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Soccer-Sterling seals dramatic City win, Huddersfield move top
August 26, 2017 / 4:58 PM / 3 months ago

Soccer-Sterling seals dramatic City win, Huddersfield move top

LONDON, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Manchester City earned a tumultuous 2-1 victory at Bournemouth with Raheem Sterling grabbing a stoppage-time winner then getting sent off as Pep Guardiola’s side narrowly avoided a second Premier League draw in a week on Saturday.

Huddersfield Town’s dream return to the top flight of English football continued as a 0-0 home draw with Southampton left them top of the pile with seven points, at least until Manchester United host Leicester City later.

Fellow promoted team Newcastle United earned their first points of the season with a 3-0 victory over West Ham United that left the Hammers pointless at the foot of the standings.

Crystal Palace are also without a point after losing 2-0 at home to Swansea City but Brighton and Hove Albion are off the mark following a 0-0 draw at 10-man Watford.

City were stunned on the south coast when Charlie Daniels gave Bournemouth the lead with an unstoppable left-foot drive from an improbable angle and they were fortunate not to fall 2-0 down when Jermain Defoe failed to convert a good chance.

The visitors, who left Sergio Aguero on the bench and gave a debut to 52 million-pounds ($67 million) signing Benjamin Mendy and a first start to Bernardo Silva, equalised midway through the opening half when Gabriel Jesus poked home from David Silva’s fine pass.

It looked like being a frustrating afternoon for City, however, before, in the seventh minute of stoppage time, Sterling’s deflected shot floated past keeper Asmir Begovic.

Sterling celebrated in front of the ecstatic City fans and was engulfed as several spilled on to the edge of the pitch, forcing stewards and police to intervene and leading to referee Mike Dean showing a second yellow card to Sterling.

It was later reported that a steward had made a police statement accusing substitute Aguero of striking him during the chaotic scenes.

“Maybe someone can explain to me because I would like to know,” Guardiola told Sky Sports of the Sterling sending-off.

“He ran to celebrate. If you can’t celebrate with the fans maybe we should play without fans.”

Huddersfield remain unbeaten after dominating against Southampton and David Wagner’s side are yet to concede a league goal this season.

“We have three clean sheets in the Premier League so I am very proud with what we have done so far. We will go into this international break with a smile on our face,” he said.

After a poor start to the season, including a League Cup defeat by second-tier Nottingham Forest, Newcastle finally got their campaign rolling against a poor West Ham side.

Spain striker Joselu scored their first league goal of the campaign before halftime and Ciaran Clark and Aleksandar Mitrovic wrapped up the points in the second half.

West Ham have lost their first three games for the first time since the 2010-2011 season when they were relegated.

Swansea shrugged off the departure of Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton with a 2-0 victory at Frank de Boer’s Palace - teenager Tammy Abraham scored his first Premier League goal.

Watford remain unbeaten after grinding out a 0-0 draw with Brighton despite having Uruguayan defender Miguel Britos sent off midway through the first half for a reckless tackle.

Champions Chelsea play Everton on Sunday when Liverpool host Arsenal, last season’s runners-up Tottenham Hotspur face Burnley and West Bromwich Albion take on Stoke City. (Editing by Ed Osmond)

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