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Ighalo Lifts Watford, Man City Down Southampton

Aston Villa’s Alan Hutton pokes the ball in front of Odion Ighalo to score an own goal and restore Watford’s lead. PHOTO: BBC SPORTS

Aston Villa’s Alan Hutton pokes the ball in front of Odion Ighalo to score an own goal and restore Watford’s lead. PHOTO: BBC SPORTS

Barca Thrash Real Sociedad 4-0
WATFORD condemned bottom club Aston Villa to their 11th defeat in 14 Premier League games.

Odion Ighalo poked home to give the visitors the lead, but Micah Richards’ header levelled it before half-time.

The Hornets lost goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes to a head injury, but Alan Hutton’s own goal and Troy Deeney’s bullet header put them in control.

Jordan Ayew’s shot found the corner to give Villa hope but they could not equalise in 10 minutes of injury time. It ended 3-2 in favour of the visitors.

Manchester City got their Premier League title challenge back on track with a 3-1 win over Southampton.

Raheem Sterling crossed for Kevin de Bruyne to slot the hosts ahead before City midfielder Fernandinho’s header appeared to strike Steven Davis’ arm.

Fabian Delph added the home side’s second with a deflected shot but Shane Long nodded in to give Saints hope.

Junior Stanislas scored a 97th-minute equaliser as Bournemouth twice came from behind to earn a point against visiting Everton in an astonishing 3-3 game at Vitality Stadium.

Barcelona thrashed Real Sociedad 4-0 with Neymar and Luis Suarez keeping up their excellent form and Lionel Messi returning to scoresheet for Barca to stretch La Liga lead to seven points over Atletico Madrid.



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