Manchester City made it 13 wins from 15 Premier League games this season with a 2-1 victory at Watford on Tuesday.Goals in each half from Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez secured all three points for the champions, who were again without the injured Sergio Aguero and left the in-form Raheem Sterling on the bench at Vicarage Road.Abdoulaye Doucoure had them worried in the closing stages after Fabian Delph lost possession near his own penalty area, but City soaked up the late pressure to hold onto the lead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The result puts City five points ahead of second-place Liverpool, having played a game more, and means Watford have now lost seven matches in a row against Pep Guardiola’s side.Ben Foster did superbly to deny Mahrez and stop Bernardo Silva and David Silva from following up on the rebound, but Troy Deeney spurned Watford’s best opening of the first half when he failed to beat Ederson’s outstretched leg from eight yards out.Sane punished that miss five minutes before the break, turning home Mahrez’s curling cross from the right with his chest after Foster had thwarted David Silva moments before.It was a goal that seemed to sap some life out of the home fans and any hope of a comeback was seemingly quashed six minutes after the break, when Mahrez swept home Gabriel Jesus’ cross when unmarked in the box.Jesus wasted two clear chances for a third, heading Bernardo Silva’s flick-on over the crossbar before clipping a tame finish wide of the right-hand post, but they were not left to rue those misses despite Doucoure scrambling the ball home with six minutes left.Who wants a high five? #WATMCI pic.twitter.com/NiuPSg9kwg— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 4, 2018What does it mean? City put pressure back on LiverpoolCity were left to endure a nervy climax to a match that for so long had been comfortable, and it means they again have a healthy advantage over Liverpool in the table ahead of the Reds’ game with Burnley on Wednesday.Guardiola will be pleased to have been able to rest the likes of Sterling and Aymeric Laporte, too, with captain Vincent Kompany getting only his fourth Premier League start of the season.Watford drop to 11th, courtesy of Brighton and Hove Albion’s win over Crystal Palace, and Javi Gracia will be a little concerned that they have mustered only one point since October.Mahrez a real menaceMahrez was causing problems with his right-wing delivery long before he set up Sane to open the scoring, and he fully deserved to be on the scoresheet for a lively display, even if he was sometimes guilty of over-playing. A good Foster save denied him a second goal.Success is hard to come byThe game largely seemed to pass by Isaac Success, who appeared uncertain when to drop deep to bolster the midfield and when to support Deeney. Mostly, he failed to do either. He also completed just 50 per cent of his passes.Key Opta Facts- Manchester City’s goal difference of plus 38 is the is the best recorded by an English top-flight team after the first 15 games of a season since Sunderland in 1892-93 (plus 39).- City have scored at least twice in their last nine games against Watford in all competitions, winning all nine by an aggregate score of 29-5.- Watford have lost three in a row in the Premier League for the first time since December 2017 under Marco Silva (4 games).- City have now gone unbeaten in each of their last 21 games in the Premier League (W18 D3), since a 2-3 defeat against Manchester United in April.- Leroy Sane has scored five goals in his last five Premier League starts.What’s next?City are in London next Saturday when they visit Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea, while Watford head to Everton next Monday. read more
Kolkata: Eight persons were killed and 16 others were injured, four of them seriously, after being struck by lightning in the state which experienced torrential rain accompanied by squall on Friday afternoon.Along with the city, South and North 24-Parganas received heavy rainfall as well. The Alipore Meteorological Office has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Kolkata and its neighbouring areas in the next 48 hours. The injured were taken to SSKM Hospital where one Subir Pal was declared brought dead, while 16 others were admitted. The condition of four persons is serious, the hospital sources said. Pal had come with his wife and son to visit Victoria Memorial, when the tragedy took place. His wife and son have been admitted to the hospital. Another woman, identified as Aparna Mondal (52), died after lightning struck her while she was working in her garden in Bansdroni. She was declared brought dead at M R Bangur Hospital. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSujit Bose, Minister of State for Fire and Emergency Services, went to SSKM Hospital, talked to the doctors and inquired about the condition of the injured persons. While two were killed in the city, six died in the districts. Three members of a family were killed by lightning at Raghunathpur in Bankura. The deceased were identified as Bina Bauri, her husband Abhijit and brother in-law Sanjay. The victims were working in the field when the incident took place. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) recorded 81mm rain in Behala Flying Club till 5pm. During the same period, Mominpur, Ballygunge, Palmar Bazaar, Chetla and Kalighat recorded 75mm, 83mm, 61mm, 56mm and 56.8mm rainfall respectively. The rainfall recorded in Thanthania, Ultadanga, Dhapa, Manicktala and Dutta Bagan pumping stations was 22mm, 29mm, 35mm, 19mm and 22mm respectively, during that period. The rainfall recorded by KMC shows that South Kolkata has received heavier rainfall than Central and North Kolkata. Mayor Firhad Hakim said the intensity of rain was so heavy that there was waterlogging in some of the important roads. All the pumps are functioning to clear the accumulated water and portable pumps have also been pressed into service. A special control room has been opened in KMC, where Hakim and other senior civic officials are overseeing the exercise to clear the accumulated water. Waterlogging was reported from Shilpara and its neighbourhood in Behala, vast areas in Bhowanipore and Kalighat, stretches on Asutosh Mukherjee Road and Park Street in South Kolkata. Stretches on Chittaranjan Avenue, areas surrounding Dharmatala and Thanthania Kalibari were under water as well. Because of waterlogging the traffic movement crawled to a very slow pace, which led to massive traffic jams in both South and North Kolkata, causing severe inconvenience to commuters. Vast areas in Sector V, the state’s IT hub, were inundated following the heavy downpour. The commuters waded through the waterlogged roads to reach home. Sinjini Guha, who works at an IT firm, said: “Because of rain the app cabs became infrequent and the auto-rickshaw services were withdrawn. It was really a trying time for the home-bound commuters,” she said. Akash Basu, a resident of Khardah who studies in a private engineering college, said: “Reaching home was difficult as no transport was available.” The flight movement at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport was also hit due to the rain. Six flights could not take off due to the heavy rain. However, they left for their destination after the rain subsided.