Match-week 28 of the English Premier Leaguesaw some excitement and emotions. League leaders Liverpool returned to their winning glory after a huge victory over Watford, while it was a comfortable week for teams like Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Man City too, who secured all three points. Here’s a full round-up of the action.
Arsenal 5-1 Bournemouth
Arsenal stayed a point ahead of Manchester United in the race for the Champions League by thrashing Bournemouth to earn their eighth straight Premier League home win.Mesut Ozil, recalled to the side, fired the Gunners ahead before he set up Henrikh Mkhitaryan to sweep in.A defensive mistake allowed Bournemouth to pull a goal back through Lys Mousset's simple finish, but any hopes the visitors had of ending a miserable run of eight successive league defeats on the road quickly ended after the break.Substitute Alexandre Lacazette sealed victory with a sublime free-kick as Arsenal warmed up for Saturday's north London derby in style.
Newcastle United 2-0 Burnley
Newcastle defender Fabian Schar opened the scoring with a stunning first half strike from 25 yards. Swiss centre back took aim from long range and hit an unstoppable shot past Tom Heaton off his left post. Sean Longstaff doubled Newcastle's lead with his first Premier League goal in front of a delighted home crowd. Matt Ritchie's cross was not properly cleared, and Longstaff finished smartly across Heaton into the corner. Burnley felt they should have had a penalty before half time when Ritchie clattered Johann Gudmundsson. Newcastle held onto their lead with ease in the second half and are seven points clear of the bottom three.
Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur was left red-faced as a pair of sloppy goals dealt a significant blow to its Premier League title hopes in a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on Wednesday.Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris allowed a Pedro strike to sneak between his legs just short of the hour, before a miscommunication between the France international and Kieran Trippier saw the full-back roll a backpass into an open net.The win keeps Chelsea in sixth position, three points off Arsenal in fourth but with a game in hand, while Spurs remain third but are now nine points adrift of leaders Liverpool after a second successive defeat.
Southampton 2-0 Fulham
Southampton gave their fans a performance to cheer about on Wednesday night at St Mary’s, as the Saints lifted themselves out of the relegation zone with a win over Fulham. They scored with their first legitimate attempt on goal in the 23rd minute when Rico’s attempted punch from a corner dropped perfectly to Romeu on the edge of the area and he fired a half-volley through a crowd of players and into the net. The Saints Saints grabbed the second goal of the game on 41 minutes when Rico could only parry a curling Nathan Redmond attempt into the path of Ward-Prowse and he slid the ball into the net.
Huddersfield Town 1-0 Wolves
A stoppage-time winner from Steve Mounie helped Huddersfield beat Wolves 1-0 to clinch their first Premier League win in three months. Mounie forced home a rebound in the first minute of time added on to halt the Terriers’ run of five straight defeats and secure them just their third win of the season. Huddersfield, who had taken only one point from their previous 14 matches, also secured their first points under boss Jan Siewert. Huddersfield remain bottom of the table, still 11 points from safety.
Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester United
Romelu Lukaku’s dual strike helped Manchester United to an easy victory over a lethargic Crystal Palace side. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team took the lead in the 33rd minute when Lukaku curled a shot past Vicente Guaita after more good play by Shaw. Two minutes after half time Paul Pogba headed Diogo Dalot’s cross over the bar before Lukaku scored his second goal of the evening in the 52nd minute when he cleverly clipped the ball over Guaita. Roy Hodgson’s team did score in the 65th minute when Joel Ward fired a close-range shot past David de Gea after Schlupp had created the opening. United put the seal on their victory when Ashley Young finished off a fine move by the visitors with seven minutes left.
Liverpool 5-0 Watford
Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk both scored twice as Liverpool returned to winning ways with a dominant performance against Watford to stay top of the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp's side were 2-0 up in 20 minutes at Anfield as Senegal forward Mane headed the first before doubling the lead with an outrageous back-heel, Trent Alexander-Arnold providing both assists. Mohamed Salah hit the post before Divock Origi beat Ben Foster at his near post to make it 3-0. Van Dijk scored two late headers as Liverpool eased to their biggest win of the season and stayed one point clear of Manchester City.
Manchester City 1-0 West Ham United
Manchester City scraped past West Ham United on Wednesday night after Sergio Aguero converted a debatable second-half penalty.The hosts dominated possession and territory at the Etihad Stadium, yet failed to carve out many clear sights of goal as Manuel Pellegrini’s men defended resolutely. However, fortune favoured the champions as referee Stuart Attwell awarded them a spot-kick following Felipe Anderson’s collision with Bernardo Silva.
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Jeet Ghosh is a Football Journalist, living and working in Kolkata with 7 years of experience. He has also worked with Sportzwiki and India.com. Jeet is a sports lover but has special liking for football. He follows the football league’s around the world and is somewhat partial towards Real Madrid.