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Monday, 2019-12-16 09:23:34
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Soccer Football - Premier League - Arsenal v Manchester City - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - December 15, 2019 Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne scores their third goal. (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)
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Manchester City resumed normal service in the Premier League as a masterful display by Kevin De Bruyne fired them to a 3-0 victory over a listless Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.

There was no big celebration by the travelling City fans as the champions, who dropped eight points in their previous five games, remain 14 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool. They did, however, close the gap on second-placed Leicester City to four points ahead of their clash next week.

* Paris St Germain's serial goal-getters Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi were at it again as the Ligue 1 leaders extended their advantage to seven points with a 4-0 victory at 10-man St Etienne on Sunday. Elsewhere, Olympique Lyonnais slumped to a 1-0 home defeat against Stade Rennais and lost Memphis Depay and Jeff Reine-Adelaide to knee injuries for the rest of the season.

* AS Roma launched a second-half comeback to beat Serie A's bottom side SPAL 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday and move into the top four. Roma move above Cagliari into fourth on 32 points, but the Sardinian side (29) will move ahead of them again if they beat third-placed Lazio (33) on Monday evening.

* Tottenham Hotspur winger Lucas Moura's brilliant solo strike and defender Jan Vertonghen's late header sealed a 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in an entertaining Premier League game at Molineux Stadium on Sunday. It was Tottenham's fourth league victory in five games under Jose Mourinho since the Portuguese took over last month and the result also snapped Wolves' impressive 11-game unbeaten run in the competition.

* VfL Wolfsburg's Maximilian Arnold fired in a stoppage time winner as they beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1 on Sunday and send them dropping into second place in the Bundesliga after leading the title race for the last two months. Gladbach drop to second in the standings on 31 points, with RB Leipzig on 33 after Saturday's 3-0 win at Fortuna Duesseldorf. Champions Bayern Munich crushed Werder Bremen 6-1 to climb to fourth on 27, two behind Borussia Dortmund.

* AC Milan had a goal chalked off by the video assistant referee, missed an open goal, were foiled by the goalkeeper and twice hit the woodwork in an extraordinary 0-0 draw at home to Sassuolo in Serie A on Sunday. Milan, who had won their previous two games, are tenth in the table with 21 points.

* Youngster Mason Greenwood continued his good run of form as he struck a late equaliser for Manchester United in their 1-1 Premier League home draw with Everton on Sunday after a Victor Lindelof own-goal had put the visitors ahead. The 18-year-old striker, who netted a brace in United's 4-0 Europa League win over Dutch side AZ Alkmaar on Thursday, came on for Jesse Lingard midway through the second half and levelled with a crisp shot in the 77th minute.

* Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to set yet another goalscoring landmark and help Juventus to a 3-1 home win over Udinese on Sunday. In-form Ronaldo, who has five goals in his last four games, took his tally for the season to 11 in 19 appearances, becoming the only player in Europe’s top five leagues to hit double figures in all competitions in each of the last 15 seasons.

* Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hailed the completion of the National Stadium built for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Sunday, his speech at the Kengo Kuma-designed venue praising the efforts to finish on schedule after an early setback. The stadium, built at a cost of 156.9 billion yen (£1.13 billion), will have a capacity of 68,000 when it hosts the Olympic Games opening ceremony on July 24. It will stage athletics and soccer events at the Games as well as the closing ceremony.

* Former Brazil and Real Madrid manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo has been appointed head coach of Palmeiras for a fifth time, the Brazilian Serie A club said on Sunday. The 67-year-old agreed to a two-year contract reportedly worth 600,000 reais (around US$150,000) a month plus incentive-based bonuses.

* Real Madrid snatched a 1-1 draw at Valencia in La Liga on Sunday thanks to a strike from Karim Benzema that was aided in the most unlikely fashion by a header from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the dying seconds. The Belgium keeper rushed upfield for Toni Kroos's last-gasp corner, met the delivery with a powerful header that his opposite number Jaume Domenech could only parry and then saw Benzema steer the loose ball home. The 95th minute equaliser allowed second-placed Real to go level on 35 points with leaders Barcelona before they visit their arch rivals in the rescheduled 'Clasico' on Wednesday.

* Inter Milan returned to the top of Serie A with a 1-1 draw at Fiorentina on Sunday but were denied victory by a superb late Dusan Vlahovic equaliser. The result leaves Inter level with Juventus on 39 points at the summit of the table but with a superior goal difference, while the late goal also eased the pressure on Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella.

Reuters, Xinhua