In the ‘do or die’ match, Manchester City could afford nothing less but a win against second place Tottenham Hotspur the following weekend after suffering a devastating 4-0 defeat at the hands of Everton the previous weekend…
Man City’s title hopes suffer a big blow
As I said before, this was a match that Man City HAD to win because if they didn’t then they would consequently find themselves 12 points adrift of table-toppers Chelsea. Tottenham, on the other hand, were on the back of seven successive wins and were looking to make that eight at the Etihad the following evening.
The first half saw captivating football from Pep Guradiola’s side but struggled for an opening until Leroy Sane broke the deadlock with a composed finish just after the interval. Kevin De Bruyne capitalised on Hugo Lloris’ horrendous goalkeeping to double City’s advantage just moments after the first goal. All of a sudden, Tottenham reduced the deficit through a fine header from the in-form Dele Ali to suddenly silence the rowdy Man City fans. Raheem Sterling had a penalty appeal crucially turned against him when Kyle Walker gave the 22-year old a push when he was through on goal. Son Heung-min took full advantage of that decision to fire Spurs level as Manchester City’s title hopes were set to suffer a huge blow unless they would find something extraordinary…
The home side threw absolutely everything they could at their opponents from that point on but it was not to be Man City’s day despite their utter dominance over a fairly poor Tottenham side.
Alexis Sanchez rescues Arsenal last-gasp win
After the top teams dropped points on Saturday, Arsenal were looking to capitalise on that opportunity with a fairly reasonable task against Burnley, who were still yet to pick up their first win away from home this season. Despite dominating their opponents for large periods of the match, Arsenal were unable to produce an opening before Shkodran Mustafi headed in his first goal for the Gunners near the one-hour mark. Granit Xhaka was then sent off for the second time this season to set up a tense finish at the Emirates. Burnley took advantage of that decision as Francis Coquelin brought down Ashley Barnes to gift Burnley a penalty in added time. Andre Gray converted from the spot to put Arsenal’s title hopes in real jeopardy as the hosts only had three minutes or so to rescue the match.
Arsenal kept on trying, kept on pressing and then all of a sudden Burnley defender Ben Mee launched a high foot into Laurent Koscienly to give Arsenal a penalty with the last kick of the game! Everyone seated in the Emirates were up on their feet, hearts pounding like anything as Alexis Sanchez stepped up to rescue Arsenal an EXTREMELY vital win… Nerves of steel and no TROUBLE AT ALL as he calmly chipped the ball into the BACK OF THE NET and the Emirates Stadium was roaring with delight because they had witnessed one of the MOST dramatic games of the season.
The controversial win takes Arsene Wenger’s men up to second in the table.
Liverpool collapse at the hands of Swansea
THE key talking point that everyone will talk about Liverpool is ‘how have Liverpool managed to beat the top teams and can’t even beat Swansea and Burnley?’ Hmmmmmm I wonder why…
Liverpool probably just expect to beat these bottom-half teams but ON THE DAY, they literally have no life in their football and just look dull to watch because they’ve not been trying as HARD as they would have liked but when playing the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea- they look lively and energetic as an old-fashioned Barcelona side
When hosting Swansea on a sunny afternoon in Merseydide, Liverpool were aiming to overlap rivals Tottenham in the table but Swansea were looking to get their first win under new manager Paul Clement but who would end the day as winners?
The first half produced no goals but early in the second period, Fernando Llorente gave Swansea the lead when he scored from close-range to give Swansea a precious lead at Anfield. The Swans doubled their lead from the same man again as Llorente headed home debutant Tom Carrol’s cross to stun the home fans. Roberto Firmino responded instantly by converting James Milner’s cross before the Brazilian scored again to set up the grand finale at Anfield. Gylfi Sigurdsson scored from close-range to deservedly give Swansea their first ever win at Anfield and send the fans over the moon following their biggest result of the season.
Southampton stop the rot with an emphatic win over champions Leicester
It was a day to remember for fans of Southampton FC because blowing away the champions 3-0 is one BIG thing- even though Leicester have not hit the best of form so far this season…
From start to finish, Southampton showed no sympathy on their opponents as they ended their four-game losing run in style after goals from James-Ward Prowse, Jay Rodriguez and Dusan Tadic sealed a memorable 3-0 win over last season’s champions. Southampton head to Anfield next where they will be looking to book a place in the League Cup final following a 1-0 first-leg win when the two sides met at St Mary’s earlier this month.