Wednesday, February 28

Liverpool hot on heels of leaders City, Ronaldo scores hat-trick for United

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Liverpool kept up the chase with Premier League leaders Manchester City by winning 2-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday while Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick as Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2.

According to Reuters, Luis Diaz connected with a fine ball from Joel Matip to head Liverpool ahead in the 19th minute before Mohamed Salah scored from the spot, following a handball by Yves Bissouma, for his 20th goal of the season.

Liverpool’s win at Brighton’s Amex Stadium was their eighth straight league victory and cut the gap to league leaders Manchester City to three points. Pep Guardiola’s City side have 69 points with Liverpool on 66 but City can restore their advantage to six when they travel to Crystal Palace on Monday.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo put United ahead in the 12th minute with a spectacular long-range blast from over 20 metres out but a Harry Kane penalty brought Spurs level in the 35th minute.

Three minutes later though, the 37-year-old restored United’s advantage, slotting home after Jadon Sancho broke the offside trap and set up the Portuguese forward with a low cross.

Spurs restored parity in the 72nd minute with an own goal from United captain Harry Maguire but Ronaldo, who had twice tested Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris after the break, settled the contest with a header from an Alex Telles corner nine minutes from the end.

According to Reuters, it was the 807th goal of his career, laying claim to professional football’s all-time leading scorer record.

The result moves United two points above Arsenal and back into fourth place, although the Gunners have four games in hand starting with Sunday’s home match against Leicester City.

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