take a bad touch and miss the insurance opportunity.

Mannone made a terrific point-blank save on substitute Daniel Amartey in the third minute of stoppage time.

Vardy then barreled past Patrick Van Aanholt and dribbled around Mannone to slot home his 21st.

Manchester City 2-1 West Bromwich Albion: Nasri nets winner, first goal since August

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  • Nasri nabs winner
  • Sessegnon scores sensational opener
  • Aguero equalizes from spot

Samir Nasri scored in his first Premier League start in seven months, as Manchester City came back to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Sergio Aguero also scored for City on NBC, as the Manchester side moved within two points of third place Arsenal.

Stephane Sessegnon scored for West Brom, which dropped into 13th.

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Sessegnon indeed silenced the Etihad with his fifth minute bullet, a hard-to-believe bit of power behind his near post shot. Hart had no chance, and it was 1-0 Baggies.

The attacker gave it back when Aleksandar Kolarov made the most of an awkward challenge in the box. Aguero buried his penalty chance, and it was 1-1 in the 19th minute.

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West Brom defended hard as usual to start the second half, but City broke down the right through Kevin De Bruyne and Jesus Navas en route to taking the lead.

Navas found Aguero, who had two attempts moved aside before Nasri slid in to pass into the goal.