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Spurs beat City, Atletico trump Barcelona, Haaland scores four.

Football results from Saturday, where Spurs and Atletico defeated title challengers to extend their lead at the top while Haaland scored four goals

By Kevin Kiggundu

Tottenham 2 – 0 Manchester City: Spurs go top as Mourinho beats Guardiola again
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Tottenham moved top of the Premier League after strikes from Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso earned them a statement 2-0 victory over Manchester City.

Jose Mourinho celebrated a year in charge of Spurs with a second straight win over old rival Guardiola, who was hoping to mark his new contract with a positive result but has now lost all three of his games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Son converted a Tanguy Ndombele pass after five minutes on Saturday and Mourinho’s men, who spent much of the intervening time on the back foot, sealed the triumph when Lo Celso beat Ederson with 25 minutes remaining.

Aymeric Laporte had a first-half goal ruled out for City and they are now eight points behind Spurs, who ended Chelsea‘s brief stint at the top of the table.

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Barcelona: Carrasco punishes defensive error to keep Atleti on top
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Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s extraordinary error gifted Atletico Madrid the decisive goal as they defeated Barcelona 1-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Saturday’s hard-fought contest was settled by a remarkable Yannick Carrasco strike in the third minute of first-half stoppage time, ending Atleti’s 20-match winless run against Barca in LaLiga.

Ter Stegen – making just his third Blaugrana appearance in all competitions since returning from a knee injury – rashly set off in pursuit of the ball near the halfway line and was beaten by Carrasco, who kept his cool to find the net.

It was a setback Barca could not recover from as they succumbed to a third league defeat of the season to remain 10th, also losing Gerard Pique to a knee injury as Ronald Koeman’s teething problems show no sign of easing.

Villarreal 1-1 Real Madrid: Villareal come back to claim draw despite rare Mariano strike

Real Madrid‘s LaLiga title defence suffered another early setback as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Villarreal despite leading for 74 minutes on Saturday.

The champions were without captain Sergio Ramos and star striker Karim Benzema due to injury but were in front after just 107 seconds through Mariano Diaz, back in the line-up for the first time in 18 months.

Mariano’s previous start in May 2019 had seen him score twice in a victory over Villarreal, yet his goal – which angered Unai Emery and his players amid confusion over a potential offside – proved only enough for a point this time.

Thibaut Courtois felled Samuel Chukwueze and, after a number of close calls for a defence evidently missing Ramos, Gerard Moreno tucked away the resulting penalty to equalise, keeping Madrid fourth following their humbling at Valencia prior to the international break.

Juventus 2-0 Cagliari: Ronaldo keeps scoring run going in routine win

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a first-half double to help Juventus return to winning ways with a routine 2-0 victory over Cagliari in their Serie A clash at the Allianz Stadium.

Juve conceded a last-gasp goal to Lazio last time out to make it only three wins from seven league outings this term, but Ronaldo inspired them to three points on Saturday by scoring for the fifth league game running.

The Portugal international curled in the opening goal with 38 minutes played and grabbed a second with an impressive hooked finish shortly before the interval.

Andrea Pirlo’s side were unable to add to their tally but Ronaldo’s brace was enough as they moved into second place, albeit having played a game more than the majority of the teams around them.

Hertha Berlin 2 – 5 Borussia Dortmund: Savage Haaland grabs four goals in thrashing

20-year-old Erling Haaland drew within a single strike of Lewandowski at the top of the Bundesliga scoring charts after an extraordinary haul in Berlin

The Norwegian took centre-stage for his club as they breezed past the hosts in an impressive 5-2 comeback victory. 

Hertha went ahead after 33 minutes through Matheus Cunha, a goal that seemed to spark Dortmund – and especially Haaland – into action after a slow start in their first match back from the international break. 

Haaland went on to score a 15-minute hat-trick after the break, adding a fourth 79 minutes in after Raphael Guerreiro netted to join him on the scoresheet. 

Manchester United 1 – 0 Westbrom: United saved by VAR again after poor display

The Red Devils beat West Brom 1-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday night but they struggled once more, placing further scrutiny on the manager’s tactics.

United only broke the deadlock through a retaken penalty from Fernandes early in the second half, and just moments after West Brom had been denied a spot-kick of their own.

Referee David Coote had originally penalised the Portuguese himself for an apparent foul on West Brom’s Conor Gallagher but changed his mind after consulting the VAR monitors.

The technology also intervened after Bruno had seen his spot-kick saved, allowing him retake it and score.

There was nothing else of note as United struggled to attack in any meaningful way, showing how much Solskjaer still has to improve.

Newcastle United 0-2 Chelsea: Abraham briefly lifts Blues to the top

Chelsea shrugged off the early Saturday start that Frank Lampard wants scrapped as they cruised to a 2-0 victory at Newcastle United in the Premier League.

An own goal from Federico Fernandez and a second-half finish from Tammy Abraham gave the visitors a comfortable win against opponents who barely threatened.

Victory took Chelsea to the top of the Premier League, for a few hours at least, as they returned from the international break with a lively display at St James’ Park.

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