Iheanacho’s brace helps Manchester City sink Stoke City


Chelsea, Southampton Win, Liverpool Draw With Newcastle

Kelechi Iheanacho yesterday put up a man-of-the-match performance at the Etihad Stadium as his brace ensured that City sunk Stoke City in one of the features of the English Premiership.

Fernando had earlier scored through a header, before a foul against Iheanacho allowed Sergio Aguero to score from the spot to compound Stoke City woes.

Manuel Pellegrini clearly had Europe on his mind as he left Kevin De Bruyne on the bench while Vincent Kompany was left out of the match-day squad completely. Yesterday’s victory ensured that City moved to third place position.

Cesc Fabregas had a hand in all the goals as Chelsea eased to a 4-1 win at Bournemouth.

A superb pair of through-balls set up Pedro and Eden Hazard fired home the second before Tommy Elphick briefly reduced the deficit for the Cherries before the break.

Fabregas was again instrumental in the second half as he set up the third for Willian and a late fourth for Hazard.

Aston Villa’s dismal season went from bad to worse as they crashed to a 4-2 home defeat to Southampton amid a poisonous atmosphere at Villa Park.

The already-relegated hosts were booed onto the pitch and a pair of defensive blunders let in Shane Long and Dusan Tadic to give the Saints a 2-0 lead.

Tadic bagged his second after the break and Sadio Mane added a fourth at the death, with only Ashley Westwood’s double sparing the home side outright humiliation.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez inspired another second-half comeback but the Magpies remain rooted in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone after a 2-2 draw at his former club Liverpool.

Benitez is still fondly remembered at Anfield for the 2005 Champions League final when the Reds recovered from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan, but Saturday’s stirring revival was not so welcome on Merseyside.

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