Saturday’s action in the Premier League saw all four of the league’s top teams take to the field. Here is what happened in Saturday’s action-packed clashes:
Spurs end Chelsea’s unbeaten league run
Arguably, the biggest game of the weekend took place in the late kick-off, as Tottenham hosted London rivals Chelsea at Wembley. In the end, Spurs were just too good for the visitors, recording a comfortable 3-1 victory.
Tottenham took just eight minutes to open the scoring. Christian Eriksson curled a free-kick into the box from the flank and Dele Alli headed home from inside the penalty area.
Eight minutes later and the home side doubled their lead. Harry Kane was allowed space and beat Kepa in the visitor’s goal from 25 yards out. The second goal came after Chelsea’s Eden Hazard had what looked like a legitimate claim for a penalty kick turned down by the officials.
Tottenham extended their lead on 54 minutes. Heung-min Son outpaced Jorginho before beating a weak challenge from David Luiz and fired past Kepa to complete a superb individual effort. Chelsea failed to drag themselves back into the game, despite a late consolation goal from Olivier Giroud, who headed home from a Cesar Azpilicueta cross with five minutes left on the clock.
Not only did Spurs end Chelsea’s unbeaten run in the league, but the team from north London also moved above the Blues in the table to go third. The win has taken Spurs to shorter odds to win the Premier League title this season than the visitors. In truth, though, neither looks like ending the season as English champions.
City continue relentless form at West Ham
Manchester City continued their relentless run of form in the top-flight by recording a 4-0 win at West Ham in one of the 3 PM kick offs.
City took the lead on 11 minutes, as David Silva scored from close-range after Raheem Sterling’s cross deflected off Artur Masuaku into Silva’s path. The Citizens doubled their tally eight minutes later, as Sterling scored a tap-in following good work from Leroy Sane.
Sterling returned the favour to Sane for the visitor’s fourth goal on 34 minutes. The Germany international completed the rout in stoppage-time in stoppage-time.
The victory means that City remains top of the table, two points clear of second place Liverpool and five points clear of Spurs in fourth. West Ham are 13th in the top-flight table, just four points away from the dreaded relegation zone.
Reds maintain pressure on City with a win at Watford
Liverpool left it late to record a 3-0 win over Watford at Vicarage Road, with all three goals coming after the 67th-minute mark. It was not all good news for the Reds, though, as England international Jordan Henderson received a red card with just eight minutes left on the clock.
Both teams had chances prior to the goal, with Liverpool enjoying the lion’s share of the game. The opener eventually arrived on 67 minutes with a good team move that led to Sadio Mane pulling the ball back to Mohamed Salah, who fired past Ben Foster in the home goal.
The Reds second was a rather more spectacular affair. Adrian Mariappa brought Roberto Firmino down 30 yards from goal and young full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold struck a brilliant free-kick past Foster.
Henderson then saw a second yellow card for a poor tackle on Etienne Capoue. Despite their inferior numbers, Liverpool made it three on 89 minutes, as Foster saved well from Mane, only for Roberto Firmino to head home the rebound.
The Reds remain in the title hunt, while Watford slipped to ninth place in the Premier League with their good start to their league campaign now a distant memory.
Saturday’s other Premier League results
Brighton 1-1 Leicester
Everton 1-0 Cardiff
Fulham 3-2 Southampton
Manchester United 0-0 Crystal Palace
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