Sunday’s gameweek 12 Premier League games produced some gripping action and some big results at the top of the table. Here is what happened in those big matches:
Blues held by the Toffees
Chelsea had the better chances of the first half, the best of which came from a fantastic volley produced by full-back Marcos Alonso, whose effort was superbly saved by Jordan Pickford in the Toffees goal.
The England number one also kept out a deflected effort from Eden Hazard and also a low effort from Alvaro Morata. Willian also flashed an effort wide of Pickford’s goal before Alonso skimmed the post with an effort.
There were also some robust challenges in the game. Yerry Mina looked impressive on his full debut but caught Eden Hazard to see yellow, while Jorginho produced a terrible tackle on Gylfi Sigurdsson and Alonso lunged in on Theo Walcott catching his ankle.
Then there was the embarrassing incident of German man-mountain Antonio Rudiger clutching his face after in his own words ‘nearly being butted’ by diminutive Everton winger Bernard.
In truth, Everton deserved their point for their disciplined defensive display and it could have been even better if Walcott or Bernard had not panicked with good chances.
The draw means that Chelsea are third-place in the table, four points behind league leaders Manchester City. The Blues are now major outsiders to win the Premier League title. Everton remain ninth-place but are now just a point outside the top-six.
Champions too good for their neighbours
City took just 12 minutes to establish a lead, as a good team move eventually lead to Bernardo Silva putting the ball back to his namesake David Silva who made no mistake from inside the area.
The home team dominated the first half but did not double their lead into early in the second half. Sergio Aguero played a good one-two with Riyad Mahrez before the former smashed home a powerful effort past David De Gea in the visitor’s goal.
United looked to be back in the game just before the hour mark. Substitute Romelu Lukaku was put in on goal and City goalkeeper Ederson brought the Belgium international down in the penalty area. Anthony Martial stepped up and scored his sixth goal in seven games.
United never looked like much of a threat to the City backline and the home side sealed the win with a fine team goal. A move involving 44 passes lead to the excellent Bernardo Silva finding substitute Ilkay Gundogan who controlled the ball before finishing past De Gea.
The win moved Manchester City back to the top of the table, two points above second-place Liverpool. United remain eighth place, seven points off the top four.
Sunday’s other Premier League results
Liverpool 2-0 Fulham
Arsenal 1-1 Wolves
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