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Man City go top with defeat of Cardiff City (video)

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  • Sane with goal, assist
  • De Bruyne opens scoring
  • City back atop table with 80 points

Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane scored as Manchester City eased back atop the table with a 2-0 defeat of Cardiff City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

City now leads second place Liverpool by one point, hitting the 80-point mark for the second-straight season. City also has a 9-goal advantage in goal differential.

Cardiff City remains 18th, five points back of safety.

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Neil Etheridge made a great stop on Riyad Mahrez in the match’s first stages, but it wasn’t a precursor to a legendary clean sheet.

De Bruyne made it 1-0 with an effort which is either a delightful strike or a wayward cross, and certainly looked more like the latter.

Bruno Ecuele Manga’s bad giveaway gave Gabriel Jesus the best of several early chances, but the Brazilian sent the ball over the bar.

Jesus turned playmaker when he chested a cross to Sane, who left no doubt with a low drive into the goal.

Etheridge made a fine stop on Phil Foden in the second half as Cardiff City bid to keep the score line in check.

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Spurs christen new stadium with win (video)

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  • Spurs stage 1st game in new stadium
  • Eriksen with assist, goal
  • Son scores first goal in stadium history
  • JPW: Stadium a game changer

Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen scored second half goals as Tottenham Hotspur opened their new stadium with 2-0 defeat of Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

The win puts Spurs back into third place on 63 points, while Palace is 13th with 36.

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The first half was, quite obviously, a half of firsts. Dele Alli registered the first shot on target in the Premier League history of the new stadium.

Vicente Guaita made a low stop on Christian Eriksen before taking a poke from a rebound-hunting Heung-min Son.

Son ran onto an Eriksen through ball and lashed a shot that Guaita fumbled out of bounds for a corner.

Spurs had several claims for handball in the Palace box, but no call arrived at home.

Eriksen added a goal in the 80th minute, falling backward amidst penalty cries when he hit the ball past Guaita.

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Spurs had most of the ball in the early stages of the second half as well, save a Michy Batshuayi shot wide of the post.

Then Son went into the history books as the first goal scorer at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, taking a touch to the middle before shooting across his body with a left-footer that took a wicked deflection to beat Guaita in the 55th.

A blocked pass sprung Harry Kane on goal, but he floated his effort wide of the gaping frame after beating Guaita.

Palace had its chances late, but the stars were aligned to give Hugo Lloris a clean sheet at the new stadium.

Clinical Palace defies Leicester City in big win (video)

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  • McArthur with two assists
  • Zaha scores twice
  • Batshuayi, Milivojevic also score
  • Evans with lone Leicester tally
  • Foxes out-attempt Palace 27-7

Crystal Palace made the most of their limited chances, a deceptive scoreline of 3-1 greeting their win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

James McArthur had two assists, while Wilfried Zaha, Michy Batshuayi, and Luka Milivojevic scored for the Eagles.

Jonny Evans had the lone Leicester goal.

Palace moves into 13th place with 30 points, six clear of the drop zone, while Leicester fails in its bid to go 10th.

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A pair of near-misses greeted Leicester City’s control of the first 10 minutes, as both Jamie Vardy and James Maddison came close to putting the Foxes ahead.

Leicester was clearly the superior side, and Palace was sloppy when it found a rare spell of first half possession.

So, of course, Palace scored first, as Leicester backstop Kasper Schmeichel was wrong-footed when Batshuayi swung his leg and redirected a James McArthur rip from distance.

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The Foxes leveled the score deservedly when Harvey Barnes‘ pass to Jonny Evans was met with a lunging leg that swung the ball past Vicente Guaita.

But Zaha restored Palace’s lead in the 70th, as Harry Maguire and the Leicester City defense completely lost track of the electric Ivorian for a back post finish of McArthur’s cross.

And wouldn’t you know it: A penalty! Evans took down Jeff Schlupp in the 82nd minute, and Milivojevic did what he usually does from the spot to make it 3-1.

Zaha scores, sent off as Palace draws Southampton (video)

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  • Zaha, Townsend team up for opener
  • Ward-Prowse lashes in Targett pass for 1-1
  • Zaha gets quickfire, late yellow cards

Wilfried Zaha scored and was sent off at St. Mary’s, as Crystal Palace and Southampton drew 1-1 on Wednesday.

Zaha’s first goal in 17 Premier League matches was overshadowed late when he took the bait of fellow goal scorer James Ward-Prowse and then insulted the referee.

Saints’ point has them three clear of the drop zone, while Palace is 15th with 23 points.

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Zaha spun a low shot past the diving Alex McCarthy after Andros Townsend worked through a foul to get the ball to the Ivorian winger.

Southampton was probably second-best for most of the night, but answered in the 77th minute when he ran onto Matt Targett‘s cutback to slash an equalizer home.

Vicente Guaita made a very good save, flying to slap Stuart Armstrong‘s curling shot away from the frame.

James McArthur then forced McCarthy into a fine save at the other end.

Zaha was given a yellow in the 87th minute, then earned a second by clapping at the referee in the 88th.

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