Arsenal score late to draw with Liverpool

Alexandre Lacazette’s late goal earned Arsenal a 1-1 draw with Liverpool and stopped the visitors moving three points clear at the top of the English Premier League football table.

After a tight first half, Liverpool broke the deadlock in the 61st minute as Sadio Mane crossed from the left and Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno was only able to parry the ball into the path of James Milner who blasted a low shot into the net.

Milner was lucky to stay on the field to finish the match after a clash of heads with team mate Joe Gomez which required lengthy treatment.

The Gunners, looking to extend their unbeaten run to 14 games in all competitions, poured forward in search of an equaliser and the pressure paid off when Lacazette struck in the 82nd minute.

The French striker spun away to the left side of goal to keep the ball out of goalkeeper Alisson’s reach before firing a shot past the Brazilian’s reach and into the far corner.

The draw took Liverpool top of the table by one point from champions Manchester City, who host Southampton tomorrow. Arsenal are fifth just behind Spurs who beat Wolves 3-2.

Manchester United substitute Marcus Rashford scored in stoppage time as they came from behind to beat Bournemouth 2-1 away and close the gap on the top four.

Callum Wilson had fired Bournemouth ahead in the 11th minute but they were on the back foot after in-form Anthony Martial netted his fifth goal in the last four games in the 35th and Rashford completed the comeback from close range late on.

Poor United defending had seen Bournemouth miss three gilt-edged chances before Wilson delighted the home fans with a simple tap-in following an inch-perfect low cross from the right by Junior Stanislas arter some excellent build-up play.

Martial levelled when he drilled in a powerful left-foot shot from 11 metres, after good work by Ashley Young and Alexis Sanchez, scoring in four successive top-flight games for the first time in his career.

With United’s Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku left out of the matchday squad, Martial stepped up to torment his markers in the second half as United piled on the pressure after Ander Herrera and Rashford came on for Juan Mata and Brazil midfielder Fred.

The visitors missed a string of chances after the break but just when it seemed Bournemouth would hang on, Rashford popped up in the six-yard box to chest down Paul Pogba’s cross and tuck the ball past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Leicester City’s traumatic week ended with a 1-0 win at Cardiff City although the result was never the chief concern on a day when the tributes flowed for the Midlands club’s late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who died in a helicopter crash.

Several Leicester players were due to fly to Thailand later on Saturday for his funeral and a minute’s silence was held at all Premier League grounds to mark last week’s tragedy outside Leicester’s stadium in which four other people also died.

Newcastle scored their first win of the season, a 1-nil victory over Watford, Everton beat Brighton 3-1, West Ham beat Burnley 4-2.

-Reuters

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