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Chelsea go top of EPL as Man City slip up

dpadpa 5/11/2016 Simon Cambers

Chelsea thrashed Everton 5-0 on Saturday to go top in the English Premier League after Manchester City had slipped up with a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough.

Chelsea thumped Everton 5-0 on Saturday to go top in the English Premier League as Manchester City slipped up with a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough.

Eden Hazard scored twice while Marcus Alonso, Diego Costa and Pedro managed one apiece as Chelsea moved one point clear of City.

The match was effectively over after 20 minutes at Stamford Bridge when Hazard and Alonso made it 2-0 with two goals in the space of 90 seconds.

Costa extended the lead to 3-0 at half-time and Hazard and Pedro added a fourth and fifth to make it a rout for Antonio Conte's side against an Everton side in sixth place.

Earlier in the week that they beat Barcelona in the Champions League, City were made to pay for missing a host of chances in their draw with Middlesbrough.

Sergio Aguero put City in front two minutes before half-time and City should have wrapped it up well before Marten de Roon grabbed an equalizer in injury time.

Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne were two of the guilty parties and the visitors hung in there long enough to take advantage when De Roon found the net.

"We did absolutely everything to win the game, controlled the game and in the last minute conceded a goal," City manager Pep Guardiola said.

"It is a pity. We started amazing (but) we have to close the game with a second or third goal and we couldn't do that.

"The league is still long. It is a miss because we have dropped six points in the last three home games but we are still there. We have to move forward.

Bottom side Sunderland gained their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory at Bournemouth, Jermain Defoe scoring the winner, despite playing the last 30 minutes with 10 men after the sending-off of Steven Pienaar.

Bournemouth took the lead through Dan Gosling but Victor Anichebe equalised and then after Pienaar was sent off, Anichebe won the penalty, which Defoe converted.

"It is a massive win," Defoe said. "Week by week I feel we have improved, it is just a case of luck.

"This win is for the manager and the fans, who are unbelievable."

Ashley Barnes scored in injury time as Burnley beat Crystal Palace 3-2.

Palace thought they'd pinched a draw when Christian Benteke levelled after going 2-0 down early on but Barnes won it for a delighted Burnley manager Sean Dyche.

West Ham drew 1-1 with Stoke in the other match.

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