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Liverpool, West Ham claim EPL victories

AAP logoAAP 14/12/2016

Adam Lallana scored twice as Liverpool returned to second on the table with a 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough while West Ham United beat Burnley 1-0 to move away from the Premier League relegation zone.

Liverpool, who lost to Bournemouth and drew with West Ham United in their last two games, took the lead when Nathaniel Clyne's superb curling cross was met by Lallana at the far post to head home in the 29th minute.

They doubled their advantage in the 60th when Divock Origi put the finishing touch to a swift passing move to score for the fifth straight game in all competitions and Lallana wrapped up the points from close range.

The victory moved Liverpool up to second on 34 points, above Arsenal on goals scored, but still six points adrift of leaders Chelsea.

Chelsea, meanwhile, stayed on a roll at the Stadium of Light, with Cesc Fabregas scoring the only goal in the 40th minute with a curling finish as leaders Chelsea won their 10th successive Premier League game with a 1-0 victory over Sunderland.

The powerful presence of Andy Carroll inspired West Ham United to beat Burnley 1-0 at the London Stadium.

The Hammers took two minutes to announce their game plan, pumping a ball to the head of the fit-again striker who was starting in the Premier League for the first time since injuring his knee on the first day of the season.

Caroll proved his usual handful and was instrumental in West Ham's opener when Winston Reid was pulled back trying to get on the end of one of the striker's knockdowns.

Mark Noble converted at the second attempt after Tom Heaton parried his penalty.

Burnley were much improved after the break when Scott Arfield almost equalised from a free kick, which was foiled by an excellent Darren Randolph save as West Ham held on for only their second home league win of the season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's enduring predatory instincts rescued Manchester United, seizing a late opportunity to secure a 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace with his 13th goal of the season.

Ibrahimovic netted the winner in the 88th-minute from a tight angle after Paul Pogba slickly threaded the ball through to the 35-year-old striker.

And at the final whistle, Jose Mourinho went over to embrace Pogba, who had slotted United in front on the stroke of halftime, only for James McAthur to level after the break.

Pablo Zabaleta's first goal in two years and another from David Silva ensured Manchester City beat Watford 2-0 to keep up their pursuit of Chelsea.

Christian Eriksen scored twice as Tottenham secured a much-needed 3-0 victory over Hull.

The in-form Danish midfielder scored twice to take his tally to five goals in his last four Premier League games and help revive the fortunes of a Spurs side that had won just three of its previous 13 games in all competitions going into this fixture.

Mark Hughes endured a difficult night in his 400th match as a Premier League manager but ended up proud as his Stoke City side battled for over an hour against Southampton with 10 men to earn a 0-0 draw.

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