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Posted at: Mar 20, 2017, 2:31 AM; last updated: Mar 20, 2017, 2:31 AM (IST)

Man U punish struggling Middlesbrough

Man U punish struggling Middlesbrough
Players clash during the English Premier League match between Middlesbrough (in red) and Manchester United at Middlesbrough on Sunday. Reuters

London, March 19

Manchester United moved up to fifth in the Premier League on Sunday with a 3-1 victory away to struggling Middlesbrough, who sacked manager Aitor Karanka on Thursday.

Jose Mourinho had said his team would “probably lose” because their current fixture congestion would lead to fatigue, but despite missing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Wayne Rooney and Ander Herrera, they counter-attacked well.

Belgium international Marouane Fellaini headed them in front after almost half an hour’s play for his first league goal of the season and Jesse Lingard scored the second just after the hour mark from 20 metres.

Boro’ substitute Rudy Gestede pulled a goal back with 12 minutes left, but in added time goalkeeper Victor Valdes slipped, allowing Antonio Valencia to score a third United goal.

Spurs beat Southampton

Second-placed Tottenham Hotspur kept up the distant chase of leaders Chelsea with a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Southampton to cut the gap to 10 points. Tottenham coped well without injured 19-goal striker Harry Kane with Christian Eriksen’s superb 14th-minute shot putting them ahead before Dele Alli stroked home a first-half penalty. James Ward-Prowse pulled a goal back after the break but Tottenham held on for a 10th successive home league victory.

City hit back to earn a draw with Liverpool

Manchester City had to come from behind to hold Liverpool 1-1 as both teams lost ground following victories for Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. City, in third place, stayed a point ahead of the Merseysiders with a game in hand thanks to Sergio Aguero's equalising goal.

Knocked out of the Champions League by Monaco in midweek, City fell behind when full-back Gael Clichy conceded a penalty six minutes after halftime and James Milner scored from the spot against his old club. — Reuters


Atletico beat Sevilla

Barcelona: Antoine Griezmann scored for the fifth time in four league games and provided an assist as Atletico Madrid beat Sevilla 3-1 today to move to within two points of Jorge Sampaoli’s third-placed side in the La Liga standings. Sevilla have 57 points while Atletico are in fourth place on 55. Leaders Real Madrid have 65 points after beating Athletic Bilbao 2-1 on Saturday. — Reuters

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