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Van AANHOLD SCORED THE ONLY WINNING GOAL TO ESCAPE RELEGATION ZONE


Patrick van Aanholt scored the winner for Crystal Palace, as they moved out of the Premier League relegation zone with victory over struggling Middlesbrough. Palace had the better of the first half and deservedly took the lead through the Dutchman's low drive from the edge of the box - his first goal since joining the club in the January transfer window. Chasing the game in the second half, Boro's Cristhian Stuani struck an effort straight at Wayne Hennessey from inside the area, and Fabio sent a shot over the crossbar late on. The Teessiders have now failed to win in their past nine league games and are 16th in the table, one point above the relegation zone and level on points with their opponents. The victory for Palace also drops champions Leicester into the bottom three.

Sam Allardyce had won just once in eight games since taking over as Palace boss in December and questions were being asked about whether he had returned to football too soon after his embarrassing departure from the England job, or been affected by that experience. Allardyce has never been relegated from the top flight and told Football Focus before the game that the problems at Selhurst Park "were a lot deeper than he had expected". But the Eagles collected a priceless win - their third at home this season - to boost their own survival hopes, while pushing managerless Leicester deeper into trouble.

Goalkeeper Hennessey made four comfortable saves as he helped his side to just their second clean sheet of the campaign, but debutant Mamadou Sakho was a towering presence at the back. The Frenchman, signed on loan from Liverpool in January, was making his first start of the season and in an assured performance, he won the ball back 11 times and made six clearances, which was more than any team-mate. Aitor Karanka's side have won just four games all season, fewer than any other side in the division. Their biggest problem is scoring goals, having found the net a mere 19 times in 26 games on their return to the Premier League, and this was their third consecutive league game without a goal. Uruguayan Stuani, who has scored four of those 19, had their best opportunity to claim a point, but his angled shot from inside the area caused Hennessey no problems.

Striker Rudy Gestede was signed from Aston Villa in the transfer window to boost their front line, but the £6m acquisition failed to make an impact after appearing as a half-time substitute. Having lost against a relegation rival, Boro will be hoping to pick up maximum points against fellow strugglers Swansea, Hull and Bournemouth, who they face in their remaining 13 games. Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce: "Selhurst Park was rocking today. It felt like they really enjoyed the commitment from the players and really got behind us. "For me it was all about the quality in the first half we continued to pepper Middlesbrough's box with crosses and shots and it came to Patrick van Aanholt and he scored with his weaker foot. "We need that sort of quality if we are going to stay up and he has proved himself with four goals this season now - three for Sunderland, one for us."

Crystal Palace full-back Patrick Van Aanholt: "I lost my granddad last week. I am very pleased to get the goal for him. Obviously I am very sad to lose him but I thank him a lot." Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka: "It difficult to lose but we have to keep going. "This is not the first time I'm living this situation but the only thing I know is to keep working. "The way we approached the game wasn't the best. I didn't need to say how important the game was to win - I think everyone knew."

HAMBURG FACED A DEFEATING HUMILIATION IN THE HANDS OF BAYERN MUNICH


Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti celebrated his 1,000th match as a manager with an 8-0 thrashing of Hamburg, including a Robert Lewandowski hat-trick. Bayern led 3-0 at the break, as Arturo Vidal drilled in Thomas Muller's lay-off, and Lewandowski converted a penalty before prodding in a third. The Poland striker struck again after the break, with David Alaba tapping in and Kingsley Coman scoring twice. Arjen Robben made it eight. Bayern remain five points clear at the top. RB Leipzig, in second place, beat Cologne 3-1. Lewandowski's three goals took him joint-top of the Bundesliga scoring charts - he now has 19 for the season, along with Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored twice in a 3-0 win at Freiburg. All three of Lewandowski's goals were clinically taken. He rolled in his first with nonchalance from the penalty spot after being fouled by Lewis Holtby, and was cool from close range for his second before steering in a third from Robben's pass after the break.

He might wonder, though, how he did not score even more - heading wide two clear first-half chances and hitting the bar. It was a satisfying enough day for the striker, however, who received a standing ovation as he made way for Renato Sanches in the 57th minute. He then watched Coman, another substitute, take centre stage with two smart finishes, the first steered into the corner following a mistake by Johan Djourou, the second placed home from 20 yards after Robben teed him up. Robben completed the rout with a trademark goal, cutting in from the right on his left foot and finding the far corner. That all ensured Bayern's biggest win under Ancelotti - some way to chalk up a milestone. Hamburg have a dreadful recent record at the Allianz Arena, having now lost on each of their past seven visits, conceding 44 goals in the process - a run that included a 9-2 thumping in March 2013 and another 8-0 humiliation in February 2015.

Markus Gisdol's side, battling relegation, were overwhelmed by the attacking verve of Bayern, who could easily have been half a dozen goals in front by the interval. They were thankful to goalkeeper Rene Adler that the score did not reach double figures; he got the faintest of touches to tip a fierce Lewandowski drive on to the bar in the first half, and made fine stops from Arjen Robben either side of half-time. It was just one of those days for the Hamburg keeper, though - with his despair summed up by Bayern's third goal, shortly before half-time. The keeper was off his line quickly to block as Douglas Costa ran on to Muller's cut-back, but Lewandowski collected the loose ball and found the roof of the net from 10 yards.

DEMBELE SCORED BRACE TO GIVE CELTIC WIN OVER HAMILTON


Moussa Dembele scored twice against Hamilton Academical to give Celtic a 21st straight Premiership victory. The visitors, sitting bottom of the table, had limited the leaders to a Stuart Armstrong strike against the woodwork until Dembele struck. The French striker curled home a superb shot on the stroke of half-time. Dembele scored his second after 59 minutes from the penalty spot after Kieran Tierney was brought down by Massimo Donati. Celtic's 15th consecutive win in all competitions means they retain their 24-point lead over Aberdeen, who beat Ross County. Accies remain one point behind Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who had lifted themselves off the bottom with Friday's win over Rangers. Celtic were in command of this game, but that alone was not enough to overcome Hamilton.

The visitors were disciplined, well-organised and spirited, while their hosts lacked the edge and intensity that has distinguished the best of their work this season. The game became a test of Celtic's patience until Dembele delivered a moment of improvisation and exquisite technique. Spinning on the ball then dragging it past Massimo Donati, he made room 25 yards from goal then lifted a shot over Hamilton goalkeeper Gary Woods and into the far corner of the net. It was striking enough for goalkeeper Craig Gordon to wait for his team-mate at the side of the pitch as the players left at half-time and congratulate him. Dembele almost added a second early in the second half, but his shot from Tierney's cross was deflected wide.

The Celtic full-back still managed to create a goal for Dembele, though, being brought down inside the area for a penalty that the French striker converted calmly. Not for the first time this season, much of Hamilton's play was solid and dependable. They set up to contain Celtic and their work was diligent and thorough enough to frustrate the home side. Darian MacKinnon was typically bullish in central midfield, while Danny Redmond kept trying to prompt counter-attacks from deep positions. Steven Boyd, a graduate of the club's youth academy, looked promising up front, but mostly Hamilton were trying to maintain their hold on a clean sheet. Redmond did shoot wide early on and one break upfield ended with MacKinnon playing Dougie Imrie in, but he sliced his shot wide of the goal. The visitors had a claim for a penalty late on, when Gramoz Kurtaj went down inside the area, but the Hamilton forward was booked for diving instead. Just before the end, Eamonn Brophy also had a header tipped over by Gordon.

Hamilton were bottom of the table before kick-off and there is no sense of panic at the club, but this was a difficult day for the visitors. Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers: "When teams sit in that deep, it's always difficult. For spells in the first half we closed up our own space a little too much - that was just our positioning really. "We still have moments where we could find the final pass a little bit better, but right on half-time an absolutely brilliant goal by Moussa. The boy oozes quality, he has wonderful finishing, and I think that was his first one from outside the box, so he's continually working on that. "His movement was good, he's improving all the time in the setting up of his game. He's always a threat, he wants to score. His contribution was very high. "Defensively we were outstanding, how quickly we won the ball back. Overall, a very pleasing performance."

Hamilton Academical manager Martin Canning: "We stuck to our task, and we did well, but it takes that moment of quality from Dembele to open the scoring. "At that point the plan was working to frustrate Celtic, and when we had counterattack opportunities our quality maybe wasn't as good as it could have been. I was really pleased with the players' attitude, they worked hard. "You can take a lot from it. They've competed with the best team in the country. It's always going to be difficult going toe-to-toe with Celtic because they've got quality players who can hurt you. "You've got to come here with a plan of keeping your shape and being disciplined and organised. We did that very well and the concentration levels were great. There were positives to take into Tuesday's game against Aberdeen."

EVERTON CONTINUE THEIR UNBEATEN RUN AFTER WIN AGAINST SUNDERLAND


Everton stretched their unbeaten league run to nine games with victory over bottom of the table Sunderland at Goodison Park. Despite a staunch Sunderland defence, Idrissa Gueye netted his first goal for the Toffees as he lashed Seamus Coleman's low cross beyond Jordan Pickford before the break. Sunderland put Everton under pressure but struggled to create any chances, before Jermain Defoe's fierce effort bounced off the underside of the bar and only narrowly missed out on crossing the line. Lukaku responded seconds later with a fine surge forward, avoiding Bryan Oviedo's tackle and slicing the ball over Pickford via a deflection to register his 60th Premier League goal for the Blues, equalling the club record with current first-team coach Duncan Ferguson. Everton are now four points behind sixth-placed Manchester United, while Sunderland are three points behind 17th-placed Crystal Palace.

Everton have lost just one of their past 15 home matches - against Liverpool in December - and have already earned more points at Goodison this season than they managed in the whole of 2015-16. Unchanged from their draw against Middlesbrough two weeks ago, Everton had a positivity to their play. From their four corners inside the first four minutes, to sustained pressure when Sunderland began to grow in confidence after the break, the Toffees kept creating opportunities. Even as Lukaku was kept quiet by John O'Shea, who often outmuscled the Everton striker, the home side kept pushing forward, before Gueye darted forward to meet Coleman's cross and put them in front. Everton's positivity nearly earned another reward minutes later as Tom Davies struck the bar on the cusp of half-time.

Lukaku had already scored seven Premier League goals against Sunderland, three of them coming when the two sides previously met in September. Despite former Everton left-back Oviedo's best efforts, Lukaku's pace proved too much for the second goal as he sprinted from the right and beat Pickford. "It's been good a journey. Duncan and I work really hard, first with Roberto Martinez and now with Ronald Koeman," Lukaku said. "They helped me to improve my game and I'm grateful to them, because without them, I wouldn't have got this far." David Moyes spent 11 years as manager at Everton, taking the club to the Champions League in 2005, and was making his second return to Goodison since leaving in 2013. On his previous visit as Manchester United manager in April 2014, Moyes oversaw a 2-0 defeat and lost his job two days later.

Although he ultimately left with the same scoreline, there were undoubtedly moments of positivity from his side. Returning goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who had been missing since December with a knee injury, grew in confidence as the game went on. He recovered from almost allowing Ross Barkley's shot to creep over the line to producing two fantastic, sliding stops to deny Lukaku and Enner Valencia. Sunderland's defence was also strong and forced Everton into scrappy periods, but the visitors were unable to force a goal. Another defeat means that Moyes has yet to a take a point from either of his former sides this season. Sunderland had a two-week break in the aftermath of their 4-0 thrashing by Southampton on 11 February, during which time Moyes took his players to New York. The defence against Southampton was sloppy but at Goodison the players kept their shape. When they were outmanoeuvred by Barkley they kept their patience and put bodies in the box to frustrate Everton's strikers.

However, the Black Cats were hesitant when they counter-attack, which could be a lack of confidence having won just one of their past eight league games. Jermain Defoe barely saw the ball in the first half and his first real touch of the game saw the ball hammer into the underside of the bar. Despite the improved approach Sunderland have now spent 175 days in the relegation zone this season - more than any other Premier League side.

WEST BROM COME FROM BEHIND TO BEAT STRUGGLING SUNDERLAND


West Brom came from behind to inflict a fourth straight Premier League defeat on struggling Bournemouth in a captivating game at The Hawthorns. Joshua King's calm penalty put the visitors ahead on five minutes after Allan Nyom had clumsily wrestled Ryan Fraser to the ground inside the area. Craig Dawson equalised at the end of a thrilling first 10 minutes as his strike took a big deflection off Charlie Daniels as Artur Boruc dived in vain. Boruc's woeful error in failing to punch clear a corner allowed Gareth McAuely to put his side in front on 22 minutes, with the Cherries' recent defensive woes routinely exploited by the hosts at set-pieces. Nacer Chadli's header was rightly disallowed for offside after the interval, while Dawson was forced off after appearing to be knocked unconscious in the build-up - West Brom later stating the defender is fine following his collision with Tyrone Mings.

Despite dominating possession, Eddie Howe's side failed to find a vital equaliser - Ben Foster making two superb saves in added time to ensure Bournemouth continue their slide into a relegation battle. For the hosts, substitute James McClean also saw his effort well saved by Boruc late on, as the impressive Baggies have now reached 40 points for the season. Barring a remarkable downturn in form, West Brom look firmly on course to achieve their best-ever Premier League points total this season. Their current record stands at 49 when the Baggies finished eighth at the end of the 2012-13 campaign under Steve Clarke, but have 12 games remaining to surpass that total.

Clarke's side had the benefit of Romelu Lukaku's 17 league goals that year, whereas this vintage have a more unlikely source in 37-year-old centre-back McAuley, who looks keen and capable of playing to 40 in his current form. The veteran capped his 500th game in English football with his seventh strike in all competitions this season - drawing him level with Salomon Rondon as West Brom's top scorer - before marshalling his defence expertly in a tighter second half. In truth, he will likely never score an easier goal as Boruc suffered the indignity of managing to punch the ball behind him from a corner before it rolled down his back and into McAuley's path. The hosts were fortunate with Dawson's deflected leveller too, but that should not detract from another fine performance as they claimed a fifth victory in their last eight league games. The plot points were different but this was an all-too familiar tale for Bournemouth as their miserable defence once again made sure they remain without a win in 2017, having now conceded 18 goals in their last six Premier League games.

Daniels' deflection was unlucky but Dawson should never have been allowed the space to move up from right-back unchecked into a shooting position. Bournemouth looked petrified every time they conceded a corner - the hosts had eight in total - as Jonny Evans, Dawson and McAuley all tormented their marker, with the latter also hitting the crossbar from a looping header. As woeful as the visitors looked at set pieces, they also took bizarre risks in open play, Steve Cook perhaps lucky to avoid a red card as he barged Rondon off the ball as the striker threatened to beat Boruc. All this makes the club's failure to bring in any more defenders in the January transfer window even more puzzling, while Nathan Ake's departure back to parent club Chelsea hangs like a curse over Howe's beleaguered side.

Andrew Surman and Harry Arter also failed to provide the protection that Jake Livermore offered for the hosts, while in Boruc, the Cherries have a goalkeeper whose performances grow evermore inconsistent. In contrast to Boruc's dismal showing, West Brom keeper Foster had little to do until two excellent saves in added time. The first was somewhat straightforward as he stayed tall to flick substitute Lys Mousset's curling effort over the bar with his right hand. The second saw him scramble across to his right, just managing to tip Mings' glancing header behind. Surman also failed to test the Baggies keeper when well placed late on as Bournemouth created more chances in the final five minutes than the preceding 45, but three points was due reward for Foster's efforts.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis: "It's a great achievement to get 40 points by this time, so we're all pleased. "It's been a great season so far, but we don't want to let it go flat. "Look at Claudio Ranieri and Leicester - as soon as you become complacement, this game has an unbelievable way of kicking you up the backside."



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