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Soccer

The English Premier League leaders caught a break in the first half Saturday, and their leading scorer took advantage early in the second. 

VAR overturned Crystal Palace's apparent first-half goal against Liverpool FC on Saturday at Selhurst Park, ruling a Palace player pushed a Liverpool defender in the box before James Tomkins' headed effort just before halftime. 

In the 49th minute, Sadio Mané gave the Reds a 1-0 lead, chesting the ball to himself and striking it into the ground past Palace keeper Vicente Guaita. 

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Mané's eighth goal of the Premier League season moved him two goals clear of Mo Salah for the Liverpool lead, and put the Reds in position to extend their unbeaten streak to 13 games. 

With third- and fourth-place Chelsea and Manchester City set to kick off later in the day, Tomkins' header could have opened the door in the title race ever so slightly. But Liverpool, which eventually won 2-1, maintained an eight-point advantage over second-place Leicester City.