Christian Eriksen goal helps Brentford beat Chelsea 4-1 in Premier League, as Manchester City beat Burnley to be top ahead of Liverpool

Christian Eriksen has scored his first goal for Brentford as the Bees claimed a shock 4-1 win at Chelsea in the Premier League, while Manchester City maintained their slim advantage at the top with a routine 2-0 victory against Burnley.

Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger broke the deadlock three minutes into the second half with a stunning long-range effort but Brentford responded almost instantly through Vitaly Janelt, who rifled home from the edge of the box.

Eriksen, whose career was in doubt after suffering a near-fatal cardiac arrest during the European Championship last year, gave Brentford the lead in the 54th minute before Janelt grabbed a second and Yoane Wissa capped off a splendid evening for Thomas Frank’s side with a late fourth. 

“Nobody saw it coming, especially after going 1-0 ahead. It was very untypical of us,” said Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, whose side remains third on 59 points, 14 behind leaders City but with a game in hand.

Christian Eriksen put Brentford on the way to victory with  his 53rd-minute goal against Chelsea.(AP: Ian Walton)

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“We stopped defending. We were not aware of enough of the danger, were sloppy with the defending and got punished … they were lucky and clinical enough to get three goals.”

First-half strikes from City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan were enough to see off Burnley and stay one point ahead of Liverpool.

The Reds were far from their fluent best against Watford in the early kick-off at Anfield but still eked out a 2-0 win, thanks to goals from Diogo Jota and a late Fabinho penalty.

Burnley offered little in front of goal and created their best chance in the second half when Maxwel Cornet’s header was cleared off the line by Nathan Ake.

A fourth straight defeat left Burnley in 19th place.

Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne extends his foot as the ball sails past defenders to the net as the goalkeeper watches.
Kevin De Bruyne’s brilliant strike helped Manchester City beat Burnley to regain the top spot in the Premier League.(Getty Images: Jan Kruger)

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“We came here to win the game and we did it. You never know what’s going to happen after an international break,” said City boss Pep Guardiola.

“It was made more complicated by the fact we couldn’t score the third goal.”

Earlier, Diogo Jota put Liverpool ahead against Watford after 22 minutes in manager Juergen Klopp’s 250th game in charge before a late Fabinho penalty secured the points in a hard-fought encounter.

Wolverhampton Wanderers kept their European hopes alive as goals from Jonny and Ashley Young clinched a 2-1 win over Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa. Wolves are now up to seventh, while Villa is ninth following a third straight loss.

James Ward-Prowse scored an excellent free-kick as Southampton grabbed a point in a 1-1 draw at Leeds United, while Brighton & Hove Albion extended its winless streak to seven league games after a goalless draw against bottom club Norwich City.

Manchester United’s struggles under interim manager Ralf Rangnick continued as it was outplayed by Leicester in front of home fans.

Kelechi Iheanacho put the visitors in front in the 63rd minute after nodding home a James Maddison cross but United responded three minutes later when Fred scored from a rebound following Bruno Fernandes’ initial effort.

“We all know we need points. Today it was not enough. We created some chances but the last option was not the best. We have to look forward and win our own games,” Fernandes said.

The draw left United in sixth place, three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal which has two games in hand. Leicester is ninth with 37 points.

Reuters

Reference-www.abc.net.au

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