A Marcus Berg header had Sweden on the verge of a significant home win against nearly unbeatable David De Gea and Spain, but Valencia forward Rodrigo delivered a stoppage time goal to give Robert Moreno’s men a place in EURO 2020. But Sweden can breathe a little easier thanks to a stoppage time goal across the continent.
New York City FC’s Alexandru Mitrita added another beauty to his collection in scoring for the second successive qualifier, but it wouldn’t stand up thanks to former Crystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth‘s stoppage time equalizer.
Switzerland 2-0 Republic of Ireland
Terrible from the Irish, who trailed after 16 minutes and then went down to 10 men when Seamus Coleman was shown a red card in the 76th minute. Former West Ham man Edimilson Fernandes put it to bed in stoppage time as the Swiss out-attempted Ireland 20-9.
The Irish are tied for the lead in the group with 12 points but that’s about where the good news ends. They do not have an automatic spot in the playoffs while Denmark does and has 12 points. Switzerland has 11 and has also played one fewer match.
Ireland will need to beat Denmark next month and hope for help on the out-of-town scoreboard when Switzerland meets Gibraltar and Georgia.
Finland 3-0 Armenia
Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki continued his fine year with a pair of goals after Fredrik Jensen staked the Finnish side to a lead in Turku. Group J second place side Finland has a five-point lead on chasing Armenia and BNH.
Jeff Hendrick‘s volley was the difference as Burnley made the most of their one man advantage as Seamus Coleman was shown two yellow cards and sent off early in the second half.
With the win Burnley now have 12 points, while Everton are on seven points and sit one point and one place above the relegation zone.
3 things we learned
1. Everton their own worst enemies: Marco Silva‘s side went down to 10 men and a lack of focus cost them dear at Burnley. They have now lost four-straight Premier League games and they continue to do the basics poorly. Going forward they barely created any clear-cut chances and that is a familiar story. They have gone backwards since last season and they are beating themselves.
2. Burnley’s set pieces the difference: In the first half Burnley found Hendrick at the back post but his shot was cleared away. They were inventive with their set pieces and in the second half found Hendrick in a near identical situation and he delivered the game-winner. Sean Dyche does not complicate things and Burnley play to their strengths. They aren’t pretty to watch, but they have 12 points on the board this season and are primed for a top 10 finish. Not many people expected that after their struggles last season.
3. Pressure piles on Silva: The Toffees boss doesn’t appear to have an answer to their poor form and he’s been given a fair crack of the whip, and plenty of cash, since arriving at Everton. In their next five games they face West Ham, Brighton, Southampton, Tottenham and Norwich. Anything other than three wins from those five will see Silva fired. Simple.
Man of the Match: Jeff Hendrick – Delivered the key moment and although Burnley’s defense played really well, he kept popping up in dangerous positions. Hendrick’s extra bit of quality was the difference.
Erik Pieters‘ cross found Johann-Berg Gudmundsson in the box but his header was saved by Jordan Pickford, while Everton were causing Burnley some issues out wide.
Alex Iwobi had an effort blocked and Everton were building their way into the game.
Burnley, as they always are, were dangerous from set pieces situations and continued to cause Everton plenty of problems with crosses into the box.
A shot from Jeff Hendrick across goal caused some problems, but the Toffees defense stood tall in a tight first half. At the other end Dwight McNeil cleared off the line and James Tarkowski blocked as Richarlison troubled Burnley’s defense.
Green: New season-high ranking Red: New season-low
20. Newcastle United — Possibly the least effective midfield, or tactical deployment of one, we’ve seen in some time. Maybe Fabian Schar is the answer, but 37.6 percent possession over the course of a season is abysmal. Last week: 19 Season high: 19 Season low: 20 Last match: Lost 5-0 at Leicester City Up next: 11:30 a.m. ET v. Manchester United
19. Watford — Moving up onlybecause Newcastle was that bad against Leicester, but look below to see some serious hope for the Hornets. They just aren’t finishing, but are producing more key passes than everyone besides Man City, Chelsea, and Liverpool. Those will turn into goals, you’d think. Last week: 20 Season high: 19 Season low: 20 Last match: Lost 2-0 at Wolves Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday v. Sheffield United
18. Brighton and Hove Albion — Aaron Mooy has looked a lot better in his last two starts. Can the former Huddersfield Town midfielder be the one to unlock the Seagulls attack? Last week: 18 Season high: 6 Season low: 18 Last match: Lost 2-0 at Chelsea Up next: 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday v. Spurs
17. Norwich City — Something to monitor as the weather gets colder and the pitch compacted: The Canaries are only attacking directly through the middle of the pitch on 17 percent of plays. Last week: 13 Season high: 10 Season low: 20 Last match: Lost 2-0 at Crystal Palace Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday v. Aston Villa
16. Wolves — And exhale. Wolves finally get their win and not a moment too soon with a Man City trip ahead of them. With two days less rest than the reigning champs, Sunday could be a long day. Last week: 17 Season high: 7 Season low: 17 Last match: Won 2-0 v. Watford Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday at Man City
15. Aston Villa — Why do I believe Villa is ultimately going to emerge from the fire into another Premier League season? Dean Smith‘s men lead the league in shots blocked and crosses blocked per game. While that means they are giving up a lot of attempts, that full-blooded desperation is going to pay off (or break an arm). Last week: 11 Season high: 8 Season low: 15 Last match: Drew 2-2 v. Burnley Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Norwich City
14. Everton — A much better looking side against City, but that’s kinda the frustrating life for Everton supporters. Sure, you got up for the big boys. Can you get up for a trip to Burnley? Also, to answer trivia from the Palace ranking, Seamus Coleman (!!) is second in the Premier League in successful dribbles this season. Last week: 14 Season high: 5 Season low: 14 Last match: Lost 3-1 v. Man City Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Burnley
13. Southampton — Ralph Hasenhuttl‘s men move from a near miss against Spurs to a match with in-form but potentially weary Chelsea. Shock on the cards at St. Mary’s? Last week: 16 Season high: 13 Season low: 19 Last match: Lost 2-1 at Spurs Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday v. Chelsea
12. Burnley — Completing 64.2 percent of its passes, Burnley continues to defy the laws of logic, statistics, everything. Chris Wood is big. Last week: 12 Season high: 5 Season low: 15 Last match: Drew 2-2 at Aston Villa Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday v. Everton
11. Sheffield United — We just love that Chris Wilder wasn’t content that his side deserved a point against the leaders. Can likely move two wins clear of the drop zone with a win at Vicarage Road. Last week: 10 Season high: 10 Season low: 17 Last match: Lost 1-0 v. Liverpool Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Watford
10. Crystal Palace — WilfriedZaha‘s 32 successful dribbles are the most in the Premier League. Non-Palace fun fact. I’ll give you 50 chances to guess who’s second and like my odds (but the answer is in this post). Last week: 15 Season high: 10 Season low: 18 Last match: Won 2-0 v. Norwich City Up next: 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday at West Ham United
9. Manchester United — Please, for all of our sakes, get Anthony Martial healthy. Last week: 9 Season high: 2 Season low: 15 Last match: Drew 1-1 v. Arsenal Up next: 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday at Newcastle United
8. Tottenham Hotspur — A team in no man’s land, where several players need to be axed and the manager probably wants a new experience. The fullback corps is a mess. Last week: 8 Season high: 2 Season low: 8 Last match: Won 2-1 v. Saints Up next: 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday at Brighton
7. Arsenal — How about this stat: Arsenal is spending 33 percent of every match in its own third, the third-highest percentage in the league. That’s not legendary when your defense is so leaky. Last week: 4 Season high: 4 Season low: 7 Last match: Drew 1-1 at Manchester United Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday v. Bournemouth
6. Bournemouth — Six is a good number for the Cherries, who’ve scored half of their 12 goals from set pieces. Probably deserved a win over West Ham, but probably doesn’t move you up the table. Last week: 6 Season high: 6 Season low: 17 Last match: Drew 2-2 v. West Ham Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday at Arsenal
5. West Ham United — The Irons move from week-to-week with different tests of mettle. This week, it’s whether they can go about their business and handle a decent Palace team at home. Last week: 5 Season high: 5 Season low: 18 Last match: Drew 2-2 at Bournemouth Up next: 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday v. Crystal Palace
4. Chelsea — Is this week the Blues climb back into the Top Four? Last week: 7 Season high: 4 Season low: 12 Last match: Won 2-0 v. Brighton Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday at Southampton
3. Leicester City — Brendan Rodgers has his men playing on fire (in a good way). Wilfred Ndidi and Ricardo Pereira rank Nos. 1 and 2 in the Premier League in tackles this season. Ndidi is also leading the league in interceptions (23) and is performing on an N’Golo Kante level so far this season. Huge match on Saturday. Last week: 3 Season high: 3 Season low: 10 Last match: Won 5-0 v. Newcastle United Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Liverpool
2. Manchester City — On pace to score 146 Premier League goals this season. Take out the 8-star performance against Watford, and it’s a 120-goal pace. That’s 14 more than their record. Last week: 2 Season high: 1 Season low: 3 Last match: Won 3-1 at Everton Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday v. Wolves
1. Liverpool — Since the Reds are getting the job done and look a complete team, how about a seemingly ugly stat that shows how important fullbacks are to Liverpool’s attack? Trent Alexander-Arnold has lost possession a league-best 184 times, 28 more than second place Lucas Digne. Andrew Robertson is 7th with 136.
Obviously, this is because they have the ball a lot and are counted on tactically to put the ball into danger areas — look at where they rank in terms of accurate opposition half passes, stunning stuff — but wow.
Last week: 1 Season high: 1 Season low: 3 Last match: Won 1-0 at Sheffield United Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday v. Leicester City
City restores the five-point gap between itself and first place Liverpool, while Everton sits two points above the drop zone in 15th.
Three things we learned
1. Algerian wizard brings 90 minutes worth of magic: Riyad Mahrez was magic from Moment No. 1. He forced a save out of Jordan Pickford in the first minute, and had a number of incredible moments en route to his spinning free kick around the wall in the 72nd minute. The goal was his fifth shot on target to go with four key passes (and a hockey assist on Jesus’ goal). Nice luxury to have when you want to rest Bernardo Silva and David Silva for the Champions League.
2. Capable Everton shows up:Marco Silva‘s men have the talent to beat anyone on any given day, but have been maddeningly inconsistent in a fairly easy set of fixtures to start the season. They’ve lost 2-0 to a pair of newly-promoted sides.
So of course they were going to go toe-to-toe with an absolutely stacked Man City, right? On another day, with another goalkeeping performance for the visitors, Everton easily nabs a point (Ederson was on… his…. game).
The match probably stirred plenty of pride in the hearts of the Toffee faithful, but also had to infuriate those who know Everton should’ve entered the match with a similar point total to their visitors. With Burnley, Brighton, and West Ham next, can the Toffees start to stack some wins?
3. Fierce emotions and razor-thin margins: Perhaps no moment showcased the game like Morgan Schneiderlin‘s studs-up challenge on a counterattacking De Bruyne. It was a yellow card and might’ve been worse with another referee on the case.
Riyad Mahrez forced Jordan Pickford into a two-fisted save in the first minute, as Yerry Mina allowed a long dribble into the heart of the pitch.
A scary injury to Theo Walcott halted the proceedings for the next five minutes, as the winger caught a cross to the side of the head and stayed down for treatment.
Gundogan looked set to make it 1-0 in the 11th minute but he smashed Mahrez’s cross to the back post off the cross bar.
Mahrez led another foray down the right to help produce the opener, which was all about Kevin De Bruyne‘s immaculate first touch cross. It beat Michael Keane and Jesus stooped to power it past Pickford, who was caught off guard and splayed high to miss the low effort.
After 2-3 chances to level the score, Everton got its goal through Iwobi’s hard work forcing the ball past Fernandinho and a mess of attackers.
The ball squirted to Seamus Coleman, who chipped the ball to the line and Calvert-Lewin headed it into the back of the goal for emphasis.
Pickford made a nice save on Walker to close out the half.
Everton was very bright at the start of the second half, and Ederson had to make a phenomenal save on Mina’s in-tight header in the 55th.
Sterling made a great run in the 60th minute, but couldn’t turn a Mahrez pass past Pickford and inside the post.
City took its lead through Mahrez’s wonderful free kick, and Everton’s hopes of a quickfire answer were denied by Ederson’s sliding tip of a Calvert-Lewin shot.
Sterling put it to bed with a Goal Decision System aided call in the 85th, smashing a shot off the bottom of the bar and over the line. Set up by Aguero and Mahrez, Pickford was hung to dry by Seamus Coleman and Tom Davies.
1. Marco’s mercurial men: A lot has been made of Marco Silva‘s up-and-down tenure as Everton boss, especially given the club’s wealth of talent. That was again on display, as mistakes overrode Everton’s control of the match for most of the first hour. Keep in mind, though, that the inconsistency has plagued the Toffees since well before Silva came to town. That may not save him.
2. Ramsdale the difference:Eddie Howe trusted 21-year-old Aaron Ramsdale as his No. 1 goalkeeper despite a total of 44 senior appearances in his locker and none above the Championship level (aside from a pair of FA Cup dates). He was calm, decisive, and sturdy. He’s yet to keep a clean sheet, but that’s no matter on the day.
3. Wilson in form: Callum Wilson’s second and third goals of the season showed his versatility, with a snapped header in a sea of bodies to open the scoring and a long run to beat Pickford on his second. He now has three goals in his last two performances after scoring against Leicester City.
26 – The most goal involvements by English players in the Premier League since the start of last season:
Man of the Match: Ramsdale — Again, this could have easily been 3-1 in the other direction had Ramsdale not mopped up some silly, silly mistakes of his teammates.
Philip Billing fizzed a shot wide of the near post inside of the first 10 minutes, while at the other end Cherries keeper Aaron Ramsdale raced to beat Dominic Calvert-Lewin to a loose ball.
The 19th minute saw Richarlison smash a dipping effort off the top of the cross bar.
Ex-Toffees man Dominic Solanke ripped a shot that Jordan Pickford poked over the bar in the 22nd, and Bournemouth got on the board off the ensuing corner kick when Wilson snapped his neck to power the ball past Pickford.
Richarlison was at it again in the 37th, but couldn’t head Lucas Digne‘s cross inside the near post.
Everton leveled the score when Seamus Coleman spotted Richarlison’s run down the right side and the Brazilian crossed for a powerful Dominic Calvert-Lewin finish.
Ramsdale made a terrific save after Digne and Iwobi combined to cue up a Gylfi Sigurdsson rip in the 47th minute. And Steve Cook made a terrible back pass that helped Richarlison to a chance, but Ramsdale was up to the challenge.
Fraser’s goal came from a set piece, as he swept a free kick toward goal and Fabian Delph couldn’t get purchase on a chance to clear it. It changed direction a little, but Pickford may not have had a chance to save it either way.
It was 3-1 moments later, as Yerry Mina and/or Michael Keane switched off to allow Wilson to race toward a stunned Pickford, who could not react to the break.
Ramsdale then denied Alex Iwobi with a terrific save from 18 yards, and Richarlison couldn’t put the rebound on goal.