Manchester City beat Brighton 2-1 on Saturday to return to the Premier League summit on a day where the action on the pitch was overshadowed by the death of England World Cup winner Bobby Charlton. Charlton’s family announced that the former midfielder, who scored 49 international goals, had “passed peacefully in the early hours of Saturday morning” at the age of 86. Tributes poured in from across the footballing world for the former England captain. David Beckham hailed the Manchester United great as a “national hero”.
City manager Pep Guardiola also expressed his condolences after the champions held on to beat Brighton at the Etihad. “I am sorry to the Manchester United family and England,” he said. “Next week when we go there, we will be there to do a tribute.
“I love this country for many things, but one of the things is how they take care of the legends.”
City’s hard-fought victory saw them leapfrog Liverpool, who briefly topped the table after their 2-0 win against neighbors Everton in the early kick-off. Arsenal missed the chance to finish the day top but recovered from 2-0 down against Chelsea to draw 2-2 and are only behind City on goal difference.
City’s victory was their 21st in a row at the Etihad in all competitions, setting a new record for a winning run at home by a Premier League club. The treble winners, who had lost their previous two league games, dominated the first half and took an early lead Julian Alvarez.
Erling Haaland ended his brief drought by doubling City’s lead 12 minutes later, driving home a fierce left-footed shot from just outside the area – his ninth Premier League goal of the season.
But it was a different story after the break. Ansu Fati pulled a goal back in the 73rd minute to put the pressure on the home side, who held on despite the defender’s sending off. Manuel Akanji.
Liverpool’s derby dominance
Liverpool had fortune on their side against Everton at Anfield where Mohamed Salah scored twice in a 2-0 win.
Everton’s Ashley Young was sent off before the break for two bookable offences, while Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate escaped a second booking in the second half with the game still goalless.
The home side struggled to make their man advantage count but finally got the breakthrough 15 minutes from time when Salah smashed home from the penalty spot after Michael Keane handled.
The Egypt striker was then teed up by Darwin Nunez to secure the points deep into stoppage time. Everton manager Sean Dyche was angered by the decision not to send Konate off, and even Klopp said he could understand Dyche’s frustration.
Arsenal traveled to Chelsea in high spirits for the early evening kick-off, without a defeat at Stamford Bridge in the league since 2018.
Chelsea looked to be on course for their third league win in a row after goals from Cole Palmer and Mykhailo Mudryk put them up 2-0.
But the Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice halved the deficit in the 77th minute and finished offside after the Chelsea keeper Robert Sanchez misplaced a pass straight into his path, and Leandro Trossard equalized.
The win, their fourth in five Premier League games, lifts Eddie Howe’s men to fifth in the Premier League.
Brentford beat Burnley 3-0 while Wolves came from behind to beat Bournemouth 2-1 thanks to a late winner from Sasa Kalajdzic. Luton recovered from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Nottingham Forest.
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