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PL AT HALF: Goals everywhere… but Old Trafford

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Five Premier League matches are at the break, with goals in every one but the one many expected a bevy of home markers.

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Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 West Ham United

Glenn Murray scored on a 1v1 chance early, but Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored a beautiful equalizer in the 30th minute.

Leicester City 1-0 Swansea City

Jamie Vardy took a delightful feed from Kelechi Iheanacho to give the Foxes a deserved lead at the King Power Stadium.

Bournemouth 0-1 Stoke City

Badou Ndiaye has a near-goal, an assist, and a yellow card in a starring debut which saw him cue up Xherdan Shaqiri for an excellent headed goal.

West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Southampton

Ahmed Hegazi boosted a header home to open the scoring, but Saints promising midfielder Mario Lemina scored a peach to level the score.  Jack Stephens then made amends for losing Hegazi on the opener by scoring in an unlikely run of goals for the defender.

Manchester United 0-0 Huddersfield Town

The one match in which home goals seemed a certainty has seen nothing at either end, though United had a clear but unawarded penalty shout for Scott McTominay, starting for Paul Pogba.

AT HALF: Man City answers Liverpool’s early goal (video)

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Sunday’s tilt between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield is living up to the hype.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain‘s early goal gave Liverpool a lead, but the visitors responded through a truly venomous Leroy Sane strike before halftime.

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Jurgen Klopp‘s plan had been compact high-pressure, his formation moving with and without the ball, and the Reds have allowed precious few chances to the unbeaten PL leaders.

And it was a low hard drive from Oxlade-Chamberlain (above) which opened up his options before the match was 10 minutes old, the ex-Arsenal man lacing a shot past a diving Ederson.

Man City, to the surprise of few, had an answer before the break. An overeager Joe Gomez let Sane’s chest trap befuddle him, and the German then cooked Joel Matip before blasting an effort past Loris Karius to make it 1-1.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 West Ham United: Stunners split spoils

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  • Spurs hold 31-3 advantage in shots
  • Obiang hits hammer to for shock WHU lead
  • Son’s vicious answer splits spoils

A festive season which began with a thriller closed its final half hour in wild fashion.

Pedro Obiang and Heung-Min Son scored second half Goal of the Season contenders to give West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur a point each at Wembley Stadium on Thursday.

The point puts Tottenham fifth, three points back of Liverpool, while West Ham moves 15th with 22 points.

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David Moyes had his men stacked at the back and moving well with Spurs’ usually incisive passing game.

An early chance was cleared by West Ham youngster Declan Rice, and a legit scoring opportunity didn’t arrive until the 28th minute when Kane curled a shot toward the far corner that Adrian punched out of the 18.

Serge Aurier headed down for Kane in a superb set-up, but the English striker didn’t shoot first time and touched it out of play.

The last chance of an attack-starved half saw Adrian tip Christian Eriksen‘s deflected shot over goal, as the half finished with Spurs holding an 11-0 disparity in shot attempts.

A sluggish second half broke open for a moment when Javier Hernandez found plenty of green in the 60th minute, only to be closed down by Davinson Sanchez.

Kane had chance after chance, with a couple for Dele Alli thrown in, but whether offside or denied by West Ham’s defense — Pablo Zabaleta and Winston Reid prominently — it was still scoreless in the 70th minute… for Spurs.

That’s because Obiang smashed a shot past Hugo Lloris with incredible pace to give West Ham a very unlikely lead.

And Son turned around with a strike nearly as vicious, his 84th minute rip leveling the score at 1.

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WATCH: Coutinho fires arrow from outside the 18

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Liverpool’s trident each touched the ball en route to Philippe Coutinho‘s wonderful opener against Swansea City on Tuesday.

The Reds’ Brazilian attacker has a gone for the third-straight Premier League match after lacing this irreverent striker past Lukasz Fabianski at Anfield.

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The play was started when Jordan Ayew dove, allowing Roberto Firmino to pick his pocket and hit a pass to Mohamed Salah.

One touch was all the Egyptian needed to find Coutinho, who set himself for a rip and then arrowed home to make it 1-0 on Boxing Day.

AT HALF: Lukaku, Lingard have Man Utd up at West Brom (video)

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Romelu Lukaku didn’t celebrate much more than a fist pump following his match-opening goal against former teammates West Bromwich Albion.

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No one said anything about celebrating teammates’ goals, though.

Lukaku scored to give the Red Devils a 1-0 lead, then watched as Jesse Lingard‘s deflected lash left Ben Foster high and dry as United cruised into the break up two goals.

It’s 10th PL goal of the season for Lukaku, who has 15 in all competitions. For Lingard, it’s four and seven.

Here’s Lingard’s marker: