A truly breathless Saturday of action in the Premier League, as we had 28 goals in eight games.
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There were four penalties and five goals between Manchester City and Tottenham, plus two red cards and sexy goals galore in Chelsea vs. Palace and Southampton humiliated Sunderland for a record win. Plus big wins for Newcastle and Everton.
Like I said, breathtaking.
Below are recaps, video, analysis and reaction as the PL returned from a two week international break with a bang!
RECAP – Arsenal 2-2 Hull City
Alexis Sanchez and Mohamed Diame traded goals in the first half as the Tigers took the game to the Gunners. Hull went ahead a minute into the second half as Abel Hernandez headed home to stun the Emirates Stadium. The Tigers were so close to getting a famous win over Arsenal and avenge last year’s FA Cup final defeat but Danny Welbeck equalizer in stoppage time to grab a point. Arsene Wenger was not a happy man afterwards as the Gunners dropped more points.
RECAP – Southampton 8-0 Sunderland
Stop rubbing your eyes. You read that right. EIGHT. Southampton hammered Sunderland for its biggest-ever win in the PL. It all began with an incredible own goal from Santiago Vergini givings Saints the lead, then Jack Cork and Graziano Pelle added two more in the first half. After the break another own goal from Liam Bridcutt, plus goals from Pelle, Victor Wanyama, Dusan Tadic and Sadio Mane sealed the amazing 8-0 win. Saints’ fans are in heaven with their team up to third in the standings.
What a game at the Etihad Stadium! Sergio Aguero scored all four for City with two from the penalty spot, plus he missed another. Aguero curled City into the lead but Christian Eriksen levelled before Aguero made it 2-1 from the spot. He then had a PK saved before Tottenham’s Roberto Soldado also saw his PK saved by Joe Hart, as Aguero added another PK for his third (which saw Fazio sent off) and then scored a fourth for good measure. City steady in second, as they hammer Spurs once again. The scoreline makes it seem easier than it was.
RECAP – Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea
Both teams were reduced to 10-men (Azpilicueta and Delaney got their marching orders) in a fiery derby at Selhurst Park. Chelsea’s extra class made sure they prevailed with Oscar’s stunning free kick and Cesc Fabregas’ wonderful team goal putting them 2-0 up. A late strike from Fraizr Campbell was not enough for Palace. Chelsea stay top and are unbeaten with seven wins from eight.
RECAP – Burnley 1-3 West Ham United
After a dull first half at Turf Moor the match burst into life as the Hammers went 2-0 up thanks to goals from Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho (his sixth in six games) set the East Londoners on their way. Burnley pulled a goal back through George Boyd but Carlton Cole jumped off the bench to seal the win on Big Sam’s 60th birthday.
RECAP – Everton 3-0 Aston Villa
Phil Jagielka, Romelu Lukaku and Seamus Coleman scored as Tim Howard won the battle of the USMNT ‘keepers against Brad Guzan and Aston Villa. Guzan made a bad error for Lukaku’s goal and Villa struggled to get going as the Toffees won at home for the first time this season. It is four defeats on the spin for Paul Lambert’s men.
RECAP – Newcastle 1-0 Leicester City
They’ve done it! It took eight attempts but Alan Pardew’s men finally got a victory courtesy of Gabriel Obertan’s first goal since 2012. The game was delayed by an hour at St James’ Park due to a faulty LED board, but the home fans finally have something to cheer about. No win in three for the Foxes now.