9 Nov 2015

Top and bottom draw in EPL

1:35 pm on 9 November 2015

Bottom club Aston Villa stopped the rot by holding English Premier League football leaders Manchester City to a 0-0 draw in new manager Remi Garde's first match in charge.

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling in EPL action.

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling in EPL action. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Meanwhile, Arsenal and Tottenham drew 1-1 and Crystal Palace beat Liverpool 2-1.

After seven consecutive league defeats plunged Villa into crisis and cost Tim Sherwood his job, the former European champions produced a gritty display to frustrate City.

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Villa keeper Brad Guzan produced a remarkable save with his head after half-time to keep out Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne missed a sitter for the visitors who dominated possession without being able to find a way through.

The closest City came to taking the points was in stoppage time when Fernando's thumping header shook the crossbar but Villa hung on for a well-earned draw.

Villa remain marooned at the bottom with five points from 12 games after their worst ever start to a top-flight season.

Arsenal missed the chance to top the League heading into the international break when they drew 1-1 at home to Tottenham Hotspur in a high-octane London derby.

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Visitors Tottenham deservedly led at half-time thanks to a goal of stunning simplicity when Harry Kane ran on to Danny Rose's long pass forward and dispatched a shot past Petr Cech for his fifth goal in the last three league games.

Arsenal were much more lively in a frenetic second half and after Olivier Giroud had twice wasted good chances they levelled 13 minutes from time when Mesut Ozil's dangerous ball towards the far post was met by substitute Kieran Gibbs who bundled the ball past a despairing Hugo Lloris.

The draw left Arsenal in second place behind Manchester City, both clubs have 26 points with City enjoying the better goal difference.

Tottenham, unbeaten in the league since an opening-day defeat by Manchester United, moved into fifth with 21 points.

Juergen Klopp tasted defeat for the first time as Liverpool manager after Crystal Palace's Scott Dann scored with eight minutes remaining to grab a 2-1 win at Anfield.

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Liverpool, who made a draining Europa League trip to play Rubin Kazan in Russia on Thursday, fell behind after 20 minutes when Yannick Bolasie fired powerfully home after some poor defending by the hosts.

Klopp's side struck back three minutes before half-time through Philippe Coutinho, who added to his two goals against Chelsea last weekend, when he arrived at the far post to finish a sweeping Liverpool move with a side-foot finish.

Dann, however, grabbed all three points for the visitors when he headed a corner at Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet but reacted quickly to follow-up and finish.

Liverpool, who had won three and drawn three in Klopp's first six games in charge, are 10th in the table on 17 points, two behind Palace in eighth.

- Reuters