Premier League : Chelsea-Liverpool play out exciting draw, United close gap on neighbors and Spurs drop points

An 85th-minute goal by Willian earned Premier League champions Chelsea a 1-1 draw at Liverpool on Saturday after Mohamed Salah’s 15th goal of the season looked to have given the hosts all three points.
 
Just two minutes after coming on as a late substitute at Anfield, the Brazilian whipped in an attempted cross from the right which floated over Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet and into the net. Salah, who was outstanding for Liverpool, had put his team ahead in the 65th minute when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain poked the ball away from a hesitant Tiemoue Bakayoko and the Egyptian pounced to fire past Thibaut Courtois.
 
The result leaves Chelsea in third place on 26 points, eight behind leaders Manchester City, while Liverpool are fifth on 23 points.
 
Tottenham needed Harry Kane’s 30th Premier League goal of 2017 to earn them a draw against West Brom.
 
However, Spurs will regard the 1-1 stalemate with the strugglers at Wembley as two points dropped.
West Brom appeared set to make a winning start to life without Tony Pulis when they took a fourth-minute lead through Salomon Rondon. The striker outmuscled Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez and rolled a shot past Hugo Lloris.
 
However, they were denied a first win in 11 matches when Kane flicked home at the near post with 16 minutes remaining.Rondon came closest to a winning goal, but he failed to take advantage in added time.
 
Second-placed Manchester United did not slip up, beating Brighton 1-0 at Old Trafford.
Lewis Dunk’s 66th-minute own goal separated the teams, after Ashley Young’s shot took a big deflection off the Seagulls defender and looped into the far corner of the net.
 
The result means United close the gap on leaders Manchester City to five points, although Pep Guardiola’s men can restore their eight-point lead on Sunday with a win at Huddersfield.
 
Newcastle’s slump continued as they lost for the fourth successive match, 3-0 at home to Watford.

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