Agency, 10 March : Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick in 13 second-half minutes as Manchester City opened up a four-point lead over Liverpool at the top of the Premier League on Saturday.
The England international was lucky not to be ruled offside for City’s opener as the ball ricocheted off Sterling from Daryl Janmaat’s attempted clearance and into the net a minute into the second-half Sterling then rounded off a characteristically slick City move four minutes later and completed his hat-trick in style on the hour mark before Gerard Deulofeu pulled a goal back just 22 seconds after coming on as a Watford substitute.
Liverpool can cut the gap to a point with victory over Burnley on today.
Southampton’s stunning win dents Spurs’ top-four hopes
Southampton staged a superb fightback to boost their bid for Premier League survival with a shock 2-1 win that left Tottenham’s top four place in jeopardy on Saturday.
Leading through Harry Kane’s 26th minute goal and in complete control before the interval, Mauricio Pochettino’s slumping side were undone as Southampton capped a spirited second half response with two late goals in three minutes.
Yan Valery capitalised on a mistake by Danny Rose in the 77th minute to draw Saints level before James Ward-Prowse’s superb 81th minute free-kick delivered a victory that ensured they remained two points clear of the relegation zone.
Leicester beat Fulham 3-1
Jamie Vardy reached 100 goals for Leicester by scoring twice in a 3-1 win over Fulham on Saturday that pushed the visitors closer to relegation from the English Premier League.
Vardy made it 2-1 in the 78th minute to reach the century mark across all competitions and then netted his 101st goal eight minutes later to seal the win in new manager Brendan Rodgers’ first home game in charge.
Youri Tielemans scored his first goal for the club midway through the first half before Floyd Ayite equalized for Fulham in the 50th.
The win put Leicester into 10th place while Fulham is rooted in 19th and 13 points from safety after Southampton and Cardiff both won on Saturday. Vardy set up the first goal as well. He was through on goal and had just goalkeeper Sergio Rico to beat but unselfishly squared for Tielemans to sidestep Tim Ream and tap into an empty net.
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