Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 21st 2014 Contents LONDON---David Silva scored twice as
defending champion Manchester City con-
tinued to fight for its title, beating Crystal
Palace 3-0 yesterday to draw level provi-
sionally with Chelsea at the top of the Pre-
Playing without a recognised striker, City
reeled off its sixth league win in succession
and eighth in all competitions, one short
of equaling the club record.
It was a performance that made clear
Chelsea faces a mounting challenge to stay
on top as the league heads into its tradi-
tionally intense program of Christmas and
New Year fixtures.
Silva struck after 49 and 61 minutes to
put City in command following a listless
first half and Yaya Toure swept in a third
goal with ten minutes remaining on a day
when neighbor and rival Manchester United s
six-match winning streak came to a halt
with a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini said: "It
was a very good win...I enjoyed the way
the team worked the whole week---to work
in a different way without strikers."
Villa, without a victory over United at
Villa Park in 18 games since 1995, went
ahead thanks to a spectacular first-half goal
by Christian Benteke, but was pushed back
in the second half when Radomel Falcao
equalised with a header and played the final
25 minutes with 10 men after Gabriel Agbon-
lahor was sent off.
Both Chelsea and City have 39 points,
but City has played one more game than
Chelsea, which travels to Stoke City tomor-
row. Chelsea tops the league with a superior
goal difference of 23 to City s 22 while United
remains third with 32 points.
West Ham stayed fourth on 31, after a 2-
0 win against bottom club Leicester. The
Hammers are two points ahead of fifth-
place Southampton which ended a run of
five defeats with a 3-0 victory over Ever-
Tottenham Hotspur also enjoyed a home
win, beating Burnley 2-1 to move up to
sixth---ahead of north London rival Arsenal,
which visits Liverpool today, when Newcastle
hosts Sunderland in a north-eastern derby.
Southampton played with great purpose
and urgency at St Mary s where a Romelu
Lukaku own goal and efforts from Graziano
Pelle---his 11th club goal of the season---and
Maya Yoshida secured the points.
Tottenham s victory came with goals from
Harry Kane---now with 14 goals for Spurs---
and Erik Lamela s first league strike, either
side of a reply from Ashley Barnes for Burn-
ley.The most dramatic individual and team
performance saw Queens Park Rangers move
out of the relegation zone with a 3-2 victory
over West Bromwich Albion at Loftus Road.
QPR owed its triumph to the success of
striker Charlie Austin, a bricklayer and part-
time footballer five years ago, whose first
Premier League hat trick enabled the hosts
to recover after falling 2-0 down in the first
West Brom raced into a two-goal lead
through Joleon Lescott and Silvestre Varela,
but the 25-year-old Austin hit back with a
penalty before adding the equaliser and then
an 86th-minute winner.
"Charlie is a great story," said QPR man-
ager Harry Redknapp. "He s struggled
around non-league for years and suddenly
gets a break...He s been out on a building
site in the freezing cold and knows what
life s like. A lot of lads are given everything.
He s worked for it and he s a great exam-
Austin s treble took his tally to 11, making
him the leading English scorer in the league,
and helped QPR rise from 18th to 15th.
Burnley replaced QPR in the bottom three,
slipping to 18th, while Hull City stayed 19th
after a 1-0 home defeat against Swansea.
Ki Sung-yeung s early goal, thanks to an
involuntary deflection off his wrist, proved
to be decisive as the Tigers run without a
win was extended to ten games. (AP)
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BERLIN---Borussia Dortmund s miserable Bundesliga
season was extended by a 2-1 loss at last-place Werder
Bremen yesterday in the 10th defeat for the 2011 and
Davie Selke scored one goal and set up another for
Bremen to climb off the bottom and leave Dortmund
provisionally second-to-last after 17 games.
Freiburg, the new bottom side, plays today---the last
day of play before the Bundesliga s six-week winter
Brazilian defender Naldo s 78th-minute header from
a corner gave Wolfsburg a 2-1 win over Cologne in
the late game.
Wolfsburg consolidated its second place behind
Bayern Munich, which has set a record for points
before the winter break. Bayern has 45 points, 11 ahead
of Wolfsburg on 34.
Whatever happens today, Dortmund will occupy a
direct relegation place at the season s midway stage
for the first time.
"I wouldn t write us off. We made too many mistakes
and now we re there like idiots in the relegation zone.
But we re not as bad as that. We have time now to
recharge the batteries. We ll correct what we ve messed
up," Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said.
After being wished a happy Christmas and a better
New Year, Klopp replied: "Thank you, it couldn t get
The 19-year-old Selke opened the scoring with a
fine finish in the third minute and easily eluded Mats
Hummels before crossing for Fin Bartels to make it
2-0 in the 62nd.
Hummels partly atoned with a flying header to Ilkay
Gundogan s corner in the 69th.
Elsewhere, Augsburg surprised Borussia
Moenchengladbach with a 2-1 win, Bayer Leverkusen
drew 1-1 with Eintracht Frankfurt, while Stuttgart vs
Paderborn and Schalke vs Hamburger SV finished
Peter Pawlett s strike midway through the second
half proved the decider as Aberdeen beat Kilmarnock
1-0 and moved to second in the Scottish Premiership
table, four points behind leaders Celtic.
Derek McInnes side was always on top against a
workmanlike Killie who have now gone eight games
without a win in all competitions.
An early goal from Martin Canning was enough to
earn back-to-back wins for Hamilton, as they edged
a close encounter against at Global Energy Stadium.
A controversial second-half penalty from Brian Gra-
ham earned St Johnstone a 1-0 victory over 10-man
Inverness Caledonian Thistle and stretched their
unbeaten run to seven matches.
The on-loan Dundee United striker calmly converted
from the spot in the 62nd minute after referee Brian
Colvin ruled Graham had been brought down by Inver-
ness goalkeeper Dean Brill.
The decision infuriated the visitors, whose anger
spilled over minutes later when midfielder Ross Draper
was shown a straight red card following a clash with
The Ian Baraclough era at Motherwell got off to an
ideal start as John Sutton s goal helped them defeat
10-man St Mirren 1-0 in a controversial match in
Paisley. But despite being depleted in numbers, St
Mirren were the better team for long periods of the
match, although they now find themselves six points
adrift of 10th-placed Motherwell at the wrong end of
Partick were denied the chance to record consecutive
victories for the first time this season by a cruel stop-
page-time own goal in a 1-1 draw against Dundee at
Silva strikes as City
climbs alongside Chelsea
Manchester City 3, Crystal Palace 0
Aston Villa 1, Manchester United 1
Hull City 0, Swansea 1
Queens Park 3, West Brom 2
Southampton 3, Everton 0
Tottenham 2, Burnley 1
West Ham 2, Leicester 0
Derby 2, Norwich 2
Blackburn 2, Charlton 0
Blackpool 1, Bournemouth 6
Cardiff 2, Brentford 3
Fulham 4, Sheffield 0
Huddersfield 0, Birmingham 1
Ipswich 2, Middlesbrough 0
Reading 0, Watford 1
Wigan 1, Rotherham 2
Wolverhampton 1, Brighton & Hove 1
Nottingham 1, Leeds 1
to 10th defeat
Manchester City's David Silva, right, scores against Crystal Palace during the English Premier League football match between Manchester
City and Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, yesterday. Manchester won 3-0. AP PHOTO
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