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Arsenal beat Forest to move second, Newcastle stun Villa


LONDON | Xinhua | Arsenal moved to the second place in the Premier League standings on Tuesday night following a 2-1 win away to Nottingham Forest.

The home side defended solidly for 65 minutes until a loss of concentration from a long throw that allowed Gabriel Jesus to collect the ball, turn and score from a narrow angle.

Martin Odegaard then started a move in the 72nd minute following a poor clearance, which allowed Jesus to set up Bukayo Saka to score Arsenal’s second.

Forest offered very little going forward until the last minute when Taiwo Awoniyi fired a close-range shot into the bottom corner.

Anthony Gordon inspired Newcastle United to an impressive 3-1 win away to Aston Villa, with the winger involved in all of his side’s three goals.

Fabian Scharr scored twice for Newcastle, heading in from a corner that Gordon had won, and then reacting to turn in a powerful shot from the former Everton winger before halftime.

Alex Moreno then turned Gordon’s low shot into his own net. Although Ollie Watkins gave Villa hope with a 71st minute strike from Leon Baliey’s cross, Newcastle hung on to move up to seventh.

Luton Town produced a stunning display to move out of the bottom three with a 4-0 home win over Brighton.

Elijah Adebayo opened the scoring in the first minute and it was 2-0 just two minutes later thanks to Chiedozie Ogbene. Adebayo scored his second of the night in the 42nd minute and finished off an impressive hat-trick 10 minutes into the second half.

The win lifted Luton above Everton, despite Everton’s solid defensive display to earn a 0-0 draw away to Fulham in a game where Fulham had the best of possession and chances.

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Michael Olise hit an impressive 67th minute winner from a ball bouncing at the edge of the penalty area as Crystal Palace twice came back from behind to win 3-2 at home to the bottom side Sheffield United.

Ben Brereton opened the scoring for Sheffield with his second goal for the club in the opening minute. Eberechi Eze leveled in the 17th minute. James McAtee restored Sheffield’s lead three minutes later, but Eze’s second of the game made it 2-2 in the 27th minute.

Olise’ goal in the 67th minute gifted Crystal Palace the win which lifts some pressure on coach Roy Hodgson, whose job has been under threat in recent weeks.

Manchester City face Burnley and Liverpool meet Chelsea on Wednesday night. ■


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