Christian Eriksen. Picture: SUPPLIED
Christian Eriksen. Picture: SUPPLIED

London — Tottenham Hotspur kept up the distant chase of Premier League leaders Chelsea with a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Southampton to cut the gap to 10 points on Sunday.

In the day’s other games Manchester United moved up to fifth place with a 3-1 win over relegation-threatened Middlesbrough while Manchester City came from behind to draw 1-1 at home with Liverpool.

The result means both teams lost ground in the title race.

City, in third place, stayed a point ahead of the Merseysiders with a game in hand thanks to Sergio Aguero’s equalising goal.

City fell behind when full back Gael Clichy conceded a penalty six minutes after halftime and James Milner scored from the spot against his old club. Liverpool were pegged back 18 minutes later when Aguero scored from Kevin de Bruyne’s fine low cross.

Goals from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli in each half extended Tottenham’s unbeaten home record as they claimed a 10th successive league win at White Hart Lane.

Questions had been asked about Tottenham coping without injured striker Harry Kane but they were answered after 14 minutes when Mousa Dembele found Eriksen and the Dane flashed a low shot beyond Fraser Forster.

Dele Alli was fouled in the area by Southampton skipper Steven Davis on the half-hour mark and Alli picked himself up to stroke home a penalty to put Spurs two up.

It was no cruise, though, for the hosts as Southampton halved the deficit six minutes after the break when Toby Alderweireld failed to cut out Nathan Redmond’s cross and James Ward-Prowse prodded a shot past Hugo Lloris.

Jose Mourinho praised Manchester United’s refusal to let fatigue get the better of them as they beat Middlesbrough. Having lost to Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday and beaten Rostov in the Europa League on Thursday, Mourinho had predicted his team might struggle against Middlesbrough.

United were also without striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but goals from Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard and Antonio Valencia sealed a victory.

"I applaud our attitude and desire and our way of thinking," he said.

Reuters and AFP

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