2019-20 English Premier League: Weekend Round-up of Matchday 33
2019-20 English Premier League: Weekend Round-up of Matchday 33
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy gets his 100th Premier League goal / Wolves humbled by Gunners
Premier League Weekend Round-up of Matchday 33
- Leicester City 3, Crystal Palace 0
- Norwich City 0, Brighton & Hove 0
- Chelsea 3, Watford 0
- Manchester United 5, Bournemouth 2
- Wolverhampton 0, Arsenal 2
- Burnley 1, Sheffield United 1
- Newcastle 2, West Ham 2
- Liverpool 2, Aston Villa 0
- Southampton 1, Manchester City 0
Leicester City 3, Crystal Palace 0
Ace English striker Jamie Vardy scored his 100th Premier League goal when his double strike against Crystal Palace helped Leicester City to remain in the Top Four of the EPL table.
Vardy's century goal came in the 77th minute at the King Power stadium with an easy tap-in to the open net after a Harvey Barnes feed-in.
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This was the Foxes striker's first goal after the resumption of the season and he added another one in injury time, running clear of the Palace defense before chipping a neat finish past keeper Vicente Guaita.
Earlier, Brendan Rodgers' men went ahead 4 minutes into the second half after some good work down the left from Marc Albrighton and Ayoze Perez.
Youri Tielemans took over from the duo, swinging in a cross into the six-yard box where Kelechi Iheanacho was arriving to guide the ball home.
This was Leicester City's first win after their return from the pandemic break, keeping them in the hunt for a Champions League entry.
At 58 points, the Foxes are now a point ahead of Chelsea who clung on to the Top Four with a 3-0 win over Watford on Saturday.
Chelsea 3, Watford 0
Coming out a 2-3 mid-week shocker against West Ham, Frank Lampard's Blues recovered to overpower a hapless Watford 3-0 at Stamford Bridge and keep their Champions League hopes alive.
Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for the hosts in the 28th minute, latching on to a Ross Barkley's pass and essaying a left-foot strike into the bottom-right corner.
Nigel Pearson's Hornets were down by two just a couple of minutes before the half from a Willian penalty resulting from Etienne Capoue's rash challenge on Christian Pulisic inside the box.
Ross Barkley rounded off the proceedings with Chelsea's third that found the top left corner from Cesar Azpilicueta's cross.
Manchester United 5, Bournemouth 2
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Red Devils made mincemeat of visitors Bournemouth at Old Trafford with young Mason Greenwood scoring two of the five goals that United pumped in.
Quite astonishingly it was the Cherries who went ahead in as early as the 16th minute when Junior Stanislas feinted past center-back Harry Maguire to squeeze the ball past the near post.
United who conceded their first goal after 500 minutes of play at Old Trafford did not have to wait long for the equalizer as Mason Greenwood drove in with a fiery left-footer from a Bruno Fernandes ball.
The Red Devils were in the lead in the 35th when Adam Smith needlessly handled the ball following Anthony Martial's downward header and Marcus Rashford struck the resulting penalty into the bottom-right corner of the net.
Martial then increased the advantage with a brilliant curling effort into the top corner just two minutes into injury time before the half.
Joshua King reduced the deficit with a penalty in the 49th minute.
But it was a one-way traffic after that for Solskjaer's men as Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes found the back of the net in the 54th and 59th minutes respectively.
United are still 2 points away from 4th placed Chelsea's 57 despite Saturday's Old Trafford win.
Wolverhampton 0, Arsenal 2
Wolves aspirations for a Champions League entry took a blow when they succumbed 0-2 to Mikel Arteta's Arsenal at the Molineux stadium last Saturday evening.
Nuno Espirito Santo's side were below par playing at home. Adama Traore had the Wolves' clearest chance after the break when he raced in on Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez from a Diogo Jota's pass, but inexplicably lifted the ball over the bar in wasteful fashion.
The hosts seemed content to let Arsenal have possession early on and looked the more dangerous side on the break, but the deadlock was broken in the 43rd minute by the visitors through 18-year old Bukayo Saka who showed terrific technique to unleash a deadly left-footer off Kieran Tierney’s deflected cross into the far corner of the net.
The hosts upped their game after the break and the introduction of Diogo Jota ten minutes into the second-half helped create a pair of chances in quick succession but produced no goals as the Gunners defense hung on resolutely.
Arteta replaced Eddie Nketiah with Alexandre Lacazette in the 83rd minute and within three minutes of his arrival the Frenchman put the game beyond the Wolves' reach by firing emphatically past the rival keeper from fellow substitute Joe Willock's pass.
Nuno Santo's men dropped a notch to the sixth spot with 52 points accrued from their 32 Premier League outings.
Arsenal are on the 7th spot with 49 points post the Molineux stadium win and one ahead of Sheffield United who are in the 8th spot after their Sunday afternoon's 1-1 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor.
Burnley 1, Sheffield United 1
John Egan's late strike in the 80th minute salvaged a draw for Chris Wilder's Blades after James Tarkowski had given Burnley the lead in the 43rd with a sliding close-range finish.
The point earned by Sheffield from the 1-1 draw took their tally to 48, just two ahead of Burnley who are on the 9th.
Tottenham who are in the 10th with 45 points, have a vital encounter coming up at home against Everton on Monday night. It's a must win game for Jose Mourinho's Spurs where a victory will catapult them the 8th spot at the expense of Sheffield.
Liverpool 2, Aston Villa 0
Liverpool were made to wait for their first goal till the 71st minute at Anfield against a dogged Aston Villa.
Sadio Mane lashed Naby Keita's cross into the underside of the crossbar to give the new champions the opener.
Mane's strike broke Villa's resolve and they fell further behind just before the final whistle when Curtis Jones celebrated his long-term deal signing by volleying home his first Premier League goal.
Southampton 1, Manchester City 0
Pep Guardiola went in to Sunday evening's clash with Southampton with the strongest possible starting XI.
But the result was not one expected.
Che Adams who had failed to score in 29 appearances since joining Southampton for £15 million last summer, lobbed goalkeeper Ederson with a first-time strike from 40 yards out after Oleksandr Zinchenko gave up possession in midfield.
The goal came as early as in the 16th minute. The visitors threw everything thereafter but were repeatedly left frustrated by
Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, whose one-handed save from Gabriel Jesus in the second half was the pick of several superb stops.
Southampton had chances of their own amid increasing City pressure (as much as 74 per cent possession) but neither Nathan Redmond nor Danny Ings could convert the rare opportunities that came their way.
For City, Jesus's six attempts on goal failed to clinch an equalizer while Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden were unable to break down a dogged Southampton defense following their introductions after interval.
With a 2nd place all but secure, City have have little to complain about the Southampton result.
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