Week 27 of the English Premier League 2018-19 turned out to be a crucial one in the scheme of things.
Action-packed matches in the past week not only revealed the some excellent goals, last minute drama, but also presented fans with some brilliant football. Here are all the results and highlights from the week gone by:
Cardiff City 1-5 Watford
Gerard Deulofeu scores hat-trick and Troy Deeney adds two more either side of Sol Bamba's consolation goal as Javi Gracia's men rise to eighth with victory over Cardiff. Deulofeu opened the scoring on 18 minutes when his 20-yard drive found the bottom corner. The pacy winger added a second on 61 minutes after rounding Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge. Deulofeu completed his hat-trick just two minutes later with an astute chip to put the result beyond doubt. Troy Deeney scored his first goal on 73, minutes, side-footing into the net from Deulofeu's low cross. Cardiff skipper Sol Bamba scrambled in a consolation goal from a corner with eight minutes remaining. Deeney completed the scoring from close range in stoppage time after latching on to Will Hughes' cross.
Burnley 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham's title bid suffered a major blow despite a goal from Harry Kane as Burnley condemned them to a 2-1 defeat at Turf Moor. Not even Kane's goalscoring return after six weeks out injured could inspire Spurs to a victory which would have moved them to within two points of Manchester City and Liverpool at the top. Liverpool travel to Manchester United on Sunday while City are in Carabao Cup final action. Kane cancelled out Chris Wood's header to give Spurs the chance to make major inroads in the title race, but instead a late Ashley Barnes winner dealt them a damaging defeat.
West Ham United 3-1 Fulham
West Ham United returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory against relegation-threatened Fulham at London Stadium on Friday night. The Hammers had to come from behind after Ryan Babel swept the Cottagers into a third minute lead, and they owed much to Robert Snodgrass' wicked set-piece delivery for turning the game on its head before the interval. The Scotsman sent two decisive corners into the danger area, which led to Chicharito and Issa Diop making it 2-1 to the hosts. Fulham kept West Ham honest to the end, and it needed a last minute Michail Antonio header to wrap the three points up.
Arsenal 2-0 Southampton
Arsenal beat Southampton with two first-half goals to move back into the top four of the Premier League. The Gunners led when Alexandre Lacazette reacted quickest to turn in Henrikh Mkhitaryan's shot, with the Saints' claims for offside proving futile. And they doubled their lead shortly after when Mkhitaryan drilled a shot into the bottom corner. Arsenal should have scored more in a dominant first half, but ultimately it mattered little as those goals were enough to move Unai Emery's side above Manchester United, who drew at home to Liverpool. Saints, who missed good chances through Nathan Redmond and Matt Targett before each of Arsenal's goals, offered more resistance after the break. But they remain in the bottom three, a point adrift of fourth-bottom Cardiff, after failing to win for a fourth successive league game.
Bournemouth 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Joshua King scored one and missed another as Bournemouth drew 1-1 on Saturday with Wolverhampton Wanderers who also netted from the spot. King gave the Cherries a 14th-minute lead from 12 yards after being brought down by Joao Moutinho, but Wolves pulled level with a spot kick of their own in the 83rd minute, Raul Jimenez slotting home. Referee Roger East then remarkably awarded a third penalty just two minutes later after Ryan Fraser when down softly under Ivan Cavaleiro's challenge as he entered the area, King this time firing wide from 12 yards. While Eddie Howe's side will be disappointed not to have taken all three points, they have at least ended a run of two defeats, while Wolves remain in eighth after being leapfrogged by Watford on Friday.
Leicester City 1-4 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace added a major boost in their task for Premier League safety with a impressive 4-1 victory against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening. It took some good fortune for the Eagles to take the lead as they absorbed plenty of pressure in the first period before Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi opened his account for the club as he deflected James McArthur's strike past Kasper Schmeichel. Claude Puel's men replied just past the hour as Jonny Evans speared home an equaliser. That was as good as it got for the hosts as Wilfried Zaha fired in at the back post only a matter of minutes later before Luka Milivojevic extended the lead from the penalty spot. The points were all but wrapped up in the closing stages by Zaha as he robbed Harry Maguire and fired past Schmeichel.
Manchesrer United 0-0 Liverpool
Manchester United held Liverpool to a goalless draw at Old Trafford on Sunday leaving the Red Devils 5th on the league log behind Arsenal. A draw can never really be seen as a good result for United but given the circumstances of losing three players to injury in the first half, a draw was a very good result in the end. The visitors will be really disappointed with the outcome given how depleted United were but the draw means that they are still top, even though their lead now is down to one point. For Liverpool, Virgil Van Djik was back after suspension in midweek, while James Milner started at right back over Trent Alexander-Arnold. In terms of the game itself, it started at a very high tempo with the hosts letting the visitors have all of the possession with the hosts looking to play on the counter attack.
Newcastle United 2-0 Huddersfield Town
Newcastle United's 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town has dragged the Magpies up to 14th place in the Premier League. After Newcastle missed several chances in the first half, striker Salomon Rondon swept in the opener 59 seconds into the second period. Ayoze Perez drilled in the second although Paraguay forward Almiron could not add the goal his display deserved. Record signing Miguel Almiron was a constant threat to the Huddersfield defence, having a hand in the second goal and three shots on target himself. Huddersfield have lost all four of their matches under new manager Jan Siewert and remain 14 points adrift of safety.
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