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Chelsea thump Saints 4-1; Wolves stun Manchester City

London, Oct 6 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 10/6/2019 11:54:42 AM IST

Chelsea closed in on the Premier League's top four and their in-form striker Tammy Abraham scored his eighth league goal of the season after an excellent first-half performance helped them to a 4-1 win at struggling Southampton on Sunday.

The result lifted Chelsea into fifth place on 14 points from eight games, behind fourth-placed Leicester on goal difference, while Southampton stayed 16th on seven points, one point above the relegation zone.

Abraham fired Chelsea ahead in the 17th minute as he latched on to a clever pass from Callum Hudson-Odoi and looped his shot over advancing keeper Angus Gunn, with the ball crossing the line before Maya Yoshida's desperate clearance.

Mason Mount blasted the ball past Gunn in the 24th after taking a fine Willian pass in his stride before Danny Ings pulled one back for the Saints, poking the ball in from close range after Yann Valery's darting run.

More slack defending from the home side allowed Chelsea to restore their two-goal advantage shortly before halftime, when N'Golo Kante's fierce shot from outside the penalty area took a deflection off Pierre Hojbjerg.

The pace dropped in the second half as Chelsea packed their midfield before late substitute Michy Batshuayi, who came on for Abraham, put the icing on the cake for the visitors with a clinical 89th-minute finish.

Meanwhile, Manchester City will head into the international break eight points behind leaders Liverpool following a shock loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers on home soil.

A rather slow start from City showed face, with the first opening falling to Patrick Cutrone who flashed wide of target five minutes in.

Romain Saiss pulled a hamstring whilst going in for a challenge 12 minutes gone and paved the introduction of Ryan Bennett, who also marked his 100th league appearance.

Despite a few scary moments, the Citizens finished the half the strongest with Rui Patricio palming Raheem Sterling’s powerful drive to safety.

A halftime change from the reigning champions introduced Oleksandr Zinchenko across the middle of the park, with Kyle Walker sacrificed.

Wolves continued to frustrate their more illustrious counterparts, who struggled to penetrate a well-drilled defensive block near the penalty area.

Time slipped away for City in the final 20 minutes with Wolves promising whenever on the counterattack.

David Silva almost broke the deadlock from a free-kick on the edge of the area 67 minutes gone, but rattled the crossbar.

Wolves found the breakthrough when Adama Traore finished off a quick counterattack ten minutes to fulltime after a pass from Jimenez.

The Citizens instantly went on the attack and fashioned in a couple of shots, but neither efforts from Silva and Cancelo particularly troubled Patricio.

Traore put the final nail in the coffin when he pulled away on the right side to drill past Ederson in added time, capping off a famous win while City lose ground in the title chase.

In the other match, David Luiz's early header proved enough for Arsenal to beat Bournemouth and move up to third in the Premier League.

The Brazilian netted his first Arsenal goal on nine minutes, guiding Nicolas Pepe's corner past Aaron Ramsdale and into the back of the net.

In a game short of clear-cut chances and quality in the final third, neither 'keeper endured busy afternoons as Callum Wilson came closest to equalising for Bournemouth only to see Calum Chambers hack his effort away.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the post at the death, but one goal was all the Gunners needed to move up to third in the Premier League on 15 points, while Bournemouth sit 10th with 11 points.

 

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