Here’s a brief roundup from around the grounds in England, as Week 2 of the Premier League is in full flow.
We’ve already seen goals, penalties, red cards and plenty of thrilling action, so why not tune in for the second half of these games.
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Everton vs. West Brom (Watch the second half live)
Solid yet unspectacular at Goodison Park. Roberto Martinez’ men have yet to get going in front of the home crowd. Can Everton grab their seventh-straight home win? 0-0 so far at Everton.
Newcastle vs. West Ham (Watch the second half live)
Both teams cancelled each other out in the first half as West Ham came close on two occasion through Winston Reid and Stewart Downing. Can Alan Pardew’s Newcastle come roaring back in the second half? Still 0-0 at St. James’ Park.
Hull City vs. Norwich (Watch the second half live)
Hull City took the lead midway through the first half as Yannick Sagbo got himself into a dangerous position and Michael Turner panicked, bringing down the Ivorian. Robbie Brady scored the spot kick after 22 minutes but just 5 minutes later Sagbo was sent off for violent conduct. Can Hull hold onto their 1-0 lead with 10-men?
Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace (Watch the second half live)
Ian Holloway’s newly promoted Crystal Palace side took a first half lead through new signing Marouane Chamakh. The former Arsenal attacker scored in his first start for the Eagles but Stoke have been looking strong ever since. Still 1-0 to Palace at half time.
Southampton vs. Sunderland (Watch the second half live)
It was a dream start for Paolo Di Canio’s side down at St. Mary’s as Italian international Emanuele Giaccherini rose highest to head home after just 2 minutes for his first Sunderland goal. The Saints thought they’d equalized but Jay Rodriguez’ effort was ruled out for offside. Can Pochettino’s men turn things around after going in 1-0 down at the half?
Goals and controversial penalty decisions are a big part of Saturday morning’s quartet of Premier League matches, all of which are at the break.
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Arsenal 1-1 Stoke City
Joe Allen took an elbow from Granit Xhaka inside the 18, and Lee Mason awarded a PK that Charlie Adam converted to give the visitors an early lead. But Theo Walcott scored his 100th goal as a Gunner off a classy Hector Bellerin cross to make it 1-1 before the break.
Burnley 2-1 Bournemouth
The Cherries will have to dig out of another hole this week, and it all began with Jeff Hendrick‘s phenomenal opener. Fellow Irishman Steven Ward scored an economical to goal to double the lead.
But Ryan Fraser continued his fine December with an assist on Benik Afobe‘s goal before halftime.
Hull City 1-0 Crystal Palace
Robert Snodgrass drew a penalty with a pretty easy grass grab, and the Tigers have a
Swansea City 0-0 Sunderland
Not much cooking at the Liberty Stadium.
One win in 10 for Ronald Koeman‘s Everton has the Dutchman on the hot seat.
Koeman seems to be clawing for air after the Toffees’ latest setback, a 3-2 loss at Watford.
The loss puts the Hornets ahead of Everton on the PL table, and — while unlikely — it’s a mathematical possibility that the Toffees could be a bottom half team by the end of the weekend.
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That’s a brutal development for a club expected to challenge for a European place this season.
“I see a lot of similar problems in the team. The team is too much reactive. Of course it’s maybe a lack of confidence, but if you start the game well, 1-0 up, you need a bigger belief in the team and not going back and defending, and nervous, and not enough ball possession. In my opinion that’s a problem.”
A big problem with that? It can be put down to the manager. Is Koeman in trouble already?
Jeff Hendrick, take a bow.
Burnley’s Republic of Ireland international midfielder pulled off a stunning piece of skill on Saturday to put the Clarets ahead against Bournemouth.
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A long ball forward was flicked on to Hendrick and he took a stunning first touch to tee himself and then settled himself before spanking a volley into the top corner.
Sensational goal from Burnley’s club-record signing.
Click play on the video above to watch it.
There’s a danger in observing Lionel Messi on a week-by-week basis, and it has a lot to do with how he makes greatness look routine.
So while it’s easy to dismiss yet another mazy dribble through a defense, one of those “Frogger” style with calm-but-vicious cutbacks, try to consider everything that goes into Messi’s second goal against Osasuna early Saturday.
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On first look, you might count 9 touches for Messi starting with his right-footed collection of the ball. But move to the slow motion replays, and recognize the truth: Often Messi is letting the ball do the work for him, essentially moving the duo closer to goal while he used his preferred left foot as a must-respect threat.
That he does it in such traffic and at full speed is incredible. It’s literally one of those goals in which a linguistic luminary like Ray Hudson would have trouble over-emphasizing the greatness.
Messi now has 11 La Liga goals in 12 matches, and 22 in 19 overall.