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Manchester City open 8-point gap atop Premier League, Arsenal win vs Burnley

Alexis Sanchez’s penalty strike proved to be the difference as Arsenal beat Burnley 1-0 in the Premier League on Sunday. Manchester City defeated Huddersfield Town 2-1

football Updated: Nov 26, 2017 23:48 IST
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Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring against Huddersfield Town in a Premier League match.(AFP)

Raheem Sterling scored a fortuitous late winner as Manchester City opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a hard-fought 2-1 victory against a spirited Huddersfield Town on Sunday.

City dominated with 80 percent possession, but had to wait until the 84th minute when Sterling unwittingly bundled home after a shot from Gabriel Jesus cannoned off goalkeeper Jonas Lossl and into his path.

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In front of their vociferous fans, Huddersfield -- who earlier this month beat City’s rivals United -- took the most unlikely lead when Nicolas Otamendi diverted a corner into his own net in first half stoppage time.

Their lead was erased within two minutes of the restart, however, when Sergio Aguero calmly converted a penalty after Sterling was brought down by Scott Malone.

Huddersfield’s Rajiv van La Parra was shown a red card after the final whistle following an altercation with Leroy Sane.

Table-topping City have 37 points from 13 games while Huddersfield sit 11th with 15 points in a promising first Premier League campaign.

Alexis Sanchez scored a last-minute penalty to give Arsenal a 1-0 win at Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday.

James Tarkowski was adjudged to have pushed Aaron Ramsey in the area and Sanchez coolly put away the penalty two minutes into added time to secure a vital three points for Arsenal.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Burnley. (AP)

Arsenal win

It was only the second away victory in the Premier League for the Gunners this season and came against a Burnley side that came into the game on a three-match winning streak, in which it had not conceded.

The win moves Arsenal back above Tottenham and into the top four, but it could fall 12 points behind leader Manchester City, which plays Huddersfield later on Sunday.

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With Mesut Ozil absent through illness, Arsenal struggled to create openings. Ramsey wasted its best moment of the first half as he half-volleyed over the bar when unmarked in the box.

Burnley posed a constant threat with its physicality and came close to breaking the deadlock when Petr Cech tipped Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s strike onto the post.

First Published: Nov 26, 2017 22:11 IST