EPL results – Liverpool held by Aguero’s equalizer; Lingard scores a screamer as United go fifth

​Middlesbrough 1 – 3 Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 1 Southampton

Manchester City 1 – 1 Liverpool

  • Manchester City 1 – 1 Liverpool

Sergio Aguero struck a second-half equaliser to earn Manchester City a 1-1 draw against Liverpool after James Milner opened the scoring from the spot.

Both sides had numerous chances to score a winner with City, responding well after their Champions League loss in Monaco, going closest when Kevin De Bruyne hit the post.

Aguero also had two more good late chances while, earlier, City’s Willy Caballero had been the busier of the two goalkeepers.

The first half, which started in heavy rain, was open, fast-paced and keenly fought. Both teams showed a determination to attack while some of the challenges were fierce.

Yaya Toure received a yellow card for catching Emre Can on the shoulder with his studs as he slid in, while emotions also ran high on the touchline. Opposing managers Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, both soaking wet, argued over one of a number of debatable decisions by referee Michael Oliver, although they ended the row with a warm high-five.

  • ​Middlesbrough 1 – 3 Manchester United

Jesse Lingard’s thunderous strike lit up what ended up being a nervy Manchester United win as relegation-threatened Middlesbrough rallied under caretaker boss Steve Agnew.

The sides’ final match before the international break always promised to be an intriguing encounter. For Boro, it was their first since Aitor Karanka’s sacking while United were reeling from key absentees and a demanding schedule.

Jose Mourinho said the fixture pile-up meant United would probably lose at the Riverside but they emerged victorious, with Lingard’s powerful drive the standout moment in a 3-1 victory.

The England winger took aim from 25 yards and found the top right-hand corner with an outstanding effort, deservedly adding to Marouane Fellaini’s first-half header.

It had looked like United’s 600th Premier League win would be straightforward against goal-shy Boro, only for Rudy Gestede to capitalise on lax defending to reduce the deficit – his side’s first league goal since January 31.

Belief grew around the Riverside only for an embarrassing moment to settle the match as Antonio Valencia capitalised on former United team-mate Victor Valdes’ slip to wrap up a win that moves his side up to fifth.

Tempers frayed towards the end of a match, with Gestede and Eric Bailly squaring up to each other in an unseemly end to the game with tensions still high as the players made their way down the tunnel after the final whistle blew.

  • Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 1 Southampton

Tottenham further boosted their Champions League hopes after claiming a narrow 2-1 win over Southampton at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Harry Kane’s absence meant Son Heung-min led the line but it was Spurs’ attacking midfielders who filled the void, with Christian Eriksen breaking the deadlock before Dele Alli won and then converted a penalty.

James Ward-Prowse cut the deficit for Southampton after half-time to spark hopes of a comeback but Tottenham held on to reduce the gap on Chelsea to 10 points once more. Saints, meanwhile, stay 10th.

Tottenham have not finished above their north London rivals since 1995 but with 10 games left and the Gunners struggling for form, their lead appears formidable even given Spurs’ tendency to experience an end-of-season slump.

Chelsea’s march towards the Premier League title shows no sign of slowing but this win also pulls Mauricio Pochettino’s men seven points clear of Manchester United in fifth and nine points ahead of Arsenal, albeit having played a game more than both clubs.

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