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Man City stunned by Norwich, fall 5 points behind league-leading Liverpool

Norwich, England, Sep 14 (efe-epa).- Two-time defending champion Manchester City find themselves five points behind league-leading Liverpool after stumbling to a 3-2 away loss Saturday against Norwich City, while the English league's other major clubs all were victorious.

Norwich, who were a second-division club last season and had lost three of their first four Premier League matches coming into Saturday's contest at Carrow Road, jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals by Kenny McLean and Todd Cantwell.

The Citizens, however seemed to be setting the stage for a comeback when Sergio Aguero netted just before first-half stoppage time.

Instead, the visitors buried themselves early in the second half with an amateurish mistake by Nicolas Otamendi, who dallied on the ball and had it taken away by Emi Buendia.

The Argentine attacking midfielder then immediately set up Finnish forward Teemu Pukki, who made the score 3-1 with his sixth goal of the season.

City's high-powered attack wasn't done yet, but it wasn't until minute 88 that Rodrigo was able to narrow the lead to one. The visitors then had one last-gasp chance to tie the game, but Tim Krul was able to corral a shot by Aguero.

Manchester City are still in second place with 10 points despite the loss, although their lead over Tottenham, Manchester United, Leicester City and Chelsea has shrunk to just two points.

Elsewhere, Liverpool got off to a rocky start at Anfield but leveraged their star power to down Newcastle 3-1.

Just seven minutes into the game, Dutch left back Jetro Willems maneuvered around Trent Alexander-Arnold inside the area and sent a potent strike into the upper right portion of the goal past a diving Adrian.

The Reds were unperturbed, however, by the early deficit; they quickly started heaping the pressure on the Magpies and that led to two goals by Senegalese star Sadio Mane before the intermission.

Andy Robertson set up the first of those goals in the 28th minute when he received the ball on the left side and passed off to Mane, who sent a shot into the upper-right corner far out of the reach of Newcastle net minder Martin Dubravka.

Mane then scored once again in the 40th minute off a through ball from star Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino, who had entered the game just two minutes earlier as a substitute for the injured Divock Origi.

The ball had bounced to Mane for an easy tap-in after Dubravka came off his line too late and failed to break up the play.

The match continued to be one-way traffic in the second half, with Newcastle unable to put Adrian under any pressure and Alexander-Arnold and Robertson both having chances to stretch the Reds' lead after the break.

Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah finally put the game out of reach when he finished off a give-and-go with Firmino in the 72nd minute.

In other Premier League action Saturday, Manchester United put on an unconvincing performance but were able to edge Leicester City 1-0 on the strength of a penalty converted by Marcus Rashford in the eighth minute.

Red Devils goalkeeper David De Gea then went into lockdown mode, with his biggest highlight coming at the half-hour mark when he denied a half-volley by Ben Chilwell.

Tottenham and Chelsea, meanwhile, both showcased their offensive firepower in wins over Crystal Palace and Wolves, respectively.

Tottenham was led by South Korean star Son Heung-min, who was involved every goal in the Spurs' 4-0 victory.

Son scored twice and also helped construct the other two goals - an own goal by Patrick van Aanholt and a final tally by Erik Lamela - in the home team's first-half onslaught at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Chelsea, meanwhile, got a hat trick from Tammy Abraham in a 5-2 rout of the Wolves.

With his latest impressive performance, the 21-year-old English striker now is tied with Manchester City's Aguero as the Premier League's top scorer with seven goals. EFE-EPA

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