FOOTBALL: Manchester City moved top of the Premier League thanks to Kevin De Bruyne’s superb strike to beat Leicester 1-0 yesterday (29 October), as Liverpool’s five years unbeaten in the league at home in front of the fans ended in a 2-1 defeat at Leeds.
Leeds United’s Crysencio Summerville (second from right) celebrates scoring his side’s second goal with his team mates. Photo: AFP
Chelsea boss Graham Potter suffered a nightmarish comeback at Brighton with a 4-1 defeat, while Tottenham came from 2-0 down to beat Bournemouth 3-2 to remain third.
City were without free goalscorer Erling Haaland for the trip to King Power with a foot injury and were blunted up front without the Norwegian’s firepower.
But a moment of magic from De Bruyne was enough as the Belgian’s free-kick four minutes into the second half clipped inside the post past Danny Ward.
City needed a brilliant save from Ederson to deny another sensational strike from a Belgium international as he turned Youri Tielemans’ volley onto the crossbar.
“I want this Kevin and we need this Kevin. The goals and assists he can make blindfolded. But we need that kind of involvement in the game and today it was,” said City boss Pep Guardiola.
With Arsenal not in action until tonight when they host Nottingham Forest, victory puts City one point ahead of the Gunners at the top of the table.
Liverpool now trail City by 13 points after suffering their first league defeat at Anfield in front of fans since losing to Crystal Palace in April 2017.
Leeds started the game second bottom of the table, but climbed to 15e with their first win in nine games courtesy of Crysencio Summerville’s stunning 89e earning minutes.
Rodrigo’s first game for the visitors was quickly canceled by Mohamed Salah.
But Liverpool have now lost twice as many games in their opening 12 league matches this season as they did in 38 last term.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are increasingly looking for outsiders just for a Champions League return next season as they slip to ninth place, still eight points behind the top four.
“We can’t qualify for the Champions League if you play as inconsistently as we do right now,” Klopp said.
Brighton’s revenge on Potter
Potter was unbeaten in his first nine games since leaving Brighton to take over at Chelsea last month.
By contrast, the Seagulls had failed to win in their first five games under new boss Roberto De Zerbi, but that all changed in a dominant first half by Brighton.
Leandro Trossard fired home the opener before Chelsea offered two more to Brighton before half-time as Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Trevoh Chalobah deflected crosses into their own goal.
Kai Havertz’s header early in the second half pulled one back, but Pascal Gross wrapped up a memorable victory for Brighton late on.
“It was nice…until the game started,” Potter said of his return to the South Coast. “I’m not going to throw the players under the bus at all because they’ve been brilliant for us.
“I have to take responsibility and try to find a way for us to do better.”
Tottenham were watching a third straight league defeat after Kieffer Moore struck twice for Bournemouth either side of half-time.
Spurs have looked toothless at times in recent weeks but won the game on two set pieces after Ryan Sessegnon pulled a goal back just before the hour mark.
Ben Davies got the upper hand to bring home Ivan Perisic’s cross level before Rodrigo Bentancur brought in the winner from another corner in stoppage time.
Newcastle underlined their threat to traditional powerhouses for a top four spot with a 4-0 dismantling of Aston Villa.
Callum Wilson has struck twice to advance his case for a call-up to England’s World Cup squad with Gareth Southgate present at St. James’ Park.
Joelinton completed a fine counterattack to make it 3-0 before Miguel Almiron continued his sensational form with his sixth goal in as many games.
Crystal Palace entered the top half with a 1-0 win over Southampton as Odsonne Edouard netted the only goal at Selhurst Park.
Wolves remain in the bottom three despite coming back to salvage a 1-1 draw at Brentford.
Fulham moved up to seventh place despite losing plenty of chances in a 0-0 draw with Everton.