Leicester back on top
LONDON – Leicester City went top with a win over Stoke City, title rivals Manchester City lost ground and Liverpool edged a nine-goal epic at Norwich City on Saturday as a weird and wonderful English Premier League Football season churned on.
As 20-times English champions Manchester United were losing at home to Southampton, pre-season relegation favourites Leicester moved three points clear of Arsenal with 15 games remaining. Danny Drinkwater, Jamie Vardy and Leonardo Ulloa struck to secure a 3-0 win for Claudio Ranieri’s unlikely lads.
Leicester’s day then got better as Manchester City were held 2-2 in a lively late kickoff at West Ham United – Sergio Aguero earning his side a point after City twice trailed.
What epitomised the appeal of the world’s richest football league, however, was Liverpool’s 5-4 win at relegation-threatened Norwich City.
Liverpool took the lead at Carrow Road through Roberto Firmino but with 35 minutes remaining trailed 3-1 as Dieumerci Mbokani, debutant Steven Naismith and a Wes Hoolahan penalty put the hosts in control.
Jordan Henderson, Firmino’s second and James Milner then swung the game Liverpool’s way only for Norwich defender Sebastian Bassong to score a stoppage-time leveller.
There was still time though for Adam Lallana to decide a rollercoaster of a match, sparking crazy Liverpool celebrations in which manager Juergen Klopp broke his glasses.
Eight players were on the scoresheet in only the fourth Premier League match to finish 5-4.
Leicester have 47 points, City and Arsenal, who play Chelsea on Sunday, 44 with fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the hunt after a 3-1 victory at Crystal Palace moved put them on 42.
Harry Kane cancelled out Jan Vertonghen’s own goal but he was upstaged by England team mate Dele Alli, whose 25-yard volley after flicking the ball up and over his own head to put Tottenham ahead is a candidate for goal of the season.
Nacer Chadli scored Tottenham’s third. (Reuters)
Watford 1, Newcastle 1
West Bromwich Albion 0, Aston Villa 0
Sunderland I, Bournemouth 1