Champions League winners FC Chelsea extended their table lead on matchday 10 of the English Premier League. Coach Thomas Tuchel’s team won 3-0 (0-0) on Saturday at Sheikh Club Newcastle United, which is still in danger of relegation. The table runner-up Liverpool FC, meanwhile, gave up a two-goal lead against Brighton & Hove Albion and came in at Anfield only to a 2-2 (2-1). Manchester City lost 0-2 (0-1) at home against Crystal Palace.
For the Blues, who had to do without their injured strikers Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku and the sick Mason Mount in Newcastle, Reece James was the man of the game. The 21-year-old scored in the 65th and 77th minute for the Tuchel team. Jorginho (81st) increased with a penalty after a foul on Kai Havertz. With 25 points at the top, Chelsea are now three points ahead of Liverpool.
Liverpool gambled away leadership
The Reds had taken the lead through Jordan Henderson (4th) and Sadio Mané (24th). A second goal from Mané after a serious mistake by Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez was denied for handball – as was an offside goal by Mohamed Salah after the connection by the former Salzburg Enock Mwepu (41.). Leandro Trossard (65th) managed to equalize the strong guests from Brighton, who are now sixth in the table.
Another downer for Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp: The former Leipzig Naby Keita, who had just returned after an injury, had to be replaced after 20 minutes due to complaints.
Master ManCity fell behind early in their own stadium. Wilfried Zaha (6th) scored for Crystal Palace. Shortly before the break, Aymeric Laporte saw for a foul on Zaha Rot. The Cityzens cheered the alleged equalizer after an hour, but Gabriel Jesus’ goal was denied after video evidence because of an offside position. Conor Gallagher (88.) then made everything clear for Palace.