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Tottenham edge closer to Leicester with Bournemouth win, United win Manchester derby

London: Tottenham Hotspur have closed the gap on English Premier League leaders Leicester with a 3-0 win over Bournemouth, while Manchester City's outside hopes were effectively ended with a 1-0 home defeat by arch-rivals Manchester United.

Harry Kane scored twice and Christian Eriksen got the other as Tottenham kept their title hopes on track with a convincing victory on Sunday.

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Kane's double had them 2-0 up within 16 minutes and Eriksen's second-half goal sealed victory to reduce the gap at the top to five points with seven games to go.

City's chances look over as they were beaten 1-0 at home by United, with Marcus Rashford grabbing the only goal.

Harry Kane scores for Tottenham against Bournemouth.
Harry Kane scores for Tottenham against Bournemouth. Photo: Paul Gilham

The result left City still fourth, 15 points behind Leicester having played one game less.

United are sixth, level on points with West Ham in fifth and one point behind City.

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Earlier on Sunday, Southampton all but ended Liverpool's outside hopes of a top-four spot as they scored three second-half goals to win their clash 3-2 on Sunday.

Liverpool led 2-0 at half-time through Phillip Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, but Sadio Mane scored twice and Graziano Pelle got the other as Southampton completely a stunning turnaround.

Optus scored a big goal snatching rights to the English Premier League.
Optus scored a big goal snatching rights to the English Premier League. Photo: Jon Super

"The first half we played brilliant football but we have to close the game out," Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said.

"You have to accept in the second half they controlled the game."

A penalty save from Simon Mignolet  for Liverpool couldn't halt Southampton's march.
A penalty save from Simon Mignolet for Liverpool couldn't halt Southampton's march. Photo: Michael Steele

The result moved Southampton up to seventh while Liverpool remained ninth, three points further back.

"It was a must-win game, the same as last week," Southampton manager Ronald Koeman said.

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Houdini: Can Rafa Benitez pull off the great escape and keep Newcastle in the Premier League? Photo: Stu Forster

"We are still fighting for a European place, that is what we want."

Meanwhile, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez picked up his first point since taking over with a 1-1 draw at home with neighbours Sunderland.

Jermain Defoe celebrates scoring for Sunderland in the Tyneside derby.
Jermain Defoe celebrates scoring for Sunderland in the Tyneside derby. Photo: Ian MacNicol

Jermain Defoe put Sunderland in front, but Aleksandar Mitrovic headed a late equaliser to leave both clubs still in the bottom three.

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