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Chelsea in 7th heaven as Man City lay down law in Brighton******
LONDON, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Mason Mount scored a hat-trick to help Chelsea continue at top of the Premier League this weekend with a 7-0 thrashing of bottom of the table Norwich.
Norwich travelled to Stamford Bridge after consecutive 0-0 draws, but hopes of a third clean sheet vanished as soon as the eighth minute when Mount opened the scoring, and Hudson Odoi doubled the lead 10 minutes later.
The game was over as a contest when Reese James made it 3-0 before halftime and Ben Chilwell and an Aarons' own goal made it 5-0 before Mount rounded off his hat-trick with two goals in the last five minutes.
Manchester City were quickly into gear as they won 4-1 away to Brighton, who had kicked off the weekend in fourth place in the table.
The game was just about over after half an hour after Ilkay Gundogan opened the scoring for Pep Guardiola's side in the 13th minute, before Phil Foden added a brace in the 28th and 31st minutes.
Alexis Mac Allister scored a penalty for Brighton with nine minutes left to play, but the result was never in doubt and Riyad Mahrez highlighted City's superiority with their 4th goal deep into injury time.
Former Everton striker Josh King scored a hat-trick as Watford twice came back from behind to claim an astonishing 5-2 win at Goodison Park to give Claudio Ranieri his first win as Watford coach.
Tom Davis put Everton ahead only for King to cancel out his goal 10 minutes later, but it looked as if Richarlison's 63rd minute strike would win it for Everton, before Watford blitzed home four goals in the last 12 minutes. Juraj Kucka equalized before two goals from King turned the game around and Emmanuel Bonaventura added a fifth in injury time.
Rodrigo Moreno's last-minute penalty saved a point for injury hit Leeds United who had fallen behind to Hwang Hee-Chan's first half strike, but did enough to deserve a point.
Callum Wilson poached a goal to give Newcastle United a point they scarcely deserved on their visit to Crystal Palace, who dominated the ball and had most of the chances and looked to be on their way to three points after Christian Benteke's 56th minute owner.
However, Wilson salvaged a point for Newcastle in their first game under Graeme Jones following Stave Bruce's midweek sacking.
Maxwell Cornet showed his value to Burnley by scoring twice in their 2-2 draw away to Southampton, who hit the target through Tino Livramento and Armando Borja.
On Friday night Arsenal claimed an important 3-1 home win against Aston Villa thanks to goals from Thomas Partey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who followed home after his initial penalty had been saved, and Emile Smith-Rowe put Arsenal 3-0 up before Jacob Ramsey netted a late consolation for Villa, who have lost their last three games. Enditem
Uruguay sack manager Oscar Tabarez******
MONTEVIDEO, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Uruguay has sacked manager Oscar Tabarez after more than 15 years in the job amid a poor run of results in World Cup qualifiers, the country's football association said on Friday.。
The announcement came three days after the Celeste lost 3-0 to Bolivia in La Paz, the team's fourth defeat in as many qualifiers.。
"The executive committee ... has taken this difficult decision in virtue of the present circumstances with a commitment to the future and to achieving the results that we all want," read a statement on the Uruguayan Football Association's (AUF) official website.。
"We express our respect and acknowledge his professionalism and dedication over such a long period," the statement added.。
Tabarez had been in charge of Uruguay since March 2006 and steered the Celeste to the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where they were eliminated by eventual champions France.。
He also coached the national team from 1988 to 1990.。
In total, the 74-year-old guided Uruguay to four World Cups during his two spells as coach: Italy in 1990, South Africa in 2010, Brazil in 2014 and Russia in 2018.。
Former Uruguay striker Diego Forlan was among a number of current and former players to express their gratitude to Tabarez on social media following his dismissal.。
"Thank you, maestro, for everything you have done for Uruguay's national football team and the country," tweeted Forlan, who won the Golden Ball award for the best player at the 2010 World Cup.。
"You marked a before and an after, and that's why your name will go down in history."
Uruguay is currently seventh in the 10-team South American qualifying group for the 2022 World Cup.。
The top four teams will automatically earn a place at football's showpiece tournament in Qatar while the fifth-ranked side will advance to an intercontinental playoff.。
The AUF did not immediately say who would replace Tabarez. Enditem。
China advances into relay semis at ISU Short Track World Cup******
BUDAPEST, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- China's women's 3,000m and men's 5,000m relay teams advanced into the semifinals, at the 2021-22 season ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating series in Debrecen, Hungary, on Friday.。
In the women's relay 3,000m race, China, consisting of Fan Kexin, Qu Chunyu, Zhang Chutong and Zhang Yuting, won the heat with a time of 4:08:160, ahead of Italy, Kazahstan and Ukraine.。
In the semifinals, they will compete against skaters from the Netherlands, France and Italy.。
In the men's relay 5,000m race, China, consisting of An Kai, Sun Long, Yu Songnan and Zhang Tianyi, finished fastest in their heat with a time of 6:46:593, beating Japan, Belgium, Austria and Ukraine.。
In the semifinals, they will compete against skaters from Japan, South Korea and Canada.。
In the day's third event, the men's 1,000m race, three Chinese skaters advanced to the quarterfinals -- Ren Ziwei, Wu Dajing and An Kai.。
The event, which also serves as a qualifying tournament for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, continues Saturday with the first finals. Enditem。
Penarol clinch Uruguayan top flight title******
MONTEVIDEO, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Penarol won their 51st Uruguayan top-flight championship on Tuesday by beating Plaza Colonia 8-7 on penalties after the sides drew their semifinal 1-1 after 120 minutes.。
Argentine midfielder Nico Gaitan converted the decisive spot-kick after Emilio Zeballos missed with his team's ninth attempt in their playoff.。
Renzo Lopez had given Plaza Colonia the lead by converting a 35th-minute penalty before Facundo Torres equalized on the stroke of halftime.。
The result at Estadio Centenario hands Penarol a place in the group stage of next year's Copa Libertadores, South America's premier club competition.。
"I have to thank the players, who were very humble and managed to execute our game plan to perfection," a jubilant Penarol manager Mauricio Larriera said.。
The duel pitted Uruguay's 2021 Apertura tournament winners Plaza Colonia against Clausura champions Penarol.。
The latter secured the title without the need for a final by virtue of having the best aggregate results in 2021. Enditem。