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Premier League: Manchester City rout Luton Town, Manchester United held at Bournemouth

City led after only 65 seconds at Etihad Stadium when Erling Haaland’s wayward volley hit Luton’s Daiki Hashioka before flying into the net

Reuters Manchester Published 14.04.24, 10:18 AM
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Manchester City moved top of the English Premier League for at least a day with a predictably dominant victory over struggling Luton Town.

City led after only 65 seconds at Etihad Stadium when Erling Haaland’s wayward volley hit Luton’s Daiki Hashioka before flying into the net.

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It took City more than an hour to double their lead through Mateo Kovacic’s sweet, rising strike from near the edge of the area.

Haaland put the game beyond any doubt with a penalty after Jeremy Doku was fouled by Fred Onyedinma.

Just after City made a double change, Ross Barkley took advantage of a Matheus Nunes mistake to pull one back for the Hatters.

But Doku cut in from the left to slot a fine solo goal into the bottom corner.

Manchester United were held 2-2 at Bournemouth. Bruno Fernandes, who struck a brace, saved United the blushes when he converted a penalty in the 65th minute to level the score. Earlier, Dominic Solanke (16th minute) and Justin Kluivert (36th) had given the hosts the lead twice.

A dominant Newcastle United struck twice within 95 seconds as Alexander Isak’s brace helped them secure a 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, a vital result in their bid to qualify for European competition.

Newcastle are unbeaten at home since January.

Isak scored at the half-hour mark when Anthony Gordon got hold of a long ball, shook off Destiny Udogie and sent it through to the striker who entered the box, got around defender Micky van de Ven and found the net.

The hosts doubled their in less than two minutes when Gordon intercepted a back pass from Pedro Porro in the box, evaded Van de Ven and fired it at inside far post.

“I think especially here at St James’ with the crowd, if we can score back to back, quite close then it can feel like the stadium is suffocating you,” Gordon told TNT Sports.

“Trust me, I have been here as an away player and it definitely feels like that.”

Isak scored again six minutes into the second half when Bruno Guimaraes sent a long ball behind Spurs’ backine. The Sweden forward left the defenders behind with his sprint and beat the keeper with ease.

The Newcastle top scorer has now been on the scoresheet in six league home games in a row and has netted 12 goals in his last 12 matches at St James’ Park. He has scored 17 goals in the league this season, two less than Erling Haaland.

Fabian Schar scored Newcastle’s fourth goal in the 87th minute when he headed Gordon’s perfectly delivered corner kick into the net.

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