It was an exciting Saturday afternoon in England; we witnessed some unexpected results, controversial decisions and staggering 26 goals in 7 matches.
Tottenham vs. Sunderland 4:1
It started at White Hart Lane where the hosts crushed a sorry Sunderland. The visiting team managed to take a lead after 40 minutes, but that pretty much sums everything they did in this game. Van Aanholt was a scorer.
Christian Eriksen leveled the game only two minutes later, and it was all about Tottenham in the second half. Dembele, Eriksen and Harry Kane from the penalty gave the Spurs a big win and a number four spot on standings.
Bournemouth vs. Norwich 3:0
Bournemouth was dominant in a game between relegation contenders. They’ve opened the scoring after 10 minutes; Dan Gosling was a man who brought Bournemouth a 1:0 lead. The hosts finished Norwich in the second half; Daniels from a spot made it 2:0 and the newest recruitment Benik Afobe settled the final score in the 75th minute.
Chelsea vs. Everton 3:3
The most interesting game of the day and the tale of two halves. The first one was rather dull, and it was nothing special for fans to see, but the second one was full of excitement. Everton quickly took a 2:0 lead through Terry’s own goal and Kevin Mirallas’ excellent finishing. However, the Blues fought back and answered with their two goals in space of three minutes! Diego Costa and Fabregas were the scorers. After only 20 minutes in the second half, we already saw four goals. The game continued to be balanced until the 90th minute and a rare goal from Funes Mori. The substitute was left alone and easily tapped the ball into the net. Bryan Oviedo’s injury was the reason for seven minutes added time, and John Terry scored an equalizer in the 98th minute. It was a clear offside, for about a half yard, but the referee Mike Jones didn’t blow the whistle, so the game ended 3:3. Roberto Martinez was clearly furious at refs decision that cost his team three points.
Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace 4:0
City dominated throughout the game, and Fabian Delph gave the hosts a lead after 22 minutes. Aguero doubled it 20 minutes later. It was 2:0 at half time. Palace tried to catch-up with the home team on counter attacks but hasn’t played very well. Aguero and Silva killed the game in the second half to extend the Premier League unbeaten run to five games.
Newcastle vs. West Ham 2:1
Newcastle played one of the best games this season in a win over the Hammers. It was 2:0 for the Magpies after only 15 minutes. Perez and the team’s top scorer Wijnaldum scored goals and from that point, it was very hard for the visitors to come back to the game. However, at the beginning of the second half, Nikica Jelavic cut the lead to 2:1, but that was everything we saw from West Ham. Newcastle was a much better side and deservedly won the game.
Southampton vs. WBA 3:0
Southampton completely controlled the game and on it easily. The visitors failed to attempt a single shot on target, which says everything. James Ward-Prowse scored a brace in the first half, and Dusan Tadic scored once again off the bench to settle the final score and bring a significant victory for Ronald Koeman’s side.
Aston Villa vs. Leicester City 1:1
The leading candidate for relegation this season, Aston Villa welcomed the biggest surprise of the year, Leicester. It was a pretty balanced game, but the visitors took the lead after Okazaki’s goal on 28th minute. Only five minutes later, Cissokho’s handball was sanctioned, and the referee awarded a penalty to Leicester. However, usually secure Mahrez missed it, and the result remained 0:1, Villa was still alive. The hosts attacked more after the break and managed to tie the game in the 75th minute. A substitute Rudy Gestede scored an equalizer after solo-action and excellent finishing. The match ended 1:1.