Manchester City retained their slim title hopes thanks to a 3-0 win against 10-man West Bromwich Albion, but Arsenal are hot on their heels after a 2-1 victory against Newcastle United in the English Premier League on Saturday.
City were helped by a bizarre refereeing decision in the second minute in which West Brom’s Gareth McAuley was sent off instead of Craig Dawson in a case of mistaken identity.
Wilfried Bony, who had been hauled down by Dawson only for referee Neil Swarbrick to send off McAuley, later scored his first City goal before Fernando and David Silva completed the win to mark coach Manuel Pellegrini’s 100th game in charge of the club.
After a trying week for Man City, Pellegrini said it was a relief to get back on track, especially with their top-four place far from guaranteed.
“We have lost the last two games in different competitions, so it was important to return to victory,” Pellegrini said. “We have to play eight games more, we can win the eight games and if Chelsea don’t drop points we cannot win the title.”
Second-placed City have 61 points from 30 matches. Arsenal are one point behind City after victory against Newcastle at St James’ Park means the Gunners have now won their last six league matches.
Olivier Giroud struck twice in four minutes in the first half, but they had to dig deep in the second half after Moussa Sissoko pulled a goal back for Newcastle.
“The last 40 minutes were difficult because our legs had gone a little bit and Newcastle played very well in the second half,” manager Arsene Wenger said. “We know we have a fight first to be in the top four. We go step by step, game by game.”
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane celebrated his first senior England call-up with a hat-trick, as Spurs beat bottom side Leicester City 4-3 in a thrilling match at White Hart Lane.
Kane scored twice in the opening 13 minutes to give Spurs a two-goal advantage, but goals from Jamie Vardy and Wes Morgan drew the visitors level.
Leicester striker David Nugent conceded a penalty that Kane converted to complete a first Premier League hat-trick and move him above Chelsea’s Diego Costa with 19 goals on top of the scoring charts.
Nugent set up a nervy finish with a late consolation.
Sixth-placed Southampton stay above Spurs on goal difference after their 2-0 win at St Mary’s against struggling Burnley, who remain in the bottom three.
Dutchman Dick Advocaat’s first game as new Sunderland manager ended in defeat when his side were beaten 1-0 away against West Ham United, Diafra Sakho striking late for the Hammers.
Crystal Palace came from a goal down to beat Stoke City 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium, while Aston Villa’s recent resurgence came to end with a 1-0 home defeat against Swansea City.
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
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