LONDON — Jose Mourinho got the better of Pep Guardiola in the latest chapter of the two coaches’ rivalry as Tottenham beat Manchester City 2-0 Saturday to go top of the English Premier League.
Tottenham took the lead in the fifth minute when both of City’s centre-backs followed Harry Kane. That opened up plenty of space for Son Heung-min to pick up a lobbed pass from Tanguy Ndombele and score.
City had an overwhelming share of possession but accomplished little with it except for a disallowed goal for Aymeric Laporte after Gabriel Jesus controlled the ball with his arm in the buildup.
Giovani Lo Celso stretched Tottenham’s lead less than 30 seconds after coming off the bench when Kane played him in to score on a 65th-minute counter-attack. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris reacted quickly to keep out Laporte’s header late on.
Third-place Leicester can move above Tottenham if it beats fourth-place Liverpool on Sunday.
Man City is eight points off Tottenham.
Abraham scores as Chelsea coasts to win over Newcastle
NEWCASTLE, England — Tammy Abraham scored in his third club game in a row as Chelsea beat Newcastle 2-0 on Saturday to stay among the English Premier League leaders.
Chelsea took the lead in the 10th minute when Federico Fernandez knocked the ball into his own net, and the goal was given despite Fernandez’s protests that he had been pushed as Mason Mount’s low cross came in.
Timo Werner had a fruitless day in front of goal, missing once and seeing another effort ruled out for offside. The German had more success as a provider, though, dribbling from his own half past two Newcastle defenders before setting up Abraham for a simple first-time finish for the second goal in the 65th.
That marked Abraham’s third Chelsea game in succession with a goal after he scored against Rennes and Sheffield United before the international break. He has four goals in 12 games this season and is combining well with Werner, who had been widely expected to compete against Abraham for a place in the lineup after joining Chelsea from Leipzig in the summer.
Even going a goal down initially did little to shake up Newcastle’s defence-first approach, and the hosts didn’t register a shot on target until the 82nd minute, when Edouard Mendy pushed away a deflected shot. Isaac Hayden earlier missed the Chelsea goal after a defensive mix-up, and a speculative long-range shot from Sean Longstaff bounced off the crossbar and out of play.
Brighton beats Villa to end 2-month wait for EPL win
BIRMINGHAM, England — A powerful shot from Solly March lifted Brighton to a 2-1 win at Aston Villa in the English Premier League on Saturday, the visitors’ first victory in the competition for two months.
Brighton took an early lead through Danny Welbeck’s first goal for the club on a counter-attack in the 12th minute, but Ezri Konsa levelled for Villa a minute into the second half.
As Villa sat deep, March blasted a rising shot into the top-right corner from the edge of the box in the 56th.
Brighton nearly collapsed in stoppage time as Tariq Lamptey was sent off, and video review led to a penalty for Villa being overturned.
In an otherwise strong performance, wing-back Lamptey faces a suspension after he picked up a second yellow card in added time for a clumsy challenge on Villa forward Jack Grealish. From the resulting free kick, March collided with Mahmoud “Trezeguet” Hassan and a spot kick was given, then reversed when a review showed March played the ball.
Brighton was on a six-game winless run in the league since beating Newcastle 3-0 on Sept. 20. Villa could have finished the day back on top of the table with a big win but had to take its third loss in four league games following a strong start.
There was more to worry Villa manager Dean Smith as midfielder Ross Barkley, on loan from Chelsea, went off injured after suffering an apparent leg muscle problem barely a minute into the game.