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Morata brace sends unbeaten Chelsea second

Monday, 2018-11-05 07:14:37
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Chelsea's Alvaro Morata celebrates scoring their second goal against Crystal Palace during their Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge, London, Britain, November 4, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
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Alvaro Morata scored twice as unbeaten Chelsea climbed to second in the Premier League with a 3-1 victory against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Chelsea, one of three unbeaten sides, have 27 points from 11 games - two fewer than leaders Manchester City - and lead Liverpool in third on goal difference.

* AC Milan's Alessio Romagnoli scored a stoppage-time winner for the second time in five days as they dramatically beat Udinese 1-0 away on Sunday. Defender Romagnoli, who scored a freak winner against Genoa on Wednesday, this time blasted home the ball in the 97th minute after a counterattack to keep his side fourth in Serie A.

* Sevilla failed to capitalise on a weekend of slip-ups for La Liga's chasing pack when they were held to a goalless draw away to Real Sociedad on Sunday, opening up a four-point gap behind leaders and champions Barcelona.

* Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa used a powerful surge to win his first New York City Marathon in five tries and Kenya's Mary Keitany claimed a fourth women's crown with a dominant victory on Sunday. Desisa finally made it to the top of the podium with a strong closing mile to win in an unofficial two hours, five minutes and 59 seconds as he and fellow Ethiopian Shura Kitata (2:06:01) passed defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor, who finished third in 2:06:26.

* Raheem Sterling struck twice as Premier League leaders Manchester City crushed Southampton 6-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, the fourth time they have scored five or more goals in the 11 games so far this season.

* Borussia Monchengladbach climbed on the second place of the standings after easing past newly promoted Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-0 at the closer of the 10th round in Bundesliga on Sunday.

* Lionel Messi was on Sunday included in Barcelona's squad for Tuesday's Champions League game away to Inter Milan, little more than two weeks after breaking his arm. The Argentinian was a surprise inclusion, although his name on the squad list was marked with an asterisk saying "the player travels without the medical all-clear".

* After 157 days at sea battling storms, jellyfish and whirlpools, adventurer Ross Edgley finally clambered on to dry land at Margate on Sunday to become the first person to swim around the coast of mainland Britain. The 33-year-old from Lincolnshire began his epic swim from the same Kent beach on June 1, spending 12 hours a day in the water on his 1,780-mile quest clockwise around the coast.

* England's Justin Rose regained the world number one spot after successfully defending his Turkish Airlines Open title, overcoming China's Li Haotong in a playoff on Sunday.

* Ashleigh Barty made a blistering start and rode out a tighter second set to win the WTA Elite Trophy title with a convincing 6-3, 6-4 victory over rising Chinese talent Wang Qiang in Zhuhai on Sunday. The 22-year-old Australian beat defending champion and top seed Julia Goerges in the semi-finals and picked up where she left off in that match to win the US$2,349,363 tournament for the 12 best ranked players who fail to qualify for the WTA Finals.

Reuters, Xinhua