Salah Extends Liverpool Lead As Arsenal Suffer Hammers Blow
Zeeshan Mehtab 4 days ago Sun 13th January 2019 | 01:12 AM
London, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 12th Jan, 2019 ) :Mohamed Salah's second-half penalty was enough to give Premier League leaders Liverpool a 1-0 win away to Brighton on Saturday that saw them go seven points clear at the top of the table.
Jurgen Klopp's men were enduring a frustrating afternoon on the south coast until Egypt forward Salah converted a spot-kick after being brought down in the box by Pascal Gross at the Amex Stadium.
Second-placed reigning champions Manchester City, fresh from a 9-0 rout of Burton Albion in the first leg of a League Cup semi-final, will look to close the gap at home to Wolves -- who knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup -- on Monday.
Rice's 48th-minute strike saw the midfielder give himself an early present ahead of his 20th birthday on Monday.
West Ham's Marko Arnautovic waved to home fans when substituted in the 71st minute which suggested the Austria forward, linked with a move to the Chinese Super League, may have played his last game for the club.
"We will see what happens in the next days," Manuel Pellegrini, the Hammers manager, told Sky sports when asked about the future of Arnautovic.
The fourth-placed Blues will be six points clear of the Gunners if they beat strugglers Newcastle in Saturday's late kick-off at Stamford Bridge "This afternoon is a bad result for us," said Arsenal manager Unai Emery.
James Ward-Prowse's penalty, awarded after Nampalys Mendy fouled Shane Long, gave the Saints an 11th-minute lead.
But the visitors found themselves a man down when Yann Valery was shown a red card for a second bookable offence after tugging the shirt of Marc Albrighton.
Southampton still doubled their lead just before half-time when Long pounced on a mistake by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
The Foxes scored a second-half goal through Wilfried Ndidi but it wasn't enough and defeat saw Leicester, managed by former Saints boss Claude Puel, booed by their own fans come full-time at the King Power Stadium.
Fulham remained in the relegation zone after a 2-1 loss to Burnley that saw them concede two own-goals in three minutes at Turf Moor as the Clarets -- who didn't have a shot on target -- moved three points clear of the drop.
Craig Cathcart scored at both ends as Watford won 2-1 away to Crystal Palace in a match coinciding with the second anniversary of former Hornets manager Graham Taylor's death.
Watford defender Cathcart gave Palace, whose manager Roy Hodgson is also a former England boss, a 38th-minute lead with an own-goal.
But he equalised midway through the second half before Tom Cleverley's volley into the top corner won the game for Watford with 16 minutes left.
Huddersfield remained bottom of the table following a goalless draw away to relegation-threatened Cardiff.