Manchester City continue record-breaking run

Manchester City's Fernandinho heads for the turf during the English Premier League win over Huddersfield Town.
Manchester City's Fernandinho heads for the turf during the English Premier League win over Huddersfield Town. Rui Vieira

FOOTBALL: Manchester City has opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the English Premier League ladder with a 2-1 come-from-behind win at Huddersfield Town.

Huddersfield appeared on course to share the points against City but Raheem Sterling scored the winner in the 84th minute after Sergio Aguero had earlier converted a penalty to cancel out Nicolas Otamendi's own goal.

The win is City's 12th from 13 games and is the best ever start to a Premier League season and means they lead second-placed rivals Manchester United by eight points.

In other matches, Everton's season went from bad to worse with a disappointing 4-1 defeat at Southampton while Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez scored a 92nd-minute winner as they climbed into the top four with a 1-0 victory at stubborn Burnley.

City did not sweep aside Huddersfield as many expected, but the manner of their post-match celebrations illustrated how important victory was on a winter's evening in Yorkshire.

They may have had many more eye-catching performances this season, but Sunday's victory was typical of title-winning sides.

A rapidly-maturing Sterling, who has scored 12 times in 18 games this season in all competitions, won the penalty that led to Aguero's equaliser and was in the right place at the right time late on to score after Gabriel Jesus was denied.

"Today was a game that epitomised the Premier League, winter is here, it's colder, it's harder to move the ball, they defended well,” said City captain Vincent Kompany after his side reached 37 points from a possible 39.

"I feel the team deserved the win, we kept at it, even being 1-0 down we believed.”

United are second on 29 points after a 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday followed by Chelsea (26), who drew 1-1 at Liverpool (23), Arsenal (25) and Tottenham Hotspur (24).

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