City score in 39 seconds in win over Watford


Runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City returned to winning ways with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Watford on Tuesday as Tottenham Hotspur plunged Swansea into further crisis.

After a goalless draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday ended their 18-match winning run, City, who lead second-placed Manchester United by 15 points, took 39 seconds to get in front when an unmarked Raheem Sterling turned in a low cross from Leroy Sane at the back post.

Belgian Kevin De Bruyne had a free kick tipped on to the bar but saw his low cross in the 13th minute turned into his own net by Watford defender Christian Kabasele to make it 2-0.

Andre Gray tested Ederson after a rare break from the visitors but City wrapped up victory in the 63rd minute when Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes fumbled a low De Bruyne cross and Sergio Aguero pounced to slot home the loose ball.

Back to winning ways. Image: Getty

Gray got a consolation for Watford in the 82nd minute, slotting home a low cross from Andre Carillo.

Spurs could afford to start Harry Kane on the bench and his replacement Fernando Llorente spearheaded their hard-earned 2-0 win at bottom club Swansea City.

Former Swansea man Llorente, enjoying a rare start as Kane recovered from a heavy cold, headed Spurs in front after 12 minutes, although he was clearly offside when meeting Christian Eriksen's free kick.

In incessant driving rain at the Liberty Stadium, Spurs looked largely in control until after the break when Jordan Ayew went close and Jan Vertonghen inadvertently deflected a Swansea attack against his own post.

Yet Kane, brought on for the final 20 minutes, calmed nerves as he superbly set up an 89th-minute goal for Dele Alli that sealed the victory that lifted Spurs to fifth in the table, above their local rivals Arsenal.

Crystal Place won 2-1 at Southampton for a vital away win while West Ham beat struggling West Bromwich 2-1.