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Fernandinho (25) of Manchester City scores an own goal which brings Crystal Palace level late on during Saturday's game.

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Manchester City’s faint title hopes were dealt another blow on Saturday after being held to a 2-2 tie by a resolute Crystal Palace side ahead of Premier League leaders, Liverpool, home game against Manchester United on Sunday.

Out of form Tottenham Spurs stayed true to their recent poor form – extending their winless run to four straight League games - after being held to a goalless tie by a resurgent Watford side that missed a spot kick that could have won them the game, Sheffield Utd continued their fairytale quest for a European football spot with a late equalizer that saw them steal a point at Arsenal, and up and down, and Newcastle earned a dramatic injury-time win over a dominant Chelsea side at home.

English Premier League Week 23 Standings

Elsewhere on Saturday, Southampton saw their recent winning run come undone at home after giving up a two-goal advantage to Wolves in a five-goal thriller, Everton climbed back from a goal down for a point against West Ham, as did Aston Villa at Brighton, and bottommost Norwich dug deep for a lone goal winner over bottom Bournemouth to move 3 points closer to the latter.

And on Sunday, game in hand Liverpool continued their unstoppable run for the title, doubling up Manchester United by two goals to nothing for a 16point advantage at the top as Burnley edged Leicester City by two goals to one.

Saturday

Watford 0-0 Tottenham

Ignacio Pussetto's goal-line clearance denied Tottenham a last-minute winner at Watford by just 10.04mm in a goalless draw at Vicarage Road.

Pussetto, making his Watford debut as a substitute, slid in to clear Erik Lamela's goalbound effort off the line in the second minute of injury-time and prevent the below-par visitors from stealing a win.

By then the Hornets should have been in front but Paulo Gazzaniga kept out Deeney's 70th-minute spot-kick, awarded for a Jan Vertonghen handball, and they were also left to rue missing a number of other fine chances.

Heung-Min Son was denied by Ben Foster before half-time but, within minutes of the restart, Abdoulaye Doucoure and man-of-the-match Ismaila Sarr wasted glorious opportunities to open the scoring, before Deeney fluffed his lines from 12 yards with 20 minutes to go.

Thus, Tottenham extended their winless league run to a fourth game, while Watford are now unbeaten since December 12 and have taken 14 points from Nigel Pearson's six games in charge.

Arsenal 1-1 Sheffield Utd

Sheffield United remain four points ahead of Arsenal after battling back from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium.

The visitors were the better side for long periods of the first half but all their good early work was undone when Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli, who replaced the suspended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, tucked home from close range (45) just before half-time.

Blades boss Chris Wilder would have been wondering how his side went in trailing at the break but they did eventually get their reward when John Fleck (83) pounced at the far post to beat Bernd Leno and secure his side a share of the spoils.

Despite the point, Sheffield United, who end a run of back-to-back defeats away from Bramall Lane, drop to seventh, but they remain three places ahead of Mikel Arteta's side, who stay 10th.

Brigton 1-1 Aston Villa

Jack Grealish's stunning second-half equaliser grabbed Aston Villa an important point in a 1-1 draw with Brighton.

In a game of few chances, Brighton took a first-half lead through Leandro Trossard (38) but Villa improved after the break and Grealish thrashed home a fierce half-volley to get his team back on a positive footing following their embarrassing 6-1 home defeat by Manchester City.

Brighton almost nicked it late on through Neal Maupay but Pepe Reina - making his debut for Villa - produced an epic one-handed save to earn Villa a share of the spoils.

Villa remain in the relegation zone with 22 points from 23 matches, while Brighton stay 14th on 25 points, very much looking over their shoulder.

Manchester City 2-2 Crystal Palace

Manchester City's grip on the Premier League title got even weaker as Crystal Palace earned a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium following a dramatic final 10 minutes.

Kevin De Bruyne hit the bar early on with a brilliant 30-yard free kick, but Palace scored against the run of play as Cenk Tosun headed home at the far post from a corner (39), the visitors' first and only effort of the first half.

City had a penalty correctly overturned by VAR in the second half following a Jairo Riedewald handball, before sub Gabriel Jesus curled a beauty for Sergio Aguero to convert at the far post (82).

Aguero got his second and what looked to be the winner with a fine header (87), but Palace refused to feel sorry for themselves as Wilfried Zaha forced a Fernandinho own goal (90).

For now, the result leaves City 13points behind two-game in hand Liverpool who will host Man Utd on Sunday. Palace, meanwhile, is ninth.

Norwich 1-0 Bournemouth

Norwich held on for a vital 1-0 win over Bournemouth at Carrow Road after both sides were reduced to 10 men and Paul Tierney became the first Premier League referee to use a pitchside monitor.

The hosts were on top during the opening period but failed to make it count until Steve Cook received a red card for acrobatically palming away a shot in the area from Norwich debutant Ondrej Duda on the half-hour mark.

Teemu Pukki coolly converted the resulting penalty and the game maintained pace and controversy, culminating with a reckless lunge on Callum Wilson from Norwich defender Ben Godfrey, prompting Tierney to check the pitchside monitor.

The initial yellow card was overturned and the centre-back was issued with his marching orders as tempers began to flare on both sides.

With both teams down to 10 men, Bournemouth regained some attacking momentum but the Canaries held on to close the gap to safety to six points.

Southampton 2-3 Wolves

Wolves staged a thrilling second-half fightback to come from 2-0 down and beat in-form Southampton 3-2 at St Mary's.

Saints looked to be heading for a fifth win from their last six Premier League matches as goals from Jan Bednarek (15) and Shane Long (35) put them in control.

But Pedro Neto started Wolves' comeback when he fired home from inside the box in the 53rd minute.

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) then overturned a refereeing decision in order to give Wolves a penalty which Raul Jimenez converted, before the striker netted the winner in the 76th minute.

West Ham 1-1 Everton

Dominic Calvert-Lewin's instinctive finish ensured a depleted Everton earned a 1-1 draw against West Ham at the London Stadium.

Issa Diop headed the hosts in front five minutes before the break on his return to the side, but Calvert-Lewin responded immediately with his 11th goal of the season to restore parity (44) from close range.

Robert Snodgrass came close to regaining the lead for David Moyes' side as his deflected shot forced a fine save from Jordan Pickford midway through the second period.

The result means West Ham remain a point above the relegation zone in 16th place while Everton stay 11th.

Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea

Issac Hayden's 94th-minute header snatched a stunning 1-0 win over Chelsea, earning Newcastle their first Premier League victory of 2020.

Chelsea had 70 per cent of the possession and 19 shots but were kept at bay by a well-drilled Newcastle side, who completed the ultimate smash-and-grab with 30 seconds to play as Hayden glanced an Allan Saint-Maximin cross home to send St James' Park into raptures.

But Newcastle's sensational finish was in contrast to their start, when Jetro Willems was stretchered off inside 10 minutes to increase Steve Bruce's injury problems. Reece James was also taken off injured for Chelsea, who will be lamenting their lack of finishing in a game they dominated.

Newcastle's victory moves them up a place into 12th, while Chelsea remain in fourth.

Burnley FC 2-1 Leicester

Burnley grabbed a 2-1 win against Leicester to break a run of five straight defeats as Nick Pope starred and saved a Jamie Vardy penalty with the scores at 1-1.

Sean Dyche's men looked in big trouble at the break after Harvey Barnes handed top-four chasing Leicester the lead (33) but Chris Wood forced home a timely leveller (56) at a time when Leicester were dominating.

Vardy was handed the perfect opportunity to restore the advantage from the spot but Pope guessed right (68) - one of seven saves he made during the match - and Burnley completed the comeback when Ashley Westwood struck after a poor clearance by Jonny Evans (79).

The victory moves Dyche's side five points clear of the drop zone as the old Burnley stood up and showed their fighting spirit. For Leicester, it leaves them in a sticky run of form, winning just two of their last seven Premier League games.

Liverpool 2-0 Manchester Utd

Virgil van Dijk's header helped Liverpool on their way to a 2-0 win over Manchester United at Anfield as they extended their lead at the top to 16 points.

Jurgen Klopp's side had two further goals ruled out before the interval and upped the intensity again in the second half before Mohamed Salah's goal added gloss to the win late on.

The failure to find the second goal until stoppage time made for a nervy finale and United had their moments in the second half with Anthony Martial going close, but there was to be no equaliser.

United do remain the only team to take points off Liverpool this season but - without the injured Marcus Rashford - there was to be no repeat here for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

EPL Week 23 Scores At A Glance

Watford 0-0 Tottenham

Arsenal 1-1 Sheffield Utd

Brigton 1-1 Aston Villa

Mancheseter City 2-2 Crystal Palace

Norwich 1-0 Bournemouth

Southampton 2-3 Wolves

West Ham 1-1 Everton

Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea

Sunday

Burnley FC 2-1 Leicester

Liverpool 2-0 Manchester Utd

Gameday reports from BBC and skysports were used in this compilation.

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