December 12, 2013
English and scottish leaguesSunday, October 6, 2013
Liverpool moves atop; Manchester City wins
LONDON — Liverpool moved back to the top of the English Premier League with a comfortable 3-1 win over Crystal Palace as Luis Suárez celebrated his return at Anfield with a goal yesterday and Manchester City fought back to end Everton’s unbeaten run.
Playing in front of the Kop for the first time since his 10-match suspension, Suárez received a warm welcome as he entered the pitch and gratified the Reds fans with a solid performance and a classy goal, finding the net after 13 minutes, surrounded by defenders after losing his balance.
Liverpool moved one point clear of Arsenal, which has a match in hand and travels to West Bromwich Albion today.
Defending champion Manchester United struggled at last-place Sunderland and came from behind to claim a scrappy 2-1 win as teenager Adnan Januzaj scored twice on his full debut.
The win, which lifted United to ninth place, will take some pressure off coach David Moyes after consecutive league defeats against City and West Brom.
Suárez’s strike partnership with Daniel Sturridge again proved lethal, with the England striker doubling his team’s lead four minutes later with a solo effort. The attacking duo have 12 goals between them in nine Premier League appearances.
“They were exceptional. Their combination play was outstanding and they are right up there with the best in this league,” Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard scored from the spot in the 38th for his 99th Premier League goal before Dwight Gayle headed home a consolation goal.
After two consecutive defeats in all competitions against Aston Villa and Bayern Munich, City fans were expecting a reaction from their team, and the players did not let them down as they defeated Everton 3-1 in an entertaining game featuring plenty of chances.
Romelu Lukaku gave Everton the lead but Álvaro Negredo quickly cancelled out the Belgian striker’s opener after a flowing collective move, before Sergio Agüero handed City the advantage just before halftime.
Agüero then added the third from the spot in the 69th minute after Tim Howard tipped his penalty onto the post but the ball bounced in off the goalkeeper.
SCOTTISH LEAGUE. Anthony Stokes and Kris Commons scored as Celtic defeated Motherwell 2-0 to move to the top of the Scottish Premiership yesterday.
Putting aside the disappointment of their narrow defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League, Celtic got off to a strong start as Stokes opened the scoring in the 20th minute with a strike from a tight angle after goalkeeper Lee Hollis failed to clear the ball.
Commons missed two chances before halftime but found the net in the 49th minute with a clever lob after Iain Vigurs gave the ball away.
Celtic moved three points clear of Inverness, which lost 4-0 to St. Johnstone.