Manchester City, Liverpool win with four rounds to go, Arsenal win at West Ham, Chelsea lose to Everton


Richarlison pictured with a flare after scoring a goal. Credit:Getty Images

Everton relied on Jordan Pickford’s saves to preserve the win — denying Cesar Azpilicueta, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Thiago Silva.

“We’re still in a massive scrap,” captain Seamus Coleman said. “We’ve got to keep going and keep battling.”

Third-place Chelsea has only four points from their last four games.

“We struggle to play without big mistakes,” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said. “And that is why we struggle to have results.”

SON DOUBLE

Heung-min is now on a career-high 19 Premier League goals in a season, only three behind Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah in the race for the Golden Boot.

Before scoring against Leicester, Son also provided the opener in the 22nd minute by delivering a corner for the unmarked Harry Kane to head into the bottom corner to end a five-game goalless run.

It also was Tottenham’s first attempt on target in 221 minutes.

Tottenham’s Son Heung-min is in the race for the Golden Boot.

Tottenham’s Son Heung-min is in the race for the Golden Boot. Credit:AP

The hosts struggled for another sight of goal until the hour mark when they doubled their lead.

Kelechi Iheanacho in action against Tottenham.

Kelechi Iheanacho in action against Tottenham.Credit:Getty Images

Cristian Romero was the architect as he produced a crunching tackle on Caglar Soyuncu on the halfway line, which set Dejan Kulusevski free and the Swede raced clear and teed up Heung-min, who found the bottom corner.

Heung-min’s second came after he picked up the ball on the right, cut inside and curled a shot high into the net in the 79th minute from distance. The South Korea forward was denied a shot at a hat-trick after being substituted by manager Antonio Conte

“We are talking about a great player, fantastic player,” Conte said. “But it’s important at the end of the season to celebrate a big achievement with the team. Otherwise, it remains only a personal success to score these types of goals.”

Kelechi Iheanacho scored a stoppage-time consolation for Leicester, who is 11th in the standings and focused on their Europa Conference League semi-final against Roma on Thursday after drawing 1-1 in the first leg.

DEFENDERS’ HEADERS

Like Leicester, seventh-place West Ham’s focus is on Europe and their second-leg game in the Europa League semi-finals against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.

Arsenal still found it hard going before Bukayo Saka’s corner was headed in by Rob Holding in the 38th minute for his first-ever Premier League goal since making his debut in 2016.

The lead lasted seven minutes as Jarrod Bowen levelled from close range before the break. But Arsenal went in front again nine minutes into the second half when Gabriel Martinelli crossed to an unmarked Gabriel for a diving header that beat former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski at the far post.

After three straight losses, Arsenal has now won three in a row.

Rob Holding celebrates a goal.

Rob Holding celebrates a goal. Credit:Getty Images

“It’s nice and close, and we’ll have to keep going for the rest of the season,” Holding said. “Your heart rate will be going high at times, but if we can keep controlling what we do and picking up points that’s all we can worry about.”

It’s still advantage Manchester City in the English Premier League title race after the league leaders and Liverpool won tricky away matches at in-form teams.

First up was Liverpool, who won at Newcastle 1-0 despite resting several players, and were briefly atop the table.

Then City won at Leeds 4-0 a few hours later to move back above Liverpool by one point and also move to within one of Liverpool’s goal difference, which is the first tiebreaker in England.

Gabriel Jesus and Phil Foden celebrate City’s third goal.

Gabriel Jesus and Phil Foden celebrate City’s third goal.Credit:AP

There are four rounds left in their compelling title fight.

“We stuck together, and we reduced the goal difference. I don’t know if it is important – but it is in our hands,” City coach Pep Guardiola said.

“Newcastle, Wolves, West Ham and Aston Villa. We know exactly what we have to do, and we have the same opinion. We win, we will be champions. We draw, they [Liverpool] will be champions.”

Both sides also have the second legs of their Champions League semi-finals next week: Liverpool travel to Villarreal with a 2-0 lead, and City play at Real Madrid having also won the first leg 4-3.

With that in mind, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp rested Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara and Mohamed Salah from the starting line-up.

They should nevertheless have won more comfortably as they dominated. In the end, Naby Keita’s first-half goal stood up.

Jordan Henderson and Diogo Jota combined to feed Keita, who stepped inside before dispatching the ball past a hapless Martin Dubravka.

Newcastle had been bidding for a fifth straight win – and a seventh straight victory at home – but struggled to escape Liverpool’s press.

Naby Keita is swamped by teammates celebrating his goal.

Naby Keita is swamped by teammates celebrating his goal.Credit:Getty Images

“Coming here, a team in form, six home wins on the bounce, great weather, everybody in a good mood, pretty much everything was prepared for another home win,” Klopp said.

“The only group who wanted to avoid that was my players. It was an outstanding football game, to be honest. In the circumstances, it was a top-class performance.”

Relegation-threatened Leeds also came in with impressive form from being unbeaten in the previous five matches.

But Rodri headed City into a half-time lead, and further goals from Nathan Ake, Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho sealed the result, which was not as comfortable as the scoreline suggests.

Leeds remained one place and five points above third-from-bottom Everton, who have two games in hand.

NORWICH RELEGATED

Norwich were relegated after Dean Smith’s return to Aston Villa ended in a 2-0 defeat.

Goals from Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings inflicted a 10th loss in 12 on Norwich and left it 13 points from safety with four matches remaining.

It is the fourth straight season that has ended in either promotion or relegation for Norwich.

Watford were also on the brink of going straight back down to the Championship after they lost to Burnley 2-1 to become the first team in top-flight history to lose 11 straight home games.

Two late goals consigned Watford to defeat and left it 12 points behind Leeds.

Burnley moved five points clear of the drop.

Southampton were 11 points clear – although they have played a match more than all of the teams around them – after losing at home to Crystal Palace 2-1.



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