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Manchester City ambushed by Wolves

Suckerpunch: Wolves’ Adama Traore finishes off a sweeping counter-attack past City goalkeeper Ederson.

Suckerpunch: Wolves’ Adama Traore finishes off a sweeping counter-attack past City goalkeeper Ederson.  

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Arsenal moves to third; Abraham, Mount on target for Chelsea; G’ladbach a surprise leader

Manchester City’s bid to win a third successive Premier League title suffered a huge setback as the champion crashed to a shock 2-0 defeat against Wolves on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s side now trails leader Liverpool by eight points following Adama Traore’s two late goals at the Etihad Stadium.

It was second-placed City’s second league defeat this term after its surprise loss at Norwich in September.

Arsenal edged up to third as David Luiz’s first goal for the club earned a 1-0 win over Bournemouth while Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount celebrated their England call-ups by firing Chelsea to a 4-1 rout of struggling Southampton.

Abraham has nine goals in all competitions for Chelsea this term, underlining why Southgate is keen to get him action in a competitive match to ensure he commits to England.

Borussia Monchengladbach moved top of the Bundesliga on Sunday after a double from Patrick Herrmann helped the unfancied outfit take advantage of its Bundesliga rivals faltering with a 5-1 thumping of Augsburg.

Marco Rose’s side is in first place for the first time since the 2011-12 season, two points ahead of five teams, including Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig.

Gladbach dominated its lowly opponent and was three goals up after just 13 minutes and 4-0 ahead by half-time.

The results:

Premier League: Arsenal 1 (Luiz 9) bt Bournemouth 0; Manchester City 0 lost to Wolves 2 (Traore 80, 90+4); Southampton 1 (Ings 30) lost to Chelsea 4 (Abraham 17, Mount 24, Kante 40, Batshuayi 89).

La Liga: Mallorca 2 (Budimir 37, Sevilla 73) bt Espanyol 0; Celta Vigo 1 (Aspas 74) bt Athletic Bilbao 0; Valladolid 0 drew with Atletico Madrid 0.

Bundesliga: Borussia Monchengladbach 5 (Zakaria 2, Hermann 8, 13, Plea 39, Embolo 83) bt Augsburg 1 (Niederlechner 80); Wolfsburg 1 (Weghorst 69) bt Union Berlin 0.

Serie A: Fiorentina 1 (Milenkovic 72) bt Udinese 0; Roma 1 (Ceppitelli 31-og) drew with Cagliari 1 (Joao Pedro 26-pen).

Atalanta 3 (Zapata 35, Gomez 40, Gosens 56) bt Lecce 1 (Lucioni 86); Bologna 2 (Krejci 21, Palacio 31) drew with Lazio 2 (Immobile 23, 39).

Saturday: Premier League: West Ham 1 (Haller 54) lost to Crystal Palace 2 (Van Aanholt 63-pen, Ayew 87).

La Liga: Valencia 2 (Gomez 27, Parejo 83-pen) bt Alaves 1 (Lucas 89); Osasuna 2 (Roncaglia 46, Avila 79) bt Villarreal 1 (Torres 5).

Serie A: Verona 2 (Kumbulla 9, Murru 81-og) bt Sampdoria 0; Genoa 1 (Schone 41) lost to AC Milan 2 (Hernandez 51, Kessie 57-pen).

Bundesliga: Schalke 04 1 (Serdar 79) drew with Cologne 1 (Hector 90+1).

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